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The Admissions Process

At Make School, we see the admissions process more as a coaching opportunity rather than a process during which we simply judge students on their skills and experiences. Our mission at Make School is to ensure that every student gains the abilities needed to succeed in reaching their goals and aspirations in life - and this mission starts during the admissions process.

Make School Admissions

Important Dates

Make School does not have separate First Year and Transfer deadlines - all deadlines reflected are for both. Other important 2021 Admissions dates such as Preview Weekend(s) will be available soon.

Fall 2021 Start

September 22, 2020

Fall 2021 Application Opens
We encourage you to sign up for more information from Make School and continue checking this page for updates.

November 10, 2020

Fall Application Deadline*
Decision available by mid-December**

January 12, 2021

Winter Application Deadline*
Decision available by mid-March**

March 9, 2021

Spring Application Deadline
Decision available by mid-May** Make School will only accept applications and offer rolling admissions after this date based on available space in the program.

April 13, 2021

Final International Application Deadline
We will no longer accept new international applications after this date. The earlier deadline for international applications reflects the extra time it takes to receive an international admissions decision and Visa appointment wait times. The Admissions staff strongly suggest that international applicants apply as early as possible to prevent delays.

June 29, 2021

Final Application Deadline
We will no longer accept any new applications after this date. The Admissions staff strongly suggest that all applicants apply as early as possible to prevent delays.
* Make School admissions does not have Early Decision or Early Action deadlines with any restrictions. All applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible for the best experience and for earlier access to applicant- and admit-only community events. ** Deadlines are for submitting the initial application. Additional steps and documents are required after submitting the application before applicants are eligible for an admissions decision.

First-Year Applicants

First-year applicants to Make school come from a variety of diverse cultures and bring with them knowledge and experiences that inform their peers and the community as a whole. At Make School, we strive to provide accessible education to as many students as possible. Learn how to apply to Make School.

Transfer Applicants

Each year Make School welcomes exceptional transfer students from institutions around the country who are looking to dive deep into the practical study of computer science. We appreciate the ways in which transfer students add to the fabric of diverse backgrounds at Make School with their unique perspectives. Learn how to transfer to Make School.

International Applicants

International students are a wonderful addition to the Make School student body, bringing a global perspective to our community. Due to requirements surrounding I-20 processing, international students must submit additional required materials on top of the materials that all First Year and Transfer applicants must submit. Learn how to apply to Make School as an international applicant.

Asylees, DACA Recipients, and Undocumented Students

Make School is committed to supporting the educational and professional goals of Asylees, DACA Recipients under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Act, and our undocumented community. Asylees, DACA applicants, and Undocumented applicants follow the same admissions process as first-year or transfer applicants, with some additional required supplemental materials.

Important note: while we currently can offer financial assistance for approved DACA recipients and for Asylees who qualify, due to current laws surrounding work eligibility in the United States, Undocumented students who are not DACA approved or approved Asylees do not currently qualify for ISA or Federal Aid. There are external resources available for Undocumented students to pay for college. Please refer to the Financial Aid portion of our website for scholarship and grant resources.

Learn how to apply to Make School as an undocumented applicant.

The Selection Process

The selection process takes a holistic view of your experiences and achievements - both inside and outside of the classroom.

Generally speaking, we are looking for:

  • A pattern of hard work. This could be in an academic or non-academic setting.
  • Involvement in projects, activities, organizations. This could be a hackathon, volunteer work, student council, community projects, sport teams, or academic societies.
  • Character traits such as teamwork, collaboration, kindness, emotional intelligence, resilience, and an interest in software engineering.

While we value prior programming experience, we do not require it. In fact, our admissions process was designed to welcome programmers of all levels.

Make School students are characterized by:

Hard Work
Resilience & Hard Work
Problem Solving
Passion for Solving Problems
Teamwork & Collaboration
Software Development
High Interest in Software Development
Kindess & Emotional Intelligence

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