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CS Undergrads Most Likely to Drop Out

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A departing undergraduate.

A study by researchers at the U.K.s Higher Education Statistics Agency found roughly a tenth of computer science undergraduates dropped out before completing their degrees.

Credit: HR Morning

Researchers at the U.K.’s Higher Education Statistics Agency have found that 9.8% of computer science undergraduates dropped out before completing their degrees—the highest rate among any major, according to the most recent available figures.

This high dropout rate, combined with relatively low numbers of students working toward computer science degrees, comes as U.K.-based organizations are struggling to hire skilled technology professionals.

Computer science as an undergraduate degree saw some growth in demand between the 2015-16 and 2016-17 academic years, rising by 4% in undergraduate enrollment numbers.

The most common reason cited for leaving degree courses was that students did not feel they were getting enough for their money, while 49% said they did not enjoy it, and 33% said it was too hard.

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