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Flatiron School

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Flatiron School offers immersive on-campus and online programs in software engineering, data science, and cybersecurity in NYC, Brooklyn, Washington DC, Houston, Austin, Seattle, Chicago, Denver, and Online. Flatiron School’s immersive courses aim to launch students into fulfilling careers as software engineers, and data scientists through rigorous, market-aligned curricula, and the support of seasoned instructors and personal career coaches. Through test-driven labs and portfolio projects, Flatiron School teaches students to think and build like software engineers and data scientists.

To apply, applicants must submit a written application about why they want to join Flatiron School, take part in an interview with an admissions advisor, learn some basic skills, and discuss it with an instructor. Flatiron is looking for people with passion and aptitude and aims to admit people with a variety of backgrounds. Flatiron School also offers several free introductory courses, including a How to Land a Job in Tech Career Prep Curriculum, Coding Bootcamp Prep, Data Science Bootcamp Prep, and Hacking 101 Cybersecurity Bootcamp Prep.

Flatiron School offers a money-back guarantee for their Software Engineering and Data Science programs. If students don’t get a qualifying job offer within six months of graduation, they can get their money back (see eligibility at flatironschool.com/terms). Flatiron School’s Career Services team provides weekly 1:1 career coaching sessions, mock interviews, and employer introductions to help students launch lifelong careers in tech.

Flatiron School also powers the Access Scholarship investing $1.5 million into the futures of more than 500 students across all our campuses and online courses in 2020. The Scholarship opens doors for aspiring innovators who may have experienced barriers to education and lets students enroll for $0 upfront. To increase diversity in its programs, Flatiron School has awarded over $10 million in scholarships for women, minorities, veterans, and other underrepresented groups in tech.

Flatiron School was one of the first bootcamps in the industry to publish outcomes, backing its 93% employment rate for job-seeking on-campus and online graduates included in the 2019 Jobs Report including full-time salaried roles, full-time contract, internship, apprenticeship, and freelance roles, and part-time roles during the reporting period. Read their full independently-verified jobs reports at flatironschool.com/outcomes.

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  • Cybersecurity Analytics Immersive

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    Start Date None scheduled
    Cost$15,000
    Class size20
    LocationNew York City, Washington
    Over 12 intense weeks on campus at Flatiron School, our Cybersecurity Analytics curriculum will prepare you to handle rapidly-advancing threats. You’ll set traps and catch threat actors with our real-world lab environments paired with industry-grade curriculum. You’ll learn the analytical skills needed to stand out from the competition. Our Cybersecurity Analytics program includes 8 foundational courses designed to prepare you for success in the cybersecurity industry.
    Financing
    DepositYes
    Financing
    Options vary by location:
    NYC: ISAs available in select states. Lending partners available, including SkillsFund and Climb Credit
    Tuition PlansTuition varies by campus location: NYC $17,000, DC $15,000
    Refund / GuaranteeFlatiron School’s Cybersecurity Analytics Immersive includes a money-back guarantee: get a job offer within six months of graduation, or we’ll refund your full tuition. (See eligibility terms at flatironschool.com/terms)
    ScholarshipContact admissions@flatironschool.com to learn about current opportunities
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelNo previous cybersecurity analytics experience is required.
    Prep WorkYes
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewYes
  • Cybersecurity Engineering Immersive

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    In PersonFull Time40 Hours/week15 Weeks
    Start Date None scheduled
    Cost$18,000
    Class size20
    LocationNew York City, Washington
    Our 15-week Cybersecurity Engineering program will teach you real skills using real tools, including our custom-built ‘Cyber Range’ lab environment. Thanks to our proven, employer-oriented curriculum, you’ll graduate prepared for a range of vital tier 1+ cybersecurity roles — like security engineer or penetration tester — in months, instead of years.
    Financing
    DepositYes
    Financing
    ISAs available in select states. Lending partners available, including SkillsFund and Climb Credit
    Tuition PlansTuition varies by campus location: NYC $20,000, DC $18,000
    Refund / GuaranteeFlatiron School's Cybersecurity Engineering includes a money-back guarantee: get a job offer within six months of graduation, or we'll refund your full tuition. (See eligibility terms at flatironschool.com/terms)
    ScholarshipContact admissions@flatironschool.com to learn about current opportunities.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelSome knowledge of programming languages, as well as a familiarity with Windows, Linux and Unix operating systems, will help with this program
    Prep WorkYes
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewYes
  • Data Science Immersive

