It all starts here.
We all have something that drives us to be our best. Turn your passion into a plan, and join us for a breakout year of career growth.
How To Apply
Below are the basic steps for applying. The application process may vary slightly in your area. But don’t worry, we’re always here to help you along the way.
STEP 1: Attend Your Info Session
We know our program is different than the norm. That’s why we want to make sure you understand all we offer and how far Year Up can take you. Take the first step. Join us for an info session online or in-person.
STEP 2: Complete Application
Submit application and supporting documents. Documents include proof of high school diploma or GED, work history, proof of ability to work in the U.S. (we welcome DACA), references, and a brief personal essay. We’ll provide the application after your info session.
STEP 3: Academic Review
The academic review and assessment help our career and education experts understand your starting point so that we can support your learning and professional development in the best way possible.
STEP 4: Attend Your Interview
We want to hear about you. Why are you interested in Year Up? What motivates you? How can we help you overcome any obstacle to your success in our program? Knowing our students is the first step in giving them the best training possible.
STEP 5: Enroll In College
If applying to a college-based Year Up program, you need to also apply and enroll with our college partner and complete the FAFSA form to secure financial aid. We can help with the details, but suggest you start these applications along with your Year Up application.
STEP 6: Your “Year Up” Begins
If accepted, your year of learning valuable technical and professional skills begins. You can look forward to career training, courses eligible for college credit, stipend payments, a corporate internship, a professional mentor, and our ongoing support.
Year Up Bay Area Admissions
Classes begin at our San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Facebook (Menlo Park) campuses every March and September.
Classes begin at our Diablo Valley Campus every August and February.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until the class is filled. We encourage you to apply early, as space is limited.
Step 1: Submit an Interest Form
Fill out an online interest form here.
After you submit an interest form, you will be able to schedule an Information Session.
Step 2: Attend an Information Session
Information Sessions are a mandatory step in the admissions process and are typically held on the following days and times:
San Francisco Campus:
- Wednesdays, 11:45 am – 1:15 pm
- Thursdays, 3:45 pm – 5:15 pm
- 80 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94104 (one block from the Montgomery BART and Muni stops)
Silicon Valley (San Jose) Campus:
- Tuesdays, 10:00 AM – 11: 00 AM
- Thursdays, 2:00 PM- 3:00 PM
- 100 W. San Fernando Street, Suite 103, San Jose, CA 95113
Facebook (Menlo Park) Campus:
- Wednesdays at 12:00 PM
- Thursdays at 4:00 PM
- Facebook Campus MPK 45, 1195 Hamilton Court, Menlo Park, Ca 94025
Diablo Valley College (Pleasant Hill) Campus:
- Wednesdays, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
- Diablo Valley College, 321 Golf Club Road, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523, Building ET-114
Step 3: Complete your Application
After you attend an Information Session, you will receive a link to the Year Up’s online application.
*For students applying to our Diablo Valley Campus, you will need to register at Diablo Valley College. You can begin the process here.
Step 4: Interviews
Applicants are expected to arrive on time to their interviews. If you anticipate being late, please contact our Admissions team to reschedule your interview:
San Francisco: (415) 405-6562
Silicon Valley (San Jose): (408) 824-3061
Diablo Valley College (Pleasant Hill): (925) 204-4889
Facebook (Menlo Park): (650) 272-7038