Women in Computer Science: Getting Involved in STEM

The Current State of Women in Computer Science

Even with projected growth of 15-20% between 2012 and 2022, the vast majority of computer science jobs will be pursued and filled by men. As STEM-related industries on a whole add over 1.7 million jobs in the coming years, there continues to be a notable absence of women in the field. This trend begins well before entering the job market: girls account for more than half of all Advanced Placement (AP) test-takers, yet boys outnumber girls 4:1 in computer science exams. In Mississippi, Montana and Wyoming, not a single girl took the AP Computer Science examination in 2014.

There is a clear disconnect between the computer science industry and the message girls receive about their ability to succeed in tech organizations. This guide examines the history behind this disparity and how educators, parents, employers and computer scientists can reverse the trend.

Why aren’t more women involved in computer science?

Before the advent of the home computer in the early 1980s, substantially more women undertook computer science degrees. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, in the 1984-1985 academic year women accounted for nearly 37% of all computer science undergraduate students. This number steadily dropped as the widespread use of home computers became more common. A 1985 report on the everyday usage of personal computers within the home found that men were both far more likely to use a computer, and to use it for more hours per week than women. Only 27% of men reported not using a computer on a weekly basis, compared to 55% of females surveyed. As of 2010-2011, women made up just 17.6% of computer science students.

Much attention has been devoted to studying the reason for this drop in female computer science majors. The central conclusion is that the first personal computers were essentially early gaming systems that firmly catered to males. While early word processing tools were also available, the marketing narrative told the story of a new device that met the needs of men. As more males began purchasing computers for personal use, the “nerdy programmer” classification began to take hold in the professional world of computer science. By the mid-nineties, the percentage of women studying computer science at the postsecondary level had fallen to 28%.

Though women now represent 47% of the workforce, as compared to 38% in the 1970s, only 12% of engineers are female.

Furthermore, the percentage of women working in computer science-related professions has steadily declined since the 1990s, dropping from 35% to 25% in the last 15 years. According to the American Association of University Women, there are a number of possible steps towards reversing this trend and encouraging more female students to undertake computer science. By fostering an interest in scientific topics at an early age or working to remove negative connotations and barriers, educators and parents can work together to help girls maintain confidence and curiosity in STEM subjects. For professionals already in the field, women can offer to be role models and mentors, while men can take a stand against sexist or prejudiced behavior in the workplace.

Why should women want to work in computer science?

Due to the marketing strategies of the last three decades, many women have developed misconceptions about computer science. While the notion of the geek coder is alive and well, many young women may be unaware of the myriad jobs available and the opportunity to make a palpable difference.

The University of California at Berkeley experienced a revolution in their introductory computer science classes after changing how they marketed the course. What used to be known as Introduction to Symbolic Programming is now called The Beauty and the Joy of Computing. The result? For the first time in 2014, women in the class outnumbered men.

A recent study by Deloitte found that women’s choices account for up to 85% of buying decisions nationwide.

In addition to the impactful careers offered by computer science, it is one of the few fields where women have the opportunity to earn the same salary as their male counterparts. According to the American Association of University Women, the discrepancies in overall male-to-female pay rates have remained stalled for the last decade. Even as of 2015, women only make 78 cents on the dollar compared to men in the same position; however, these incongruities are far less pronounced, and perhaps even non-existent, within the field of computer science.


Computer Science Women

As Smithsonian Magazine reports, a survey conducted by AAUW of 15,000 recent graduates found that, one year after graduation, male and female programmers were earning the same salary. The absence of a gender shift within pay scales also held true for other STEM-related (and traditionally male-dominated) industries, including math and physical science occupations.

A recent study by Deloitte found that women’s choices account for up to 85% of buying decisions nationwide. Furthermore, studies concluded that diversity of opinion is integral to innovation. Though it is still commonplace to find boards and project teams without a sole female member, the integration of more women into the field will naturally lead to a more holistic understanding of the consumer marketplace.

What are some other reasons for women to consider entering the tech field?

In addition to the reasons mentioned above, many tech and computer science companies are at the forefront of progressive workplace policies. Some of the most innovative tech company benefits include:


Work/Life Balance

In a report by the New York City Economic Development Corporation, researchers found that women working in tech companies – particularly start-ups – are much more likely to have a healthy work/life balance. Many tech companies are supportive of non-traditional professional procedures, such as working from home and employing videoconferencing technology. Furthermore, many of these companies also have flexible hours, allowing employees to work when best suits them, provided their projects are completed on time.


