Admissions
Scroll down to learn everything you need to know before applying to Lambda School:
What we
look for
Lambda School is a fast-paced, immersive, online education experience. It’s important to ask yourself, “Is this right for me?” Below are a few of the qualities it will take to be successful in our courses.
Determined
Our full-time classes are 40 hours a week for 9 months and our part-time classes are 15 hours a week for 18 months. When you join Lambda, you’ll receive over 1,000 hours of guided instruction. Becoming a developer or data scientist in such a short amount of time is hard. Successful students are strong problem solvers. They're confident they can find an answer, even if it means putting in a little extra time.
Proactive
The students we see thrive in our classes are the students who tackle assignments quickly, immediately look to solve problems on their own, and take advantage of after-class hours for additional help with concepts they don’t understand. The best students take an active role in their own learning and constantly strive to improve their knowledge of what they’re being taught.
Team Player
Our classes are designed to help prepare you for the workplace. As a result, a lot of class time is dedicated to group projects. A team player collaborates with other students, has good communication skills, takes feedback well, and acts professionally in class and on Slack.
Digitally Savvy
We spend the majority of class time diving into the curriculum. You should feel extremely comfortable with how a computer works including: touch-typing, web browsers, search engines, and basic computer programs.
Career Focused
Our students don’t join Lambda School to learn a skill, they join to start a new career. Our curriculum incorporates career and professional development starting on day one, and our most successful students know that they need to prioritize their professional development as much as their technical skills.
Gritty
Are you excited by the opportunity to solve problems and comfortable with not understanding everything right away? While we’ll provide you with the foundational knowledge you need to solve problems, we’ll deliberately push you outside of your comfort zone to apply those skills in unfamiliar situations. Learning to code is only one piece of the puzzle. You’ll rarely be shown how to solve problems in the workplace, so Lambda students graduate with the ability to autonomously tackle unique problems wherever they face them.
Course schedules
Classes are live and online. You must have 95% attendance in order to graduate. Every day is unique, but below is an example of what a day might look like.
Pick your time zone and make sure one of the 3 options below fits your schedule.
8:00 - 9:00 am
Warm up
Personal time to review the day's materials before instruction begins
9:00 - 11:00 am
Guided Project
Build a project while following the instructor's guidance
11:00 - 12:00 pm
Lunch Break
12:00 - 3:45 pm
Project Time
Build on your own and get help along the way from peers and teachers in Slack
3:45 - 4:15 pm
Project Wrap
Take a daily survey about your progress
4:15 - 5:00 pm
Stand Up
Meet daily with your Project Manager and 6 to 8 students for support
6:00 - 6:30 pm
Warm up
Personal time to review the day's materials before instruction begins
6:30 - 8:30 pm
Guided Project
Build a project while following the instructor's guidance
8:30 - 9:00 pm
Project Time
Build on your own and get help along the way from peers and teachers in Slack
4:00 - 4:30 pm
Warm up
Personal time to review the day's materials before instruction begins
4:30 - 6:30 pm
Guided Project
Build a project while following the instructor's guidance
6:30 - 7:00 pm
Project Time
Build on your own and get help along the way from peers and teachers in Slack
9:00 - 10:00 am
Warm up
Personal time to review the day's materials before instruction begins
10:00 - 12:00 pm
Guided Project
Build a project while following the instructor's guidance
12:00 - 1:00 pm
Lunch Break
1:00 - 4:45 pm
Project Time
Build on your own and get help along the way from peers and teachers in Slack
4:45 - 5:15 pm
Project Wrap
Take a daily survey about your progress
5:15 - 6:00 pm
Stand Up
Meet daily with your Project Manager and 6 to 8 students for support
7:00 - 7:30 pm
