vendredi 25 novembre 2011

Hottest Major on Campus? Computer Science

Network World (11/21/11) Carolyn Duffy Marsan

Elite technology schools are receiving increasing numbers of applications from students wanting to pursue a computer science degree.  Admissions officers and computer science professors expect to set a record for undergraduate applications this year, surpassing marks set more than a decade ago.  "Most of the U.S. economy is stagnant, but computer science grads are getting hired and at pretty good salaries," says Carnegie Mellon University's Mark Stehlik.  Enrollment in U.S. undergraduate computer science programs has been rising for the last three years, according to the most recent Taulbee Survey, which is conducted by the Computing Research Association.  "Our computer science program has had such an incredible amount of publicity lately," says Harvey Mudd University's Thyra Briggs.  "Also, the increased presence of women in that department is affecting our applications."  Stanford University has seen its computer science majors increase by 83 percent in the last three years.  "Our enrollment was up 30 percent this fall over last fall, and we expect to see continued growth on an annual basis," says Stanford professor Mehran Sahami.  In addition, 90 percent of Stanford's nearly 7,000 undergraduates are currently taking at least one computer science course even though it is not required to graduate.


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