The admissions process varies from school to school, but it typically involves some or all of these steps:
1. Written Application: Don’t think of it as a college essay. For most programs, they look for a demonstration of passion – for education, tech, coding, or other interests. Your application should be an answer to the question: "Why This Program?" If you’ve visited the bootcamp campus in person, be sure to touch base about the culture and environment. Highlight how you’d fit in, and what you would bring to the atmosphere.
2. Technical Interview: Most programs (such as Hackbright and Galvanize) give applicants a coding challenge to see their pre-existing skills. If you're applying to a program that has a skill prerequisite, here is where they'll determine if you have enough knowledge to be a fit for the program.
3. Video Interview: Some programs, especially online programs like Bloc and Thinkful, do their face-to-face meetings over Skype.
4. Final Interview: The final step is usually one last coding challenge. Some schools bring you into the classroom, and others will host this challenge online. Pro tip: Show your excitement and come with a few talking points and questions about what you hope to get from the program.
5. Final Interview: This is your time to shine! Be yourself, smile, and give yourself a pat on the back for getting this far. Each bootcamp has its own culture, so now’s a great time to gauge if you’re a good fit. As always, share your excitement and come with a few talking points about what you hope to get from the program.