Holberton School

High-quality software engineering education for the many

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Holberton School is a 2-year, campus-based program that preps you to launch your career through project-based learning. Here, you'll build your problem-solving skills by tackling real-world challenges alongside your peers. Holberton invests in its students. That's why you don't pay until you land a high-paying job — if you don't, it's free.

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  • Connor Brereton
    Connor BreretonFormer Data Scientist @Cisco
    Pros: 

    What university CS ought to be. Learn by doing in an environment that precisely simulates the "real world" software engineering environment.

    Cons: 

    (Pro in my eyes) You have to be/learn to be resourceful here to succeed. Nobody is going to spoon feed you information like university.

    First and foremost Holberton School is NOT a bootcamp. This is an actual school of engineering located in epicenter of technology, San Francisco.

    I'll be honest, I was skeptical at first due to my path of studying Computer Engineering at Santa Clara University and working as a software engineer at Cisco Systems prior to joining Holberton. How could a startup fix all of the issues that drove me crazy in undergrad?

    I decided to consult the smartest person I know who did his B.S. @ Carnegie Mellon, M.S. @ Stanford, MBA @ Wharton and now runs a YC backed company. His response when I showed him the curriculum was "Dude this is legit. These are the same projects I had at CMU and a lot of the other stuff I had to learn on the job after spending half a decade in school."

    Followed by, "this place will 100% get people into FAANG and it looks like they already have a track record of doing that."

    I could tell by the reaction that I had discovered a goldmine of an education and community.

    After being here for a month I can say without hesitation that coming to Holberton is/will be one of the turnkey decisions I have made in my life. The projects we do force students to learn what is going on from first principles.

    For example, tons of first year CS students learn to write code in "C" and are allowed to use the standard library to solve their problems without being taught (or even advised to learn) what is happening under the hood. At Holberton, we start off solving problems without the standard library which involves using only "putchar()" functions. If you're not familiar with what that means look it up but essentially this method of learning/solving ensures that students ACTUALLY know what the standard functions they use do so that when they are faced with a problem in their professional life they don't just say "I don't know how to do this, I've never used this before" and instead take on challenges with a growth mindset and don't give up until the problem is solved.

    In conclusion I am just so happy to wake up everyday and learn from a curriculum that was created by some of the top minds from Facebook, Uber, Google, Salesforce, LinkedIn, Docker, etc. and is financially backed by brand name VC firms.

    Connor Brereton has used this product for one month.
  • Bennett
    BennettHolberton School Student Ω App Developer
    Pros: 

    Great school, with an amazing learning framework that is applicable to further life learning. Not to mention the building is beautiful.

    Cons: 

    You must be able to learn without being spoon-fed. That is, without someone there to answer your every question. This is not a con to most.

    I've been attending Holberton for close to a month now. The learning environment is both professional as well as welcoming. Your peers are from varying aspects of life and provide a unique culture that is not seen at many big name schools which require high SAT/ACT scores coupled with a high GPA. Holberton simply cares about your motivation. That being said, you have to be both motivated, and capable of learning to be successful. Coming with a bad mindset will no doubt spell your downfall. If you chose Holberton, be prepared to work, struggle, be professional, and most of all interact with peers to achieve success in your projects, professional, and personal life.

    Bennett has used this product for one month.

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Kiren Srinivasan
Kiren SrinivasanMakerPro@srinitude · Software Engineer at Holberton School
Hi PH, my name is Kiren! I’m in the unique position where I went through the first 9 months of the Holberton program as a student and now I’m working there full-time as a software engineer. As a software engineer at Holberton, I build internal tools for staff to free up their time to do what they do best and maintain/iterate on the core product that we have for our students. I hunted us on PH today because we just opened up a new location in New Haven, Connecticut! We just had a grand opening party at our SF location this past Friday to celebrate the start of the first New Haven cohort in January 😊 Our mission at Holberton is to provide high-quality education for the many. Even though the school in San Francisco has been open and successful for 2.5 years thus far, it has been inaccessible to many potential students because of the high cost-of-living. Initially with our free upfront tuition, and now with our new New Haven location, Holberton as a company is better fulfilling its mission. If you have any questions about the Holberton experience, feel free to AMA! Our CEO @julienbarbier42 will also be on periodically during the day to answer questions about the school in general and our new New Haven location. Thank you so much @rrhoover for the PH platform where we can engage with a community interested in discovering technology that’ll change the world for the better ❤️
Abadesi
Abadesi@abadesi · 👩🏽‍💻 Product Hunt | Hustle Crew | NTT
@julienbarbier42 @rrhoover @srinitude What a great initiative! How do you engage employers to maximize the change of your grads landing work? And how do you decide which cities to launch next?
Julien Barbier
Julien BarbierMakerHiring@julienbarbier42 · co-founder and CEO at Holberton
Thank you @abadesi ! Re: How do you maximize the chance of your grads landing a job? The curriculum - on top of teaching computer science, software engineering, coding, and SRE - is actually helping students find jobs by themselves. In order to make sure they are well prepared, we do many things at different levels: - We emphasize a lot on soft skills. Coding is NOT enough, and you need to be ready to talk, write, sell your ideas, help others, work in team, collaborate, etc. More specifically for the interview process, you need to express yourself clearly, sell yourself, be prepared to talk to different people, etc. - We do have a lot of “reefineries” during the program. Reefineries are essentially very close to what an actual interview is, with coding, white boarding, etc. but also answering hr questions like “where do you see yourself in 5 years” or “how do you deal with criticism” etc. It’s one thing to master CS and SWE, but it’s a total different skill set that will get you succeed at the interview process. - As you already know, we are also big on community building. We do have mentors who come and do mock interviews, Alumni who come back and tell you about their experience looking for a job, giving advice and tips etc. - And MANY MORE things The result is that when a student decides that it’s time for them to look for a job, they already have a network, have been through mock-interviews many times, know what type of questions the HR will ask, and can rely on our community to help. That being said, we are helping companies get in touch with our students. For instance we do have job fairs where companies are invited to meet our students. Some companies also invite a few students for visits or lunch. Other companies will send software engineers to mock interview students, etc. Again, we are here to help the community, companies are part of this ecosystem. Please send me a mp if you would like to know more :) Re: how do you decide which cities to launch next? In order to launch the new campus in New Haven, CT, we essentially did the same as when we launched the campus in San Francisco: we partnered with the local community. It is very important to us, because this is part of the Holberton DNA. The second part of the answer, and this is specific to our new campus in New Haven, is that we wanted for our second location to have a more affordable city for students to live in. As you may know, accessibility is part of our mission (that is why we have an unbiased admission process and no upfront tuition), but in San Francisco, because of the local cost of living, so many students were unable to receive our Education. So New Haven is the perfect city: awesome, very positive and dynamic community (including local tech and non-tech companies) who supports the school, a city with a lot of students (we’re next to the Yale campus), a more affordable cost of living, and it was on the East Coast too.
Igityan Hayarpy
Igityan Hayarpy@igityan_hayarpy · Would you like to know my headline?
Wish you success
Kiren Srinivasan
Kiren SrinivasanMakerPro@srinitude · Software Engineer at Holberton School
@igityan_hayarpy Thank you so much! Means a lot ❤️
Julien Barbier
Julien BarbierMakerHiring@julienbarbier42 · co-founder and CEO at Holberton
@igityan_hayarpy Thanks a lot!