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Fullstack Academy

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Fullstack Academy offers full-time and part-time immersive software engineering bootcamps and cyber security bootcamps, with campuses in New York City, Chicago, and online. Fullstack's software engineering courses cover advanced JavaScript-oriented technologies and computer science topics including compiler theory, logic gates, and building an operating system. The cyber bootcamp covers encryption, networking, system architecture, cryptography, risk detection, and more. Fullstack Academy offers flexible options for college students and those who wish to continue working while learning modern tech skills. The Summer of Code program is an accelerated version of the immersive bootcamp for college students on summer break.

The full- and part-time immersives in NY and Chicago are for intermediate programmers who’ve learned the basics before applying, while the cyber and university bootcamps are specifically designed for beginners. Bootcamp Prep classes are available to help students prepare for admissions. To apply, candidates should submit an application via the website, take an online coding assessment (software engineering bootcamp) or a basic logical reasoning test (cyber bootcamp), then participate in a video interview.

Fullstack Academy programs aim to combine a cutting-edge technical curriculum with career counseling to make sure students can both do a technical job, and get a technical job. Fullstack hosts a Demo Day, which includes speed interviewing sessions, and the careers team helps students connect with the right people, interview successfully, and negotiate the best offer possible. 

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  • Bootcamp Prep in a Month

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    CSS, Express.js, Front End, HTML, JavaScript, Node.js
    In PersonPart Time12 Hours/week4 Weeks
    Start Date None scheduled
    Cost$100
    Class size40
    LocationOnline, New York City, Chicago
    **NOTE: Prep In a Month courses are best for folks who have some previous experience with programming.** Fullstack Academy’s Bootcamp Prep courses are $100 and will prepare you for the full-time software engineering programs at both Fullstack and Grace Hopper, plus Fullstack’s part-time Flex program. These courses teach the fundamentals of programming and show you how to use JavaScript to solve real-world coding problems. Best of all, they’re taught by working developers who once graduated from one of Fullstack’s programs so you can really get a feel for the environment we foster and the smart, driven, and generous people our community is made up of.
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelAdvanced-Beginner
    Prep WorkIncludes a 10-hr prep workshop. Not required, but highly recommended to help students get the most out of class.
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
  • Bootcamp Prep in a Week

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    CSS, Express.js, Front End, HTML, JavaScript, Node.js
    In PersonFull Time1 Week
    Start Date None scheduled
    Cost$100
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationOnline, New York City
    **NOTE: Prep In a Week courses are best for folks who have some previous experience with programming.** Fullstack Academy’s Bootcamp Prep courses are $100 and will prepare you for the full-time software engineering programs at both Fullstack and Grace Hopper (our all-women’s school), plus Fullstack’s part-time Flex program. These courses teach the fundamentals of programming and show you how to use JavaScript to solve real-world coding problems, and best of all? They’re taught by working developers who once graduated from one of Fullstack’s programs so you can really get a feel for the environment we foster and the smart, driven, and generous people our community is made up of.
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelAdvanced-beginners
    Prep WorkIncludes a 10-hr prep workshop. Not required, but highly recommended to help students get the most out of class.
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
  • Cyber OnRamp

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    Linux, Ethical Hacking
    OnlinePart Time25 Hours/week
    Start Date None scheduled
    Cost$0
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationOnline
    Linux Command Line for Beginners. Designed to teach you the Command Line basics for cybersecurity in an online, user-friendly format.
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelN/A
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
  • Flex (Part-Time) Immersive

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    Start Date None scheduled
    Cost$15,980
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationNew York City, Online
    Fullstack’s Flex Software Immersive offers an opportunity to complete the rigorous program over a six-month time period while keeping a full-time job. Students attend class in-person two nights per week and remotely one night per week. Each month will feature one immersive weekend, where Flex students come to campus both Saturday and Sunday. The other three weekends will consist of remote work and not require live attendance. These remote weekends will utilize learning tools that work well in that format: video lectures and workshop reviews, solo coding workshops, and even pair-programming with classmates using virtual collaboration tools. This remote work will be self-paced—completed by a deadline, but on the student’s schedule.
    Financing
    Deposit$2,000 deposit upon enrollment
    Financing
    Fullstack Academy partners with SkillsFund
    Scholarship$1,000 Ada Lovelace scholarship for women $1,000 scholarship for veterans $2,000 built-in scholarship for Chicago students
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelAdvanced-beginner/Intermediate programming skills
    Prep Work4-week Foundations Course
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewYes
  • Fullstack Cyber Bootcamp (Full-Time)

