University of South Dakota
As with many universities found on this list, the University of South Dakota offers network administrator degrees under the umbrella of a Computer Science B.A. or B.S. Students pursuing any computer-related career path at USD find numerous employment opportunities at the university and the local community to provide valuable experience before graduation. Additionally, the liberal acceptance rate and affordable tuition give USD the top spot on our list. Residents of CO, IA, MT, ND, NE, and WY qualify for the in-state tuition rate. They also offer undergraduate and graduate programs in Artificial Intelligence.
Northern Kentucky University
Northern Kentucky University has an acceptance rate of 89% and a tuition rate under $10,000 per year, quite rare for a private university. The university’s Success By Design strategic framework is successfully creating an educational environment that attracts and nurtures non-traditional students. While working toward a B.S. in Computer Information Technology, students interested in a network administration career will gain experience through a hands-on learning focused curriculum.
Brigham Young University
Tuition at Brigham Young University, founded by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is subsidized for church members by the church’s tithing funds. While a commitment to the church is not a requirement of acceptance, tuition for non-members is almost double. Also, non-practicing students are still required to observe and adhere to the religion-based university’s mission.
A B.S. in Computer Science from BYU prepares students for a career in network administration with a strong foundation in mathematics, theoretical concepts, and practical experiences.
Kennesaw State University
The 11 colleges of Kennesaw State University, spread across two campuses just north of metro Atlanta, offer 150 undergrad, graduate, and doctoral degrees. The student body, consisting of 41,000 members from 126 countries, allows individuals to experience a wide variety of cultures and diversity.
Pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology from KSU provides students with the education and hands-on experience integral to success in network administration and other IT industry areas. The program’s flexibility in electives offers the opportunity to create a unique path within the field.
Central Connecticut State University
As the largest university in the Connecticut State school system, Central Connecticut State University is home to 11,800 students with 9,800 undergraduates. There are many reasons students choose CCSU, including their 16 NCAA Division I competitive sports programs and an impressive 100 majors in 80 fields of study.
Incoming students interested in a network administrator degree will be working toward a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering Technology. Candidates in this program receive a well-rounded education in both hardware and software skills, preparing them to enter many facets of the IT industry. Additionally, students are encouraged to take part in co-op and internship opportunities that often lead to full-time employment.
Texas A&M University
Texas A&M University was the state’s first institution of higher education. Currently, the school is home to 69,000 students pursuing degrees in 133 undergraduate programs, 175 master’s programs, and 92 doctoral programs. The recipients of many distinguished honors, an interesting one is that it ranks first as the public university with the most students taking time to study abroad.
Network administrator degree programs at Texas A&M can be a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science or Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering. The curriculum for both degree programs are built upon recommendations by the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineer Computer Society and the Association for Computing Machinery. A candidate’s career path and industry preferences will dictate which of the two programs is the best fit.
Michigan Technological University
The class beginning Michigan Technological University in 2020 had an average SAT score of 1252, 3.8 high school GPA, and nearly 56% were in the top 20% of their high school graduating class.
MTU is predominantly an engineering school. 63% of the student body pursue an engineering degree, while only 10% are in the College of Computing. What appeals to many pursuing network administration degrees is the one-on-one attention, small classes, and 14:1 student/faculty ratio.
With a Bachelor of Science in Computer Network and System Administration from MTU, matriculating students can look forward to successful careers in network design, administration, and security.
Seattle Pacific University
Seattle Pacific University offers a Christian faith-based liberal arts education within 174 programs of study. The student body is only just over 3500, keeping the learning experience intimate and the student-faculty ratio to a low 13:1. While the tuition is fairly pricey, 95% of undergraduates receive financial aid.
Depending on industry-specific goals, future network administrators may choose a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems or a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. Both degree programs require the same computer science courses. However, the former is intense math and management, while the latter delves deeper into quantitative analysis and engineering.
For the fifth consecutive year, in 2020, Champlain College was named a “Most Innovative School” By U.S. News & World Report.
