Berkeley’s computer science major places first in new ranking

Andrew Kuo/Senior Staff

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UC Berkeley won the top spot for computer science majors’ return on investment in a new ranking compiled by Affordable Colleges Online.

The ranking includes a list of the top 20 universities for computer science majors. Other UC campuses that rank high on the list are UC Santa Cruz at fifth, UC Santa Barbara at seventh and UC Davis at ninth. A total of six UC campuses made the top 20 list.

Criteria for the rankings were primarily based on graduates’ return on investment. The ranking defines return on investment as the incremental lifetime earnings — or earnings during a 30-year period divided by those of an average worker with a high school diploma — minus educational costs.

Only fully accredited colleges were considered, and private for-profit institutions were not included.

Affordable Colleges Online releases a new return on investment ranking every year, and data for the rankings are based on reports from the National Center for Education Statistics and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System.

UC Berkeley earned a 30-year return on investment amount of $2,432,000, surpassing second-ranked Stanford University’s $2,384,000.

“From a job perspective, the companies are in the area so it is easy for them to recruit,” said Emily Lutz, a second-year Electrical Engineering and Computer Science major, in an email. “The company I interned at over the summer only went to Stanford and Berkeley’s career fairs because they were close, easy, and they knew they would find quality students.”

“The reasons Berkeley excels go way beyond the classes,” Lutz said.

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