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Fullstack Academy

Avg Rating:4.9 ( 252 reviews )

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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    HTML, JavaScript, CSS, Express.js, Node.js, Front End
    In PersonPart Time12 Hours/week4 Weeks
    Start Date None scheduled
    Cost$250
    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 free with refund (which means you'll get back everything you've paid upon completion of the course) 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. 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 kinds of smart, driven, generous people our community is made up of.
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Refund / GuaranteeFull refund upon course completion.
    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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    HTML, JavaScript, CSS, Express.js, Node.js, Front End
    In PersonFull Time1 Week
    Start Date December 14, 2019
    Cost$250
    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 free with refund (which means you'll get back everything you've paid upon completion of the course) 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 kinds of smart, driven, generous people our community is made up of.
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Refund / GuaranteeFull refund upon course completion.
    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
    More Start Dates
    December 14, 2019 - Online Apply by December 9, 2019
    December 14, 2019 - New York City Apply by December 9, 2019
  • Flex (Part-Time) Immersive

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    Start Date January 14, 2020
    Cost$15,980
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationNew York City, Chicago
    Flex offers an opportunity to complete the rigorous Fullstack immersive program, but over a six-month span, while keeping a full-time job. Students attend class in-person two nights per week, and remotely one night per week. Each month will have one immersive weekend, where Flex students come to campus both Saturday and Sunday. The other three weekends will consist of remote work -- not requiring 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
    DepositN/A
    Financing
    Fullstack Academy partners with SkillsFund
    Scholarship$1,000 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
    More Start Dates
    January 14, 2020 - New York City Apply by November 17, 2019
  • Fullstack Cyber Bootcamp

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    Start Date None scheduled
    Cost$17,610
    Class size25
    LocationNew York City
    The Fullstack Cyber Bootcamp is a full-time, 17-week training program that prepares students to get cyber security jobs as pen testers and SOC analysts after graduation. Operated by Fullstack Academy, one of the longest-running coding bootcamps in the nation, the Fullstack Cyber Bootcamp is part of New York City’s $100-million-dollar Cyber NYC initiative, which aims to transform the City of New York into a global cyber hub. In keeping with this mission, the City is sponsoring 24 low-income New Yorkers to attend the first cohort of the Fullstack Cyber Bootcamp tuition-free. Head to the web page for eligibility information.
    Financing
    Deposit2,000
    Financing
    Fullstack Academy has a financing partnership with SkillsFund
    ScholarshipFull scholarships to our inaugural cohort (including deposit refund upon program completion) available for qualifying NYers. Made possible by the City of New York's CyberNYC initiative. See website for eligibility information & additional scholarships.
    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
  • NYC Web Development Fellowship

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    Data Science, HTML, Git, JavaScript, SQL, jQuery, CSS, Express.js, React.js, Node.js
    In PersonFull Time17 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 ~40 NYC residents tuition-free admission to Fullstack's award-winning Software Engineering program. This curriculum has been proven successful -- Fullstack graduates are now working 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 restrictions 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
  • Software Engineering Immersive

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    Start Date January 13, 2020
    Cost$17,910
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationNew York City, Chicago
    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
    ScholarshipBuilt-in $2,000 student scholarship; $1,000 scholarship for women; $1,000 scholarship for veterans.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelAdvanced-beginner/Intermediate programming skills
    Prep Work4-week remote Foundations Course precedes the 13 weeks on-campus
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewYes
    More Start Dates
    January 13, 2020 - Chicago Apply by November 24, 2019
    January 13, 2020 - New York City Apply by November 24, 2019
  • Summer of Code

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    Start Date None scheduled
    Cost$16,910
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationNew York City, Chicago
    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

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    Course Report is excited to offer an exclusive Fullstack Academy scholarship for $500 off tuition!

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    Offer is only valid for new applicants. Applicants who have already submitted an application cannot claim this scholarship.

