Best universities in the world for learning to code

A worldwide coding competition reveals the universities producing the very best coders

December 9 2016
Student coding

The universities with the best computer programmers are not the big names you might expect.

After a worldwide coding competition, HackerRank has produced a ranking of the 50 universities or schools producing the best coders in the world – and the results are surprising.

The top three institutions for coding are in Russia, China and Vietnam, while the top US university – the University of California, Berkeley – comes in fourth.

More than 5,500 students from 126 institutions around the world took part in the coding competition, and universities in the ranking are scored based both on the number of participants and their competition scores.

Only universities with at least 10 participants are included in the ranking.

The top 10 universities cover Canada, Russia, Ukraine, India, Sweden, Vietnam, China and the United States.

India is the best represented country in the ranking, with 22 individual institutions recognised for producing world-leading coders – making up almost half of the ranking. The US has only eight colleges in the ranking.

Chinese student Wentao Weng, who ranked as the 13th best coder in the world, started learning when he was just 11 years old. He now practises for about four hours a day during the week and most of the day on weekends.

Even though computer science isn’t on the curriculum at his school, he says: “We try to become one of the best coders among high school students to [get admission] into a good university.”


Top universities for computer science degrees


See the best 50 universities in the world and the best 20 colleges in the United States below:

Which colleges have the best coders in the world?

Rank College Participant Count Score Country
1 ITMO University 44 407.39 Russian Federation
2 Sun Yat-sen Memorial Middle School 13 387.18 China
3 Ho Chi Minh City University of Science 32 321.99 Vietnam
4 University of California, Berkeley 23 299.48 United States
5 University of Waterloo, Waterloo 50 266.59 Canada
6 St. Petersburg State University 12 260.68 Russian Federation
7 National Taras Shevchenko University of Kiev 11 255.83 Ukraine
8 IIT, Indore (Indian Institute of Technology) 19 254.26 India
9 IIT, Kanpur (Indian Institute of Technology) 27 250.72 India
10 KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm 11 231.23 Sweden
11 DAIICT, Gandhinagar (Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology) 56 228.95 India
12 NSIT, Delhi (Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology) 27 198.54 India
13 Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta 35 195.25 United States
14 University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign (UIUC), Champaign 26 192.11 United States
15 IIT BHU, Varanasi (Indian Institute of Technology) 76 189.54 India
16 Czech Technical University of Prague 22 188.67 Czech Republic
17 BITS, Pilani (Birla Institute of Technology & Science) 25 165.13 India
18 Bilkent University, Ankara 13 157.56 Turkey
19 Babes-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca, Cluj-Napoca 35 153.72 Romania
20 Highschool Grigore Moisil Iasi 13 149.18 Romania
21 Almaty Kazakh-Turkish High School 10 138.87 Kazakhstan
22 JIIT, Noida (Jaypee Institute of Information Technology) 87 132.73 India
23 IIT, Roorkee (Indian Institute of Technology) 53 132.35 India
24 University of Toronto, Toronto 15 132.21 Canada
25 AGH University of Science and Technology, Cracow 12 130.34 Poland
26 NIT, Surathkal (National Institute of Technology) 25 128.39 India
27 Université de Mons 15 125.91 Belgium
28 Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology, Ulsan 10 124.65 South Korea
29 IIT, Patna (Indian Institute of Technology) 26 121.51 India
30 DTU, Delhi (Delhi Technological University - formerly DCE) 40 121.23 India
31 IIT, Kharagpur (Indian Institute of Technology) 42 115.89 India
32 NIT, Kurukshetra (National Institute of Technology) 52 110.93 India
33 Technical University of Cluj-Napoca 10 109.45 Romania
34 ENES Unidad Morelia, UNAM 15 106.29 Mexico
35 IIIT, Bangalore (International Institute of Information Technology) 21 101.92 India
36 Ohio State University 22 101.14 United States
37 NIT, Warangal (National Institute of Technology) 35 100.6 India
38 University of Texas at Austin, Austin 34 94.86 United States
39 University of Washington, Washington 12 88.52 United States
40 NIT, Bhopal (Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology) 28 84.94 India
41 IIIT, Hyderabad (International Institute of Information Technology) 52 83.98 India
42 University of Tartu 11 83.33 Estonia
43 IIITM, Gwalior (ABV Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management) 24 81.67 India
44 Madan Mohan Malaviya University Of Technology, Gorakhpur 16 77.79 India
45 NIT, Surat (Sardar Vallabhbhai National Institute of Technology) 12 77.19 India
46 IIIT, Allahabad (Indian Institute of Information Technology) 26 74.44 India
47 University of California, Irvine 29 73.34 United States
48 University of Sarajevo 12 71.91 Bosnia and Herzegovina
49 NIT, Patna (National Institute of Technology) 34 69.04 India
50 North American University 10 68.52 United States

Which colleges in America have the best coders?

Rank College Participant Count Score
4 University of California, Berkeley 23 299.48
13 Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta 35 195.25
14 University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign (UIUC), Champaign 26 192.11
36 Ohio State University 22 101.14
38 University of Texas at Austin, Austin 34 94.86
39 University of Washington, Washington 12 88.52
47 University of California, Irvine 29 73.34
50 North American University 10 68.52
55 University of Southern California 24 60.08
62 University of California (UCLA), Los Angeles 15 49.95
68 North Carolina State University, Raleigh 19 40.1
69 University of California, San Diego (UCSD) 11 38.36
81 Northeastern University, Boston 12 27.06
86 University of Texas at Arlington 12 24.87
92 University of Texas at Dallas 17 22.73
94 Purdue University, West Lafayette 11 22.1
95 San Jose State University 16 22.04
99 California State Polytechnic University - Pomona 21 20.44
103 Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago 17 19.52
108 University of Florida, Gainesville 18 17.21
110 Arizona State University, Tempe 18 16.16
111 New York University (NYU), New York 11 14.77
119 University of North Carolina at Charlotte 10 11.47
121 State University of New York at Binghamton 10 10.98
124 Concordia University Chicago 11 9.12

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