Application Requirements

Eligibility Requirements

Please review the eligibility requirements below. If you have questions about eligibility please contact Alyssa Watts at

    1. Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in high school
      • Students with less than a 3.0 will be considered if they submit a one-page written explanation for the lower GPA and their plan for maintaining a higher GPA if admitted
    2. Place in at least MAT 24 and ENG101 for you first semester in the program
      • Students who place in MAT 3A or ENG1A will be exempt from the summer course(s)
      • More information about placements can be found here
      • Placements can done through the STAAR exam, SAT scores, AP scores, CAASP scores, ELM/EPT scores, or passing the appropriate prerequisite courses
      • Please contact us or talk to your high school counselor for more information about placement
    3. Agree to follow the prescribed pathway and participate in all cohort activities

Strong preference will be given to graduating seniors and college students with less than 30 completed units. Applicants who already have a bachelors degree will not be considered.

IMG_20150521_154752769-1.jpgHow to Apply

    1. Apply for admission to Hartnell College
      • Obtain a Hartnell Student ID #
      • Complete the 1 hour online orientation
    2. Complete the online CSin3 application form 
      • Unofficial Transcripts
        • High School transcripts required for all applicants
        • Current college students* should also provide their college transcripts
      • A letter of recommendation
      • Personal statement – In 1000 words or less, please answer one of the following essay prompts:
        • Prompt 1: What is your interest in computer science and why do you feel you will succeed in the CSin3 program?
        • Prompt 2: Tell us about a personal quality, talent, accomplishment, contribution or experience that has made a profound impact in your life. How has that helped shape you into the person are today?
    3. Participate in a group interview for admission with CSin3 staff. Students who meet eligibility requirements and have successfully completed steps 1 and 2 will be invited to interview for admissions.

*Students who have attended an institution other than Hartnell should arrange to have their official transcripts sent to Hartnell.

Dates and Deadlines

September 1, 2017- Application for Cohort 6 (Fall 2018) opens

October 31, 2017- Priority Deadline***

November-December- Group Interviews

Late December-Early January- Admission Decisions

January-May- Math Intensive Workshops on Saturdays


***All applications submitted before October 31 will be reviewed. Applications submitted after will be reviewed on a rolling basis, pending cohort space.