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Computer Science Summer Institute (CSSI)

Computer Science Summer Institute (CSSI)
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Sorry, applications are now closed.


CSSI is an online, four-week introduction to computer science (CS) for rising first year college students with a passion for technology — especially students who identify with groups that have been historically marginalized in the field. CSSI seeks to inspire the tech leaders and innovators of tomorrow and build self confidence, agency, and efficacy. Students will learn computer science fundamentals, participate in workshops to promote self-care, identity, career, and skill development, and build community with peers and industry professionals.

Program goals:

  • Connect historically excluded students with the skills, confidence, and agency to thrive in the tech industry.
  • Facilitate authentic learning experiences that support the development of STEM identities.
  • Empower students to persist through the first year of a rigorous CS program.
  • Expand access to computer science in communities and encourage networking, friendships, etc. within those communities.
  • Provide exposure and insight into Google’s community, culture, and opportunities.

Program includes:

  • A project-based curriculum designed to prepare students for their first year of college pursuing CS or a related major.
  • Developmental workshops each week to promote self-care, identity, career, and skill development.
  • Build community through daily interaction with peers, Google engineers, and industry professionals
  • Exposure and insight into Google’s internship programs and technical career opportunities.

How to apply

  • Students will need a computer and internet to participate. We will reach out to all accepted - students to ensure that they have the right tools to succeed in our program.
  • Complete the application, including short essay responses and your transcript.
  • To apply for CSSI with an external partner, please visit the CSSI Partnerships tab for more details.


  • Intend to be enrolled as a full-time student in a 4-year BA/BS program physically in the US or Canada.
  • Will participate in the virtual program from the U.S., Canada, or Mexico.
  • Demonstrate an interest in and motivation for studying computer science.

CSSI partnerships

Are you considering one of the schools below as your top two choices? Awesome! Head to the “CSSI Partnerships” tab to learn more.

  • California State University, Chico
  • Loyola Marymount University
  • Northeastern Illinois University
  • Queens College, CUNY
  • San Jose State University


Students must:

  • Intend to be enrolled as a full-time student in a 4-year BA/BS program in the US, or Canada in Fall 2022.
  • Intend to major in computer science, computer engineering, software engineering or related major.
  • Demonstrate an interest in and motivation for studying computer science.
  • Have completed a high school Algebra course
  • If offered, have completed AP Computer Science Principles or similar coursework
  • Be able to attend every day of CSSI programming. You must be available via Google Meet each day, from 9 a.m. -1 p.m. in your local time zone.

We especially encourage applications from students historically marginalized in the engineering and tech industry, including Women, Black+, Latinx, Hispanic, Native American+, Veterans, and students with disabilities.

Application materials

Please complete the online application, which includes:

The general application.

  • A current unofficial or official high school transcript (PDF required).
  • Responses to multiple short answer questions. Each response should be under 200 words.
  • If any items are missing from your application, you will not be considered for the program.


How do I apply?

Applications for CSSI 2022 are now closed.

Do I need to send an official copy of my transcripts and SAT/ACT scores?

Unofficial or official transcripts will be accepted. You do not need to have your current year grades on the transcript, but it must include prior years of high school. We do not require SAT or ACT scores.

Who is eligible to apply?

The program is open to all qualified students who are entering their first year of university study in Fall 2022. We are committed to addressing diversity in the technology industry. Students who are a member of a group that is historically underrepresented in the technology industry are encouraged to apply.

What if I’m enrolling in a two-year college or community college in the Fall of 2022?

The program is only open to students planning to attend a 4-year BA/BS program in the US or Canada in Fall 2022.

I will not be a first-year university student in Fall 2022, may I still apply?

No. CSSI is only open to qualified students entering their first year of university study in Fall 2022. Younger students may visit our Google for Education site to explore our K-12 opportunities. Current university students may visit our technical opportunities pages for full-time and internships opportunities.

What if I am taking a gap year? Am I still eligible for the program?

Students who are currently on a gap year and will be attending college in Fall 2022 are eligible to apply to the program. If you are going to take a gap year for the 2022-2023 school year, please wait to apply the following year.

Are international students eligible?

International students are eligible to apply as long as they intend to be enrolled at a university in the US or Canada in Fall 2022 and will be physically in the US, Canada, or Mexico during the program.

Is there an age requirement for CSSI?

No, there is currently not an age requirement to attend CSSI. Please note, if you are under the age of 18, a parent or guardian will need to sign program consent forms on your behalf.

When will I be notified if I'm accepted?

Applicants who are accepted will be notified in late May.

What level of computer science experience is required?

CSSI is designed for students with a demonstrated interest and enthusiasm for computer science. We accept and encourage applications from students who have taken AP CS Principles or equivalent programming, if offered at their high school. If your high school did not offer CS courses, familiarity with block-based programming is recommended. CSSI is not intended for students who have completed AP CS A, are familiar with multiple coding languages, or may have experience building apps.

I live in a U.S. territory/I will be attending school in a US territory, am I eligible?

If you will be attending school in a US territory in Fall 2022 and will be physically in the US, Canada, or Mexico during the time of the program you will be eligible to apply.

What will Google pay for?

Students will receive a stipend to cover any needs they have for the duration of the program. Participation in the program is completely free.

How much will the stipend be?

This information will be shared with the participants, but will be sufficient to cover material needs you have during the program.

What if I have a conflict that requires me to miss part of CSSI?

All students selected for CSSI must be able to attend every day of the program. We are unable to make any exceptions. Please make every effort to be available each day (for example, working with your university to attend an orientation session that fits with your schedule). If a schedule conflict arises, notify the CSSI team immediately, so they’ll be able to find another student to attend the program in your place.

What if I want to withdraw my application?

We're sorry you want to withdraw your application for CSSI. Please send a note to cssi@google.com and your application will be deleted from our system, along with your opted-in information, within two days (48 hours) of receipt of your note. If you have questions that aren't answered in our FAQ, please email cssi@google.com. We’re happy to address any questions directly related to the CSSI program, but are unable to respond to other inquiries. We will not respond to spam, barraging messages, or messages that are primarily inflammatory or exploitative in nature.

What’s the design of the program?

The program design is the exact same as other CSSI programming, except you’ll learn from CS faculty from your school and participate alongside other students who also intend to attend your school in Fall 2022.