Best Computer Science Colleges in California

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We have created a 2018 ranking of the best colleges in California that offer Computer Science degrees to help you find a school that fits your needs. Each school's ranking is based on the compilation of our data from reliable government sources, student surveys, college graduate interviews, and editorial review. In addition, you can view our entire list of all 113 Computer Science schools located within California. We also provide reviews, facts, and questions and answers for schools on our site and offer you access to get valuable information from colleges and universities today.

Best Computer Science Colleges in California for 2018

Rank School Name Location Description   Rating
1 Stanford University Stanford, CA

Stanford University is another big name institution that provides students the opportunity to make an impact in the world. The School of Engineering is home to nine departments, more than 240 faculty, and more than 4,000 students. They believe that “engineering should solve human problems – not just technical ones.” Whether it’s climate change, overpopulation, or network security, Stanford takes on the toughest challenges of the 21st century and asks, “What can we do about it?” Stanford answers this question with a strong emphasis on interdisciplinary research and a general multidisciplinary approach. The school also offers a Computer Forum, offering industries the option to learn about the professional abilities and interests of Stanford students through its active recruiting program. More than 60 companies located in Silicon Valley, the rest of the U.S., Europe, and Asia are members of this cooperative venture.

Based on 64 Reviews
2 California Institute of Technology Pasadena, CA

It’s the most popular major at Caltech and not without reason. The Computing + Mathematical Sciences (CMS) Department is home to everyone who shares a passion for science and engineering and has the drive to investigate. Nestled in the heart of Pasadena (nearly 300 sunny days a year!), CMS “involves its students in world-class research – even at the undergraduate level.” These research availabilities make Caltech a very special place to be! It’s a small community, and the collaborative atmosphere on campus will have an enormous impact on your learning and research experience. The CMS Partners Program gives you more than just a sneak peek into the working world and lets you engage with companies through course projects, collaborative research, and mentorship. One of the biggest events is TechFest in October, focusing on providing startups and companies with a chance to interact with undergraduate and graduate students at CMS.

Based on 4 Reviews
3 University of California-Berkeley Berkeley, CA
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As one of the most distinguished institutions of higher learning, University of California Berkeley, or better known as Cal, sure has something to offer. An excellent faculty, educational opportunities, and close proximity to the California high-tech economy definitely have to be factored in. As the website states: “This close proximity to the latest and coolest technologies enlivens our curriculum, provides many research and summer job opportunities for our students, and makes this a very exciting place to study electrical engineering and computer sciences.” With two different undergraduate degrees from two different colleges (the Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences offered by the College of Engineering and the Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science from the College of Letters & Science) UC Berkeley stands out among other institutions. And if you want to further your education even more, EECS’s graduate programs are also among the best in the nation.

Based on 140 Reviews
4 University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA

USC’s Viterbi School of Engineering boasts current enrollment of 2,700 undergraduate and 5,600 graduate students. The University of Southern California takes pride in being “innovative, elite and internationally recognized for creating new models of education, research, and commercialization that are firmly rooted in real world needs.” Whether you're a first year, senior, or graduate student - it's never too late to start! A variety of courses, designed to introduce you to computer science and programming, make it obvious that we live in an exciting time to study this major. Choose from four bachelor’s degree programs or a variety of master’s degree programs to support students in exploring all the challenges this disciplines has to offer. Stay up to date! By subscribing to the CS Job Announcements mailing list, you will receive information regarding on-campus and off-campus jobs and internships in your field.

Based on 52 Reviews
5 Harvey Mudd College Claremont, CA
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“Our majors should possess strong oral and written communication skills, leadership skills, and an understanding of the impact of their work on society.” This is #3 of eleven goals that the department of computer science states on their website to ensure a learning environment that is “welcoming and supporting” (#9). A “reputation for excellence within and beyond the college” (#10) and “effective teachers and mentors” (#6) are among the other desired achievements. Faculty and students try to accomplish these through three undergraduate major programs in cooperation with the Departments of Biology and Mathematics: the computer science major, the joint major in computer science and mathematics, and the mathematical and computational biology major. In addition, students can participate in the innovative Clinic Program, which provides students with a capstone experience, taking an idea from "concept-to-product". Fancy a semester abroad? The CS department encourages all students to consider a study abroad experience to better understand other cultures, develop language skills, and study in a new environment. Off you go!

6 University of California-San Diego La Jolla, CA

University of California-San Diego offers 4 Computer Science Degree programs. It's a large public university in a large city. In 2015, 422 students graduated in the study area of Computer Science with students earning 310 Bachelor's degrees, 92 Master's degrees, and 20 Doctoral degrees.

