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.
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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