Chicago’s Top Coding Bootcamp

Teaching an advanced JavaScript curriculum, Fullstack Academy Chicago is the Midwest’s premier coding bootcamp.

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Passionate Teachers + Advanced Curriculum. This Is Fullstack.

Fullstack Academy’s flagship course, the Full-Time Software Engineering Immersive is a 13-week career accelerator.

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Through an advanced curriculum and project-based structure, students learn today’s cutting-edge development technologies. The Fullstack Immersive prepares graduates for software engineer roles at top-tier technology companies.

Our JavaScript-driven curriculum immerses you in the latest web technologies such as Node.js and React. You bring the energy, curiosity and dedication, and we'll provide a world-class school for becoming an expert software developer. New classes start every 7 weeks.

The Fullstack Academy Experience

Fullstack is the only advanced, JavaScript-centered bootcamp in Chicago.

Top-Rated Coding Bootcamp

Fullstack Academy is a highly rated coding school in the US, and our student reviews reflect that.

Experienced Instructors

Work with passionate programmers who love to teach. From large open-source libraries to quantum computer simulators, they’ve hacked it all.

Real-World Coding Tools

You will use popular developer tools like Git, Github, Bash, Sublime, and Chrome Dev Tools.

Professional Results

Our graduates get hired by amazing companies like Google and Amazon. Chicago graduates have been placed at many top companies locally too.

Chicago Is On the Up

The Chicago tech scene is well connected and taking off big time. Our program has grown from 1871 to its own campus in River North and offers a uniquely immersive tech experience.


Culture of Collaboration

Work with other students who are considerate, understanding, and generally pleasant to be around.

“Fullstack’s key to success is our dynamic curriculum, which is constantly updated based on tech trends and direct feedback from our hiring partners.”

David Yang

Cofounder and CEO, Fullstack Academy

How it works

Each Fullstack coding bootcamp is divided into 3 phases.

  • 1
    Foundations Off-Campus | Part-time
  • 2
    Junior Phase On-Campus | Full-time
  • 3
    Senior Phase On-Campus | Full-time

In this phase, all students rise to the same technical level before the start of the on-campus immersive.

Program Overview

  • Off-campus
  • Part-time 15-30 hrs, depending on skill level
  • Min. 4 weeks to complete
  • Regular timed assessments
  • Rolling start each Friday Materials available once deposit & SEA submitted

Resources

  • Videos, workshops, projects
  • Experienced industry mentor
  • Discussion forum

Curriculum

  • HTML & CSS
  • Advanced JavaScript Closure, scoping, prototypal inheritance, recursion
  • Web development environment
  • Intro to front-end vs. back-end development

FAQs

  • Foundations is required Students may not opt out
  • Students must pass final checkpoint to move on to on-campus immersive
  • The sooner you enroll, the sooner you'll get access to Foundations materials
  • Many students work part-tirne during Foundations

This is one of the most intense phases of the program, when you will be working all day, five days a week. You will study:

1. Front-end development

User expectations of Web and Mobile Applications have significantly increased in the last 10 years, and the sophistication of front-end development has increased to match it. You will study HTML5 and advanced CSS, and go beyond with modern technologies like React.

2. Back-end development

You will take your JavaScript skills to the back-end, with Node.js and the amazing ecosystem of libraries that have made JavaScript the leader in next-generation back-end web engineering. You will master the use of APIs to connect to vast amounts of user data.

3. Databases

You will master data persistence by building your own SQL database engine, learning about popular SQL databases like Postgres, and how to integrate these into your applications.

At this point, you will have a solid understanding of the core technologies taught in the immersive program. It is now time to put that knowledge to use by building fully functional web applications from scratch. You will continue to work six days a week during this phase, while you deepen your knowledge by solving real-world problems and learning best practices.

1. Guided team project

You will work in a group of 3-4 students to build an e-commerce site, and will build all the components of a web application from the ground up — including the front-end, back-end and database.

2. Personal project

You will come up with an idea for a web or mobile application, and build it from scratch. You will take design considerations into account, like user experience and information architecture. You will learn new technologies or libraries in order to complete this project, which will help you "learn how to learn" new areas in software development.

