Top Computer Science Colleges

As a computer science major, you’ll learn the programming essentials behind the development of new software and applications across the technology field. You may choose from among a host of specialty areas including: Software Engineering, Data Mining, Algorithms and Theory, Artificial Intelligence, or Computer Systems, Networks, and Security.

Earning a degree in computer science will prepare students for a wide array of careers including: web developer, network systems administrator, software applications developer, It consultant, and a host of other specified jobs within the computing industry.

What do you need to make it in a Computer Science program?

Future computer scientists need to be quick learners of programming languages such as C++ and must have a strong foundation in mathematics, particularly discrete mathematics. The majority of collegiate computer science programs also require a degree of collaboration and teamwork making communication and interpersonal skills valuable.

Your Computer Science College Checklist:

  • Do they offer my particular concentration area of interest within the computer science field?
  • How connected is the school’s career services office to top tech companies?
  • What is the professional background of the faculty?
  • How many students are in each class?
  • Do they have the most up-to-date computers and technology that help prepare students for the cutting edge aspects of the field?
  • Is a senior research project required?
  • How do graduate programs in computer science view your prospective undergraduate institution?

The Top Computer Science Colleges & Universities

Computer Science is a competitive field, and finding the right college and program is often key to landing a good job. Schools that are held in particularly high regard by professionals, employers and students include Princeton, MIT, and Carnegie Mellon University. For a complete list of College Transitions Top Computer Science Colleges and Universities, click here.

*College lists are compiled on the basis of counselor interviews, guide books, exhaustive internet searches (of college and departmental websites), and data provided by The College Board and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).


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