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The Bootcamp Acceptance Process: How to Start Your Journey to Becoming a Web Developer

August 12, 2019

Blog — Which Course is For Me? The Bootcamp Acceptance Process: How to Start Your Journey to Becoming a Web Developer

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Tarra Joshi

Admissions & Inclusion Manager

So you’re thinking about applying for HackerYou’s Web Development Immersive Bootcamp, but you’re not sure what to expect, or where to start?

Our Bootcamp is designed to help people with non-technical backgrounds launch a career in web development - and we can help you do it too! The first step is to fill out an online application here, and the best time to apply is right now! Trust us - if you are meant for Bootcamp, we’ll help you get there, and with 8 Bootcamps running in 2020 (double what we normally run in one year) there will be lots of seats open for the right candidates! We are dedicated to helping you figure out the best path for your unique learning goals - whether you’re already a talented developer or just starting from scratch.

Filling out an online application gets the ball rolling and is always the first step. The full application process includes a tech test, a video interview, and an in-person interview - you can read more details here. But what happens once we receive your full application? We want you to know exactly what’s going on behind the scenes once you apply, so let’s take a look on what will happen depending on when you submit your application.

Applying 16+ Weeks Before Bootcamp Begins

You can apply for any Bootcamp starting in the next 365 days, so if you’re a planner you’d be able to lay out your life for the next year! If you submit your application more than 16 weeks before the first day of Bootcamp, there are a few different things that could happen.

You Qualify for Early Acceptance

If you’re successful with your tech challenge, and we feel like you’re a great fit for Bootcamp, you might qualify for an ‘early acceptance’. This means that you’ll hear back at least 12 weeks before Bootcamp starts and, after payment, your spot will be secured. If you’re a person who likes to plan, who needs a lot of notice to tie up some loose ends in your life before Bootcamp, or if you need some extra time to save up your tuition, trying for early acceptance might be a great option for you. This means the sooner you apply - the better.

It’s important to note that an early acceptance is not guaranteed - we give out these slots to our most promising Bootcamp candidates. About 50% of the seats in every cohort will be filled with Early Acceptances.

You’re Added to our Waitlist

If you pass your tech challenge and we feel like you’re a good fit for Bootcamp but you don’t qualify for early acceptance, you might be added to our waitlist. Then, 6 weeks before Bootcamp begins you’ll find out if you’ve been accepted into that cohort. 50% of the seats in every cohort will be filled with students who were waitlisted.

You Receive a Conditional Acceptance

In some cases, if we’re really blown away by you and think you’re a great fit for bootcamp, but find that your technical skills aren’t quite strong enough for the program, we might offer you a conditional acceptance. This means that you are accepted into Bootcamp, on the condition that you complete our part-time Web Development course (either part-time or Accelerated), which means completing both projects, and getting stellar instructor feedback. Like I said, if you are destined for Bootcamp, we’re going to make sure you get there!

We Recommend Part-Time First

Knowledge of HTML and CSS is required to be accepted into Bootcamp. If your skills aren’t quite up to that level yet, we might recommend that you start off with our part-time Web Development course. This course is a great opportunity to build a solid foundational understanding of Web Development, to test out HackerYou to see if it’s a community and a learning environment that you want to invest in, and to set yourself up for success when completing the Bootcamp Tech Challenge. Another huge benefit of taking our Web Development course before applying to Bootcamp is that if you are accepted into Bootcamp, you’ll receive a $2,000 scholarship towards your tuition, whether you decide to pay upfront or with an Income Share Agreement - and at a price point of $2,000, that means Web Development is essentially paying for itself!

Applying Fewer than 16 Weeks but more than 10 Weeks Before Bootcamp Begins

If you submit your application between 16 and 10 weeks before Bootcamp begins, there are a few different things that could happen.

You’ll be Accepted into the Next Cohort

As more and more students apply for our Bootcamp, we are filling up slots with amazing candidates further out from the upcoming session. If we absolutely love you, but we just don’t have available seats in the upcoming cohort, we might offer you a confirmed seat in the following Bootcamp. While we understand that this might slow your timeline down a little bit, we promise it will be worth it, and if we’re offering this option it’s because we really love you and think you’ll be an amazing fit for Bootcamp! Many students choose to take our part-time Javascript course in between Web Development and Bootcamp to keep developing their coding skills, and to prepare for the content of Bootcamp, so this would be a great use of your time, and would give you another $1,000 off your Bootcamp tuition.

