To date, we’ve asked 49 current and past computer and information sciences students about their happiness with their degree. Turns out, they rate it average.

Choosing a degree to pursue is not a quick and easy task.

To help you reach the decision that is right for you, we asked students who have pursued a computer and information sciences degree to respond to questions concerning five dimensions of the educational track they chose:

  • Course material: Were they interested in the material they learned?
  • Intellectual fulfillment: Did they find the coursework intellectually stimulating?
  • Job prospects: Did they leave the program with job opportunities?
  • Personality: Was the degree a good fit for their personality?
  • Overall fit: Were they happy with the program overall?

We examined their responses and combined the rankings to give us an average satisfaction score across all students. This doesn't necessarily reflect how satisfied you would be with a computer and information sciences degree, but it’s a starting point to help you evaluate your options.

How satisfied are computer and information sciences students compared to other degrees?

Overall, computer and information sciences students rate their satisfaction with their degree a 3.2 out of 5. For context, computer and information sciences students rate their happiness similarly to students in Engineering, Design and Applied Arts and Social Sciences.

Here are other degrees that have a similar satisfaction rating to computer and information sciences

DegreeAvg Grad SalarySatisfaction
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics$61,782
Social Sciences$67,395
Computer and Information Sciences$83,933
Engineering$100,540
Design and Applied Arts$52,646

Let's break that down further.

Are computer and information sciences students satisfied with what they’re learning?

We asked students about their satisfaction with their course material and overall intellectual fulfillment. Here’s what they said:

We asked graduates how interesting they found the course material to be. Their response was:
4.0 out of 5 stars
54 ratings
5 stars
31%
4 stars
43%
3 stars
13%
2 stars
9%
1 stars
2%
We asked graduates how intellectually fulfilling they found the degree. Their response was:
3.6 out of 5 stars
54 ratings
5 stars
30%
4 stars
31%
3 stars
17%
2 stars
11%
1 stars
9%

These ratings are meant to give you an indication about what other people enrolled in computer and information sciences experienced. While their input is useful, keep in mind that different people have had vastly different experiences, all of which were impacted by their personal motivations, professors, and specific curriculum. Always keep your own goals at the center of your decision-making process when it comes to something as significant as your education.

Did computer and information sciences graduates leave school with good job prospects?

Of course, working towards a degree is also about pursuing your desired career. Here’s what computer and information sciences grads had to say about their job prospects:

We asked graduates how satisfied they were with their job prospects. Their response was:
3.5 out of 5 stars
54 ratings
5 stars
22%
4 stars
33%
3 stars
22%
2 stars
11%
1 stars
9%

We can see there’s a cluster of positive responses, which might indicate a strong or growing job market.

Were computer and information sciences students happy with their degree overall?

This rating takes into account all factors: how demanding the program is, whether graduates felt it was worthwhile, and how fulfilling they found their educational experience.

We asked graduates how satisfied they were with their degree as a whole. Their response was:
3.2 out of 5 stars
49 ratings
5 stars
18%
4 stars
20%
3 stars
35%
2 stars
16%
1 stars
10%

As you consider this information and input from others, remember above all that your choice should be based on your interests, goals, passions, and abilities. Consider the future and give yourself time. If you’re feeling unsure, click here to take our career assessment and see what path could be right for you.

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