Computer engineering schools ranked as the No. 2 most valuable computer schools by Forbes, with an estimated value of $13.8 billion.
That was up about $2 billion from last year, when Computer Engineering School of Southern California ranked second with an estimate of $10.3 billion.
Computer engineering schools are a growing segment of the computer industry, and their value is on the rise.
The Computer Engineering College of America ranked sixth last year and has grown by a whopping 50 percent since 2007, according to Forbes.
Computer science schools have become a hotbed of innovation in recent years.
As computer science and related areas continue to grow, the cost of educating students in the field has plummeted.
The rankings were based on the value of the number of degrees awarded per student, and the average cost per degree, according in Forbes.
Computer engineering school valuations are based on a variety of factors, including the number and type of students graduating from each program, as well as how many of those students graduate and how many end up in computer science degrees.
For example, the College of Engineering has the second-highest graduation rate in the country, according a survey conducted by Forbes in January.
Other factors that are used in the calculations include the percentage of graduates who earn computer science majors, the number that leave, and whether the school is an accredited university or not.
The data is compiled by the College Board, and its rankings are based primarily on students who attended a computer science degree program from 2014 through 2018.
Forbes said it chose the Computer Engineering Schools to have the largest value because of the “prestige and impact” of these schools, as opposed to other highly regarded engineering schools.
The top five most valuable Computer Engineering schools were:The College of Business at University of Southern Mississippi ($4.5 billion), which ranked fifth last year;University of Washington at Seattle ($3.6 billion), with an annual average of $1.9 billion;University at Buffalo at Buffalo ($3 billion), ranking seventh;University University of British Columbia at Vancouver ($2.9 million), with a value of more than $1 billion; andThe University of Florida at Gainesville ($1.4 billion), ranked eighth.