Located in an idyllic New England town, the school is small, offering classes of an average size of 16 and a 12:1 faculty-student ratio.
Incoming students interested in a career in network administration can choose a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science & Innovation track. While the basics of this degree program are similar to many others, Champlain offers students an advanced sequence of classes that keep them on the cutting edge of industry advancements. In 2019, 100% of the graduates from this program were employed or pursuing advanced degrees within six months of graduation.
Two Pace University campuses, one in NYC and one in more rural Westchester, allow students to pursue a degree in an environment most suited for them. Pace’s unique focus on academics and personal development gives their students a leg up with real-world experience and well-developed soft skills. This focus, called The Pace Path, combines classroom instruction and experiential learning via co-ops, internships, and clinicals to give students a broader understanding of themselves and their connection to coworkers and the community beyond work and school.
In the Bachelor of Science in Computer Science program, the curriculum is directed toward understanding computer science foundations while gaining practical experience using that understanding with hands-on technical problem-solving.
Saint Leo University
The value of a Bachelor’s in Computer Information Systems from Saint Leo University is evident in alumni employers’ list. This program’s students have gone on to work for global accounting firms, travel companies, law enforcement divisions, local and state governments, and military branches.
St. Leo’s state of the art equipment and labs, distinguished faculty, and integration of practical experience and problem-solving give students a firm foundation for building a career.
Located in the Mile High City, Regis University has ideals rooted in a Jesuit, Catholic tradition. However, the administration, faculty, and student body consist of individuals from many different backgrounds and faiths.
To facilitate the education of a broader spectrum of individuals, the University has awarded more than $47 million in grants and scholarships. 99% of full-time, first-time undergrads receive financial aid with award packages averaging $21,748, or nearly 57% of the full tuition cost.
The Bachelor of Science in Computer Science degree from Regis sends graduates into the workforce with foundations in software development, computational problem-solving, proficiency in various programming languages, and substantial practical experience beyond the classroom.
Eastern Illinois University
Across 320 acres of a beautiful urban campus, nearly 7000 undergraduate students have found a home at Eastern Illinois University. This public institution draws many students’ attention because of its unusually high rate of undergraduate inclusion in research.
In the Bachelor’s of Computer and Information Technology program, aspiring network administrators and others find a well-rounded, in-depth education. Beyond 67 semester hours in CIT coursework, students’ requirements in this major include 37 general education hours, 6-9 hours of math and science foundation, and 12 hours of technical electives.
Certainly, one of the most prestigious universities on our list, Boston University offers highly competitive programs. Like the Computer Science B.A, the private institution’s 300 coveted programs only allow for the admission of 22% of all applicants. Even so, the university has 34,000 students and 10,000 faculty from 130 countries across the globe.
The computer science program at BU is a rigorous one in which students are exposed to all aspects of this multi-faceted discipline. Opportunities for working within IT at the university or through internships with local companies and alumna are available
Carnegie Mellon University
Carnegie Mellon University is an ideal choice for students who enjoy the city life and all it offers. The 90-acre campus, located in the Oakland area of Pittsburg, allows for easy access to museums, shows, sports, and an eclectic mix of incredible food. However, students can’t let the fun and entertainment be too distracting as CMU is highly competitive with rigorous academic requirements.
Students entering the Bachelor of Science in Computer Science program at CMU present average SAT scores of 1570. In 2020, out of 6681 applications to the School of Computer Science, only 479 received acceptance letters. Furthermore, students completing the program maintain an average GPA of 3.95. As one of the first Computer Science programs in the country, est. 1965, CMU has been a pioneering institution in the industry. Currently, 50% of the CS students at CMU are women.
Our Ranking Methodology
Network Administration, Information Technology, and Computer Science, in general, are highly sought after degrees. Various colleges and universities employ different approaches to preparing students for a future in these fields. Using two critical factors, yearly tuition (in-state/exclusive of fees) and acceptance rates, we created a list of 15 of the best options for anyone hoping to pursue a network administration degree.
We welcome representatives of any of the above institutions to contact us with inquiries, corrections, or program review requests.