• Why did you extend this program from 12 to 15 weeks? What's changed?

    While our 15-week modular program structure obviously gives you more time to be immersed in code than the standard 12-week bootcamp, these are the biggest changes we brought to our program as we aim to build better software engineers that stand above the rest in the job search process:

    1. Increased breadth: You’ll go far beyond coding — over 15 weeks, you’ll cover a broader range of subjects, including computer science and product management, to become a holistic software engineer, able to collaborate across disciplines and departments.
    2. Added depth: By the time you graduate, you’ll stand out with a specialization. Technical Concentrations help you build expertise in specific technologies that interest you — and make you a more employable engineer.
    3. More personalized instructor support: Our new approach means smaller classes and more individualized attention from instructors – cohorts boast an 8:1 student-teacher ratio.
    4. A focus on mastery: This iteration of our program ensures that if you need extra mentorship to solidify your understanding, you’ll get it, along with the opportunity to repeat a module if necessary.
  • 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.

  • 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. You can read more information about our refund policy here.

  • 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.

  • Do I need to finish Bootcamp Prep to apply?

    No, you do not need to finish Bootcamp Prep before applying to our programs. However, we do recommend each applicant starts our free introductory courses to get a feel for our teaching style and platform as well as a tool to gain fundamental coding concepts.

  • 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: https://flatironschool.com/programs/online-bootcamp-prep-course/.

    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.

  • How do I prepare for the technical interview?

    Our technical interview is meant to assess your current understanding and aptitude for learning code. If you are selected for a technical interview, we will ask you to start working through a brief coding challenge and follow that with a technical discussion with an instructor based on the code you wrote. The best way to prepare for this interview is to complete one of our free Intro tracks: Intro to Ruby or Intro to Javascript or Bootcamp Prep. The material covered in the technical interview is similar to the material covered in these tracks.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Do you have on-campus housing?

    We do not have dormitories or on-campus housing options for students. We can recommend Founder House (https://www.founder.house/) and other housing shares for potential housing options, as they provide short-term rooming specifically for coding students around the city. In addition, we find most students can find sublets or short-term housing on their own through sites like Craigslist or Listings Project.

  • 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!

  • 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 Pave 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.

  • Do you accept financial aid or GI Bill benefits?

    At this time, we are not eligible to accept federal financial aid or GI Bill Benefits for our programs. However, we’ve recently partnered with EQUIP to begin a financial aid program for both our in-person and online courses in the near future.

    We expect to launch the program within the next year, so to make sure you receive financial aid-related updates, check out this page and sign up for info: http://go.flatironschool.com/equip-program-get-notified.

  • What kind of computer do I need?

    Students are required to have a Mac laptop that runs the latest OSX. 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 admissions@flatironschool.com.

  • Can I visit the Manhattan campus?

    We offer tours and info sessions on a regular basis, and you can register on our community page. If our event times don’t work for you, please email admissions@flatironschool.com to schedule an appointment at an alternative time.