UC Santa Cruz is highly ranked among the nation's top computer science programs for "lifetime return on investment," according to a new analysis by Affordable Colleges Online. Graduates from these schools earn more on average than computer science graduates from other schools, enjoying the largest earning gaps in comparison with non-degree holders, according to AC Online.
UC Santa Cruz is ranked #5 on AC Online's list of the 20 "Best Colleges for Computer Science Majors." Other UC campuses on the list include UC Berkeley (#1), UC Santa Barbara (#7), UC Davis (#9), UC San Diego (#13), and UC Irvine (#14). The AC Online web site describes UCSC as a campus whose "relative youth hasn't held it back from greatness."
AC Online developed the following criteria for consideration as a "High ROI Computer Science program":
- Total weighted cost (provided by IPEDS)
- 30-year Net ROI (provided by PayScale.com)
- 4-year degree-granting institution
- Fully accredited institution
- Must offer Computer Science at the undergraduate level
- Private, for-profit institutions excluded
Data sets used to assess schools based on these criteria were obtained from the National Center for Education Statistics, the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, and PayScale.com.