The University of Rochester is among 35 institutions that are on the Best Computer Science Schools’ ranking of best big data degrees.

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UR ranked No. 20, while Case Western Reserve University took first place.

The ranking of the 35 Best Big Data Degrees lists Case Western Reserve University at the top, Ohio State University in second place, and Elon University holding the third spot.

The degree programs in data science at Rochester are offered through the interdepartmental Goergen Institute for Data Science. The Institute offers a B.A., B.S. and M.S. in data science.

Researchers pointed out that though UR has 158 buildings, 2,000 faculty and instructional staff, and roughly 11,300 students, it retains a small college atmosphere with a student-faculty ratio of just 10:1, Best Computer Science Schools noted. In addition to the Goergen Institute, students have the chance to participate with the university’s biomedical informatics team, the Center for Integrated Research Computing, the Center for Emerging and Innovative Sciences and other leading-edge clinics and institutes.

The Rochester Data Science Consortium at UR recently learned it would receive $22.5 million in state funds. The consortium will create up to 184 new jobs and is expected to leverage more than $285 million in federal research funds and private investment. New York is investing $15 million for the new home of the Goergen Institute for Data Science at Wegmans Hall. This adds more to UR’s strength in the field of data science.

Best Computer Science Schools, a publication that helps students find the right school for their needs and equips them to succeed in college and in the workplace, developed the ranking by aggregating data from Payscale, U.S. News and World Report, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, as well as information from the schools as well. It measures institutional strength, return on tuition investment, and student happiness.