Prospective applicants will need to fill out an online application detailing their interests and personality, then complete a coding challenge and two interviews. Hackbright's ideal candidate has a desire to learn software development and has prior exposure to programming.
Hackbright Academy provides students with mentorship, tech talks, and career services. After graduation, Hackbright Academy connects graduates with Silicon Valley companies looking to expand their engineering teams as alumnae work at companies like Amazon, Facebook, and Slack. Hackbright Academy offers deferred tuition, limited scholarships, and payment plans for qualified students.
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In PersonFull Time40 Hours/week12 Weeks
Deposit $250 Non-Refundable FinancingDeferred tuition, and lending via SkillsFund and Climb.
Graduates of the Prep course are eligible for a discount.
Tuition Plans Hackbright Academy offers a deferred tuition program to select, eligible students. If eligible, that means no tuition payments until you are hired. Click here: http://hba.io/2ADhSeP Scholarship We have four scholarships available from our partners who are committed to changing the gender ratio in tech. Learn more: http://hba.io/2zahyUp
Minimum Skill Level Knowledge of the following areas (in any programming language) and ability to demonstrate in a technical interview: Basic datatypes (strings, integers, booleans) and variables, conditional logic, looping, lists or arrays, and basic functions. Prep Work None, but there is a Prep Course available in order to obtain training to pass the technical interview. Placement Test Yes Interview Yes
In PersonFull Time10 Hours/week3 Weeks
Start Date None scheduled Cost $249 Class size 35 Location San FranciscoThis is a 4-week part-time night course will teach you the basic fundamentals of programming. You will leave with a foundation in Python and be introduced to HTML, CSS, and Flask. The course is geared to those who are planning to apply to a bootcamp or considering shifting their careers.
Deposit N/A FinancingWe are partnered with lending partners SkillsFund and Climb. Please email email@example.com if you have questions. Scholarship WWC and Hackbright Academy are offering a full scholarship to Hackbright Prep.
Minimum Skill Level Beginner Placement Test No Interview No
In PersonPart Time14 Hours/week24 Weeks
Start Date None scheduled Cost $12,900 Class size 35 Location San FranciscoThe part-time software development program is stimulating, exciting and fulfilling. Our challenging curriculum is based on 5 years of training students, providing tangible feedback, and helping each individual improve throughout the learning process. Students can partake in Hackbright's life-changing Software Engineering Program while working. The Part-Time Software Engineering Program will teach you the fundamentals of computer science in addition to modern web development. This part-time program includes labs and lectures on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, plus Saturdays. One of the most in-demand languages to learn in the industry is Python – the core language of our curriculum. Companies that use Python include Google, Yelp, and Dropbox to name a few. Mastering Python here will help you start thinking like an engineer. You can feel confident that you’ll walk out of the door ready to tackle any engineering role.
Deposit 250 Non- Refundable FinancingWe understand that your education can be a big investment and that’s why we’ve partnered with leading lending partners like SkillsFund to provide you affordable payment alternatives. Check out the options below and please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions! Click here to learn more. Tuition Plans No Refund / Guarantee No Scholarship No
Minimum Skill Level 40 hours of coding practice Prep Work 5-10 hours remote work per week for the 3 weeks leading up to the start of course Placement Test Yes Interview Yes
Hackbright Academy Reviews
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- Hackbright is money well-spent- 4/25/2016Anonymous • Product Developer • Student • Campus: San Francisco
Hackbright was an incredible experience. Much of the time, I was surprised---by the quality of the education I was receiving, and especially by the competence and creativity of women I was surrounded by. I made some of the deeper friendships I've ever had and was trained in a domain that allowed me to get a job making great money, in the location I wanted, close to family. The only reason I rate job assistance slightly lower is that there is not as much support for you if you're looking for a job outside of San Francisco and not in Hackbright's network---but it's still possible as my experience shows!