3. Capstone project

You will work with a team of students to come up with an ambitious idea for an app, and build it out over 2 weeks. This will be the most impressive project in your portfolio, and will demonstrate your full understanding of software development and industry best-practices.

Tuition

All students pay a $2,000 $500 enrollment deposit upon acceptance—reduced for a limited time.

Full-Time Web Development Tuition

Full Tuition

$17,910

or
Financing options starting at

$377/mo*

*We partner with lenders Skills Fund and Climb. Terms and APR depend on credit and program.
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NYC, Chicago
Nov 22
Dec 4
Jan 11, 2021–Apr 9, 2021
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NYC, Chicago
Jan 10
Jan 22
Mar 1, 2021–May 28, 2021
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Build a Portfolio of Apps

By the time you graduate from Software Engineering Immersive, you’ll have four projects in your software engineering portfolio, including three web applications and a Tech Talk. All your code will be on Github, which will be impressive to future employers. If you want some inspiration, check out some recent student projects below.

  • DJ.JS

    DJ’ing with motion capture and JavaScript

    Duck Hunt

    Retro video game (controlled with a tablet!)

    Hey… how you doin’?

    Facial recognition figures out your mood

    Reptiwatch

    Monitor your critters over the internet

  • Evox

    An immersive 3D life simulator engine

    Dance Dance Evolution

    A web-based rhythmic dance game

    Reel Cool

    Instagram for Video in your browser

    BreezeBlocks

    Make apps using React Native

  • How to Use Node.js Streams

    Andrew Ash

    Basic UX Principles

    Nick Ellsworth

    Heroku vs. AWS

    Jungho Son

    Debugging with Chrome Dev Tools

    Lily Jen

Daily Schedule

You’ll get a full classroom experience with your classmates and instructors through a mix of live lectures, workshops, and team projects. No two days are the same, but here’s an example of what a typical day looks like:

  • 9:30AM

    Morning Review

    Your morning starts with an optional review session to answer questions for the prior day. The instructor often leads the class through the prior day’s workshop, live coding the best-practices solution, and takes questions along the way.

  • 10AM

    Lecture

    You watch a live lecture (and coding session) from a Fullstack instructor, covering a portion of the curriculum. Lectures include plenty of interaction with the students to keep the material interesting and engaging

  • 11:30AM

    Workshop

    You’ll either work on a brief solo exercise or pair up with another student to tackle a workshop assignment related to the lecture you just watched. Pair programming is an essential skill for any developer and also helps in the learning process. The workshops are challenging and often go deeper than some of the areas covered in the related lecture. You will cultivate the skill of reading documentation and thinking creatively to solve programming challenges.

  • 1PM

    Lunch and Fitness Break

    You will take a 90-minute break to recharge and refuel. Many of our students take advantage of this time to get some exercise as well, which is a great way to get energized for the rest of the day.

  • 2:30PM to

    6:30PM

    Workshop (continued)

    The afternoon consists of additional lectures or continuation of pair exercises. Your instructor and teaching fellows are available to review your code and answer any questions you may have via our help desk on the learning management system.

Pair Programming

During the immersive program, you will pair program with every student in your cohort at least once. You’ll work together to solve programming challenges and double-check each other’s work.

Some Things Are Better Shared

Employers love to see engineers who have ample pair programming experience, which you will get as you work through the program.

You’ll also form meaningful new friendships with your programming partners, which will last a lifetime and create networking opportunities for you in the years ahead.

High-Quality Instructors

Our Chicago instructors are passionate programmers themselves and 100% devoted to students success.

  • Travis Stratton
    Instructor
  • Finn Terdal
    Senior Instructor

Career Prep

By the time you complete the immersive program, you’ll have everything you need to power your job search and land your dream job as a software engineer:

Portfolio of Apps

The projects you build will create an amazing portfolio that showcases your skills and experience.

Github Profile

Employers want to see a strong Github profile, and that’s exactly what you will have by the end of the program.

LinkedIn Profile

We’ll help you write a software engineering profile that will really stand out from the crowd (including demo videos of your applications).

