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Survey of Undergraduates: Interest in Computer Science Education

Survey of Undergraduates: Interest in Computer Science Education

This seminal 62-page study presents detailed data from a survey of 1,566 undergraduates at BA-level, MA-level and research universities in the United States. The report presents details on the interest level of undergraduates in going to graduate school in computer science, and in taking computer science courses on the undergraduate level. In addition, the report queries undergraduates on their views of the likelihood that they will need in their future work or study the kinds of skills acquired in computer science classes. Survey participants also list the areas of computer science, and the specific graduate programs, that interest them most.


We asked: How likely are you to apply to a graduate program in computer science at some point in the future? We gave six potential answers to this multiple choice question, which were: 1) Highly Unlikely, 2) Unlikely 3) Possibly 4) Likely 5) Highly Likely and 6) I have already applied/ A majority of 65.07% said that they were highly unlikely to apply and another 19.35% said that they were unlikely to apply. Another 10.86% thought it was possible that they might apply while 1.92% considered it likely and 1.66% highly likely; 0.89% had already applied and 0.26% did not answer the question.

1.1 How likely are you to apply to a graduate program in computer science at some point in the future?
1.2 How likely are you to apply to a graduate program in computer science at some point in the future? Broken out by age of survey participant
1.3 How likely are you to apply to a graduate program in computer science at some point in the future? Broken out for survey participants from rural, suburban and urban areas of origin
1.4 How likely are you to apply to a graduate program in computer science at some point in the future? Broken out regional origins of the survey participant
1.5 How likely are you to apply to a graduate program in computer science at some point in the future? Broken out by college year class standing
1.6 How likely are you to apply to a graduate program in computer science at some point in the future? Broken out by approximate student family annual income
1.7 How likely are you to apply to a graduate program in computer science at some point in the future? Broken out by degree of religiosity of the survey participant
1.8 How likely are you to apply to a graduate program in computer science at some point in the future? Broken out by type of political beliefs of the survey participant
1.9 How likely are you to apply to a graduate program in computer science at some point in the future? Broken out by college grades of the survey participant
1.10 How likely are you to apply to a graduate program in computer science at some point in the future? Broken out by current or likely college major of the survey participant

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