Summer Student Stats: Degrees and Majors

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The student application period for Google Summer of Codeopened yesterday and many students are wondering if they should apply. We encourage students of all backgrounds to apply, as long as they meet our eligibility requirements, which state that if you are enrolled as of April 26, 2010 in a college or university program, you are eligible to participate in the program.

From our FAQ’s:

“Google defines a student as an individual enrolled in or accepted into an accredited institution including (but not necessarily limited to) colleges, universities, masters programs, PhD programs and undergraduate programs.”

Many people don’t realize that we accept graduate students in addition to undergrads, when in fact graduate students make up ~36% of our student population.

Regardless of where you are in your academic career, you should consider applying!

Many people also assume that all of our students are studying computer science. While computer science is indeed the most popular area of study, we also have a significant number of students who focus on math, physics and engineering. What is surprising is that we also have some students who study biology, music, visual art, and a wide range of other fields. One interesting note about our students is there is an impressive number of double and triple majors in the population.

A variety of statistics about past Google Summer of Code students is available for those who are interested in learning more about what kind of students have participated in the program in the past. If you apply to this year’s program, you’ll have the chance to shape the statistics for the future! Good luck to all our student applicants!