What are the top colleges for Computer Science and Cyber Security?
In the future, I plan to go to a college for a computer science and cyber security major. I just haven't been able to find the "perfect" college. I thought I would ask for people's opinion who are actually in the field of study. Thank you. #computer-science #computer #computer-security
Many schools have career advisory departments that have relationships with various firms that recruit on campus, so it's not as if you would be shut out of a career if you don't attend a "named" school for computer science. If you go to an accredited university, with an accredited computer science program, and you demonstrate mastery of the subject matter with good grades and a good interview, you will be fine. Most importantly, make sure that computer science is something that you will like to do as a career, and be able to show passion for the field.
I then went to Carnegie Mellon (very well known for IT & Cyber) for my Masters. I had extensive job opportunities after Carnegie because of the relationships the school cultivates. You can't get around that those top schools gets people to look at you easily. However, what came through those interviews more than anything was passion for the subject because I had truly found what I was passionate about.
What will differentiate you significantly, and help you decide what you want to do, is doing job shadowing and internships where possible. Once you find your passion, whatever school you go to will provide you opportunities to demonstrate it.
There is no perfect college.
Try approaching from 'what company do I want to work for'.
If you want to work for the data powerhouses (Amazon, Walmart), reach out to their HR departments and see where they recruit from.
I work for one of the larger telecommunications companies, and they like to recruit in Tampa, Florida and North Jersey, so schools in that area may not be a bad pick.
If you don't have the ultimate employer in mind, consider schools with coops (Georgia Tech, Drexel, Univ of Chicago). You'll have the opportunity to work for tentative employers.
Also, where cybersecurity is concerned, there are professional certifications that are really, really, REALLY good to have. If you can find a college that offers classes that will assist with those certifications - you're in a win-win spot.