Top 35 Best Big Data Degree Colleges of 2017 List Revealed: College of Charleston #5

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Best Computer Science Schools Digital released its rankings of the top 35 Best Schools for Big Data Degrees for 2017.? The list was topped by Case Western Reserve University.? Just below Case Western, the remainder of the top five was rounded out by Ohio State University, Elon University and Denison University and the College of Charleston.

The publication said of the #5 ranked College of Charleston:


Founded in 1770, the College of Charleston is a public liberal arts and science university serving approximately 10,000 undergraduates and 1,000 graduate students. The school features comprehensive academic programs, a vibrant student community, and a faculty of more than 500 dedicated and distinguished teacher-scholars. The campus, located in historic downtown Charleston (and named the most beautiful college campus in America by Travel + Leisure magazine), is home to a world-renowned Data Science degree program.

Program Features

The Data Science program at the College of Charleston was the very first undergraduate degree of its kind to be offered in the United States. Students can pursue one of 14 specializations, including biomechanics, e-commerce, supply chain management, geoinformatics, molecular biology, and sociology. Coursework offered through the Data Science degree includes the following core curriculum:

  • Dataset Organization and Management
  • Data Structures and Algorithms
  • Principles of Artificial Intelligence
  • Data Science Capstone


Students in the Data Science program at College of Charleston have participated in paid internships with IBM, Bibliolife, the Medical University of South Carolina, and other top organizations. The school partners with the University of San Francisco for the Data Science Pathway Program, which provides College of Charleston Data Science graduates with priority admission to the University of San Francisco Master of Science in Analytics program.”

Rounding out the Top 35:

  • #6 Auburn University
  • #7 Miami University – Oxford
  • #8 Luther College
  • #9 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • #10 Arizona State University
  • #11 Smith College
  • #12 George Mason
  • #13 Penn State University
  • #14 Arkansas Technical University
  • #15 New York University
  • #16 Brigham Young University
  • #17 University of Michigan – Ann Arbor
  • #18 University of California – Irvine
  • #19 Florida Polytechnic University
  • #20 University of Rochester
  • #21 Becker College
  • #22 Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • #23 University of Evanville
  • #24 Northern Kentucky University
  • #25 Valparaiso University
  • #26 Winona State University
  • #27 University of Iowa
  • #28 St. Mary’s University
  • #29 University of Minnesota – Duluth
  • #30 Westminster College
  • #31 University of Wisconsin – River Falls
  • #32 University of San Francisco
  • #33 University of Nebraska at Omaha
  • #34 Thomas Edison State University
  • #35 University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

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Congratulations to the College of Charleston.? Go Cougars.