Maternity Leave and Childcare

While the average length of maternity leave in America for salaried employees is six weeks, many technology companies recognize a key component of keeping female employees is providing substantial and fair paid-leave policies for new mothers. Some of the best examples of parental leave policies include:

Whether a new father, mother or adoptive parent, all Facebook employees receive four months of paid leave, in addition to $4,000 of “baby cash” to assist with unexpected costs. Furthermore, the company has set up breastfeeding rooms in some of their offices.

Expectant mothers are given a total of 18 weeks off work, including up to four weeks before delivery. Fathers and adoptive parents are provided six weeks of paid leave. Additionally, both Apple and Facebook offer assistance with adoption and fertility treatments, including covering the cost of freezing eggs.

This massive tech company offers a variety of family-leave provisions. All biological mothers receive 18 weeks of paid leave, with the number extending to 22 if any complications arise. All new parents can receive 12 weeks of paid leave, while primary caregivers are eligible for seven weeks. Aside from generous time off, the company also offers assistance programs to help new parents find childcare, discounts for agencies that place nannies, $500 towards supplies for a new child and special rooms for mothers to breastfeed.

Consistently topping many lists of the best places to work as a parent, SAS goes above and beyond when it comes to serving women and families. In addition to a generous paid leave program, the company offers a variety of benefits as children are growing up. A subsidized onsite child care center means parents can visit their kids throughout the day, while the company cafeteria includes a special menu appealing to a younger crowd (think: octopus-shaped hot dogs). The company also instills a spirit of trust in all employees, allowing them to step away from the office whenever necessary, so long as their work is completed on time.


What can be done?

Now that the historical reasoning and misconceptions have been overturned, it’s time to think about taking steps toward involving more women in the industry. Keep reading to learn more about fostering a passion for computer science in young girls.

Getting Started: How Do We Get Young Women Interested in CS?

With the number of females studying computer science near an all-time low, it’s clear action needs to be taken. Understanding that the root of the problem starts at an early age is essential in rectifying it.

According to recent coverage by The Journal, two-thirds of elementary-aged children indicate an interest in science; however, as they enter middle school, the percentage of interested girls falls dramatically. By high school, many girls who previously took advanced scientific courses drop their studies.

Two-thirds of elementary-aged children indicate an interest in science; however, as they enter middle school, the percentage of interested girls falls dramatically.

Reasons for the decline of girls studying computer science

The summary offered above is corroborated in an extended report conducted by researchers at Florida Gulf Coast University and The University of Colorado, which cites numerous reasons for the drop in female interest as education progresses. In secondary school less emphasis is placed on developing girls’ computer science skills as compared to boys. Even those who go on to study STEM-related topics in college often report feeling they lag behind male counterparts, due to a dearth of attention at the high school level. Furthermore, female students lack relatable role models for inspiration, given that many leaders in the field are men. Lastly, the historic marketing and perception of scientific fields has catered largely to male students.

While the geek-programmer characterization permeated the last decade, there is still a belief that STEM-related professions are often narrow, impersonal and unsuited for those who wish to make a difference on a human level.


Ways to increase girls’ interest in computer science

Beginning in the mid-1980s, the number of women studying computer science and similar fields fell into a steep decline. In recent years, this number has leveled off between 14% and 18%, establishing a baseline for assessing the success of newly implemented educational initiatives. Some of the innovative ways educators and parents can work to increase girls’ interest in computer science and STEM-related subjects include:


Create an equal learning environment

While boys tend to be more verbal in class, it’s up to educators to engage female students and bring them into learning initiatives and class-wide discussions. This will increase the likelihood of girls engaging with the subject matter and better prepare those who plan to study one of these topics at the collegiate level.


Enact mentorship programs

Girls entering the field of computer science are likely to face more resistance than in subject areas more heavily populated by females. Adults can bolster their resolve by providing examples of strong, successful females thriving in their careers. Whether creating a mentorship program at the secondary or postsecondary level, bringing in speakers or using female leaders as case studies, both educators and parents can instill a sense of confidence in girls interested in pursuing a historically male dominated field by giving them role models.

Redefine the field

As discussed in the previous section, the number of women in computer science and related degrees dropped sharply in the 1980s in response to the message that home computers were mostly for men. In the interim years, women have shifted to subjects more typically referred to as the humanities or liberal arts, as evidenced by Forbes.

