There isn't a "typical" Hack Reactor applicant - our students come from a variety of backgrounds. Some come from adjacent fields such as design or IT and have tangentially worked with coding, and many come from unrelated fields, looking to gain a complete skill set and begin a career in engineering. A small number of students hold a CS degree and want to get web dev specific training before applying to jobs. Learn more about why admissions matters and what we look for here.
FAQ: About Hack Reactor Admissions
First, review the web page of your desired immersive program: see the onsite Hack Reactor Software Engineering Immersive page, the Software Engineering Online Immersive page, or the Software Engineering Online Immersive Part Time page for additional information to determine your cohort start date and associated admissions deadlines. Then review the Admissions Process page to learn more about our admissions process, learning options, and get started with the path that works best for you. If you have any questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org
FAQ: Hack Reactor Technical Requirements
A computer running OS X or Linux is required. Windows users are required to either switch to a Mac or Linux computer (preferred), or install Windows Subsystem for Linux 2 (WSL2). You should not use a computer that is actively shared with another person (especially with another software developer) since you will be making system-level configuration changes, and possibly deleting information that will affect those users.
Macs with Apple Silicon M1 are currently not permitted in the immersive.
A student needs the following specs in order to be successful in our programs:
Intel Dual-Core i5 or equivalent (minimum)
8 GB RAM (minimum), 16 GB RAM (recommended)
50 GB available space (minimum)
Mac OS X (v10.14 minimum,
Ubuntu Linux (
We do not provide full instructional support for Windows users.
Our Staff will not troubleshoot Windows-specific issues.
The 2020 Apple M1-based computers are incompatible with the SEI program. Click here to learn more.
FAQ: When to Apply
New cohorts start about every seven weeks. Upcoming class dates can be found on the web page for your desired program. See the onsite Hack Reactor Software Engineering Immersive page, the Software Engineering Online Immersive page, or the Software Engineering Online Immersive Part Time page for additional information.
You should apply as soon as you feel ready, but at least 2-3 months before your ideal start date. As a general rule of thumb: It’s (almost) never too early to apply. If you are aiming for a specific start date, we recommend submitting your application as soon as possible, as classes can fill up months in advance.
Changing your start date is only possible in the most extreme of circumstances once you are fully enrolled, so if you think you might meet the requirements please email email@example.com. We will ask for context into your situation and evaluate your case on an individual basis.
FAQ: Hack Reactor’s Pace
Hack Reactor is a high intensity program. Attendance at all sessions, programs and events are mandatory. Hours may different slightly by campus but for most of our onsite immersives, it is Monday – Friday from 9am to 8pm and Saturday from 9am to 5:30pm local time. For Hack Reactor Remote, these hours are in Pacific Time. Although we want to be supportive of all students, excusing absence is not possible in the majority of cases due to the rigors of Hack Reactor’s schedule and course.
Our remote part-time program allows for limited flexibility around planned absences, and also offers the same curriculum at a less intense pace of around 15-20 hours per week over 36 weeks. Click here for more details about the part-time schedule.
Precourse is a set of lessons and challenges you must complete before starting the immersive program. The work you’ll do during Precourse is just as important as the in-class projects. Expect to spend at least 80 hours working through a steady pace of preparatory work, setting goals and preparing for success during our 12-week program. Failure to meet deadlines and targets during Precourse is grounds for re-evaluation of your enrollment - so take it seriously!
Credit cards may be accepted for deposits only. Credit cards will be charged by Hack Reactor, LLC.
Hack Reactor tuition does not qualify for traditional student loans or federal education subsidies. In order to help students finance their Hack Reactor education, we have partnership with several lending companies, Ascent and Climb, to provide you with attractive rates and manageable payment terms.
After applying to Hack Reactor, you will receive details on how to get pre-approved with our lending partners and work with our Admissions Team to explore solutions to fund your tuition.
FAQ: International Applicants
We are happy to have welcomed students from around the world to our onsite 12 week immersive course. Although we cannot assist with visa issues, if you are accepted into the onsite program and are able to spend 3 months in the US, we'd love to have you!
We do not advise our international applicants to expect to be able to work in the U.S.. It is possible, but by no means a certainty. You should conduct your own research and consult an immigration expert to learn more given your specific situation.
If history is any indicator, our international engineers do very well both in the U.S. and within their home countries. That said, the barrier for entry to work in the U.S. is incredibly high and we can make no guarantees. Keep in mind the factors at play are largely out of our control and often out of the control of the employer companies themselves.
That said, the skills you pick up here are valuable around the world. Graduates walk out the door with an increasingly amazing array of project work that impresses employers in any country.