Interest in Computer Science and Engineering for college freshmen declines

February 6th, 2007

Interest in Computer Science and Engineering among incoming college freshmen CRA blogs about new data on CS and CE enrollments and interest among incoming freshman.

Interest in computer science (CS) and computer engineering (CE) as majors among incoming freshmen at all undergraduate institutions remained low in 2006, according to survey results from the Higher Education Research Institute at the University of California at Los Angeles (HERI/UCLA). After peaking in 1999 and 2000, interest in CS as a major fell 70 percent between 2000 and 2005. In the fall of 2006, 1.1 percent of incoming freshmen indicated CS as their probable major, the same as in 2005.

CRA reports that this year’s Taulbee Survey data (available March 1) will show a second year of double-digit declines in CS undergraduate enrollment and degree production. Interest in Computer Engineering shows a similar decline.