Flatiron School offers immersive on-campus and online programs in software engineering, data science, and UX/UI Design in NYC, Brooklyn, Washington DC, London, Houston, Atlanta, Austin, Seattle, Chicago, Denver, and Online. Flatiron School’s immersive courses aim to launch students into fulfilling careers as software engineers, data scientists, and UX/UI designers through rigorous, market-aligned curricula, and the support of seasoned instructors and personal career coaches. Through test-driven labs and portfolio projects, Flatiron teaches students to think and build like software engineers and data scientists. Flatiron School’s UX/UI Design Immersive includes a client project to give students client-facing experience and an industry-vetted portfolio.
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 Coding Bootcamp Prep and Data Science Bootcamp Prep.
Flatiron School offers a money-back guarantee for their Software Engineering, Data Science, and UX/UI Design Immersives – 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’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, in partnership with WeWork, also powers the Access Labs Initiative – a 15-week immersive software engineering program in Brooklyn with deferred tuition for applicants earning less than $35,000. 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 99% employment rate for the NYC Software Engineering Immersive, and 94% employment rate for the Online Software Engineering Immersive with annual independently-verified jobs reports (check out the full report at flatironschool.com/outcomes).
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Deposit No upfront tuition or deposit. Tuition Plans Open only to applicants earning less than $35,000 annually, all Access Labs students enroll with full deferred tuition. Once you have a qualifying job, pay 10% of your income in monthly installments until the full $17,000 tuition is paid. Refund / Guarantee If the full Career Services Commitment (https://www.accesslabs.org/career-services-commitment) is completed and a Qualifying Job Offer is not received by the student within 6 months, the tuition balance will be waived. Scholarship Contact email@example.com to inquire about available scholarship opportunities.
Minimum Skill Level No previous coding experience is required, but we encourage all applicants to start learning through Flatiron School’s free Coding Bootcamp Prep course to prepare for their technical review. Placement Test No Interview Yes Start Date Rolling Start Date Cost $15,000 Class size 20 Location Washington, New York City, LondonOver 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.
Deposit Yes Financing Tuition Plans Tuition varies by campus location: London: £12,500, NYC $17,000, DC $15,000 Refund / Guarantee Flatiron 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) Scholarship Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to learn about current opportunities
Minimum Skill Level No previous cybersecurity analytics experience is required. Prep Work Yes Placement Test No Interview Yes
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Start Date Rolling Start Date Cost $15,000 Class size 20 Location Chicago, Houston, Atlanta, Washington, San Francisco, New York City, London, SeattleThe 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.
Deposit Yes Financing Tuition Plans Tuition varies by campus location: NYC and SF: $17,000; Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Seattle: $15,000; London: £12,500 Refund / Guarantee Yes. Flatiron Scholarship Visit flatironschool.com/scholarships to learn about current scholarship opportunities.
Minimum Skill Level No previous coding experience is required, but we encourage all applicants to start learning through Flatiron School’s free Data Science Bootcamp Prep course. Prep Work Yes Placement Test Yes Interview Yes
Start Date Rolling Start Date Cost $15,000 Class size N/A Location OnlineWith 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.
Deposit N/A Financing Tuition Plans Tuition varies across three course pacing options: Full-Time Course: $15,000 Part-Time Course: $15,000 Self-Paced Course: $9,600 Refund / Guarantee Flatiron 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) Scholarship Contact email@example.com to learn about current opportunities.
Minimum Skill Level No previous coding experience is required, but we encourage all applicants to start learning through Flatiron School’s free Data Science Bootcamp Prep course. Prep Work Yes Placement Test No Interview Yes
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Deposit N/A Financing Tuition Plans Tuition varies across three course pacing options: Full-Time Course: $15,000; Part-Time Course: $15,000; Self-Paced Course: $9,600 Refund / Guarantee Flatiron 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) Scholarship Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to learn about current opportunities.
Minimum Skill Level No previous coding experience is required, but we encourage all applicants to start learning through Flatiron School’s free Coding Bootcamp Prep course. Prep Work Yes Placement Test No Interview Yes Start Date None scheduled Cost $15,000 Class size N/A Location OnlineLearn the visual, technical, and client service skills essential to launch a successful career as a UX or UI designer. Flatiron School’s online course combines an industry-leading digital design program with dedicated Career Services support. The course is available in full-time, part-time, and self-paced formats.