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    Data Science, Git, R, JavaScript, jQuery, Data Structures, Algorithms, Node.js, SQL, Python, Machine Learning
    In PersonFull Time40 Hours/week15 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$15,000
    Class size20
    LocationSan Francisco, Chicago, New York City, Seattle, Washington
    The Data Science Immersive provides students with the knowledge, skills, and experience to get a job as a data scientist – which requires a mix of software engineering, statistical understanding, and the ability to apply both skills in new and challenging domains. The program will teach students to gather data, apply statistical analysis to answer questions with that data, and make their insights and information as actionable as possible. Our pedagogy ensures not only job readiness for today’s market, but the aptitude and skills to keep learning and stay relevant. At Flatiron School, students learn by building. Students will come away with an advanced Portfolio Project to demonstrate their technical proficiency and creativity to current or future job managers and hiring leads. Our course dedicates three weeks towards completion of a large-scale data science and machine learning project where students work in groups of two. The project provides an in-depth opportunity for students to demonstrate their learning accomplishments and get a feel for what working a large-scale data science project is really like.
    Financing
    DepositYes
    Financing
    ISAs available in select states. Lending partners available, including SkillsFund and Climb Credit
    Tuition PlansTuition varies by campus location: NYC and SF: $17,000; Chicago, Houston, Seattle: $15,000;
    Refund / GuaranteeYes. Flatiron
    ScholarshipVisit flatironschool.com/scholarships to learn about current scholarship opportunities.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelNo previous coding experience is required, but we encourage all applicants to start learning through Flatiron School’s free Data Science Bootcamp Prep course.
    Prep WorkYes
    Placement TestYes
    InterviewYes
  • Online Cybersecurity Analytics

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    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$15,000
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationOnline
    In as little as 16 weeks at Flatiron School, our Cybersecurity Analytics curriculum will prepare you to handle rapidly-advancing threats. You’ll set traps and catch threat actors with our real-world lab environments paired with the industry-grade curriculum. You’ll learn the analytical skills needed to stand out from the competition. Our Cybersecurity Analytics program includes 8 foundational courses designed to prepare you for success in the cybersecurity industry.
    Financing
    DepositYes
    Financing
    ISAs available in select states. Lending partners available, including SkillsFund and Climb Credit.
    Tuition PlansFull-Time Course: $15,000 Part-Time Course: $15,000
    Refund / GuaranteeFlatiron School's Online Cybersecurity Analytics includes a money-back guarantee: get a job offer within six months of graduation, or we'll refund your full tuition. (See eligibility terms at flatironschool.com/terms).
    ScholarshipContact admissions@flatironschool.com to learn about current opportunities.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelNo previous cybersecurity analytics experience is required.
    Prep WorkOptional
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewYes
  • Online Data Science Immersive

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    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$15,000
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationOnline
    With more than 650% job growth since 2012, data science has catapulted to be among tech’s fastest-growing and most sought-after fields. This program will provide students with the knowledge, skills, and experience to get a job as a data scientist – which requires a mix of software engineering, statistical understanding, and the ability to apply both skills in new and challenging domains. Students will learn how to gather data, apply statistical analysis to answer questions with that data, and make their insights and information as actionable as possible. Our pedagogy ensures not only job readiness for today’s market, but the aptitude and skills to keep learning and stay relevant. All students in our Online Data Science Immersive receive a one-year WeWork hot desk membership included in their tuition, enabling them to connect and network with other learners in their city. The course is available in full-time, part-time, and self-paced formats.
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Financing
    ISAs available in select states. Lending partners available, including SkillsFund and Climb Credit
    Tuition PlansTuition varies across three course pacing options: Full-Time Course: $15,000 Part-Time Course: $15,000 Self-Paced Course: $9,600
    Refund / GuaranteeFlatiron School's Online Data Science Immersive includes a money-back guarantee: get a job offer within six months of graduation, or we'll refund your full tuition. (See eligibility terms at flatironschool.com/terms)
    ScholarshipContact admissions@flatironschool.com to learn about current opportunities.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelNo previous coding experience is required, but we encourage all applicants to start learning through Flatiron School’s free Data Science Bootcamp Prep course.
    Prep WorkYes
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewYes
  • Online Software Engineering Immersive

