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.
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.
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.