In addition to meeting application requirements, you’ll have to consider how much it will cost to study at your dream school. Colleges and universities offer scholarships and financial aid, as do corporations, associations, and the government. You might be surprised by the options you discover. To help you get a sense of your baseline education costs, here are the typical tuition rates for a computer science degree:

average yearly tuition as per the most recent US census data
$ 10,781 per year
Average in-state tuition in 2017

28% above average compared to other degrees

$ 27,815 per year
Average out-of-state tuition in 2017

38% above average compared to other degrees

$ 41,932 per year
Average private tuition in 2017

30% above average compared to other degrees

What do computer science graduates earn?

Computer science students make an average of $91,997 per year after graduation. This is 38% above average compared to other undergraduate degrees.

12% of computer science graduates are underpaid (those who make less than $40,000 per year.) This rate is low compared to other degrees across the country.

$ 91,997 per year
Average graduate salary in 2017

Top 93% of degrees

12%
% of people underpaid in 2019

40% below average compared to other degrees

Tuition costs for popular computer science schools in the US

There are 1282 schools in the US that offer a computer science degree. The computer science schools in the nation with the highest enrollment are University of California-Los Angeles, University of California-San Diego and University of California-Irvine. Here's a breakdown of tuition costs for the schools that award the most degrees in computer science per year:

School NameIn-State Tuition
University of California-Los Angeles$13,261
University of California-San Diego$14,018
University of California-Irvine$13,738
University of California-Berkeley$14,170
University of California-Santa Barbara$14,451
University of California-Davis$14,419
California State University-Long Beach$6,730
San Diego State University$7,460
Boston University$52,082
University of Southern California$54,259

Top US schools for a computer science degree

The following chart lists the most prestigious schools offering computer science degrees, along with their average acceptance rate and tuition costs:

School NameAcceptance RateIn-State Tuition
Stanford University5%$49,617
Harvard University5%$48,949
Columbia University in the City of New York7%$57,208
Massachusetts Institute of Technology7%$49,892
California Institute of Technology8%$49,908
Pomona College8%$51,075
United States Naval Academy8%$null
Brown University8%$53,419
University of Chicago9%$56,034
Northwestern University9%$52,678

Cheapest US schools for a computer science degree

Of the schools in the US that offer a computer science degree, the following have the lowest tuition costs:

School NameTuition
American River College$1,104
Cosumnes River College$1,104
Sacramento City College$1,104
San Joaquin Delta College$1,104
Folsom Lake College$1,104
Copper Mountain Community College$1,112
Chabot College$1,138
Fullerton College$1,138
Las Positas College$1,138
El Camino Community College District$1,142

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