Where did CS PhD’s get their undergraduate degrees?
The latest issue of Computing Research News has a report from CRA-E (their Education subcommittee) on where CS PhD’s come from. Research universities, institutions that stop at Masters degrees, four year colleges, or top liberal arts institutions? Turns out the answer is that the vast majority of CS PhD’s get their undergraduate degrees from research universities, but the sum of the PhD’s who get their undergraduate degrees from the top 25 liberal arts institutions is greater than any single research institution. There’s also evidence that the research universities produce better graduate students, using NSF fellowships as the quality metric. That was quite unexpected — I would have guessed that the four years and the liberal arts institutions would have played a much greater role.
In 2010, 1665 Ph.D.’s were awarded in computer science of which 714 went to domestic students. Approximately 71% of the domestic Ph.D.’s received their undergraduate degrees from research universities, 15% from master’s institutions, 11% from four-year colleges, and 4% from other colleges. These proportions have remained essentially unchanged since 2000 with all four types seeing similar increases since 2005.