A June 2015 Newsweek report featured Harvey Mudd College’s efforts to counter this trend. Rather than pure programming, its introductory computer science course has been reworked to focus more on creative-problem solving and the wealth of opportunities within the field. The school also lessened the intimidation factor by splitting the course into two sections based on the incoming student’s prior programming experience. The result? Within four years, the college went from 10% to 40% of women electing to major in the subject.


Make it approachable

As the push to encourage more girls’ interest in computer science gains momentum, a number of programs have been created to help foster interest. Some of the most innovative include:

Whether operating at the middle school, high school or collegiate level, these groups can be pivotal in both encouraging and sustaining girls’ pursuit of these topics.


Other opportunities for engagement

Outside of the organizations mentioned above, there are a number of other initiatives to engage girls in computer science. Whether it’s a competition, summer camp, science fair, MOOC or governmental program, the resources below will help parents and educators think outside the box when it comes to encouraging girls in scientific pursuits.

Competitions and summer camps focused on computer science


This organization hosts a computer science and technology competition for middle school girls to develop a project to solve a social problem. Includes a project mentor.



At this global technology program for girls emphasizing entrepreneurship, students ranging from middle school through college can compete to create and launch a mobile app while undertaking a three-month curriculum. Overseen by female mentors, these apps are presented to investors via YouTube, with the opportunity for finalists to pitch their ideas in Silicon Valley.


Tech Trek

This experiential summer camp created by the American Association of University Women is for middle school girls. The program seeks to make STEM topics both interesting and accessible at a crucial time when research has proven girls’ interest in these subjects tends to drop.

Carnegie Science Center

The Chevron Center for STEM Education and Career Development hosts a number of programs aimed at encouraging girls to pursue STEM topics, including:

  • Tour Your Future: a career exploration program for girls aged 11-17 that seeks to show girls the many diverse STEM careers available
  • CanTEEN: a resource encouraging girls to consider STEM careers via gaming and online activities
  • Click! Spy School: developed for girls aged 10-14 to engage them in solving mysteries and completing missions with key STEM concepts


GirlStart Summer Camp

This weeklong summer camp is designed to help girls see that STEM subjects can be fun and meaningful, starting at a young age.

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) in computer science

According to 2013 coverage by Huffington Post, one of the primary challenges facing STEM fields involves engaging enough students with the topic. Because careers in these industries are not well publicized, students frequently have preconceived notions about the type of work available to them after graduating. MOOCs, or Massive Open Online Courses, are free, abbreviated online courses that provide introductory curriculum materials to students across the world.

High schools often take advantage of these courses, specifically in areas where there may be few teachers available. By engaging students in course materials while still in high school, the hope is that more will stay the course when it comes time to pick a postsecondary major.

Some of the most interesting computer science MOOCs available include:

Government programs focused on CS

Whether at the local, state or federal level, the U.S. Government has enacted many initiatives to engage girls and young women in STEM-related topics, including computer science. In addition to national programs and campaigns, many states have created further initiatives to engage local middle and high school girls.

A number of innovative programs exist throughout the nation, including:

  • NASA GIRLS This virtual mentorship program pairs girls with NASA mentors via video chat, allowing students to interact with and learn from role models currently working in the field.
  • TechGirls Organized by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, this international summer exchange program brings girls from the Middle East and North Africa to America, empowering them to pursue careers in science and technology.
  • Stem Utah This statewide initiative is an excellent example of how the government can innovate and encourage girls’ interest in STEM topics. The website features an online library, contests and resources for students, parents, educators and industry professionals.
  • Computer Science Education Week First created by Congress in 2011, CSEW is an annual, nationwide program devoted to inspiring K-12 students to take interest in computer science topics.
  • The Council on Women and Girls The U.S. Department of Energy maintains this program, which spotlights girls who have excelled in contributing to STEM-related projects.
  • NASA Girl Scout Partnership More than 66% of all astronauts have been involved in scouting, including 27 Girl Scouts. The administration maintains strong ties with the scouting community and offers varied initiatives.

Mentoring programs for girls in computer science

In a 2014 report by STEMConnector, researchers found that 20% of high school girls considering a STEM degree want to learn more about mentorship opportunities and motivational programs, while nearly 40% of females pursuing a scientific degree have a mentor.

A 2010 report entitled “Why So Few?” by the American Association of University women verified these numbers, noting that mentorship is a pivotal measure for instilling interest and confidence in those who pursue STEM-related fields, especially those who haven’t historically been as involved, like young women.

