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The Top 10 Universities in the U.S. for Pursuing A Career in Computer Science

According to statistics, computer software and systems software engineer jobs are projected to increase 28.2 percent in 2016. With a median pay of some 90,000 dollars, a bachelor's degree and software knowledge are vital.

With so many schools to choose from it is important that you weigh your options carefully and choose a wisely.

We have put together a composite list of the top ten schools for pursuing a degree in the technical field.

The Top 10 Universities in the U.S. for Pursuing A Career in Computer Science

In the 80s through the imaginative world of The Jetsons, every Saturday morning a future with flying cars, holograms, and Rosie the robot entertained children everywhere. For at least the past 20 years, most of these concepts exist, but it seems a long way from being available to modern consumers. And just like that, The Jetsons world of the future seems more unattainable than beating another level of Angry Birds.

Presently, there is an abundance of technological products surrounding consumers today. (i.e., IPADs, Smart Phones, Kindles etc.) With a push of a button, the latest app becomes accessible in entertaining millions for abnormal amounts of hours. However, with gratitude someone’s genius contributed to the invention of the latest apps, computer systems, and the like.

According, to a press release in 2013, the U.S. Bureau Labor Statistics (BLS) projects an 18 percent increase in computers and mathematical occupations, and one of the top 5 industries to continue its steady growth until 2022. Beginning an illustrious career in computer science, one must complete a program in vast majors, including but not limited to, computer engineering and science, information systems and technology, and software engineering. Interestingly, the BLS reports occupations with the fastest growth rate require some form of postsecondary education.

In referencing, The Academic Ranking of World Universities, the article will primarily focus on American universities and address Enrollment Rates of 2014, Graduation Rates and Cost for the top 10 universities in computer science.

10. University of California, San Diego

Enrollment in 2014: 27794 4-Year Graduation Rate: 56%

Academic Period Cost (On Campus Living): $24,855


9. University of California, Los Angeles

Enrollment in 2014: 37633 6-Year Graduation Rate: 90.8%

Academic Period Cost (On Campus): $34,752


8. Cornell University

Enrollment in 2014: 20515 4-Year Graduation Rate: 87%

Academic Period Cost (On Campus): $47,286


7. Carnegie Mellon University

Enrollment in 2014: 10237 4-Year Graduation Rate: 74%

Academic Period Cost (On Campus): $48,786


6. The University of Texas at Austin

Enrollment in 2014: 47634 4-Year Graduation Rate: 52%

Academic Period Cost (Out-of-State): $34,722


5. Princeton University

Enrollment in 2014: 7508 4-Year Graduation Rate: 96%

Academic Period Cost (On Campus): $41,820


4. Harvard University

Enrollment in 2014: 21260 4-Year Graduation Rate: 93.7%

Academic Period Cost (On Campus): $43,938


3. University of California, Berkeley

Enrollment in 2014: 25,951 4-Year Graduation Rate: 90%

Academic Period Cost (Out-of-State): $25,064


2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Enrollment in 2014: 10,264 4-Year Graduation Rate: 91.1%

Academic Period Cost (On Campus): $47,908


1. Stanford University

Enrollment in 2014: 15861 6-Year Graduation Rate: 95.2%

Academic Period Cost (On Campus): $44,757


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