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Arizona State University for Computer Science

Jay123456Jay123456 Registered User Posts: 13 New Member
I am from the Bay Area and want to go outside California, I was admitted into Arizona State University for computer science and Purdue University for computer information technology. I don't want to go too far from California, so it possible to get a good job coming out of ASU tempe? Im looking for a job in the government.

Waiting for your comments, thanks

Replies to: Arizona State University for Computer Science

  • pdevirajpdeviraj Registered User Posts: 8 New Member
    The course structure in ASU for computer science is great and it should be very easy to find a job. In comparison the course structure in Purdue college of technology is not at the same level of rigor. It is a technology degree and does not cover the fundamentals of a strong computer science degree. If i were you, i would go with ASU. Best wishes!
  • momofcsmomofcs Registered User Posts: 54 Junior Member
    Purdue is a top 20 school for computer science- excellent program and job fairs. However it is a long long way from Ca.
  • STEMFamilySTEMFamily Registered User Posts: 1,327 Senior Member
    edited July 2015
    @pdeviraj is correct. The Purdue degree for computer information technology is part of Purdue Polytechnic and not in the computer science department. It is not a rigorous computer science degree. ASU has a similar degree on its Polytechnic campus but I think the OP is saying s/he would do computer science at ASU which is the more rigorous degree on the Tempe campus.

    @Jay123456, I think you first need to decide which degree it is you want. If you want Computer Science you should go where you can get that degree. If you want Computer Information technology, it looks like you can get it either place. However, be aware that the ASU Polytechnic campus has a very different feel than the Tempe campus.
  • seancasausseancasaus Registered User Posts: 21 New Member
    edited July 2015
    I am going off of the assumption that you will pursue a Computer Science degree.

    ASU ranked 33 in the world for Computer Science by ARWU, while Purdue ranked 22. On the other hand, UCSD, UCLA, UCB, Stanford, Cal Tech, and USC are all ranked higher than both schools. While UCI is in between the two in rankings. Hands down, your chances of getting a job from any of the California programs is going to be substantially high. This is due to their rankings, and their location near one of the best tech markets in the world.

    You cannot go wrong with any of the above mentioned programs in terms of successful CS programs. On the other hand, computer science is a career you do not even need a degree to succeed in. There are numerous examples of highly successful, self taught, computer programmers, without degrees. Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, and Mark Zuckerberg are just a few examples.

    I am not saying you shouldn't go to college, just that you should honestly be more concerned on self teaching yourself programming to get a head start on your peers. Your Alma Mater maters very little if you cannot prove to an employer that you can program. It is also just as insignificant if you are exceptionally well at programming.

  • seancasausseancasaus Registered User Posts: 21 New Member
    edited July 2015
    Sorry, I feel like I rambled a little too much on the California schools you never even asked about. So I want to give a little bit of info on the schools in question.

    ASU and Purdue are both well respected programs for CS. ASU is coming up in the rankings, but on the other hand, Purdue is historically elite. While Phoenix does not have an exceptionally known tech market, it is relatively close to Silicon Valley and So Cal, therefore allowing you to tap into those competitive job markets. A Purdue degree can surely benefit you in just about any job market, as it is nationally respected, but I can only assume that its graduates are most significantly tapped into by the Chicago market.

    I know I gave all my info on CS, but this is because I know very little about the job markets for Information Systems degrees. I do not possess a degree in CS, but have conducted a large amount of research on CS recently. I do know IS typically does not pay out as much as CS. CS is computer programming, while IS is setting up computer networks for a business. Obviously the scope of potential jobs goes beyond those narrow generalizations, but you get the point. Therefore we commentators on College Confidential can do very little in helping you decide what program you should pursue. That is up to you.
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