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Computer Science Undergraduate Rankings

usertheoneusertheone Registered User Posts: 32 Junior Member
edited December 2011 in College Search & Selection

I am looking for undergraduate rankings for Computer Science programs in the United States, I know a set of graduate rankings do exist (US News and World Report) but their undergraduate section does not seem to include a Computer Science sub-category.

In general I am looking for the top 10 undergrad programs in this field

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Replies to: Computer Science Undergraduate Rankings

  • kwukwu Registered User Posts: 4,759 Senior Member
    You can rely on the graduate rankings.

    Stanford, Princeton, MIT
    Berkeley (don't bother if you're not a CA resident),

    Cornell, Harvard, Penn

    Columbia, Duke
  • sentimentGX4sentimentGX4 Registered User Posts: 1,689 Senior Member
    ^Those are not strictly based on the USNWR graduate rankings. You bumped up all the Ivies. To say Princeton is on par with Stanford is a gross, gross overstatement. Not only is Stanford far superior in computer science, its in Silicon Valley.

    I would actually push Ivies down due to the overall weakness of their Engineering departments and any schools on the West Coast should be propped up due to their proximity to Silicon Valley, regardless of how rip off their tuition may be.

    Based on the USNWR rankings, I would recommend universities in this order:
    Rankings - Computer Science - Graduate Schools - Education - US News

    1. Stanford
    2. Berkeley
    3. CalTech
    4. MIT
    5. Carnegie Mellon

    Even if you have to resort to paying the inflated tuition for mediocre UCLA or UCSD, they are still many times better from a career standpoint than Harvard. *shudders*
  • Senior0991Senior0991 Registered User Posts: 2,380 Senior Member
    ^Let me qualify that for you:

    "they are still, in my opinion, many times better from a CS career standpoint than Harvard."
  • alecbenzeralecbenzer Registered User Posts: 69 Junior Member
    ^Let me qualify that for you:

    "Let me qualify that for you *based on my opinions*:
  • ellopoppetellopoppet Registered User Posts: 255 Junior Member
    Here's another link with some more/different schools:

    Computer Science College Rankings
  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus Registered User Posts: 60,287 Senior Member
    any schools on the West Coast should be propped up due to their proximity to Silicon Valley, regardless of how rip off their tuition may be.

    The truly local schools to Silicon Valley include:

    San Jose State University
    Santa Clara University
    Stanford University
    UC Santa Cruz
    CSU East Bay
    UC Berkeley
    (maybe) UC Davis (but that is stretching the definition of "local")
  • alecbenzeralecbenzer Registered User Posts: 69 Junior Member
    Oh and btw USNWR does now rank "Computer Colleges" (which I believe is supposed to be CompSci and CompE): Computer | Rankings | US News

    1. MIT
    2. CMU
    3. Stanford, UIUC
    5. Berkeley
    6. GaTech
    7. UT Austin
    8. UMich
    9. CalTech
    10. Cornell
  • Dad_of_3Dad_of_3 Registered User Posts: 2,067 Senior Member
    To me Tier 1, tier 2, tier .. makes more sense than an absolute 1, 2, and 3..
    And again, are the criteria and weightage that were used to rank match your criteria and weights? If you were very interested in one area of CS, or a combo - CS and business, or more towards a long term academic/research track than to industry, then you need to look at the schools with your criteria.

    But on a more practical point, it may be better to look at what your credentials are to get the broad group of colleges to apply to, and then decide which one after the acceptances come out by factoring in your specifics and other (eg. financial) issues.
  • al6200al6200 Registered User Posts: 1,579 Senior Member
    How can one evaluate the quality of an undergraduate program? Past a certain point, all of the schools will offer enough high level coursework and research opportunities to satisfy the needs of undergrads. I think that most undergraduate-program rankings are mirrors of graduate-program rankings.

    That's why the above USNWR list puts Stanford on the same level as UIUC and Berkeley above CalTech. However, I can't imagine an undergraduate ever choosing between these schools, even with huge merit scholarships in play. I think a better ranking would take into account concepts like undergraduate program quality, so that schools like Dartmouth and Yale would make it into the top 10 even if they don't have the biggest departments.
  • barronsbarrons Registered User Posts: 24,481 Senior Member
    Go wherever Google recruits. It will be among the best.
  • al6200al6200 Registered User Posts: 1,579 Senior Member
    Go wherever Google recruits. It will be among the best.

    Good advice, but google recruits at a big range of schools. Maybe the top 20-30 (perhaps we can break this down by how many times they recruit per year). That helps some students, but it doesn't help the student who wants to choose between two really good schools.
  • pakaerpakaer Registered User Posts: 11 New Member
    top4, ucb, mit, stanford, cmu
  • barronsbarrons Registered User Posts: 24,481 Senior Member
    Well maybe the fact that Google recruits at a number of schools tells you something. There is no one best answer. Especially for undergrad. There are 20 very good ones. Then it's up to the person.
  • chocolatenutzchocolatenutz Registered User Posts: 121 Junior Member
    Top 5:
    Cal Tech
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