• Are there prerequisites to apply to Online Data Science Bootcamp?

    While there are no prerequisites to our online data science course and we welcome beginners, we do recommend exploring our free Data Science Bootcamp Prep course before applying. It’s important for two key reasons:

    • The easiest way to determine if you want to pursue a career in data science is to see if you like coding. It’s impossible to know that if you’ve never written a line of code.
    • We want to fill our online community with people who are who see data science as a passion, people who want to launch lifelong careers as data scientists. It’s much easier to show that you’re passionate and dedicated by taking the initiative to get started first. Even if you’ve only worked through a few lessons, showing a little effort and curiosity about data science speaks volumes in your application.
  • Should I attend your in-person or online bootcamp? What’s the difference?

    That depends on a few important factors. What’s your learning style? Where are you in life right now? What kind of experience are you looking for?

    We recommend thinking of it like exercise. Some people just need a pair of sneakers and can run outside. Some people want access to the best equipment so they join a gym, or to be part of a community and they do Crossfit. Some people want to take organized classes, and some need to go away for yoga retreats and focus on nothing but that. Ultimately, there’s no right or wrong way to get fit. It’s about knowing your goals and knowing what brings the best out of you.

    The same is true with learning. Do you want a rigid schedule or to learn at your own pace? Do you do better in a quiet environment or surrounded by people? Do you want to focus on this full time or not?

    Here are a few other things that may help:

    • Location: Do you live in New York City where we offer our in-person course or are you willing to move here  for the duration of the program? Flatiron School’s in-person students spend 15 weeks of intensive work at our NYC campus, whereas online students can learn anywhere they have a solid internet connection. (Note that in order to be eligible for both Flatiron School’s job guarantee, you must be 18 or older and legally able to work in the US or the U.K.)
    • Pace: Do you prefer to immerse yourself in a flood of information, or take things at your own pace? Our in-person immersive and full-time online course progresses very quickly, though with robust pre-work and plenty of resources to help you along the way. With our part-time and self-paced Online Data Science Bootcamps, you can move at a pace that works for you and around your schedule. You can also decide whether it’s worth your time to quit your job and pursue these studies full-time or to fit your studies around your job.

    End Goal: All programs are focused on getting you a job as a data scientist after graduation. Although the in-person immersive is based in New York City, each program offers placements all over the United States.

  • What’s the application process like?

    The first step is to fill out a written application. Once submitted, you should hear back from our admissions team on the next step within 2 business days. If your application is chosen to move forward, you will be invited to schedule a video call with a member of the admissions team to get to know you better. After this point, students receive an admissions decision within a few business days. There is not a technical interview portion for the online program.

  • Can I apply for financing?

    Once you have been accepted into the program, you may apply for financing through one of our lending partners. We work with Skills Fund and Climb, who have helped many Flatiron students secure loans. We recommend waiting until after you have been accepted into the program before applying for a loan.

  • Can I chat with someone on the Admissions team?

    Absolutely! You can schedule an appointment with someone from the Admissions team here: http://www.meetme.so/flatironadmissions.

  • Do I need a computer?

    For the in-person courses, we work on Mac laptops with the latest OS installed. If you don’t have one already, we can provide a loaner. For online courses, you do need your own computer, but it can be either a Macbook or a PC. You can view the minimum required technical computer specs for all courses here.

  • Do you help me with my portfolio?

    Students will graduate having completed 6 robust portfolio projects — all of it on GitHub.

  • Have a question you don't see here?

    Simply email info@flatironschool.com and we’ll get back to you shortly.

  • How do I know I’m learning? What happens if I fall behind?

    Our modular structure means you’ll always know that you’re gaining the competencies to become a software engineer — and it gives us the opportunity to see who might need more mentorship to get there. Because our curriculum builds cumulatively, each module concludes with a 1:1 instructor review to check in on your progress and make sure you’ve gained a strong understanding before we add more concepts on top of it in the next module. If you don’t pass the review, you’ll receive additional direct mentorship to solidify your understanding and take it again. If you don’t pass this time, you’ll have the opportunity to repeat the full three-week module at no extra cost. You can repeat a module once; if you don’t pass the second time through, you will be asked to leave the program for a partial refund. Partial refunds are determined based on the number of weeks in the program.  For more information contact admissions@flatironschool.com.

  • Is it possible to shift to a software job after the age of 40?

    See Dean Avi Flombaum’s in-depth answer on Quora.