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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Start Date April 20, 2020 Cost $15,980 Class size N/A Location Chicago, New York CityFlex 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.
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- Linux, Penetration Testing, Mobile Security, Ethical Hacking, Cryptography, Network Security, SIEM Administration
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Start Date March 23, 2020 Cost $17,610 Class size 25 Location New York CityThe 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.
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More Start DatesMarch 23, 2020 - New York City Apply by March 9, 2020
- Penetration Testing, Mobile Security, Ethical Hacking, Cryptography, Network Security, SIEM Administration
In PersonPart Time10 Hours/week26 Weeks
Start Date April 7, 2020 Cost $15,980 Class size 24 Location New York CityThe Fullstack Cyber Bootcamp is built to take you from cybersecurity novice to in-demand cybersecurity professional in just 26 weeks of part-time study. 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. Head to the web page for eligibility information.
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Start Date June 15, 2020 Cost $16,910 Class size N/A Location Chicago, New York CitySummer 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.
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- Life-changing experience- 10/28/2016Kevin Hurley • Graduate • Course: Software Engineering Immersive • Campus: Chicago
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.
- Excellent Course- 5/9/2016Yustynn Panicker • Graduate • Campus: New York City
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.
- Fantastic experience- 4/27/2016Sean Johnston • Software Developer • Graduate • Course: Software Engineering Immersive • Campus: New York City
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.
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!
- Best decision I've ever made- 4/25/2016Liana Chin • Junior Software Engineer • Graduate • Course: Software Engineering Immersive • Campus: New York City
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.
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.
- Career-changing experience!- 4/4/2016Anonymous • Student • Course: Software Engineering Immersive • Campus: New York City
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- 3/31/2016Sarah • Software Engineer • Graduate • Course: Software Engineering Immersive • Campus: New York City
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!
- Fullstack Academy is AMAZING- 3/31/2016Justin B Christensen • Software Developer • Graduate • Course: Software Engineering Immersive • Campus: New York City
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.
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.
- One of the best decisions- 3/31/2016Andrew Mejia • Software Engineer • Graduate • Course: Software Engineering Immersive • Campus: New York City
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.
- Great school, great instructors- 3/29/2016Anonymous • Graduate • Course: Software Engineering Immersive • Campus: New York City
At Fullstack, I received hours of 1-on-1 instruction in addition to the modules and group work. They also set me up with a payment plan that worked for me. Shanna Gregory gave me resume and interviewing advice, and Scott did mock interviews with us.
Now having worked in full-time web development for more than a year, I am glad I chose to attend Fullstack. The experience, along with a lot of hard work, gave me a huge boost toward being able to get a job in this field.
- Challenging, fun, and door-opening- 3/28/2016Stephen Colacurcio • Software Engineer • Graduate • Course: Software Engineering Immersive • Campus: New York City
I came into Fullstack with virtually no programming knowledge or experience, and two months after I graduated I had a job as a software developer earning twice what I was making a year ago, and enjoying my work a whole lot more. Fullstack was the hardest I've ever worked in my life, and I went to an Ivy League University. If you think it's too late for you to change careers, it's not true.
Lastly, the instructors and all my classmates were all super great, and I still keep in touch with lots of them.
- Game Changer- 1/23/2016Lester Echem • Full Stack Developer • Graduate • Course: Software Engineering Immersive • Campus: New York City
Before taking the course at Fullstack Academy, I was doing photography, graphic design, marketing, and Wordpress development — it was more creative than technical. Not many creatives get into the program since the selection process is stringent and partial towards individuals who can rapidly pick up technical skills (extra emphasis on rapid and technical). My cohort was joined by physics, math, CS, and other mostly technical majors from around the world.
They have a respectably-sized campus in Manhattan's financial district with an interesting selection of lunch places and pubs. Getting there is easy as they have numerous subway lines that are accessible to the campus.
Job support is plenty in the program. In the second half of the program, the career development team whips up your resume, LinkedIn profile, GitHub codebase, and your interview skills to a point that puts you ahead of regular CS graduates. It worked so much for me that I got hired a week before the program ended.
For someone who moved to the US five years ago, Fullstack Academy has turned my life around and gave me the tools to pursue an enjoyable career at an expanding field. It also connected me to a group of friends who are smart, fun, and motivated who continue to push me further into becoming a better developer even after the program ended. Many people have commented how much growth I’ve attained in three months based on the projects I can roll out, and tech recruiters have been sending messages on a semi-daily basis.
