Coding Bootcamp FAQ

Everything you should know about the Dojo

You've Got Questions? We've Got Answers.

  • Courses

  • What courses do you offer?

    Coding Dojo offers programs in Software Development, Data Science, and Cybersecurity. Software Development is offered in both full-time and part-time formats whereas our Data Science and Cybersecurity courses are offered in a part-time format.

  • Do you have part-time courses?

    Yes! All our courses are available in part-time formats.

  • Which course is right for me?

    Explore our programs, take our quiz, and speak with one of our Admissions Advisors! Our Admissions team is here to listen to your career goals, your availability to commit to a bootcamp schedule, and which financing options could work best for you.

  • What is a typical day or week like at the Dojo?

    Your typical day or week will depend on whether you are taking a full-time or part-time course, and whether you are attending class on campus or online. Visit our program pages or download our course packets to learn more about life in each program.

  • How much time will I spend?

    Your time commitment will vary by course and by your learning style! Some students spend more than the recommended hours, and some spend less. Our recommended hours range from 10 per week all the way to 90(!) depending on your program. Check out the program pages, download our course packets, or speak to an admissions advisor to learn more.

  • What is the student/teacher ratio? How many students will be in my class?

    With our instructors and TAs, we maintain a 25:1 ratio overall. However, ratios do vary by activity. In lectures, you may have as many as 75 students in a part-time lecture, or up to 45 students in a full-time lecture. In weekly office hours, you’ll have access to your instructor with 1 or 2 other students. Online and after hours, you can receive 1:1 support from our TAs.

  • What happens if I fall behind?

    Our student support team is there to help if you fall behind! If you find that you need to retake a part of the course, we have a retake policy in place (this varies by class). We also allow students to pause the course if they have an extenuating circumstance. On the rare occasions that a student doesn’t feel the course is right for them, or isn’t finding success, we offer pro-rated refunds up to halfway through the curriculum.

  • What do I receive when I graduate?

    You will receive a Coding Dojo certificate of completion, and depending on the course, your belt titles or other professional certifications. Not to mention, you’ll join our vast alumni network! You also keep your access to our career services team for life, and a discount off any future courses you may wish to take with us.

  • Do I need a laptop? What else should I bring?

    Yes, each program has a different technical requirement for laptops and web cams, but all programs require a strong connection to wifi. Please view your program page, speak with Admissions, or your Student Experience Manager (if already enrolled) to verify your specific requirements.

  • Curriculum

  • How do you choose what languages or topics you teach?

    We revise our curriculum constantly to stay current with the hiring market. Through our relationships with hiring managers across the country, market research such as the TIOBE Index, and our instructors’ own knowledge of the programming world, we keep our finger on the pulse.

  • What is a full stack?

    A Full Stack is made up of the front-end, the back-end, and the database. The front-end is what you see when you go onto the internet: the colors, the buttons, the content, etc. Each full stack uses different tools, frameworks, and technologies. So when we say we teach a "full-stack", we mean we will teach you the language as well as the associated front and back-end tools you'll need to create your own application start to finish.

  • Why do you teach 3 full stacks in Software Development courses?

    Since our curriculum’s inception in 2012, we've learned a lot about what a programmer needs to know to be able to contribute to a company from day one. A core skill of an effective web developer is the ability to pick up a programming language quickly and to build something with it, even if they have not used that language before. By learning multiple languages up front, you’ll gain confidence with the learning process itself, so you’re ready for whatever your career throws at you.

    Between languages, you will be able to clearly see different syntaxes and data handling, but you will also see that most web programming languages are remarkably similar. Having a strong understanding of concepts like OOP, MVC, and Database Scaling is the best way to prepare for picking up new skills quickly. You'll avoid getting stuck in one language, and you'll become a more versatile and skilled web developer.

  • Will I be able to learn that much in a short amount of time?

