Is your program 10 weeks or 12 weeks?
We offer an intensive 12 week program. The first 10 weeks are formal instruction which includes a structured curriculum, regularly scheduled lectures and a fully staffed Education team. During the remaining 2 weeks students will be working closely with Career Services as they prepare for their job search. This includes but is not limited to: career workshops and hosted career coffees, white boarding practice, resume building and interview preparation.
What does rolling admissions mean?
Here at Hackbright, we employ a rolling admissions process. This means that we review, interview and accept candidates on a “first come first serve basis” up until the deadline date or until the cohort is full, whichever comes first. We strongly suggest that you apply as early as possible in the process. Past cohorts have filled before the deadline date. Please note that candidates can only apply to one cohort at a time.
What if I miss the application deadline?
No problem. You can “roll-over” your application to the next term once the application is available. You log-in with the same user name and password and it will auto-populate with your saved information.
What does the acceptance process look like at Hackbright Academy?
When a candidate is accepted to Hackbright, we send them a contract to be signed and returned generally within two weeks time to confirm their attendance. (Closer to the fellowship start date, the turnaround time will be a bit tighter.) After we receive the signed contract back, you have another week (7 days) to send the required non-refundable deposit of $250 for the fellowship. Like a traditional college, that deposit secures your space.
Will you accept someone who wants to go to Hackbright straight out of high school (instead of going to college)?
To date, we’ve never accepted someone straight out of high school, but that doesn’t mean we wouldn’t. We expect a level of maturity usually gained from a few years at college or in the workplace, but again, there are some very mature 18 year olds out there. Regardless of age and education, all applicants should be prepared to demonstrate a good deal of maturity, competence and interest learned through relevant work experience.
Do students who take Hackbright Prep go on to apply to the fellowship?
Hackbright Prep is designed to provide women interested in applying to the fellowship with the skills needed to tackle the admissions process. We heard from many women that they wanted a resource that would give them a solid foundation to help them feel comfortable and prepared to pursue the full-time immersive program. Please keep in mind that taking a PT class, like Hackbright Prep, is not a guarantee that someone will be accepted to the full-time fellowship.
What is the average age of the students you accept?
This can vary, but in general our average age range is 20 – 50 years old.
How old do I have to be to attend Hackbright Academy?
Students must be 18 years old by the date of the first class as we are not legally able to accommodate minors.
How long should my application be?
There’s no length but we’d like enough information for us to get to know you. Our goal is to get to know you and your technical aptitude. It doesn’t need to be a novel, but before you submit, check to make sure your personality is coming out in your writing.
How do I edit my application once I’ve started?
You can go to application.hackbrightacademy.com to revisit your application. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any issues.
Please help! I don’t understand the ‘share in detail’ question.
This question exists so we can learn how you describe something in detail. The topic you choose is not important to us but rather, the method of delivery. For example, instead of saying I’m an expert at yoga, take some time to explain to us exactly what makes the perfect downward dog.
What do I need to prepare for the interview?
We highly recommend that you review the information you included on your application and have a copy of your coding challenge ready to discuss.
How many interviews are there?
There are 1-2 interviews.
Can accepted students defer to a later cohort?
At this time, we do not allow accepted students to defer to a later cohort. You are accepted based upon the applicants within your specific cohort. If accepted and you cannot attend, you are free to decline the offer and apply for another cohort more convenient. Please think carefully about which term you wish to start in before applying to Hackbright. This is a big investment and decision.
Can I re-apply to Hackbright if I don’t get in?
Absolutely! We love to see former candidates come back to Hackbright. We generally suggest giving yourself 3-6 months before submitting a new application.
Do you accept International candidates to Hackbright?
Yes. International students are certainly welcome to apply. Please note that securing the travel visa is the responsibility of the student. It can take up to 6 weeks or longer to secure the visa, so we encourage international students to apply early and plan accordingly.
Due to the tight US restrictions around work visas, H1B sponsorship post graduation is extremely competitive. However, the skills you gain during the fellowship will be invaluable. Graduates complete Hackbright with an amazing array of knowledge, experiences and project work that will impress employers from around the globe.
