TechCrunch is reporting that more than 60 percent of all American college students have a major in computer science.
The survey found that while that’s a small percentage compared to the percentage of students in the country as a whole, it’s still a significant percentage.
“There’s a lot of pressure on students to take these majors, so it’s very important to know the ins and outs of what’s required in the fields,” says TechCrunch editor and senior research fellow David Roberts.
“You can’t get to the top of any of these majors without doing a little bit of research.
You don’t need to be a math major to understand the math involved in those things, but you do need to understand how to read and write.
You also need to know how to think, but the more math you know, the more you can think.”
The data comes from the American Council on Education, which asked a representative sample of students across six schools to fill out the survey.
The average college freshman takes an average of about three years to complete a bachelor’s degree, and that’s just before they start school.
The report also shows that while the percentage who chose computer science dropped over time, the percentage that did so at the top schools rose, with the average student completing the program in their final year at school.
That’s not to say the statistics are perfect, of course.
Roberts points out that the survey only looked at a subset of colleges, and doesn’t account for other factors that might impact graduation rates.
But it’s good to see that the number of students who completed computer science in college is growing, and he thinks the trends are likely to continue.
“I would expect a college graduate to take a computer science major in college,” Roberts says.
“The trend lines over time suggest that the college graduate is not going to take the computer science degree at the first time out of college.
I’m sure that that’s not the case for every college graduate, but it’s a trend that we see with the graduation rate.
We expect the college grad to continue to take those courses, and I think that’s very good news.”