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    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$15,000
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationOnline
    Flatiron School’s proven Full Stack Web Development Curriculum is at the heart of our instructor-led Online Software Engineering Immersive. This rigorous course of study prepares you for a career in web development through 800 hours of challenging but rewarding coursework, providing you with the skills and experience necessary to obtain and excel in an entry-level software development job. While the bulk of the material covered encompasses the Ruby and JavaScript ecosystems, we carefully designed this curriculum to teach you to think—and build—like a software engineer, independent of any specific language. By the completion of Online Software Engineering Immersive, you’ll have done much more than build your technical skills: you’ll have maintained a technical blog to show you can credibly talk tech; you’ll have become a part of your local developer community; you’ll have amassed an impressive portfolio of unique, functional web applications that show employers your programming abilities in action. With Full-Time, Part-Time, and Self-Paced course options, the Online Software Engineering Immersive is designed to give you the perfect balance of flexibility and structure to ensure your success. All students in our Online Software Engineering Immersive receive a one-year WeWork hot desk membership included in their tuition, enabling them to connect and network with other learners in their city. The course is available in full-time, part-time, and self-paced formats.
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Financing
    ISAs available in select states. Lending partners available, including SkillsFund and Climb Credit
    Tuition PlansTuition varies across three course pacing options: Full-Time Course: $15,000; Part-Time Course: $15,000; Self-Paced Course: $9,600
    Refund / GuaranteeFlatiron School's Online Software Engineering Immersive includes a money-back guarantee: get a job offer within six months of graduation, or we'll refund your full tuition. (See eligibility terms at flatironschool.com/terms)
    ScholarshipContact admissions@flatironschool.com to learn about current opportunities.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelNo previous coding experience is required, but we encourage all applicants to start learning through Flatiron School’s free Coding Bootcamp Prep course.
    Prep WorkYes
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewYes
  • Software Engineering Immersive

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    MySQL, AngularJS, HTML, JavaScript, Sinatra, Rails, CSS, React.js, Node.js, Front End, Ruby, SQL
    In PersonFull Time40 Hours/week15 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$15,000
    Class size20
    LocationSan Francisco, Denver, Chicago, Austin, New York City, Seattle, Houston, Washington, Brooklyn
    Being a software engineer requires more than knowing how to code or build a web app. Over 15 challenging weeks on Flatiron School’s campus, students learn to think, and build, like software engineers — from developing coding proficiency to gaining an understanding of how products are designed and managed. In each three-week curriculum module, students develop key skills through interactive labs, lectures, and close collaboration, showcasing progress through Portfolio Projects. While the bulk of the material covered encompasses the Ruby and JavaScript ecosystems, we carefully designed our curriculum to prepare students to launch software engineering careers, independent of any specific language or technology. By the completion of the program, students have done much more than simply build technical skills: they have maintained technical blogs to show they can credibly talk tech; they have become a part of the tech community; they have amassed an impressive portfolio of unique, functional web applications to show employers as they enter the job-search phase with the support of our Career Services team.
    Financing
    DepositYes
    Financing
    ISAs available in select states. Lending partners available, including SkillsFund and Climb Credit
    Tuition PlansTuition varies by campus location: Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Seattle, Washington, DC: $15,000 NYC and SF: $17,000
    Refund / GuaranteeFlatiron School's Software Engineering Immersive includes a money-back guarantee: get a job offer within six months of graduation, or we'll refund your full tuition. (See eligibility terms at flatironschool.com/terms)
    ScholarshipContact admissions@flatironschool.com to learn about current opportunities.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelNo previous coding experience is required, but we encourage all applicants to start learning through Flatiron School’s free Coding Bootcamp Prep course.
    Prep WorkYes
    Placement TestYes
    InterviewYes
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    TV • Student Verified via GitHub
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    My time at Flatiron School was excellent, and I would recommend it wholeheartedly to anyone considering applying. When I signed up for the web developer course, my only goal at the time was simply to learn Ruby. After 12 weeks, I got so much more than that. Two takeaways I want to share with you: 1. You can do so much more when you work with your team. Flatiron School provided a positive and supportive environment for students to collaborate on projects together. Think about it: no company wants to hire a lone wolf programmer. 2. Ship something today. The dean of Flatiron Avi said, "First, make it run. Then make it right. Then make it fast." As someone who suffers from paralysis-by-over-analysis, I have no regrets about burning this mantra into my brain's ROM.

