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Coding Bootcamp Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ: About Hack Reactor Admissions

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.

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 admissions@hackreactor.com

Don't worry! Many of our students have started in a similar place, We provide introductory-level curriculum to teach you everything you need to know about the basics of JavaScript and how to solve problems like an engineer. All you need to do is get started with one of our prep options, which you can review on our Admissions Process page. More than any particular skill-set, the key to leveling up is perseverance and a drive to grapple with new challenges.

FAQ: Hack Reactor Technical Requirements

A student needs the following specs in order to be successful in our programs:
  • Processor:

     Intel Dual-Core i5 or equivalent (minimum)

  • Memory:

     8 GB RAM (minimum), 16 GB RAM (recommended)

  • Storage:

     50 GB available space (minimum)

  • Peripherals:

     Working Webcam 

  • Operating System:

    • Highly Recommended: 

      • Mac OS X (v10.14 minimum, recommended)

    • Acceptable:

      • Windows 10 

        • We do not provide full instructional support for Windows users.

        • Our staff can assist with WSL2/Ubuntu-related issues, but may be unable to troubleshoot Windows-specific issues.

    • Acceptable Alternative: 

      Ubuntu Linux (minimum)

      • Note that Zoom and other communication apps, webcams, and microphones may be buggy on Ubuntu, and is outside of the control of staff as they cannot support debugging these issues.

FAQ: When to Apply

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 admissions@hackreactor.com. We will ask for context into your situation and evaluate your case on an individual basis.

Yes! We are happy to show you Hack Reactor in action and answer any questions on a tour. Please use the link to sign up, so that we know you are coming and can secure your space. Perusing our blog is another way to get a feel for the school.

Yes! An easy and convenient way to reach out to a specific Hack Reactor graduate is over LinkedIn. Click here to find Hack Reactor alum through your LinkedIn network. Also, attending our free workshops - typically run by graduates - is a great way to meet alumni. Check out our upcoming events here.

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!

FAQ: Tuition

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!

If you are unable to spend three months in the US, our Remote and Remote Part-time programs will provide you with Hack Reactor’s renowned curriculum, wherever you reside.

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.