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Common Questions about Codeup

General Information

Are Codeup's programs in-person or remote?

Right now, classes are virtual. Starting August 9th, 2021, students will begin returning to campus in a limited capacity. We plan for a full campus return on January 3rd, 2022, when all students and staff will join us in person. Students will have the option to stay remote until then.

Will I start remotely?

If your start date is prior to December 31, 2021, you will have a remote start. If your start date is after January 3rd, you will start in-person on campus.

Can I come to Codeup if I’m not from Texas?

No. Since all students will be required to be on campus starting January 3rd, 2022, you must live within driving distance of our Dallas or San Antonio campus by that time.

Will the January 2022 return to campus apply only to cohorts starting after that date?

No. This will apply to all new and existing cohorts. If your end date is after January 3rd, 2022, we’ll see you on campus!

Does Codeup have any in-person classes right now?

No, though starting August 9th, 2021, students will begin returning to campus in a limited capacity.

Why should I go to Codeup instead of a bootcamp or university?

Your success is our priority, our people are our focus, and our mission is to empower your life change. Here’s a combination of things you won’t find elsewhere:

    1. Your application process is rigorous and highly personalized. We really get to know you so we can be sure it’s a mutual fit.
    2. Our instructors are the best. Not only do they have industry experience, but students rave about the thought and care they pour into students.
    3. Our job isn’t done until you have yours. You’ll get personalized career coaching, and a whole team helping you to find a job, even after graduation.
    4. We’re personally invested in you! If you don’t get hired within 6 months of graduating, that means we didn’t do our part, so we will refund your tuition.

What is the value of a Codeup education?

The value of Codeup includes gaining the technical knowledge and skillset of a web developer or data scientist, expert instruction, hands-on curriculum with a portfolio to show employers, a close family of your Codeup classmates, a network of technology professionals to connect with, career preparation, continuing job search support even after you graduate, and the peace of mind that if you don’t get hired within 6 months of graduating, you’ll get your tuition back (codeup.com/refund). We also offer a great Return on Investment, one of the best you’ll find.

Do you offer any programs for children or teenagers?

We do not. We are a career accelerator looking to help adults transition into careers in tech. To enroll, students must be at least 17 years old. Our average student age is around 30 years old. However, we definitely encourage kids and teens to start exploring tech early!  We’re active partners with Youth Code Jam in San Antonio, and there are many other great organizations that are dedicated to helping kids learn technical skills.

How should I decide which program is right for me? (Web Development vs. Data Science)?

Web Development and Data Science are both in-demand fields, but they’re very different! If you’re considering coming to Codeup, we recommend you think about these two questions:

    1. What is your technical background? Our web development program doesn’t require any background, and has a faster ramp-up to admission. Data Science requires introductory experience in math, stats, and programming.
    2. What do you want to be working on daily? While some parts of the jobs will overlap, like writing in a programming language, most everything else is different. Web development will train you to build websites and applications, while Data Science will train you to draw insights from data sets.

Still not sure? Talk with our Admissions Team!

Do you offer a part-time program in the evenings or on weekends?

No. Both of our programs are full-time. We believe learning a new skill in an immersive, full-time environment is the most effective way to jump into a new career. Both software development and data science are challenging topics, and to be successful, you’ll need a brain that’s not exhausted from a long day at work. Part-time options simply aren’t as effective as our full-time programs, which ask students to turn their learning into a full-time job.

Is there an admissions deadline?

Not exactly. For both our Web Development and Data Science programs, we have a rolling admissions process and accept qualified applicants on a first-come, first-serve basis. Once a class is full, we’ll start accepting students onto a waitlist. If you’re accepted but the class is full, your acceptance rolls over to the next start date. We also want to be sure you’re prepared and set up for success in class, including having time to get your tuition plan in place and working through our pre-work assignments. This means we generally do not accept new students into a class within two weeks of the start date. If you’re interested, start your application today! Apply now.

How do I know when I’m accepted into a Codeup program?

After applying online, be on the lookout for an email with next steps. After working through the admissions process, where we very carefully assess each candidate, you’ll receive a phone call from an Admissions Manager letting you know if you’ve been accepted. If at any point you’re not sure of your application status, please don’t hesitate to reach out to admissions@codeup.com! 

