CMU to Expand Coveted Majors; Carnegie Mellon University Will Add 45 Seats in the School's Highly Competitive Undergraduate Computer Science Program in the Fall as It Begins an Overall Expansion of Undergraduate Enrollment. [Derived Headline]

By Erdley, Debra | Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, February 7, 2016 | Go to article overview

CMU to Expand Coveted Majors; Carnegie Mellon University Will Add 45 Seats in the School's Highly Competitive Undergraduate Computer Science Program in the Fall as It Begins an Overall Expansion of Undergraduate Enrollment. [Derived Headline]


Erdley, Debra, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


Carnegie Mellon University will add 45 seats in the school's highly competitive undergraduate computer science program in the fall as it begins an overall expansion of undergraduate enrollment.

Provost Farnam Jahanian confirmed the university plans to expand undergraduate enrollment in computer science, a major regularly ranked among the top computer science programs in the nation, from 130 to 175 students.

As recently as 2006, the university received 1,912 applications for admission to the program. That number grew to more than 7,000 applicants in 2015, Jahanian said.

The university, which is constructing a home for its Tepper School of Business, will expand undergraduate enrollment in its business program from 80 to 140 students per class.

The programs experienced significant boosts in enrollment this year when the university enrolled 100 more students than expected. In computer science, freshman enrollment totaled 150 and in business, 100.

Most of the rest of the increase spilled over into Carnegie Mellon's top-ranked engineering programs.

Colleges and universities typically admit more students than they expect to enroll. Most estimate enrollment -- known as the "yield" from the prior year's experience. A higher than expected yield at Carnegie Mellon boosted freshman enrollment there by about 110 students to 1,581.

"This year we had a higher yield than normal, about an additional 100 students," Jahanian said.

Enrollment expansion at the Oakland-based university mirrored that in several elite research schools. Yale, Stanford and Washington universities announced similar moves during the past two years.

Likewise, the boom in computer science enrollment appears to be widespread. Betsy Bizos, director of statistics and evaluation for the Computing Research Association in Washington, said the organization is completing a survey that suggests an expansion in computer science programs at public and private research universities.

"We're trying to figure out whether this simply part of a boom- bust cycle (in enrollment) or something more permanent," Bizos said.

The job market may be driving a least part of the trend. …

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