University of Maryland’s Computer Science Undergraduate Program Climbs Two Spots to 16th in U.S. News Rankings

The University of Maryland The computer science program ranks 8th among public undergraduate programs nationwide in the 2023 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges.” The department also ranks in the Top 10 public universities in the country in five computer science majors.

COLLEGE PARK, Maryland, September 15, 2022 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — The University of Maryland The computer science program ranks 8th among public undergraduate programs nationwide in the 2023 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges.” The program ranks 16th overall, climbing two spots this year.

UMD also ranks in the Top 20 in five IT specialties:

  • Game development: #4 public, #9 overall

  • Cybersecurity: #5 public, #9 overall

  • Artificial intelligence: #8 public, #16 overall

  • Software engineering: #10 public, #13 overall

UMD’s computer science graduate program ranks 17th in the nation according to the latest list from U.S. News & World Report. This is only the third year that the publication has ranked undergraduate computer science programs and majors.

“Our department’s ability to thrive and be recognized with higher rankings during this period once again validates our commitment to world-class education and research. Maryland is truly a destination for many of the top computer science students in the country,” said Matthias Zwicker, director of the computer science department of the UMD. Zwicker also holds the Elizabeth Iribe Chair for Innovation and the Phillip H. and Catherine C. Horvitz Chair.

UMD has one of the largest computer science programs in the nation, with more than 3,000 undergraduate students. And more than 650 of them are women, making it one of the largest female IT populations in the country. Computer science majors at UMD can pursue specialization in cybersecurity, data science, machine learning, and quantum computing.

UMD also ranks 4th in the United States for undergraduate computer and information science degrees awarded to African Americans, according to Diverse: Issues In Higher Education.

“Our growing reputation reflects the talent and dedication of our computer science students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends, said Amitabh Varshney, Dean of UMD’s College of Computer Science, Mathematics, and Natural Sciences and Professor of Computer Science. “We are also grateful to the president of the university Darryll Pins and Vice President Jennifer King Rice for their unwavering support and strategic plan that encourages computer science education to accelerate solutions to the great challenges of our time.”

Graduates of UMD’s Computer Science undergraduate program include: Michael Antonov ’03, co-founder of Oculus; David Bagget ’92, founder of Inky; Sergey Brin ’93, co-founder of Google; Catherine Calvin ’03, NASA chief scientist and senior climate adviser; Anthony Casalena ’05, founder of Squarespace; Judith Dotson ’85, Booz Allen Hamilton Chairman of the Global Defense Sector; Rouvi Kitov ’97, co-founder of Tufin; KristinLooney ’88, founder of Looney Labs; Idris Mokhtarzada ’10 and Zeki Mokhtarzada ’01, co-founders of Truebill; Soujal Patel ’96, co-founder of Nautilus Biotechnology; and Jagdeep Singh ’86, founder of QuantumScape.

The department added a new IT cluster to develop infrastructure for undergraduates in 2022 and launched a student start-up accelerator called Mokhtarzada Hatchery in 2021.

Also in 2021, UMD was selected as the site for Break Through Tech, a national initiative that works at the intersection of academia and industry to propel more students who identify as female and non-binary in technology education and ultimately in technology careers.

In 2019, UMD opened a 215,600 square foot facility where computer science students learn in collaborative classrooms and auditoriums, pursue research in specialized labs, create and innovate in fully equipped creative spaces and dialogue with each other. The six-story Brendan Iribe Center for Computing and Engineering serves as a hub for technology, collaboration, and discovery that provides students with unprecedented opportunities to innovate bold new applications for computing.

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