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    Start Date None scheduled
    Cost$15,980
    Class size25
    LocationNew York City
    The Fullstack Cyber Bootcamp is a full-time, in-person 17-week training program that prepares students to start lucrative cyber careers. Grads will be ready for roles like Penetration Tester, Information Technology Analyst, Security Engineer, Cybersecurity Analyst, and Cyber Threat Analyst. Students will learn the industry’s most in-demand tools, techniques and procedures like Kali Linux, Command Line, Python, Wireshark, Bash, Nmap, Metasploit, Meterpreter, Penetration Testing Methodology, Threat Modeling, Vulnerability Scanning, Splunk, Snort, and SIEMs. The Fullstack Cyber Bootcamp is the only bootcamp trusted by New York City as a partner in its $100-million-dollar Cyber NYC initiative, which aims to transform the City of New York into a global cyber hub. The Cyber Bootcamp is powered by Fullstack Academy, one of the longest-running and most successful coding bootcamps in the nation. Its graduates are equipped to succeed in the professional world through Fullstack’s foundational teaching method which allows students to thrive in their first job and every job after. Cyber Bootcamp grads also gain the assistance of Fullstack’s dedicated career services team and leave as members of the Fullstack community— a supportive alumni network that can help open doors to future career opportunities.
    Financing
    Deposit*99 for a limited time (normally $2,000)
    Financing
    Fullstack Academy has a financing partnership with SkillsFund
    ScholarshipAda Lovelace Scholarship for Women, Veteran's scholarship
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
    Prep WorkTake our introduction to the industry, Hacking 101, before you interview: https://cyber.fullstackacademy.com/prepare/hacking-101
    Placement TestYes
    InterviewYes
  • Fullstack Cyber Bootcamp (Part-Time)

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    Start Date None scheduled
    Cost$15,980
    Class size24
    LocationNew York City
    The Fullstack Cyber Bootcamp is a part-time, in-person 26-week training program that prepares students to start lucrative cyber careers. Grads will be ready for roles like Information Technology Analyst, Security Engineer, Cybersecurity Analyst, and Cyber Threat Analyst. Students will learn the industry’s most in-demand tools, techniques and procedures like Kali Linux, Command Line, Python, Wireshark, Bash, Nmap, Metasploit, Meterpreter, Penetration Testing Methodology, Threat Modeling, Vulnerability Scanning, Splunk, Snort, and SIEMs. The Fullstack Cyber Bootcamp is the only bootcamp trusted by New York City as a partner in its $100-million-dollar Cyber NYC initiative, which aims to transform the City of New York into a global cyber hub. The Cyber Bootcamp is powered by Fullstack Academy, one of the longest-running and most successful coding bootcamps in the nation. Its graduates are equipped to succeed in the professional world through Fullstack’s foundational teaching method which allows students to thrive in their first job and every job after. Cyber Bootcamp grads also gain the assistance of Fullstack’s dedicated career services team and leave as members of the Fullstack community— a supportive alumni network that can help open doors to future career opportunities.
    Financing
    Deposit$500 (Normally $2,000)
    Financing
    Fullstack Academy has a financing partnership with SkillsFund
    Scholarship$2,000 Founders Scholarships available to part-time students for a limited time; Ada Lovelace Scholarship for Women; Veteran's scholarship
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
    Prep WorkTake our introduction to the industry, Hacking 101, before you interview: https://cyber.fullstackacademy.com/prepare/hacking-101
    Placement TestYes
    InterviewYes
  • Fullstack Data Analytics Bootcamp (Full-Time)

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    Start Date None scheduled
    Cost$14,500
    Class size25
    LocationNew York City, Online
    The Data Analytics bootcamp at Fullstack Academy helps students establish foundational knowledge, skills, and abilities in the field of data analytics.There’s no experience required, so don’t let inexperience or unfamiliarity with the industry stop you from applying. Our full-time and part-time bootcamp curriculum is taught by industry-leading experts who are passionate about training the next generation of Data Analysts. Throughout the course of your training, you will learn how to use advanced Excel features, get comfortable creating data-driven presentations, and learn different programming languages and programs such as: SQL, Python, Tableau and AWS. Upon graduation, you will be ready to be hired for a professional role in Data Analytics. With the help of our career success team, you will gain the professional skills you need for your first job and every job after. Our team has built relationships with companies ranging from large to startups to agencies to ensure that we can help you make connections with the employers you want to work for. Even after you graduate, our team is available to keep you motivated, prepare you for interviews, and help you negotiate offers. With more than 600,000 job postings in the U.S. and a 21.5% projected 10-year growth rate, now is an exciting time to launch a fulfilling career in Data Analytics. Fullstack’s program will help you learn the in-demand skills you need to succeed in the field and start working in as few as 17 weeks.
    Financing
    Deposit$2,000
    Financing
    Fullstack Academy offers Income Share Agreements (ISAs) so students can learn in-demand skills now and pay tuition later. Private loans are also available through our partners Climb & Ascent. Learn more at our website.
    ScholarshipFullstack Academy offers scholarships ranging from $1,000 to full tuition and provides financing options through our loan partners. Learn more: https://www.fullstackacademy.com/financing
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
    Placement TestYes
    InterviewYes
  • Fullstack Data Analytics Bootcamp (Part-Time)