Do you accept transgender candidates to Hackbright?
Hackbright Academy is committed to challenging unequal gender dynamics within mainstream society, supporting the intellectual and personal growth of our students, and fostering critical analyses of gender. Admitting trans, intersex, and gender variant students is harmonious with these commitments and is consistent with the underlying mission of Hackbright to support, nurture, and value the voices of those who have been marginalized by gender. Our policy is informed by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.
What is the software engineering fellowship?
The Hackbright Academy Software Engineering Fellowship for women is a 12-week training program designed to help women become awesome programmers. We teach the fundamentals of modern web development, then introduce you to Silicon Valley companies looking to expand their engineering teams.
Who is this for?
The ideal candidate has already been coding, but is now ready for a career in software development. It’s likely you’ve been to a few meetups, taken a few tutorials, or classes, but you’re now ready for a structured, intense environment to help you officially catapult your career into software engineering. Check out our Admissions page for more details on the type of candidate we’re looking for. If you’re ready to make the move, then go for it!
When and where?
The fellowship takes place in San Francisco.
What will I learn?
Here is what you will learn. Some words you may not understand when you start, but will when you finish:
– How to build a web app
– Pair programming
– Git and source control
– Interview skills
– SQL and ORMs
– Deploying to cloud services such as Heroku or – Amazon EC2
– Terminal shells, grep, and other *nix command-line fu
– Computer Science data structures such as linked lists, dictionaries, and trees
– How to work with APIs (such as Google Maps or Twitter)
– Basic networking concepts / how the internet works
– Other programming concepts and tools such as message queues, batch processing, distributed processing, NoSQL, and web sockets
Why women only?
We want to do our part to equalize this imbalance, and we felt that a program exclusively for women was a good place to start. Studies show that a safe, encouraging environment is optimal for learning.
What’s it like?
The Hackbright Software Engineering Fellowship is an intense, life changing experience. We create an optimal learning environment with everything you need. The first half of the program includes an accelerated in depth teaching of the Python language, then covers the elements of a modern web application stack with guided projects. For the remainder of the program, students work on projects they’re passionate about. Meanwhile, we’ll bring in guests from great companies and have talks and breakout sessions exposing students to as many sub-disciplines as we can manage. We believe in pair programming as a powerful teaching tool. Having another person sitting next to you watching you code can be harrowing, but nothing keeps you focused like a second set of eyes. Pair programming encourages knowledge sharing, rapid brainstorming, and keeps you from checking Facebook too much. Students will pair as much as possible during the program. We won’t lecture too much. We believe fully immersed engagement is the best way to learn. We provide the curriculum and environment to produce optimal learning. This means maximizing hands-on time in front of computers and providing smart people who can answer all of your questions.
How much does it cost?
Tuition is $16,570. If you receive and accept a full-time job offer from one of the companies in our network then we will refund $3,000 of your tuition. If the program doesn’t meet your expectations in the first 2 weeks, we’ll give you your money back (less your down payment). We offer scholarships to a limited number of students each quarter. For the most recent list of scholarships, visit our Scholarships page. These are need-based scholarships. If you are an organization who wants to sponsor more students, please let us know.
Why Python and Web Development?
Python is an important part of the tech ecosystem. It’s an excellent teaching language, indeed, it’s the language of choice for both MIT’s and Berkeley’s undergraduate curriculums. More importantly, it’s a commercially used language used by giants and startups alike. We like it a lot, and we think you’ll like it too. Software Development is changing. Within the last ten years, the web has gone from being a second-class citizen to the primary way software is distributed to people. Aside from toys, there is almost no marketplace for software without a network component anymore, and modern web development was critical to that change. Even if you go on to build mobile applications, you’ll need to interface with a web component. Web development is a bit of a misnomer, too. We teach you how to architect and build multi-user network applications. Then, we show you how to make it pretty in a web browser.
Our goal is to help you get the job you want. We will provide training on both the technical skills and soft skills you need to make your way into the industry. While we don’t guarantee job placement, we have strategic relationships with companies that we’re excited about and are excited about us, and are recruiting from the program. What do Hackbright graduates do after the engineering fellowship?