Deposit N/A Financing Tuition Plans $15,000 for Full-Time and Part-Time course pace options Refund / Guarantee Flatiron School's Online UX/UI Design course 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) Scholarship Contact email@example.com to learn about current opportunities.
Minimum Skill Level No previous design experience is required. Prep Work No. Placement Test No Interview Yes
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Deposit Yes Financing Tuition Plans Tuition varies by campus location: NYC and SF: $17,000 Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Seattle, Washington, DC: $15,000 London: £10,000 Refund / Guarantee Flatiron 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) Scholarship Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to learn about current opportunities.
Minimum Skill Level No previous coding experience is required, but we encourage all applicants to start learning through Flatiron School’s free Coding Bootcamp Prep course. Prep Work Yes Placement Test Yes Interview Yes
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In PersonFull Time40 Hours/week24 Weeks
Start Date Rolling Start Date Cost $17,000 Class size 24 Location San Francisco, New York City, London, Seattle, AustinPowered by Designation, this course combines the world’s leading digital design program with Flatiron School’s best-in-class Career Services team and money-back guarantee (see eligibility details at flatironschool.com/terms). Students learn skills in user experience and user interface design and then practice those skills in a professional, client-based environment. Broken into two 12-week phases – this hybrid learning model allows students to study online for the first 12 weeks, and then join in person for team-based design and live client projects. Students learn quickly that design itself isn’t only about doing or creating; it’s always about learning— about users, clients, teammates, practices, tools, skills, and yourself.
Deposit Yes Financing Tuition Plans Tuition varies by campus location: NYC: $17,000; London: £12,500 Refund / Guarantee Flatiron School's UX/UI Design 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) Scholarship Contact email@example.com to learn about current opportunities.
Minimum Skill Level N/A Prep Work Before beginning the full time course, all students complete Design Essentials - a six-week online course covering the foundations of UX research, UX design, interaction design, visual design, UI design, and user testing. Placement Test No Interview Yes
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- Bootcamp Prep course is interesting- 8/28/2018Chovin Carlson • Student • Campus: Online • Verified via GitHub
The bootcamp prep course is perhaps the most complete and wellrounded free online curriculum I've found in terms of the learning environment they've created. That being said, there are some gaps in their content and overall, the whole experience could be polished more for it to really shine. It is mainly self-led reading and labs. This means you can do it all on your own time, but it also means that there is limited interaction with typical "instructors".
Tools software developers use are well integrated into your learning, quietly exposing and teaching you how to use:
- the command prompt
- Chrome's "inspect"
- Test Driven Develpoment
The community of instructors/helpers and students are well integrated into your learning environment. You can always ask questions and join in discussions with other students right from the lesson you're curently working on. You will only see questions asked on topics up to the last lesson you've completed. Anybody can also schedule study group sessions for a more structured learning space/time. With these systems in place, I've found little need to go to their Slack community for much of anything.
This curriculum is still being worked on though (perhaps slowly), so there are some things to watch out for.
- This is a bootcamp prep course geared at people who have had little experience in programming. More experienced programmers with minimal web experience may not get much but an overview of Ruby, HTML/CSS/JS and TDD.
- Complete beginners may have some troubles going through the content on their own but that's what the community integration is for.
- There are some gaps in their content. For example, they may mention having talked about one thing but never have. It'll be up to you to look it up. They also tell you that a certain attribute is depricated so you should use a newer one, but they won't mention that it's not possible to pass future lessons using this newer one.
- Their lessons have some broken tests, incorrect information, are from a previous iteration, etc. This can be annoying and stop you in your tracks if you are a beginner. These lessons are open source though, which is awesome. That means you and other students can contribute / fix things in their lessons and start using Github in a way more often used in actual open source projects. After noticing multiple things that could be fixed however, I've slowed down making issues and PRs on them. It does not seem that they keep a very active eye on their repos or update it too often.
- Their question and answer system is overall very good and well integrated. Their helpers are very responsive your question typically resolved within a few minutes. This is only during working hours though. As I live in the middle of the Pacific ocean, questions I ask in the middle of the day typically won't get answered until the next day.