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    Start Date None scheduled
    Cost$14,500
    Class size24
    LocationNew York City, Online
    The Data Analytics bootcamp at Fullstack Academy helps students establish foundational knowledge, skills, and abilities in the field of data analytics.There’s no experience required, so don’t let inexperience or unfamiliarity with the industry stop you from applying. Our full-time and part-time bootcamp curriculum is taught by industry-leading experts who are passionate about training the next generation of Data Analysts. Throughout the course of your training, you will learn how to use advanced Excel features, get comfortable creating data-driven presentations, and learn different programming languages and programs such as: SQL, Python, Tableau and AWS. Upon graduation, you will be ready to be hired for a professional role in Data Analytics. With the help of our career success team, you will gain the professional skills you need for your first job and every job after. Our team has built relationships with companies ranging from large to startups to agencies to ensure that we can help you make connections with the employers you want to work for. Even after you graduate, our team is available to keep you motivated, prepare you for interviews, and help you negotiate offers. With more than 600,000 job postings in the U.S. and a 21.5% projected 10-year growth rate, now is an exciting time to launch a fulfilling career in Data Analytics. Fullstack’s program will help you learn the in-demand skills you need to succeed in the field and start working in as few as 17 weeks.
    Financing
    Deposit$2,000
    Financing
    Fullstack Academy offers Income Share Agreements (ISAs) so students can learn in-demand skills now and pay tuition later. Private loans are also available through our partners Climb & Ascent. Learn more at our website.
    ScholarshipFullstack Academy offers scholarships ranging from $1,000 to full tuition and provides financing options through our loan partners. Learn more: https://www.fullstackacademy.com/financing
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
    Placement TestYes
    InterviewYes
  • Future Code: Diversifying the Future of Web Development in NYC at Fullstack Academy

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    OnlineFull Time
    Start Date April 18, 2022
    Cost$0
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationOnline
    Through a partnership with the NYC Tech Talent Pipeline and NYC Small Business Services, Fullstack Academy’s Future Code: Diversifying the Future of Web Development in NYC program provides immersive online coding education to eligible New Yorkers free of cost. The program is designed to prepare New Yorkers with no previous professional web development experience for careers in web development at salaries of $65,000 or more. In 31-plus-weeks full-time, gain in-demand skills in Front-End Development, Back-End Development, and Computer Science as well as master HTML, CSS, and JavaScript knowledge. No coding experience is required to apply. Future Code aims to increase the number of web developers in New York City, especially Black and Latino New Yorkers, by providing free training, career services, and connections to high-paying jobs. Eligibility Requirements: - This no-cost program is an opportunity offered by the City of New York. Applicants must meet the following criteria: - Current resident of New York City - Limited or no prior experience with the basics of coding and no paid professional web development or similar experience - Do not have a Computer Science degree and are not currently pursuing a Computer Science degree - Unemployed, or earn $50,000 or less if currently employed - Authorized to work in the United States - Meet federal selective service requirements - Fluent in English - Interested in gaining full-time employment as a web developer and are available to attend all sessions of the program - At least 18 years of age Special Notes: - Black and Latinx New Yorkers are strongly encouraged to apply - An advanced degree is not necessary to succeed in this training. New Yorkers with a high school degree or equivalency, associate degree, or some college experience are encouraged to apply - All New Yorkers may apply - Eligibility does not guarantee acceptance; all interested candidates must complete and be selected via a competitive application process - Future Code is a 100% remote, online program Learn more about eligibility and the Future Code application process now!
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Tuition PlansN/A
    ScholarshipN/A
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
    Prep WorkPre-Training 7 Weeks PT
    Placement TestYes
    InterviewNo
    More Start Dates
    April 18, 2022 - Online Apply by March 28, 2022
  • Hacking 101

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    Ethical Hacking
    OnlinePart Time
    Start Date None scheduled
    Cost$0
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationOnline
    Take our self-paced, video-based introduction to the industry to learn what it’s really like to work in cybersecurity and whether it's a good path for you.
    Financing
    DepositN/A
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    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
  • Intro to Coding

