University of Illinois wins high ranking for its coders

January 7, 2017 by  

A website devoted to coding, HackerRank.com, tested graduates from schools all over the world to see how they ranked when facing tough coding challenges, and the local university was found to be especially savvy.

‘Coding’ is the name given to designing, writing, and testing programs for computers. The site took a look at the coding work of graduates from 126 schools, and ranked the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign third in the United States.

The only schools that ranked higher were the Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of California at Berkeley. Even more impressive, perhaps, is the fact that U of I was ranked 1th in the world. The very best schools in the world are in Vietnam, Russia and China.

Colin Robertson, spokesman for U of I’s School of Computer Science, said he was not surprised to find out how high the university’s students ranked, adding the institution has a reputation for the excellence of its coders.

Robertson said many of the university’s students come from Illinois, but there are international students as well, and many remain in the country after graduation. He said he thought about half of the graduates stay in Illinois, many moving up to Chicago, while others prefer the warmer weather in California or elsewhere on the West Coast.

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