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    Ian Miller • Back-end Engineer • Graduate Verified via GitHub
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    Hello! I am a graduate of the 2013 Fall Web Development immersive, and I also worked for a year and a half as an Instructor, so I am one of several that has experienced Flatiron School from both a student perspective and an instructor perspective. 

    Why Flatiron School?
    I applied to several programming boot-camps in the summer of 2013, and was accepted into several. However, the decision to go to Flatiron School was largely because of the philosophy of Flatiron School ("if you're driven and imaginative enough, then learning how to code is not ultimately the objective, but rather opening yourself up to a world of new possibilities through code"). Other bootcamps focus on using assessments to qualify whether or not you're good enough to succeed in their programs, whereas Flatiron seeks to surround forward-thinking and driven individuals with like-minded peers in a diverse environment. This was what set Flatiron School apart from its competitors for me.

    Programming
    Yes, the objective of Flatiron School is to teach its students how to code, and how to code well. But that's not what makes Flatiron School succeed. It's the ability of the admissions team and its teachers to provide a rich, diverse community in which students push each other to succeed through collaboration and support. As a result of this, students learn programming by communicating with each other while working on projects, and ultimately creating a rich ecosystem of knowledge that iteratively builds upon itself, week after week throughout the semester.

    New York Tech Community
    Flatiron School has benefitted a lot by simply being part of the New York tech community, and has given back to the community as well. That's the primary ethos of Flatiron School. Its defining quality is community, and it hosts meetups and events every week, such as NYC on Rails, iOS Devs Meetup, Manhattan.js, and Flatiron Presents (student presentations). The diversity of its graduates that go forth into the New York tech community is something that sets Flatiron School apart from its peers; at least 40% of accepted students are female.

    In Closing...
    Flatiron School has been one of the best investments I have ever made. I say this not from a financial perspective, but rather from a career and motivational perspective. As the weeks progressed during my time at Flatiron School, my burgeoning skill-set started to show me what was possible. Coding is not a means to an end in itself, but rather it's the gateway that makes everything else attainable. Being able to build a software tool or product or whatever you may call it allows you come extremely close to having a profound effect on the things you care about. Making life more colorful and vibrant again. After all, isn't that the point of education? It is meant to bridge the gap between your dreams and reality. I didn't find that in high school or college, but rather I found that at Flatirn School.

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    I graduated from Flatiron's Full Stack Web Developer Bootcamp (online/remote program) about 3 weeks ago and I have already had interest from potential employers. 

    I strongly recommend the Flatiron program to anyone who is serious about learning to code. I am not a STEM person, I came from an arts and humanities background and I found the Flatiron curriculum to be fun (and often very challenging) but always instructive. The instructors were always available to answer my questions and point me in the right direction. 

    I am very happy with the career services support that I have been receiving since my graduation and I anticipate finding a great job as a developer very soon.

    As I've been on my job search and spoken to working developers I’ve discovered that I know coding languages and tools that people who have been working as dev's for years don't know. 

    Flatiron made sure that I had all the skills I needed to be a full stack developer. I am so glad I enrolled in this program. It was a great investment! 

    I’ve been recommending it personally to my friends since I started the course.

    If you’re thinking about making the switch to becoming a software developer I encourage you to take the first part of the Flatiron curriculum. You can start for free! And if you do take the course they guarantee you’ll find a job in 6 months or your money back. Can’t argue with that.

     

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    Very efficient way to teach people how to code by using hands-on approach and collaboration. Turns out, 3 month in enough to get skills to be able to solve complex tech problems at work. Mostly it comes from the fact that they not only teach specific tech topics, but how to solve problems in general.