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    CSS, HTML, JavaScript
    OnlinePart Time15 Hours/week
    Start Date None scheduled
    Cost$0
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationOnline
    Take our self-paced Intro to Coding class to learn HTML, CSS, and JavaScript fundamentals.
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
  • NYC Web Development Fellowship

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    CSS, Data Science, Express.js, Git, HTML, JavaScript, jQuery, Node.js, React.js, SQL
    In PersonFull Time24 Weeks
    Start Date None scheduled
    CostN/A
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationNew York City
    In partnership with the NYC Tech Talent Pipeline, the NYC Web Development Fellowship will award eligible NYC residents tuition-free admission to Fullstack’s award-winning Software Engineering program. This curriculum has been proven successful—Fullstack graduates work at companies like Google, Venmo, Facebook, Amazon, and LinkedIn, as well as hundreds of innovative small- and mid-size tech companies. Learn more about the fellowship as well as eligibility requirements on the Fullstack website: https://www.fullstackacademy.com/nyc-fellowship
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    ScholarshipFree Tuition for Eligible NYC Residents
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelN/A
    Placement TestYes
    InterviewYes
  • Online Data Analyst Training Accelerator Program

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    Start Date August 01, 2022
    Cost$0
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationOnline
    Start a data analytics career in 19 weeks at no-cost with the NYC Tech Talent Pipeline’s Data Analyst Training Accelerator (DATA) program at Fullstack Academy! Offered in partnership with the NYC Department of Small Business Services, DATA aims to increase diversity in the New York City tech industry by providing no-cost tech training and career services to unemployed, underemployed, or underrepresented populations with no previous experience in data analytics and is designed to create an accessible pathway for New Yorkers in the field. This program is open to eligible New York City residents only. During the DATA program, you'll gain data analytics skills, like building compelling visuals, practical coding, data modeling, dashboard creation, Python and SQL programming, cloud platform analytics, and more. You’ll also master in-demand data analytics tools, including Excel, PowerPoint, Tableau, and AWS, as well as prepare for the Tableau Desktop Specialist Certification and the AWS Data Analytics Specialty Certification. The DATA curriculum, combined with our career success coaching, gives you the skills employers want and the job search support to help you launch your data analytics career. This training is an opportunity offered by the City of New York. Applicants must meet the following criteria: - Be at least 18 years of age - Be a current New York City resident - Be authorized to work in the United States - Be unemployed, or earn $45,000 or less if currently employed - Meet all selective service requirements - Have no paid professional data or marketing analyst experience - Be available for all sessions of the course, including attending in-person sessions through the duration of the course - Black, Hispanic - Latin, and members of other underrepresented populations in tech are strongly encouraged to apply. An advanced degree is not necessary to succeed in this training. New Yorkers with a high school degree or equivalency, associate degree, or some college experience are encouraged to apply. Eligibility does not guarantee acceptance; all interested candidates must complete and be selected via a competitive application process. Learn more about eligibility and the DATA program at Fullstack Academy now!
    Financing
    Deposit0
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
    Placement TestYes
    InterviewNo
    More Start Dates
    August 01, 2022 - Online Apply by June 06, 2022
  • Software Engineering Immersive

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    CSS, Express.js, HTML, JavaScript, Node.js, React.js, SQL, Front End, Git, jQuery, MongoDB, MySQL, Mobile
    In PersonFull Time40 Hours/week17 Weeks
    Start Date None scheduled
    Cost$17,910
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationNew York City, Online
    Fullstack Academy’s flagship course, the Full-Time Software Engineering Immersive is a 17-week career accelerator. Through an advanced curriculum and project-based structure, students learn today’s cutting edge development technologies. The Fullstack Immersive prepares graduates for software engineer roles at top-tier technology companies. Our JavaScript-driven curriculum immerses you in the latest web technologies such as Node.js, React.js, and postgreSQL. You bring the energy, curiosity, and dedication — we’ll provide a world-class school for becoming an expert software developer.
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Financing
    Fullstack Academy has a financing partnership with SkillsFund
    ScholarshipThere is a $1,000 scholarship for all women+-identifying applicants and veterans. There is also a built-in $2000 scholarship for all students who enroll in the Chicago Software Engineering Immersive program.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelAdvanced-beginner/Intermediate programming skills
    Prep Work4-week remote Foundations Course precedes the 13 weeks on-campus
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewYes
  • Summer of Code