    Qualifying Courses

    • Software Engineering Immersive (Chicago)

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  • Awesome Program
    - 4/9/2017
    Clément Mihailescu • Software Engineer • Graduate
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    I came into Fullstack Academy doubting that the program could bring someone with zero prior programming knowledge to the level needed to land a job in the tech field. I am thrilled to say that, roughly 7 months after having first set foot on the Fullstack Campus, I signed an offer for a Software Engineer position at Google. Fullstack Academy is, by all measures, the best investment I have made to date, and I would wholeheartedly recommend it to anybody considering it, especially those with little to no prior programming knowledge. I will note, however, that hard, consistent, and dedicated individual work is a must if you want to make the most out of the Fullstack investment. Ultimately, as with anything in life, the more work you put into the program, the greater the rewards you will reap from it.

  • Fullstack
    - 4/3/2017
    Alec • Application Developer • Graduate
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    I attended Fullstack Academy the summer immediately following my undergraduate graduation, and I am positive that it was the single best decision I could have made for my career. After attending Fullstack, I worked as a Teaching Fellow for the next cohort of students. Immediately following my fellowship, I had received a job offer and was working a full-time permanent role instantly. I am confident I would not have been able to land the position I had without Fullstack, had I tried teaching myself.

    One of Fullstack's greatest strengths is the community of growth and encouragement it fosters. The admissions process does an excellent job of vetting its candidates, and it shows. In addition to an excellent community, the instructors do an amazing job of not only teaching the students materials, but teaching students how to teach themselves. Software is a constantly changing field, where an engineer will regularly need to learn new skills and abandon dated technologies. Fullstack not only teaches the cutting edge technologies, but teaches them in a way that allows students the freedom to discover. The instructors also do a great job of making sure no one feels left behind, and offer countless assistance to those who feel like they are struggling. It is certainly not an easy program, but if you are passionate about development and willing to put in the work, you will not regret attending Fullstack.

  • 2 years later
    - 3/29/2017
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    I moved to New York for Fullstack in April 2015, stayed on as a teaching fellow through the end of that year, and started contracting with a company I met through hiring day in February 2016. Shortly after, I went on full-time and have been with that company since. I’m back on coursereport because I’m now interviewing bootcamp grads and wanted some perspective of other programs.

    It’s disappointing to see some reviews of other programs indicating that students were unable to get quality help or were asked to leave so quickly after initially struggling because it reflects poorly on the bootcamp style of education in general. That said, there is a substantial range in the competence of graduates. A lot of it is due to the prior experience and work ethic of the individual before attending, but from what I’ve seen thus far, most of that range is due to the quality of the bootcamp. Awesome developers come out of a number of programs (one of our best developers is a Dev Bootcamp grad), but I sincerely believe Fullstack is a cut above. Our company, where the majority of engineers are Fullstackers, would not have been able to double its revenue in the last year if Fullstack provided a mediocre education.

    I’d like to add two impressions to what’s already been said to help answer why. 

    1. While applying to Fullstack, my interviewer made sure I left the interview knowing more than I did before - even though I had yet to be accepted or become a student. That culture of making every engagement a learning experience, and genuinely trying to do the right thing for every applicant and student has modeled how I strive to engage applicants at my current job.
    2. Fullstack does not simply teach you how to program in a javascript framework. Fullstack teaches you how to learn software development. My first project after graduating was a react native app. While react was not apart of the curriculum at the time, I was able to quickly pick it up because I understood javascript at an advanced level, and I was able to leverage my understanding of how angular provided solutions to the general requirements of an application. I knew the right questions to ask, and how to find answers to them in order to efficiently learn react. Curriculums change to match demands in the industry, and that Fullstack has successfully made the shift from Ruby to MEAN (mongoDB, express, angular, node) and now to NERDS (node, express, react, databases using SQL) demonstrates its agility. 

    As someone who had no formal education nor experience in software before Fullstack, I never had to pretend to know more than I knew in order to get a job, and I never felt I was in over my head when asked to learn something new. I ended up becoming a de facto lead developer on projects ranging from mobile apps for local startups to proof of concepts utilizing machine learning for PwC and Google. If this is what you want and it’s inside of you, Fullstack will bring it out. 

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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
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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.

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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
    - 2/12/2017
    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.

  • JP • Mobile Developer • Graduate
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    My time during Fullstack was amazing, I could learn in a very fast pace and had fun while doing it. My main instructor was Omri Bernstein and I also had classes with Joe Alves. Both are amazing teachers and awesome people. I finished the program in July and I still ask Omri some questions now and then, always with a happy response.