Are the part-time courses women only?
Yes. At this time, all of the courses at Hackbright Academy are for women only.
How much does the part-time Hackbright Prep course cost?
The total cost of tuition is $3,000 ($250 non-refundable deposit due upon enrolling).
In the past, employers have sponsored their employees to take Hackbright Academy courses. Dedicating time outside of the office is an effective way to skill up. Ask us for a template letter to send to your manager if you’d like to request employer sponsorship.
If you are an organization or business who wants to sponsor an employee, please let us know. You can email our Finance team at email@example.com for more information.
What concepts should I know about coding before I apply for the evening Hackbright Prep course?
Working through a tutorial of basic programming concepts is great! You should know that programming has to do with writing code. Having exposure or being familiar with the idea of variables and data structures like numbers and strings is a good sign that you’re a fit.
What is the difference between the Fellowship and Part-Time evening program?
The Fellowship is an intensive 12-week experience that prepares students for a career as a software developer. The Hackbright Prep program, on the other hand, focuses on giving women a fundamental understanding of programming to decide whether or not they wish to apply to the Fellowship.
Currently, taking the Hackbright Prep course is not a substitute for the Fellowship experience, since the Fellowship includes many other benefits besides instruction, including extensive mentorship from industry experts, intensive practice sessions, in-depth career support, and so on. The technical depth, additional support and expectations are different. For more information about the Fellowship, click here.
However, Hackbright Prep will give you the solid foundation you need to pursue the full-time immersive program.
Is there prework for Hackbright Prep?
Yes, we have simple prework that you’ll receive when you are accepted into the program.
If I want to apply to the fellowship, but am taking Hackbright Prep first, when is a good time to apply?
We encourage prospective Fellowship students to apply to the Fellowship after completing the Hackbright Prep.
What is Code Brunch?
The last four Sundays of our Hackbright Prep course, we have our education staff at Hackbright Academy available to answer questions, help debug personal projects, etc. This is optional, but students who tend to do well in the course attend Code Brunch.
What else can I do to maximize my time during Hackbright Prep?
Joining meetups, utilizing office hours, reviewing lecture notes/exercises and attending Code Brunch are just a few things you can do to get the most out of this learning period.
Is there homework? How many hours of work outside Hackbright Prep?
We give out weekend homework, but it is not graded. The purpose of the homework is to give students extra practice to solidify their knowledge of concepts. Weekend homework is about 1 – 2 hours. During weeks 4 -8, you will likely spend extra hours outside of the classroom to work on your personal project. During these weeks, you’ll also have the option to join our Sunday Code Brunch.
What if I have more than the 10 hours minimum of coding experience? What will I get out of Hackbright Prep?
Experience the Hackbright teaching style, connect with the community, build a personal, terminal-based project, solidify fundamentals, build confidence and move from following tutorials to being able to build projects!
What career network is currently available for part-time students?
Fellowship career services are built around the 12 week program (and a career day that incorporates projects built during those 12 weeks), which means the Fellowship career services and network are currently not accessible to folks outside of the Fellowship, including Part-Time students.
What can I do after Hackbright Prep?
Write functional code, build more terminal projects, share code to the community, learn how to problem solve for continued learning (know how to research more complex information to build), tackle bootcamp application-level coding challenges, be able to use APIs and modules, and more!
Can I work full-time and do Hackbright Prep?
Yup! Our average student works full-time and takes this course in the evening.
What is the attendance policy for Hackbright Prep?
In order to receive a certificate of completion, students may not exceed two absences. Students, however, do have the option to attend the corresponding lecture of the same class on a different day up to three times.
Does Hackbright Academy have a withdrawal/refund policy?
Fellowship: In accordance with California Policy, If you withdraw from the Full-Time Fellowship program in writing by the end of week 7 at Hackbright Academy, you will receive a prorated refund for the remaining 5 weeks of the fellowship. The date of the student’s withdrawal shall be deemed the last date of recorded attendance. By week 8, the tuition is considered earned and you will not receive a refund.
