The computer science program assesses all students for communication skills and for knowledge of computer science. Assessment is intended to help students in their academic planning and their development as computer scientists. Assessment begins when students enter UIS and continues throughout their course of study. It includes an entrance exam, a portfolio (including computer programs, reports, and other assignments), and an exit exam.

The process begins in CSC 300 Entrance Assessment, which must be taken the first semester of enrollment as a computer science major. The entrance assessment is an exam of the core areas of computer science. During this course, students begin a portfolio to which selected assignments will be added from each of the core computer science courses. The process concludes in CSC 301 Exit Assessment, which must be taken the final semester before graduation. Exit assessment helps students assess their progress and helps the program revise the curriculum.