Why should I attend The Grace Hopper Program?

The Grace Hopper Program at Fullstack Academy provides the best environment to jumpstart a career in software development. We're the only East Coast coding immersive run exclusively for women. In a male-dominated industry, our students are mentored and supported by experienced women committed to coding and making tech more inclusive. From our continuously-updated curriculum to our personalized mentorship experience, you will be more than just a “coder” — you’ll be a full-fledged fullstack software engineer.

Additionally, our mentorship program has been developed with careful planning based on experience founding, building, and selling tech companies, as well as crafting a top-tier bootcamp experience at Fullstack Academy. We know what it takes to be a top-performer in tech, so we supplemented the technical curriculum with the soft skills and insider knowledge needed to succeed.

Lastly, we’re investing in your success. Because tuition is not owed until you are hired after the program, we are even more incentivized to help you out with the job search.

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What will I learn at The Grace Hopper Program?

Our curriculum is based on the most cutting-edge tools in the industry; however, we know that technologies and processes are constantly changing. Our aim is to make students experts in the timeless fundamental concepts that will stay with you throughout your career. For more information about the current technologies that we're teaching across the full stack, please see our curriculum modules.

In addition to the tech skills you'll gain, we've developed a specific learning path called the CTO Program that will prepare you for more than just an entry-level programming job. Go beyond just code to learn how technology leaders think about hiring and growing their development teams and how to make yourself the best candidate for the position you want.

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Who should apply?

There are many traits we look for in accepted students. We are looking for women* who are passionate about coding and have the drive to succeed in an immersive environment. Maybe you took a Computer Science class (or two) in college and couldn't shake the urge to learn more, or you built your own webpage from scratch and want to turn your passion into a career. And if you don't feel that your programming skills are up-to-par, we can provide learning resources to better prepare you for the coding assessment portion of our application.

*As an inclusive program looking to break barriers in tech, we define "women" as anyone female identifying -- including transgender, genderqueer, and non-binary.

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How does the program work?

Cohorts begin with a four week-long remote class called Foundations. Foundations typically requires 25+ hours of dedicated work per week. It includes learning materials, weekly assignments, and weekly one-on-one virtual office hours with a GHP instructor. Foundations covers a solid base of web development knowledge and a deeper understanding of JavaScript, so students hit the ground running on the first day of live instruction on campus.

The on-campus portion of The Grace Hopper Program (full-time, located in New York City) is 13 weeks long and a mix of lecture, workshops, and projects. It is full-time, requiring 50+ of work each week. Instructor's lectures will give you a strong grasp of fundamental programming concepts and web development, and workshops will increase knowledge retention with hands-on practice. This first half of GHP starts with a heavier focus on personal and module-based learning, which transitions into project and team-based learning in the final 6 weeks.

Guided lectures and workshops work well for covering fundamental concepts and introducing new technologies, but it also takes getting your hands dirty, building something new, and writing a ton of code to gain a deeper understanding of fullstack web development. Students will build at least 3 projects while at The Grace Hopper Program, not counting any winning hackathon projects made on days off!

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When does the next class start?

The next cohort begins in-person on February 27, 2017. However, we recommend applying at least 6-8 weeks before the on-campus start-date of your desired cohort. This allows us 2-3 weeks to conduct the application process and accounts for the mandatory, 4-week remote pre-course. Admissions are rolling and spots are limited.

New cohorts start every 7 weeks - The following cohorts begin in-person on April 17 and June 5. Please see our application for all relevant future dates!

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How does the application process work?

We accept candidates on a rolling basis. You can apply at anytime for any future cohort. After you apply, we will contact you to complete an online coding assessment, followed by a virtual interview with one of our developers. We try our best to let candidates know their status within one week of each interview phase.

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How much does the program cost?

The Grace Hopper Program is risk-free from a tuition and outcome perspective. Unlike traditional coding schools, there is no upfront tuition owed. Instead, you only pay tuition once you secure a job as a developer after graduating. Our reasons for following this structure are:

1) Inclusivity and diversity matter. We want this experience to be open to women of all economic backgrounds. High upfront costs can prevent talented students from attending -- it’s our hope that this payment model eliminates those financial barriers and makes this opportunity available regardless of your financial situation.

2) We want our success directly correlated to the success of our students -- we think it makes sense that we only succeed when you do.

Tuition is $19,610, paid in nine monthly installments after you begin work as a developer. There is $3000 deposit required upon enrollment in order to secure your seat in an upcoming cohort. This amount will be applied toward the total tuition once hired. Should graduates not find work within one year of their graduation date, this deposit will be refunded. Partial or full refunds of the deposit amount will be given to those who must leave the program early. By aligning your success with ours, we share the risk and reward of your career outcome.

Please note that it is also possible to pay full tuition upfront for The Grace Hopper Program. If you do not plan to work as a developer after graduating (e.g. college students, entrepreneurs), upfront payment is required to attend The Grace Hopper Program.

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What job search support is provided?

The first way we help students get jobs is by teaching an advanced, relevant curriculum that is constantly updated based on current tech trends. Beyond that, we have several measures to make sure you get a great job after our program. We'll host a hiring event where employers will see the projects you've been working on, and you can connect one-on-one with target companies you're interested in.

Additionally, our network of tech-entrepreneurs and startup leaders are more than willing to meet with graduates looking for their next career move. We have a dedicated placement team who will help improve your resume and online presence, prep for interviews, and connect with the right person inside companies you're interested in applying to.

We will work with you long after graduation to make sure you stay sharp and succeed in getting your dream job. This includes mock interview practice, additional projects, and open lines of communication with us about your job search and career. You'll also join our large, growing network of Fullstack Education Group alumni in NYC and San Francisco.

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Does GHP offer courses for beginners?

Our immersive course is not designed for pure beginners. Students need to demonstrate proficiency in programming during admissions, to be ready for the curriculum taught in the program. If you're just starting out with coding, check out ourJavaScript Jumpstart (in-person or online) and Bootcamp Prep courses.

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How does this compare to online resources?

There are a number of great online learning-resources available, and we encourage you to explore them. It's a great way to sample your own interest in programming, by completing on online tutorial. Self-driven learning can be difficult: if you become stuck, you lose momentum, you don’t establish a consistent regimen.

If you've done Codecademy, Code School, or TeamTreehouse and are looking to take your programming career to the next level, apply to GHP!

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What do I need for class?

Most importantly, you'll need to bring an open, well-rested mind that’s ready to learn. Hardware-wise, we highly recommend using a Mac, but students have also had success using Linux (e.g. Ubuntu). We will provide you with a desk, monitor, keyboard, and mouse (not to mention, all the coffee and snacks you can handle). You'll also need to be on-campus in New York City for the 13 week live portion of the program.

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I'm a journalist interested in writing about The Grace Hopper Program. How do I get in touch?

All press and speaking inquiries can be emailed to press@gracehopper.com

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Where is The Grace Hopper Program Located?

We are based in one of the greatest cities on earth - New York City! NYC is in the midst of a giant tech boom and is an amazing place to spend 3 months learning. With a thriving tech community and many companies, large and small growing their engineering teams here, it's an exciting environment to become part of.

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Where can I ask more questions?

We're happy to answer any other questions you might have about GHP. Reach out to us: hello@gracehopper.com

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The admissions process at the Grace Hopper Program is designed to make sure you’re ready for the rigor and intensity of our academic program. Through an application, online assessment and in-person interview, we want to get a sense of your coding skills, background, and culture fit with the school.

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