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    Start Date None scheduled
    Cost$16,910
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationNew York City
    Summer of Code is a coding education program uniquely designed for ambitious college students seeking to supplement their traditional education by learning real world skills and building a portfolio of impressive projects. You bring the energy, curiosity and fierce dedication — we'll provide a world-class school for becoming an expert level coder in one summer.
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Financing
    Fullstack Academy has partnerships with Skills Fund and Upstart
    ScholarshipBuilt-in $2,000 student scholarship; $1,000 scholarship for women.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelCollege students only.
    Prep Work4-week Foundations course
    Placement TestYes
    InterviewYes
  • Migi • Graduate
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    It's been 3 years since I graduated and a lot of the stuff I was taught have formed the foundation for my career so far. I would definitely recommend FSA if you live in New York.
  • Carolyn Yoo • Software Engineer • Graduate
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    I attended Fullstack's Flex Immersive (part-time) course from January to July 2015, as part of its first cohort. It's been over a year since I've graduated (and successfully transitioned to be a fulltime software engineer!) and judging from not only my own experience but other alums/students as well, I can confidently say that Fullstack continues to be a place of excellence that strives to help its students succeed, whatever their goals may be. 

    First I want to mention it's really commendable that Fullstack has various options of attending, whether it's the Flex program or the remote immersive. I was really grateful Flex existed when I was looking to make a career switch (mainly for money/flexbility reasons). Running all of these cohorts in unison must be a logistical nightmare, but Fullstack pulls it off with high satisfaction. 

    Curriculum: Fullstack consistently iterates and improves on its product/curriculum (as all good developers do). When I attended we learned & used the MEAN stack, now it's the NERD stack. I'd advise prospective students to not be /too/ hung up on the specific technologies though - what Fullstack really teaches is the ability to pick up any technology or language and the proper methods and tools to do so effectively. Getting better at debugging and reading documentation are some of the key things I learned at Fullstack that have far longer lasting impact than specific syntax. As for Flex vs. fulltime, the curriculum was completely equal across the board, though you will most likely need to spend more time outside of class reviewing the material and/or finishing up workshops.

    People: Both instructors and staff at Fullstack are all incredibly friendly and open to help on whatever issues you may have. The hiring team is supportive and loves meeting and advising alums, even months or years after graduation/landing a job. Connections and relationships made at Fullstack are long-lasting and really strong, as proven by the latest alumni event which was bubbling with people and lots of hugging and chatter. No matter what your background, you will definitely meet your people here -- some of the most intelligent, curious, inquisitive and friendly people I know I've met at Fullstack. 

    Thank you to Fullstack for providing an amazing opportunity to productively learn development and build awesome projects -- and helping make a dreamed about career switch possible. 

  • Good Hard Work
    - 3/27/2017
    Jeff • Graduate
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    The quality of instruction at Fullstack, the continuously improving curriculum, the students' dedication to their work, the spirit of the community--it's easy to see why Fullstack is one of the top schools, if not the best. The suspiciously enthusiastic reviews are not hyperbole; it really is that fun to spend three months working and learning at full speed.

  • Michael • Software Engineer • Graduate
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    I really enjoyed my time at Fullstack - it's a really well run program on many angles and the best educational experience I've had (and I went to an ivy-league school).

    Some of my favorite things include:

    - Your cohort mates.  We got along super well and made many friends that I still meet up with quite often.

    - The curriculum.  I did a lot of online tutorials before Fullstack.  Some online tutorials are great but some really were hard to follow -out of date etc. I can tell Fullstack does a lot of work here to keep up with what's going on.

    - The fun activities - we did lots of fun things on campus besides just code.  I got really into this game called Avalon while I was there.  If you go to Fullstack, I'd definitely check it out ahead of time :)

    - Job searching - don't get me wrong - job searching is rough and difficult - but I also enjoyed seeing lots of companies, catching up with old friends about jobs and taking some time to figure out what kind of companies I liked.  Fullstack is pretty helpful - got back to me pretty quickly and was always willing to try to connect me with someone past the initial filter gatekeepers.

    tldr - being a programmer is awesome and going to Fullstack was a great way to get there!

     

  • Jeffrey Klaus • Senior Software Engineer • Graduate
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    Deciding to attend Fullstack Academy was undoubtedly the best decision I ever made. The curriculum is one of a kind and specifically tailored to give you exactly what you need to hit the ground running as a software engineer at some of the best companies in the world. I started at American Express as a software engineer and immediately contributed to architecting and developing software that is used by millions of people. I am now a Senior Engineer and I would not have been able to realize my potential without going through the Software Engineering Immersive program.