    It’s perfectly normal at the start to doubt all you can study for and accomplish by the end of the program; it’s a natural feeling when you’re learning something new! However, as the curriculum progresses, our staff begin to see students quickly gaining confidence as they tackle solving real problems, building advanced web applications, dissecting data sets, defending cyber attacks, and thinking like true Software Developers, Data Scientists, and Cybersecurity Specialists. By the end of the bootcamp, our students (along with our staff!)have been consistently amazed at what they can build in such a short period of time.

  • How many projects and assignments will I work on? What kind of projects?

    The number of projects and assignments you’ll complete varies by program. Regardless, you can graduate with an impressive portfolio to show prospective employers!

  • Admissions

  • What is the admissions process for Coding Dojo?

    Our Admissions process is broken into four parts:

    1. Explore
    2. Apply
    3. Interview
    4. Deposit to Enroll

    Feel free to begin your journey by exploring our programs, booking a call with admissions, and/or attending one of our Open House! Then, submit your application for your program of choice and pick a start date. Post-application, you’ll be prompted to schedule a non-technical interview with an Admissions Advisor. After the interview, an acceptance decision will be made within 2-3 days. If accepted, submit your deposit to save your seat in an upcoming cohort!

    We can’t wait to support you on your journey to a career path in tech!

  • How long does the process take and when can I expect to hear back?

    After your application and admissions interview is completed, you should expect a decision within 2-3 business days.

  • If I want to apply for a later cohort, should I wait to apply?

    Nope! You can apply for a later cohort at any time. In fact, the earlier you apply, the better! Enrolling early ensures you have a seat in your desired cohort and gives you plenty of time to complete the prep work. The only exception is for certain financing options that require a start date within the next 90 days. Speak with admissions to learn more about financing.

  • Can I apply for your programs if I don’t want to be a professional developer?

    Absolutely! Learning to code is fun (to us, anyway!) and can be helpful for almost any career. Maybe you have an idea of an application you’d like to build yourself, or maybe you just love problem solving. No matter what your goals are, you’ll fit right in.

  • Do I need prior programming experience?

    No! For Software Development, we begin our program with Programming Basics which sets all of our students up to continue bootcamp with their best foot forward. Our Data Science and Cybersecurity programs have 40 hours of pre-coursework to complete prior to bootcamp which will set you up for success.

  • Do you accept international students?

    Yes, however we are unable to provide a visa sponsorship. You may speak with Admissions through email to learn more about the process, however it is important to note that financing options are unavailable to international students.

  • How old do I have to be to enroll?

    All students considered for admission should be at least 17 years of age and possess a high school diploma or GED. Students who are 17 years of age must have a parental/guardian consent form completed.

  • Do I need to have a high school diploma?

    Yes, or a GED. If you do not have a copy of your diploma or GED, you can also request your high school transcripts from your high school institution. If you are unable to obtain either your diploma or transcripts, you can take a short exam as proof of education. This Education Verification must be administered by a third party - please contact admissions for more information.

  • Tuition & Scholarships

  • How much is tuition?

    Tuition varies across each program. Please visit our program pages to view tuition and upcoming cohort schedules.

  • Is Coding Dojo free?

    All of our courses require tuition and are not free. We recognize tuition may not be accessible for everyone so Coding Dojo offers a range of partial-scholarships and financing options. If you’re interested in free resources while you’re exploring if a career path in coding or tech is a good fit for you, you’re invited to attend one of our free workshops like Intro to Web Development, Intro to Python and our Algorithm App.

  • What scholarships do you offer and how do I qualify?

    Visit our Scholarship Page to find a partial-scholarship you may qualify for. Our partial-scholarships span across financial need, diversity, women in tech, veterans, and career reinventors. Only one partial-scholarship can be awarded to a student if qualified and accepted.

  • Can I apply for more than one scholarship?

    You can apply to any of the scholarships you identify with and qualify for, but students may only be awarded one partial-scholarship. Results will be shared within 1-2 business days.