- Wonderful Experience- 4/7/2016Anonymous • Software Developer • Graduate • Course: Full-Time (12-week) Software Engineering Program • Campus: San Francisco
Hackbright is an incredible program. While it has already changed a lot since my time there, there are a few key aspects which feel central to the Hackbright experience:
1. Hackbright fosters a supportive, respectful, creative, and fun environment where students are encouraged to push themselves and make mistakes to further their learning.
2. Work/life balanced is highly emphasized and students are encouraged to not only focus on coding but also build relationships and take care of themselves mentally and physically.
3. Hackbright students and staff are amazing people with a diversity of backgrounds and interests. In my cohort alone there were lawyers, librarians, financial analysts, artists, folks who had worked at non-profits, startups, and large corporations. I met incredible people and made wonderful friends with some of the most interesting, smart and hardworking people in tech.
While I had a great experience at Hackbright, everything wasn't perfect. I thought the job finding process was the weakest part of the program. I did most of my job searching on my own. I do know that a lot of the students found it worked for them, especially if they wanted to work with a partner company. Additionally, Hackbright is still in its growing phase so sometimes lessons were chaotic, or things wouldn't go as smoothly as planned. However, the team was good at receiving feedback and adapting to the needs of the class.
- Life-changing experience- 9/15/2015Anonymous • Software Engineer • Graduate • Course: Full-Time (12-week) Software Engineering Program • Campus: San Francisco
I am so glad I decided to attend a coding bootcamp, especially Hackbright. I didn't fully believe it was possible, but I was able to successfully transition into a software engineer from a non-technical background prior.
Hackbright, like most programs, will have challenges, such as leveling differences between students. You'll set yourself up best if you complete the pre-work beforehand and start picking up some interviewing practice about midway through the program. The most challenging part of the program is definitely the job search, but it also happens to be the part where we had the least support. Instructors are already ramping up for the next class, so I think that there is room for improvement here.
With that said though, the experience, instructors, and classmates throughout the program were exceptional. The women who choose to attend Hackbright are motivated and bright, and that continues with a very supportive alumni community after graduation. The environment is extremely encouraging, as instructors will help you both if you are ahead or behind. Most importantly, Hackbright has built up a great reputation and has the added benefit of being all-women in a field that is severely lacking women. This shows in the highly reputable companies that attend Career Day.
- Read the Student Agreement- 4/4/2022Anonymous • Applicant • Course: Software Engineer Prep Program • Campus: San FranciscoI spent months researching coding schools, considering technology stacks, program length, graduation rates, average salary of grads, etc. There were a couple of schools on my short list, but I decided to go with HackBright mainly because it promotes women in engineering and I was looking for the support the school offered. I applied and paid for the software engineering prep program, and was all set to start. The last step was to sign the Student Agreement. It was all pretty routine stuff until about the middle of the document. They require you to sign off on the school/parent company using your student biographical information, any photos/videos of you (think zoom), voice, etc. in perpetuity, without compensation, and in any way they want. Further, after graduation if/when you find a job, you must agree to provide the school with a signed copy of your employment offer letter, and again give the school permission to publish that information any way they choose, in perpetuity, and without compensation. I really wanted to attend the school, and I asked the admissions advisor if I could strike those items from the agreement and still attend, and they said no. In the end I decided against attending the school because of the student agreement. While I have no experience with the Instructors or Curriculum, I am giving them three stars because I cannot submit this this review without rating them.
- Best school ever.- 10/14/2021Anonymous • Graduate • Course: Part-Time (24-week) Software Engineering Program • Campus: San FranciscoI have really good experience with Hackbright. The best part was the instructors and lectures.
The instructors support students incredibly and their lecture is really good quality.
The school always makes sure everyone is on the same boat.
Also Hackbright's career team is really strong.
- Excellent choice for self-motivated individuals- 10/5/2021Anonymous • Graduate • Course: Part-Time (24-week) Software Engineering Program • Campus: San FranciscoMy review will be somewhat unique for a couple of reasons:
1. I took the part-time course on a full-time basis (i.e. I didn't have a concurrent job similar to most of my cohort-mates in the part-time program).
