The Association for Computing Machinery Provides a List of Ten Reasons of Why to Major in Computer Science:
Computing is part of everything we do!
Expertise in computing enables you to solve complex, challenging problems.
Computing enables you to make a positive difference in the world.
Computing offers many types of lucrative careers.
Computing jobs are among the highest paid and have the highest job satisfaction. Computing is very often associated with innovation, and developments in computing tend to drive it. This, in turn, is the key to national competitiveness. The possibilities for future developments are expected to be even greater than they have been in the past.
Computing jobs are here to stay, regardless of where you are located.
There actually are more computing jobs than qualified people to fill them in the United States. U.S. IT employment was 17% higher in 2004 than in 1999. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says computing has the greatest potential for new jobs through 2014. Yes, some IT jobs have gone overseas. If you consider the expected growth in computing, it’s easy to see that companies simply need more talent. Don’t miss out on pursuing the large number of open positions available right now, here in the United States.
Expertise in computing helps you even if your primary career choice is something else.
Computing offers great opportunities for true creativity and innovativeness.
Computing has space for both collaborative work and individual effort.
Computing is an essential part of well-rounded academic preparation.
An increasing number of universities and employers see successful completion of a computer science course as a sign of academic well-roundedness.
Future opportunities in computing are without boundaries. Computing is one of those fields where it is almost impossible to predict what will happen next. This is why we cannot even begin to imagine all the ways that you can make a contribution to it and it can make your life’s work exciting and real.
WHY STUDY COMPUTER SCIENCE AT UIC?
UIC has one of the most diverse student bodies in the nation.
We have 28 world-class faculty members from the top schools in the world, engaged in both research and teaching who bring their cutting-edge work into the classroom and engage students.
Ten of our faculty have won teaching recognition awards from the university and six of our faculty members are University of Illinois Scholars.
We have a typical undergraduate class size of 36 students.
We have an undergraduate student to faculty ratio of 9:1.
All of our courses are taught by faculty members, not graduate students.
All students have a faculty advisor assigned to them for the duration of their studies who they meet with at least once per term.
The Bachelor of Science in Computer Science is accredited by the Computing Sciences Accreditation Board.
We are consistently ranked #3 in Engineering Colleges in Illinois after UIUC and Northwestern (US News).
We are ranked #34 in the nation in top CS graduate programs based on publications (ACM in 2007).
We are ranked #58 in the nation in top CS programs (in Illinois only UIUC, the University of Chicago, and Northwestern are ranked higher) (US News and World Reports in 2008).
We have the lowest tuition of any CS program in the area (less than half the cost of DePaul, IIT, Loyola, U of Chicago, or Northwestern).
Our students recently graduating with a BS degree started work with an average salary of $59K. Our graduates work at companies including: Microsoft, Midway Games, Google, Motorola, Allstate, Intel, Lockheed Martin, ZS, Reuters, Morningstar, Ask.com, Paypay/Ebay.
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Our students end up working for a variety of today’s most relevant companies, including Google, Microsoft, Intel, Motorola, Midway Games, Paypal/Ebay and Lockheed Martin.
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