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2021 Best Value Information Technology Schools

Highlighting Quality Schools With More Affordable Pricing

140 Colleges
$19,050 Avg Tuition & Fees*
$39,044 Avg Salary

Finding the Best Information Technology School for You

In 2018-2019, 8,964 people earned a degree or certificate in information technology, making the major the #31 most popular in the United States.

There are so many programs in today's world that it can tough to figure out which one is the right one for you. You can choose a traditional brick and mortar school, or with the growth of online education, you can attend a school half-way across the country without even leaving your house. Also there are many trade schools that offer short-term programs that open up more career options.

To assist you in seeing some of the education options that are available to you, Grad Degree Search has created its Best Value Information Technology Schools ranking. This report analyzed 140 schools in the United States to see which ones offered the best value programs for IT students. The goal was to highlight schools with more affordable prices than others offering similar quality experiences.

This ranking is not just a list of inexpensive schools. We also consider each school's quality, since we believe a low-quality school may not be a 'bargain' at any price. Specifically, our score for quality is discounted by the published tuition and fees charged by the given college. This gives the cost per unit of quality for each college. The more quality your dollar buys, the better the value.

For nationwide and regional rankings, we use out-of-state tuition and fees in our calculations. For statewide rankings, we use average in-state tuition and fees.

2021 Best Value Information Technology Schools in the United States

The following schools top our list of the Best Value Information Technology Colleges.

Top 15% Best Information Technology Schools

#1

Western Governors University

Salt Lake City, UT
$6,670 Average Tuition & Fees

Our 2021 rankings named Western Governors University the best value school in the United States for information technology students. Located in the large suburb of Salt Lake City, WGU is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at WGU are $6,670 a year.

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$5,790 Average Tuition & Fees

The excellent programs at Brigham Young University - Provo helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best information technology schools in the United States. BYU is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Provo.

BYU undergraduate students pay an average of $5,790 in tuition and fees each year.

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#3

Wilmington University

New Castle, DE
$11,480 Average Tuition & Fees

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Wilmington University. The school came in at #3 on this year’s Best Value Information Technology Schools list. Located in the suburb of New Castle, Wilmington University is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

Wilmington University undergraduate students pay an average of $11,480 in tuition and fees each year.

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#4

Ferris State University

Big Rapids, MI
$12,376 Average Tuition & Fees

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Ferris State University. The school came in at #4 on this year’s Best Value Information Technology Schools list. Located in the town of Big Rapids, Ferris is a public school with a large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Ferris are $12,376 a year.

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$8,400 Average Tuition & Fees

Out of the 140 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Colorado State University - Global Campus landed the # 5 spot on the list. Colorado State University - Global Campus is a fairly large public school located in the city of Greenwood Village.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Colorado State University - Global Campus are $8,400 per year.

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$7,324 Average Tuition & Fees

American Public University System landed the #6 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value information technology programs. Located in the fringe town of Charles Town, American Military University is a private for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at American Military University are $7,324 per year.

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#7

Dakota State University

Madison, SD
$12,606 Average Tuition & Fees

Dakota State University came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Information Technology Schools ranking. Located in the town of Madison, Dakota State is a public school with a small student population.

Dakota State undergraduate students pay an average of $12,606 in tuition and fees each year.

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$9,541 Average Tuition & Fees

West Texas A&M University came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Information Technology Schools ranking. West Texas A&M University is a medium-sized public school located in the town of Canyon.

West Texas A&M University undergraduate students pay an average of $9,541 in tuition and fees each year.

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$12,336 Average Tuition & Fees

University of Maryland Global Campus came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Information Technology Schools ranking. Located in the suburb of Adelphi, UMGC is a public school with a very large student population.

UMGC undergraduate students pay an average of $12,336 in tuition and fees each year.

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North Dakota State University - Main Campus came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Information Technology Schools ranking. Located in the medium-sized city of Fargo, North Dakota State University is a public school with a fairly large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at North Dakota State University are $13,757 a year.

North Dakota State University also claimed a spot on our Best Information Technology Schools list. It’s in the top 15% of all schools in this category.

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$20,427 Average Tuition & Fees

Illinois State University came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Information Technology Schools ranking. Located in the midsize suburb of Normal, Illinois State is a public school with a very large student population.

Illinois State undergraduate students pay an average of $20,427 in tuition and fees each year.

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#12

Champlain College

Burlington, VT
$41,828 Average Tuition & Fees

Champlain College ranked #12 on this year’s Best Value Information Technology Schools list. Champlain is a small private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Burlington.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Champlain are $41,828 a year.

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$21,244 Average Tuition & Fees

University of Nebraska at Omaha came in at #13 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Information Technology Schools ranking. UNOMAHA is a large public school located in the city of Omaha.

UNOMAHA undergraduate students pay an average of $21,244 in tuition and fees each year.

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#14

Saint Leo University

Saint Leo, FL
$23,750 Average Tuition & Fees

With a ranking of #14, Saint Leo University did quite well on this year’s best value schools for information technology students. St. Leo University is a large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Saint Leo.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at St. Leo University are $23,750 per year.

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#15

Bellevue University

Bellevue, NE
$7,851 Average Tuition & Fees

With a ranking of #15, Bellevue University did quite well on this year’s best value schools for information technology students. Located in the large suburb of Bellevue, Bellevue University is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Bellevue University are $7,851 a year.

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$9,552 Average Tuition & Fees

University of Phoenix - Arizona ranked #16 on this year’s Best Value Information Technology Schools list. Located in the large city of Tempe, UOPX - Arizona is a private for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at UOPX - Arizona are $9,552 per year.

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#17

Marist College

Poughkeepsie, NY

With a ranking of #17, Marist College did quite well on this year’s best value schools for information technology students. Marist is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Poughkeepsie.

Marist undergraduate students pay an average of $40,525 in tuition and fees each year.

In addition to its great value ranking, Marist is in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Information Technology Schools list.

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#18

Regis University

Denver, CO
$38,180 Average Tuition & Fees

Regis University ranked #18 on this year’s Best Value Information Technology Schools list. Located in the city of Denver, Regis U is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Regis U are $38,180 a year.

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West Chester University of Pennsylvania came in at #19 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Information Technology Schools ranking. Located in the suburb of West Chester, WCUPA is a public school with a large student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at WCUPA are $22,245 per year.

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$15,898 Average Tuition & Fees

Missouri State University - Springfield ranked #19 on this year’s Best Value Information Technology Schools list. Missouri State is a very large public school located in the city of Springfield.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Missouri State are $15,898 a year.

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#19

Saint Cloud State University

Saint Cloud, MN
$16,948 Average Tuition & Fees

Saint Cloud State University landed the #19 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value information technology programs. St. Cloud State University is a fairly large public school located in the city of Saint Cloud.

St. Cloud State University undergraduate students pay an average of $16,948 in tuition and fees each year.

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Honorable Mentions

Here are some additional great value schools for Information Technology graduate students seeking value that almost earned our Best Value Information Technology Schools award.

Rank College Location
22 University of Virginia - Main Campus Charlottesville, VA
23 Lewis University Romeoville, IL
24 Grand Canyon University Phoenix, AZ
25 Metropolitan State University Saint Paul, MN
26 Northeastern University Boston, MA
27 Walsh College of Accountancy and Business Administration Troy, MI
28 Michigan Technological University Houghton, MI

Information Technology by Region

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Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

Information Technology is one of 10 different types of programs to choose from.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Computer Information Systems 17,155
Computer Science 12,884
Information Science 7,072
Computer Software & Applications 2,830
Computer Systems Analysis 772

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Craig Dennis.

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