Big Name Universities with Small Price Tag Options
Everyone interested in computer science, has come across MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and heard positive things about their programs and the clout that graduates have by graduating from such a prestigious institution.
MIT ranks high on the list with well deserved kudos for continually adapting their curriculum to meet the demands of the rapidly evolving field of technology. For those living in Massachusetts and wanting to pursue a career in this field, MIT is a no-brainer; but Smith College should not be discounted as a potential candidate for a stellar education that includes computer science.
In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, we find Carnegie Mellon University with a program in Electrical and Computer Science that includes resolving problems in the medical field through computer technology. The section on their website detailing The Center for Bioimage Informatics will be of interest to those seeking a degree in computer science that encompasses the field of medicine. Financial aid is available to those who submit their applications early and qualify based on financial need.
In California, we find Stanford University. Stanford is also on the cutting-edge of education and technology and offers free computer science classes online. Here is the CS Department's statement in regards to their program quality:
"The Stanford Computer Science (CS) Department continues to lead the world in computer science research and education. Throughout the past four decades, the Stanford CS Department has influenced society at levels that remain without parallel among academic institutions. Its spin-offs are among the most successful corporate ventures in the world, and many of the leaders in the academic and corporate research world are graduates of the Stanford CS Department."
The good news is that Stanford has a very generous financial aid package that enables students to graduate without the heavy burden of outstanding loans. Families making $60,000 or less pay absolutely nothing for their children's tuition, room and board and all other expenses associated with attending Stanford. Families earning up to $100,000 do not pay tuition but may have to contribute to room and board. Families making more than $100,000 should not be discouraged since Stanford offers great financial packages for all types of family financial situations.
Other notable universities offering degrees in computer science include Texas A&M, Virginia Tech, University of California at Berkley and Santa Barbara, Northwestern University, Cornell University and the California Institute of Technology.
This list is far from complete since most major institutions are eager to stay abreast of technological advances and incorporate these into their other fields of study that include engineering, medical sciences, business administration, communication and the arts to name a few. Students should consider the potential applications of computer science into the many fields that continue to integrate technology into their fields of study and research.