Earning a Rensselaer undergraduate degree in computer science prepares students to solve real-world problems and carry out fundamental research. Our students have distinguished themselves by founding companies while still in school, landing high-income and socially engaging jobs at a broad range of companies, and going on to prominent graduate schools. Given our strengths and successes, in 2018, the incoming freshman class was the largest ever in our 34-year history, with 283 new students, also the largest incoming freshman class for any major in the 194-year history of Rensselaer. As of 2018, we are the largest major on campus with over 1200 undergraduates. As the largest major (and most popular dual major), our flexible degree requirements allow students to focus on specific topics within computer science and also provide unique opportunities for open source software development and involvement in faculty-sponsored undergraduate research.
The open source center allows students to work in teams to develop open-source platforms and applications that solve societal problems.