    Job placement is great, the students are expected to do their part (i.e. building projects and writing tech blog) and the school does a great job matching students with companies. 

    Considering tech salaries (even for entry-level programmers), the return of investement is great as you land on the first job quickly. 

     

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    Cernan • Learn Instructor • Graduate Verified via GitHub
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    Flatiron's online full stack web development porogram was the curriculum I needed to transition from a career in financial services to a career in tech. 

    I did a number of online resources prior to discovering Flatiron and found the curriculum to be top notch and I was grateful for the way it was structured. It does a great job at building on top of previous lessons and is a great way to reinforce learning. 

    Another great thing about Flatiron's online program is the awesome community. Learning online can feel a little lonely but Flatiron set up the online community in such a way that while going through the program you don't feel alone. 

    I couldn't have asked for a better experience and was glad I chose to learn to become a developer through them!

     

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     I advised student services that I needed to take a leave of absence for my mental health and due to my increased workload at work. I work in Healthcare and we're going through a pandemic. I filled out the leave of absence form they gave me and I got a reply stating that I withdrew. I never told them that I wanted a withdrawal and emphasized this multiple times but they won't address that. I have an ISA and now they're holding me liable despite the fact that I said that I wanted to take a leave of absence. Good luck getting that back because I don't have the funds., WHICH IS WHY I TRIED TO WORK WITH THEM IN THE FIRST PLACE!!!!

    Run far away from this school as fast as you can if you are interested in this program. Oh wait, they fired my UX instructors in the middle of the phase due to the pandemic as well and their parent company WeWork is being sued. 

    I chose this school because of its good reputation and great reviews but I was sadly mistaken. Seriously kiss my @$$ Flatiron. I'll take this down if you cancel my ISA over student services screwup.  
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    I graduate today and it's the best feeling ever! I learned so much. From learning how to use loops to machine learning. Since the start of the program until now. I can see the progress I have made during my journey to the finish line. I know how code now and its awesome!
  • Jon • Full-Stack Engineer • Graduate
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    While nothing is perfect - and Flatiron certainly has areas in which it has room to improve - I'm incredibly grateful for the Access Labs experience. I had zero coding experience before starting the process and can build a full-stack app upon graduating. I've gotten a taste of what other, elite bootcamps offer and doubt that I would've been able to get into them without prior experience. My particular cohort consisted of a little over 20 amazing, friendly, helpful, caring, and dedicated people . I'm proud to call each of them a friend and a value add at any organization. We were also lucky to have some world-class instructors throughout the duration. Flatiron is big on community, which is also nice. The curriculum starts with Ruby then the Rails framework before moving to Javascript and the React library. Although not a traditionally OOP language like Ruby, I think it would've been better to stay with Javascript and teaching Node, Express, and GraphQL. After graduating there are career coaches who work with you to help with your job search. They have an Employer Partner Team but don't expect those opportunities to be sufficient. 
  • Ahmed Abououf • Student
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    I am a free lancer with top rated account in UPWORK. I know java, Javascript and VBA. I joined FLatiron School to expand my experience. I completed the online programming course except last module and here is my comments:
    1- The administration is very bad. They don't know anything. wrong answers and late answers. 
    2- All of it is self learning with small amount of support. If you want support, you have to wait for 1 hour in queue. 
    3- The material at the beginning was good but last module was really bad, no pattern. every lesson was made by different person so you cannot learn way of coding.
    4- Job support is not a real support, they just put you under pressure to make you keep looking

    my advise is to learn yourself from any website. they just put pressure to make sure that you are doing lessons and looking for job. you can do it yourself without paying all of that money. 
    Response From: Rebekah Rombom of Flatiron School
    Title: GM of Online Programs
    Thursday, May 28 2020
    Hi Ahmed - Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. Our goal is to provide each of our students with the skills and career support they need to succeed in their professional transition. We are sorry to hear that your experience was not what you expected and take this feedback very seriously.