Resume

You’ll work with our Career Success team to craft an elegant resume that shows off your skills as a fullstack software engineer.

We’ll help you get ready for technical interviews by doing practice interviews and working through dozens of sample technical questions. And we’ll introduce you to our hiring partners at top technology firms to find opportunities that might be a good fit.

Fullstack graduates in Chicago have been hired by both large companies and fast-growing startups:

Master Series

We give you the tools to build a long and successful career in software development.

Master series

We know that your learning journey doesn't end on the last day at Fullstack. That’s why we’ve created the Masters Series, a collection of workshops and lectures designed to deepen your understanding of key computer science concepts and industry best practices, giving you the tools and confidence you need to keep moving forward in your new career.

Explore the Master Series

Fullstack Chicago Testimonials

Kevin Hurley
Software Engineer, Catalytic Inc.

The instructors were extremely knowledgeable, and—most important—passionate. The best part of the instruction is that they didn’t just give you a recipe to follow—they taught you how to think like a software engineer.

Sergio Gomez
Fullstack Developer, Backstop

Fullstack has figured out a way to make you feel really involved with every new subject they teach … Fullstack Academy not only cares about giving you information, but they also make sure that you actually process that information, which is great.

Alexia Young
Fullstack Dev., PreparedHealth

Within 4 weeks, I received 2 job offers at companies I was really excited about. During my interviews, both companies were pleasantly surprised by how knowledgable and capable a bootcamp grad could be. Truly, I owe it all to Fullstack’s education and preparation.

Nick de Jong
Software Engineer, Morningstar

… There wasn’t even time to be nervous. We were learning so much at such a great pace. Looking back, it is the smartest investment I made in my, and my family’s, future.

Read more reviews online

Press Coverage

Read about Fullstack Academy in the news:

Admissions

The immersive program is a challenging and rewarding educational experience.

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With an in-depth curriculum spanning computer science fundamentals to front-end and back-end software development, Fullstack is a great environment for motivated, passionate students.

The curriculum does not start at a beginner level, so some programming experience is required to succeed in the course. We recommend checking out our Bootcamp Prep course to see if it’s right for you.

What Are We Looking For?

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Passion for Coding

You’ve demonstrated your passion by beginning to learn on your own and are determined to become a developer whether you get into Fullstack or not.

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Growth Mindset

Whatever you have worked on so far, you’ve strived for excellence. You’re focused on growth for yourself and others.

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Culture Fit

We look for students who are considerate, understanding, helpful, and generally pleasant to be around.

FAQ

  • Why should I attend Fullstack Academy?

    If you want to build a career in software development, Fullstack offers you the best launchpad. With a combination of thorough admissions, a carefully crafted curriculum and educational structure, and top-notch instructors, Fullstack’s program takes passionate students with a base of programming skills and makes them into professional software engineers. We know what it takes from a professional, personal, and mental level to be a top performer.

  • Why Fullstack JavaScript?

    Fullstack JavaScript Is the Future

    We love Ruby on Rails and Python/Django (we built our successful startups using those two stacks). However, the web industry waits for no developer or technology. The future of web development has moved toward sophisticated, responsive, and dynamic "single-page" applications running in the browser. Apps like Gmail, Asana, Trello, Facebook, and Google Maps have redefined what users expect from “web applications” and what developers need to deliver. Listening to these industry trends, and after lots of research and conversations with our CTO colleagues at top startups from Y Combinator, we’ve come to the conclusion that fullstack JavaScript is the future of web development. Consequently, it’s what we primarily immerse our students in at Fullstack Academy.

    Fullstack JavaScript Is the Best Way to Learn Web Development

    Not only is fullstack JS where “the puck is moving,” but it’s also the best way to learn how to code. Modern web development requires keeping many different parts of the stack in your mind at the same time. As a student, this is challenging enough. Now imagine that on top of this, each part of the stack requires you to understand and write in a completely different programming language (e.g., Ruby, SQL, and JavaScript). The context-switch required by switching back and forth between languages significantly slows down the learning process. Fullstack JavaScript eliminates this problem, as every part of the stack uses one language: JavaScript.

