University Insights: Creatives and developers

Creatives and developers

Welcome to the second post in our Dropbox University Insights series. In these posts, we’ll take aggregated usage data* from Dropbox users at universities around the world, and surface interesting trends.

Last week we launched the Dropbox University Insights series with our post on night owls and social butterflies. We took a look at when students were hard at work syncing and collaborating in Dropbox, and when they logged off for some rest and relaxation.

This week, we’re exploring which schools have the most artistic and technical students. We based our data on the universities with the highest percentage of Dropbox users interacting with creative and design files, as well as developer and code files. This week’s rankings will be based on the top schools globally instead of by region.

Creatives

Let’s start with the creatives — the students who are hoping to shape the future with useful, innovative, and beautiful designs. To get this data, we looked at schools who are using file types like InDesign, AutoCAD, and Illustrator the most. Based on what we found, here are the top five creative schools globally:

  1. Pratt Institute (US)
  2. HafenCity Universität Hamburg (Germany)
  3. Rhode Island School of Design (US)
  4. Royal College of Art (UK)
  5. California College of the Arts (US)

Europe boasts 14 of the top 20 creative schools! Here in the United States, we can claim six: the three listed above, along with The Art Institutes, New York Institute of Technology, and The New School. Among Asian countries, Japan has the most top design schools.

Developers

If technology is the way of the future, the students at these schools are certainly on the right path. We looked for the schools with the most technical files stored in Dropbox, including (but not limited to) Python, JavaScript, and C++. Here are the global top five:

  1. California Institute of Technology (US)
  2. Czech Technical University of Prague (Czech Republic)
  3. Eindhoven University of Technology (Netherlands)
  4. AGH University of Science and Technology (Poland)
  5. Technion — Israel Institute of Technology (Israel)

While top US tech schools featured prominently — California Institute of Technology, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, and Stanford are all in the top 20 — Portuguese-speaking schools have an impressive showing as well. Five of the top 20 developer schools are in Brazil, and one is in Portugal!

We can’t wait to see what comes out of these schools in the future. In next week’s University Insights post, we’ll look at which universities are the most collaborative and connected. And if you’re a university student, sign up for Campus Cup to earn extra Dropbox space.

*Data from September 2014 – August 2015