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In the high-stakes world of programming, it may seem like the only way to break into the field is by attending a “top-tier” school like MIT or Stanford.
The tech founders Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Tony Hsieh, and Sheila Lirio Marcelo all attended Harvard, but while “The Social Network” is based on a true story, it’s not true that Harvard is a prerequisite to a successful tech career.
The number of tech-industry job seekers on the job-search platform Indeed has increased 30% this year. Tech candidates are used to being wooed into high-paying roles during a recruitment process that includes comped travel and starting salaries above $80,000.
If you are interested in landing a role in tech, it helps to study an in-demand programming language like Python or SQL.
HackerRank, an interview and hiring platform for tech talent, crunched the numbers on 1 million certification attempts on its platform to identify the most popular programming languages and the top universities qualified tech candidates are attending. It listed the New Jersey Institute of Technology and University of Texas at Arlington among the top options.
“As more American companies embrace long-term remote or hybrid work, they have their pick of top tech talent across several US regions — and beyond schools with computer science programs that often top academic rankings, like Carnegie Mellon University or MIT,” HackerRank CEO Vivek Ravisankar wrote in a company blog post.
For employers looking to recruit, or aspiring developers looking to learn, these 15 colleges and universities should be on top of your list.
New Jersey Institute of Technology
Location: Newark, New Jersey
University of Texas at Dallas
Location: Richardson, Texas
HackerRank programming rankings: SQL (No. 1)
Degrees offered: The school offers six undergraduate degrees at its Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science and a degree in data science with its engineering school and School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.
University of Texas at Arlington
Location: Arlington, Texas
HackerRank programming rankings: Python (No. 2), Java (No. 2), SQL (No. 4)
Degrees offered: The school offers 11 bachelor’s degrees through its school of engineering and has 13 offerings in total.
Illinois Institute of Technology
HackerRank programming rankings: REST API (No. 2)
University of Colorado Boulder
Location: Boulder, Colorado
HackerRank programming rankings: Python (No. 3)
Degrees offered: University of Colorado Boulder offers 22 degree paths at its school of engineering and applied sciences.
Rochester Institute of Technology
Location: Rochester, New York
Degrees offered: Rochester Institute of Technology has several colleges to choose from, including the National Technical Institute for the Deaf. Rochester Institute of Technology offers over 20 degrees across its two schools of engineering and 12 degrees with its college of science.
Location: New York
HackerRank programming rankings: SQL (No. 3)
Degrees offered: Columbia University, the only Ivy League school on the list, has 17 offerings in its school of engineering.
University of Maryland, College Park
Location: College Park, Maryland
HackerRank programming rankings: Python (No. 4)
Degrees offered: University of Maryland, College Park, has 22 degree paths in its College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences and 11 at the A. James Clark School of Engineering.
University of Central Florida
Location: Orlando, Florida
HackerRank programming rankings: Java (No. 4)
Georgia Institute of Technology
Degrees offered: Georgia Institute of Technology offers 17 majors in computing and engineering and 18 minors.
HackerRank programming rankings: REST API (No. 4)
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Location: Charlotte, North Carolina
HackerRank programming rankings: Java (No. 5), SQL (No. 5)
Degrees offered: UNC at Charlotte offers over 35 degrees at its College of Computing and Informatics and William States Lee College of Engineering.
University of Michigan
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Degrees offered: The University of Michigan offers 17 technical-degree programs through its school of engineering.