Top Schools for Software Engineering Bachelor Degree Programs

Aspiring software engineers can prepare for jobs in this field through undergraduate software engineering programs lasting between four and five years. Some of the top bachelor's degree programs are offered at universities with access to plenty of research, internship and extracurricular opportunities. Three of these schools are profiled below. Schools offering Software Development & Engineering degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Makes a Top Software Engineering School?

The top software engineering programs in the country are those which best prepare students for employment following graduation. To determine a top program, it is important to assess the research and extracurricular opportunities, internship placement options, and curriculum. Schools with built in research and extracurricular opportunities allow students to hone their skills and gain experience on campus, whereas schools with strong internship placement programs allow students to gain practical experience working with actively employed software engineers. It is also important to remember that curriculums vary in the order of classes and the level of early exposure to programming.

Three Top Software Engineering Schools

Iowa State University in Ames, IA

In 2015, Iowa State's undergraduate engineering programs received a 36th place ranking among schools whose highest degree is a doctorate, according to U.S. News & World Report. Coursework for its software engineering bachelor's degree allows you to begin studying advanced programming techniques in your second year of study. As you make your way through the curriculum, you'll also complete a senior design project and portfolio development course. If you'd like additional hands-on training, software engineering students have access to co-ops and internships. Opportunities are also available to provide tutoring services, participate in research projects or compete in intercollegiate programming contests.

  • Bachelor of Science in Software Engineering

Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA

In addition to receiving a 99th place national university ranking from U.S. News & World Report in 2015, Drexel University is home to computer science faculty recognized for their career achievements by the National Science Foundation. The department also boasts numerous research labs devoted to the study of computer science. As a student in its software engineering bachelor's degree program, you can complete a three-part sequence of courses requiring you to undertake the design and implementation of a software system. The university's Steinbright Career Development Center also coordinates undergraduate co-op experiences that can provide you with up to 18 months of related work experience. Opportunities to complete an accelerated degree program and earn a master's degree in software engineering are available as well.

  • Bachelor of Science in Software Engineering

University of Texas at Dallas

Ranked among U.S. News & World Report's top 100 public national universities for 2014, the University of Texas at Dallas offers a Bachelor of Science in Software Engineering through its Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science. Each year, this school places around 1,100 students in internship and co-op experiences with area tech companies. It also offers you the opportunity to complete graduate courses as part of your bachelor's degree program so you can go on to earn a master's degree in less time than it would take to complete the two programs separately. Should you choose to pursue an undergraduate degree at this school, you can also take advantage of specialized software engineering computer labs, get feedback on your senior design project from industry professionals and focus on areas including computer imaging, human-computer interaction and digital systems design.

  • Bachelor of Science in Software Engineering

Schools with Software Engineering Programs

College/University Institution Type Location
Florida Institute of Technology 4-year, Private Melbourne, FL
Liberty University 4-year, Private Lynchburg, VA
Miami University-Oxford 4-year, Public Oxford, OH
Arizona State University-Polytechnic 4-year, Public Mesa, AZ
Clarkson University 4-year, Private Potsdam, NY
California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo 4-year, Public San Luis Obispo, CA
University of Miami 4-year, Private Coral Gables, FL
San Jose State University 4-year, Public San Jose, CA
Rochester Institute of Technology 4-year, Private Rochester, NY
Milwaukee School of Engineering 4-year, Private Milwaukee, WI

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