Not surprisingly, Fullstack Academy does exactly what it says it does. It teaches you the full web development stack. This means that you will learn how to program the Front End (the website your user would interact with) and the Back End (the piece on the server which performs all the logic for your site), specifically MEAN stack and everything in between (∞). Ok, they don't actually teach you an infinite amount of knowledge, but it is more comprehensive coverage of material than you might see at other bootcamps.
They are also comprehensive in structure. Before you arrive, expect to do a significant ammount of pre-work that helps effectively prepare you for the course. After the bootcamp, expect support to help you find a job including mock technical interviews.
While Fullstack's curriculum is certainly comprehensive when it comes to programming, what is even more impressive is the integration of intangible skills throughout the course. As part of the learning experience, Fullstack encourages its students to take advantage of the growing New York tech scene and attend the numerous MeetUps and Hackathons that take place. Outside of just New York, they also encourage their students to take part in Open Source projects (often a source of pride and credentials for programmers).
The most obvious way these skills are infused into the course is through the CTO Program. These are eight modules that teach essential CTO skills throughout the program. These modules include lessons like Learning to Learn, Learning to Lead, Learning by Teaching, Become the Right Person, Real World Experience, Code is a Community, Innovation Happens Everywhere, and Stackup Support.
They accept applications online on their site on a rolling basis, but expect to wait up to a week to hear back if you got an interview or not. Prior to the interview, they will provide additional materials to help you prepare as well as several take-home problem sets. Fullstack Academy currently reports 97% hiring rate for their students and they take pride in their job placement process.
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|Program: Fullstack Academy of Code||Cities: New York, Remote||Duration: 13 weeks||Cost: $16,810|
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I have been trying to teach myself web development fundamentals for several years, on the side, while working full-time. I never quite found the time to do so. Putting my life on hold for 3 months to attend Fullstack Academy enabled me to finally become competent in the MEAN stack, and to get a general sense of how to structure a web-development project. Additionally, I thought it was useful that we applied SCRUM techniques when working in groups. Overall I am very happy that I attended, and can only recommend Fullstack. The instructors are very competent, and even higher level questions about security, project management, and best practices of structuring code don't remain unanswered.
Five out of five stars. I always highly recommend Fullstack. The instructors are incredible, and I guarantee you will learn a lot. It was the greatest, most transformative experience of my life. Best decision ever.
Excellent instruction and very high quality of students; I felt humbled to be there. Fast-paced curriculum and long days. At times it felt a bit overwhelming in terms of how much was covered in a day; I'm still reviewing some of the modules over a year after having graduated. Although I have some minor quibbles with the curriculum (they should drop Mongo for Postgres if the goal is prepping students for the real world), I'm happy that I had the opportunity to attend.
Fullstack equipped me with a good foundation for web development at my first job. Also provided me with good mentorship and understanding of frameworks and the JS language.
Exactly the outcomes I wanted - Incredible mix of intensive with life balance - Highly effective Instructors, always willing to go the extra mile for their students.
Fullstack Academy is, without a doubt, the best coding bootcamp. The rigorous curriculum, in depth projects, and high quality instructors really prepare students to go from beginner to competitively employable in a few months.
Amazing staff and teachers. Great environment for learning. I highly recommend it for anyone trying to break into the amazing world of web development.
Best decision of my life. FS and its amazing faculty gave me the skills and independence to land my dream job.
Fullstack was an amazing experience. It got me to the place I wanted to be in and gave me the confidence to go out and interview again. It's definitely for a certain type of person who is ideally in the mindset of dedicating their life to the program while it's in session. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone who thinks that the course will just do the work for you and you'll all of the sudden be a software engineer after a certain amount of time attending. There will be a lot of self motivating aspects of the program, times of doubt and frustration, etc. but, I assure you that if you feel those feelings, you're on the right track.
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The culture, just like the overall experience, is 'immersive'. When I attended, the average age of attendees was in the low to mid twenties. People spent a lot of time together, and they often stayed to play games at night or on weekends, attended hackathons together, and explored New York City together. Even now, 6 months after graduating, there is still a vivid communication among the participants. People help each other find jobs, and exchange ideas about best practices, events, and new technologies.
Work hard, play hard. It was a laid back culture but a lot of work was expected from us. Students would work hard during the day/week and go out together on the weekends.
I'd describe it as a crossroads of smart people from different backgrounds, all of whom are driven to become better at writing code. It's very motivating in that respect, Fullstack kind of naturally brings out everyone's "A" game.
Great culture. They have a strict 'no asshole' policy which allows there to be a safe environment to learn something new. A good balance of people with some experience and those without experience.
Supportive and motivational. Friendly and welcoming.
Very collaborative. The instructors are always willing to lend a hand. They also know when you should be figuring something out yourself, or if it's truly something you need help with. The founders were reachable when we needed to chat about our worries, and always assured us that it will work out.
My instructors were always available for questions. Our main instructor for the class was very knowledgeable, and had a great way to share his knowledge. He would often plan ad-hoc sessions to teach additional content that he felt students would benefit from.
David and Nimit were incredible. They both have an impressive resume and are able to explain things in a way to makes sense to beginners. David and Nimit were great complements to each other, David will push you out of your comfort zone and Nimit will be there to care for your well being.
Very good instructors who are passionate about clean code. High numbers of fellows and instructors meant it was rare to have to wait for help when you had a question.
Instructors were amazing. They all displayed their passion, and each one was unique enough to bring something different to the classroom. My main instructor was Joe Alves and he would definitely rank as one of the best teachers I've ever had.
Extremely effective at teaching concepts and supporting every student's needs.
Very effective. Instructors have lectures all planned out normally. Ours was always available for office hours or to answer any bleeding emergencies.
Make sure that you can dedicate a lot of time when you plan on attending this bootcamp. Prepare to work on weekends. Work on side projects in your (very limited) free time. Eat healthy and join a gym - you'll be sitting in front of a computer 80+ hours per week.
You get what you put in. Work hard for the three months and you will learn a lot! Also, your classmates become your greatest asset in the workforce/ job hunt. The networking opportunity is amazing in the program so make an effort to get to know those around you.
Make sure you're pushing yourself the entire time. They give you the opportunity to explore other areas of tech that you may be interested in with the assistance of world-class instructors. Take advantage of it.
Any coding bootcamp is a lot of hard work and dedication - it's not like those easy college classes where you show up and get an "A". You will learn a lot in a few months and it will be overwhelming at times. You have to really want it and be ready and willing to work your butt off for it. If this is you, Fullstack Academy is definitely the place to go!
Stay focused. It's an investment in yourself and your future. You really just need to buckle down for 3 months so don't let other things get in the way. Don't make the commitment unless you can keep it. Also remember that everyone there has a similar goal, so don't let yourself or your classmates down.
Don't be afraid to ask for help! Being super dependent at FS set me up to be really independent after leaving.
Be ready to shed some sweat. It's grueling and will make you question everything about your ability to become a Software Engineer. EVERYONE FEELS THAT WAY THOUGH. Once you realize that, keep with it and it WILL work out. Stay humble and don't think you're an expert at anything at least until it's apparent that until others think you are. Also, give up your social life. It's not that long and it's going to take every ounce of your time and dedication.