Do I need to bring my own computer?

Yes. Students must provide their own Apple laptop capable of running the most recent operating system, with at least 8GB for both programs, and the laptop can be made no earlier than 2017. It doesn’t need to be brand new – many of our students have good luck with refurbished options. You do not need a laptop for the admissions process, you’ll just need it by your first day of class.

Why recommend that we use Macintosh systems?

Macintosh systems are built on top of Open BSD, which is Linux compatible. Over 90% of our strategic placement partners that hire our graduates use Macs. If there’s a tool that runs on Linux, it will run on a Mac.

Will each class be recorded so students can view later?

No. We learned that students were less engaged in class when they knew the course was being recorded so they could watch later. They had a harder time comprehending the material on their own.

Are there systems in place for in-person students to communicate with remote students?

Yes. We primarily use Slack, email and Zoom.

Data Science

What is Data Science?

Data Science is a method of drawing insights from data using math, statistics, programming, and business expertise. It usually involves big data sets and automation using machine learning.

Who is your ideal candidate for the Data Science program?

Our ideal candidate is motivated, professionally polished, and a natural problem solver. They also have experience with math/statistics, computer programming, and business. However, that person is likely already a data scientist! If you’re hungry to learn, excited about data science, and have some background in any of the above, we think you could be a fit.

Do I need a degree for the Data Science program?

No! But a high school diploma or GED (General Equivalency Diploma) is required.

What does your Data Science curriculum cover?

At a high level, we cover the data science pipeline/process, relevant tools & technologies, modern methodologies, example projects, and important questions. More specifically, we have 16 modules: Fundamentals, Statistics, SQL, Python, Regression, Classification, Clustering, Time Series Analysis, Anomaly Detection, NLP, Distributed Machine Learning, Advanced Topics, Storytelling, Domain Expertise Development, Career preparation, and a Capstone Project. To view our full curriculum, click here.

What are the prerequisites for the Data Science program?

Our admissions process includes assessments to gauge your understanding of basic statistics and Python programming. However, these skills are something you can build during the admissions process. If you’re interested in data science, we encourage you to go ahead and apply. From there, our Admissions Team will work with you to figure out where your skills currently are and how to prepare for the program.

Does the referral bonus apply to referral for the Data Science program?

Yes! As an alum or staff member, if someone you refer completes 75% of our data science program, we’ll give you $500. Make sure they put your name on their application, or you won’t get credit!

In an effort to continue cultivating inclusive growth within the tech industry, we are now offering an exclusive Women in Tech referral program to Codeup alumni. If a woman you refer completes 75% of our data science program, we’ll give you $1000. Make sure they put your name on their application, or you won’t get credit! 

*Women in Tech referral program cannot be used in combination with any other existing referral or promotion*

What makes a successful Data Scientist?

We interviewed dozens of employer partners and practitioners to build our program, and discovered something surprising: the ability to communicate your work is one of the most important skills for a data scientist! Of course, you need to be competent in math, stats, Python, and other tools/technologies. However, what separates a successful data scientist is the ability to make their work digestible, relevant, and actionable.

What are the most important tools and technologies in Data Science?

The data science toolkit is constantly changing, and varies shop by shop, but will likely include: Python (and packages like Sci-kit Learn, Pandas, and Seaborn), SQL, R, Tableau, Hadoop, Hive, Jupyter Notebooks, and Github, all of which you’ll learn at Codeup!

What is better for Data Science, Python or R?

Both of these tools can get the job done, and you’ll get a different answer depending on who you ask. While R is historically dominant, Python has emerged as the programming language for data science, and you’ll see more and more companies with job listings that allow for, if not prefer, Python. Python has a robust set of data science libraries like Pandas, Matplotlib, Scikit Learn, and Seaborn, all of which you’ll learn at Codeup.

What credential will I graduate with from the Data Science program?

You’ll graduate with our Certificate of Completion, which is like our diploma. However, we believe (and our employer partners agree) that what matters is what people can do — not what grade, diploma, or label they have. What you’re really graduating with is a new skillset and a portfolio to show off to employers!

