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MIT is ranked #1 in computer science.

Credit: MIT

The 2021 Best Colleges rankings provides data on more than 1,800 U.S. colleges and universities, with rankings for more than 1,400 institutions. A total of 481 computer science programs were ranked.

The rankings use 17 metrics to assess academic quality, with the greatest emphasis on outcomes, particularly a college's ability to retain and graduate students. Other factors include class size, undergraduate academic reputation, and how much colleges spend on instruction and other educational investments.

Top academics and officials at computer science programs rated the overall quality of undergraduate programs with which they were familiar on a 1-to-5 scale. To be included in the peer assessment survey and ranked, a program must either have been accredited by ABET, housed in an institution that grants Ph.D.s in computer science or engineering, or have recently awarded 20 or more bachelor's degrees in computer science.

Of the top 10 computer science schools, three tied for #2, and six tied for #5.

Rank  School Tuition and Fees Reputation Score
#1 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, Mass.
 $53,818  5.0
#2 (tie) Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, Pa.
 $58,924  4.9
#2 (tie) Stanford University
Stanford, Calif.
 $56,169  4.9
#2 (tie) University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, Calif.
 $43,980 (out-of-state)
 $14,226 (in-state)
#5 (tie) California Institute of Technology
Pasadena, Calif.
 $56,862  4.6
#5 (tie) Cornell University
Ithaca, N.Y.
 $59,316  4.6
#5 (tie) Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta, Ga.
 $33,794 (out-of-state)
 $12,682 (in-state)
#5 (tie) Princeton University
Princeton, N.J.
 $53,890  4.6
#5 (tie) University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Champaign, Ill.
 $34,312 (out-of-state)
 $16,862 (in-state)
#5 (tie) University of Washington
 $39,461 (out-of-state)
 $12,092 (in-state)


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