In the next section, we’ll review colleges throughout America with the highest percentages of women computer science graduates, and take a deeper look at how these programs are attracting and retaining female students.

Parents, educators or students seeking mentorship programs for computer science education or careers can check out the following pioneering initiatives:

The 20 Schools With the Most Women Computer Science Graduates


These school rankings are based off the latest data pulled from the Institute of Education Sciences regarding male and female graduates of computer science programs. Only four-year programs were included in the list, and those schools with less than 50 computer science graduates were removed.

We first determined the average number of women who graduated from a computer science program (19.48). By dividing the school’s number of female graduates by this overall average, we discovered the average percentage of women in computer science programs; 16%. After dividing each school’s percentage by the average percentage, we added these two comparison scores to get an overall tally of how individual schools compare to national averages. The following schools were ranked based on the highest combined scores.

Rank School Location Tuition

Ohio University

Athens, OH

$11,548 in state
$20,512 out of state

Available Concentrations
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical Engineering
Program Highlights

OU’s computer science department consists of more than 30 PhD-level faculty members with experience in electrical engineering and computer science, and backgrounds ranging from government agencies to industrial facilities. Recent graduates have gone on to work for Microsoft, Amazon, GE, NCR, Boeing and Lexis-Nexis, among others.


US News & World Report ranks OU’s School of Engineering #140 in the nation.


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Florida Institute of Technology

Melbourne, FL

$19,270 in state
$19,270 out of state

Available Concentrations
  • Computer Science
  • Software Engineering
Program Highlights

FIT focuses on ensuring its students graduate with more than just a degree; they leave school with a portfolio that will impress future employers. The school features undergraduate research programs and internships, providing invaluable experience as well as bolstering student resumes. In addition, students can take advantage of networking and career opportunities by joining the FIT chapters of:

  • The Association for Computing Machinery
  • The Association for Women in Computing
  • Upsilon Pi Epsilon

US News & World Report ranks FIT #40 in the country for its online bachelor’s programs.


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Saint Leo University

St Leo, FL

$20,150 annual tuition

Available Concentrations
  • Computer Science
Program Highlights

In addition to coursework at St. Leo, students can participate in innovative internship programs. Those looking for an early graduate degree can undertake the 3+1 BS in Computer Science and MS in Cybersecurity. The department is focused on ensuring graduates have marketable skills, including:

  • Programming
  • Computer forensics
  • Information security
  • Applications
  • Artificial intelligence
  • US News & World Report ranks St. Leo #65 among southern universities.


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Pennsylvania State University

State College, PA

$16,572 in state
$30,404 out of state

Available Concentrations
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
Program Highlights

The CS program at PSU is divided into two phases: the first focuses on modern computer concepts such as programming languages and efficient programming. The second phase focuses on data structures, program languages and computing systems in greater detail.


PSU ranks fifth in the nation for computer science citations within academic papers and ranks eighth in the nation for computer science expenditures.


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Central Washington University

Ellensburg, WA

$7,206 in state
$19,467 out of state

Available Concentrations
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Engineering Technology
Program Highlights

Aside from providing cutting edge coursework, CWU is heavily focused on equipping students to enter the workforce quickly and easily. They regularly releases a newsletter to keep students, parents and staff members informed of the latest industry trends and departmental happenings. In addition, they provide:

  • CS-specific scholarships
  • A careers and jobs listing
  • Internship and assistantship opportunities
  • A student club

US News & World Report ranks CWU #13 among Top Public Universities


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Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, MA

$46,704 annual tuition

Available Concentrations
  • Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS)
Program Highlights

As the school’s largest department, students studying Computer Science come to MIT for a specific reason: it’s one of the best. The curriculum is known for being both flexible and intensive, preparing students to be successful and competitive in a variety of industries and positions. Faculty and alumni are recognized for significant research contributions in areas of:

  • Artificial intelligence
  • Robotics
  • Cybernetics
  • Cryptography

US News & World Report ranks MIT #1 in the nation for Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs.


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University of Washington

Seattle, WA

$11,839 in state
$34,143 out of state

Available Concentrations
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Engineering
Program Highlights

Many students at UW participate in faculty research, internships, co-ops and focused study abroad trips related to their major. The school is currently creating an additional building to house an ever-expanding student body, with Microsoft contributing $10 million toward the effort.


