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Pseudo-techblog where the Corsarius gets serious. Visit blog.corsarius.net for his alter ego.

CS One of UP's Most Popular Programs?

Thursday, June 30, 2005 at 4:38 PM

Popular in terms of applicants, that is.

According to UP President Emerlinda R. Roman's letter in The UP Forum, the top five UP System programs (in terms of the number of applicants) this academic year are:

1) BS Nursing - 14,635
2) BS Business Ad (Accountancy) - 5,369
3) BS Business Administration - 2,390
4) BS Hotel and Restaurant Ad - 2,296
5) BS Computer Science - 1,877

Of course, these numbers do not reflect the actual population of qualifiers into these programs. As an example, the BS CS program of UP Diliman takes in only 120 students per year.

While the statistics seem to portray a "the more the merrier" scene in UPD's Department of Computer Science, recent experience tells otherwise. The UP Parser's September 2004 editorial (also republished here) mentions the seeming slide of interest in the program.

Time will tell if this trend is to continue, or to reverse.

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Blogger ia @ 6/30/2005 11:46 PM

My mom has talked to people who have always seen CS as one of the toughest to get into, having been compared with MBB even. I guess this statistic is not as 'parallel' to yours, but you get my point.

But as I've said, demand or no demand, the program here rocks just enough to be proud about it. In less geeky ways, hopefully. It's obviously difficult to illustrate how a program is actually better and worth entering, but they'll just have to take our word for it.    

Blogger Corsarius @ 7/08/2005 11:03 PM

CS Rocks. But you have to have that certain degree of geekiness (and the ability to separate ones' self from that geekiness) in order to see how CS is that special. :)    

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