Computing at Carolina

Ever since Carolina's first computer arrived in the 1950s, the University has been a place for research and work that enriches learning and prepares Tar Heels for meaningful careers. Whether it be in the computer science department, the new School of Data Science and Society or any other corner of Carolina, Tar Heels are using their specialties to make a difference.

Keep reading to see how computer science and data science research comes to life at Carolina.

Founded in 1964, Carolina’s computer science department is the second oldest in the U.S. and continues to make a difference today. In 2020, ShanghaiRankings Consultancy’s Ranking of World Universities ranked the department No. 17 worldwide and No. 11 in the U.S. The department’s graduate program was also ranked No. 24 by U.S. News & World Report in 2023.

Throughout its history, the department has successfully collaborated with other departments at Carolina, reflected in recent work involving medical robots and drug discovery.

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As one of Carolina’s newest schools, the School of Data Science and Society envisions “a world made healthy, safe and prosperous for all through data-informed decisions,” according to Dean Stan A. Ahalt. Having hired its first faculty, SDSS currently offers a Master of Applied Data Science degree and plans to launch Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science undergraduate degrees in data science later this year in collaboration with the College of Arts and Sciences.

WATCH: Learn more about SDSS.

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Work around campus

Tar Heels in tech