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The best Computer Science undergraduate programs?

FreedomOverdoseFreedomOverdose Posts: 77Registered User Junior Member
edited August 2010 in College Search & Selection
Hey there :)

I am an international student and I'd like to graduate for CS in the US. What are the best schools for CS? I mean, I know what MIT and Stanford are the top-notch, but what about other good schools, that are somehow international friendly?

thx :)
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Replies to: The best Computer Science undergraduate programs?

  • blackeyedsusanblackeyedsusan Posts: 2,382Registered User Senior Member
    I strongly suggest you look into Rice University. It has a superb computer science program with close faculty interaction and great research opportunities available for undergraduates. Rice is also international-friendly (as is Houston).
  • kwukwu Posts: 4,759Registered User Senior Member
    Carnegie Mellon, indisputably.
  • FreedomOverdoseFreedomOverdose Posts: 77Registered User Junior Member
    blackeyedsusan, thanks for the advice :). I've already considered Rice :)

    kwu, CMU doesn't give any kind of financial aid to internationals, not even merit based :( (if im not wrong)
  • tk21769tk21769 Posts: 7,121Registered User Senior Member
    Berkeley is one of the best. Dunno about their aid to internationals.

    The one class of college that I associate with relatively good aid to internationals is selective liberal arts colleges, which are often hungry to project an image of student diversity. These schools usually are not considered among the tops in Computer Science. However, the undergraduate CS curriculum is fairly standard; you can get an excellent general education at these schools. If you do not feel a need for bleeding-edge research or the most impressive computing facilities and equipment, you might want to check out schools like Carleton, Macalester, Wesleyan University (in Connecticut), Oberlin, etc. Harvey Mudd College in particular is a LAC with a science and technology focus (though I don't know about aid to internationals there -- check its Common Data Set, section H).
  • levirmlevirm Posts: 1,177Registered User Senior Member
    Check out Case Western Reserve.
  • TotalCollapseTotalCollapse Posts: 168Registered User Junior Member
    Cornell
    Cal Tech
    University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
  • FreedomOverdoseFreedomOverdose Posts: 77Registered User Junior Member
    thanks for your replies guys :)

    Unfortunately, most of the unis won't offer any financial aid to internationals (berkeley, U Mich, etc) :(
  • FreedomOverdoseFreedomOverdose Posts: 77Registered User Junior Member
    thanks :)

    what is LAC?! What do you mean with your last sentence?

    thx :)
  • tk21769tk21769 Posts: 7,121Registered User Senior Member
    LAC = Liberal Arts College.

    These are colleges that have no, or very few, graduate school programs. The focus is entirely on undergraduates. They also have no, or very few, pre-professional majors (architecture, business, engineering, nursing, etc.). The focus is almost entirely on the liberal arts and sciences (biology,history, mathematics, etc.)

    There are about 200 of these schools in the United States. Most of them are selective, expensive private schools.
  • m4dskillz07m4dskillz07 Posts: 405Registered User Member
    University of Maryland, College Park

    Great safety for anyone interested in computer science, usually isn't too stingy on merit aid. I'm pretty sure they're international friendly
  • noimaginationnoimagination Posts: 6,981Registered User Senior Member
    NRC Rankings in Computer Science

    SUNY Stony Brook is a fairly affordable choice with a very strong program.
  • VeracityVeracity Posts: 228Registered User Junior Member
    Those rankings are over ten years old noimagination...
  • noimaginationnoimagination Posts: 6,981Registered User Senior Member
    ^ So, the order isn't entirely accurate. Who cares? If it's in the top *insert arbitrary number here*, it's still probably a pretty good school.
  • EngineerHeadEngineerHead Posts: 928Registered User Member
    James Madison University's CIS program is top 10 in the nation, so I would assume their CS program to be good as well.
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