ASCEND is two-year exploratory program designed to support the successful transition of incoming freshmen into academia and their pursuit of a future career in tech. The subsequent section provides a brief overview of the program’s benefits and eligibility requirements. If you are interested in learning more about this program, please review the information below:

  • ASCEND is open to all freshmen pursuing an undergraduate degree in computer science, information science, statistics, and data science.
  • Student who successfully complete the program’s mandated criteria will obtain a $2,000 maximum financial award each academic year for their successful completion of the program’s mandated criteria.
  • ASCEND applications for our next cohort will open August 2025.
  • Prospective students are strongly encouraged to submit their questions to our Cornell Bowers CIS Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion team at

ASCEND is funded by LinkedIn.



­Explore pathways to advance your professional career in the tech field through research, entrepreneurship, and experiential learning team projects. 

Participate in professional development workshops and interactive skill-building activities to boost your resume. 

Understand the process and benefits of obtaining a graduate degree in computer science, information science, statistics, and data science. 

­Create relationships with other freshmen who share your passion and interests in technology. 

Engage in luncheons with faculty and staff members in the Bowers College of Computing and Information Science. 

Receive mentorship from corporate representatives, faculty members, and alumni entrepreneurs in tech.