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Actualize

Average Rating4.92
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Actualize is a 12-week software development bootcamp in Chicago and online throughout the US, offering both part-time and full-time options. Instructors with professional educational experience teach students full stack web development including Ruby, Rails, JavaScript, VueJS, SQL, and Git. Both the in-person and online programs use the same immersive, instruction-driven curriculum, with the Online Live classes conducted in real time with video conferencing. Actual...

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  • Sep 09, 2022
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    Trust the Process!

    I actually chose Actualize after coming to this website. There were countless 5-star reviews! So many, I didn't believe it so I decided to go further by asking former students on LinkedIn about their experience. To my surprise, the reviews were the same and they all recommended it. I'm so glad I listened to them and decided to enroll. Before this course, I had no prior experience with coding. I now have the confidence to say I feel like I can learn any language, framework, etc. I would h...
  • Sep 09, 2022
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    Great way to learn new skills

    They understand the difference in how adults learn. The course will challenge you and push you to learn while giving you the flexibility to do it in ways that interest you.  They also understand how to build comradery between online students, which makes a huge difference in learning from each other. 
  • Sep 09, 2022
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    Coding Bootcamp

    This was the best online course I have taken. Actualize makes it feel like a real classroom setting with real classmates that become friends the instructor was phenomenal to say the least. Had a blast and learned a lot!
  • Sep 09, 2022
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    Amazing Program

    My instructor, Katherine, was amazing. She is incredibly kind and helps with literally everything. The TAs, DJ and Matt were also the coolest. All the instructors were so willing to help and always made themselves available for anything that we needed. This program is truly student-focused. The instructors are perfect examples of that. 
    It was very challenging, of course, but the experience is very rewarding. I am confident that this is the best decision I've ever made. 
    I would de...
  • Sep 08, 2022
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    Awesome Experience

    I chose Actualize after several weeks of researching coding bootcamps. After narrowing my search down to 4 schools, I settled on Actualize. Throughout the reviews, one theme remained the same about Actualize…Student Focus. Student after student kept commenting about the instructors genuinely cared about the growth and development of the students. And I can say I experienced that personally. My experience at Actualize was phenomenal. The program is not easy by any me...
  • Sep 08, 2022
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    Student first, thorough, joy-filled

    Katherine Evans, my professor, was a literal angel. She led with confidence and had a very kind and funny demeanor. DJ and Matt, former graduates, were theee best TA's anyone could ask for. My class, the evening cohort, was full of unique, creative, determined individuals looking for a change. This was one of the best experiences of my life and I would recommend it to anyone. You can do this. 
  • Jul 15, 2022
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    Candid Foundation Building

    Out of the myriad bootcamps currently out there, many of which advertise themselves through implausible guarantees, Actualize stands out by being upfront about the reality of the market, and the bootcamp format itself; there are no guarantees, and it's impossible to curate any curriculum, within a 12-week constraint, that is a universal golden bullet for the job hunt ahead. 

    Instead, Actualize abandons the dogma and focuses and foundation building instead - to learn how to learn, ...
  • Jul 15, 2022
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    Loved this bootcamp

    I just completed the 12-week full time daytime program. I had an excellent experience and I am so happy that I chose Actualize. The live online instruction is the way to go. I did not have any coding background so I was nervous that I would need a lot of personal attention and help to be able to keep up. The curriculum never seemed overwhelming and I felt like I had all the support that I needed. I had access to my instructor and two TAs every day. They created an environment where I was...
  • Jul 15, 2022
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    Greatest Decision I've Made!

    Choosing to take the Actualize Web Development course was easily the best choice I've made. In 4 months I went from not even knowing basic operators to being able to fully develop a full stack web application. The instructor was by far the greatest teacher I've ever had, friendly, entertaining, and extremely helpful in every way possible. The teaching assistants were also extremely helpful and provided great insight to their own personal experiences. I would 100% recommend this course to...
  • Jul 15, 2022
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    This is a big decision. I hope this helps.