- Most helpers seem to be going through or have just completed the course as well, so their knowledge might be limited. They do have more technical people on staff, but they can be harder to get ahold of or get answers from.
Learn IDE 3:
Learn.co provides an IDE for all their lessons. You can either do it on their web IDE or download their desktop version, Learn IDE 3. These were some issues that came up with the local version. Overall though, the IDE is pretty well done, amazingly integrated with Github.. Scarily integrated with Github
- It clobbers your ~/.atom. You'd think they'd move its settings elsewhere if they went through the trouble of making it a separate app. They say it creates a backup, but that was not the case for me. Backup your ~/.atom before installing to be safe. If you've never used Atom, this is not a concern.
- Often takes 2-3 tries to open up the lesson.
- Often times you'll have work done on a lesson when you accidentally disconnect or close the IDE. The next time you open up that lesson, your work is often lost.
- Has a different set of Git Credentials than your global config? This usually is no problem unless you have your "Keep my email address private" setting turned in Github. Not sure if they keep your credentials on-server though..
- Scarily integrated with Github. You give them access to reading, writing, and creating new repos under your name, reading and updating your user data, reading and writing SSH and GPG keys. Wow.
As a whole, if I were to recommend something to people wanting to really commit to learning programming, I would point them to something like https://github.com/ossu/computer-science instead; a list of also free, but more comprehensive and complete lectures from reputable universities. These materials of course would require a higher level of commitment than this convenient, relatively content-concentrated beginner bootcamp prep
- Admissions and bootcamp pre-work- 8/26/2018Jenny (incoming student) • Student • Course: Immersive Software Engineering Bootcamp • Campus: Washington • Verified via GitHub
- Flatiron Bootcamp Prep- 8/22/2018Raj • Student • Course: Online Software Engineering Immersive • Campus: Online • Verified via GitHub
Coursework is very thorough and the videos are great too. Wish there was a few more quizzes during certain sections to break up the reading and test what you've learned but the quizzes on there are great and the built in IDE for Learn is very useful. It took a second to get used to and set up but very easy to use once you understand it. Overall, the best prep course I've done so far after trying out and paying for muitiple ones from other bootcamp courses.
- Enrolment process & interview prep course- 8/21/2018Barney Loosemore • Campus: London • Verified via GitHub
- Prep work and enrollment process- 8/12/2018Said Shah • Student • Campus: Online • Verified via GitHub
The enrollment process was pretty simple and straight forward. The prep work was great to prepare for the technical interview. The instructors doing the interview were kind and also helpful. All of my questions whether it was about the school or it was about the prep work were answered within minutes, great support from the staff at the school.
- Priceless- 8/12/2018Travis • Software Engineer • Student • Course: Immersive Software Engineering Bootcamp • Campus: New York City • Verified via LinkedIn
The experience itself is fine but would have been made far better if the Learn IDE worked properly. I use VS code and am acclimated to making things work together but this was a little sad. I understand there could be some bugs but I had to use the in browser option because they are essentially between builds and the atom build had a bunch of conflicts and issues. I would recommend everyone use either a repl.it on the side to test smaller parts of their code and to change the Learn IDE settings to in browser.
That being said, the instructors are responsive, the community is fun and generous with their time and knowledge, the incremental lessons are also quite helpful. I would also like an multi-level percentage breakdown of how much has been completed but only the course you're in provides that on the dashboard.
- Online Full Stack Web Development Couse- 7/19/2018Denis • Graduate • Course: Online Software Engineering Immersive • Campus: Online • Verified via LinkedIn
Picking Flatiron Full Stack Web Development course was an easy choice. I was working full-time and planned to study online, I liked their bootcamp Prep Course, they offered job search support and the payment schedule was flexible - you pay $1500 a month up to $12k, after that it's free. So if you're able to finish the course in 4 months, your tab is only $6k. Plus they offer $1500 merit scholarships to 25 motivated students each month.
