Google Summer of Code 2012 by the Numbers: Part 1 of 2

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Now that the mentoring organizations have made their selections, it’s time for the first of two posts breaking down the numbers about the students accepted into the 2012 instance of Google Summer of Code.

This 8th year of Google Summer of Code is the largest yet. More mentoring organizations received more applications from more students than ever before. We received a record number of applications - 6685 - from 4258 students from 98 countries to work with the 180 selected mentoring organizations.

We also accepted more students this year: 1212 from 69 countries. This year India supplied the largest number of students, 227.

The 10 countries with the highest number of accepted students are:

Country# of 2012 Accepted Students
United States172
Russian Federation56
Sri Lanka42

This year we are excited to have a student from the African nation of Mauritius, ( which hasn’t previously been represented in Google Summer of Code.

The program set another record this year: the highest percentage yet of women accepted. 8.3% of our accepted students identified themselves as female, versus 7.1% percent last year. Overall the percentage of women accepted has slowly but surely increased every year since 2006.

We’re very excited to see what our record crop of students come up with this year! Currently the students are in the community bonding period where they familiarize themselves with their projects, mentors and communities, before the coding period starts on Monday, May 21st.  Good luck to them all!

Please visit our program site and timeline for more information, and watch this space for part 2 of “Google Summer of Code 2012 by the Numbers” about the universities represented this year.

By Cat Allman, Open Source Programs