Certificates of Completion are only granted to students, who complete all 12 weeks of course work and required projects.
Part-Time Classes: In accordance with California Policy, if you withdraw from the Hackbright Prep course in writing by the end of week 5 at Hackbright Academy, you will receive a prorated refund for the remaining 3 weeks of the course. The date of the student’s withdrawal shall be deemed the last date of recorded attendance. By week 6, the tuition is considered earned and you will not receive a refund.
Certificates of Completion are only granted to students, who complete all 8 weeks of course work and satisfy our attendance policy.
For refunds, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can I apply for one of the fellowship scholarships to cover the cost of the part-time course?
Unfortunately not. These scholarships may only be applied to our 12-week software engineering fellowship, however, our Scholarships page lists part-time scholarships that are available.
Can I get in touch with the part-time staff to ask more specific questions?
We welcome any questions you might have, so please feel free to Contact Us with any questions!
How do I apply for financial aid?
All financial aid applications and decisions are considered after a student has been accepted and enrolled in an upcoming Hackbright fellowship session. Decisions regarding financial aid are made after review of all information provided in the financial aid application, which is distributed after a student is enrolled in the program. Applications for financial aid are submitted online and resemble the FAFSA application.
Are there payment plans?
Yes! Hackbright Academy offers tuition payment plans. You can see a full list of payment plan options for the fellowship and part-time courses
What types of scholarships are offered for Hackbright Academy fellows?
You can see a full list of current scholarships available on our Scholarships page.
We offer partial need-based scholarships to a limited number of students each quarter. These scholarships are awarded to the students who demonstrate the greatest financial need.
Due to the typical volume of financial aid applicants and the limited amount of funds available, we cannot make any guarantees of aid, but we recommend all interested students apply. The typical award ranges anywhere from $500 to $2,500.
Companies, however, do provide various scholarships to students. The Scholarships page is the best source to see what scholarships are currently available.
To apply for a need based scholarship, students first must be accepted and enrolled into the program. Upon enrollment, students complete a brief application form and provide supporting documentation on their finances. At which time, candidates will be contacted by the Admissions team regarding final selection.
If you have any questions, feel free to email the Admissions team at admissions@hackbrightacademy.
How much is the deposit to attend the Hackbright Academy Software Engineering Fellowship?
Currently, the deposit is $250 to secure your spot in our program.
Do you award financial aid based on academic, work experience or any other student performance?
No. All financial aid awards are based on financial need.
Do I have to be accepted into Hackbright before I can apply for assistance?
Yes. Please note the scholarship deadline for submitting your admissions application online. This can be found in your application.
What is the scholarship deadline?
It is the date by which you need to apply to be eligible for consideration for any Hackbright financial aid. It is possible that applications received after the scholarship deadline will be considered for financial aid, but if you require financial assistance to attend Hackbright, be sure to apply before the scholarship deadline.
How will I know if I qualify for assistance and the amount of my award?
We assess the need of each applicant. Financial aid decisions will be sent out around one week after the financial aid application deadline.
When can I apply for Financial Aid?
Students are able to apply for financial aid once we have received your Signed Agreement back for the cohort you are attending.
What is the maximum family income you can make in order to qualify for financial assistance?
As the applicant pool changes each cohort, it’s difficult to identify the qualifying income from one cohort to the next. Normally, families whose yearly combined income is over $60,000 do not qualify for assistance.
If I qualify for assistance, when do I receive my grant?
Your award is automatically credited on your tuition account.
If I receive a Hackbright Partial Scholarship, am I able to apply that towards living expenses or deposit?
No. Any partial scholarship that you are awarded will be directly deducted from your outstanding tuition balance. We do require all students to pay a deposit upon accepting their space in the cohort.
If I enroll in the Payment Plan, do I still need to pay the Hackbright Fellowship deposit?
Yes. All students are required to pay a deposit in order to reserve your spot in the Fellowship program.
Can I pay my tuition using a Credit Card?
Yes, we accept Visa, Mastercard or American Express.