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2021 Best Value Computer & Information Sciences Schools in the Great Lakes Region

Highlighting Quality Schools With More Affordable Pricing

44 Colleges
$24,030 Avg Tuition & Fees*
$48,783 Avg Salary

Finding the Best Computer & Information Sciences School for You

In 2018-2019, 51,096 computer and information sciences students received a degree or certificate, making the major the #6 most popular in the country.

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're no longer limited to schools in your local area, either, since online programs are becoming more prevalent. Or you may find the programs at a trade school to be a better alternative for you.

The Best Value Computer & Information Sciences Schools in the Great Lakes Region ranking is one of many tools that Grad Degree Search has developed to help you make your educational decision. Our analysis looked at 44 schools in the Great Lakes Region to see which programs offered the best value experiences for computer and information sciences students with the aim of identifying those quality schools that are more affordable than some of their counterparts.

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 Computer & Information Sciences Schools in the Great Lakes Region

Check out the computer and information sciences programs at these schools if you want to get the best value for your educational dollar.

Top 10 Best Computer & Information Sciences Schools

#1

Ferris State University

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

Our analysis found Ferris State University to be the best value school for computer and information sciences students who want to pursue a degree in the Great Lakes Region . Located in the distant town of Big Rapids, Ferris is a public school with a fairly 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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The excellent programs at Illinois State University helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best computer and information sciences schools in the Great Lakes Region . Located in the medium-sized suburb of Normal, Illinois State is a public college with a very large student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Illinois State are $20,427 per year.

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$11,265 Average Tuition & Fees

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Best Value Computer & Information Sciences Schools in the Great Lakes Region list. Located in the suburb of Edwardsville, SIUE is a public school with a large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at SIUE are $11,265 a year.

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$11,465 Average Tuition & Fees

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Walsh College of Accountancy and Business Administration. The school came in at #4 on this year’s Best Value Computer & Information Sciences Schools in the Great Lakes Region list. Walsh College is a small private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Troy.

Walsh College undergraduate students pay an average of $11,465 in tuition and fees each year.

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$14,610 Average Tuition & Fees

A rank of #5 on this year’s list means Northern Illinois University is a great value for computer and information sciences students. Located in the suburb of Dekalb, NIU is a public college with a fairly large student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at NIU are $14,610 per year.

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#6

Lewis University

Romeoville, IL
$33,430 Average Tuition & Fees

Lewis University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best value schools for computer and information sciences students. It came in at #6 on the list. Located in the large suburb of Romeoville, Lewis is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Lewis are $33,430 per year.

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$18,610 Average Tuition & Fees

Grand Valley State University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best value schools for computer and information sciences students. It came in at #7 on the list. GVSU is a very large public school located in the large suburb of Allendale.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at GVSU are $18,610 per year.

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With a ranking of #8, University of Wisconsin - Madison did quite well on this year’s best value schools for computer and information sciences students. UW - Madison is a fairly large public school located in the city of Madison.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at UW - Madison are $37,785 a year.

In addition to its great value ranking, UW - Madison is in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Computer & Information Sciences Schools in the Great Lakes Region list.

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$17,765 Average Tuition & Fees

University of Akron Main Campus came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Computer & Information Sciences Schools in the Great Lakes Region ranking. University of Akron Main Campus is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized city of Akron.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at University of Akron Main Campus are $17,765 a year.

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#10

Bradley University

Peoria, IL

Bradley University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best value schools for computer and information sciences students. It came in at #10 on the list. Bradley is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Peoria.

Bradley undergraduate students pay an average of $34,610 in tuition and fees each year.

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Best Computer & Information Sciences Colleges by State

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State Degrees Awarded
Indiana 668
Illinois 3,169
Wisconsin 380
Michigan 873
Ohio 812

Computer & Information Sciences Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Computer Information Systems 17,155
Computer Science 12,884
Information Technology 8,964
Information Science 7,072
Computer Software & Applications 2,830
Computer Systems Analysis 772
Computer Systems Networking 713
Other Computer & Information Sciences 486
Computer Programming 147
Data Processing 73

Related Major Annual Graduates
Engineering 63,808
Biological & Biomedical Sciences 27,505
Mathematics & Statistics 13,820
Physical Sciences 13,573
Architecture & Related Services 7,816

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 Almonroth.

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