So, then: why are recruiters all looking in the same few places?
Technical recruiters today are in fierce competition for top engineering candidates. At the same time, thousands of students graduate from computer science undergraduate programs each year who struggle to land an interview, despite having the skills needed to succeed on the job.
Why is this happening? Because recruiters often target only those candidates who come from name-brand schools—even though over 94 percent of computer science degrees granted every year are not from these “top-tier” programs. It’s time for recruiters to open up their applicant pool to more diverse new grad talent.
This report presents our ranking of the 50 colleges and universities with the highest concentration of students who received a top score on CodeSignal’s General Coding Framework, the industry-standard skills evaluation taken by more than 50% of graduating computer science students in the US.
We hope that this report will help recruiters and hiring managers find top early career developer talent using fair and objective recruiting practices to measure candidate skill.
We analyzed a subset of CodeSignal’s General Coding Framework results data and ranked universities based on the percentage of their students whose score is in the 84th percentile on the General Coding Framework.
This has enabled CodeSignal to accurately project the best computer science colleges and universities programs across the US that train the top software engineering talent for coding and computer programming.
Here are our top 10:
Only 3 out of the 10 schools (Carnegie Mellon, MIT, and Cal Tech) from our list were in the 2022 top 10 US News & World Report Best Undergraduate Engineering Program Rankings.
The top school in our list, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, didn’t make the US News top 30.
UC Berkeley and Stanford, tied for #2 in the US News & World Report ranking, don’t make our top 10.
6 of the top 10 schools from our list are Emerging HSIs.
The data from CodeSignal’s validated skills evaluation for junior engineers, the General Coding Framework, shows that a degree from one of the traditional top engineering programs is not necessarily the best indicator of talent. Directly measuring candidates’ skills rather than what school they attended is a proven way to build a stronger, more diverse team.
The General Coding Framework is a validated skills evaluation for assessing core programming and computer science knowledge that is shared by most software engineers and is taught in most computer science undergraduate programs in the US.
The General Coding Framework consists of 4 code writing tasks in the cloud integrated development environment and is language agnostic. This means task takers can choose a computer language that they feel most comfortable in. This skills evaluation measures the task taker’s code-writing skills, problem-solving skills, and ability to write clean code at a reasonable speed.
CodeSignal’s General Coding Framework is used by over 150 top tier companies such as Facebook, Asana, Uber, and eBay, as their primary technical skills evaluation for early talent. It has been completed by over 95,000 students who are seeking new grad software engineering opportunities in their senior year or summer internship software engineering opportunities in their junior year. More than 50% of undergraduate students completing their computer science programs in the US take the General Coding Framework, with over 9,000 students taking the skills evalution per week at the height of the recruiting season.
For this analysis, we’ve inferred the name of educational institutions from the email domains associated with the test takers. To support valid comparisons, we’ve adopted U.S. News & World Report’s grouping of colleges and used the “National University” group to come up with CodeSignal University Rankings.
The General Coding Framework has many variations of questions but produces comparable scores. Scores range between 600-849.