CS++ Learning Community

Join CS++ and become part of a learning community with other incoming freshmen studying computer science. Over the course of your time at CSUMB, 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++ program, you also will be eligible for a need-based scholarship of up to $14K total over 4 years.


As a CS++ Scholar you...

Commit to:

  • Follow a predetermined course pathway that will lead to graduation in 4 years
  • Continuously demonstrate your commitment to the success of both you and your cohort through your work ethic, responsible behavior, and professionalism
  • Participate in all CS++ enrichment activities averaging 3-5 hours per week
  • Maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA with a 'C' or better in all courses at CSUMB

Have access to:

  • Early course registration that guarantees pathway courses
  • A need-based scholarship totaling up to $14K over 4 years
  • A 3-week workshop the summer prior to starting the program, hosted in collaboration with Google's Computer Science Summer Institute
  • Career and internship preparation assistance through workshops, industry networking opportunities, and even internship placements based on your academic performance
  • A learning community with study groups, enrichment, and tutoring for all CS++ participants


CS++ is open to any incoming freshman majoring in computer science in the fall. Applicants should be ready to take pre-calculus (MATH 130: Precalculus (5 units)) and college-level English (HCOM 211: Reading Writing Crit Thkg (4 units)) their first semester at CSUMB. If you are not math and/or English-ready or are not sure, you can still apply and we will work with you to determine the best path forward.

You must apply to and be accepted to CSUMB in order to participate in CS++. However, you will go through the admissions processes for both CS++ and CSUMB simultaneously. CS++ will be offering conditional acceptance to qualified candidates throughout the spring. Please note that if you are accepted to CS++ prior to being admitted to CSUMB, this acceptance is conditional and will be contingent upon you being admitted to and confirming enrollment at CSUMB.

How to apply

The CS++ application period for Fall 2019 will open in November 2018. There are two critical pieces to the application process, which will happen simultaneously:

Applications to CS++ will be reviewed starting in January 2019 and students who meet minimum qualifications will be invited to one of the group interview dates in spring. Offers of acceptance will be extended on a rolling basis until the cohort is full. All CS++ acceptance offers are conditional until the student is admitted and confirms enrollment at CSUMB.

Key dates

The third column in the table indicates whether the item is related to CSUMB admissions or CS++ admissions.

Date Activity/Item CSUMB or CS++
October 1 - November 30, 2018 Application filing period for CSUMB through CalState Apply CSUMB
November 1, 2018 CS++ online application opens CS++
December 31, 2018 Priority deadline for CS++ applications CS++
January - May, 2019 Group video interviews for CS++ CS++
March - April, 2019 Notification of admission to CSUMB CSUMB
May 1, 2019 Deadline to confirm enrollment at CSUMB CSUMB
May 15, 2019 Final date to apply to CS++ CS++
May 25, 2019 Final notifications of acceptance to CS++ CS++

Computer Science Summer Institute Extension (CSSIx)

CS++ kicks off with Google’s Computer Science Summer Institute extension program, a 3-week, on-campus summer experience aimed at bringing the cohort together, introducing you to CS, and getting you working on a real CS project.

  • Summer 2019 dates are not yet finalized, but usually are late July through early August
  • The program includes soft and technical skills development, group project work culminating in the creation of an app, opportunities to interact with Google engineers, and a field trip to Google Headquarters in Mountain View, California
  • Accommodation and meal plan details are communicated to students accepted into CS++


Because of the increased time commitment and expectation that CS++ students will go above and beyond in their academic pursuits, students accepted into CS++ are eligible for a scholarship. This is a need-based scholarship (available to students who have unmet financial need according to FAFSA) of up to $14K total over 4 years. The scholarship is distributed as a maximum of $2K per semester starting the second semester in the program. As long as students maintain good standing with CS++, they remain eligible for this scholarship.

Contact us

If you have any questions, please write to cs@csumb.edu