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 the Product College 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

Steps to Apply

Before Preparing to Apply
Step 1 The Application
Step 2 The Interview
Step 3 The Decision

We take 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. If you seem like a good fit for the Product College, but have little-to-no programming experience, we will invite you to enroll in our RAMP program. RAMP is a free, self-paced, 4-week introductory programming course. It's designed to get students that are new to programming prepared for success at the Product College.

Unlike other colleges, Make School does not require a fee to submit an application. A good Make School application is usually around 500 - 1000 words long. While this is an average length, we care more about quality than quantity.

Once you have submitted your written application, we will make an assessment and selected applicants will be contacted for an interview.

During the interview we will ask questions about your career and educational goals, your academic and coding history, as well as examples that showcase your ability for teamwork and collaboration. We will also learn about your passions.

After the interview, we will make a final assessment and you will be notified of the decision within 2 weeks.

Once you have completed all the steps required of you during the application process, we will make a final assessment on your profile. You will generally be notified of the decision 1-2 weeks after your interview.

International Students

Students of all nationalities are welcome at Make School. All applicants go through the same admissions process and Make School has no quotas or limits of any kind for admission.

Make School is not yet a fully accredited college or university, so we must follow a different process from other colleges to admit and enroll international students.

It is important to note that you will be ineligible to work in the United States during and after your time at Make School. In addition, Make School cannot sponsor the following visas:

  • F-1 Student Visa
  • An existing F-1 visa sponsorship from another school or organization.
  • Optional Practical Training (OPT)
  • J-1 Training Visa

If you already have one of the above visas, please be aware that this visa cannot be sponsored by Make School and will be invalidated when you begin your attendance at Make School.

However, International students can successfully attend Make School using a B-1/B-2 visa, known as a "Business Visitor" visa.

Admission into Make School does require a strong proficiency with the English language. If there is any question of your English abilities, we may request that you submit your TOEFL scores with your application.

Important Dates

Fall 2018 Start

November 20, 2017

Early Admissions Decisions

March 14, 2018

Application Deadline
(To receive Preview Weekend travel reimbursement)

April 18, 2018

Regular Application Deadline

April 27-28, 2018

Product College Preview Weekend

June 29, 2018

Application Deadline for guaranteed dorm housing

August 20, 2018

First Day of Class

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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