About Make School

Make School is an experiment in redesigning higher education for the 21st century

We predict a sustainable and scalable model of college can be built upon the following pillars

  • Combining the liberal arts with computing education in a college education
  • 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 innovation
  • Ensuring students are the core focus of the institution
  • Systemically aligning incentives of the institution with students through Income Share Agreements (tuition paid as a percentage of salary once employed)

We're now four years into our experiment, and our early results have been promising. We've educated over 2,000 students through in-person programs and over one million students through online content. Our students 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.

Our new model of college has enrolled over 100 students, coming from all walks of life and all corners of the globe. Majority of our students come from low to mid income families, while nearly half identify as underrepresented minority students. Our career outcomes are on par with 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.

Make School Team

Our founders are designing 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

Learn Capital

Driving educational innovation globally with the world bank and impact LPs

Kapor Capital

Creating upward mobility for low-income youth and improving diversity in tech

Y Combinator

Building a better world through technology, research, and non-profits

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