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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
Join the competitive technology field with a degree from GCU!
Programs Offered:
  • B.S. in Computer Programming
  • B.S. in Business Information Systems
  • B.S. in Applied Business Information Systems
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Platt College
Turn your talents into a career at nationally recognized and accredited Platt College.
Programs Offered:
  • Web Development Programming Diploma Program
  • Information Technology Associate's Degree

 
California College San Diego

The Secret to Getting Ahead is Getting Started

Programs Offered:
  • Computer Programming (AAS)
  • Web Design and Development (BS)
  • Computer Technology & Networking (AAS)

 
Charter College Online

You can advance your career with a degree from Charter College Online.

Programs Offered:
  • Certificate - Computer Technician

 
Northcentral University
  • Northcentral University was founded in 1996 to provide working professionals around the world with unprecedented access to richly engaging, professionally relevant, and academically-rigorous education from a U.S. university.
Programs Offered:
  • Master of Science in Computer Science
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science
  • Master of Science in Information Technology

 
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:
  • Software Development Bachelors - Online
  • Software Development Associates - Online
  • Web Design and Development, Bachelor of Science (Online)

 
The Art Institutes system of schools

With an education from an Art Institutes school, imagine what you could create.

Programs Offered:
  • Software Development for Creative Technologies (Bachelor of Science)
  • Web Design & Development (D)

 
California University of Pennsylvania

Recognized by the U.S. News and World Report for: Best Online Programs, Bachelor’s 2017, Best Online Programs, Grad Education 2017 and Best Online Programs, Bachelor’s for Veterans 2017

Programs Offered:
  • Computer Information Systems (Bachelor of Science) - Online
  • Technical Studies (Associate of Science) - Online
  • Applied Mathematics (Professional Science Masters) - Online

 
Post University Online

At Post University, we believe you shouldn’t have to put your life on hold to further your education.

Programs Offered:
  • B.S. in Computer Information Systems / Computer Networking
  • B.S. in Computer Information Systems

 
UEI College

At UEI College, we want you to succeed. We’re like a family and we want you to be a part of it.

Programs Offered:
  • Computer Systems Technician (10-Month Diploma Program)

 
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