Make School is looking for the best. We're looking for the highest caliber computer science students in the country to fill the 50 spots in our 2016 class. The application for admission consists of questions that help us get to know you and your programming background. Try to answer the questions directly, include links to your previous work when possible, and remember to show not tell.
Applications are read on a rolling basis. If we like your application, we'll invite you to do a video interview with one of our founders. The video interview is casual; it's a chance for us to get to know you better and a chance for you to impress us with your passion.
Attending the Summer Academy is a fast track to attending the Product Academy. If you are a leader and show a high level of performance during the Summer Academy, you'll automatically receive admission to the Product Academy
Our typical Product Academy student has just finished high school, is in college, or just graduated from college. They are passionate about building things and solving problems. They are able to provide live links to cool software projects they've built outside of school. They have gained significant programming experience through classes, tutorials, and attending hackathons, and they have mastered the basic concepts of software development - like object-oriented programming. Some of the characteristics we're looking for in applicants include: curiosity, creativity, problem-solving ability, passion, drive, and kindness (the last one is important!).
You will be studying with an incredibly diverse selection of classmates - Make School students come from over 40 different countries!
Tuition & Financial Aid
The tuition to attend Make School's Product Academy is $40,000 for year one, and $20,000 for year two.
Make School is committed to making computer science education accessible for students regardless of socioeconomic background, and 100% of Make School students are eligible to receive some form of financial aid. Make School offers three forms of aid based on need:
Income-Based Repayment Tuition
Make School is a pioneer in the Income-Based Repayment (IBR) tuition model for higher education. Income-Based Repayment Tuition means that students can pay their tuition to the Product Academy by pledging a percentage of their future earnings. Make School may offer a student Full, Partial, or Half IBR tuition.
|Payment Option||Up-Front Tuition||% of Pre-Tax Salary||Months of IBR|
|Full IBR||$0/yr||25%||3 Years + 6 Months|
|Partial IBR (US)||$7,500/yr||25%||2 Years + 6 Months|
|Half IBR||$15,000/yr||25%||1 Year + 6 Months|
Make School is only able to offer Full IBR to students who will be eligible to work in the United States after graduation, so U.S. citizens and permanent residents can opt to receive full IBR. International students can choose between the Partial, Half, and No IBR options depending on their situation. For more information regarding financial aid for international students, please review the IBR for international students question in our FAQ.
IBR Living Stipends & Loans
Make School tuition does not include living expenses. We estimate that living expenses (including housing) will amount to $1,500 - $1,800/month, or roughly $18,000 per school year. Please note that students do not pay Make School for any living expenses.
Product Academy students who cannot finance living expenses in San Francisco can opt to obtain an extension of their IBR in order to receive a living stipend of $1,500 per month. Another option available to students is to apply for a loan. Make School connects students with loan providers who know and trust Make School. We're building relationships with loan providers to ensure loans on friendly terms and competitive interest rates. Make School cannot guarantee loan approval, but our partners are eager to finance students of the Product Academy.
Make School students typically live together in nearby dorms that are provided by a housing partner. Students can choose to arrange their own housing, but we recommend staying in the dorms as living with other students is part of the Make School experience. Living in the dorms costs roughly $1000/mo - an amount that is paid directly to the housing partner.
Paid Six-Month Internship
While making your financial plan to attend Make School's Product Academy, remember to take into account that most students will be recommended for a six-month internship at the end of year one (from June to December). Salaries for these internships average $80,000 per year (or $40,000 for six months). After subtracting IBR and taxes, students can expect to take home roughly $23,000 during those six months.
The Product Academy is a brief and intensive time of preparation for your career, and therefore we require students’ full attendance and effort to ensure their success in the program. It is possible to engage in part-time work during the evenings and weekends so long as it does not impede your growth at the Product Academy. We recommend your work be technical; this could mean doing light contracting, contributing to or creating a startup, or tutoring others who are learning how to code.
Seniors who are in their second year (after their internship period) will have greater flexibility and support to work on more intensive contract work and startups.
|May 1, 2016||Rolling Admissions Open|
|April 30, 2017||Rolling Admissions Close|
|September 5, 2017||Dorm move in begins|
|September 11 - December 15, 2017||First Semester|
|January 9 - May 25, 2018||Second Semester|
|June 5 - January 8, 2019||Tech Internship (exact dates may vary)|
|January 7 - May 24, 2019||Third Semester|
|June 10 - August 23, 2019||Capstone Project|
|August 26, 2019||Graduation|
|May 1, 2015||Rolling Admissions Open|
|April 30, 2016||Rolling Admissions Close|
|September 15, 2016||Dorm move in begins|
|September 19 - December 16, 2016||First Semester|
|January 9 - June 2, 2017||Second Semester|
|June 5 - January 6, 2017||Tech Internship (exact dates may vary)|
|January 8 - May 25, 2018||Third Semester|
|June 12 - August 18, 2018||Capstone Project|
|August 26, 2018||Graduation|
|May 1, 2015||Rolling Admissions Close|
|September 15, 2015||Dorm move in begins|
|September 21 - December 18, 2015||First Semester|
|January 4 - May 27, 2016||Second Semester|
|June 13 - January 23, 2016||Tech Internship (exact dates may vary)|
|January 23 - June 2, 2017||Third Semester|
|June 12 - August 18, 2017||Capstone Project|
|August 24, 2017||Graduation|