If you haven’t applied, make sure you’re well-prepared for the application. I’d take two months of at least two hours of consistent study from Codecademy, Codeschool, & Treehouse with supplementary practice from Code Wars if you haven’t done coding before. If you’ve been selected — make the commitment to quit whatever you’re doing and pursue the curriculum full time! Fullstack makes for a smart investment and trumps four years of college. Their graduates make a higher starting salary than Harvard so there’s a good chance you’ll earn back the tuition in less than three months with your job after the program.
- Teachers- 1/9/2016Nandan Rao • Full Stack Developer • Graduate • Course: Software Engineering Immersive • Campus: New York City
I have never been to any other bootcamp, and I have never had any other instructors teach me software development.
I have, however, met many different humans in my life. I can tell you without any hesitation that this organization is run by some of the best you will find anywhere. Forever curious and honestly intelligent, enthusiastic, good-willed, and optimistic. This is what makes them such good teachers and this is why I insist that I can confidently say that Fullstack Academy will be a positive investment of time, sweat, and money for anyone with an honest curiosity and inner desire to learn.
I have attended a lot of classes in my life, and I have a very strong belief that the absolute most important thing to evaluate is the teacher. A good teacher teaches you so much more than just the material, they show you an example of what it means to have a positive and fruitful relationship with the subject, and they give you space to foster that relationship yourself. That is absolutely what I got from attending Fullstack Academy.
I am 100% satisfied with my experience, I got everything I hoped for and more. I felt completely prepared to enter the workforce as a software engineer, I found myself able to meaningfully contribute to the work of a succesful engineering team, and I found that I had an incredible foundation from which my learning and understanding in this field has exploded.
If you are accepted, make sure to attend with your whole heart. If you're in the immersive program, stay late into the evening whenever you can. You never know when David or Nimit will be perched on a desk at 7pm, a small huddle of students eagerly listening to their every word, relating stories, memories, and pearls of wisdom on everything and anything. These are teachers whose words you will remember.
- Started my own company- 1/3/2016Sonia Trehan • CEO and Co-Founder • Graduate • Campus: New York City
I began Fullstack right after graduating from Columbia with only an introductory CS course and some online tutorials under my belt. I had majored in Religion and was looking for a course that would accelerate my fledgling interest in programming to professional capability. It's an understatement to say that I found so much more at Fullstack.
As many of my fellow peers have said in their reviews, the community at Fullstack is truly unbeatable. The instructors are by far some of the best teachers I have ever had in any subject. That we were able to learn as much as we did in 13 weeks is a testament to their skills both as programmers and teachers. And my cohort was simply ... an amazingly talented and beautiful bunch of people. In a field like programming, where so much depends on teamwork and collaboration, who you work with is vital to the quality and depth of your learning. Fullstack did everything possible to foster this kind of exchange at every step in the curriculum, and I walked out learning more from one day of working with a fellow Fullstacker than I had in months of online courses.
Finally, David and Nimit are reason enough to attend Fullstack. They are incredible founders, and I would encourage anyone who is interested in startups and entrepreneurship to learn from them. I shared an idea I had for an e-commerce company with them early on in my Fullstack journey, and both David and Nimit encouraged me to the point that I went off and launched the company right after finishing Fullstack. They gave me advice, introduced me to some amazing mentors in the field, guided me both from a technical and business perspective, and generally have been my biggest supporters till date. They also allowed me to find the first two developers on my team... fellow fullstackers from my cohort :). Although David and Nimit always emphasize that Fullstack is not a start-up incubator (people are there truly for the love of code!), it's no exaggeration to say that attending pushed me to pursue a dream I never could have otherwise. I am forever grateful.
In sum, Fullstack is the best thing that ever happened to me. I don't know a single person, either in my cohort or any other, that felt differently about their time there. If you want to spend 3 months learning an empowering skillset that will either enhance or change your career, Fullstack is, from my experience, the best choice you could make.
- Excellent People- 1/3/2016Wesley • Success Engineer • Graduate • Course: Software Engineering Immersive • Campus: New York City
"Everyone here is special" -Nimit Maru, Fullstack Academy of Code cofounder
Not every special person goes to Fullstack, obviously, but this remains a true statement.
If you have been accepted to Fullstack Academy and are hungry to learn web development and are reading this review to figure out which program to choose, congrats, you are on a great path!
