America’s Top IT Schools, by Category

by Sam Perry on March 24, 2010

best_IT_schools_berkley_modisWe’ve seen a lot of posts discussing the top IT programs in America, sometimes referring to them as the top computer science programs, and sometimes switching back and forth between the two terms

When it comes to the best of the best, we thought we should break-out outstanding schools in three respective disciplines:

  • Information Technology (for training to become developers and programmers)
  • IT Business (for those who want to manage teams of developers or become network administrators)
  • and Computer Science (for gaining a foundation in theoretical computation and practical computer system techniques.)

Information Technology


Stanford University

Ranked 3rd in Engineering and IT by QT World Universities 2009 survey, Stanford continues to be one of the world’s leading research institutions.

West Point

The #1 school on Forbes 2009 list of America’s best colleges has a dress code, a curfew, and mandatory military service. It’s also free – if you get in – and has what is becoming one of the nation’s preeminent IT programs.

Indiana University

A $10 million dollar IT and life sciences grant from the National Science Foundation will likely put the school at the forefront of parallel, grid, and cloud computing over the next few years.

NOTE: Not included here are IT programs at community colleges and skills institutions.

IT business


Carnegie Melon

This exhaustive program includes courses in marketing, web business engineering, IT strategy, economic networks, and artificial intelligence, which could be put to use on projects like the school’s Antarctic rover (above).

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Number one on the 2008 U.S. News & World Report list of best IT schools, MIT’s business IT courses are also listed in a James Madison University study of the top 10 U.S. college IT programs.

Virginia Tech

An exciting emphasis on IT business management in this program sets students up for climbing the corporate ladder from day one, rather than just getting a foot in the door.

Brigham Young University

America’s largest religion-based university boasts the advantage of being able to study in two worlds – business and IT – learning how to design, develop, implement, and manage information technology systems.

Computer Science


Massachusetts Institute of Technology

By the lists, there’s no contest: MIT ranks #1 among American computer science schools in the Forbes, U.S. News & World Report and lists, among others. MIT’s business IT courses are also listed in the James Madison University study of the top 10 U.S. college IT programs.

University of California, Berkley

Having produced such graduates as Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and Google CEO Eric Schmidt, the legendary computing school has given birth to dozens of advancements in the digital world.

Cornell University

Cornell offers computer science majors and co-sponsors a major in Information Science, Systems, Technology in Engineering, and a major in Information Science in Arts & Sciences as well as in Agriculture & Life Sciences.

Princeton University

Though one of America’s most prestigious schools has slipped a spot to #2 in the Forbes rankings, it continues to be a major contender for hosting America’s most promising minds in computer science.

California Institute of Technology

Nestled near the Hollywood Hills, Caltech’s serene campus also hosts NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab, where graduates or students could find themselves putting their skills to use on the next mission to Mars…


America’s oldest university sees the computer science program as a hub between physics, chemistry, biology, and electrical engineering departments, with students benefiting from contact with each.


Other IT business programs:

An interesting article “How West Point Beat The Ivy League.”

This is by no means an exhaustive list. Any schools you think should be here? Leave a comment below…

Also, is your school one of the 12 to make this list?

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