The structure of the course is pretty straightforward. You learn a new topic and in the next lesson you pass the test which usually consists of writing a function or fixing a broken code. At the end of each module you build a project that will be part of your portfolio when you go searching for a job. There are tons of videos and webinars, 24 hr online support plus you can always schedule a session with an instructor. Luckily for me I could find answers to most of my questions on StackOverflow so I didn't really use their support system. At some point I was even thinking that I chose the wrong program - you can get the same course for $150 a month but without instructor's support (there is still a community-based help). That, however, would have been a mistake as I realized later.
I think the main feature is their post-graduation support. I was assigned a career coach to touch base weekly. She helped me build a resume, a cover letter, gave me tons of advice on how to speak to recruiters and employers and provided moral support all the way though my job search. In addition to that Flatiron has a resourceful Business Development team who provide you with leads you won't find online. I wouldn't be able to find my job without those guys. I received tons of rejections, even though I made it to the last round of interviews at some companies. After almost 4 months I got an offer which was way above my best expectations. So I don't regret for a second it took that course, it's a life changer!
- Flatiron Online Self-Paced Program Graduate- 7/16/2018Shaun McClain • Developer • Graduate • Course: Online Software Engineering Immersive • Campus: Online • Verified via GitHub
I was in legal IT and legal management for over 10 yrs before I figured out I wasn't happy, call that stubborness if you want but I wasn't happy. I began taking a lot of courses on sites like Codacademy, Pragmatic Studio, Treehouse, etc. Those are great sites but they don't emcompass everything you need to succeed. I set out looking for something more, something to get me over this educational hump and came across 3 bootcamps/online learning schools. Not to get into what all 3 institutions were I researched all 3 HARD. I just had a peace about Flatiron. Flatiron online courses were hard but not without an ability to get help, it takes time but only the amount you are willing to put in, its not cheap but isn't your future worth it? They want you to succeed and give you the skills to do so in the real world. Don't take your future lightly... research and make the best choice for YOU, Flatiron is a good place to start looking though.
- Easily one of the best investments made- 7/15/2018Sophia Hubeny • Graduate • Course: Online Software Engineering Immersive • Campus: Online • Verified via GitHub
I started the Flatiron Online Self-Paced program in June of 2017 and finished in 8 months. The curriculum is intense, but incredibly rewarding, as I got a job offer as a software engineer 4 months after I graduated.
It is very clear how much Flatiron cares about their students advancing. They have staff that live chat and pair program with students to help debug on labs. I've never done any type of online course where I was able to get that kind of help so quickly.
- Life changing- 7/14/2018John • Developer • Student • Course: Online Software Engineering Immersive • Campus: Online • Verified via GitHub
Every step of the way I had doubts and despite seeing the success of my classmates around me didn't want to believe the outcomes Flatiron was telling me. I'm now sitting in the Downtown Chicago library writing this after getting my first fulltime job as a software developer and am 100% sure this never would have been possible without Flatiron. They exhibited significant dedication to my success during the curriculum and the job search in a way that put my public university education in English to shame. This is not an easy journey or a get rich quick scheme, but if you want to make it happen you can. Now Flatiron is the only organization I would trust on the journey and I believe that their model for post-graduation student success is something that colleges and universities need to learn from.
- Prepwork Review- 7/12/2018Daniel Walz • Production Invoice Associate • Student • Course: Immersive Software Engineering Bootcamp • Campus: New York City • Verified via GitHub
I'm currently a little less than %50 through the prep work with FlatIron. Before starting on the prep work I also worked on the free boot camp prep on their website Learn.co. Though, I didn't complete the boot camp prep yet(hope to circle back around), the work I have done translates well into the prep work. I have had a little bit of confusion particular in the Local Environment Setup. The link for the setup wasn't working but the prompt suggested that I could proceed without it and that I would just use the broweser environment until I got to FlatIron's campus. I proceeded and got confused because the lessons were instructing me as if I had the Local Enviroment Setup and I didn't understand why things weren't working correctly. It was soon fixed when I reached out for help. The help came very quickly. The lessons can be challenging and some require asking for help, however this is a good thing. Unlike another online website I tried, they don't hold your hand step to step in which you aren't learning. FlatIron, so far has given me the gentle push that I need to proceed, and when I truly get stuck, if I ask, they give me a even larger push. I have been please thus far in my experience. I also very much enjoy the dashboard to help me stay engaged by setting visual goals.
