And now the news that some of you have been waiting for: the annual list of schools with the largest number of accepted students for Google Summer of Code 2012!

RankSchoolCountry# of Accepted Students# in 2011
1University of MoratuwaSri Lanka2927
2Polytechnic University Of BucharestRomania2123
2National University of SingaporeSingapore2111
3Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication TechnologyIndia178
4International Institute of Information Technology - HyderabadIndia169
5Birla Institute of Technology and Science Pilani, Goa campus / BITS-Pilani - K.K.Birla Goa CampusIndia141
6Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University (IT-BHU)India136
7Technical University Of GdanskPoland129
7Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani (BITS Pilani)India1210
8Technische Universität Wien, (TU Wien)Austria1013
8Indian Institute of Technology, KharagpurIndia1014
8University of LjubljanaSlovenia107
9Indian Institute of Technology, DelhiIndia96
9Chernihiv State Technological UniversityUkraine96
10UNICAMP - Universidade Estadual de CampinasBrazil814

As you can see, some schools have a big jump in participants over 2011 - yes, I’m talking about you, BITS-Pilani - while a few schools show a drop off in students.  To compare, let’s look at the overall “Top 10” schools for the past 8 years.

RankSchoolCountry# of Accepted Students: 2005-2012
1University of MoratuwaSri Lanka164
2Polytechnic University Of BucharestRomania75
3National University of SingaporeSingapore58
3Technische Universität Wien, (TU Wien)Austria58
3Universidade Estadual de Campinas - UNICAMP Brazil58
4University of TorontoCanada57
5Indian Institute of Technology, KharagpurIndia51
6Technical University Of GdanskPoland49
7Graduate University of Chinese Academy of SciencesChina48
8International Institute of Information Technology - HyderabadIndia42
8Politechnika WroclawskaPoland42
9University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignUnited States41
10Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University (IT-BHU)India38

Charts like these highlight how international Google Summer of Code truly is.  

It’s important to remember that the number of students from each school is not the point of the program. Over 13% of accepted students are from schools whose students are participating for the first time this year. What matters is participation - getting more students involved with creating free and open source software. 

By Cat Allman, Google Open Source Programs