    Beyond the curriculum the staff of Fullstack is its biggest asset. They are all excellent mentors and teachers and I still keep in touch with most of them. They foster an open, accepting, and collaborative atmosphere that really makes everyone feel welcome regardless of your skill or background. For as much as I valued the programming skills I learned at fullstack, what I value more is the high quality of people that I made friends with when I was there. It is such an awesome community that continues to grow and put alumni into companies in every corner of the industry. 

    I could not recommend anything more highly choosing to attend Fullstack.

  • Andrew • Graduate
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    I researched and applied to several coding bootcamps before choosing Fullstack.  Looking back -- I'm confident I made the right decision.  Compared to other bootcamps, I think Fullstack has the strongest cirriculum in terms of learning relevant technologies (React, Node, SQL) and learning enough about computer science to succeed in technical job interviews.  

    I was impressed by my classmates in the immersive program who were, for the most part, intelligent and hight caliber people looking to make a change career in their mid-late twenties.  It was great to make some friendships with other people at a similar point in life who were also learning to code.

    The teachers at Fullstack were a little hit and miss.  However, Joe and especially Omri were excellent.  Fortunately, most of the learning comes from the practical experience of coding in workshops.  The workshops are very well designed to help you learn step by step.  If you have sufficient intelligence and desire -- you will learn a ton.

    After completing the Fullstack Immersive program I was able to reach my goal of working as a fullstack software engineer at a small startup.  As with any education program, the student is responsible for finding a job.  There is no magic resume recipe here or anywhere else that's going to get you a job with little effort.  Like any job search -- you're going to have to network and reach out to people and interview.  Be ready to hustle. 

  • Fullstack forever
    - 2/11/2017
    Andrew • Frontend Engineer, Amazon.com • Graduate
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    I know you're probably tired of reading reviews that say, "attending Fullstack Academy was the greatest decision of my life." But it's true. After many years of professional acting and part-time jobs in New York, I wanted to change careers and pursue a new direction in life, and I couldn't be happier with the results.

    Were my instructors - Gabriel, Omri, Ayana, and Joe - brilliant? Absolutely. Did they know their subject matter like the back of their hands? Of course. What really set them apart, however, was that they worked PHENOMENALLY hard for the success of every student. If you were excelling, they made sure that you were challenged. And more importantly, if you were struggling, they would fight tooth and nail to make sure that you had the support that you needed - staying extra hours, having one-on-one sessions during their lunch break, whatever it took. Fullstack was demanding, but it was also a deeply caring and supportive place to learn. I don't know if there are bootcamps out there that boost their numbers through attrition, but Fullstack is certainly not one of them.

    The job placement team is equally on point. Coming from the world of acting, the idea of being sought after by employers was completely foreign to me, but that's the reality of this job market. Fullstack graduates are extremely qualified, and need to be strategic about negotiating among multiple competitive offers. Liz and Ceren are experts at this. Without their help, I would have had a great job at a medium-sized company; with their help, I got my dream job as a frontend engineer at Amazon.

    A word of advice to older prospective students like myself. You may be frustrated where you are right now, but afraid to make the leap, to quit your job, to spend your savings on a bootcamp, to take three months to learn, to work 80 hours a week. I promise it's worth it. As human beings, we have many talents, but the most valuable one of all is the ability to reinvent ourselves. Take the plunge. You'll be glad you did.

  • Sean B. • Graduate
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    If you're thinking about bootcamps in general, or Fullstack in particular, you're probably wondering something along the lines of "does this actually work for real people"?
     
    Well I am a real person, and Fullstack worked for me. It worked out better than I could have possibly hoped. I wrote my first line of code about six months before I was admitted to Fullstack. Within three weeks of graduating from Fullstack's fellowship program, I was hired as a software engineer at Bloomberg, through Bloomberg's senior hire program (meaning I was competing against developers with one or more years of professional experience).
     
    Fullstack technically teaches full-stack web development using JavaScript, but I was hired into a backend role and now work exclusively in Python. This goes to show that this program is NOT about cranking out web devs with a narrow set of technical skills. Fullstack teaches its students how to think like a software engineer, how to quickly learn and use new concepts and skills, and how to collaborate with a team on fast-moving, complex projects. That skillset will never be obsolete.
     
    My instructors (Gabe and Omri) and teaching fellows were some of the smartest people I've met in any context. They were all very generous with their time and talent. And they maintained the right balance between letting me struggle a bit to figure something out versus helping me understand what's preventing me from moving forward. 
     
    Fullstack's career department is also amazing. Ceren and Liz did a great job preparing me for the process of finding a job. It helps that, every year, Fullstack's network of alumni working in the industry all over the country keeps growing. It also helps that the curriculum gets overhauled regularly based on changes in the job market; one year ago they were teaching the MEAN stack. Today they've essentially replaced half of their curriculum, teaching SQL/Sequelize on the backend and React/Redux on the front-end.
     
