Engineering School for Women: Admissions Open!

Ready for a career change and feeling the world of programming calling your name? Then you’re just the person we’d like to meet! The leading engineering school for women is now accepting applications for January 2017! Hackbright’s first software engineering fellowship of 2017 is just around the corner and now is the time to start putting your interests and intentions to action. Dive into the details of our upcoming Info Session and application process to find out how you can become a software engineer in 12 short weeks!

Dates to Know:

Info Session: October 12th
Deadline for Application Submission: November 1st



If you’re too comfortable, it’s time to move on.
Terrified of what’s next? You’re on the right track.

~ Susan Fales-Hill


Got Questions? Get the Scoop!

RSVP for Info Sessionicecream

October 12th  |  6:30pm – 8:00pm (PST)

Considering our 12-week immersive software engineering fellowship? Our free Info Session is the perfect time to share your curiosity and questions.

Chat directly with our fabulous staff and incredible graduates.

If you can’t be there in person, don’t worry: you can tune into the livestream and submit your questions online.


Hear from, and talk with, all the people that make the magic happen:

  • The Fellowship Instructors will share:
    • An overview of the curriculum
    • Insights into the daily life of a Hackbright fellow
  • Our Admissions Director will offer:
    • Insights into the admissions process
    • Tips and Ideas for your application and interviews
    • Answers to questions most often asked during the admissions process
  • Listen to Graduates:
    • Share their experiences of the fellowship
    • Talk about living and working as software engineers
  • Career Services staff will provide:
    • Knowledge about partner company opportunities (such as Dropbox, GoDaddy, and Slack)
    • Details regarding the career services road map during AND after the fellowship
    • A peek into the incredible alumnae network you’ll join upon graduation
  • Learn about Mentorship benefits
    • Fellows are matched with engineers from leading tech companies (such as Google and Twitter)
    • We’ll review all of the benefits this unique advantage offers

If you want a deeper look into this phenomenal path to software engineering, RSVP and come by Hackbright Academy to feel out the space and get to know the smiling faces and helpful hands behind the curtain (remote option available!).



Application Process? Easy Peasy Pie!

Submit Your Application by November 1st


Ingredients for a smooth application process:

  1. Submit your one page application and a coding challenge (this is not a timed exercise).
  2. Within a few weeks, our Admissions team will reach out about your next steps.
  3. If chosen to move forward, you’ll have up to two interviews.
  4. Within a few days of your second interview, you’ll be notified of our final decision.

Don’t forget to save your spot for the Info Session on Wednesday, October 12th. We look forward to meeting you!

Inside the Mind of Hackbright’s Director of Admissions

Dori GrantHi! I’m Dori Grant, Director of Admissions here at Hackbright Academy. Prospective students often ask what they need to include in their applications in order to be invited to an interview at Hackbright, while even more ask exactly what it takes to be admitted into our 12-week Software Engineering FellowshipInstead of just focusing on how to get admitted, first consider what it takes to be a successful Hackbright graduate, then ask yourself if you think this program is right for you. Here are four characteristics I often see in our successful applicants and graduates:

Technical Preparation

Our students are encouraged to explore the world of computer science and programming before entering into the fellowship. Those who enter the program with at least a few months of academic practice, whether through online coursework or in-person classes, are more comfortable and confident from the beginning. Not only do they gain insight into the field they’re trying to enter, but they come to the program with an understanding of the basic concepts we teach and are ready to advance their technical knowledge-base from day one. 

Collaboration and Communication 

We find that students who have experience working with, or even managing, a team tend to do well in our program. A high level of pair programming occurs throughout the academic portion of the fellowship, which relies largely on the ability to collaborate and communicate effectively with others. For those students who are more accustomed to working independently but would like to join a program that emphasizes team practice, the fellowship is a good fit.

Passion for Problem Solving and Analysis

Students who do well in our program have a passion for problem solving and analyzing information. They like a good puzzle, they’re curious and enjoy asking why something works (or doesn’t). They’re comfortable analyzing information, learning new and complex ideas, and discussing those ideas in detail.

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Resiliency and Resourcefulness

Students with a strong sense of independence, responsibility, and accountability do well in our program. They’re willing and able to discuss their shortcomings and ways they can improve as easily as they can highlight their successes. Self-reflection and accountability are crucial characteristics for students to possess in order to be effective teammates and successful learners.

Given that information, ask yourself, “Am I that person?” Do you see yourself committed to developing and growing into a programmer, enhancing your skill set along the way? If you say “Yes, that’s me!” then congratulations! Now it’s time to submit your application, but hurry! The deadline for our upcoming fellowship is quickly approaching – applications are due Nov 1.  I encourage you to reach out with any questions you may have regarding the process and look forward to reading your application soon!


Top Reasons to Attend a Hackbright Academy Info Session

Thinking of applying to Hackbright Academy’s Software Engineering Fellowship, but still have burning questions? Then join us for an upcoming Info Session. If you can’t be there in person, don’t worry: you can tune into our livestream to receive the same information.

Even if you’ve read the whole Hackbright website, there are a few really great reasons to attend:

  • See our awesome instructors in action. The same instructors who teach our students will provide an overview of the fellowship curriculum and describe a day in the life of a Hackbright fellow, giving you a chance to see their teaching style.


  • Find out what the admissions process is like, straight from our Admissions Director. She’ll answer the most common admissions questions we receive from prospective fellows and provide useful tips for your application and interviews.


  • Get the inside scoop from fellowship grads. Some of our fantastic alums will share their experiences during the program and talk about life as a software engineer after Hackbright. For the in-person session, you’ll also have a chance to chat with them directly, and if you’re remote, you can submit questions online.


  • Discover the career opportunities available to Hackbright alumnae from our Director of Career Services. Our staff will give you details on the career services Hackbright offers, the network you’ll join as a Hackbright grad, and all the companies we partner with including Eventbrite, Dropbox, and GoDaddy!


  • Learn how the mentorship aspect of Hackbright works. Early in the program, Hackbright Software Engineering fellows are matched with engineers at leading tech companies like Google and Twitter, and our staff will tell you all about the benefits.


Ultimately, there’s no better way to learn about Hackbright Academy and our mission than by listening to our awesome staff and wonderful alums describe it. After absorbing all that information, our hope is that you’ll be 100% ready to decide to #changetheratio of women in tech through Hackbright. In the meantime, go on and jumpstart your application today.

Remember, the sooner you apply the better your chances are of getting into the fellowship.  Start your application today!