Our admissions process aims to help guide your learning

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

Our ideal student has grit, kindness and a passion for technology

The first step in the application process is to prepare a profile that describes and highlights your achievements, prior coding experience, aspirations, and ambitions. A Make School student will show a pattern of hard work, self-learning, collaboration, empathy, passion for problem-solving, and the drive to create technology. We select students based on the evidence they give us in their application, projects, and interviews of the following five characteristics:

Hard Work
Work Ethic & Resilience
Problem Solving
Passion for Solving Problems
Teamwork & Collaboration
Kindess & Emotional Intelligence
Software Development
Aptitude for Software Development

More specifically, when reading your application, we will look for a concrete pattern of hard work. For example, this could include:

  • Doing well in your AP Computer Science classes
  • Working on or being involved with projects, activities, or organizations that require dedicated effort lasting more than a month, such as:
    • Model UN
    • A robotics club project
    • A science fair project
    • Hackathon projects

Our admissions process is designed to welcome programmers of all levels. For less-experienced programmers, we may look at whether you:

  • Enjoy doing puzzles that test your logic ability
  • Have ever been to math camp
  • Have attempted any online courses for computer science

During the admissions process, we work with you to assess whether your skills and desires match this profile. The closer you are to the above profile, the better your chances will be. To really understand if the Product College is the right fit for you, we recommend you begin going through the free, online materials we offer through our Online Academy before applying. We recommend progressing through the Online Courses for a month to decide for yourself whether you may be ready for Make School. You can also take a look at current students and alumni of the Product College to understand whether your skills and interests match.

Steps to Apply

Step 1 The Application
Step 2 The Interview
Step 3 The Decision

Unlike other colleges, Make School does not require a fee to submit an application. A good Make School application is usually around 700 - 1000 words long. While this is an average length, we care more about quality than quantity. Make sure you are concise and relevant.

It is acceptable to be a less-advanced programmer, but be sure to share all your other achievements and aspirations and explain your interest in programming well. The application is designed as a chance for us to understand more about you - and we’d love to dig deep. Mention any information (clubs, activities, projects) that demonstrates both your pattern of hard work, as well as your ability to be collaborative, logical, and empathetic.

Don’t forget to add links to your previous coding projects. Don’t have links? You can put your projects up on GitHub and link that on your application.

Once you have submitted your written application, we will make an assessment. If we feel you would be a good fit for the program, you may be selected to conduct 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 give you a chance to describe any passions you have outside of the world of computer science.

The interview is designed to allow us face time with you so that we can begin to get to know you on a more personal level.

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 hear from us within a month or two of your submitted 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

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 a fully accredited college or university and so follows 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.

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