UT-Austin Computer Science Admissions Statistics

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When I worked for UT, I understood that Computer Science was competitive.

It is by far the most increasingly popular major at UT. Applications have increased fivefold between 2010 and 2016. Though admissions spaces have doubled, the department has not matched applicant demand.

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Reportedly, CS students at UT are reporting difficulties with accessing courses and resources. There seem to be some growing pains as administrators and professors adjust.

UT has one of the top-ranked computer science programs in the world. There have been talks for a few years of Computer Science splitting off from CNS, as the Jackson School of Geosciences did in 2005.

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Universities nationwide are reporting record increases in computer science applicants. A decade ago, engineering seemed like the best prospect for securing a well-paying job after graduation. Applicants are writing about Elon Musk, SpaceX, and startups like AirBnB and Uber. Computer science isn’t just seen as a way to find comfortable employment, but to become a millionaire by age twenty-five. 

Students applying for Computer Science need to demonstrate substantive experience with programming, computer hardware, or related skills. Successful applicants will often have taken a rigorous STEM course load while also pursuing independent studies like coding academies and open courseware. They participate in robotics competitions and build smartphone applications. It isn’t enough to simply be a strong student academically.

More than for any other major, reviewers will scrutinize applications for fit. If you are a younger student interested in studying Computer Science not just at UT but anywhere, you need to start exploring your curiosities and passions today. 

Only the most impressive applicants will be competitive for the Turing Scholars Honors program. Admitted Turing students boast nearly perfect academic records and a deep commitment to at least one discipline under the computer science umbrella.

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