2. I enrolled in a coding interview preparation bootcamp immediately after Hackbright where I learned data structures and algorithms.
If you can afford to take the part-time program on a full-time basis, I highly recommend it. There is a lot of material/ topics to cover and if you're coming from a completely non-technical background (such as myself), the ability to rewatch parts of the lectures that you may not have fully understood or the ability to practice coding on the side using CodeAcademy helped solidify my understanding of the topics in a more sustainable way.
- I thought the instructors were quite good. They explain the topics well and they go above and beyond to answer all of our questions both in the live sessions as well as meeting with us outside of school hours to resolve any issues we may be having.
- I enjoyed the labs and I thought they were practical and solidified my understanding of the material.
- It was quite helpful to me to be able to get recordings of the lectures both ahead of time (from previous cohorts) and after the fact so that I could study ahead of the class or review material that I may not have fully understood the first time.
- Hackbright has a positive reputation amongst employers. There was a couple of times in interviews/info chats when an engineer commented on the quality of engineers coming from Hackbright.
- I rather enjoyed being in an all women's bootcamp; my cohort-mates were motivated and delightful and it was a positive and supportive learning environment.
- Hackbright provides us with mentors (software engineers who are in industry) and my mentor was critical in my getting the job offers that I did. He practiced whiteboarding with me on a weekly basis for months. While not every mentor does this, a cohort-mate told me that she asked for a new mentor and Hackbright provided her with one.
- Hackbright organized a career fair at which several employers attended. All of the employers were eager to interview us and I got an offer from the one employer that I chose to interview with.
- Sometimes administrative or scheduling related things can be disorganized.
- There isn't enough time put towards data structures and algorithms or whiteboarding. As mentioned earlier, I did a separate interview coding bootcamp where I learned data structures (and my mentor helped me significantly with whiteboarding) and I highly recommend considering something similar. While Hackbright will teach you how to code, it's up to you to learn DS&A and practice whiteboarding such that you can successfully pass technical interviews.
- Hackbright's set up isn't very conducive to using React easily in our final projects. The Python and Flask backend (and Hackbright's set up) made it such that we couldn't easily import React libraries so I had to find workarounds to implement the 4 APIs in my project (but I was able to do this successfully and the instructors/advisors did provide resources to help me).
While everyone has different experiences, I ultimately ended up getting multiple job offers within 3 months of graduation, but one reason for this is that I put so much emphasis on learning data structures and algorithms and on practicing whiteboarding that for every job for which I got a face-to-face interview, I was able to successfully get an offer (and this includes a company that came to Hackbright's career fair).
In summary, when preparation meets opportunity, amazing things can happen.
- Find Another Bootcamp- 7/27/2021Anonymous • Unemployed • Graduate • Course: Full-Time (12-week) Software Engineering Program • Campus: San FranciscoPros - If you don't know anything and don't mind not learning much for your 1k+/week program, Hackbright is the place for you.Cons- It will be very difficult for you to find a job. Outcomes will tell you your resume looks great, keep grinding and to "be prepared for a paycut"- Staff are almost all recent HB grads, not teachers or experienced SWEs. This means they are still learning and are often unable to answer questions outside of a very basic range. Our lead instructor failed out of another bootcamp, did the HB program and was unable to find a job so they hired her to be a lead instructor. That is the quality of instruction you can expect.- Hackbright will not protect your financial information. A student's full name, address, and bank information were "unintentionally" emailed to another student. I'm not sure that they notified that student, which they are required by CA law to do.- Instructors frequently did not understand their own demos. More than once admitted that they hadn't reviewed the slides prior to lecture.- Curriculum is poorly thought out, incomplete, and lacks appropriate confirmatory work.
