Make School Bachelor's Degree in Applied Computer Science

A radical new model of college designed for the 21st century

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Higher ed is struggling to adapt to the modern economy.

Make School is launching a Bachelor in Applied Computer Science degree designed in tandem with industry to prepare students of all backgrounds for jobs at high growth startups.

The degree will take 2-3 years to complete and is the first where students pay tuition as a percent of earnings.

Would you recommend this product?

As a second year student at Make School, I definitely feel that I've gained a huge amount of technical and soft skills that make me a more valuable potential employee. I started with very little coding experience, and I've grown to the point where I have a solid portfolio of software projects (check it out at makeschool.com/portfolio/duncan).

Since starting Make School, I've come really far as an iOS developer. I now feel confident with building an app from scratch, along with taking on some of the other responsibilities like building and deploying a backend. I've also learned a lot of computer science fundaments, with projects like building base data structures from scratch in Python to building a tweet generator that uses Markov chains and probability to impersonate a source text.

Make School doesn't just focus on the technical side, though. The school really focuses on improving your soft skills with lessons on beautifying your LinkedIn profile, building your resumé, and acing behavioral interviews. The goal of Make School is to get you a job in the industry, and they're really good at helping make sure that happens.

When you've gained the necessary skills to be ready for industry experience, Make School makes it their priority to help you get the position you want. We're taught the ins and outs of the recruiting process, and all the tricks to stand out as an exceptional job candidate. We're also given plenty of opportunities to participate in mock job interviews, where we can practice technical interview skills and get feedback on how to improve.

As someone who also spent two years at a traditional college, I feel like I've learned so much more at Make School because of the complete immersion in learning software engineering, and focus on actually preparing you to work in the industry. I feel prepared to work as a professional software engineer, and I have some great resources here to help me find a job. To anyone that's interested in learning software engineering, and isn't too wild about a traditional college experience, I can't recommend Make School enough.

Pros:

Huge focus on industry prep and building hard and soft skills

Cons:

None

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Software Engineer

Make School is the future of the computer science education as they focus on equipping its students with the necessary skills and tools to succeed as a Software Engineer in Top companies in the U.S.

Pros:

Product - based education, solid curriculum, 2 year accelerated.

Cons:

i cannot think of any.

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The teachers are constantly striving to keep us productive and learning, the staff is doing the same, everyone here wants to see you succeed.

Pros:

I just started here and have already seen a huge improvement in my coding.

Cons:

I love every part of this place

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Data Science student

Been attending Make School for 2 months now, and I've already learned so much more than ever before. I feel welcomed in this community by inclusive students and staff. I also feel empowered to step outside of my comfort zone and create things that I never thought I would be able to.

Pros:

Product based learning environment; super friendly, inclusive atmosphere; great instructors and staff; heart of San Francisco

Cons:

Nothing comes to mind.

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Engineering @Sutra

I went from Xcode tinkerer to full-time iOS dev in 9mos, being around that awesome community pushes you to new limits

Pros:

Project-based learning, low teacher:student ratio, instant social group driven towards creating products

Cons:

They're still refining their model (which also allows for your critical feedback), SF is expensive, very male dominated class

Interaction designer

I'm a parent of a Make School student. Unlike code camps, students get a Bachelor's Degree.

Pros:

They teach relevant skills that change as quickly as the industry. They are literally invested in the students with their ISAs.

Cons:

Haven't yet found a down side.