Warm up
Personal time to review the day's materials before instruction begins
7:30 - 9:30 pm
Guided Project
Build a project while following the instructor's guidance
9:30 - 10:00 pm
Project Time
Build on your own and get help along the way from peers and teachers in Slack
5:00 - 5:30 pm
Warm up
Personal time to review the day's materials before instruction begins
5:30 - 7:30 pm
Guided Project
Build a project while following the instructor's guidance
7:30 - 8:00 pm
Project Time
Build on your own and get help along the way from peers and teachers in Slack
10:00 - 12:00 pm
Warm up
Personal time to review the day's materials before instruction begins
12:00 - 1:00 pm
Guided Project
Build a project while following the instructor's guidance
1:00 - 2:00 pm
Lunch Break
2:00 - 5:45 pm
Project Time
Build on your own and get help along the way from peers and teachers in Slack
5:45 - 6:15 pm
Project Wrap
Take a daily survey about your progress
6:15 - 7:00 pm
Stand Up
Meet daily with your Project Manager and 6 to 8 students for support
8:00 - 8:30 pm
Warm up
Personal time to review the day's materials before instruction begins
8:30 - 10:30 pm
Guided Project
Build a project while following the instructor's guidance
10:30 - 11:00 pm
Project Time
Build on your own and get help along the way from peers and teachers in Slack
6:00 - 6:30 pm
Warm up
Personal time to review the day's materials before instruction begins
6:30 - 8:30 pm
Guided Project
Build a project while following the instructor's guidance
8:30 - 9:00 pm
Project Time
Build on your own and get help along the way from peers and teachers in Slack
11:00 - 12:00 pm
Warm up
Personal time to review the day's materials before instruction begins
12:00 - 2:00 pm
Guided Project
Build a project while following the instructor's guidance
2:00 - 3:00 pm
Lunch Break
3:00 - 6:45 pm
Project Time
Build on your own and get help along the way from peers and teachers in Slack
6:45 - 7:15 pm
Project Wrap
Take a daily survey about your progress
7:15 - 8:00 pm
Stand Up
Meet daily with your Project Manager and 6 to 8 students for support
9:00 - 9:30 pm
Warm up
Personal time to review the day's materials before instruction begins
9:30 - 11:30 pm
Guided Project
Build a project while following the instructor's guidance
11:30 - 12:00 am
Project Time
Build on your own and get help along the way from peers and teachers in Slack
7:00 - 7:30 pm
Warm up
Personal time to review the day's materials before instruction begins
7:30 - 9:30 pm
Guided Project
Build a project while following the instructor's guidance
9:30 - 10:00 pm
Project Time
Build on your own and get help along the way from peers and teachers in Slack
Requirements
Before you apply to Lambda, make sure all of these statements are true for you.
I am very passionate about finding a job in tech.
I understand how challenging Lambda is going to be.
I am confident that I can attend class according to the schedule.
I understand that the coursework is live and online.
I have access to a computer, WiFi, and quiet workspace.
I am excited to collaborate with others students.
I want to improve my professional skills, not just technical.
I am comfortable asking for help when I need it.
Advice from graduates
Tuition options
Pay $0 upfront + ISA
Our Income Share Agreement is $0 upfront + 17% of salary for two years, $30k USD maximum total payment. Must be a US citizen, Permanent Resident, or DACA recipient.
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Pay $30k upfront
Instead of an Income Share Agreement, students can opt to pay Lambda School $30k USD upfront for tuition.
Application Process
Below you'll find everything you need to know about the application process, whether you're planning to enroll in the 9-month full-time program or the 18-month part-time program.
1
Create an account
2
Complete an application
3
Complete the precourse work or entrance tests
4
Sign enrollment documents and choose your start date
1
Create an account
This is the first step, which you’ll find at https://apply.lambdaschool.com/. Here, you’ll tell us your name and email address (be sure it's an account you check regularly). You'll also choose a password, which you'll also use to access your class materials, so please choose a strong password that you'll remember.