We Recommend Part-Time First

Just like we mentioned above, knowledge of HTML and CSS is required to be accepted into Bootcamp. If your skills aren’t quite up to that level yet, we might recommend that you start off with our part-time Web Development course. Since this course is 8 weeks long, depending on the timing of the next course and the beginning of Bootcamp, you might have to wait until the next cohort to apply, but we’ll help you figure out the best timing and journey for your unique situation.

This course is a great opportunity to build a solid foundational understanding of Web Development, to test out HackerYou to see if it’s a community and a learning environment that you want to invest in, and to set yourself up for success when completing the Bootcamp Tech Challenge. Another huge benefit of taking our Web Development course before applying to Bootcamp is that if you are accepted into Bootcamp, you’ll receive a $2,000 scholarship towards your tuition - and at a price point of $2,000, that means Web Development is essentially paying for itself!

You’re Added to our Waitlist

Just like if you applied 16 weeks out, if you pass your tech challenge and we feel like you’re a good fit for Bootcamp, you might be added to our waitlist. Then 6 weeks before Bootcamp begins you’ll find out if you’ve been accepted into that cohort. 50% of the seats in every cohort will be filled with students who were waitlisted.

Applying Less Than 10 Weeks Before Bootcamp Begins

If you submit your application between less than 10 weeks before Bootcamp begins, there are a few different things that could happen.

You’re Accepted into Bootcamp

At this point, it’s likely that the upcoming Bootcamp will already be filled. If there are still a few seats left, we might still be able to offer you an acceptance, but this is less likely at this point, since we receive upwards of 200 applications per Bootcamp.

You’ll be Accepted into the Next Cohort

As more and more students apply for our Bootcamp, we are filling up slots with amazing candidates further out from the upcoming session. If we absolutely love you, but we just don’t have available seats in the upcoming cohort, we might offer you a confirmed seat in the following Bootcamp. While we understand that this might slow your timeline down a little bit, we promise it will be worth it, and if we’re offering this option it’s because we really love you and think you’ll be an amazing fit for Bootcamp! Many students choose to take our part-time Javascript course in between Web Development and Bootcamp to keep developing their coding skills, and to prepare for the content of Bootcamp, so this would be a great use of your time, and would give you another $1,000 off your Bootcamp tuition.

We Recommend Part-Time First

Just like we mentioned above, knowledge of HTML and CSS is required to be accepted into Bootcamp, no matter when you submit your application. If your skills aren’t quite up to that level yet, we might recommend that you start off with our part-time Web Development course. Since this course is eight weeks long, depending on the timing of the next course and the beginning of Bootcamp, it’s likely that you’ll have to wait until the next cohort to apply, but we’ll help you figure out the best timing and journey for your unique situation.

This course is a great opportunity to build a solid foundational understanding of Web Development, to test out HackerYou to see if it’s a community and a learning environment that you want to invest in, and to set yourself up for success when completing the Bootcamp Tech Challenge. Another huge benefit of taking our Web Development course before applying to Bootcamp is that if you are accepted into Bootcamp, you’ll receive a $2,000 scholarship towards your tuition - and at a price point of $2,000, that means Web Development is essentially paying for itself!

What Happens If You’re Not Accepted Into the Current Cohort?

If you fail your tech challenge, or if we don’t feel you’re the right fit for this cohort of students, it’s not HackerYou closing our doors on you forever - you are always welcome to re-apply to the next Bootcamp. We’re always happy to offer feedback or recommendations so that you can improve your application for the next cohort. In general, we recommend applying again once you’ve made progress - this likely means improving your web development skills. If you haven’t taken our Part-Time Web Development course yet, that would be a good step, and if you have, we would generally recommend that you consider enrolling in our JavaScript course. (Bonus: you get an extra $1000 off the price of the Bootcamp by taking more than one HackerYou course beforehand!)

TLDR: Submit Your Application Early

If you’re not looking for a detailed explanation of the admissions process like the one above, the one thing you need to know is this: the earlier you submit your application - the better. The sooner we have your application, the sooner we can help you on your journey into Bootcamp.

If you want to give yourself the best possible chance of success, we also recommend taking our part-time Web Development course around six months before the Bootcamp cohort you want to apply to. This course will help you gain the HTML and CSS skills you need to be a great candidate, and introduce you to the HackerYou community. And, most importantly, remember - we’ve got you! If you are meant for Bootcamp, we’re not going to give up on you, and we’re going to figure out the best way to help you live out your dream of becoming a Web Developer!

Ready to get started on your journey to becoming a Web Developer? Fill out our online Bootcamp application form now to get started!

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