Make School is redesigning higher education for the 21st century
Our emphasis is on ensuring relevance of education for the modern economy and accessibility to students of all backgrounds. We provide instructional, curricular, admissions, and other services to help operate innovative new college programs in partnership with established universities. Our education operates on the following pillars:
- Combining the liberal arts with computing education in a bachelor’s granting program
- Providing relevant and engaging education through real world projects
- Uniting students from a broad socioeconomic range who possess grit (as measured by non-traditional metrics) and a passion for impact and innovation
- Ensuring students are the core focus of the institution
- Systemically aligning incentives of the institution with students through a repayment protection plan that ensures tuition is paid as a percentage of salary once employed
We're now seven years into our experiment and incredibly proud of the outcome. We’ve educated over 2,000 students between 2012-2018 through in-person programs and over one million students through our online content. The learning model we pioneered was used to create a new Bachelor’s in Applied Computer Science program in partnership with Dominican University that launched in Fall 2018 and has already enrolled over 200 students.
The students we’ve educated have shipped thousands of apps reaching tens of millions of people; from medical solutions to women's empowerment communities to simple games. Our alumni form a powerful network across the most innovative companies in the world.
The majority of the students in the Bachelor’s in Applied Computer Science program come from low to mid income families, while nearly half identify as underrepresented minority students. Their career outcomes are on par with students from elite universities, giving us evidence that talent is in fact diverse and distributed.
We hope our experiment will inspire innovation throughout the higher education landscape and accelerate the broader conscious capitalism movement.
Our team is our operational engine and cultural core
We are fortunate to work with a diverse group of individuals passionate about making higher education more modern, engaging, and accessible. We've previously worked at tech companies, coding schools, universities and integrate our knowledge and experiences to drive innovation. We've lectured and taught courses at MIT, Carnegie Mellon, UC Berkeley, Stanford and INSEAD. We strive to treat people well, do right by our students and our team, and support our surrounding community. We hope everyone who enters our doors, whether students or staff, leaves better off than as they came.
Our founders designed the college they wished existed
Seven years ago, Ashu and Jeremy took time off college because they didn't feel engaged with traditional education. They were products of a global progressive education system, but felt modern education pedagogy was missing in universities. During their time off they began teaching high school and college students to build apps, a way to supplement traditional education with a relevant and engaging experience that would prepare students for careers in the tech industry. Their students fell in love with progressive education and built portfolios that enabled them to earn jobs at top tech companies. The stories and experience of their students inspired Ashu and Jeremy to begin designing a new model of higher education.
Our investors care deeply about impact