Application Period for Fall 2021

We will begin accepting applications for the fall 2021 term starting September 7, 2020.

Applicants must be current high school seniors or college students with less than 30 college units earned who are or will be eligible to enroll in MAT 3A Analytic Geometry & Calculus I and ENG 1A College Composition & Reading  their first semester in the program.

Eligibility Requirements

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

  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. Be eligible to take MAT 3A and ENG 1A the first semester of the program
    • All of our students are required to participate in and successfully complete our Math Intensive program the spring before the program begins.
    • Students must have an overall high school GPA of 2.6 or better to place into ENG 1A
    • To place into MAT 3A students must have an overall high school GPA of 2.6 or better and earn a ‘C’ or better in one of the following Math courses: Math Analysis (HS), Pre-Calculus (HS), Calculus (HS), MAT 24/25 (Hartnell) or MAT 27 (Hartnell)
  3. Agree to follow the prescribed pathway and participate in all cohort activities

Hartnell College Math & English Placement Web Tool

Strong preference will be given to graduating seniors from Monterey County high schools and Hartnell College or Monterey Peninsula College students with less than 30 completed units.

Applicants who already have a bachelors degree will not be considered

Prior knowledge of computer science (programming, coding, etc.) is not required

  1. Enroll as a student at Hartnell College 
    • Obtain a Hartnell Student ID #
    • Complete the 1 hour online orientation
      • You do not have to apply for Fall 2021, any term is OK
      • Select computer science as your major
      • Select “obtain an associate degree and transfer to a 4-year institution” as your educational goal
  2. Complete the online CSin3 application form 
    • Most recent 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 for Fall 2021

IMG_20150521_154752769-1.jpgHow to Apply

Application Deadline: The application will remain open until the cohort is full but in order for students to begin the mandatory CSin3 Fundamentals Intensive on time applications need to be submitted by Thursday, February 25, 2021 Sunday, March 7, 2021. Late applications will be considered if space permits but it will be the students responsibility to catch up on math intensive work or enroll in MAT 24 & MAT 25 during the Summer of 2021.

Our admission cap is 35 students and our waitlist cap is 5 students. We will conduct interviews starting in late fall and will continue through the spring. Students will be invited to interview in the order that we receive their application. Interviews will be held on a rolling basis until cohort is full.

Admissions Decisions: On going until cohort is full. Admissions decisions are sent to students shortly after the interview.

Mandatory Fundamentals Intensive Saturday Workshops: This workshop series will run for 12 weeks starting Saturday, March 13th through Saturday, June 5th. The CSin3 Fundamentals Intensive will introduce students to cohort program norms and values, prepares them with the math fundamentals needed to succeed in their first year of the program as well as provides computer science exposure.
These workshops are usually hybrid format (in person and online). Students meet with instructors once a week with the exception of holidays. However, all sessions will be held fully online for the Spring of 2021.

Math Intensive work must be completed by the final check-in day in order to continue with the program.

Students who participate in and successfully complete CSin3’s Fundamental Intensive will be officially admitted into the program. In July/August CSin3 will kick off with a Computer Science Cohort Summer Bridge Experience program (CS2BE), a 4 week, on-campus/online summer experience aimed at building a strong cohort community, introducing you to Computer Science, and laying the foundation for habits and strategies that will ensure your success in the first year of college. During summer bridge, you will have the opportunity to interact with engineers from some of our industry partners, which may include Amazon, Apple, DoorDash, Google, Lyft, Quizlet, Slack, Salesforce, Uber, VMWare, etc,. as well as with past graduates from our cohort programs.
Summer 2021 dates are tentatively set for July 19 through August 13, and will most likely be online/virtual with a possibility for in-person the final week. We will announce a detailed schedule by the end of March, but you can plan for 10-25 hours per week the first three weeks and close to 40 hours per week the final week of August 9-13.While we won’t be able to do our usual field trip to a Silicon Valley company during summer bridge this year, we will try our best to get something arranged as soon as Covid restrictions allow for it.


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