The Admissions Process

Step up to the plate ladies and gentlemen!

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Fair warning: our admissions process is unlike any other. We made it that way on purpose because we believe that everyone who wants to try should have the opportunity for quality education.

No Admission Requirements

There are no admission requirements for 42 such as grades, GPA, recommendations, ACT/SAT test scores, transcripts, etc. We strongly recommend people 18+ to apply.

Merit-Based Admissions

Our process means students are admitted based on merits as opposed to more traditional methods such as SATs, GPAs, ethnicity, background, and extracurricular activities.

Complete the Piscine

The Piscine is part of the admissions process. Students have to pass it to apply to the full 42 program.


If you’d like to check out the campus, learn more about our programs, and ask questions, then sign up for one of our virtual tours. We’ll take you on a short, live tour of our lab and share more about our mission, instructional design, and life on campus.


Your admission to 42 starts on our website at First step: register yourself by providing us with your email address and a cell phone number to validate your account. Next step: follow the procedures on a PC (hopefully one which has all of the most recent updates).


Once you’ve verified your account, you can sign up for one of our Piscine sessions. These are part of the admissions process and are 4 weeks of intensive and immersive coding. No prior coding experience necessary at all! More info here.

Intensive Basic Training dates are as follows:
October 22 – November 16, 2018
January 07 – February 1, 2019
March 25 – April 19, 2019
July 08 – August 03, 2019
August 05 – August 30, 2019
October 21 – November 15, 2019


If you complete the Piscine and are accepted into the program, then you can select a Start Date to begin you adventure in the full 42 program.

Here are our upcoming Start Dates:
October 22, 2018
November 26, 2018
February 11, 2019
April 29, 2019
July 22, 2019
September 16, 2019

Download our student brochure