- Flatiron prep work- 7/2/2018Scott Tang • Travel Agent • Student • Course: Software Engineering Immersive – Facebook Community Boost Scholarship • Campus: Houston • Verified via GitHub
I'm currently 60% through the prework at Flatiron Coding Bootcamp. My experience has been very positive so far. The prep work is really intensive and I'm learning a lot. The lessons are well structured with plenty of hand-on coding exercises to help solidify new info. Flatiron has a proprietary online learning platform called Learn.co that students have to use for the prep work. I find it extremely user friendly, and it makes online learning much more structured. I was able to easily follow the step-by-step instructions to setup my local development enviroment to work on the lessons. The lessons are then submitted to github. All lessons are checked for successful completion through Learn.co before they are checked off as completed.
I'm very impressed with Flatiron online learning platform so far. This is also one of the reasons why I chose Flatiron over other bootcamps. I'm looking forward to attending class in July 16, 2018!!!!
- Ciaran • Student • Campus: Online • Verified via GitHub
I completed Flatiron's online bootcamp prep course to see if coding was for me - and I loved it!
As a result of the course I'm going on to study in-person in London for the software immersive course, and throughout the admissions process everyone I've spoken to has been friendly, quick to help, and passionate about what they do - I'm now very excited to start the next course!
- Work hard and you will succeed- 6/28/2018Kenny Hom • Full Stack / Ethereum Developer • Course: Immersive Software Engineering Bootcamp • Campus: New York City • Verified via LinkedIn
Great for beginners who want to get into the field or developers with some knowledge but want to get to the next level.
The Flatiron Bootcamp sets you up for success with the help of a great team of teachers, TAs and a well structured learning program.
After you graduate, Flatiron connects you with a coach to help with all the things that are not code related. You will get weekly meetings to prepare you for the job search, interviews, and the paper work such as resumes/cover letters.
I highly recommend attending Flatiron. It has helped me in my career and it may help you as well!
- Perfect Intro to Programming- 6/24/2018Jack Yeung • Ex-Financial Analyst • Course: Immersive Software Engineering Bootcamp • Campus: New York City • Verified via LinkedIn
The bootcamp prep course was my first official lessons I took in programming. I've done self teaching a bit and the structure and clarity of the bootcamp helped expedite learning and retention. I would recommend this to anyone interested in seeing if programming is something they'd like to explore, whether it is for fun or for a potential career change. I worked through the prep course for my admissions process into the In-Person Software Engineering Immersive in NYC. It definitely helps set you up for being ready for the prework if you are accepted into the program. Overall, it's a well-made online prep course with clear explainations and a smooth guide to learning.
- Great Free Data Science Prep- 6/18/2018Christopher Pease • Applicant • Course: Community-Powered Bootcamp • Campus: Online • Verified via LinkedIn
Flatiron School's data science prep course is a fantastic tool for anyone considering starting a career in the field. The course starts with python basics, and then covers simple plotting tools and machine learning algorithms. I found the prep to be particularly useful for putting techniques into practice after I had learned them in books. There is a very vibrant community around the school and help is easy to get from various slack channels as well as the online platform. Perhaps most importantly it is FREE, and has far more content than similar free offerings at dataquest for example.
- Favorite bootcamp prep course- 6/18/2018Aubree Abril • Student • Campus: Online • Verified via GitHub
Flatiron School's was the third bootcamp prep course I did. It was by far the best organized. The interface was the most easy to use. The curriculum was the most complete of all the ones I tried. At the end I felt like I had a solid understanding of the web development fundamentals needed to interview for and begin a bootcamp. The dashboard had a helpful, motivating design that showed my progress clearly. The Learn IDE that we used for labs was intuitive.
- Bootcamp Prep & Interview Process- 6/16/2018Kelly L • Student • Course: Software Engineering Immersive – Facebook Community Boost Scholarship • Campus: Houston • Verified via GitHub
The bootcamp prep course was challenging, but I feel it gave me a -real- glimpse of coding. "Coding is hard", and in the past I've felt that other bootcamps have held my hand enough to make it seem easier, but is that realistic in a job scenario? Flatiron's bootcamp prep quickly gets to the point and teaches you great skills. I feel much more qualified in my pursuit of being a coder by just having completed their bootcamp. The support offered with the bootcamp is fantastic. They're available (almost) all hours of the day and respond generally within seconds of you posting a question.
