Self-advocacy statement

Self-Advocacy Statement Form (please read the text below first)

In an effort to allow students the opportunity for a more holistic review, we are allowing students to submit an optional Self-Advocacy Statement.

The Self-Advocacy Statement is a way for students to provide additional context and information regarding their academic performance, describe their plan for success in the computer science major, and how they have contributed to the community, department, or field of computer science.

This statement is NOT required for application to the major. Anyone can submit this form, but we highly encourage those students whose technical GPA is currently below, at, or within .2 of the most recent admission cutoff to apply. Our admission decision will still be based on your technical GPA with a few exceptions based on this Self-Advocacy Statement. Students who are at or above a 3.2 technical GPA will be guaranteed admission to the major. Students who do not pass the prerequisite courses needed for admission to computer science programs will be denied (a Self-Advocacy Statement won't change this decision). For historical reference of our lowest admitted technical GPA see the chart below.

Semester applied (admit start)

Lowest technical GPA admitted

Fall 19 (Spring 20 start)

2.5

Spring 20 (Fall 20 start)

2.5

Fall 20 (Spring 21 start)

2.7

Spring 21 (Fall 21 start)

2.5


To include a Self-Advocacy Statement with your application to the computer science major (both the B.S. or the B.A.), please complete the following Google form: Self-Advocacy Statement

For a full application review, we encourage you to submit this form by the application deadline. Any statements submitted after an admission decision has been made will not be considered.

What could be included in your statement?

  • Engagement and contributions to community (department, college, university, Minneapolis, St. Paul, or your local community)
    • TA, RA, student group involvement
    • Volunteer work
    • Social justice activism/advocacy work
    • Leadership roles
  • CS work or project/research experiences
  • Extenuating circumstances explanation (to explain low grades in certain courses or certain semesters)

You are not limited to the list of options above. These are suggestions to help you get started.

What should not be included in your statement?

  • Medical documentation
  • Other documentation (financial statements or bills, death certificates, anything containing sensitive information like a social security number)
  • Letters of recommendations

What formats are acceptable for your statement?

  • Can be a narrative statement
    • Preferred format
    • 300 words or less
  • Resume/CV
    • Two pages or less