    Fullstack is also a magnet for sharp students who are willing to take a pretty stunning leap of faith in themselves. We left our jobs, moved across the country (some of us, at least, including me), and plowed a good chunk of money into a form of education that's existed for all of five years, knowing there will be no degree or guaranteed job waiting for us when we're done. Fullstack's admissions process is very selective, but if you get through it, you're going to be learning with, and from, a pretty incredible group of fellow students.

    This program isn't easy. If you think all you have to do is get in and then coast along while your inbox fills up with job offers, then this isn't going to be a good fit for you. Fullstack is an opportunity, but you have take advantage of it by giving it everything you've got.
     
    I am very thankful that I was given the opportunity to attend Fullstack. I took that leap of faith, and it was one of the best decisions I've ever made. If you too have faith in yourself, and you have the opportunity to attend Fullstack, I'd encourage you to do the same. Fullstack's the right place for someone like you.
  • John Chen • Software Engineer • Graduate
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    As a Communications major in college, the vision I had for my future was crystal clear. I wanted to become a software engineer. Sounds strange, I know. In my senior year, I had become enamored with programming, and I was learning quickly enough to even take on some freelance projects using Wordpress and customizing static websites with HTML and CSS. I wasn't spending much time on my schoolwork anymore, and I wasn't able to graduate with my classmates. :'(

    My mind was set, however, and from reading blogs and articles, I thought I had a fairly good idea of just how much more I needed to know before I could get a job. I was spending almost all my time just studying and practicing while tutoring and freelancing on the side. 

    But it wasn't enough. I started applying for jobs before I thought I was ready, just to get a sense of my progress, and I remember an interview where the latter half was just me saying "I don't know." For some reason I wasn't hired. 

    After that experience, I reflected and thought about if what I was doing made sense. I could continue to learn on my own, but I wasn't sure how much longer it would take. Around that time, I had started learning about these coding bootcamps, and of course, I was very intrigued by the idea that they could teach you to be industry-ready within 3 months, and at that time, I was really only looking at AppAcademy due to their deferred payment model. If I just learned on my own, could I also be industry-ready in 3 months? In retrospect, I’m very happy that I decided to interview with Fullstack, because that interview with Omri changed my life, and now that I've graduated Fullstack, became a Fellow there, and started working as a software engineer, I have an answer to that question. Maybe I could have been able to learn enough on my own to get a job, but Fullstack made me a substantially better engineer than I would have been able to do on my own, even if I was given a year.

    Most people considering bootcamps are looking to break into the industry, and Fullstack provides excellent help in finding a job in the form of their Hiring Day and very dedicated career team. I was able to turn my vision of becoming a software engineer into a reality, but I’ve seen how grueling the job search can be, even for the best engineers. Without an existing network, it can be difficult to get a conversation started, and because relationships take so much time to build, starting to network after you have graduated can feel unnatural and rushed. Still, once you are able to get interviews, I’m not sure there is a better place than Fullstack to learn the material necessary to work in the industry. 

    I left Fullstack with more than just new knowledge. I’ve met lifelong friends and a supportive network of alumni who all share the unforgettable experience of being at a place like Fullstack. Even now, I reminisce often about my time there, and it would be hard to find alumni who didn’t feel the same. 

    In case you have more questions about Fullstack, feel free to read some of my earlier blog posts about my time there, or just get in touch. I’d be happy to talk more about it. 

    http://johnatfullstack.tumblr.com/

    Good luck!

  • Reed Branson • Software Engineer • Graduate
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    I had this huge review that I was going to post, but it was tl;dr and so here I am, boiling it down.

    My outcome: I had a great experience, met tons of brilliant and interesting people, and got out of there with a job. The role is more interesting and cutting edge than I could've imagined, and the salary blew my expectations out of the water. This is not representative of all outcomes, but it's also not out of the ordinary. 

    Fullstack:

    • provides top notch instruction and materials
    • is what you make of it; if you put forth the effort and trust the program, you'll do great. The inverse is also true
    • is most importantly a community of equally motivated, risk-taking, highly intelligent individuals 

    Fullstack is not:

    • This scene in the Matrix (Kung Fu replaced with Programming): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6vMO3XmNXe4
    • Free jobs and $$$ with no effort
    • Easy, relaxing

    To their credit, I think Fullstack does a great job vetting applicants, and has stringent admissions standards to ensure that only the people who are likely to succeed get in. After all, it's in nobody's interest for a student to quit their job, pay tons of money, and then fail. As a result, most students have very successful outcomes, but again, the onus is on the student to do the work; there's no magic involved.

