The 20 best US schools for computer science and information systems

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Global higher education research company QS Quacquarelli Symonds just published its 11th annual rankings of the best global colleges and universities for 51 different subjects.  

QS publishes several subject rankings that fall under engineering and technology, including the best schools for computer science and information systems. Massachusetts Institute of Technology ranked at the top of the computer science and information systems ranking, same as last year.

To create these subject rankings, QS looks at academic reputation, employer reputation, research citations per paper, and h-index to calculate an overall score for a school in each subject ranking. QS describes the h-index as an index that is “based on the set of the academic’s most cited papers and the number of citations that they have received in other publications.”

Weights for the four metrics used to develop the rankings varied by subject. The full methodology can be found on QS’ website.

The following are the top 20 US schools from the computer science and information systems ranking, including where they placed on the overall list. All the various subject rankings and the full computer science and information systems table can be found on QS’ website.

University of Southern California

University of Southern California

Location: Los Angeles, California

2021 ranking: 52

Overall score: 74.2

Read more about University of Southern California on QS Top Universities.

University of Chicago

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Location: Chicago, Illinois

2021 ranking: 47 (tie)

Overall score: 75.1

Read more about University of Chicago on QS Top Universities.

University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

University of Michigan in Ann Arbor
University of Michigan.

Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan

2021 ranking: 46

Overall score: 75.3

Read more about University of Michigan-Ann Arbor on QS Top Universities.

Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech)

Georgia Tech

Location: Atlanta, Georgia

2021 ranking: 38

Overall score: 76.6

Read more about Georgia Tech on QS Top Universities.

Yale University

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Location: New Haven, Connecticut

2021 ranking: 35 (tie)

Overall score: 76.7

Read more about Yale University on QS Top Universities.

University of Pennsylvania

University of Pennsylvania

Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 

2021 ranking: 33 (tie)

Overall score: 77.4

Read more about University of Pennsylvania on QS Top Universities.

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Location: Champaign, Illinois

2021 ranking: 33 (tie)

Overall score: 77.4

Read more about University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on QS Top Universities.

University of Texas at Austin

University of Texas Austin

Location: Austin, Texas

2021 ranking: 28

Overall score: 78.6

Read more about University of Texas at Austin on QS Top Universities.

California Institute of Technology (Caltech)

California Institute of Technology

Location: Pasadena, California 

2021 ranking: 22

Overall score: 80.1

Read more about Caltech on QS Top Universities.

New York University (NYU)

NYU Stern

Location: New York City, New York

2021 ranking: 21

Overall score: 81.1

Read more about NYU on QS Top Universities.

Cornell University

Cornell University

Location: Ithaca, New York

2021 ranking: 19

Overall score: 81.3

Read more about Cornell University on QS Top Universities.

Columbia University

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Location: New York City, New York

2021 ranking: 18

Overall score: 82.1

Read more about Columbia University on QS Top Universities.

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

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Location: Los Angeles, California

2021 ranking: 17

Overall score: 82.5

Read more about UCLA on QS Top Universities.

University of Washington

University of Washington
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Location: Seattle, Washington

2021 ranking: 15

Overall score: 83.5

Read more about University of Washington on QS Top Universities.

Princeton University

Princeton University

Location: Princeton, New Jersey

2021 ranking: 14

Overall score: 83.7

Read more about Princeton University on QS Top Universities.

Harvard University

Harvard Business School

Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts 

2021 ranking: 7

Overall score: 88.2

Read more about Harvard University on QS Top Universities.

University of California, Berkeley (UCB)

University of California Berkley

Location: Berkeley, California

2021 ranking: 5

Overall score: 89.5

Read more about UCB on QS Top Universities.

Carnegie Mellon University

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Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

2021 ranking: 3

Overall score: 93.0

Read more about Carnegie Mellon University on QS Top Universities.

Stanford University

Stanford University

Location: Stanford, California

2021 ranking: 2

Overall score: 93.1

Read more about Stanford University on QS Top Universities.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology MIT

Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts

2021 ranking: 1

Overall score: 93.7

Read more about MIT on QS Top Universities.

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