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Actualize

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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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  • Greg West
    Software Engineer • Student • Web Development • Online
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    Mar 25, 2022
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    My Actualize Experience!

    Actualize enabled me to learn an incredible amount in a relatively short amount of time. Before Actualize I was learning as much as I could through self study. I was able to learn about algorithms and other puzzle-solving style coding problems, but I wasn't learning much at all about practical programming and how to BUILD things with a computer! This is where Actualize excels, and I don't think I could have learned how to build a full stack web application in even 1/10th of the time on m...
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  • Dylan Sarikas
    Graduate • Web Development • Online
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    Mar 25, 2022
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    Great, Personal Experience

    You may be interested in learning to program but confused about what a “Full Stack Developer” actually is.  Let me explain.  A Full Stack Developer is a web developer who works on both client and server software.  This is often referred to as the “Front End” and the “Back End”.  The Front End is what you see when you go to any website, how the page layout looks, how the buttons, menus, and forms all operate.  The Back End is where a lot of the logic and data for the website exists.  This...
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  • Corrie
    Graduate • Web Development • Online
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    Mar 25, 2022
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    Great course, great instructors

    Living in Chicago, but applying to bootcamps in the pandemic, I was curious whether I should wait to apply to Actualize until things opened up back in-person, or if I should apply for the online class. After sitting in and observing a previous remote cohort, I went for it and am glad I did. Our instructor created a great atmosphere where I really got to know other students from around the country, we had inside jokes and met up outside of class to work together on homework. I also enjoye...
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  • Ben Astengo
    Full Stack Web Developer • Graduate • Web Development • Online
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    Mar 25, 2022
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    Bootcamp Grad

    Actualize far exceeded my expectations of what I thought I could get out of a bootcamp in such a short amount of time.  If you're someone that has to maintain a job while attending this class remotely let me be an example of how anyone can absolutely do it.  I came into actualize being an insanely burnt out truck driver working roughly 65 hours a week ready to make a career change. Going to school during the week and driving on the weekends is one of the most daunting things I've ever do...
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  • Camden Parker
    Graduate • Web Development • Online
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    Mar 25, 2022
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    I am very pleased to report that Actualize has been a wonderful experience for me as a whole. The people I got to know and the strategies I learned during this camp have already become invaluable to me. The professors here are fantastic, and the TA's as well. They provide excellent help and teaching in all circumstances, the resources provided are incredible. If you are looking to get into the best bootcamp at the best price this is your place! The online aspect also worked perfectly wit...
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  • Ro
    Graduate • Web Development • Online
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    Mar 25, 2022
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    I WOULD TOTALLY DO IT ALL OVER AGAIN

    I just graduated from the Actualize Coding Bootcamp today!! It was honestly such an amazing experience. Actualize will provide you with all the support you need to make that career change to software development. HOWEVER, it is much more important that you yourself have the drive to become a software developer. No bootcamp will do that for you. In my case, I was extremely motivated to do well, and for that reason, I believe I was able to unlock the full potential of Actualize Coding Boot...
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  • Anthony
    Graduate • Web Development • Online
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    Mar 25, 2022
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    A Great Choice!

    Actualize is the best decision I've ever made when it came to deciding a bigger step in life. Not only were the other student's amazing but you become friends with everyone their and the environment of the classes are amazing. If you're having troubles they will help you to the best of their ability and they want to see nothing more than for you to succeed and grow as a web developer as well as a person.
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  • Kevin G
    Graduate • Web Development • Online
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    Mar 25, 2022
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    Awesome Coding Bootcamp

    I applied to Actualize due to a friend's recommendation. I have an undergraduate degree in Computer Science that I received in 2016 and worked as a Unity3d developer for a year. After that I started playing video games professionally and took a huge break from coding. I signed up for the bootcamp to help me learn new aspects of coding and help me focus in on web development. The bootcamp pushed me to learn about full stack web development in a structured environment and taught you not ju...
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  • Thomas Dhinsa
    Graduate • Web Development • Chicago
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    Mar 25, 2022
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    Actual Actualize Review

    Actualize was my choice out of four other coding bootcamps. I was initially impressed with their website and even more so when I went to linked in and, saw that Actualize had so many Alums. After a little research as well as some actualize tutorials, My choice was made and I couldn't be happier about the decision. The skills taught are necessary and the Actualize curriculum bridges all the gaps between languages wonderfully. I'd recommend Actualize to anyone.
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  • Jordan Burns
    Web Development • Chicago
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    Mar 24, 2022
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    Software

    I remember hearing about programming and then having the pleasure of seeing it up close with a family member of mine so, I decided to look on online for a Bootcamp that best fit my schedule whether it be day or night, with great values and just a overall great vibe. And that’s when i came across Actualize. My experience here has been nothing but fast, efficient, friendly and helpful beyond belief. They are attentive, caring and have a excellent curriculum. Thank you very much Actualize!!...
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  • Kurt
    Graduate • Web Development • Chicago
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    Mar 24, 2022
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    More Than Coding!

    Actualize has been more than I could have asked for when I started looking for coding bootcamps! 

    What sets them apart is their commitment to you as an individual and their emphasis on teaching you HOW to learn. 
    They're also very focused on the fact that most students are here to get a job in this industry. Their "job hacking" program keeps you accountable and is a great way to push through some of the harder moments of the job search. 

    On top of that - Peter was just a...
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  • Kelly Kaufman
    Student • Web Development • Chicago
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    Jan 03, 2022
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    Actualize changed my life

    My experience at Actualize was life changing.
    It was such a stressful, arduous  process to find the right bootcamp for myself. I would even go as far as to say, that finding the right bootcamp was and will probably be the hardest part of my coding journey. I researched over 10 bootcamps, and I learned very quickly that most of them have the same business/education model. Which is either being scammy by not properly evaluating students for their program, ...
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Actualize costs around $14,900.

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Actualize has in-person campuses in and, Chicago. Actualize also has a remote classroom so students can learn online.

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