Best universities in the US for computer science degrees 2022

Submitted by Joy.Hunter@tim… on Wed, 10/13/2021 - 17:26

Not only are the world’s biggest tech companies­ such as Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Apple headquartered in the US, it’s also home to some of the best universities in the world for computer science degrees.

Many computing courses in the US focus on developing the practical skills and real-world experience that students need to enter the technology industry.

There are 128 US universities in the THE Computer Science Rankings 2022. These are spread across the country from California to New York and include a number of specialist technology colleges.

Below are the best universities in US for computer science degrees.

1. Stanford University

Stanford University’s computer science department was established in 1965 and offers a range of bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees.

Stanford’s undergraduate computer science programme covers areas such as programming, AI, biocomputation, computer engineering and graphics. All students take the same six courses in the first year. In the latter half of their degree they can choose one area to focus on.

Postgraduates are able to “shop around” for a two-week period and try as many different classes as they like, then decide which courses they want to continue with. Computer science students can take courses in areas including software theory, theoretical computer science and computer and network security.

Given the institution’s focus on innovation, it is no surprise that Stanford graduates are famous for their entrepreneurship. Alumni include the founders of Google, Netflix, WhatsApp, Instagram and Palantir Technologies. In fact, companies founded by Stanford affiliates generate more than $2.7 trillion annual revenue, which would equate to the 10th largest economy in the world.


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2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is an independent, co-educational, private research university based in the city of Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Undergraduates are enrolled on a flexible curriculum, allowing them to focus on both theory and practical problems in computer science. Students can major in computer science or take computer science with another subject for a joint degree. 

The undergraduate computer science programme includes compulsory units in programming, software construction and AI, as well as electives in areas such as database systems, language engineering and micro-computing.

There is no master’s degree in computer science at the university, but there is a doctoral programme.

Technological advances accredited to MIT include radar and the invention of magnetic core memory, which enabled the development of digital computers.

MIT computer science graduates have gone on to found some of the most influential tech companies. These include Robert Metcalfe, co-inventor of Ethernet; and Drew Houston, co-founder of Dropbox.

3. Carnegie Mellon University

Located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Carnegie Mellon University is a private research university established in 1900 by Scottish industrialist Andrew Carnegie.

Carnegie Mellon’s school of computer science offers undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in areas including neural computation, computational biology, language technologies and machine learning. 

Undergraduates can undertake research projects in areas such as robotics and human-computer interaction. In the spring, students get to present the results of their work at the university-wide “Meeting of the Minds” celebration of undergraduate research.

There are also a wide range of master’s programmes, many of them being some of the first in the world to be offered. These include the master’s in automated science and master’s in computer vision.

The university conducts research in areas including brain science and driverless cars. It was also the first institution, via professor Scott Fahlman in 1982, to create a “smile” in an email.


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4. Harvard University

Dating back to 1636, Harvard University is the oldest university in the US. It’s a member of the Ivy League and regarded as one of the most prestigious institutions in the world.

Courses at Harvard are designed to be flexible. Computer science students can combine their studies with other fields, including mathematics, physics, economics, psychology, and linguistics. The introduction to computer science class at Harvard is among the university’s most popular courses.

The computer science concentration covers topics ranging from cryptography to sensor motes. Students also have the opportunity to meet influential thought leaders in the field and use the latest tools and technologies, such as grid computing.

A range of clubs and societies fall under the computer science and technology umbrella, including the Harvard Undergraduate Robotics Club and Harvard Video Game Development Club.

Harvard alumni include Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft; and Mark Zuckerberg, who famously invented Facebook while still a student at the university.

5. University of California, Berkeley

The department of electrical engineering and computer sciences at the University of California, Berkeley was established in the late 1960s. 

Undergraduates can study computer science as a major for a Bachelor of Arts degree; or by enrolling on the electrical engineering and computer sciences major, which leads to a Bachelor of Science degree; or by completing the courses required to get the minimum GPA and applying later to the major.

Because engineers and computer scientists often work in teams, all students on these courses are encouraged to take courses in communication. 

Postgraduates can choose from research-oriented or industry-oriented programmes that will prepare them to continue with research-related work or to enter the job market. 

Faculty and alumni from the department have founded nearly 900 companies. Former students include Steve Wozniak, who co-founded Apple alongside Steve Jobs.