What jobs will I be qualified for after graduating Codeup’s Data Science program?

We’re focused on helping graduates find jobs as data scientists! But depending on your background and what you like, you can also find work as a data engineer, data analyst, machine learning engineer, and related roles.

What will I have to show employers as an entry-level Data Scientist?

You’ll graduate with a full technical portfolio and professional portfolio. You’ll have a busy GitHub, Kaggle, and Data.World profile, as well as a number of projects from the classroom like visualizations, cleaned data sets, reports, presentations, models, and more. You’ll also complete a real-world capstone project, which will be great to present to employers.

What kinds of companies employ Data Scientists?

Data science is everywhere, including cyber security, SaaS, banking, and retail. Big companies like USAA, Accenture, HEB, and Booz Allen Hamilton work in this realm, as do smaller agencies like Quickpath Analytics.

How do Data Scientists spend most of their time?

There’s no one-size-fits-all answer here, but generally, data scientists spend about 70% of their time on data wrangling, which is the phase of the data science pipeline that focuses on gathering, cleaning, and preparing data for use. Another 30% of their time is spent on model development, and the remaining time is spent on post-deployment efforts like upkeep, visualizations, storytelling, etc.

What is the average salary of a Data Scientist in San Antonio?

The average salary for data scientists across experience levels in San Antonio is about $110,000. At an entry-level from our program, we project initial earnings to range between $65-$80K, depending on background experience.

What is the Data Science process?

The data science process has about 7 steps: 1) data wrangling (getting and cleaning data); 2) exploratory data analysis, statistical inference, and data visualization; 3) feature engineering; 4) development of a predictive model (training, evaluating, optimizing, testing); 5) model deployment; 6) delivery of results (report, story, visualization); 7) model maintenance. For a visual of this process using credit card fraud detection as an example, click here.

Web Development

What material does the Full Stack Web Development program cover?

We cover HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Git, Java, Spring, MySQL, and more. Check out our Full Stack curriculum here for all the details!

What else will I learn in Codeup’s Web Development program?

On top of learning how to code and develop a full-stack application, we will talk about development approaches, pair programming, debugging, good practices, and more. Our instructors (and our founders!) have been on real-world software engineering teams, so we know our stuff. Finally, we will work with you on interview and presentation skills so you can wow potential employers. View our full curriculum here.

Who is your ideal candidate for the Web Development program?

Our ideal candidate is motivated, professional, and enjoys solving problems! We want people who are hungry to learn, ready to work hard, and excited to work as developers!

You’re covering technology “X”. I’ve heard “Y” is all the fashion now. What gives?

Programming is a world in constant flux. What’s popular today will likely not be ten or even five years from now. Instead of worrying about a particular stack, we focus on turning you into a well-rounded professional developer. We also teach you how to learn, so you’ll be set to go learn and work on whatever technology an employer throws at you. That being said, we are in close communication with our employer partners to constantly improve our curriculum, and we hold Technical Advisory Boards to ensure that we’re staying up to date and meeting industry demands.

Do I get a grade or certificate for the Web Development program?

Yes, we will grade your quizzes, projects, and code and you’ll receive a Certificate of Completion. However, we believe (and our employer partners agree) that what matters is what people can do — not what grade, diploma, or label they have. What you’re really graduating with is a new skillset and a portfolio to show off to employers!

What happens after Developer Day?

Developer Day is the day a Web Development student graduates, presents their project to classmates, Codeup staff, and our employer partner network, and begins their job hunt! You’ll start working on locating employment while continuing with our post-graduation curriculum. This is a set of challenges that you do while interviewing and applying for positions. We also encourage you to work on side projects with fellow grads. Even after graduation, we have weekly meetings, continue to offer career coaching, and our Placement Team is still working hard with and for you. Our job doesn’t end until you have one!

What will I have to show employers as a new Web Developer?

Each student will graduate with a working, well-engineered project completed. This might be writing a Twitter clone or doing the same for another well-known website. If you were sponsored by an employer, you may produce a project of value for them. We work with you to identify an appropriate capstone project.

