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Computer science enrollment up for first time in six years

The results of a recent study by the CRA are out, and the news is good for computer science

The number of undergraduate students majoring in computer science significantly increased for the first time since the dot com boom according to the Computing Research Association (CRA). As a result, overall university computer science enrollment increased for the first time in six years. CRA reported these trends (pdf) as part of the 2007-2008 annual CRA Taulbee Survey.

Total CS enrollment up by 8.1%, and the average number of new students per department is up 9.5%. These are good numbers, but the graphs reproduced as part of the blog post are truly depressing, big dipper shaped pictures of what in retrospect looks like a glorious past.

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