    I am writing as the oldest member of my cohort, and I'm pivoting away from a 20 year career in entertainment.
    The pandemic left my industry closed for 18 months, and I discovered an interest in programming. I was determined to become a programmer by myself, self-taught, and that should be enough to maybe get an entry-level job, so I joined Codecademy.
    For the next 8 months, I spent 6 days a week, 1.5 hours a day, not trying to just complete the courses, but to digest them and take ...
  • Jul 15, 2022
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    Amazing program & instructors

    I absolutely loved my time at Actualize. All of the instructors are knowledgable and extremely willing to help. I chose to attend Actualize because it seemed to be a bootcamp that focused more on teaching you how to learn code rather than teaching you code. I feel like even though I've just started, I already know infinitely more than I did 12 weeks ago. I'm excited to continue learning and pursuing this career!  
  • May 20, 2022
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    Here to Support Your Success

    Actualize is one bootcamp among many with ostensibly comparable curricula. The course currently focuses on Ruby on Rails for backend and Vue.js (Vue 3) for frontend development, though they're always making tweaks and updates to stay current. It's organized very rationally into three sections: pre-work, live instruction, and the job search. Live instruction is typically the 'meat' of what people are looking for in coding bootcamp, often giving less consideration to incoming skill level o...

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Jess Feldman
Published March 30, 2019
Oh Summer, one of the best seasons of the year! While it’s a time to relax, bask in the sun, and plan trips with family and friends, summer is also an awesome time to learn. If you’re a current student, teacher, or professional looking to learn to code, a summer bootcamp is a great opportunity to learn to code in a short time frame. Various coding bootcamps offer summer courses to help you la...
Liz Eggleston
Published March 10, 2019
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Imogen Crispe
Published November 30, 2018
This November has been super busy in the immersive coding education world, and at Course Report! We read about how Amazon’s new headquarters will impact the coding bootcamps in New York City, we celebrated successful coding bootcamp grads, we were sad to hear that a school is closing, we heard advice for being successful at bootcamp, and found out about new initiatives to improve diversit...
Lauren Stewart
Published January 19, 2018
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Lauren Stewart
Published June 19, 2017
Jay Wengrow founded part-time web development bootcamp and apprenticeship program Actualize in Chicago in 2014 to make learning to code efficient and accessible. Now the coding bootcamp has campuses in New York and San Francisco, and in June 2017 they are launching their new online part-time program to further reduce barriers to entry into tech. We asked Jay about the format of the new on...
Imogen Crispe
Published March 23, 2017
  How do you get a job after coding bootcamp if you have no relevant, real-world work experience? Only 1.4% of bootcampers have worked as developers in the past, but most career-changers have little – if any– client experience when they start looking for a developer job. Some bootcamps help students overcome this hurdle by offering opportunities to work for the bootcamp itself, or with rea...
Imogen Crispe
Published March 31, 2016
Luke was ready to make the transition from chemical engineer to software engineer, but wasn’t ready to quit his full-time job. He found part-time coding bootcamp Anyone Can Learn to Code in San Francisco, learned to code while working full-time, then got real-world experience in his apprenticeship with The Difference Engine- an opportunity that ACLTC guarantees all its grads. Luke tells us ...
Kassia Shishkoff
Published March 07, 2016
If you’re determined to learn to code, there are a lot of factors you should consider when deciding how to accomplish your goal. What sort of budget do you have for the tools you might need? How much free time do you have, or are you willing to make? Do you want to quit your job and learn full-time? Another factor to consider is your own style of learning. Kassia Shishkoff of Anyone Can L...
Liz Eggleston
Published February 03, 2016
Thinking about applying to Anyone Can Learn to Code? The part-time Chicago programming bootcamp just opened a new campus in San Francisco and is a great option for career-oriented bootcampers who can't quit their day jobs quite yet.  But not everyone is accepted into Anyone Can Learn to Code, so what can you do to ace the interview? We're covering the Anyone Can Learn to Code interview and ...
Nick Toscano
Published September 22, 2015
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