The US News & World Report ranks UW’s graduate computer science department as the sixth best in the nation.


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University of Maryland - University College

Upper Marlboro, MD

$31,920 in state
$59,880 out of state

Available Concentrations
  • Cybersecurity
  • Digital Media & Web Technology
  • Information Systems Management
  • Mathematical Science
Program Highlights

This degree will prepare students to take both the Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) and Oracle Certified Java Programmer certifications. The program is also available as a minor.


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Baker College of Flint

Flint, MI

$8,100 annual tuition

Available Concentrations
  • Computer Science
  • Cyber Defense
  • Database Technology
  • Game Software Development
  • Information Systems
  • Information Technology and Security
  • Web Development
Program Highlights

The computer science department at Baker is informed by working industry professionals in charge of continuous course material updates. In addition to class-based materials, the department puts heavy emphasis on providing real-world opportunities through hands-on training and educational experiences. Students undertaking Baker’s degree often find themselves working in:

  • Computer software development
  • Internet communications
  • Database administration


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Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

$45,278 annual tuition

Available Concentrations
  • Computer Science
Program Highlights

The John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University is home to a dynamic computer science department that regularly pushes the boundaries of modern research. Department-wide goals include increasing accessibility to computer science and attracting students from outside the discipline. Primary areas of research include:

  • Theoretical computer science
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Intelligent interfaces
  • Computational linguistics
  • Energy-efficient architectures

US News and World Report ranks Harvard #2 in the world for Computer Science studies.


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Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY

$41,794 annual tuition

Available Concentrations
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Systems and Information Science
Program Highlights

Students enrolled in Syracuse’s computer science program benefit from not only a solid foundation in CS principles, but also exposure to new developments and cutting edge technology. The degree is multidisciplinary in nature, allowing students to create an individualized program tailored to their future career aspirations.


US News & World Report ranks Syracuse #58 among National Universities.


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Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL

$5,644 in state
$18,788 out of state

Available Concentrations
  • BS in Computer Science
  • BA in Computer Science
  • BS in Computational Biology
  • BS in Computer Criminology
Program Highlights

Over 600 undergraduates call the computer science department home, taking advantage of scholarships, fellowships, internships and numerous clubs, including the Association for Computing Machinery and Upsilon Pi Epsilon. Professors in FSU’s computer science department are internationally recognized researchers, contributing to significant progress on:

  • Algorithms
  • Databases
  • High-performance computing
  • Networking
  • Programming languages
  • Security

US News & World Report ranks FSU #95 among National Universities.


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Texas A & M University - College Station

College Station, TX

$9,428 in state
$28,020 out of state

Available Concentrations
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Engineering
Program Highlights

Texas A&M’s BS in computer science is based on the curricula recommendations of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineer Computer Society (IEEECS) and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). In addition to required coursework, students also take 12 hours of concentrated study outside the department to create a holistic learning experience. Electives are available in a number of areas, including:

  • Algorithms
  • Languages and computability
  • Networking
  • Computer systems and architecture
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Cognitive modeling

Advanced undergraduates are also eligible to take graduate courses in these areas.


US News & World Report ranks Texas A&M #68 among National Universities.


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University of South Carolina - Upstate

Spartanburg, SC

$5,184 in state
$10,509 out of state

Available Concentrations
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Information Systems
Program Highlights

Focused on creating graduates prepared to fill in-demand regional roles, USC Upstate gives its students hands-on access to the technology powering South Carolina’s industry. The computer science degree gives students a more technical education focusing on preparation for graduate work, while the computer information systems track provides a more business oriented focus. The school partners with major manufacturing corporation to offer students competitive internships, including:

  • BMW
  • Michelin
  • Milliken

US News and World Report ranked USC Upstate #3 among southern public schools.


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University of Nevada - Reno

Reno, NV

$3,318 in state
$6,955 out of state

Available Concentrations
  • Computer and network systems
  • Games and simulations
  • Intelligent systems
  • Software systems
Program Highlights

In 2010, the computer science department at UN Reno reformatted its curriculum to combine its computer science and computer engineering majors into a single degree. Focused on using computer science to solve societal problems, the move allowed them to better address industry demands and create more well-rounded graduates. Student resources include:

  • Academic advising
  • For-credit internships
  • Job placement and networking
  • Student clubs, including Women Into Computer Science and Engineering (WISE)

US News and World Report ranks UN – Reno #194 among National Universities.


