Why should I go to Make School? Isn't studying Computer Science in college enough for my career?
College CS programs focus on theoretical computer science but don't provide the practical skills you need to excel on the job. We talked to CTO's at top startups as we developed our curriculum to ensure your theoretical and practical education is relevant. Make School also provides the soft skills you need for a successful career in tech. Everything you learn will give you a peek into the professional world, and everyone you meet will be a key piece of your professional network. The portfolio of projects you build combined with the work experience of the tech internship will set you up for a successful career.
What languages and frameworks will I learn?
What is the student to instructor ratio?
We have 1 instructor for every 8 students.
Do you guarantee a tech internship and job after graduation?
No. We do our best to help place you at an internship through our strong network of tech companies and startups, but ultimately the duty of landing the internship will fall on the student (ex: We are responsible for scheduling interviews and prepping the student, the student is responsible for excelling in the interview and following through with the company. Click here for a list of our corporate partners.
When is the best time to attend Make School?
The best time to do the program is right after you graduate high school or during the first half of your college CS degree. Our typical student is aged 18-25, but we accept older and younger students as well! We do require that you've graduated high school or earned your GED, but we do not look at your GPA when making admissions decisions. Whether you have a CS degree and want to hone your skills or you're a high school grad and want to jump into your career, you should apply!
What if I can't commit to two years at Make School?
There is no required two year commitment to attend Make School. Like any other college, you can attend Make School for the whole program or only a part of it. Students who attend Make School’s Product College for one year generally feel one of two ways: either they are job ready and take a full time job in tech, or they enjoy the program so much they would not consider returning to a traditional CS program.
Can I do this part time?
No, we expect you to commit to this full time and for this to be your primary focus for the next 2 years.
Who owns the apps I build during Make School?
You do! You retain 100% of the rights to all the work you do during the program.
What kind of computer do I need? Do I need an iPhone or iPod touch?
You'll need a Mac laptop that can run the latest version of OSX. You can check whether your computer will work here. We usually recommend a Mac laptop that is less than two years old. However, any laptop that can run the latest OSX that has at least 8GB of memory and a SSD (Solid State Drive) hard drive will work. In the case of some older mac laptops, additional RAM and an SSD can be added for as little as ~$200. You do not need an iPhone or iPod touch (iOS simulators on Macs will work well enough). We provide need-based hardware assistance for students who can't afford a Mac.
Where is the exact location?
Make School is held in our wonderful offices in SOMA, the tech centric neighborhood of San Francisco. Our address is 1547 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103. Click here for map directions.
Is housing provided?
Yes, Make School will be offering a housing option to students. Student housing will be close to Make School HQ, and rent will be approximately $1,000-1,500/month. Most students find that it is incredibly beneficial to live with other students, as they can collaborate on projects and help each other during nights and weekends. However, students can also arrange their own housing, if they prefer alternate accommodations.
Tuition & Aid
What is the total cost of attending Make School for two years?
Tuition varies depending on the ISA model you choose, ranging between $60,000 and $90,000 in tuition over the course of two years. Living costs for two years will add $30,000 to the total cost.
What is a living stipend and how can I apply for one?
We'll be offering need-based living assistance, in the form of an additional ISA, to students who qualify for aid. We offer living assistance for housing and living expenses ($1,500) as well as living assistance for housing expenses only ($1000). The amount of additional ISA will depend on the form of assistance you choose, with a maximum of 18 months of additional payback added to any tuition ISA. The living stipend application will be available once you have applied and been admitted to the Product College. In order to determine if you’re eligible, we require you to submit documentation that demonstrates your financial need (e.g. a tax return that shows your family’s income and financial situation). We recommend that you begin collecting any official documents that will demonstrate your need so that you will be ready to apply for a living stipend once you are admitted.
In the infographic comparing research universities to the Product College, what do 'Earnings', 'In Pocket', and 'Tuition Owed' mean?
'Earnings' is the total amount earned (before taxes) while doing any internships and full-time work during the five years after a student enters either the Product College or a research university.
'In Pocket' is the total amount of earnings you walk home with after accounting for tuition payments and taxes during the five years after a student enters either the Product College or a research university.
'Tuition Owed' is the amount of tuition that still needs to be paid after five years have passed since beginning either the Product College or a research university.
