Purdue University’s Bachelor of Science in Computer and Information Technology degree has been named the fourth best information technology program in the nation by College Choice.
The degree, housed in Purdue Polytechnic’s Department of Computer and Information Technology (CIT), “nurtures a culture of innovation, critical thinking, and creativity,” the publication said.
College Choice noted that CIT students may choose concentrations including network engineering technology and systems analysis and design. They noted the “thorough background in hardware and software” and focus on field-specific problem-solving skills as hallmarks of the network engineering technology concentration. They also highlighted that students majoring in systems analysis and design are encouraged to minor in fields like finance, agriculture, or healthcare to be prepared for working in specific industries.
They noted that CIT students are also required to expand their education beyond their specific majors by taking courses in communication, accounting, economics, and professional writing.
“I am very proud of all the faculty, student advisors, and staff that are responsible for CIT’s success,” said Marcus Rogers, professor and head of the Department of Computer and Information Technology. “We have a long history of putting students first and encouraging their creativity. It’s great to be recognized for our efforts.”
Through the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA, College Choice conducted a nationwide survey of college students to get their thoughts on academic reputation, financial aid offerings, overall cost, and post-graduation employment success. To create their rankings, the publication weighed the survey's results equally alongside data from other publicly available sources, including the National Center for Education Statistics and PayScale, a software and data analysis firm.
35 Best Information Technology Degrees for 2017 (College Choice)