Wayne State positioned in top 26% of undergraduate computer science programs in U.S. News & World Report rankings

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The undergraduate computer science program in the College of Engineering at Wayne State University was ranked among the top 26% in the country by U.S. News & World Report, which recently released its 2024 Best Colleges list.

The annual survey assessed 554 undergraduate computer science programs nationwide that meet the requirements of being accredited by ABET and have recently awarded at least 20 bachelor’s degrees in computer science. Wayne State’s programs are listed at No. 139.

“Under the forward-thinking leadership of our previous department chair, Dr. Loren Schwiebert, our department not only secured ABET accreditation but has also undertaken rigorous measures to enhance the quality and relevance of our courses,” said Nathan Fisher, professor and interim chair of the Department of Computer Science. “We’ve put a spotlight on ensuring that incoming students are aptly prepared to thrive in our program. We've continued these concerted efforts and it is heartening to see the results manifest in our ranking. It also speaks volumes about our faculty and staff's dedication to providing a world-class computer science education for our students.”

Wayne State’s comprehensive B.S. program in computer science provides students with a balanced education that intersects mathematics, engineering, physics and technical communications. Students learn systems, ethics and theory while applying skills in Java, Python, SQL and other programming languages. The Department of Computer Science also offers a co-op work-study program that allows students to obtain paid, on-the-job engineering experience with a notable employer.

“Computer science is a field in high demand in nearly every career sector,” said Wayne State Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs Mark Kornbluh. “The College of Engineering’s computer science department is once again proving itself a leader in this important area, and I’m proud of the leadership of Dr. Schwiebert and Dr. Fisher, as well as the commitment of all of the department’s faculty and staff.”

Wayne State boasts a well-respected computer science faculty conducting cutting-edge research — and applying their discoveries in the classroom — that addresses real-world societal challenges including health and mobility. The department has two IEEE Fellows and six NSF CAREER awardees.

“We are immensely proud of Wayne State's continued ascent in the U.S. News & World Report rankings, a testament to our unwavering commitment to excellence in computer science education,” said Ali Abolmaali, dean of the College of Engineering. “I would like to personally thank Dr. Fisher, as well as the faculty and staff in the department, for their tireless efforts to make this program special and empower our students to succeed.”


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