Finally, you’ll agree to the Lambda School Privacy Policy, which tells us that you understand how we might use your information and how we protect your data. You can read the Lambda School Privacy Policy here.

Once you fill out all the required fields and hit “Submit,” you’ll be redirected to the Lambda School Admissions Dashboard, where you can start your application. The Admissions Dashboard is your one-stop shop for working through each step of the Lambda School admissions process, so make sure you keep your login handy so you can complete each step on time.
2
Complete an
application
Next, you'll fill out your personal information, tell us about your background, and agree to the attendance policy – Lambda School is an immersive experience and we require 95% live class attendance to graduate. Then, you'll select whether you’ll pay tuition upfront or sign an Income Share Agreement (ISA). You can learn more about the ISA by watching this 1-minute ISA intro video, or by checking out our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Lastly, you'll choose which program you want to enroll in. Don't worry if you don't have a technical background! We want to know what makes you unique and why you think Lambda School is the right fit for you.

After you complete your application, it will be sent to our Admissions Team for review. Applications to Lambda School are assessed on a rolling basis. If you’re selected to proceed with the application process, we’ll send you an email in 1-2 days with instructions for completing the precourse work.

What's precourse work? We're so glad you asked...
3
Complete the precourse work or entrance tests
Lambda School is a rigorous, immersive experience. To ensure that you’re well-prepared to launch your new career in tech, we’ve designed a series of short tests or “precourse work” lessons, depending on your chosen course.

Our goal is to make Lambda School accessible to everyone who is ready to make a significant change in their lives. But Lambda School is not for everyone. It is an extreme immersive environment that requires 40+ hours every week for 9+ months (or 20+ hours for 18+ months for part-time students). 

For Full Stack Web Development Applicants: 

To ensure that you’ll be successful in the course, you'll be asked to take a series of short tests to measure your aptitude, personality, basic computer and typing skills. These tests should take you about an hour to complete.

Applicants may be asked to provide additional information about their application in the form of a video interview. Lambda will give you a series of prompts about your interest in our program and you’ll answer by uploading a recorded video to your Admission Dashboard.

For Data Science Applicants:

You will be required to complete a skills challenge, which has a 2 hour time limit to complete. The skills challenge will test fundamental data science concepts. If you don't pass the challenge, you will be able to retake it after waiting 24 hours.

If you aren't quite ready to take the challenge yet, we provide free precourse work to help you prepare. The precourse work will help introduce you to (or refresh you on) the basics of linear algebra, statistics, and Python. Data Science is an extremely challenging field and your understanding of these concepts are paramount to your success. 

The assignments are designed to challenge you a little, so don’t get discouraged if you don't understand everything right away. Getting started with the fundamentals early will help you be more successful in the full Lambda School course.

Working through the precourse assignments might also help you discover that you’re not interested in the material in your chosen course. If you’d like to check out a different track, reach out to us at admissions@lambdaschool.com and we’ll be happy to discuss your options.

You won’t be able to select a start date until after you complete the challenge, but if you’ve got a specific start date in mind, aim to complete your challenge at least two weeks in advance.

Proof of Education

We need to verify your educational background. You can upload one of the following:

1. College Transcripts
2. High School Diploma
3. GED Certificate

Alternatively, you can take the Wonderlic basic skills test. More information about ATB tests can be found here: https://wonderlic.com/atb-testing-state-level/.

4
Sign documents and choose your start date
Now it's time check your email, which will contain a series of tasks you'll need to complete before you can begin classes.

Choose Your Start Date
First, you need to choose your desired start date via the link in the email. This link will send you to a confirmation form, where you’ll let us know when you’d like to begin your Lambda School course, and you'll be asked to share some optional demographic information with us.

Along with the email asking you to choose your start date, you will be prompted to read through the Lambda School Catalog (this will be sent to you in an email) to make sure you understand and are willing to adhere to our policies. You can check the Catalog out ahead of time at lambdaschool.com/catalog to learn more about Lambda School’s style, structure, and ethos.

Sign the Enrollment Agreement
After you’ve reviewed the Lambda School Catalog and chosen your start date, you’ll be sent the Enrollment Agreement to review, initial, and sign.

Confirm Tuition Payment Method
If you elected to pay $0 upfront and sign an Income Share Agreement (ISA) when you filled out your application, you’ll be directed to sign the ISA contract. If you selected the $30k upfront option, you'll receive an invoice via email.

If you need to change your payment method, feel free to reach out to us to discuss your options.

All of the above must be completed by our enrollment deadline for the class of your choice.
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