Application & Admissions
Are you accepting students for the class of 2019?
Yes, our next class starts in September 2017 and graduates in June 2019. We are currently accepting applications, click to apply.
What are the prerequisites?
Introductory level computer science knowledge is required, self taught or having taken a basic programming class are both fine. These concepts should be familiar: Objects, Classes, Class inheritance (subclasses, superclasses), Class vs. Instance methods and Variables. You'll need to demonstrate that you've worked on interesting software projects outside of school.
How many students will be admitted?
Like any college or university, we admit a larger number of students than actually enroll and attend. We plan to enroll 120 students for the 2017-2019 cohort, so we will likely admit around double that.
What are the application requirements?
We require all Product College applicants to submit a digital application that includes personal information as well as short answer questions. Please provide as much detail about your background as possible. In addition to the required digital application, Make School also encourages the submission of several optional pieces of information, including a recorded video interview (a link to submit this can be found on your student dashboard), links to products you’ve built, links to pieces of code that you’re proud of, and up to two letters of recommendation from software developers/mentors and/or computer science instructors.
What does Make School look for in a prospective student?
Make School looks for traits that include resilience, hard work, a passion for solving problems, the ability to be collaborative, kindness, emotional intelligence and a previous knowledge of software development. We are able to assess these traits by looking at an applicant’s digital application, their background in computer science, projects they’ve worked on, and recommendation letters they obtain from computer science instructors and/or mentors who work in industry.
Does Make School accept international students?
Yes, Make School has admitted many international students; however, international students face additional challenges that make it harder to attend Make School and work in the US after Make School.
What kind of visa do international students need to study at Make School?
Unless you qualify for Make School’s Income Share Agreement (ISA), you must pay the full tuition of $30,000 per year to attend Make School. You may already have a F-1, M-1, or J-1 visa or OPT/CPT time; however, you cannot use these visas to attend Make School, since, as soon as you leave your sponsoring institution, these visas become invalid. Even though these visas might not expire for a few years, they are only valid while you are enrolled at a school that is authorized to sponsor visas. Since Make School is not authorized to sponsor visas, your visa will become invalid immediately once you leave the other school, even if the expiry date has not been reached.
If I’m an international student how can I qualify for an Income Share Agreement (ISA)?
Any international student paying full tuition is able to attend Make School. In addition, Make School is willing to offer Full, Three-Quarters, and Half ISA depending on the likelihood that the student will be permitted to work in the United States during their internship period and after graduation. Read the following situations carefully to determine what level of ISA you might qualify for. As an international student, please do not assume that Make School will extend any level of ISA to you as it may not be possible to do so. You must confirm with Make School the level of ISA that Make School is willing to extend before making any further plans.
Full Income Share Agreement
Canadians, Chileans, and Singaporeans with a university degree in CS or a related field can choose Full ISA or any of Make School’s other financing options.
Three-Quarters Income Share Agreement
Canadian citizens without degrees in CS or a related field still have a good chance to qualify for a nonimmigrant NAFTA Professional visa (or a TN visa) at the border, and so this group qualifies for Three-Quarters ISA.
Half Income Share Agreement
Mexican citizens without degrees in CS or a related field have a slightly worse chance than Canadians to qualify for a TN visa at the border after graduation. Therefore, the best financing option that Make School can offer these students is Half ISA.
If you have a degree in the field of computer science or a related field from a foreign university, you might qualify for a J-1 and/or an H-1B visa. The J-1 visa is a “training visa”, which allows you to work under certain conditions. Unless you are Canadian, Singaporean or Chilean, H-1B applicants only have a ~30% chance of getting a visa each year. In this case Make School is likely to offer you Half ISA.
If you do not have a degree in computer science or a related field, another way to earn half ISA is to qualify for an O-1 visa. To qualify for an O-1 visa, a student must have strong evidence of at least three of the O-1 visa’s eight criteria. To qualify for half ISA, you must already have accomplished one of the eight criteria before attending Make School and enter with a realistic plan to achieve two more.
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will connect you with the person on our team who can answer your questions about visas, and confirm with you what level of ISA you qualify for. In this email include:
- Your nationality
- If you have a degree, the field your degree is in, and from which university you received the degree. Include links to the school.
- If you already qualify for one or more of the eight O-1 criteria. Include links to your achievements.