    We're incredibly proud of our curriculum, our community, and our jobs placements, but are always striving to make Flatiron School even better. As we do, we'll be referring to this feedback. If you'd like to speak directly or in any more detail, please always feel free to e-mail me directly at rebekah@flatironschool.com
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    Coming in to Flatiron School, I was incredibly excited. I had committed myself to following my dream of becoming a UX Researcher and Designer (which was a big mental undertaking for me, truly going for what I knew I’d be good at, versus development where I “manage”). I couldn’t afford the tuition, and my credit wasn’t good enough for a loan or ISA program, so when I got a call on February 4th that I had been awarded a scholarship thanks to NexTech’s “100 Innovators in Tech” program, I couldn’t help but cry. I was a month from being homeless, my job search was going poorly (and I needed a new career direction). This was the Hail Mary that I thought was going to turn my life around.
     
    With this scholarship, my family agreed to help me obtain an apartment in Denver and cover my rent during the program. This investment would end up being over $10,000.
     
    Sadly, my health failed just as the cohort I was set to join got kicked off in early March. I alerted my instructors, and after several weeks it became apparent that I needed to defer to a later class. I did so.
     
    I had serious issues with the program during my first initial stint. Featuring disjointed materials, only 15 mins of weekly “face to face” time with your instructor when you’re expected to put in 30+ hours each week, educational coaches that don’t understand the material or the industry, weekly lectures that served as merely a recap and then an hour of clearing up all the confusion around the homework (they call this “learning through iteration”, but in the end it’s just stress for no reason and hours of wasted work). Regardless, I was eager to give the program another shot.
     
    Then Flatiron pulled the rug out, here is how things play out….
     
    April 1st
     
    I get an email at 9 A.M about my transfer, stating “If you do not reply by 9AM 04/02/2020, your case will be closed and you will be dismissed from the program.” and “We will look for availability in the Full-Time Online UX/UI 04/04/20 If the cohort is full, we will look for space in the next available cohort 05/25/20.”
     
    I respond and let the team know that the 04/04/20 Cohort is good with me, and get an auto-response saying it may take them 48 hours to respond, but I could be dismissed for not responding by the next morning?!
     
    April 2nd
     
    I get an email stating “Apologies for the confusion, the next available cohort is not 04/04/20. It is actually 05/04/20. Please let me know if you are still interested in transferring.” I respond that I will make this work.
     
    April 3rd
     
    I get an email stating “We have completed the transfer from the Denver Design UX/UI 05/25/2020 cohort. Unfortunetly, the 05/04/2020 cohort is no longer available since it hsa been merged with the 05/25/2020 cohort. You will join this cohort at the beginning of Phase 1 which stars on 05/25/2020.”
     
    If you’re counting, this is third date I’m given in three days.
     
    April 15th
     
    I check in and student services tells me that I’m still enrolled. However, my question on who my instructors would be is dodged again.
     
    April 21st
     
    A post goes up on the Flatiron Blog here, cancelling the UX/UI program. Apparently, this (and other options) had been under consideration for several weeks.
     
    April 22nd
     
    At 9 PM, an email is sent to students. We can transfer to another program, but mine also includes the line “I understand you were awarded the Cognizant NexTech 100 Scholarship and if you plan to proceed with transferring to a new program, we can assist you with being reviewed by our scholarship committee again and previous eligibility used to evaluate your scholarship award.”
     
    I’m sorry? I was already awarded this scholarship, we invested thousands of dollars so I could have this opportunity, and you’re going to make me go through the approval process again? Leases were signed, plans established, this isn’t some side show in my life. Also, not even a phone call?
     
    April 23rd
     
    I’m destroyed. There’s a job guarantee attached to this program, I don’t have the funds to go to another bootcamp and at this point things are already looking bad economy wise. I scurry to get enrolled in the Software Program because I don’t know what else to do, and supposedly they pull all these strings to make this happen. It turns out that the Admissions team was informed THE DAY BEFORE that this was happening, and had no chance to form a response. By the way, that program they enrolled me in? It starts May 11th with an estimated 160 Hours of “pre-work”.
     
    So now not only is my life turned upside down, I have a little over 2 weeks to complete 4 weeks worth of pre-work that I was in no way prepared to start.

    April 24th-April 28th
     
    After taking the day, I realize how screwed up this is on Flatiron’s part. From how they’ve treated their own staff, to how they think we can just switch programs (I specifically wanted to move away from Development), to the handling of the scholarships. All of it is ridiculous.
     