"If you build one thing really well, I can imagine how you could build another great thing. If you build 10 average or half-complete things, all I can imagine is an 11th average or half-complete thing.” -Fullstack Academy of Code cofounder David Yang (https://www.quora.com/profile/David-Yang)
To be successful in this field, one must develop and maintain a deep hunger for learning and problem solving—read a ton of articles, watch a bunch of videos, and ask a million questions!
Academy: 13 weeks of immersion; during this time you are advised to only:
2. Write Code
3. Teach ("A short-circuit in the learning process" -David and Nimit)
4. Take care of your health
Fellowship (optional): 13 weeks of a less intense version of the above 1-4
Flight: ?? weeks of however much you want to keep learning and job hunting
This is the portion of the education where the school you choose is most important!
Will you be well-prepared for the lifetime learning aspect of becoming a successful web developer/ programmer/ coder?
Attending Fullstack Academy of Code will give you access to the highest quality resources; what you do with them is up to you!
Wesley is a Success Engineer at segment.com, where he helps developers, engineers and business-minded folks integrate Segment’s analytics and data platform into their products—complex, intelligent software in countless configurations of common development environments, leveraging many different languages and a host of tools.
- Kyle Burke • Software Engineer • Graduate • Campus: New York City
This is the top coding bootcamp in NYC. The school itself has an amazing track record of churning out high quality engineers regardless of previous experience or background.
The people. I am not just referring to the co-founders or instructors but the larger community that makes up Fullstack Academy. FS does a great job of selecting motivated and intelligent individuals all of whom are passionate about learning what it takes to become a full stack software engineer. As a part of the community for about 8 months I can attest to the willingness of former students, current students, instructors and co-founders to respond to and ask questions, post pertinent links to educational readings, and work at the forefront of the software engineering world. There is truly a strong community of talented and dedicated individuals willing to share, all you need to do is ask.
I want to keep this review short as you can reference other responses to get a deeper delve into the specifics. While my story is mostly anecdotal evidence of the experience, I believe that these personal stories do the job of representing what is possible as long as you work hard, dedicate yourself to the experience, and take advantage of being in this high-leverage environment.
First just so you know, prior to applying to FS, I already held a CS minor and worked for about a year an a half as a front-end developer. This granted me a slightly more well-rounded foundation compared with some of the other students.
The first half of the course is fairly straightforward - getting up to speed on CS concepts, big O notation, getting to learn the ins and outs of JS and your development environment. You do a lot of pair programming during the first half. Something that I can't stress enough is how important pair programming is. Not only does it allow you to meet new people but you are opened up to opportunities to teach people and are often exposed to new ways of approaching problem sets.
Things got really interesting during the second half. I was able to build two projects that were extremely in line with my interests. One being a MIDI enabled web synthesizer, and the other, my final project, being a digital audio workstation where people could record short clips of audio and use the loops to build their own songs. I was lucky enough to be interviewed by Fox 5 News for the final project which was a feature on the news that day.
At the end of the course FS has a Hiring Day in which they invite representatives from companies to see the presentation of your final project and interview a number of students as potential employees. One of the companies there took great interest in the product my group and I created. Thanks to that final product (and my interviewing skills of course), I was offered a job which I accepted only 2 weeks after graduating from FS.
I now work with a fellow Fullstack classmate from my cohort. We remain in contact with David and Nimit as well as our instructors through multiple channels. At anytime they are willing to assist with technical, personal, and industry questions via email, slack, or in person. Both of us have returned to campus both as participants on alumni panel as well as to continue learning as FS has held a number of alumni events. Why? We are eager to contribute to the environment that afforded us the skills and abilities that we now posses. Doesn't that sound like something you want to be a part of?
Saying that it was the best career choice I have made thus far in life would be an understatement. I have made some great friends, contacts in the engineering field, and more importantly made myself a much more valuable engineer. However (if you choose to attend) your level of success is entirely dependent upon the amount of work you put in. The resources are all there you just need to make sure you take full advantage of the best learning environment I personally have ever experienced.
- Frances Coronel • CS Major • Student • Course: Summer of Code • Campus: New York City
This review is long overdue, but I will say that when I was first deciding what sort of bootcamp I should attend over the summer before my senior year of college, I was looking at this very site - Course Report. Hopefully my review here helps others make their big decision as to which coding bootcamp to attend as well (there’s so many now!).
What appealed to me most about Fullstack in the beginning was how nice they were during the admissions process. It was clear they were focused not just on my technical abilities, but also on my character. They also happened to be hosting their first ever Summer of Code program this past summer which was designed explicitly for college students such as myself who wanted to get a leg up with web development. This turned out to be a great aspect of the program later on since I could relate more with the other college kids in the program (we were teamed up in groups towards the end for projects).
