42 Admissions Requirements

Aged 18-45

With the successful completion of the admissions tests, the age parameters for participation 18 – 45 years should be considered. For the 2018 recruitment sessions, we ask that our candidates be between the ages of 18 and 45 by the final day of the piscine date they select.

We advise all candidates who have recently turned 18 who are either in their junior or senior year of high school, to continue pursuing their high school diploma rather than leaving high school to come to 42. Although 42 does accept some students without their high school diploma, it is neither our intention nor our mission to encourage young students to drop out of school.

Atypical Admissions

Being an entirely new educational model, our admissions process is also different from traditional higher educational institutions.


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.

No Grades

We do NOT require any transcripts, grades, GPAs, ACT/SAT scores, high school diploma, college or university degree. Nothing.

No Background Info

We don’t ask about your background, your ethnicity, your work experience, or your extracurricular activities during admissions.


Our system is merit-based: if you can succeed at the quick online logic tests and survive the piscine, you’re considered for admission.

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