To date, we’ve asked 28 current and past computer science students about their happiness with their degree. Turns out, they rate it average.

Your major should make you feel excited to put the knowledge and skills you learn to work.

To help you reach the decision that is right for you, we asked students who have pursued a computer science 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 science degree, but it’s a starting point to help you evaluate your options.

How satisfied are computer science students compared to other degrees?

Overall, computer science students rate their satisfaction with their degree a 3.2 out of 5. For context, computer science students rate their happiness similarly to students in Computer Science and Related Studies, Fine Arts and Computer and Information Sciences.

Here are other degrees that have a similar satisfaction rating to computer science

DegreeAvg Grad SalarySatisfaction
Business Administration, Management, and Operations$73,182
Business Management and Administration$77,211
Computer and Information Sciences$84,067
Computer Science and Related Studies$92,057
Computer Science$97,783
Fine Arts$46,318
Teacher Education and Professional Development$42,241
Engineering$100,856
Visual and Performing Arts$53,687

Let's break that down further.

Are computer science 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:
3.8 out of 5 stars
29 ratings
5 stars
28%
4 stars
34%
3 stars
31%
2 stars
7%
1 stars
0%
We asked graduates how intellectually fulfilling they found the degree. Their response was:
3.6 out of 5 stars
27 ratings
5 stars
22%
4 stars
30%
3 stars
37%
2 stars
11%
1 stars
0%

These ratings are meant to give you an indication about what other people enrolled in computer science 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 science graduates leave school with good job prospects?

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

We asked graduates how satisfied they were with their job prospects. Their response was:
3.3 out of 5 stars
29 ratings
5 stars
24%
4 stars
17%
3 stars
34%
2 stars
10%
1 stars
14%

These responses represent a wide range of opinions. Things like extracurricular activities, internships and work placements can set you up for success after graduation.

Were computer science 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
28 ratings
5 stars
18%
4 stars
18%
3 stars
39%
2 stars
18%
1 stars
7%

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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