What are some colleges for Computer Science?
I am currently a junior in high school and I have been looking at some colleges. I plan to major in computer science but I am not sure what college are good for this major. I know that very popular colleges, such as Carnegie Mellon, Stanford, UCLA, UCB, Cal Tech (etc) but they are all really selective colleges. I want to know what are some other colleges that have good computer science departments that maybe are not as well-known. I also want to minor in graphic design-- what colleges are good for both computer science and graphic design that aren't as well known? #college #computer-science #graphic-design
I would consider thinking about going to a junior college first. This way you get your core classes out of the way for much lower cost and the chances of transferring to university are much better after you've attended two years at a junior college. Most communities have decent junior colleges. Many junior colleges have both computer science and graphics design programs. I attended a junior college and got my AA degree there before transferring to University of Illinois for my bachelors degree.
Of course, it's ideal to go to a top school for any profession. Unfortunately, not everyone will get accepted into one.
Right now, the IT industry is favorable to job seekers. Salaries are high because it's harder to find qualified people in this field. So even if you don't go to a top-tier school, it's likely you'll still land a job in IT upon graduation.
So if your dream is to work in IT, I wouldn't worry too much about where you go to school. There's a strong chance it will come true whether or not you go to a top tier school.
Determining the "correct school" might not be the appropriate first step. Colleges, like people have different personalities, and you want to do some further exploration to make sure that you land in a place that is most comfortable and productive for you. The first step is to go to your school counselor to take interest and aptitude tests to make sure that you know for which careers you are best suited. Computers are used in many ways in many different industries. You need to find out more about how you might want to engage with a computer before defining such a degree. If your career area is aligned with computers, talk to your counselor about being connected with graduates of you school who are working in the computer area, so you can talk to them and determine what course you might want to follow. Also, go to the reference librarian at your local library to get in contact with professional organizations to which people in computer related positions might belong. Arrange to go to a meeting and do networking to get more appropriate information. Many people in computer related jobs get their start at community colleges as the cost of education is reasonable, so you can get a good education without accumulating large student loans. Talk to the alumni relations person at the community college and arrange to talk to graduates who are working in computer related jobs to see what they are doing and what education they needed to get there.
The same procedure would be helpful to follow regarding the exploration of the area of graphic design.
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