    Additionally, they just changed the curriculum from teaching Angular to React/Redux. The first cohort that was taught React/Redux had some of the best and most ambitious capstone projects to date, which speaks very highly of both the organization and the quality of the students.

    If you get in, I wish you the best of luck, and remember to take advantage of what Fullstack does provide. Learn as much as possible, because the chance to be in a community/setting like this is rare!

  • Jonathan Rim • Graduate
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    I recently attended Fullstack Academy from April to July 2016. I graduated from the University of Michigan with a Computer Engineering degree in December 2015. I now currently work as a Software Engineer at Embark.

    Fullstack Academy was definitely a pivotal decision for me and is a huge reason as to why I was able to work at Embark. Fullstack now currently teaches the SEAN stack (Sequelize instead of Mongo) and other parts of web dev. It brings together the full stack for its students and helps them to see the greater picture. It’s educational system is top notch, and it helps students obtain the ability to pick up new technologies quickly.

    However, not only is its educational system one of the best in the country, but also its support outside of academics. Ceren helped me with interview prep and connecting with others. She also continually checked up on me after I graduated to see how I was doing in the job search and gave me lots of tips on what I was doing wrong. David, the co-founder of Fullstack, helped me connect as well, and gave me the opportunity to give a presentation at a Node.js meetup. The support of these two was what helped me the most.

    Fullstack deeply cares about its students. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re guaranteed a job just because you attend. You definitely have to give in the effort, but with Fullstack’s help, you will be rewarded handsomely. 

  • Revenge of the Nerd
    - 11/16/2016
    John Gruska • Software Engineer • Graduate
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    It was like a scene out of Revenge of the Nerds:  there I sat on my NYC apartment couch a few days before Christmas of 2015, casually flipping through the latest issue of CPU Magazine.  As a self-employed IT consultant and occasional programmer in the big city, keeping myself apprised of the latest tech trends was always important...albeit rarely exciting.  

    Despite enjoying fiscal success since 2009, the ratio of time spent on IT work to software development had simply been way too high for my tastes.  For several years I had considered pursuing a computer science master's degree, but the substantial commitment of time and money required for graduate school was daunting.  To put it bluntly, I felt lost and stuck...sitting idly by with a highly-demanded skill set wondering whether it would ever find its way into the scalding-hot tech scene.  

    And then it happened.  Out from a sea of processor benchmark scores and graphics card advertisements jumped the article that would change my life forever:  "The Camper's Code:  Coding Bootcamps Promise A Bright, High-Paying Future."

    I spent the next several hours churning through every online reference I could find on coding bootcamps.  How did they differ from one another?  What languages did they focus on?  What sort of success rates did their graduates have?  How challenging were they?  These among countless other questions were painstakingly analyzed and funneled into one master question...

    Which coding bootcamp is best?  Luckily for me, the answer was clear:  Fullstack Academy. 

    Not wasting one more minute, I hopped onto Fullstack's website and applied for admission into their 24-week Flex Immersive Program.  The application process was vigorous and thorough, and it was immediately apparent that I had made the right choice.  Before even setting foot on campus, I had already had in-depth conversations with BOTH founders of the academy (David and Nimit), each of whom was patient enough to answer all of the scheduling-related questions one might expect from a professional with limited free time.

    The first six months of 2016 were easily the best of my 15-year career, as my classmates and I found ourselves plunged into the center of the startup tech scene.  While computer science fundamentals and theory are at the heart of the program, there is truly nothing hypothetical about Fullstack Academy.  All lessons are immediately put to good use, with workshops and projects comprising the vast majority of time spent by each and every student.

    The atmosphere on campus (and FSA online) is electric, which is clearly the result of a unique continuity of information flow among students, fellows, instructors, and alumni.  From simple tweaks and tricks of the trade to the latest in cutting-edge web development trends, nothing goes under the radar at Fullstack Academy.  

    By the time I presented on Hiring Day in June of 2016, I had been fully transformed from an on-the-outskirts programmer to an in-the-know software engineer.  Fullstack's ever helpful and knowledgeable staff walked me through all of the necessary steps for preparing myself and my resume for the ultimate goal:  career transformation.  Several months of hard work and job hunting later, I can proudly say that it has all paid off as I have recently accepted a job offer from Google as a full-time software engineer.

    As co-founder David Yang warned me during our first conversation last year, there is no such thing as a "magic pill" when it comes to anything in life, and Fullstack is no exception.  It requires hard work and determination, but the experience and end result -- at least in my case -- is nothing short of magical.

Thanks!