The University of Texas at Austin Department of Computer Science (UTCS) is ranked as a top-ten computer science department nationally and is the only top-ten computer science department within 1,000 miles of Austin, TX.
U.S. News and World Report ranks UTCS nationally:
- #9 in U.S. computer science graduate programs (2022)
- #7 in Theory
- #9 in Programming language
- #10 in Artificial intelligence
- #10 in Systems
- #10 in U.S. computer science undergraduate programs (2021)
- # 6 in Programming Language
- # 6 in Software Engineering
- # 9 in Artificial Intelligence
- # 9 in Computer Systems
- # 10 in Theory
- 2006 undergraduate and graduate students
- 87% of graduates go on to immediate employment or graduate school.
- UTCS has over 10,000 alumni and growing.
- 210+ companies actively engaged in on-campus recruiting of CS students
- The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has projected an 17% increase in need for CS degreed people from 2014 to 2024.
- 11 percent Hispanic undergraduate enrollment
- 25 percent female undergraduate enrollment
- Students from 25 states and 14 countries
College of Natural Sciences
The College of Natural Sciences aims to ensure that everyone feels welcomed. By fostering an inclusive environment where people of all backgrounds are valued, the intellectual rigor and quality of research produced by the college is enriched. The Diversity, Equity & Inclusion page offers information and resources to empower students, faculty, and to offer their unique perspective on the Forty Acres.
UT Computer Science is committed to supporting and advocating for the full engagement and empowerment of underrepresented groups in the field of computing. The department seeks to advance the cause by recruiting, retaining, and educating a more diverse student population and supporting and celebrating a diverse and inclusive culture and community. For more on the department’s diversity initiatives, please visit our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion page.
UT Computer Science is a founding member of the Diversifying Future Leadership in the Professoriate (FLIP) Alliance.
The goal of the NSF-funded FLIP Alliance is to address the broadening participation challenge of increasing the diversity of the future leadership in the professoriate in computing at research universities as a way to achieve diversity across the field. In particular, the problem that we address is stark and straightforward: only 4.3% of the current tenure-track faculty in computing at these universities are from underrepresented groups.
The FLIP Alliance solution is equally stark and straightforward: we intentionally bring together the very small number of departments responsible for producing the majority of the professoriate with individuals and organizations that understand how to recruit, retain, and develop students from underrepresented groups in order to create a network that can quickly and radically change the demographic diversity of the professoriate across the entire field.
We invite current and prospective students to join and stand with the department's student-led organizations focused on diversity, inclusion, and representation in computer science:
- Association of Black Computer Scientists (ABCS)
- Code Orange
- Hispanic Association of Computer Scientists (HACS)
- Women in Computer Science (WiCS)
At UT Computer Science, undergraduate students receive a rigorous educational experience, with options to pursue more than 50 courses that span the full spectrum of topics in modern computer science. All undergraduate students will develop a strong background in hardware architecture and mathematics as a foundation on which to build their computing education.
Consistently ranked as one of the nation’s top ten graduate programs in computer science, UT Computer Science is proud to be able to say that the education our students receive is second to none. During your time at UT Computer Science, you can expect to learn from both world-class faculty and from your peers, who are carefully selected because they possess the potential to shape the future of the field.
UTCS supports about 52 faculty.
- Over 150 national & international awards, including 2 Turing Awards
- 51 university teaching awards
- 15 university service awards
- Artificial Intelligence
- Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
- Computer Architecture
- Data Mining, Machine Learning, and Natural Computation
- Formal Methods
- Graphics and Visualization
- Model Driven Engineering
- Operating systems, Distributed systems, and Networking
- Programming Languages and Implementation
- Scientific Computing
- Theoretical Computer Science
- Diversity and inclusion outreach and recruiting programs: UTCS Summer Academies, CS Roadshow, Explore UT, The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference, The Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Conference, and The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT)
- Certificate programs: INFOSEC, Technical Concentrations, and Social Impact Stamps
- Industry relations: Friends of Computer Science (FoCS) and research partnership programs
- 5 Year Masters' Degree programs
- Turing Scholars Honors Program
- Elements of Computing
- Freshman Research Initiative (FRI)
- Longhorn Startup
- Study Abroad
The Home of UTCS
- Name: The Bill & Melinda Gates Computer Science Complex and Dell Computer Science Hall
- Donors: The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, UT Board of Regents, and UT System
- Location: Central campus, facing Speedway, adjacent to POB and on the footprint of Taylor Hall
- Square Feet: 140,000 net assignable square feet
- Capacity: The complex will accommodate a 40% increase in faculty and a 50% increase in computer science students, meeting a pressing demand for computing innovation and talent. It will house faculty, visitors and technical staff, spaces for visiting scholars and postdoctorates, graduate student spaces, almost 17,500 assignable square feet of flexible and highly programmable research laboratory space, a 200-seat lecture hall, seven classrooms, ten electronic seminar rooms and instructional laboratories, two dedicated study areas for undergraduates and graduate students, over 24 discussion areas, eight conference rooms, student organization offices, and other types of space to encourage interaction and collaboration.
To provide the most advanced resources for teaching and research, the Department of Computer Science manages its own network and systems, which number over 1600 hosts. UTCS operates a general-purpose High Throughput Computing (HTC) cluster, Mastodon, which is managed using the HTCondor job scheduling software.
Other Research labs utilizing state of the art computing resources:
- Lab for Advanced Systems Research
- Graphics Lab
- Real-Time System Lab
- ACL2 Lab
- Artificial Intelligence Laboratories
- Networking Research Laboratory
- Computer Architecture and Technology Laboratory
- Computational Biology Laboratory
- Visualization Laboratory
- Wireless Networking Research Laboratory
- Batory Lab
- Virtual Reality Laboratory