I'm honored to say I'll be attending the software immersive program in a few weeks. The interview process is thorough and compared to other schools I interviewed with, they really make sure you are serious about this. They want to see demonstrated dedication and passion. Everyone I spoke with throughout the process was incredibly kind and helpful. I can't say enough about their kind, friendly, open & helpful demeanors!
- Amazing Bootcamp Prep Course- 6/1/2018Shing Wong • Student • Course: Immersive Software Engineering Bootcamp • Campus: New York City • Verified via GitHub
Honestly I'm having so much fun going through this bootcamp prep course, that I feel like it's a disservice to call it a bootcamp or even a course. The material is challenging, but really engaging. I think I completed like 100+ lessons within a week, yeah I'm pretty hooked. If you find yourself stuck on a problem for too long, there's a robust community and easy-to-use platform to ask for help. Overall, out of all the prep courses that I've tried, this is probably by far one of the best ones. I hope the in-campus course is even better.
- Went from hacker to pro- 5/25/2018Mark Bello • Front End Engineer • Graduate • Course: Immersive Software Engineering Bootcamp • Campus: New York City • Verified via GitHub
Best decision I ever made was completing the in-person program.
I freelanced as a web designer/developer for several years, and I hit a plateau on what I could learn online. I interviewed for full-time dev jobs and faced rejection after rejection. Everyone said my foundation was solid but I didn't have enough experience.
This was the closest thing to on-the-job training I could find. From Day 1 I was surprised to discover how little I knew about programming after all the Udemy-type courses I completed. Flatiron School exposed and then filled in the gaps.
Talking about code all day with other people of varying skill levels brought me from codealong/copy-and-paste type of programming to actual understanding and fluency. I learned how to learn about coding, which is a skill unto itself.
At Flatiron School I got experience working with other developers and reasoning about code. They taught us how to think like programmers, and then they provided effective resources for actually landing a job.
In my post-Flatiron job search I managed to completely avoid the soul-crushing trap of submitting resumes into the nether-world of online portals. They got me comfortable going to developer meetups, which quickly led to interviews and then offers. It wasn't immediate, but it was swift.
Oh oh oh- and on the job I accepted, their counter-offer was more than I asked for. Can't make that up. I'd say that probably symbolizes my entire Flatiron School experience.
The first significant thing that struck me while taking the Data Science Bootcamp Prep course was the way the instructor broke down complex subjects into their component parts and explained them in layman's terms. This, in my opinion, shows true mastery of the subject matter.
The second was the confidence and spark it gave me to approach and learn new things. When I began to understand topics I had previously found difficult to comprehend, I realized that with the right approach anything can be learned. This brings about a whole new outlook on life is my most valuable takeaway from my experience.
For anyone still on the fence about taking Flatiron's courses, I recommend diving right in. It is an awesome experience.
- Springboard to an exciting career- 5/19/2018mikka • Software Engineer • Graduate • Course: Online Software Engineering Immersive • Campus: Online • Verified via LinkedIn
Though the lessons vary in quality, I was very happy overall with my Flatiron School experience. I got good value out of both the Bootcamp Prep and the Online Full Stack Web Developer course: with just my scholarship and a whole year of free WeWork hot desk membership, I actually came out ahead financially. Add on top of that the enormous value Flatiron School provides in terms of career coaching and, most importantly, training in how to work as a software engineer (it's not just about coding! It's also about learning how to talk about code, collaborate with others, decipher documentation, etc.).
I was able to land a job just a month after graduating - delayed only by the month-long vacation I took to celebrate my graduation.
Plus, Flatiron provides you with great resources post-graduation too. Graduates get free access to all their curriculums forever, not just the one you enrolled in. I now have access to courses on algorithms, mobile development, Java, node.js, and the ever-evolving curriculum on full stack web development.
