As more and more of our lives come to rely on computers, the field of Computer Science will continue to be a critical space for research and work. Students who apply to the Richard Bland College of William & Mary are able to seamlessly transfer to a top-ranked bachelor’s degree program in Computer Science where they’ll help shape the future of the industry.
The Path to a Public Ivy Runs through RBC
Richard Bland College is a two-year college that is branch of the College of William and Mary. Due to the unique relationship between the two colleges, qualified students who complete the necessary requirements at Richard Bland College are guaranteed admission to William & Mary. To transfer to William and Mary’s Computer Science program, students must meet the following requirements at RBC:
- Earn an Associate of Science degree from RBC
- Earn a 3.25 cumulative GPA
- Score 100 on the TOEFL
- Successfully complete specific prerequisite courses outlined in the guaranteed admission agreement
Students benefit by earning their associate’s degree while saving money, yet they still receive a top-notch bachelor’s degree from William & Mary. William & Mary was named the 6th best public university in U.S. News & World Report, 2017’s Top Public Schools report.
Computer Science at William & Mary
William & Mary offers students the research opportunities of a large university but encourages close working relationships between students and professors like a small liberal arts college. For Computer Science majors, this means working with current faculty who are researching cutting edge areas like:
- High-performance computing
- Modeling and simulations
- Programming languages and compilers
- Scientific computing
As an institution that prides itself on the liberal arts, William & Mary’s Computer Science department allows students to double major alongside other programs. Some double majors are a natural fit, like Computer Science and Business, but others are perhaps more surprising like Computer Science and Classical Studies or Computer Science and Theatre, Speech & Dance.
Students in Computer Science are driven by their research and creativity, which pushes them to pursue demanding jobs and postgraduate educations.
Opportunities After the B.S.
Graduates of William & Mary are in demand by employers ranging in size from Fortune 500 companies to small startup firms. Students get a taste of the possibilities after graduating with events like the W&M Computer Science Startup Competition, where students present their business ideas to a panel of judges.
For students interested in pursuing postgraduate education, qualified undergraduates in the Computer Science major can enroll in a one-year M.S. Degree in Computer Science. Students will complete graduate courses during their senior year and finish an additional year of study to earn their M.S. in Computer Science.
RBC x W&M x You = Success3
If you have an interest in mathematics and computer science, beginning your B.S. with an associate’s degree at RBC is a great way to get a world-class degree at W&M. Learn more about these schools and how the Global Student Success Program (GSSP) can help international students succeed by visiting the RBC GSSP website here.