Google Summer of Code 2021: Student Stats

Monday, June 28, 2021

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Google Summer of Code (GSoC) is a global program focused on bringing more student developers into open source software development. On June 7th of this year, 1,286 students started their 10-week programming projects, entirely online, with 199 open source organizations. For the 2021 program, these 1,286 students joined from 69 countries across the globe, including our first student from Zambia! With the 17th year of GSoC underway, we’d like to share some program statistics about the accepted students involved in this year’s program.

Accepted Students

  • 91% are participating in their first GSoC
  • 76% are first time applicants to GSoC
  • 79% participated in open source before GSoC 2021


  • 70% are computer science majors, 3% are Mathematics majors, 2% Physics majors, and 25% are other majors including many from engineering fields like Mechanical, Electrical, Bio, Environmental, Civil and Chemical
  • Students are studying in a variety of fields including Oceanography, Finance, Linguistics, Neuroscience, Statistics, Renewable Energy, Robotics, Geography and Digital Design

Schools / Secondary Academic Programs

GSoC participants come from 613 schools/programs that represent countries from around the world like Albania, Australia, Bolivia, Chile, China, Egypt, India, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Norway, Poland, Sri Lanka, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, The United Kingdom, The United States, and Vietnam just to name a few.

All 12 schools with the most accepted students for GSoC 2021 are from India:


# of accepted students

Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee


Indian Institute of Technology, Varanasi


Birla Institute of Technology and Science Pilani, Goa


Birla Institute of Technology and Science Pilani


National Institute Of Technology, Hamirpur


Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur


Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur


National Institute of Technology Karnataka, Surathkal


International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad


Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay


Indian Institute of Technology, Mandi


Vellore Institute of Technology


We’re excited for all our GSoC participants as they partner with their mentors and organizations for a summer of coding and community!

Next month we’ll share more 2021 Google Summer of Code statistics, but this time, the focus will be on our amazing mentors. Stay tuned!

By Romina Vicente, Project Coordinator, Google Open Source Programs Office