Computer Science

Grainger College of Engineering


What is Computer Science?

Computer Science is the study of theory, design, and applications of digital computers. You will also learn software design and informational processing techniques. If you’re creative, logical, and a good problem solver, this major may be for you.

Career Options

  • Application design
  • Consulting
  • Data analysis
  • Research
  • Software development
  • Studio tools developer

Post-Graduation Success1

96% employed or continuing education

86% employed after graduation

10% attending graduate school

$93,500 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: Google, Microsoft, Amazon View All

Sample grad school destinations: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Stanford University, Carnegie Mellon University View All

Review Criteria

First-Year Major-Specific Criteria

  • Strong math and science coursework and performance
  • Calculus preferred and physics expected (if available at high school)
  • Strong teamwork and interpersonal communication skills
  • Interest in improving society through engineering
  • Demonstrated understanding of and interest in the engineering major selected

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Transfer Criteria

Transfer Guide

Graduation & Retention2

3.8 years to degree

95% first-year retention rate

69% four-year graduation rate

86% six-year graduation rate

Annual Program Costs3

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $17,976
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,222
  • Total: $41,126


  • Tuition: $39,736
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses:$18,562
  • Total: $63,226


  • Tuition: $42,868
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,562
  • Total: $66,358