    Make sure to try to learn extra stuff during the program - e.g. some people in my cohort studied React (our curriculum had Angular, they just changed it to React for next year) and left the program already knowing it. In my case I had to work on React after the program and I only wish I had already tried it while studying at Fullstack.

    Most of the people from my cohort got offers already and I just got mine! I was an international student and went back to my country afterwards, that's why I prefered to leave Job Assistance as N/A in my case.

  • Kevin Hurley • Graduate
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    I just finished the first Chicago Fullstack Academy cohort, and one week later I received, and accepted, an offer to work for a very exciting startup here in Chicago. This program has completely changed my life and I cannot recommend it highly enough.

    A little bit about me - prior to attending Fullstack I was a high school math teacher for 17 years. I got into coding through teaching, as there was an opportunity to teach computer science a few years ago and I jumped at the chance, even though I had very little experience coding. My teaching experience eventually developed into a passion for software development, and I saw Fullstack as a way to get me professionalized, quickly. It was absolutely worth every penny.

    The instructors were extremely knowledgeable, and most important- passionate. The best part of the instruction is that they didn’t just give you a recipe to follow - they taught you how to think like a software engineer. I’ve been able to pick up new frameworks with ease because their philosophy was about understanding why you’re doing things and what was happening under the hood.

    Most of the early part of the program focuses on their workshop format and pair programming, which is heavy on test-driven development and struggling through challenging problems. I really liked that the instructors didn’t shy away from letting us struggle through things, as there is so much personal growth that comes from the struggle.

    The second part of the program was building real-world applications, and it was here where the program really shines. I felt completely prepared to be a contributing team member on our projects and I was thrilled with how our projects turned out.

    Ultimately, as one of the “older” students in the program, the most important outcome for me was getting a job, and here again Fullstack shines. They have a team of dedicated career people ready to assist you with any questions you have and I felt completely prepared for all of the challenges that were thrown at me throughout the job hunt.

    As a final note, one big concern I had going in was this- would the Chicago version of Fullstack be as successful as the New York one has been? I think I can answer that with a resounding YES.

  • Falafel Mastadon • Software Engineer • Graduate
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    I attended the full-time program at Fullstack Academy in NYC.  It's focused on a particular group of technologies called the MEAN stack.  I looked at the bureau of labor statistics and did some research on the most needed/hottest languages and what the outcomes were of graduates from the programs.
     
     
    I moved to NYC for a few months and worked my tail off during the 13 or so weeks.  It was not easy, but it was a lot of fun.  I had been doing front end work prior to but wasn't getting paid anything special.  About three months after graduating I landed a dream job.  It has given me a huge opportunity for a long term upward career path, and starting somewhere rewarding (in many ways).  When I was there Fullstack guaranteed job placement within a certain number of months or you retrain and do it again on them.  I highly recommend taking the full time program. Just be relentless before, during and after to achieve.
     
    If you are interested in software programming, take some courses online and see how you like it.  The desirable immersive programs will anyway require some level of knowledge with HTML, CSS, Javascript and/or Ruby depending on the program.  I recommend studying jQuery, html, css, and javascript on codeacademy and codeschool.  They are mostly free, or a nominal monthly membership.
     
  • Excellent Course
    - 5/9/2016
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    I attended Fullstack Academy’s November course last year, and then stuck aroud for a few months as a teaching fellow afterward. I came in knowing very little about coding. Now that I’m out though, I see aspects that annoy me about my computer (Wunderlist’s app interface is top of my list right now), and the craziest thing happens. Before I just accepted things like this. Now I'm legitimately considering whether it’s worth leveraging their API to create my own desktop client for Wunderlist, tailored to my liking.

    The curriculum is intense, rigorous and excellent. I was challenged just the right amount to grow a lot. That’s not a normal situation for me - it’s usually either too much challenge or too little. They’ve found the sweetspot. And as someone who’s seen several cohorts, it’s clear that they take feedback and industry standards very seriously and implement changes, usually immediately. One perhaps extreme example is a recent switch to SQL from MongoDB, which must have been a break from comfort for the teaching staff. But they did it because they felt that SQL would best serve their students.

