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Preparing for Computer Science School

If you are considering choosing computer science, your post-secondary planning process should begin as early as high school. Computer science programs can be competitive and are rigorous, so it's important to plan your high school courses accordingly. Computer science students tend to struggle for reasons that have very little to do with computers. More often than not, such struggles are rooted in weaknesses related to math. So load up on math classes. Focus on algebra and if you have an opportunity to take another math, go with geometry. Trigonometry will be useful too, but you will gain a lot of this knowledge in high school math classes even if you don't take a specific class in it.

If you are still in high school and are thinking about taking computer science, there are several additional things that you can do to prepare and increase your chances of being accepted:

  • Undertake to read and study independently. Computer science students often have the greatest difficulty with writing and English classes in their first year of post-secondary study, and independent study is a good way to develop interests, expand your knowledge and improve your vocabulary and reading comprehension skills needed for school. It will also help you if admission requirements include an interview, since you will be able to impress the committee with the knowledge you have built up of terms and issues specific to this area of study.



  • Gain experience in the computer science field. Job shadowing, talking with a professional, or attending a summer or spring break computer science camp are all recommended activities.



  • Admissions committees may also be interested in a student's personal qualities, which can be developed through participating in extracurricular activities. Consider joining or even starting school clubs, whether related to your area of interest or not. This is also a good way to develop demonstrated leadership skills, which are an important aspect of any competitive application.



  • Work experience - paid or volunteer - may increase your chances of being admitted, particularly to programs involving internships, and is an achievement often regarded highly by admissions committees.


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Grand Canyon University
Grand Canyon University's online technology programs offer a premier educational experience designed to lead you to a career in science, technology, engineering and math.
Programs Offered:
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Liberty University

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Programs Offered:
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Northcentral University
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Programs Offered:
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Technology and Innovation Management (PhD-TIM) – Engineering Management
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Trident University International

Trident University International provides an exceptional online educational experience for its students – diverse adult learners including current and former members of the military family.

Programs Offered:
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Full Sail University - Online
Learning at Full Sail University has always centered around interaction and the exchange of ideas. Our online curriculum fully embraces this philosophy.
Programs Offered:
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California College San Diego

The Secret to Getting Ahead is Getting Started

Programs Offered:
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DataScience@Syracuse
Syracuse’s online M.S. in Applied Data Science prepares students with high-demand data analytics skills for a growing industry. The program can be completed in 18 months and GRE waivers are available.
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Platt College
Turn your talents into a career at nationally recognized and accredited Platt College.
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DataScience@SMU
Designed for working professionals looking to advance their careers, DataScience@SMU is an online Master of Science in Data Science from Southern Methodist University (SMU).
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