SAN ANTONIO, Jan. 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Nonprofit Colleges Online has just published a ranking of 30 top colleges and universities offering an online bachelor's degree in Computer Science: http://www.nonprofitcollegesonline.com/rankings/best-online-bachelors-in-computer-science-2016/
In terms of affordability, Fort Hays State University of Hays, Kansas leads the group at an estimated $23,126 for four years of full-time, out-of-state tuition. Western Governors University of Salt Lake City, Utah came in second with tuition totaling $25,630, and Troy University of Troy, Alabama came in third at $39,120.
All schools in the ranking offer online programs from accredited, nonprofit colleges and universities with objectively lower than average tuition cost. Programs were ranked according to their affordability based on current out-of-state tuition rates.
Other universities making the list include (alphabetically ordered):
Arizona State University - Phoenix, Arizona
Austin Peay State University - Clarksville, Tennessee
Baker College - Flint, Michigan
Bellevue University - Bellevue, Nebraska
California State University-Monterey Bay - Seaside, California
Champlain College - Burlington, Vermont
Dakota State University - Madison, South Dakota
DePaul University - Chicago, Illinois
Eastern Florida State College - Cocoa, Florida
Florida State University - Tallahassee, Florida
Franklin University - Columbus, Ohio
Herzing University - Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin
Indiana State University - Terre Haute, Indiana
Liberty University - Lynchburg, Virginia
Limestone College - Gaffney, South Carolina
Mercy College - Dobbs Ferry, New York
Murray State University - Murray, Kentucky
Old Dominion University - Norfolk, Virginia
Oregon State University - Corvallis, Oregon
Park University - Parkville, Missouri
Regent University - Virginia Beach, Virginia
Regis University - Denver, Colorado
Southwestern College - Winfield, Kansas
Thomas Edison State College - Trenton, New Jersey
University of Florida - Gainesville, Florida
University of Illinois-Springfield - Springfield, Illinois
University of Maryland University College - Adelphi, Maryland
"According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, a graduate of a bachelor's program in computer science will likely have one of the most optimistic career trajectories of all recent graduates in a demographically-similar peer group," says Liz Robertson, editor at Nonprofit Colleges Online. "Computer science positions consistently list salaries at more than twice the national average, and availability is expected to increase by 25% in the next decade," Robertson reports.
Because businesses rely on the variety of skills that computer science professionals bring to organizations, new graduates will have the ability to work in numerous industries. The most popular positions for computer science graduates include software applications developer, computer systems engineer, computer systems analyst, database administrator, systems administrator, network administrator, web developer, computer programmer, and software systems developer. Due to a course load heavy in math and programming, computer science degrees are notoriously challenging and often take students more than four years to complete. Many students withdraw and redirect their academic paths, but those who pursue a computer science degree to completion will reap the benefits of this versatile career choice.
Nonprofit Colleges Online is an independent publication committed to promoting regionally accredited institutions that consistently put students before profits. The site helps connect nontraditional students to quality, affordable distance learning programs by publishing rankings that make this information more accessible.
Editor, Nonprofit Colleges Online
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