     

    To be clear, Fullstack’s education extends beyond the syllabus listed on their website. I mentioned earlier that I was considering making a desktop app, and their syllabus only covers web apps. But the program itself taught me how to teach myself to quickly pick up new technologies. Several people in my cohort, of their own accord during the second half of the program, taught themselves to build desktop apps and made one for their Capstone project. Several others did the same for their side projects and ‘stackathon’ projects. Personally I learnt to make mobile apps with Facebook’s React Native relatively quickly. My point is that the syllabus here is bootstrapping, and not constrained to those tools.

     

    The environment is very important with things like this, and Fullstack’s atmosphere is something I’ll miss for the rest of my life. Everybody’s intelligent, passionate and interested, all the way from the instructors to the students. It’s very, very motivating to be surrounded by people like that. The instructors in particular are probably the most brilliant people I’ve ever met, and they’re able to make everything so easily relatable. I had a workshop or two (out of many, many workshops) I didn’t particularly like, but when feedback was given on it, I saw those workshops improve for the following cohorts.

    I won’t talk extensively about hireability after the program - I’m personally going to school and so was not looking for a job. But at a cursory glance, the vast majority of my cohort seems to be happily employed, and the Fullstack staff dedicated to helping graduates through the hiring process are excellent and always on the ball, always ready and willing to help out and give advice on navigating different situations.

    Fullstack’s a very special place that had a profound impact on my life. I can’t speak from a hiring perspective (although everything I’ve seen points to that aspect being excellent). But I can say with certainty that if you want to learn to code, you should go to Fullstack. Not just for the technical skills, but also for the culture and community, which motivate you to excel.

  • Sean Johnston • Software Developer • Graduate
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    I am extremely glad I decided to go to Fullstack. I was hitting a dead end trying to find jobs where I could transition from being a PhD wet-bench biochemist into someone who was more computational. I looked into web development, and figured it might be something I could do on my own, following a course like The Odin Project. I eventually started looking into bootcamps, and decided that I wanted to do a full stack JavaScript bootcamp like Fullstack or Hack Reactor.

    I got into Fullstack, and it was one of the best experiences of my life. The fast pace, the extremely smart and engaging instructors, and the job support was exactly what I needed and what I was looking for. It was only three months (amazing that it's already been 6 months since I graduated), but I learned an amazing amount and met some fantastic people that I still keep in touch with.

    Fullstack is a cut above every other bootcamp I applied to. The pre-course (Foundations) takes the place of most other bootcamps' first 2-4 weeks, so you really can get a running start to get into the depths of JavaScript as a language. The projects/final projects are much more impressive than anything anyone else has out there (I'm currently working with a bootcamper from a different camp, and he was awestruck at my final project).

    Full stack JavaScript allows you to write in the same language on the front end and the back end, and building your JS skills allows you to benefit you all over the stack. Nodejs and Express, the back end framework we learned, allows you to really understand how web requests are being passed from function to function. With this experience, you can easily pick up another framework. It's also a rarer sort of bootcamp: with the preponderance of Ruby on Rails bootcamps, there are a whole hell of a lot of people who have done RoR, but Nodejs experience is a little more rare.

    Long story short, I had a lot of interest from potential employers on LinkedIn directly after I updated my profile before graduating, had an onsite interview the week after, and started at my new job the week after that. Fullstack was exactly what I was looking for!

  • Liana Chin • Junior Software Engineer • Graduate
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    About eight months ago, I didn't know what the command line was or what constitutes a 'for-loop'. In a few days, I'll be starting a new career in software engineering.

    My background:
    I have a biology degree and several years of health administration/clinical research experience. I never took a high school or college CS course and had no coding experience going into Fullstack. While working full-time at my previous job, I started learning Python and Javascript on my own using free online resources. I could only devote an hour or two each day, but started to really love how programming works and what it could do. I decided to quit my job and learn programming with Fullstack's immersive program.

