CS Promise Cohort



Join the Computer Science Promise program and become part of a learning community with other students pursuing a degree in computer science. Over the course of your time at CSUDH, your cohort will take most of your classes together, study together, and receive significant additional support including enrichment sessions, tutoring, project work, and guidance to apply for competitive internship experiences. As part of the CS Promise program, you also will be eligible for a need-based scholarship of up to $10K.




  • Provide a clear guided pathway that guarantees graduation
  • Create meaningful opportunities for career growth and development
  • Remove frequently encountered barriers when navigating college life
  • Connecting industry partners with our students for internships and jobs 




  • Automatic course registration that guarantees pathway courses
    • Automatic registration will be available for the first two years. Students will follow the recommended pathway during their junior and senior years. 
  • A need-based scholarship totaling up to $10K for 2.5 years
    • $2,000/semester for 5 semesters
    • Students must be eligible to receive a pell grant and/or cal grant
  • A summer workshop experience prior to starting the program to build a strong cohort community, computer science fundamentals, and study skills and habits to ensure your success. 
  • Opportunities to connect with industry partners through a statewide initiative; CTI Accelerate
    • Engineer-Tech Talks
    • Industry Recruiter Presentations
    • Mentorship Sessions
    • Resume Reviews and Mock Interviews 
    • Technical Interview preparation
  • Receive up to $10,000 in need-based scholarships
  • Reserved courses only for students in the cohort
  • Graduate in four years! No delays due to class availability or registration issues
  • Enjoy a meaningful career in an industry with high demand and high-paying jobs


  • Academic: To help stay on track and ensure you graduate on time, students will be required to participate in weekly meetings with the academic coordinator. These meetings are designed to help you stay on track with classes and ensure your success in all aspects of college life.
  • Financial: Students that qualify for the Pell and Cal Grants through the FAFSA Application, are eligible for a $10,000 scholarship over the course of 5 semesters. You do not need to apply for this scholarship. Students that submit an application for this program are automatically considered for the scholarship. 
  • Enrichment Activities: Students in this program participate in conferences, workshops, and internships that will connect them with industry partners earlier in their college careers. 



  • Receive admission offer to CSUDH as first year freshmen 
  • Math Placement Level II from the CSU Chancellor’s Office
  • Commit to following the prescribed course pathway for the first two years  


  • Attend an information session
  • Submit the CS Promise Application:
    • Essay no longer required
  • Participate in a group interview
  • Participate in Summer Program 
    • Bridge Experience for Cohort Students (BECS) and 
    • Calculus Success Academy


Student Testimonials

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NSF Award Number : 1833940

Project Title : Replication of a Cohort-Based Computer Science Bachelor’s Degree Model.