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Top 15 Best Colleges for Computer Science

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Computer science is a rapidly-expanding field with high demand and lucrative pay, drawing in many new students yearly. In college, Computer Science majors will learn programming languages and study the underlying systems and theories behind their code. Students will graduate with a strong ability to adapt to different programming environments and to come up with creative solutions in a short period of time.

 

Graduates in Computer Science go on to become developers, analysts, data scientists, UX designers, and more. If you’re interested in studying compsci in college, here are the top 15 schools in the country to develop your skills, plus what it takes to get into these colleges. See the complete list of best schools for Computer Science majors.

 

Top 15 Best Colleges for Computer Science 

 

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School Name Location Acceptance Rate (2019) Middle 50% SAT Scores Middle 50% ACT Scores
1. Stanford University Stanford, CA 4.3% 1440-1550 32-35
2. California Institute of Technology Pasadena, CA 6.4% 1530-1570 35-36
3. Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge, MA 6.7% 1520-1580 34-36
4. Princeton University Princeton, NJ 5.8% 1460-1570 33-35
5. Harvard University Cambridge, MA 4.5% 1460-1580 33-35
6. Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, PA 15.4% 1460-1560 33-35
7. UC Berkeley Berkeley, CA 16.8% 1350-1540 30-35
8. Rice University Houston, TX 8.7% 1470-1560 33-35
9. University of Chicago Chicago, IL 6.2% 1500-1560 33-35
10. Cornell University Ithaca, NY 10.6% 1400-1560 32-35
11. Duke University Durham, NC 7.8% 1500-1560 33-35
12. Columbia University New York, NY 5.3% 1480-1560 33-35
13. Georgia Institute of Technology – main campus Atlanta, Georgia 18.8% 1310-1480 29-34
14. University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 7.7% 1460-1550 33-35
15. Yale University New Haven, CT 6.1% 1470-1560 33-35

1. Stanford University

Location: Stanford, CA

Acceptance Rate: 4.3% 

Total Undergrad Enrollment: 7,087

Middle 50% SAT/ACT: 1440-1550 SAT, 32-35 ACT

 

Learn more about Stanford and what it takes to get accepted.

 

2. California Institute of Technology (Caltech)

Location: Pasadena, CA

Acceptance Rate: 6.4%

Total Undergrad Enrollment: 948

Middle 50% SAT/ACT: 1530-1570 SAT, 35-36 ACT

 

Learn more about Caltech and what it takes to get accepted.

 

3. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Location: Cambridge, MA

Acceptance Rate: 6.7%

Total Undergrad Enrollment: 4,602

Middle 50% SAT/ACT: 1520-1580 SAT, 34-36 ACT

 

Learn more about MIT and what it takes to get accepted.

 

4. Princeton University

Location: Princeton, NJ

Acceptance Rate: 5.8%

Total Undergrad Enrollment: 5,267

Middle 50% SAT/ACT: 1460-1570 SAT, 33-35 ACT

 

Learn more about Princeton and what it takes to get accepted.

 

5. Harvard University

Location: Cambridge, MA

Acceptance Rate: 4.5%

Total Undergrad Enrollment: 6,788

Middle 50% SAT/ACT: 1460-1580 SAT, 33-35 ACT

 

Learn more about Harvard and what it takes to get accepted.

 

6. Carnegie Mellon University

Location: Pittsburgh, PA

Acceptance Rate: 15.4%

Total Undergrad Enrollment: 6,947

Middle 50% SAT/ACT: 1470-1560 SAT, 33-35 ACT

 

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7. UC Berkeley

Location: Berkeley, CA

Acceptance Rate: 16.8%

Total Undergrad Enrollment: 30,853

Middle 50% SAT/ACT: 1350-1540 SAT, 30-35 ACT

 

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8. Rice University

Location: Houston, TX

Acceptance Rate: 8.7% 

Total Undergrad Enrollment: 3,992

Middle 50% SAT/ACT: 1470-1560 SAT, 33-35 ACT

 

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9. University of Chicago

Location: Chicago, IL

Acceptance Rate: 6.2%

Total Undergrad Enrollment: 6,552

Middle 50% SAT/ACT: 1500-1560 SAT, 33-35 ACT

 

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10. Cornell University

Location: Ithaca, NY

Acceptance Rate: 10.6%

Total Undergrad Enrollment: 15,182

Middle 50% SAT/ACT: 1400-1560 SAT, 32-35 ACT

 

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11. Duke University

Location: Durham, NC

Acceptance Rate: 7.8%

Total Undergrad Enrollment: 6,682

Middle 50% SAT/ACT: 1500-1560 SAT, 33-35 ACT

 

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12. Columbia University

Location: New York, NY

Acceptance Rate: 5.3%

Total Undergrad Enrollment: 6,202

Middle 50% SAT/ACT: 1480-1560 SAT, 33-35 ACT

 

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13. Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech)

Location: Atlanta, GA

Acceptance Rate: 18.8%

Total Undergrad Enrollment: 16,049

Middle 50% SAT/ACT: 1310-1480 SAT, 29-34 ACT

 

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14. University of Pennsylvania (UPenn)

Location: Philadelphia, PA

Acceptance Rate: 7.7%

Total Undergrad Enrollment: 10,183

Middle 50% SAT/ACT: 1460-1550 SAT, 33-35 ACT

 

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15. Yale University

Location: New Haven, CT

Acceptance Rate: 6.1% 

Total Undergrad Enrollment: 5,964

Middle 50% SAT/ACT: 1470-1560 SAT, 33-35 ACT

 

Learn more about Yale and what it takes to get accepted.

 

There are many more schools that are great for Computer Science majors. See the complete list of best colleges for compsci.

 

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Lily Fang
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Lily Fang is 2018 grad of Amherst College with a degree in math and French. She has called three countries “home”: the U.S., France, and England. In her spare time, she trains for marathons and writes for her travel and running blog.