    I learned more in 13 weeks of hands-on workshops, projects, and hackathons than I did in my years of working in healthcare, and Fullstack more than prepared me with the skills, technologies, and network to succeed in NYC's tech world. The instructors are always available for one-on-one help and will take the time to guide you through questions and problems. Their level of engagement in each student's learning process is what sets Fullstack apart. The curriculum teaches everything you would need to know to build a strong foundation in Javascript and the MEAN stack and really prepares each student for success in their job search and starting a new career in software engineering.

     

    One bit of advice if you're wrestling with the idea of going to a bootcamp - you have to really want it. It is an intense immersive program that teaches challenging stuff, and it's not like those college courses where you just show up and get an 'A'. You'll be learning a lot in a short period of time, but in the process you'll gain a great group of friends, a solid network of instructors/alumni/staff, and a strong foundation to build a software engineering career.

    I highly recommend attending Fullstack if you're looking for a career change, or even if you want to learn more about programming. It is, without question, the best coding bootcamp.

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    I came out of college with a liberal arts degree and a lack of direction. My friend introduced me to Fullstack Academy and I decided to apply... Turns out it was the best decision I could have made. Fullstack helped me not only gain the skills I needed for a software engineering job, but gave me access to a huge network of alumni, instructors, and other students. Attending Fullstack will allow you to engrain yourself immediately in the bustling NYC tech scene.

    The curriculum is right on par with what companies are looking for. The hiring managers will be at your side throughout the post-grad job search. The instructors give it their all to make sure each individual is comfortable with the fast-paced environment.

    I've recommended Fullstack to many other people and I will continue to do so.

  • Great experience
    - 3/31/2016
    Sarah • Software Engineer • Graduate
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    I feel like I thoroughly learned the skills I needed as a software engineer. The instructors clearly care about learning and explaining everything correctly - concepts and best practices. Nothing is glossed over, you will learn the how and why of everything. Lectures, workshops, working in a team to develop a product. The whole experience was great. Well worth it! 

  • Justin B Christensen • Software Developer • Graduate
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    I made the decision to attend Fullstack Academy about two years ago, and it has been one of the best decisions that I have ever made. The entire process, from start to finish was absolutely amazing.  I contacted Fullstack to express my interest, and they very quickly got back to me and were very helpful and encouraging as I started the application process. 

    I went through the stages of preparation and interview and was accepted.  I had no idea what to expect, but eagerly looked forward to beginning a new stage of my career and life. Fullstack provided me with a whole month's-worth of training, resources, excercises, and programs to help get me up to speed with the basics of Javascript.  (I came in with very little experience/knowledge).  Those courses prepared me for day 1 in New York City.

    From the very first day, it was very intense and challenging, but also very fun.  They created a great atmosphere for learning and collaborating with teachers and fellow students. We started with an intro to some computer science fundamentals, then explored everything from jquery to Express to Node and Angular and everything in between. There was a great balance between lecture and practical application so that we were educated enough to give us direction, but then pushed to learn the javascript principles for ourselves. 

    And, even though the schooling experience was great, what really matters at the end of the day is that I could get a job at the end of all of this.  After all, the schooling is costly, and New York is expensive, so I fully expected to get a job after Fullstack.  I moved back to Utah and began my search.  I started actively reaching out to companies and interviewing around November 2014. By December 2014, I had secured a developer job for Ancestry.com.  Though I didn't have the work experience or the deep knowledge that other applicants had, I had the basic concepts and the ability to continue to learn and grow.

    To sum it all up... Fullstack is amazing.  I completely owe my current job to Fullstack and am extremely grateful for their assistance and care to help me get to where I am today.  I started with very very little knowledge of development, but in 3 months, I was able to learn enough to get a job in which I have gained a world of knowledge and experience.  Fullstack was really the catalyst that started the reaction that is now a great and rewarding career, and I am extremely grateful.

    Thank you Fullstack.

  • Andrew Mejia • Software Engineer • Graduate
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    Accepting an invitation at Fullstack Academy became one of the best decisons I've ever made. I met extremely bright and motivated people and learned an immense amount which ultimately helped me land a great position as a Software Engineer. The instructors are amazing, the staff and job placement guides are incredibly resourceful and helpful, and the cofounders David and Nimit are very welcoming. 

    Was a fantastic overall experience and would recommend to all those who are considering entering the web development world.

Thanks!