- Slides, homework, and assessments are riddled with meaning-altering errors. When students complained, we were told "you should have seen how bad it used to be"- Help is unavailable during queue hours. Hackbright says wait times of up to 30 minutes are acceptable. Many, many students including myself waited hours or days for help that never came on multiple occasions. HB acknowledges that this was unacceptable but didn't do anything to solve it.- Staff frequently complained of being overworked, being busy with other cohorts, or being too tired to participate in scheduled queue times or to give full effort during lectures. - You will be held back by the slowest learners in your cohort during project season. No help for projects was available until after every student completed their data models, which took almost a full week.- Zero support for project demos for Windows users- Watch out if you are trans of nonbinary, you will consistently be misgendered and brushed off- Assessments are not graded in a timely fashion. We waited FIVE WEEKS for one assessment to be graded and 2+ weeks for all but one other. If you are doing something wrong, you won't know until the program ends and good luck teaching yourself at that point. Hackbright admits this has been a problem "for some time" but has done nothing to fix it.- Use old tech. Who still uses vagrant?- Instructors encouraged anyone who was ahead to use React for their projects, then refused to support the students using React, using the excuse that it is not part of the curriculum - then why did you tell us to use it??? I can teach myself a new framework with no help or resources on my own time.- Hackbright took a full month to do an "investigation" of our experience and determined that it was in line with what they promise and intend to deliver.
- Do not recommend- 5/5/2021Anonymous • Graduate • Course: Full-Time (12-week) Software Engineering Program • Campus: San FranciscoI've just finished Hackbright and am disappointed. They have not transitioned well from in person to online and I think the quality has gone done considerably since they were bought by Capella education in 2016 (Capella was then bought by SEI in 2018 which may also be a factor). Personally, I regret coming to HB and wish I had chosen a different bootcamp (or just self-studied) but also acknowledge they are definitely not the worst out there. Several of us did express dissatisfaction with the program and after a "review" our experience was considered in alignment to their standards so anyone looking at bootcamps can expect to have a similar experience to mine at Hackbright. Here are my main issues so you can make an informed decision.
- Not a challenging program - the mentality seemed to be relax, don't worry, don't push yourself too much which is the opposite of what I was looking for. If you have no background at all in tech and want a very supportive environment this can be good but if you want to finish a bootcamp and be somewhat competitive in the job market, this is not the program for you. Almost everything I learned in the program was through self-study. The classes were very slow and honestly, I learned more from the pre-work than the classes. Also, most staff had limited programming knowledge which meant they were unable to answers more in-depth questions. I'm lucky to have friends in tech so I had a network of people who could help me/answer my questions the staff wasn't able to but that obviously isn't the case for everyone.
- Hackbright staff is spread too thin and which resulted in:
- Fewer than anticipated advising sessions for some (I had 4 over the course of 12 weeks)
- Multiple weeks to get feedback on our assessments (there are a total of 7 assessments. One took 4 weeks to get feedback on)
- Long turn-around period to get questions answered. There is a system of asking questions to a channel and then staff helping people in the order the question was received. Best case scenario it took a few hours to get questions answers but worst case it took some people days. This was problematic when we were working on projects. Also, because of the aforementioned staff's lack of knowledge - asking questions in the channel was frequently a waste of time.
- No code reviews. At all. The entire 12 weeks of the program.
- Friday check in was called "feeling circle" - I came here to learn to code and being expected to share our feelings with a group of strangers was extremely uncomfortable and weird.
Some notes: I think the experience is largely dependent on the instructor assigned to your cohort. That being said, the cohort before ours had several dissatisfied students and at least one of the other ongoing cohorts is having similar frustrations so even with different instructors, something is going wrong. Also, keep in mind that bootcamps are for-profit education which can be problematic. I knew this coming in and expected that the "change the ratio" slogan was at least part marketing but still, even with (I felt) realistic expectations, I was very disappointed. I regret wasting my money.
