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
|#2 (tie)||Carnegie Mellon University
|#2 (tie)||Stanford University
|#2 (tie)||University of California, Berkeley
| $43,980 (out-of-state)
|#5 (tie)||California Institute of Technology
|#5 (tie)||Cornell University
|#5 (tie)||Georgia Institute of Technology
| $33,794 (out-of-state)
|#5 (tie)||Princeton University
|#5 (tie)||University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
| $34,312 (out-of-state)
|#5 (tie)||University of Washington
| $39,461 (out-of-state)
From U.S. News & World Report
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