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2023 Computer Science Popularity

There are about 144,819 students enrolled in Computer Science in the USA.

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Computer science is the 19th most popular degree in America, with 31,737 students receiving their bachelors degree last year. It just beat out #20 Sociology, and narrowly lost to #18 English Language and Literature.

The degree is offered at a total of 664 colleges across the nation, and is the 29th most widely offered degree. Given that computer science is offered at 65% of the Top 100 Best Colleges in America, you can be sure this is a critical degree and the skillsets acquired are likely to last for a long time.

It is also worth noting that a tad less than 1/2 of colleges offering computer science are public making it a pretty accessible field.

The far west produces the most computer science graduates, largely led by University of California-Berkeley, while it’s the Pacific-12 Conference that leads conference totals. As far as states, California ranks highest, with particular help from University of California-Berkeley and University of California-Irvine.

All that being said, no individual school produces more computer science graduates than Cochise County Community College District, which graduated 701 students last year alone. Although size is critical, another important factor to consider is the program’s density (the percent of all students that study computer science). More students studied computer science as a percentage of total students at CollegeAmerica-Phoenix than any other college.

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