- I got GREAT mentors out of the program. However, these mentors are 100% volunteer - just people who volunteer to be mentors and I just got lucky to happen to be matched with two really great people.
- The network and support system the students built to help each other is great. We did learn a lot helping each other out and teaching each other the concepts out of necessity. For example, React wasn't fully taught as part of the curriculum so a group of us worked together to teach ourselves.
- Part-Time Fellowship Program- 10/12/2019Anonymous • Student • Campus: San Francisco
What I enjoyed about Hackbright Academy was the support system they have. Everyone is very supportive and helpful. Learning to become a software engineer is frightening, but Hackbright helps you to believe you can do it.
What I found challenging about the part-time class was studying after work. I would study on my bed, but would end up falling asleep. I got myself a desk and monitor, this helped me put in more study hours and kept me from falling asleep.
I liked the pace of 6 months. In the beginning of the program it felt strange seeing myself as a software engineer. As time passed by and continued to learn/code, I began to see myself as a software engineer.
I enjoyed the lectures, labs, fieldstrips, career talks, projects, whiteboarding and skills assessments. I had a great experience and enjoyed my time at Hackbright Academy.
- Best Decision I Ever Made- 10/10/2018Anonymous • Junior Software Engineer • Graduate • Course: Full-Time (12-week) Software Engineering Program • Campus: Oakland
I graduated from Hackbright a month and a half ago, and I already have a job. I have no technical background, and I've been home with my young kids for the last almost 3 years and I still felt like I was entering the job market with a competitive resume. It was a big time commitment, and it was a lot of work, but Hackbright is such a supportive environment, and in an industry that's desperate to attract women I think it's a plus that's it's a school specifically for women. I highly recommend starting with the Prep class to make sure it’s a good fit since it’s a substantial financial investment, but if you like the Prep class and you want to change careers, you should absolutely enroll. It’s the single best career decision I’ve made in my 15 years of working and my only regret is that I didn’t do it sooner.
- Anonymous • Software Engineer Intern • Graduate • Campus: San Francisco
What I love about Hackbright is the heart of the bootcamp. From day one, you can tell that they are invested in making a safe space where you feel the ability to explore. They offer structure, but they also strive to indulge your natural curiosity.
The biggest mistake I made when I attended Hackbright was thinking that if I simply followed the coursework, I'd land a job. Very naive, I know. But! When I did land my first job in software engineering, I realized that Hackbright created something very special in my life. The connections and relationships that I built here will carry through with me for the rest of my life.
Hackbright is not for anyone looking for a quick answer. Hackbright is for those who are willing to invest in themselves and give themselves the patience to flourish and blossom. You have to believe in yourself: Or at least be willing to learn how to believe in yourself.
Follow your intuition. Say "yes" to every opportunity. Hackbright's mission statement isn't just some marketing ploy or buzzword. But make the effort to interview with alumna. Ask them what they got out of Hackbright. See if you're a good fit for the soft and gentle culture. (Even ambitious women have something to gain from this space: Such as female companionship and sisterhood).
With all that said, I wish every future & prospective "lady nerd" the best on her journey :)
- Not worth the money, look elsewhere- 2/7/2018Anonymous
My goodness...as an avid Yelp afficionado I am ashamed that I did not read these reviews in detail before attending the HB prep program. I did not have a good experience at all. First, the lectures are unorganized and most of the time--the instructors did NOT seem to want to answer any questions. instructors snapped at you or acted in a condescending manner most of the time, and/or were away every other week
I am glad that they at least offered this prep program in order to give us a taste of Hackbright, rather than having us shell out $16-$18,000 for immersive program---PLEASE read these reviews and think twice. don't get me wrong--if you already have Python experience and are a naturally gifted coder then please consider HB. however, if you are essentially a beginner like me (although I completed codeacademy's Python course and I have a Master's degree, etc) then look elsewhere, you will feel left in the dust. there are some instructors that are patient and good teachers but unfortunately there was just one in my co-hort