Academic interest in crypto and blockchain is increasing across the board, according to a study from Coinbase published Wednesday.

The crypto exchange looked at the world’s top 50 universities (according to the U.S. News & World Report ranking) and found that 56 percent have blockchain or crypto classes available. Last year, Coinbase found 42 percent to offer such classes.

Working with survey site Qriously, Coinbase also surveyed 735 students ages 16 and older, finding a 6 percent uptick in student interest in crypto or blockchain coursework. As part of last year’s Coinbase study, 28 percent of respondents said they would be interested in such a class.

Moreover, compared to last year, twice as many university students, or 18 percent, partook in a crypto or blockchain class.

Of special note, said Coinbase, is the percent of crypto or blockchain classes not falling under the traditional computer-science label. Coinbase said 70 percent of these classes pertained to other departments – particularly finance, economics, law or engineering.

Crypto classes by department. (Image via Coinbase)

Student clubs are also a major driver of academic interest. Coinbase said 41 of the 50 universities had student-run groups related to crypto or blockchain.

As the Coinbase post put it:

“This interest in studying crypto at colleges and universities speaks volumes about the future of money.”

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