If I had to describe the bulk of the program in one word, it would be “rigorous”. This kind of program requires a lot of energy given you’re going to be primarily coding and learning how to code all day long Monday through Friday for roughly 11 weeks. It is not for the weak minded. Be prepared to invest all your time and effort into the program unless you’re some super human living off Soylent, which in that case, that’s just bloody crazy.
In my first week of Fullstack, I described it as a full out marathon and I consider myself more of a short distance runner.
However, this doesn’t mean the whole program was so tiring that I wasn’t having fun. In fact, I made sure to explore quite a bit of New York City during my time there (i.e. one Saturday, I randomly decided to roam around the Met by myself). The instructors were lively and always trying to make sure we (the noobs) understood the new material that was introduced every day.
There were fun activities Fullstack planned out some weeks too. One in particular that was pretty splendid was when the juniors and seniors were grouped up into teams and sent off to the American Museum of Natural History for a “coding scavenger hunt” of sorts. Then again, I also consider learning fun in general (especially if it relates to web dev) and there was no doubt I was being challenged all the time which to people like me is also indeed fun but in a more “arghhh” kind of way.
Let’s put it this way: you’re not going to be bored.
The project phase (or “senior” phase) was even more exciting (yet also tiring) than the learning phase (or “junior” phase) since this is where our actual knowledge would be put to the test and our work open to judgement.
My favorite project was the Capstone (or the final one), which is where I worked with only one other person (Joanna) to create this internal LinkedIn of sorts for Fullstack called Hiredot. Joanna and I described Hiredot as this virtual portal for students and interested companies to explore projects and hackathons as well as create their own profiles and set up hiring event preferences using the stable marriage algorithm/MEAN stack. Granted, Hiredot wasn’t even the first of it’s kind, but I’m proud of what we were able to pull off in such a short amount of time.
My learning team mentor Jimmy Farrell (no, not Jimmy Fallon thankfully) was also especially helpful during this phase and I can truly say he contributed to a large part of my success and happiness while at Fullstack. You da the man, Jimmy!
At the end of the day, I’m just genuinely grateful I was able to enjoy everything Fullstack Academy has to offer, from Ladies Lunches, my learning team laughs, eye-opening pair programming sessions, and the amazingly bright people.
The experience was exactly how others have described it here before… it was like drinking water out of a firehose. BUT since I’m more of a sweet iced tea kind of gal, I’d describe my personal experience as drinking iced tea out of a firehose. And yeah, it was pretty sweet.
p.s. I, for one, feel it’s great that Fullstack is also now branching out to other sectors, like with their new Grace Hopper Academy which has no upfront tuition and is appropriately targeting women who want to enter the tech scene.
p.s.s. If you’re interested in hearing more about my experience at Fullstack, I blogged about my experience every week of the program, so there’s that.
- Flex Immersive Experience- 9/23/2015Victor Atteh • Web Developer • Student • Course: Flex (Part-Time) Immersive • Campus: New York City
I was a student in Fullstack Academy’s first Flex Immersive course (Jan 2015 - July 2015) which spans over 24 weeks, 3 days a week, 6:30pm to 9:30pm on Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday and 10am to 6:30pm on Saturdays. It is basically designed to cover the exact same material as their full time course, but in a part time schedule that allows you to keep your day job in the process.
This was very appealing to me for many reasons:
Taking 13+ weeks off of work to pursue a whole new career just isn't feasible for many people. Due to financial reasons, school or family dependencies, leaving your job just might not be an option.
Many people might not be 100% ready to fully commit to web development as a career. Taking the Flex Immersive course can be a way get the bootcamp immersive experience in a more risk averse format.
Having class only 3 days a week allows for more personal study time on your days off. Having more time to better absorb the material before moving on to the next topic can be more your style of learning as the momentum of the full time course can be too fast for many people.
Thier Flex Immersive program was ultimately the deciding factor for me when choosing which bootcamp I wanted to attend. There was no other bootcamp in NY that offered their full time immersive curriculum in a part time format (and I believe that is still the case). The class sizes in the Flex program are much smaller than in the full time cohort (13 compared to 25) meaning a better student to instructor ratio. And in general, the Fullstack Academy bootcamp is no doubt one of the better accredited bootcamps in NYC.