What kind of companies hire entry-level Web Developers?

Students work at a range of companies, from small startups to large corporations. Our biggest hiring partners are USAA, Accenture and HEB, but we have plenty of grads go to smaller companies out of Geekdom and around downtown.

What is the average salary of a Data Scientist in San Antonio?

The average salary of a Web Developer across all levels is around $75,000 in San Antonio. As an entry-level Web Developer, the average starting salary will be around $50,000.

What material does the Full Stack Web Development program cover?

We cover HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Git, Java, Spring, MySQL, and more. Check out our Full Stack curriculum here for all the details!

During the Programs

Where are Codeup’s programs held?

In San Antonio, our campus is at 600 Navarro St, where we have three floors and five classrooms. In Dallas, our campus is at 701 Commerce Ave, where we have one floor and one classroom.

What is the student to instructor ratio at Codeup?

We keep the ratio of students to instructors as low as possible. Usually, each cohort of 20-28 students has 2-3 instructors.

What is a typical day in a virtual class?

Morning: You’ll spend the half-hour before class preparing for the day at our virtual Office Hours or reviewing yesterday’s notes or projects. Class starts at 9 am CT on Zoom.

Class Time: You’ll spend about half your class time in live lecture with our expert instructors, and the other half in supervised, supported project time. The curriculum is very hands-on, so even with virtual classes, you’ll be working on projects with classmates while instructors and teaching assistants are available to help.

Afternoon: Lunch starts at 12:30 pm and class resumes at 1:30 pm.

After Class: At 5 pm, you’re done with class, but you’re not done learning! Most students keep practicing and working on projects for a few hours each day to apply and absorb what they’ve learned. Students may choose to continue working together on Zoom, and instructors are available for virtual Office Hours for an hour after class.

What job placement assistance is provided to grads?

At your disposal, you’ll have career coaches, and essentially, your own recruitment team, all working to get you to a job you love. We do two things:

    1. We “teach you how to fish.” We work with you on how to manage your career at a high level and also drill down on the mechanics of how to market yourself to employers. This includes things like creating resumes, building online profiles, managing social media, and nailing your interviews. You can use this information for the rest of your career.
    2. We “help you find fish now.” We have dedicated staff members whose job is to find currently available job positions, build and maintain our employer partner network, and connect our graduates with potential employers. 

Paying for the Programs

Do you offer financing?

Yes! We have generous grant partners, and loan partners with very flexible payment plans – if you don’t want to pay during the program and for 6 months after, you don’t have to! We also partner with the Department of Veterans Affairs, and we award scholarships. After acceptance, you’ll be connected with our Financial Aid & Enrollment Manager who will help you explore all the various options available to you.

Is there a deposit?

Yes. We take a $1,000 deposit to lock in your space in the program. This is your registration deposit. If you end up not joining the class, this is refunded to you. If you do join the class, this goes towards your tuition payment.

Am I responsible for any additional expenses?

We require all students to be on a MacBook made no earlier than 2017, capable of running the most recent operating system and with at least 8 GB of RAM. This is not something you need for the admissions process but you will be responsible for it on the first day of class. You do not need to buy any books or software, though! Our custom curriculum is all online.

How can I earn a scholarship?

Visit our Scholarships page for more information on eligibility and application! We award scholarships about two weeks before a class begins so you must be on the roster by then to be eligible. Learn More.

If I am a veteran, does the GI Bill Money help cover tuition?

We have had students use Chapter 30, 35, and 33, as well as Vocational Rehabilitation Benefits to help cover their tuition costs for our Web Development and Data Science programs. After acceptance, you’ll work with our Financial Aid & Enrollment Manager, who is our in-house School Certifying Official, to see what benefits you have available to you and how those can fit into your tuition plan.

Can I use a Pell Grant or other federal aid to pay for this?

No, Pell Grants are designed for conventional educational institutions like colleges. We’re not college!

Do you have a refund guarantee?

Yes, we’re so confident in our program, we have two! If a student doesn’t get hired within 6 months of graduating, we’ll refund their tuition. If an employer lets go of a Codeup grad within 2 weeks of hiring, we’ll refund their salary.