UMD’s Computer Science Undergraduate Program Ranks No. 9 Among Public Institutions

Program ranks in the Top 10 for the second year in a row.
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The University of Maryland’s computer science program ranks 9th among the country’s public undergraduate programs in the 2022 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges.” The program ranks 18th overall.

 UMD also ranks in the Top 15 in five computer science specialties:

  • Cybersecurity: #4 public, #8 overall  
  • Biocomputing/Bioinformatics/Biotechnology: #4 public, #10 overall
  • Artificial Intelligence: #6 public, #10 overall
  • Data Analytics/Science: #10 public, #21 overall
  • Software Engineering: #12 public, #16 overall 

UMD’s computer science graduate program ranks 16th in the nation according to the latest list from U.S. News & World Report. This is only the second year the publication ranked computer science undergraduate programs and specialties. 

UMD boasts one of the largest computer science programs in the country, with 3,200 undergraduates. And nearly 700 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 or machine learning.

“There is much to be proud of with the University of Maryland’s computer science program,” said Amitabh Varshney, dean of UMD’s College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences and a professor of computer science. “I would like to congratulate and thank our students, faculty and staff members, and campus leaders—all of whom are responsible for our success.”

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; Anthony Casalena ’05, Squarespace founder; Judith Dotson ’85, Booz Allen Hamilton executive vice president; 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.

In 2019, UMD opened a new 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.


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