Computer Science Enrollments Rebound

March 17, 2009

The number of undergraduate students majoring in computer science this year significantly increased for the first time since the dot-com boom, according to the new edition of an annual report by the Computing Research Association. Last year's report showed the apparent start of a recovery, but this year's data suggest a much stronger position for the discipline. Among the findings: Total enrollment by majors and pre-majors in computer science is up 6.2 percent per department over last year. If only majors are considered, the increase is 8.1 percent. This is the first time total enrollment has increased in six years. The average number of new students majoring in computer science per department is up 9.5 percent over last year. Total Ph.D. graduation production among departments in the survey grew to 1,877 -- a 5.7 percent increase over last year.

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