About the Computer Science Distinguished Scholars Program

Approximately 30 incoming first-year students are selected each year to participate in the Computer Science Distinguished Scholars Program based on academic excellence and interest in pursuing a major in Computer Science (CS) or Data Science (DS). This program helps students get access to the introductory CS or DS courses they need so they can declare the CS or DS major in their second year.

Students in the program will be supported in their studies throughout their time at Western and prepare them for careers in computer science through advising, mentoring, and developing professional skills. The program also include regular get-togethers with faculty and student leaders that expose scholars to opportunities in the department and beyond.


  • First-Year Student
  • 3.0+ GPA
  • Academic interest in Computer Science or Data Science

Apply by March 10

This program is exclusively for admitted Western students; you will need to log in to your Admitted Student Portal to register.


  • A reserved seat in CS or DS pre-major classes
  • Monthly gatherings with a focus on providing students with opportunities for internships, research experiences and leadership. Many of these events will showcase successful Western graduates from Computer Science.  
  • Active advising with faculty beginning in the first year, including the formulation of a four year graduation plan.