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!

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! 

Hackbright Application Tips – From Your Fall 2014 Cohort!

[Updated: June 29, 2015]

We sent our enrolled students a survey asking about our admissions process. Thirty of our forty students responded, and we’re excited to share some of the results with you.

We asked the students: “What Advice Would You Give To Someone Applying to Hackbright?”

We tallied the advice mentioned and have the most popular advice listed here with commentary from the Hackbright Admissions office!

1) The #1 Most Popular Advice: Be honest and be yourself!

Hackbright Admissions says: This would be our #1 advice, too! One of the biggest mistakes candidates make is telling us what they think we want to hear. The truth is, we want to get to know you with all your weirdness and uncertainty as well as learn about the things you love, what you’re confident about and what you’re proud of. If you keep trying to craft your conversation around what we want you want us to believe about you, we’re not going to see your personality.

2)  Practice enough coding to make sure this is what you want to do.

Hackbright Admissions says: Sound advice! Do you want to be a programmer? Are you sure? How are you sure?

Protip: If you want to know if you’re going to hate sitting in front of a computer fiddling with code all day, practice sitting in front of a computer fiddling with code all day.

3) Submit a thoughtful and thorough application.

Hackbright Admissions says: Yes. But don’t confuse thorough with lengthy. True, most of the students who get in have applications on the longer side, but what they all share is a thoughtfulness and a desire to convey personality. A lot of the notes on this piece of advice mentioned that their application took them hours but that they enjoyed the process.

4) Don’t be nervous!

Hackbright Admissions says: Well…it’s good advice, but it’s probably a lost cause to insist on this one. We understand that just by the nature of interviews, people get nervous, but hopefully a few minutes of chatting will get you to loosen up a bit.

5) Do the optional questions (video).

Hackbright Admissions says: We understand that it’s not easy for everyone to express themselves in writing, so we’ve included a video option. If you think that adding a video would help us get to know you better, then this option is for you! The video never counts against applicants, so it’s always a good idea to submit one if you’re on the fence. Don’t worry – if your video is awkward and terrible, we just pretend it’s not there.

6) Do your research (Hackbright blog & website, alumnae blogs, etc.)

Hackbright Admissions says: Again – great advice. Know what you’re getting into! Our alumnae are full of insight and our videos and website contain a lot of info. You’ll be much more confident coming into an interview if you feel like you have a firm grasp on what Hackbright has to offer.

If you’re wondering how to seek out an alumna, it seems like the most popular ways to snag her attention are:

  • Directly contact students who have written about Hackbright in their personal blogs
  • Ask questions on Quora/Reddit
  • Come to Hackbright’s events and corner an alumna until she talks to you. (Be nice, please.)

Alumnae – anything you think we missed? Help out your future Hackbright fellows and let them know in the comments!