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University of North Carolina - Asheville

Asheville, NC

$6,605 in state
$22,219 out of state

Available Concentrations
  • Computer Systems
  • Information Systems
Program Highlights

Emphasizing a passion for learning, ethical conduct and critical thinking, the computer science department at UNC Asheville produces graduates capable of applying their skills across a variety of industries. Students are encouraged to pursue their own research projects; recent examples include:

  • Gnosis Sequencing Device
  • Digital Dog Food
  • Bringing the Broadcaster to the Modern Internet
  • Eye in the Sky: Augmenting Automated Flight with Computer Visions

US News & World Report ranks UNC Asheville #8 in its Best Undergraduate Teaching list.


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James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA

$10,066 in state
$25,200 out of state

Available Concentrations
  • Computer Science
  • Robotics
  • Telecommunications
Program Highlights

Students in JMU’s computer science department are immersed in a wide spectrum of learning initiatives designed to make them competitive, compassionate professionals. A number of clubs and organizations allow students to work with their peers, developing solutions to real-world problems. Volunteer opportunities to lead boot camps for high school students allow students to give back to the community. Recent graduates have accepted positions at:

  • IBM
  • Verizon
  • Spring
  • GE
  • SAIC
  • Lockheed-Martin

US News & World Report ranks JMU #2 among Top Public Universities.


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University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, NC

$8,562 in state
$33,644 out of state

Available Concentrations
  • BA in Computer Science
  • BS in Computer Science
Program Highlights

The computer science department at UNC – Chapel Hill opens the field to a more diverse range of students by offering both a BA and a BS. The BS focuses on developing technical skills applicable to highly specific industry applications and graduate school, while the BA allows students to integrate a broader range of interests into their education. Areas of computer science addressed in the curriculum, include:

  • Web and internet computing
  • Networking
  • Hardware systems
  • Operating systems
  • Compilers
  • Parallel and distributed computing
  • Theory of Computing

US News and World Report ranks UNC Chapel Hill #30 among National Universities.


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CUNY Baruch College

New York, NY

$6,030 in state
$12,840 out of state

Available Concentrations
  • Business Intelligence
  • Financial IT
  • Information Assurance & IT Auditing
  • Security/Networking
  • Systems Development
  • Apps, Media, and Society
Program Highlights

Baruch College has integrated its computer science offerings into its Zicklin School of Business, meaning students will receive a strong business foundation to partner with their technology studies. By concentrating on how CS contributes to business, students will be able to leverage their education into the lucrative corporate market. Graduates will have skills in:

  • e-business
  • Web design
  • Globalization and IT
  • Financial IT
  • Software development

US News and World Report ranks Baruch College among the Top 25 Public Schools in the North.


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University of West Florida

Pensacola, FL

$4,319 in state
$16,587 out of state

Available Concentrations
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Computer Science
  • Cybersecurity
  • Software Engineering
  • Information Technology
Program Highlights

Students at UWF benefit from access to state-of-the-art technology like the ‘Holodeck,’ one of the largest curved projection screens in the world. A student to faculty ratio of 21:1 ensures that students receive individual attention. Graduates have gone on to work for notable companies such as:

  • Microsoft
  • Northrop Grumman
  • Computer Science Corporation
  • General Dynamics
  • Home Depot


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Scholarships for Women in Computer Science

  • Graduate Women's Scholarship Program

  • Amount$18,000



This one-time scholarship is open to graduate students enrolled full-time in their first year of a computer science degree program. Universities must nominate students, and the chair of the department must confirm the nomination. An extra $2,000 is awarded for travel and cost of attendance at a computer science conference.

  • SWE Scholarship

  • AmountVaries by scholarship: $1,000 to $14,500

OrganzationSociety of Women Engineers


This one-time scholarship is open to graduate students enrolled full-time in their first year of a computer science degree program accredited by ABET. SWE offers hundreds of scholarships, awarding more than $660,000 in awards in 2015 alone. Applicants only need to fill out one application and will automatically be considered for all awards they are eligible for.

  • WITS Scholarship

  • AmountUp to $2,500

OrganzationWomen in Technology


WITS administers this scholarship, which is sponsored by Visionary Integration Professionals, and open to women aspiring to work in computer science or a related field. Female students hoping to be competitive must have at least a 3.0 GPA, high levels of participation in community service or extracurricular activities, and a thoughtful answer to their annual essay prompt.

