Cal-Bridge Computer Science


“Cal-Bridge CS will open opportunities that many historically underrepresented students didn't know exist,” Guthaus said. “We hope to take down some of the barriers and show students that a Computer Science and Engineering Ph.D program may be well within their reach.”

For more information on Cal-Bridge contact UC Co-Director, Cal-Bridge CS: Matt Guthaus



The mission of Cal-Bridge is to increase the number of California State University (CSU) students from traditionally underrepresented groups completing bachelors and PhD degrees in physics, astronomy, computer science and engineering, and other STEM fields. Applicants will be evaluated for admission into Cal-Bridge based on their academic ability and potential, motivation to attend graduate school, and demonstrated financial need. Students admitted to the program will become “Cal-Bridge Scholars”.



Program Highlights
  • Scholarship* support for the final two years at a participating CSU, based on demonstrated financial need.
  • If enrolled in graduate school at a participating UC campus, an additional scholarship will be provided to help cover the cost of your first year of graduate school. This may be used to reduce your workload in the first year.
  • Mentoring from a CSU and UC faculty team.
  • Participation in professional development workshops geared toward success in completing undergraduate degree and entering Grad School.
  • Opportunities to participate in research with CSU and UC faculty.
  • Participation in STEM enrichment activities in a nurturing, friendly environment with other like-minded CSU and UC scholars.


*Cal-Bridge scholars will receive full scholarship support (up to $10,000) for up to their last two years of attendance at their home CSU institution, to the extent allowed by their demonstrated financial need as determined by the financial aid office at their home institution.

Application Information & Supporting Documents
  • Academic information, such as your major, GPA, etc.
  • Undergraduate transcripts from ALL institutions. Unofficial transcripts are ok, make sure they are not password protected. 
  • Contact information of two (2) faculty members who will provide recommendation letters.
    • The application will allow you to request these letters prior to completion of the applications. Follow instructions in the application to send recommendation letter requests. 
    • Recommenders will then be sent an email allowing them to upload their recommendation letters themselves. 
  • Three short essays (250-500 words each)
  • Financial aid awards are dependent on filing a FAFSA form prior to each academic year. We strongly recommend filing your FAFSA for the coming academic year before the Cal-Bridge application deadline or as soon as possible thereafter. Financial scholarships* cannot be determined, nor awarded without the FASFA submitted in a timely manner. 
  • Application information