Apply to the CS Scholars Program

CS Scholars is a first-year student support program intended to serve those from under-represented communities who have had little or no exposure to Computer Science. A learning community, CS Scholars integrates several components of support to meet the academic, social, and developmental needs of students intending to study Computer Science. Those components include:

  • Cohort-style course discussions
  • CS Scholars only seminars for personal and professional development
  • Solidarity and community building activities
  • Dedicated CS Scholars Advising


We are seeking applicants meet the following criteria:

  • Undeclared Letters & Science students interested in the computer science major, OR
  • Undeclared College of Engineering students interested in studying computer science, AND
  • Have limited or no exposure to Computer Science*, AND 
  • Identify as a member of any one of the following groups:
    • Low Income (Pell Grant or Dream Act Scholarship eligible as verified by the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office), or
    • First Generation College Student (Parent(s) have not graduated from a four-year college or university in the United States), or
    • Historically Under-represented (African American, Chicano/Latino, and Native American Students) and/or women students

*Students who have successfully completed CS 61A, CS 61B, and/or CS 70 are not eligible for CS Scholars.


  • Complete lower division prerequisite courses CS 61A, CS 61B, and CS 70 within cohort
  • Mandatory attendance in CS Scholars Seminar (1 unit) for CS 61A in first semester, and group study sections for CS 61B and CS 70 (2 units) in consecutive semesters
  • Meet with a CS Scholars Advisor at least once a semester
  • Participate in CS Scholars community activities (e.g. Kick-off event, field trips, resource panels, and wellness activities)
  • Participate in at least one CS Scholars outreach event
  • Serve as a mentor to incoming scholars at the end of the program 


Application for Spring 2020

The application will close on Monday, November 4, 2019.  Notices will be emailed to selected students by Friday, November 15, 2019.

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