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CS Program Can't Keep Up With Demand From Undergrads

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students in the halls at the University of Washington's Allen School

Applicants to UW's Allen School as their top choice outnumbered those for economics, political science, nursing, and mechanical engineering combined.

Credit: University of Washington

Some 7,587 freshman applicants to the University of Washington for next year picked the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering as their top choice for a major. But the Allen School has room for only 550 new undergraduates in the fall.

Only 7% of direct admission students were offered a spot in the Allen School, compared to 52% of applicants to the UW's College of Engineering. Champions of the Allen School say those numbers need to improve.

"It is not acceptable when only the most academically elite Washington student can gain admission to a computer science program that can prepare them for a great job," said state Rep. Drew Hansen.

Hansen and others secured $4 million of additional funding over the past two years to boost the Allen School's capacity by 100 students. However, even as available spots still lag well behind student demand, advocates struggle to keep securing more money for the computer science program.

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