I may be a bit biased, but the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) has a wonderful Comp Sci program and a matching world-class reputation as a research-focused university. It was actually one of the first Comp Sci departments established at a public school in the 1960's! However, keep in mind if Computer Engineering interests you more than pure Computer Science there are other more engineer-focused options to consider (see aforementioned list from Nilla).
Employers in the coding world are trending toward a search for experience rather than education. A recent article suggested Apple does not put faith in degrees. I work as a site reliability engineer and I don’t have a degree. MOST COMPUTER SCIENCE CAN BE LEARNED FOR FREE ONLINE. Get a degree that is cost effective to cover your bases, but while studying you should do your own work to get experience, create a github account with scripts that you write; if you are trending toward networking, use cheap methods(such as the raspberry pi) to experiment with your own infrastructure and document on a github thoroughly. The important thing is find a way to show how you learned more than just “schooling”.
recommended learning sites:
codecademy - free
udemy - 10 dollars if you wait for the right time, which is every few weeks
One thing to consider is the size of the computer science program. The larger the program, the more opportunities exist to study in many of the concentrations in these programs. For instance, the University of Texas at Dallas has grown to be the 4th largest computer science program in the U.S. There are some interesting areas to study in computer science. In addition, UT Dallas has a scholarship for service where your living expenses, books, fees, and tuition are covered if you major in computer science with a concentration on information assurance. In return for this, you agree to work for one of the government agencies (e.g. NSA, CIA, FBI, etc.) for the number of years you are in the program. If all four years are on scholarship, you agree to work for 4 years for the government and you don't have any student loans or bills.
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Hi, there are multiple schools are best for computer science degree programs, here are some top schools:
- Mellon University
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Stanford University
- University of California--Berkeley
- University of Illinois--Urbana-Champaign
- Cornell University
- University of Washington
- Georgia Institute of Technology
Again, it's depend on what your focus areas such as AI, Data Science and other skills.
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According to U.S. News, the top computer science degree programs are at CMU, MIT, Stanford University, and UC Berkeley.
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