Top universities in the US for computer science degrees 2022

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US Computer Science Rank 2022 WUR Computer Science Rank 2022 University State
1 2 Stanford University California
2 3 Massachusetts Institute of Technology Massachusetts
3 6 Carnegie Mellon University Pennsylvania
4 7 Harvard University Massachusetts
5 =8 University of California, Berkeley California
6 10 Princeton University New Jersey
7 11 University of California, Los Angeles California
8 13 California Institute of Technology California
9 16 University of Washington Washington
10 =17 Cornell University New York
11 20 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Illinois
12 21 Georgia Institute of Technology Georgia
13 23 Columbia University New York
14 27 Yale University Connecticut
=15 =28 Johns Hopkins University Maryland
=15 =28 University of Michigan-Ann Arbor Michigan
17 31 University of Pennsylvania Pennsylvania
18 32 New York University New York
19 33 University of California, San Diego California
20 35 University of Texas at Austin Texas
21 36 The University of Chicago Illinois
22 43 University of Southern California California
23 45 University of Wisconsin -Madison Wisconsin
24 46 University of Maryland, College Park Maryland
25 55 University of California, Santa Barbara California
26 =65 Duke University North Carolina
27 73 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill North Carolina
28 75 Penn State (Main campus) Pennsylvania
=29 =77 Brown University Rhode Island
=29 =77 Rice University Texas
31 =81 University of Massachusetts Massachusetts
=32 =83 University of California, Irvine California
=32 =83 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Virginia
34 86 Northwestern University Illinois
35 100 Michigan State University Michigan
=36 101–125 Arizona State University (Tempe) Arizona
=36 101–125 Boston University Massachusetts
=36 101–125 University of California, Davis California
=36 101–125 Northeastern University Massachusetts
=40 126–150 University of Illinois at Chicago Illinois
=40 126–150 Ohio State University (Main campus) Ohio
=40 126–150 University of Rochester New York
=40 126–150 Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey New Jersey
=40 126–150 Stony Brook University New York
=45 151–175 University of Colorado Boulder Colorado
=45 151–175 Dartmouth College New Hampshire
=45 151–175 Washington University in St Louis Missouri
=45 151–175 William & Mary Virginia
=49 176–200 University of California, Riverside California
=49 176–200 Lehigh University Pennsylvania
=49 176–200 University of Minnesota Minnesota
=49 176–200 University of Notre Dame Indiana
=49 176–200 Stevens Institute of Technology New Jersey
=54 201–250 University at Buffalo New York
=54 201–250 University of California, Santa Cruz California
=54 201–250 University of Idaho Idaho
=54 201–250 University of Iowa Iowa
=54 201–250 New Jersey Institute of Technology New Jersey
=54 201–250 North Carolina State University North Carolina
=54 201–250 SUNY Binghamton University New York
=54 201–250 Temple University Pennsylvania
=54 201–250 The University of Texas at San Antonio Texas
=54 201–250 University of Virginia (Main campus) Virginia
=64 251–300 University of Central Florida Florida
=64 251–300 University of Georgia Georgia
=64 251–300 Illinois Institute of Technology Illinois
=64 251–300 University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh campus Pennsylvania
=64 251–300 Texas A&M University Texas
=64 251–300 University of Utah Utah
=64 251–300 Vanderbilt University Tennessee
=64 251–300 Washington State University Washington
=64 251–300 Wayne State University Michigan
=73 301–400 University of Arizona Arizona
=73 301–400 Case Western Reserve University Ohio
=73 301–400 University of Delaware Delaware
=73 301–400 University of Florida Florida
=73 301–400 Indiana University Indiana
=73 301–400 Iowa State University Iowa
=73 301–400 University of Rhode Island Rhode Island
=73 301–400 Florida Atlantic University Florida
=73 301–400 University of Houston Texas
=73 301–400 University of Miami Florida
=73 301–400 University of Oregon Oregon
=73 301–400 SUNY University at Albany New York
=73 301–400 Syracuse University New York
=73 301–400 University of Texas at Dallas Texas
=73 301–400 Worcester Polytechnic Institute Massachusetts
=88 401–500 Clemson University South Carolina
=88 401–500 Colorado School of Mines Colorado
=88 401–500 University of Connecticut Connecticut
=88 401–500 Florida International University Florida
=88 401–500 Florida State University Florida
=88 401–500 George Mason University Virginia
=88 401–500 George Washington University Washington D.C
=88 401–500 Georgetown University Washington D.C
=88 401–500 Georgia State University Georgia
=88 401–500 University of Kentucky Kentucky
=88 401–500 University of Maryland, Baltimore County Maryland
=88 401–500 Missouri University of Science and Technology Missouri
=88 401–500 Oklahoma State University Oklahoma
=88 401–500 Old Dominion University Virginia
=88 401–500 University of Texas at Arlington Texas
=103 501–600 The University of Alabama Alabama
=103 501–600 Drexel University Pennsylvania
=103 501–600 Georgia Southern University Georgia
=103 501–600 Kansas State University Kansas
=103 501–600 Louisiana State University Louisiana
=103 501–600 University of North Carolina at Charlotte North Carolina
=103 501–600 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute New York
=103 501–600 Rochester Institute of Technology New York
=103 501–600 University of South Florida Florida
=103 501–600 Texas State University Texas
=103 501–600 Texas Tech University Texas
=103 501–600 Tufts University Massachusetts
=115 601–800 University of Arkansas Arkansas
=115 601–800 Colorado State University, Fort Collins Colorado
=115 601–800 University of Hawai’i at Mānoa Hawai'i
=115 601–800 Kent State University Ohio
=115 601–800 University of Memphis Tennessee
=115 601–800 Mississippi State University Mississippi
=115 601–800 University of Nevada, Las Vegas Nevada
=115 601–800 New Mexico State University (Main campus) New Mexico
=115 601–800 Oakland University Michigan
=115 601–800 Portland State University Oregon
=115 601–800 San Diego State University California
=115 601–800 San Jose State University California
=115 601–800 University of Wisconsin -Milwaukee Wisconsin
128 801+ University of Texas at El Paso Texas
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