CS++ 2024

If you are interested in majoring in computer science and would like to make sure that you receive the necessary support and structure needed to succeed in your college and be prepared for job opportunities after college, join the award-winning CS++ cohort program, offered by Cal State, Monterey Bay’s Computer Science department.

As part of the cohort, you will belong to a learning community of students, going through a pre-designed pathway of classes, learning together and supporting each other.

🎓 CS++ students complete their BS in Computer Science ON TIME with a meaningful INTERNSHIP experience MORE OFTEN than students who don’t have similar support structure. 🎓

How does CS++ program help you succeed in college and beyond?

Summer Bridge

Get headstart on college and your professional preparation for:

  • High school to college transition
  • Math, English and
  • Computer Science

Learning Community

Instead of going through college by yourself, be part of a community of students, take classes together, study together and support each other through the challenges of college.

Block Registration

Stay on your pathway to an on-time graduation:

  • Course schedule designed by program staff with years of experience
  • Get registered into those classes prior to open registration

Financial Support

Receive $1000 to $2000 in financial assistance for completing assigned learning goals for a total $12K over the first two years of college.*

* contingent on funding availability.

CS++ Facts

CS++ students outpace the national averages for graduation and employment rates.

First Cohort Launched

Number of Graduates


Of students graduate in 4 years


of those students do an internship


of graduates employed in industry

Since 2016, one hundred sixty-seven students have graduated.

Of those:


graduates identify as underrepresented minorities


graduates are female


graduates are first generation college students

Important Information


CS++ is open to any student who will be an incoming freshman at CSUMB in the fall and who is majoring in computer science. You will start CS++ the summer prior to your first semester at CSUMB. To be eligible for CS++, you must:

1. Apply to and be admitted to CSUMB

You will go through the admissions processes for both CS++ and CSUMB at the same time. Once you’ve applied to CSUMB, you can apply to CS++. 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.

2. Be ready to take pre-calculus (MATH 130) and college-level English (HCOM 211) your 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.

No prior knowledge of computer science (programming, coding, etc.) is required.

Application/Admissions Process

1. Apply to and be admitted to CSUMB

Apply to CSUMB through CalState Apply. Follow the standard CSUMB admissions process to be admitted for fall.

2. Complete the CS++ application form

Apply to CS++ via the CS++ online application. Be sure to have these materials available to assist you in completing your application:

    • AP test credits
    • Most recent unofficial transcripts
    • A letter of recommendation
    • Personal statement – In 1000 words or less, please answer one of the following writing prompts:
      • Prompt 1: What is your interest in computer science and why do you feel you will succeed in the CS+ 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 you are today?

3. Participate in a group interview for admission with CS++ staff and faculty. Students who meet eligibility requirements and have successfully completed steps 1 and 2 will be invited to attend a mandatory group interview session where they will meet with CS++ staff and other prospective cohort-mates. During this session students will learn more about the program and have an opportunity to ask questions about the program. Students will be invited to interview in the order that completed applications are received.

Applications to CS++ are reviewed as they are received and students who meet minimum qualifications will be invited to one of the group interview dates. 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
Date Activity/Item CSUMB or CS++
October – November CSUMB application window is open CSUMB
October 1 CS++ online application opens CS++
January – May Group video interviews for CS++ CS++
March – April Notification of admission to CSUMB CSUMB
April 30 Priority deadline for CS++ applications CS++
May 1 Deadline to confirm enrollment at CSUMB CSUMB
May 20, 2024 Final date to apply to CS++ CS++
May 31, 2024 Final notifications of acceptance to CS++ CS++
June – August Bridge Experience for Computer Science (BECS) CS++
Bridge Experience for Computer Science (BECS) - Pre College Preparation

CS++ kicks off with an hybrid summer bridge 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 and our alums at some of our industry partners, which may include Amazon, Apple, DoorDash, Google, Lyft, Quizlet, Slack, Salesforce, Uber, VMWare, etc.

More details about the BECS workshop will be communicated during and after the interview.

Financial Support

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 financial assistance (This is contingent on funding availability).  As long as students maintain good standing with CS++, the assitance is distributed based on the completion of the following:

* Currently, funding has been secured for the first two distributions listed below ($3000 in total per student)

Summer Bridge Experience (BECS): $1,000
First Year Fall Requirements: $2,000
First Year Spring Requirements: $2,000
First Year Summer Requirements: $1,000

Second Year Fall Requirements: $2,000
Second Year Spring Requirements: $2,000
Second Year Summer Requirements: $2,000

Are you interested to learn more?
  • If you are not yet ready to apply, but would like to be added to our contact list, please complete this interest form. This is the best way to get you on our radar so that we can reach out with information about upcoming info sessions, application deadlines, etc.
  • If you have any questions, please write to CS@csumb.edu.
  • Get started on the application
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