Data Science Bootcamp: Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently asked questions

How can I apply to scholarships for the in-person program?

All scholarships to our in-person program are granted after a student is admitted. Scholarships are granted on a need and merit basis, with preference given to underrepresented minorities in tech, including women and military veterans. If you feel that describes you, you can share your story with us on the scholarship application once you are admitted into the program.

I was admitted to a cohort but can’t start until next month, can I defer my enrollment?

We recognize that sometimes “life happens” and that students who have been admitted to one class may need to defer and start with us at a later date. Students may defer up to three start dates beyond the class to which they are admitted. If you must defer farther out than that, we may ask you to repeat some or all of the admissions process to ensure your readiness for the later start date. Students may defer only once without reapplying.

I wasn’t admitted the first time around, can I re-apply?

Flatiron School’s application process is rigorous, and sometimes students who don’t get accepted the first time around are able to ‘study up’ and get accepted the second time around. As such, students are invited to re-apply after three months have passed from initial decision. Students are permitted a total of three application attempts, so re-applicants are advised to use that time building their skills (both professional and technical) and to submit a second application that is materially different from the first one, showcasing your hard work and improvements over that time.

Is there a deadline by which to apply?

Admissions are conducted on a rolling basis, so we continue to accept new applications until the course is filled. Therefore, there is no deadline to apply by – though the sooner you get your application in, the better we are able to prioritize it. Because our classes fill up well in advance of the start date, we recommend applying at least 8 weeks before your desired course date. This allows us 2-3 weeks to conduct the application process and accounts for time to complete the mandatory 100 hours of pre-work, which most students report takes at least 3 weeks.

I’m an international student. Can you sponsor my visa?

Unfortunately, we are not able to assist students with the student visa process or sponsor visas of any kind. In most cases, however, we find that most international students are able to complete the course while under a tourist visa. Please check your country’s rules to be sure!

I’m new to code, can I really do this?

We don’t require students to have a specific academic background. However, successful applicants have already done the research to know this is the right path for them by working independently to learn code through online tutorials and other resources. If you have never written a line of code, try it out first and get some basics of programming under your belt.

If you don’t know where to begin, we recommend trying out our free Bootcamp Prep course as a starting point. You can find it here.

Our immersive in-person course is not designed for a complete beginner, so we encourage you to apply once you’ve explored some resources to jumpstart your coding journey.

What is the schedule like?

Students are on campus for 15 weeks Monday – Friday from 9am – 6pm. Our campus is open 24/7 to students and we often find them working hard at all hours to finish homework and projects. Students find it extremely difficult to have any other commitments during their studies such as a part-time job.

What is the student to teacher ratio? How big are the classes?

Each cohort is about 20 students with one lead instructor and two Web Development Fellows assigned to the group. We like to have small classes so each student gets the attention and support they need.

What kind of computer do I need?

Students are required to have a Mac laptop that runs the latest OSX. See the technical minimum computer requirements here. We also have loaner laptops available for a security deposit, refundable when the computer is returned. Admitted students who require a loaner laptop should reach out to