  • Scholarship for Women in Engineering

  • Amount$1,500-$10,000



In addition to receiving funding, awardees are also flown to the Bay Area to participate in a two-day workshop with other women in the field. This scholarship is open to undergraduate females who have completed at least one year of their studies in computer science or a STEM-related degree program.

  • The Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship

  • Amount$10,000



Open to female undergraduate or graduate students studying computer science, computer engineering or a closely related field, this scholarship champions women who want to revolutionize the way we think about technology. In addition to funding, winners will be invited to the Google Scholar’s Retreat at their headquarters in California.

  • Women in Technology Scholarship

  • Amount$2,500



This scholarship seeks to encourage the pursuit of scientific and technological education amongst female students, helping them to achieve their dreams of working in the field of computer science. Winners are selected based on an essay about what inspired them to pursue a career in technology.

  • Helion Openstack Scholarship

  • Amount$10,000



In addition to funding, recipients also receive a mentorship and possible internship. As part of the application process, students must develop a project using Openstack technology or Cloud Foundry.

  • Women in Science Program

  • Amount$60,000



This program is for women who have recently completed a PhD in computer science or a closely related field. The goal of the fellowship is to recognize women scientists at critical stages of their career.

  • G.I.R.L. Scholarships

  • Amount$5,000

OrganzationDaybreak Games


Daybreak offers this scholarship to female computer science students with an interest in video game design. In addition to the award, students can also participate in a 10-week paid internship at Daybreak’s headquarters in San Diego.

  • Scholarship for Women in Computing

  • Amount$1,000

OrganzationAnn Arbor Area Community Foundation


Since 2003, AAACF has been funding women pursuing computer science or technology-related degrees in an effort to build more interest in STEM topics. Applicants must have at least two semesters of coursework remaining and will be required to complete an essay consisting of three questions.

  • CREU Scholarship

  • Amount$3,000

OrganzationComputing Research Association – Women


This program is designed to provide stipends to female scientists undertaking research projects at their universities. Students will also receive mentorship from CRA-W members throughout their project and are encouraged to present their findings at the CREU conference.

  • Scholarships for Women Studying Information Security

  • Amount$5,000-$10,000



For the last four years, SWSIS has been funding female students studying information security and related topics at the undergraduate level. With an investment by HP, the organization is expanding the number of recipients for the next award cycle.

  • The Clare Boothe Luce Program

  • AmountVaries

OrganzationThe Henry Luce Foundation


This scholarship, which seeks to support women in their undergraduate pursuits, is especially focused on students in the most underrepresented STEM fields, including computer science. Preference is also given to Catholic institutions.

  • Chuck McLane Scholarship Award

  • Amount$10,000



This scholarship is open to Girl Scouts who earned a Gold Award for a STEM project and plan to pursue a career in a STEM-related field. Graduating high school seniors are eligible to apply.

  • Vanguard Women in Technology Scholarship

  • AmountUp to $10,000

OrganzationArizona State University


Open to female undergraduates pursuing a degree related to technology, this scholarship can be used for tuition, fees, books and/or supplies. Students in their junior or senior years are eligible to apply.

  • STEM Scholarship

  • AmountFull or partial tuition for one academic year



Students pursuing computer science or related STEM programs are able to apply for this scholarship, which is awarded to students who demonstrate a passion for technology and leadership. The majority of awards are given to women, minority students or students with disabilities.

  • Scholars Program

  • AmountUp to $10,000



Students actively pursuing an education in computer science or engineering are considered for the SanDisk scholarship, including those who are graduating high school, completing community college or currently enrolled in a four-year program. Students with a demonstrated financial need are given preference.

  • Horizon’s Scholarship

  • AmountVaries

OrganzationWomen in Defense


Female students pursuing computer science or related degrees with the intention of working in national security are considered for this award, provided they are at least in their junior year. The scholarship is also open to graduate students.

  • Oracle Scholarship for Excellence in Computer Science

  • Amount$8,000

OrganzationFederation of the Blind


Applicants of this scholarship must be pursuing a computer science degree and must be legally blind. Selection will be made based on academic excellence, community service and financial need.

  • MCWT Foundation Scholarship

  • AmountUp to $20,000

OrganzationMichigan Council of Women in Technology


MCWT offers a variety of scholarships, including those open to high school seniors, undergraduate and graduate students. The Girls Exploring Together – Information Technology scholarship is a four-year award broken into $5,000 annual disbursements.

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