CS Promise Cohort




The Computer Science Promise is a cohort-based pathway for newly admitted freshmen interested in obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science. The cohort-based model provides students with a learning community where students majoring in Bachelor of Science in Computer Science take the majority of their courses together, study together, participate in enrichment workshops, receive specialized tutoring, academic guidance, internships, and need based scholarships only awarded to students in the cohort.



  • Provide a clear guided pathway that guarantees graduation in four years
  • Create networking opportunities
  • Remove frequently encountered barriers when navigating college life
  • Connecting industry partners with our students for internships and jobs 


  • Be part of a cohort-based learning community with other incoming freshmen and create a supportive and inclusive learning environment
  • Participate in exclusive enrichment and internship opportunities.
  • Receive up to $2,000 in need based scholarship funds
  • 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


  • Complete the admission and enrollment process for CSUDH
  • Attend an information session
  • Submit the CS Promise Application
  • Participate in group interview



  • Academic Support : To help stay on track and ensure students graduate in four years, students will be required to participate in weekly meetings with the Academic Coordinator. These meetings are designed to help students stay on track with classes and ensure they are succeeding in all aspects of college life.
  • Enrichment Activities: Students in this program participate in conferences, workshops, and internships that will connect them with industry partners earlier in their college career. 
  • Cohort Activities : Learning doesn’t just happen in the classroom. Students in the cohort will participate in extracurricular activities like field trips, distinguished speakers series, professional development workshops, and regular meetings.


  • Students must be admitted to CSUDH before applying to the CS Promise
  • Have a cumulative High School GPA of 3.0 or higher*
  • Have Algebra II, Geometry, and preferably
    Pre-Calculus completed

Agree to follow the prescribed course pathway and participate in all program activities
* Students with a GPA below 3.0 will need to submit a one-page statement with their application explaining the reason for their current GPA and a plan for maintaining a 3.0 in the program.


The CS Promise will be hosting online information sessions in the spring for newly admitted freshmen. 

If you would like to learn more about the program, please submit an interest form and we will contact you within 1 business day. 


Student Testimonials

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NSF Award Number : 1833940

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