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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.
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.
technologies such as Node.js and React. You bring the energy, curiosity
and dedication — we'll provide a world-class school for becoming an expert
software developer. New classes start every 7 weeks.
The Fullstack Academy Experience
#1 Coding bootcamp
Fullstack Academy has been ranked as the top-ranked coding school in the U.S., and graduates consistently rate our program as a world-class experience.
Work with passionate programmers who love to teach and are damn good at it. 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.
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."
Co-founder and CEO, Fullstack Academy
Students learn best by doing. At Fullstack we've designed a unique educational program that combines lectures, workshops, projects, and more to help you gain a deep, practical understanding of our curriculum. During the process, you will build an impressive portfolio that demonstrates your skills as a developer.
Foundations is a 20-30 hour per week prep course that you will take remotely for the first 4 weeks. You will work through the Foundations material on your own pace, to get ready for the live portion of the immersive that starts in week 5.
In Foundations, you will develop a solid base of programming knowledge, allowing you to start the live portion of the course at an intermediate level, and at a fast pace.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Build a portfolio of apps
By the time you graduate from Software Engineering Immersive, you will have four projects in your software engineering portfolio — including three web applications and a Tech Talk. All of 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.
You will 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 is an example of what a typical day looks like:
Review session (optional)
In case you want clarification on what you learned, come in early for a review session of the previous day's lecture
Kickstart your morning with a programming challenge or two, so you can get "in the zone" for the coding day ahead.
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.
You will 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.
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.
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. Your instructor and teaching fellows are also available to review your code and answer any questions you may have.
The instructor leads the class through the workshop, live coding the best-practices solution, and taking questions along the way. There are many routes to achieve an outcome in programming, but some are much better than others. Instructors leverage their experience to show students the most efficient solutions to problems within the workshops.
You may continue working through the day's workshop (if there is another component to it) or review the pre-readings for tomorrow's lecture.
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 will also form meaningful new friendships with your programming partners, which will last a lifetime — and that will 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.
By the time you complete the immersive program, you will 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
Employers want to see a strong Github profile (like this one) — and that is exactly what you will have by the end of the program
We will help you write a software engineering profile that will really stand out from the crowd (including demo videos of your applications)
You will work with our Career Success Team to craft an elegant resume that shows off your skills as a fullstack software engineer
We will help you get ready for technical interviews by doing practice interviews and working through dozens of sample technical questions. And we will 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 start-ups here:
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.
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, they make sure that you actually process that information, which is great.
Full-Stack 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 boot camp 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.
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The immersive program is a challenging and rewarding educational experience.
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?
Passion for coding
You have demonstrated your passion by beginning to learn on your own, and are determined to become a developer whether you get into Fullstack or not.
Whatever you have worked on so far, you have strived for excellence. You are focused on growth for yourself and others.
"No asshole" rule*
We live by a no-asshole policy. We look for students who are considerate, understanding, helpful and generally pleasant to be around.
If you want to build a career in software development, Fullstack offers you the best launchpad. Through a combination of thorough admissions, a carefully crafted curriculum & educational structure, and top-notch instructors, Fullstack's program takes passionate students with a base of programming skill and makes them into professional software engineers. We know what it takes from a professional, personal and mental level to be a top-performer.
into their semester at Fullstack. They each won $5,000 and $1,000 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 backends. 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.
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 help support the cause. Veterans also automatically qualify for a $1,000 scholarship at Fullstack.
There's a great amount of resources available online to learn coding these days. They are particularly useful for learning the basics, since the concepts are not quite as complex and the problems/errors encountered are relatively easily 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, and built some small projects, and you're looking to take your programming career to the next level, attending Fullstack is a proven, fast-track way to achieve your goals.
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 wait period before be able to apply a 2nd time.
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