Based on 36 Reviews
7 University of California-Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA

University of California-Los Angeles offers 3 Computer Science Degree programs. It's a large public university in a large city. In 2015, 291 students graduated in the study area of Computer Science with students earning 141 Bachelor's degrees, 115 Master's degrees, and 35 Doctoral degrees.

Based on 88 Reviews
8 University of California-Irvine Irvine, CA

University of California-Irvine offers 4 Computer Science Degree programs. It's a large public university in a mid sized city. In 2015, 304 students graduated in the study area of Computer Science with students earning 212 Bachelor's degrees, 69 Master's degrees, and 23 Doctoral degrees.

Based on 16 Reviews
9 University of California-Davis Davis, CA

University of California-Davis offers 4 Computer Science Degree programs. It's a large public university in a small suburb. In 2015, 224 students graduated in the study area of Computer Science with students earning 165 Bachelor's degrees, 32 Master's degrees, and 27 Doctoral degrees.

Based on 92 Reviews
10 University of California-Santa Cruz Santa Cruz, CA

University of California-Santa Cruz offers 4 Computer Science Degree programs. It's a large public university in a small city. In 2015, 254 students graduated in the study area of Computer Science with students earning 222 Bachelor's degrees, 26 Master's degrees, and 6 Doctoral degrees.

Based on 20 Reviews

List of all Computer Science Colleges in California

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School Logo School Name Average tuition Student Teacher Ratio Enrolled Students
Stanford University Stanford University Stanford, CA
5/5
6 : 1 16,980
California Institute of Technology California Institute of Technology Pasadena, CA
5/5
7 : 1 2,255
University of California-Berkeley University of California-Berkeley Berkeley, CA
3/5
21 : 1 38,189
University of Southern California University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA
5/5
16 : 1 43,401
Harvey Mudd College Harvey Mudd College Claremont, CA
5/5
8 : 1 825
University of California-San Diego University of California-San Diego La Jolla, CA
3/5
15 : 1 32,906
University of California-Los Angeles University of California-Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA
3/5
12 : 1 41,908
University of California-Irvine University of California-Irvine Irvine, CA
3/5
17 : 1 30,836
University of California-Davis University of California-Davis Davis, CA
3/5
15 : 1 35,186
University of California-Santa Cruz University of California-Santa Cruz Santa Cruz, CA
3/5
27 : 1 17,868
University of California-Santa Barbara University of California-Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, CA
3/5
24 : 1 23,497
California State University-Fullerton California State University-Fullerton Fullerton, CA
2/5
30 : 1 38,948
San Diego State University San Diego State University San Diego, CA
2/5
31 : 1 34,254
California State University-Long Beach California State University-Long Beach Long Beach, CA
2/5
27 : 1 37,446
University of California-Riverside University of California-Riverside Riverside, CA
3/5
24 : 1 21,385
California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo, CA
3/5
23 : 1 20,944
San Jose State University San Jose State University San Jose, CA
2/5
31 : 1 32,773
Pomona College Pomona College Claremont, CA
5/5
8 : 1 1,663
California State Polytechnic University-Pomona California State Polytechnic University-Pomona Pomona, CA
2/5
31 : 1 23,717
University of San Francisco University of San Francisco San Francisco, CA
5/5
15 : 1 10,797
California Lutheran University California Lutheran University Thousand Oaks, CA
5/5
16 : 1 4,126
Claremont McKenna College Claremont McKenna College Claremont, CA
5/5
8 : 1 1,349
University of San Diego University of San Diego San Diego, CA
5/5
15 : 1 8,251
Chapman University Chapman University Orange, CA
5/5
14 : 1 8,305
Occidental College Occidental College Los Angeles, CA
5/5
11 : 1 2,023

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Additional Computer Science Degree Facts for California Schools

California Schools offering online Computer Science degrees

Online Computer Science degrees are available at a variety of different schools with as many as 187 degrees earned at the most popular school. Read more below about all schools that have offered online Computer Science degrees. If you are interested learning more about getting a degree online, check out our page dedicated to online degree information.

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Associate's
Bachelor's
Master's
Doctoral
School Name Certificate Associate's Bachelor's Master's Doctoral
Stanford University 0 0 0 187 0
National University 0 0 24 72 0
Trident University International 0 0 28 0 0
Cosumnes River College 0 3 0 0 0
Charter College-Canyon Country 0 1 0 0 0
How many California schools offer online Computer Science degrees?
  • 2 Associate's
  • 2 Bachelor's
  • 2 Master's

What Computer Science degree programs were earned in California?

Degree Level Program Length Colleges Graduates
Associate's 2-year Length 59 Colleges 294 Graduates
Bachelor's 4-year Length 59 Colleges 3,289 Graduates
Certificates < 1 year Length 11 Colleges 69 Graduates
Doctoral 1-2 year Length 11 Colleges 230 Graduates
Master's 1+ years Length 30 Colleges 1,872 Graduates
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