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  • Cost
    $0-$60,000
  • Programs Pace
    Full-time
  • Payment Options
    Upfront, ISA, Financing, Scholarship
  • Programs Available
    Frontend, Full Stack
Description

Make School in San Francisco is a computer science college offering a technology-laden bachelor’s degree program. Unlike traditional college computer science programs, Make School designed its curriculum to include liberal arts and to prepare graduates specifically for jobs in the tech sector. The computer science program also features a variety of coding classes, similar to what coding bootcamp students receive. The entire bachelor’s degree program at Make School is regionally accredited, and the degree earned in this single-major college is valid. Make School is a technology-centered university alternative that offers college accreditation.

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The curriculum at Make School covers everything students would find in a traditional computer science program, plus additional coding training. Students can choose when they take certain classes, including liberal arts courses that Make School fits into the intensive schedule. There are 21 required courses in the college, which range from Engineering classes to programming fundamentals. Students must also choose a minimum of three ‘track courses’ to qualify for internship support. Some courses are only available to second-year students, as well. The school also offers ‘science and letters’ courses, which cover subjects such as communications, creative writing, and geology. Students at this school take coding classes in front and backend web development, along with mobile development and data science.

The computer science bachelor’s degree program at Make School is accelerated and takes approximately two years to complete. This includes summer classes and so-called ‘intensive periods’ during the year. Classes are structured similarly to a traditional four-year university, including final exams at the end of each term. A full academic calendar is available on the website, which details the length and subject matter of each term. The two-year bachelor’s degree program at the Make School is unique—according to a 2016 report, the average amount of time students took to complete a traditional four-year bachelor’s degree program was 5.1 years.

Make School has published a full graduate outcomes report on its website. According to the report, 67% of 2018 graduates are working full-time as software engineers or product managers. An additional 17% chose part-time or contracting work, and 7% of graduates founded startups. The data is based on a self-reported survey of the 30 graduating students from 2016 to 2018. Also, 10% of graduates are either continuing to study (alone or at another university) or currently job-seeking.

The Make School offers several tuition options to students. In addition to traditional financing, students can fund their education through Make School’s income share agreement (ISA) program. Once students graduate with income sharing, they only pay a percentage of their salaries after making $60,000 per year or more. The school also offers a partial income share agreement, which works on the same principles the full offer. The total cost of the bachelor’s degree from this program is $70,000, or $15,000 for fall and spring semesters and $10,000 for summer sessions. The full price of tuition covers two years of study, which is the intended duration of the degree program.

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Full-time

Programs Available

Frontend, Full Stack

Financing Options

Upfront, ISA, Financing, Scholarship

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  • Anaya
    November 9, 2019 at 4:18 am

    Make school ended a week ago and I truly miss it. What I love the most was the community of peers, we were all at different stage of our programming journey. Ranging from experience, beginners to complete novice and this common passion brought us all together. The instructors are fantastic!

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  • Mthabisi Ndlovu
    November 10, 2019 at 9:53 pm

    Make School believes in learning by making. From the very first day you will start building apps and as you learn more you will build cooler apps. You will get a chance to work with other bright minds in a hackathon, where you and your team will build an app from scratch. You will also be challenged to come with an original app which you will ship to the App Store and present to a huge audience on demo day. Attending Make School is really cool and you will learn a lot, actually it will change your life and put you a level up in the tech playing field.

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  • Anonymous
    November 13, 2019 at 9:12 pm

    My time there was awesome I learned so much and was exposed to the silicon valley culture.

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  • Hiroto
    November 30, 2019 at 7:07 pm

    I attended the Make School summer academy in Tokyo. It was the most amazing experience I’ve ever had. When the summer academy starts the instructors teaches us the fundamentals of computer science.
    At first it might feel difficult when you start learning but once you get hang of it it becomes really fun learning how to make an app. During the summer academy instructors taught us Swift to make an iOS app for iPhone.
    The most wonderful thing about Make School is that they teach us product design so that students can know what app they want to make and the instructors gives students very clear advice to improve their app ideas.
    Make School instructors encourages students to make things and they encourage students to be passionate about something they like.
    Joining the Make School community is really cool the community is the best part of Make School.

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  • Petrina
    December 3, 2019 at 7:33 am

    I attended the Make School Summer Academy in 2015 with codeacademy tutorials as my only coding background. The academy paved a way for me to get into programming, and I’m now working at a game development company. The instructors are really helpful and I made friends that I still keep in touch with to this day. Overall a fantastic summer experience!

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  • Tony Cioara
    December 4, 2019 at 3:02 am

    As someone who just graduated highschool, I figured I would go to make school and start doing something with my life. With my huge ego I decided not to go in the explorer track even though I had basically no coding experience. I jumped right into the games track and within a few days we started working on the tutorials that were based around copying other games. They were easy, but for someone who knew almost nothing about code, it was a lot to process and I felt like I fell behind. After 2 weeks, when we started to work on pur own projects everything started turning around. With the help of the awesome games instructors and the tutorials and internet as resources I was back on track in no time, and by the end I finished and shipped a game I am quite proud of. Awesome stuff. Lots of good cheap nearby. I recommend it for anyone who wants to learn to code, or to design products!

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  • Shen Tung Huang
    December 7, 2019 at 6:45 am

    In Summer Academy, you can learning with your new friends. The instructors are all around and provide sessions and support for you. I’m a beginner in design mobile APP, this academy helps me build experience quickly. I think it’s powerful and helpful that you can get different good advice at the same issue from different instructors.

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  • Essam
    December 18, 2019 at 4:44 am

    I attended the 2015 Summer Academy and it changed my life. Before the summer academy, I had average background in CS from online courses. The outcome of the academy wasn’t just iOS development; as the course content is free and open-sourced. We learned product development from idea to shipping. The instructors are top engineers who are fun and great people. I made a lot of friends there whom I am still in touch with. I gained a lot of experience talking to investors and entrepreneurs. Now, I am a Junior CS student who works part-time as a Mobile Developer at Toptal.

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