    On April 28th I manage to get on the phone with Cognizant, thinking surely since they had awarded these funds they would allow me to pursue a design program elsewhere. Flatiron couldn’t meet their obligations, why should we suffer as students?
     
    The result? Flatiron and Cognizant have a “special arrangement” for these scholarship funds, and my only option is to transfer courses. They refuse to release my scholarship funds so I can attend General Assembly or another program of my choice. This puts me in an impossible position.

    Consider other options

    At the end of the day, Flatiron certainly churns out students that get jobs. But the real ask here is, are you comfortable giving your money and time to a company that will behave in this manner? That will treat staff and students alike with such little regard? That would take someone who is already in one of the most vulnerable positions of their life, see that their actions are causing immense pain and financial disruption, and walk away without a second thought?
     
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    Ida Larsen • UX / UI Designer • Student
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    My overall experience with Flatiron has been extremely positive. 
    I have learned so much in such a short amount of time. After I graduated I worked with my career coach for one month and landed an incredible job at a software development company doing UX/UI Design. 

    The course is really tough and you will have to be a self-motivator and a self-starter to get through it. There is not really anyone holding you accountable for your learning so you will only get what you put in. You will also have to supplement your learning and read relevant books. I had to read a lot of UX Design related books because I chose the UI side of the course. 

    It is an extremely short time period, I therefore recommend to familiarise yourself with the tools they will be using. (Adobe Creative Suite, Invision, Sketch, Figma). 

    I made some incredible memories from the course and I am more than happy how everything turned out - I will definitely recommend it to anyone who is passionate about UX/UI Design. 
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    Job Assistance:
    About me:
    - engineering background - not software, with 2 years of industry experience
    - 2 more years of experience in tech - not programming; so that puts me in the late 20s in terms of age. Take what you will from this info :)
    - graduated in 1/2020, job search is ongoing in 4/2020, with some reasonable leads
    - overall, I thought the coursework's difficulty was moderate. Some weeks are tougher, but most are reasonable. Although I have to say that some students with different learning styles do seem to struggle; it's not a matter of intelligence but rather, learning styles. If you do struggle to pass 2 modules, you get booted to the online program which I do not think is fair at $17k a piece for tuition, but thats just me.

    TLDR - Pros:
    1. sense of community, supportive environment
    2. really smart people (instructors, coaches, community leads)
    3. careers team seems to do a better job than your average career service at most universities

    TLDR - Cons:
    1. curriculum design. I'm definitely no expert programmer, but just speaking from a job-seeker's perspective, the lack of algorithm/data structure from lectures, is a major, major flaw.
    2. the admissions and corporate side of things seem disconnected from campus - I say corporate, because you have to understand that Flatiron is at its core, a for-profit company; keep this in mind as you go through your program. Although I'd say it's not any worse than a midsized startup that is experiencing some 'growing pains'. This is not as big of a deal as the curriculum.
    3. questionable job-placement stats and the 'money back guarantee' is basically impossible to get. they do give you many low quality job leads (e.g. not engineering jobs, far below average pay, shady companies, etc); you either have to bite the bullet and take them, or lose your money back guarantee if you turn them down (more on that below)

    Now for the long review:

    Overall, I really enjoyed my experience at Flatiron Manhattan, immersive software engineering program. Instructors and coaches were just the best - knowledgeable, great at communicating difficult concepts, and helpful for answering questions and concerns. Seems like they really got some of the brightest people there.

    There were regular community events, some open to the public, some just among students, which really helped create a network and a sense of camaraderie between you and the peers. There was a great sense of community, I woke up everyday feeling excited to go to the campus and learn. That was a major plus for me.

    Career coaches (at least mine, shout out to you, Laura Finestone) were knowledgeable and helpful. My coach helped me throughout my (still ongoing) job search and gave me some good advice. She was also very personable, and I enjoy our weekly check-ins even when there are no major updates on my end.

    But let's be honest, you came here to see what’s not so stellar and whether or not you should take the plunge. Let me start by pointing out a couple of things that I think should definitely be improved.