  • When is the scholarship submission deadline?

    Students can submit a scholarship application anytime before their program’s enrollment deadline. Should you be awarded a scholarship, this will be reflected in your Enrollment Agreement. Scholarships cannot be awarded past the enrollment deadline.

  • If I am awarded a scholarship, how will I receive it?

    Your scholarship will be applied as a reduction to your outstanding balance.

  • When do I need to pay for tuition?

    Each financing option has a different payment schedule, and this may vary by student. Please speak with your Admissions Advisor or your third-party funding partner for specific information to your plan.

  • What is your refund policy?

    Up to the first day of class, students can receive a full refund for their course, less a $100 administrative fee. Once class begins, a refund will be prorated based on the student's program progress. Students will owe up to 100% of the course tuition as they meet the progress thresholds set by their state's refund policy. Details regarding the prorate and refund policy for a student's program will be provided in the enrollment agreement.

  • What payment methods do you accept?

    If you choose to pay for tuition with Coding Dojo directly, we accept ACH transfers and credit cards with no transaction fee for all major credit card providers with the exception of American Express which carries a 2% transaction fee. Third-party financing partners each have their own set of fees, deadlines, etc. so it’s important to connect with your partner to see what their payment methods entail.

  • Do you offer installment plans? What are the terms?

    Yes, we partner with MiaShare for installment plans. These plans vary by program and student financial need, carry 0% interest, do not affect your credit score, and are paid before the end of your program graduation. For more information and details, please speak with MiaShare. Terms will vary by student and you will work directly with our third-party partner, MiaShare.

  • How do I apply for an installment plan?

    Apply for an installment plan on MiaShare’s website. The application does not impact your credit score and takes less than 5 minutes to complete.

  • What are the terms of your installment plans?

    Terms vary by program. In addition, you can work directly with Miashare to create a custom installment plan. Regardless of your payment schedule, all installment plans have a 0% interest rate.

  • Disclaimer: Institutional grants or scholarships are based on established criteria as published in the Institution Catalog or on its website and are awarded after verification that the conditions of eligibility have been met.

  • Financing

  • What financing options are available and how do I apply?

    Coding Dojo partners with third-party financing partners to offer a wide range of options for students. Our current partners are Ascent Funding, Climb Credit, and MiaShare. Terms and plans vary by partner. No hard credit check is required to apply for financing.

  • Career Services

  • What career services are available?

    A wide range of Career Services are offered to help our students through the program and post-graduation. Your Career Services Manager begins working with you on day one of your program through graduation and beyond. Through Career Services, you’ll have access to 1:1 mentoring, resume prep, interview prep, mock interviews, technical interview practice, workshops, and more.

  • Do you offer a job guarantee?

    No, and we strongly believe that “job guarantees” are too good to be true and often come with a mountain of fine print.

  • Do I have my own career service advisor?

    Yes! All students are matched with a Career Services Manager in addition to invitations to workshops and partnership opportunities.

  • When do career services expire?

    When you join the Dojo, you’re in the family for life! You can reach out to Career Services six months post-graduation or six years later. The team is here to support you with your first job post-bootcamp or that senior role you’re seeking years later.

  • How long does it take to find a job?

    Every student is different! Some students find jobs before their graduation date, but most students find their next position within 6 months after graduation.

  • What happens if I don’t find a job?

    When you put in the effort, we’re confident you’ll be successful in your job search! However, if you’re struggling, please reach out to your Career Services Manager and to other alumni. Networking is an awesome path forward and we have 13K+ across the globe to connect with.

  • Other

  • Do you offer corporate training?

    Yes! We offer a wide variety of curricula and licensing options for corporate partners including Amazon, Microsoft, and others. Please visit our Companies page to learn more.

  • How long has Coding Dojo been teaching?

    Founded in 2012, we’ve taught over 13K+ global alumni.