“It’s a world without rules or controls, borders or boundaries…a world where anything is possible.” – The Matrix
Be like Sherlock.
No, I’m not trying to pitch you on a criminal justice degree, which is, I’m sure, very interesting.. I’m talking about computer science. One of your main tasks - next to coding - will be problem solving. Debugging. You will go on a quest to find the broken piece, the typo, the bad boy who messes with your software, messes with your head, messes with YOU. I’m talking about the science of problem solving. As a computer science major, you must be adept at modeling and analyzing problems. You will have to design solutions and verify that they are correct. You’ll be hunched over your keyboard until the early morning hours. You’ll need a skillset consisting of precision, patience, creativity, and careful reasoning. Ran Libeskind-Hadas, the computer science department chair at Harvey Mudd College noticed an increasing “enthusiasm to contribute something meaningful to society and do ‘cool’ things” among his students. Yep, being a geek is cool in today’s world.
Computer science is a discipline that spans theory and practice. You might need to think outside the box, in abstract terms as well as in concrete terms. Whether you already have a fascination with computers and programming or you’re simply toying with the idea of learning code, computer science could be the degree path for you. Computer technologies are becoming an integral part of all industries. There are growing opportunities for those with computer science degrees to contribute in the success and daily operations of nearly every industry. Earning a computer science degree will allow you to join the ranks of this fast-developing industry and may provide you access to the growing demand of computer science. A degree in computer science can be obtained from many traditional colleges and schools as well as the possibility of online degrees and courses.
Carnegie Mellon will “bring out the best in you.” At least, that’s what their website states. But “mutual trust and support among all faculty, staff and students” might be just the right way to actually fulfill this statement. Especially outstanding is the department’s diversity - around 33 percent of students receiving an undergraduate degree in computer science are women, which is almost twice as much as the national average! No wonder Carnegie Mellon University's Carol Frieze is the recipient of the 2017 A. Nico Habermann Award, which recognizes her sustained and successful efforts to promote diversity in computer science. Post-graduation survey results from 2015 state that 85% of their graduates with a bachelor’s degree are now employed, while 10% are continuing their education.
University of Pennsylvania offers 2 Computer Science degree programs. It's a very large, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 139 Computer Science students graduated with students earning 70 Bachelor's degrees, and 69 Master's degrees.
Lehigh University offers 3 Computer Science degree programs. It's a medium sized, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a small city. In 2019, 122 Computer Science students graduated with students earning 98 Bachelor's degrees, 20 Master's degrees, and 4 Doctoral degrees.
University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus offers 3 Computer Science degree programs. It's a very large, public, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 232 Computer Science students graduated with students earning 217 Bachelor's degrees, 12 Master's degrees, and 3 Doctoral degrees.
Drexel University offers 6 Computer Science degree programs. It's a very large, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 159 Computer Science students graduated with students earning 118 Bachelor's degrees, 24 Master's degrees, 13 Certificates, and 4 Doctoral degrees.
Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus offers 2 Computer Science degree programs. It's a very large, public, four-year university in a small city. In 2019, 46 Computer Science students graduated with students earning 27 Master's degrees, and 19 Doctoral degrees.
|School||Average Tuition||Student Teacher Ratio||Enrolled Students|
|Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, PA||11 : 1||14,180|
|University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA||18 : 1||26,675|
|Lehigh University Bethlehem, PA||13 : 1||6,953|
|University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus Pittsburgh, PA||18 : 1||32,686|
|Drexel University Philadelphia, PA||22 : 1||24,205|
|Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus University Park, PA||19 : 1||91,427|
|Duquesne University Pittsburgh, PA||19 : 1||9,197|
|La Salle University Philadelphia, PA||23 : 1||4,933|
|Ursinus College Collegeville, PA||12 : 1||1,472|
|University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown Johnstown, PA||17 : 1||2,465|
|Kutztown University of Pennsylvania Kutztown, PA||22 : 1||8,195|
|Saint Vincent College Latrobe, PA||16 : 1||1,739|
|La Roche University Pittsburgh, PA||23 : 1||1,401|
|York College of Pennsylvania York, PA||24 : 1||4,307|
|Messiah University Mechanicsburg, PA||17 : 1||3,374|
|Bryn Mawr College Bryn Mawr, PA||11 : 1||1,723|
|Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania Bloomsburg, PA||23 : 1||8,574|
|Saint Joseph's University Philadelphia, PA||25 : 1||7,362|
|Gannon University Erie, PA||19 : 1||4,444|
|Widener University Chester, PA||24 : 1||6,496|