Now of course I should say that bootcamps are not for everyone. Immersive bootcamps are very fast paced and even though the Flex course is twice as long at half the speed, it can be just as intensive as taking the full-time program because you’re forced to spend all of your evenings and weekends outside of work learning to code. Some people might just prefer to learn all of this solo; I definitely thought about doing that. But for me, the pros of attending this bootcamp ended up being very much worth it. Following a curriculum of the current web development frameworks and technologies was much easier and faster than trying to figure out what’s worth and not worth learning. Having instructors direct you across common pitfalls in the fraction of the time it would have taken for you to figure it out yourself was valuable in itself. There is just no possible way I could have learned all of this material by myself at the speed that I did.
Definitely do your research when deciding which bootcamp you want to attend, or whether you want to attend a bootcamp at all. But overall, I would highly recommend Fullstack’s Flex program as a feasible way to get the learning experience of their full time course but in a part time format.
- Excellent Experience- 7/14/2015Ben • Software Engineer • Graduate • Course: Software Engineering Immersive • Campus: New York City
My Background: Undergraduate degree in Economics, MBA in Finance. Left my job as a Management Consultant within the Financial Services industry to attend Fullstack Academy. I had very little prior coding experience.
Founders: David and Nimit are great guys. Both extremely knowledgable about coding and the industry in general. No matter how well the program seemed to be running, they were always looking for feedback and ways to improve the program. Fullstack Academy will just continue to get better over time with them in charge.
Curriculum: Overall very well structured and always improving. First half of the course typically consisted of instructor led lessons, followed by paired programming exercises. Throughout all exercises instructors were available to provide guidance. The second half of the curriculum consisted of two team projects, a 3 day Hackathon, and hiring day. There was also time spent during the second half of the course to help prepare for interviews.
Instructors: I was very impressed by the professionalism and knowledge of the instructors. Every instructor clearly had a passion for coding/teaching (one even described working at Fullstack as his “dream job”. When smart people are doing something they are passionate about, they do an amazing job.
Students: The only commonality was everyones passion to code. Incredibility eclectic group of individuals who were all amazing in different ways. One day you would be working with someone who used to be an Investment Banker, and the next day you were working with someone who was a past stunt actor for the Call of Duty video game (those are factual backgrounds). You will make great friends and you will be surrounded by people who are all working together to help each other succeed.
Outcome: I accepted a full-time Software Engineering position about a month after graduating. I went on a number of interviews (some direct outcomes from hiring day some not). Overall, I received excellent feedback on my coding challenges as part of the interview process at various companies and I always felt as if I was well prepared.
Summary: Exactly as advertised. You come into a great program with awesome people (instructors and students) and you leave with an in-demand skill that allows you to do something you love.
- Dien N. • Graduate • Course: Software Engineering Immersive • Campus: New York City
I had such a great experience at Fullstack that I just had to leave a comment.
Like many students that went through Fullstack, I came from an entirely different career path (Civil Engineering) non-related to programming. After mustering the courage to make a career change, I did my research on how I could best transition to a new career in programming and came across programming bootcamps.
I was very skeptical at first because these bootcamps offered short programs (ranging between 3-6 months) for a substantial amount of money (~$12000 - $15000). Furthermore, there were also a lot of bootcamps available, so it was tough deciding which one was right for me. I dug deeper and reached out to graduates from many bootcamps such as Fullstack Academy, Flatiron School and DEV Bootcamp. To me, I found the most responsive people were the ones from Fullstack. Some of the major questions that I asked them were:
1. How quickly were they able to find jobs after graduating?
2. Did they feel like they were ready for the workforce after completing the program?
3. Did they feel like their experience was worth the time and money?
I've received very positive feedback. The students I've spoken with had many interviews lined up the week after Fullstack and most found jobs ranging between 2 weeks to 2 months. Even more surprisingly, they all stated that they loved their experience at Fullstack and some have even mentioned that "it was the best career decision they've made in their life".
As the program is split into 3 parts: 6 weeks of lectures/workshops (Junior Phase), 1 week for break, and 6 weeks for project phase (Senior Phase).
