The College of Computing Jumps in National Rankings

March 27, 2008

ATLANTA (March 28, 2008) --The College of Computing at
Georgia Tech jumped into the Top 10 in the latest rankings of graduate
computer science (CS) programs by U.S. News & World Report. Now
ranked 9th in the nation overall, the College of Computing moved up
from the 11th position held in 2007 and is now tied with the University
of Texas-Austin. In CS specialty areas, the College moved up to 7th
place in Artificial Intelligence—a five-spot jump from 12th only last
year—while Computer Science Systems rose from 13th last year to 10th.

The rankings released on the web and to media today are based on a
survey of deans and department chairs at CS programs around the
country. For a complete listing of CS program rankings and extensive
specialty rankings, visit the U.S. News web site here.
All new and old rankings will be available in U.S. News’ “Best Graduate
Schools” guidebook, which will hit newsstands next week.

In addition to the Artificial Intelligence (#7) and Systems (#10)
rankings, the College’s Theory specialty held its No. 9 ranking (last
year the program leaped from 16th to 9th). There were no rankings
issued again this year for Graphics/Visualization, which received a 4th
place ranking in 1999, or in Databases, which ranked 7th in 1999.

In the past decade, the College of Computing’s overall graduate
Computer Science program has risen consistently in the U.S. News
ratings:

  • 1996—18
  • 1997—18
  • 1999—13
  • 2002—12
  • 2007—11


The College’s reputation continues to grow and improve through its
outstanding research, creative approaches to educational programs,
world-class faculty, and richly diverse student body. By fostering
leadership, collaboration and innovation, the College hopes to build
its esteem and prominence across the board.

“This is a big deal. I could not be more proud of the effort I see
from everyone with the College of Computing,” said Dean Rich DeMillo.
“Once you reach the upper end of the rankings, it’s very difficult to
make significant jumps. That we were able to jump not one but two
spots—and into the Top 10—speaks volumes of the work we are doing and
the impact it is making, not just in higher education and computing,
but in the larger world beyond.”

For the Institute-level release regarding the rankings, click here.