    As evidence for how quickly one can be productive when learning on a single-language stack, two Fullstack Academy teams won the Grand Prize at two different hackathons in New York City in February 2014. Both winning teams were using fullstack JavaScript and were only starting their semester at Fullstack. They each won $5,000 and $1,000, respectively, in cash prizes while competing with other serious teams made up of experienced developers. In December, Fullstack students swept the awards at The New York Times Hackathon, including the Best In Show and category-specific awards. More recently, students have won awards at NYC’s Fintech hackathon and the 2015 Video Hack Day.

    What about Ruby on Rails? Why are other schools teaching Rails?

    When we first discovered Rails, in 2005, developers were coming from an age where PHP back-end sites were getting increasingly complex and were becoming difficult to manage and scale. Rails excelled in this world, where the goal was still to develop HTML/CSS-centric web interfaces with heavy back-ends. Rails consolidated many of the “best practices” in back-end web development and made it easier for developers to build large sites in an organized way.

    A lot has changed since 2005, however. Cutting-edge companies today want to give users highly interactive and responsive experiences that don’t require a page refresh at every step. As a result, the web of today is dominated by single-page applications (SPAs) written in JavaScript using frameworks like React or Ember.js, making JavaScript one of the best programming languages to learn. Increasingly, the role of Rails has shifted to serve as an API layer to the back-end of web applications. You can read more about why a lot of schools teach Rails here.

    On top of these reasons, JavaScript offers several educational advantages over other languages. And as the majority of other coding schools teach Ruby on Rails, Fullstack graduates have a more in-demand skill set that separates them from the competition. Learn more about the educational and job-seeking advantages offered by a JavaScript curriculum here: Is the programming language taught at a coding bootcamp important?

  • Do you accept the new GI Bill (for veterans)?

    Unfortunately, we aren’t currently able to accept tuition-assistance payments from the new GI Bill (though we’re working hard on changing this). In the meantime, all veterans should visit our friends at Operation Code, where you can find more information and ways to support the cause. Veterans also automatically qualify for a $1,000 scholarship at Fullstack.

  • How does the immersive program compare to online resources?

    There are a great number of online resources available to learn how to code. They are particularly useful for learning the basics, since the concepts are not quite as complex and the problems/errors encountered are relatively easy to solve on your own. However, self-driven learning becomes more difficult as you get into the intermediate and advanced areas of coding. You can easily get stuck, you don’t have strong commitment methods or expert feedback, and you have to develop your own path of instruction (difficult for a beginner to do).

    If you’ve done Codecademy, Code School, and/or Team Treehouse, have built some small projects, and you’re looking to take your programming career to the next level, attending Fullstack is a proven, fast way to achieve your goals.

  • When should I apply to an upcoming cohort?


    Once accepted, you have the option to join any cohort beginning within 6 months of your acceptance date. Essentially, you have the freedom to apply whenever you feel comfortable approaching coding challenges. However, regarding deadlines, we recommend applying at least 6–8 weeks before the on-campus start date of your desired cohort. This allows us 2–3 weeks to conduct the application process and accounts for the 4-week mandatory Foundations pre-work.

    However, most cohorts begin filling up about one month before the Foundations pre-work begins. With this in mind, the best time to apply is 2 (or ideally 3) months before your desired cohort’s on-campus (or remote) start date.

    It’s also important to consider your readiness for the admissions process. If starting from a pure beginner level, we’ve often seen it take students 3–5+ months of study to get to admissions standards. If you’re not accepted during your first application attempt, there is a 2-month waiting period before you’ll be able to apply a second time.

  • What do I need?

    Most importantly, you’ll need to bring an open, well-rested, and hungry mind ready for learning. We highly recommend using a Mac, but students have also had success using Linux (e.g., Ubuntu).

  • How can I ask more questions?

    We’re happy to answer any questions you might have about Fullstack. Please ask them here, and we’ll get back to you with the details you need.

  • Can I visit the campus?

    Of course! The best way to visit and learn more about the program is to attend one of our events. Please register if you plan to attend.

    Alternatively, you can also schedule a short campus visit if you’re already in the admissions process. Please email admissions@fullstackacademy.com with the subject line "Campus Visit" to schedule one.

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