Note, however, that passing each Flatiron lab doesn't guarantee a job. Flatiron School is just the beginning of a lifelong journey of mastery. It's important to go beyond your current curriculum: do more than the bare minimum on final projects, learn about algorithms, learn about deployment, and to keep working on outside projects to practice coding, learn new techniques, and hone your problem-solving skills. Meet people who are already software engineers and ask them questions - sometimes the documentation for an API or library are wrong, leave out too much context, or just aren't written clearly.
Another way to put it is: you get what you put in. Flatiron provides resources, but as an online student with no one watching over you, you need to be self-motivated enough to actually use them and ask questions. The instructors available to chat online or through study groups and web conferences are all knowledgeable and friendly, but you have to reach out to them. They can't read your mind to know how they can help you.
Of all the bootcamps I checkout out on Coursereport and Switchup, Flatiron seemed like it would provide the best bang for the buck. Caveat: I was awarded a scholarship that halved my tuition, drastically undercutting any of the other bootcamps I looked at, even if I qualified for any of their measly scholarships. I also preferred Flatiron's upfront monthly payments instead of what other school do, which is to let you pay nothing while you're in school but then give up 10-20% of your first 1-2 years' salary when you get a job. Yeesh. With the salaries I see in the SF Bay Area, it was cheaper for me to pay a max of 12 x $1500 (I was only going to give myself a year to finish) instead of losing 10-20% of what I expected to be a 90k average annual salary for the first 2 years of my career.
I thought the amount of structure was just right. The lessons were modular so I could work around my full-time job and other obligations, yet regular check-ins, engagement strategies (like the "you're on a 10-day hot streak" notice on your dashboard), and of course, the pain of monthly tuition payments, kept me committed to finishing the course as fast as possible.
As for their career prep, I loved my coach Shari! She was so friendly, compassionate, yet brutally honest like a good friend. She gave me just the kind of feedback I needed to polish my resume and perform better in my interviews. No one's ever told me what I could improve during interviews - HR never seems to never have time to explain why you were rejected. It was refreshing to finally get a thorough review from an HR pro with decades of experience.
Overall, I recommend Flatiron School to anyone that is...
1) looking to learn programming
2) and does not give up easily
3) but needs a little bit of structure to stay focused
4) and has saved up some money to invest in themselves
- Bootcamp Prep is a Lucid Way to Learn- 5/18/2018Matt Maher • Student • Course: Immersive Software Engineering Bootcamp • Campus: New York City • Verified via GitHub
As with many other people, I had poked through a number of bootcamp preps, both in person and online, and gleaned useful knowledge from most of them, but none had the conversational tone and easy explication that Flatiron's Bootcamp Prep did.
Often times in other programs, I was told the how, but not the why, or introduced to concepts beyond my knowledge that were never given a context I could apply, but the Bootcamp Prep explicitly told me when it was mentioning ideas that would be important to know, but not of concern in this moment. This kind of transparency was incredibly useful to me; as sometimes I think it is hard for well-versed teachers to remember how little they might have once known and to explain in the bare boned way that might be necessary for a beginner.
I would recommend Bootcamp Prep to anyone looking for an approachable environment to learn, even if to simply try coding; there's no obfuscation or mystification, just pragmatic and helpful readmes and labs with readily available help should you need it.
- They kept their promise- 5/3/2018Alberto Mayanga • Junior Web Developer • Graduate • Course: Online Software Engineering Immersive • Campus: Online • Verified via LinkedIn
I originally planned to attend the on-campus program in NYC, but I am very happy to have taken the online program route. I was able to follow the curriculum at my pace, and best of all, only paid $4,500 compared to the $15,000 if I would have taken it on-campus. The instructors and overall curriulum is outstanding! I went from having very little programming knowledge to being able to create a full stack website from the comfort of my home. The entire program took four months to complete, and with the help of their career services team, I was employed 1.5 months after graduation. Thanks to Flatiron School, I was able to transition into a developer and double my salary. It is the best decision that I've made, and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in a coding bootcamp.
* These outcomes are not audited by Course Report. In some cases, data is audited by a third party.
Flatiron School has an acceptance rate of 8%, of which 85% of accepted students enroll in a course. Of the students who enroll at Flatiron School, 99% graduate. 95% are hired in technical roles within 120 days and report an average income of $74,447.
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