List of top computer science schools

Studying at a prestigious institution in computer science will pave the way for you to work with blue chip companies. But which institution should you go to? The location, acceptance rates, scholarship possibilities, and faculty are some of the factors to be considered before applying.

Listed below are the best Computer Science schools which will impress any prospective employer:

1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), United States

William Barton Rogers, geologist, physicist, and educator founded MIT in 1861. Being an institution with an impressive repute, the acceptance rate hovers around 8%, one of the lowest and a measure of how stringent they are in selecting students. The 4-year course Computer Science & Engineering course (6-3) focuses on computation structures, artificial intelligence, software engineering, computer algorithms, and computer systems. Many faculty members at MIT are luminaries in the profession. Scholarships are given to students who need financial aid and about 59% students avail of this. 

Some illustrious alumni are Kofi Anan – exUN Secretary General, Edwin ‘Buzz’ Aldrin - the second person to walk on the Moon and Jonah Peretti, Co-founder and CEO of BuzzFeed

2. Stanford University, United States

Located in Silicon Valley, California, and founded in 1965, it has been a constant in the list of top computer science programs globally. Admissions to the 4-year course are quite tough with an acceptance rate of about 7%. The program helps students gain overall knowledge in the subject and put their learning in computer science, theory, abstraction and implementation to practical use in solving problems in the discipline. Undergraduates are eligible for need-based financial aid but there is limited aid available for international students.

Brian Acton, co-founder of WhatsApp, Larry Page, co-founder of Google and Reed Hastings, Netflix founder are some of the renowned alumni.

3. Carnegie Mellon University, United States

It is a top-rank private school located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, founded in 1988 and named after Andrew Carnegie and Andrew Mellon - they both were industrialist and philanthropist. Their Computer Science program is reputed for it’s offering in programming languages, artificial intelligence, systems and theory. The acceptance rate is challenging at 10%. However having prior training in computer science and mathematics can ease the chances of acceptance. Need based financial aid is given to around 40% full-time undergraduates but no financial aid is offered to international students.

Notable alumni include Scott Draves, inventor of Fractal Flames, Shree K. Nayar and Daniel H. Wilson.

4. University of California – Berkeley, United States

Founded in 1868, it is one of the ten campuses of the University of California. The acceptance rate is stiff at 8% which is a reflection of the high standards that the course demands. To get admission to the computer science program at UC, Berkeley you can seek admission first to the Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences and major at the College of Engineering as a newcomer and then seek admission to the Bachelor of Science program Only US citizens can avail of financial aid including scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study. Foreign students cannot receive any kind of aid.

Some of the illustrious alumni are Mike Olson, Founder, Cloudera, Amin Vahdat, Technical Lead at Google and Yoky Matsuoka, Co-Founder of Google

5. Harvard University, United States

Located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Harvard University is an Ivy League university founded in 1636 with a reputation for excellence in teaching and learning. The 2-semester program offers study in theoretical computer science, artificial intelligence, privacy and security, data-management systems, intelligent interfaces, operating systems, computer graphics, robotics, networks, program languages, machine learning, visualization and more. However the Computer Science curriculum allows students the option to include study in other fields too.While getting an admission into Harvard is tough, the University ensures that a student – both US citizens and foreign, receive financial aid to complete the program.

Mikhail Kats, Pulkit K. Agrawal Aurelian Nicolae are some of the notable alumni.

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