Study: Carnegie Mellon, Northwestern top list of best computer science schools in US

FOSTER CITY, Calif., March 17, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The East Coast is home to the majority of the best computer science schools in the US, based on a new study from ranking schools based on a variety of variables including graduation rate, student retention rate and total cost of attendance.

The discipline of computer science has seen considerable growth and change in recent years, spurred by concurrent growth in the software industry. The continued proliferation of software into more governmental and corporate processes is one of the drivers behind the continued demand for state-of-the-art computer science education.

Drawing from publicly available 2013-14 data for from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the National Center for Education Statistics, ranked each university computer science school on the following metrics:

  • Total student costs including tuition, books and room and board as of 2013
  • Student enrollment
  • Study-to-faculty ratio
  • Student graduation rates
  • Student retention rates
  • Eligibility for Title IV student financial aid programs

Based on those metrics, the top 5 computer science schools are:

  1. Carnegie Mellon University
  2. Northwestern University
  3. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
  4. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  5. Yale University

To view the complete list of 30 as well as how the schools fared in category scores, please see ComputerTrainingSchools' article on the 30 Best Computer Science Schools.

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