Ranked #20 in popularity, information technology is one of the most sought-after associate degree programs in the nation. This means there are lots of options to choose from when you decide to get your degree.
College Factual looked at 160 colleges and universities when compiling its 2024 Best Information Technology Associate Degree Schools ranking. When you put them all together, these colleges and universities awarded 7,590 associate degrees in information technology during the 2020-2021 academic year.
Choosing a Great Information Technology School for Your Associate Degree
The it associate degree program you select can have a big impact on your future. Important measures of a quality it program can vary widely even among the top schools. To make it into this list, a school must excel in the following areas.
A Great Overall School
A school that excels in educating for a particular major and degree level must be a great school overall as well. To take this into account we include a college's overall Best Colleges ranking which itself looks at a combination of different factors like degree completion, educational resources, student body caliber and post-graduation earnings for the school as a whole.
Average early-career salary of those graduating with their associate degree is one indicator we use in our analysis to find the schools that offer the highest-quality education. That is, everyone wants their associate degree to be worth something, and salaries are one measure of determining that.
Other Factors We Consider
The metrics below are just some of the other metrics that we use to determine our rankings.
Major Focus - How much a school focuses on information technology students vs. other majors.
Major Demand - How many other information technology students want to attend this school to pursue a associate degree.
Educational Resources - How many resources are allocated to students. These resources may include educational expenditures per student, number of students per instructor, and graduation rate among other things.
Student Debt - How much debt information technology students go into to obtain their associate degree and how well they are able to pay back that debt.
Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or accredited by a recognized information technology related body.
Our full ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best schools for information technology students working on their associate degree.
When choosing the right school for you, it's important to arm yourself with all the facts you can. To that end, we've created a number of major-specific rankings, including this Best Information Technology Associate Degree Schools list to help you make the college decision.
Featured Information Technology Programs
Learn about start dates, transferring credits, availability of financial aid, and more by contacting the universities below.
Best Schools for Associate Students to Study Information Technology in the United States
Below you'll see a list of the best colleges and universities for pursuing an associate degree in information technology. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list.
Hennepin Technical College is one of the best schools in the United States for getting an associate degree in information technology. Hennepin Technical College is a small public college located in the large suburb of Brooklyn Park.
Associate recipients from the information technology major at Hennepin Technical College make $4,677 above the average college graduate with the same degree when they enter the workforce.
Madison Area Technical College is a good choice for students interested in an associate degree in information technology. Madison College is a large public college located in the large city of Madison.
Associate recipients from the information technology major at Madison Area Technical College earn $11,454 above the typical graduate in this field shortly after graduation.
The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).