Eligibility Requirements

Please review the eligibility requirements below. If you have questions about eligibility please contact Mindy Sanchez-Ryan misanchez@hartnell.edu.

    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

December 12, 2017: Application Deadline 

December 12, 2017- January 18, 2018: Rolling Admissions (applications will be reviewed if there is a space in the cohort)

Late January- Early May: Math Intensive Workshops on Saturdays


New Application Period for Fall 2018:

March 27, 2018 – April 20, 2018

Room has become available to admit a limited amount of students. We are re-opening applications under very specific conditions. Applicants must be Monterey County High School Seniors or Hartnell/MPC Community College students who are or will be eligible to enroll in MAT 3A Analytic Geometry & Calculus I  in the Fall of 2018 or currently enrolled in one of the following courses:

  • MAT 24
  • MAT 25
  • MAT 27
Math placement rules for MAT 3A:
High School 11th grade GPA 3.2+ AND C or better in High School Pre-Calculus/ Math Analysis or Trigonometry

Students must meet the conditions listed above in order to be considered for the program