FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Popular Questions

Will I be able to get a job as a developer after this course?

Our goal, simply put, is to get you a job. We do that by ensuring that you have all of the skills you need to enter your first job (and your first job interview). By the end of our course you will be confident in your ability to build full-stack web applications, and you'll have a strong foundation in computer science fundamentals, including data structures and algorithms.

LambdaSchool also has strong career support, from helping you prepare for interviews and whiteboarding to tapping our own networks for leads. We're so confident that our full-time course has a money-back job guarantee.

In the case that you are not looking for a job (perhaps you want to start your own company), we are happy to support you in those efforts as well.

How does Lambda School compare to a traditional computer science program at a university?

The main difference is time and cost. LambdaSchool is sort of like taking the ideal 18-credit semester: CS fundamentals combined with modern tools and practices. Unlike some CS programs, we will write a lot of code, and generally wil fill many gaps that CS programs tend to miss. (In fact, many LambdaSchool students already have CS degrees.)

Does LambdaSchool provide career support?

In a word, yes. Our program is geared not only for teaching you the skills you need to be an effective engineer, but also to help you get the right job to continue your growth. We provide career services both during the bootcamp and long after graduation.

What does it take to get accepted?

We are looking for students who are smart, hard working, and have the social skills necessary to work effectively on a team. Essentially we are looking for the same personality traits that an employer would look for, minus the specific skills. The LambdaSchool course starts from a high level, and we need all students to be on the same page, so there is pre-course work required (HTML, CSS, and beginning and intermediate JavaScript), but you should submit an application as soon as possible, even if you don't have those topics mastered.

Engineers aren't known for being great teachers. Are your teachers effective educators?

We search for teachers who are not only skilled programmers but have experience teaching as well. Our teachers all share a deep love and passion for education and have many experiences teaching outside of programming. We watch our instructors in trials for a long time before making any hiring decisions.

Do you offer mentorship opportunities for students who have graduated from your program?

Yes! Students who wish to do so can apply to stay on as mentors for the following classes. You will work on advanced projects while providing mentorship to the new students. Through teaching and assisting new students you will deepen your own understanding of the concepts that are taught.

I don't live in the United States. Can I still attend? Can I attend from different time zones?

Yes. Lambda School students attend from all over the world. Students who are in time zones much different than Pacific Standard Time (for example, our students from China) still need to attend during the Pacific Time hours, even if that is in the middle of the night where you are. You do need to attend all classes, but so long as you can do that what timezone you are in will not affect your application or admission status.

What language/stack does Lambda School teach?

The Lambda School curriculum is focused around JavaScript, and in order to avoid confusion we use JavaScript for everything we do in the course — front-end, back-end, mobile, neural networks, etc. As far as frameworks go, we'll use several: You'll learn Node.js, Express.js, React, and more.

Where is Lambda School located?

We are headquartered in Silicon Valley, but all of our classes are taught online. We teach students from around the world including more than 80 different countries as well as all states and territories in the United States and every province and territory in Canada.