    First and foremost, the curriculum design felt incomplete to me. There had been zero teaching of Data Structures and Algorithms throughout the 15-week program. I remember going to my first meetup after graduating. I, among other Flatiron graduates, were the only ones who did not know what stack, queue, or other basic data structures were; graduates from other bootcamps (Fullstack, Grace Hopper, CodeSmith etc) seemed to have a grasp on these concepts. Now several weeks after graduation, I'm still spending hours every day, learning algorithms on my own, and I personally find them to be a lot more challenging than the materials taught during the bootcamp. Look, I get it: we only had 15 weeks and they wanted to cram as much practical materials (Javascript, Ruby, React, etc) as possible, so we can start building good looking applications, and I really do appreciate that. But Flatiron's, or any bootcamp's ultimate goal, is to help students get jobs, and there hasn't been a single technical job interview I've been to, where algorithm questions weren't asked. In my opinion (and some employers with whom I spoke), having at least a basic understanding of data structure and algorithms is a big factor that separates bootcamp grads from CS college students. Sure, you can argue that these algorithms are rarely used 'in real life', but I think that having a grasp of them will allow you to write clean, efficient code, which is crucial for job search, and honestly important for just being a decent programmer. Same could be said about System Design concepts as well. Granted, this concept seems to occur less frequently on tech interviews, but having some sort of understanding of how to design production-grade applications that are used by many users, would be very helpful. Yes, you do learn enough from the program to make some great-looking, highly functional applications, but they are far from production-ready that serves more than 1 user at a time.

    Secondly, this is much less important compared to the last, but worth mentioning. There seems to be a disconnect between the corporate side and the campus side of Flatiron. My experience at the campus with the Education Team (instructors, coaches) has been stellar. But when it came to the admissions/operations side of things, which are handled by the Flatiron corporate, there were more hiccups. Again, this is not nearly as important as my previous point, as you only occasionally have to interact with that side of the business.

    Last but not the least, be aware of the fine prints of career services. There are certain things (frankly, a lot of things, too many to list) that will void your money back guarantee. As a previews review said, they will sometimes give you very low quality job leads, that are not programming jobs, with pay that are far below average (i.e. $50k in NYC when you've just paid $17k for tuition, living in one of the most expensive cities in the world), at a company that is sketchy at best. However, if you turn down such an offer for example, your money back guarantee is gone. I've seen quite a few "training programs" at shady staffing agencies that came through flatiron, which would pay you just $1k for an 8-week training, then you get $50-55k after the training, and if you leave the company before your 2yr contract you have to pay them $20k penalty, oh and btw, be willing to relocate anywhere in the country. Frankly, if your goal is to find just a job, any job, it's going to be relatively easy given the connections Flatiron has. But know that if you are hoping to get FAANG or brand-name tech company offers left and right after graduating, you should really really reset your expectations.

    Now, to the question you came here for - is Flatiron worth it? I would say, YES! BUT ONLY IF some changes can be made towards improving the curriculum to include data structure and algorithm. Honestly, if you have the discipline to learn on your own schedule, all of the materials currently taught during the 15 weeks can be learned online for free or maybe at a tiny fraction of the cost - and I do mean all of them. What you are paying so much for is the connections you make, the support you get from campus, the hand-holding from the instructors, and the job leads from the career services team. That being said, having to have a software engineering ‘lite’ curriculum is not a worthy tradeoff in my opinion. 

Flatiron School Outcomes

* These outcomes are not audited by Course Report. In some cases, data is audited by a third party.


99%
Graduation Rate
91%
Employed
$74,447
Median Salary

Of the students who enroll at Flatiron School, 99% graduated. 84% of graduates were job-seeking and 91% of job-seeking graduates found in-field employment after 180 days and report a median income of $74,447. Below is the 180 Day Employment Breakdown for 205 graduates included in this report:

180 Day Employment Breakdown:

Full Time, In-Field Employee
56.6%
Full-time apprenticeship, internship or contract position
33.2%
Short-term contract, part-time position, freelance
1.0%
Employed out-of-field
0.0%

Notes & Caveats:

Flatiron School is one of the first bootcamps to produce an independently audited jobs report actually verifying we achieved the results we do. We have independently examined reports for both the Online and NYC programs. 
You can download the reports here

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