In the last 6 weeks, this was entirely project based. There was a lot less hand holding from the teaching staff, which gave teams the freedom of how to complete their projects and divide up their work. It was in this phase where I learned the most because I started to see how the entire tech stack fell in place, and what I learned from the first 6 weeks started to make a lot more sense. However, this only came through hours of hard work and debugging which is the learning process all students inevitably will go through. The teaching staff and teaching assistants (Fellows) were very quick in providing help when you are completely stuck with a problem, and did a great job in guiding you towards a solution rather than just simply telling you what to do. Also during this phase, Fullstack helps with your career preparation such as resume building, cleaning up your LinkedIn and Github Profile, interview preparation, whiteboarding sessions, as well as providing a hiring day where many companies come out to see your capstone projects and interview with you. Shanna, who led all this career preparation, has been extremely approachable for career-related questions or advice that I had.
After graduating, I was fortunate enough to land many interviews within my first week out, some of which came from the hiring day event. Even more fortunately, I accepted a job offer within 3 weeks of graduating. A large part of this success I owe to Fullstack's continued help in which they called "Fullstack Flight". Shanna was integral in helping us by providing us resources for preparing for interviews with coding challenges, and questions, networking and job application advice, and being accessible whenever we had any questions, even when it came down to salary negotiation!
As a side note, Fullstack does an excellent job creating a friendly, personal and down-to-Earth environment from planning weekly events for people to mingle, mentor groups and more. From the Fullstack staff to students, everyone was extremely friendly and open to conversation. I never had any difficulty reaching out to anyone for coding help, not even David or Nimit given their busy schedule managing Fullstack. I personally feel that it was because of this aspect of Fullstack that turned it from a good experience to an amazing one. A million thanks to the entire Fullstack team!
- 100% the right decision for me.- 6/3/2015Anonymous • Graduate • Course: Software Engineering Immersive • Campus: New York City
I was part of the very first cohort at Fullstack. David and Nimit are amazingly knowledgable and passionate instructors who believed in me before I believed in myself. Almost two years later, I can confidently say that going to Fullstack was the best decison I've ever made.
Coding is not for everyone, but if you have tried coding on the job/on the side and enjoyed it I highly encourage you to apply to Fullstack.
- Great Experience- 5/28/2015Ranjeet Pendse • Junior Front-End Engineer • Graduate • Course: Software Engineering Immersive • Campus: New York City
In short: one of the best decisions you can make for your career (with a few caveats)
Pros: World-Class instructors, great workspace, in NYC, good amount of personalized attention, GREAT quality of fellow classmates, High Job Placement rate 97% (I, myself, have found a job as a developer with a higher salary than I ever thought possible), and an average salary that is quite high at 70-80k
Cons: The only major con I can think of would be cons at all bootcamps...There is generally such a wide array of programming abilities coming in that it is difficult for the courseload to be appropriate for all of the students. We had students come in with five years of work experience, students with Computer Science degrees from Princeton, and students who have been programming since they were very young. On the other hand, individuals like myself came in with virtually no programming background. When catering to a class of 20+ students, it is difficult to teach the course at a speed that is appropriate for the majority. Essentially, I felt like this course was like drinking water from a firehose, whereas some students felt that the curriculum was moving a little bit too slowly. The only con that pertains to Fullstack Academy alone is the fact that the majority of the jobs that you will be qualified for at the end of the bootcamp are going to be FRONT-end roles. The irony that Fullstack Academy places the majority of their engineers in non Fullstack roles is not lost on me.
THINGS TO KNOW :
Next, the career counseling is definitely improving, but the majority of the work is going to be done on your own. A few students do get opportunities from Fullstack Academy's hiring day...and others through reccommendations from Fullstack staff... but the majority need to go out, network, attend career days, attend information sessions, and generally work their butts off to get a job.
- Great Experience, great time!- 1/25/2015Anonymous • Graduate • Campus: New York City
As opposed to the majority of students who attended Fullstack Academy; I arrived with a CS degree and a couple of years work experience under my belt. Even so, Fullstack was a great decision for me. The greatest assets were definitely the people and the environment.First of all, the lead instructors David and Nimit are the smartest engineers I have ever met. They were not only capable of solving any issue that I encountered but were also entirely able to communicate the issue and solution to me in ways that I could understand. While this means that I was able to complete projects with extremely experienced mentors, it also meant that students with more experience were able to gain just as much if not more from Fullstack than the students entering with less knowledge.Second, with all of the students arriving eager to learn, there is an environment of curiosity and exploration that doesn't exist almost anywhere else. The students are gaining the technical skills necessary to understand and use some of the newest and coolest technologies while at the same time, they have yet to become jaded and dismissive of emerging technologies.Fullstack increased my value to prospective companies and made me a better and more curious coder. My only issue, is that I cannot attend again.Thank you David and Nimit!