UMD Top Ranked for Bachelor’s Degrees Awarded Overall and to Minority Groups in Computer and Information Sciences

CMNS Staff - November 15, 2022

New rankings published by The Chronicle of Higher Education and Diverse: Issues in Higher Education.

Graduates at the 2022 Commencement Ceremony

New rankings published in October 2022 place the University of Maryland in the Top 4 for most bachelor’s degrees awarded in computer and information sciences and support services overall and to minorities.

UMD ranks No. 4 overall (No. 2 among non-online programs) for conferring the most bachelor’s degrees in computer and information sciences and support services, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education. UMD conferred 1,188 degrees between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020, and 345 were conferred to women (29%).

UMD ranks No. 3 overall (No. 1 among non-online programs) for the total number of bachelor’s degrees in computer and information sciences and support services awarded to Asian, Black, Hispanic and Native American students and No. 4 overall (No. 2 among non-online programs) for bachelor’s degrees conferred to Black or African American students, according to Diverse: Issues in Higher Education.

“We are proud to provide educational opportunities to so many students who are passionate about computer science and help them launch their successful careers,” said Matthias Zwicker, chair of UMD’s Department of Computer Science. Zwicker also holds the Elizabeth Iribe Chair for Innovation and the Phillip H. and Catherine C. Horvitz Professorship. “Being one of the strongest contributors nationwide in educating the tech workforce, both in terms of quality and quantity, is a huge achievement for our department.”

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

UMD’s computer science program currently ranks No. 8 among the country’s public undergraduate programs, according to U.S. News & World Report. The program also ranks in the Top 10 among public institutions in four computer science specialties:

  • Game Development: No. 4 public, No. 9 overall
  • Cybersecurity: No. 5 public, No. 9 overall
  • Artificial Intelligence: No. 8 public, No. 16 overall
  • Software Engineering: No. 10 public, No. 13 overall

Graduates of UMD’s computer science undergraduate program include: Michael Antonov ’03, Oculus co-founder; David Baggett ’92, Inky founder; Sergey Brin ’93, Google co-founder; Katherine Calvin ’03, NASA chief scientist and senior climate advisor; Anthony Casalena ’05, Squarespace founder; Judith Dotson ’85, Booz Allen Hamilton president of the global defense sector; Ruvi Kitov ’97, Tufin co-founder; Kristin Looney ’88, Looney Labs founder; Idris Mokhtarzada ’10 and Zeki Mokhtarzada ’01, Truebill co-founders; Sujal Patel ’96, Nautilus Biotechnology co-founder; and Jagdeep Singh ’86, QuantumScape founder.

The department added a new computing cluster to scale up infrastructure for undergraduates in 2022 and launched a new undergraduate immersive media design major and student startup accelerator called the Mokhtarzada Hatchery in 2021.

Also in 2021, UMD was selected as a site for Break Through Tech, a national initiative that works at the intersection of academia and industry to propel more students who identify as women and nonbinary into tech education and, ultimately, tech careers. This effort adds to programming by the Iribe Initiative for Inclusion and Diversity in Computing, which launched in 2019 to expand the Maryland Center for Women in Computing and emphasize inclusion for students of all genders and backgrounds.

In 2019, UMD also 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 makerspaces, and engage with one another. The six-floor Brendan Iribe Center for Computer Science and Engineering serves as a hub for technology, collaboration and discovery that offers students unprecedented opportunities to innovate bold new applications for computer science.