How to Apply to Lambda School [A Step-by-Step Guide]
Nov 16, 2020

Congratulations on your decision to kickstart a rewarding new career as a web developer or data scientist with an online coding bootcamp!

Ready to go all in? 

In this post you’ll find a step-by-step guide to applying to Lambda School – let’s get started.

Lambda School application

When you’re ready to begin, click the “Apply Now” button on or navigate to

Lambda School enrollment advisor

You’ll then meet one of our Enrollment Advisors and get an overview of the four-step application process, including:

  1. Completing an application for your desired program.
  2. Finalizing your enrollment, including selecting how you’d like to pay for tuition, deciding whether you’ll be attending full-time or part-time, and signing your student enrollment agreement. 
  3. Attending orientation, which is also called “Lambda Launch.” Orientation is mandatory for all new students and will set you up for success in the program. Failure to attend may result in your acceptance being withdrawn.
  4. Showing up on your first day of class!

There are also a few important things you should consider at this point in the application process:

Once you’ve read and understood all of the information about your desired program, click “Let’s go!” and get started.

Next, we’ll ask you a few questions about what you want to study at Lambda and which program schedule works best for you. Select your desired program and schedule by clicking on the corresponding icon.

You’ll also be prompted to commit to our attendance policy. Lambda students are required to attend 95% of classes to stay in good standing, which means you can miss about one class per month. If you don’t feel that you can commit to attending 95% of classes, email to ensure that Lambda School is a good fit for you.

Lambda School course schedules

At this point, we’ll ask you about your previous programming experience, as well as what your career plans are post-Lambda.

Lambda School is designed for people with some coding experience who plan to seek employment in tech immediately after graduation. If you don’t have any previous experience, you can still be successful at Lambda, but we strongly recommend you spend time with the web or data science precourse work, and commit to spending extra time studying outside of class. If you have concerns about whether or not you’re likely to be successful at Lambda School, please reach out to your enrollment advisor after completing the application process.

If you choose, you can also add your Github and LinkedIn profiles to this section of application to help us get to know you a little better. 
If you were referred to Lambda by a friend or family member, here’s where you let us know who so we can get them their referral bonus. 

Lambda School referral

Now you’ll create an account so you can access your application later, as well as track your admissions decision. Your account is where you’ll go to find information on next steps in the application process and where you’ll submit any required documents. 

We recommend that you use an email that you check regularly as we’ll send information about next steps as well as program information to the email address you list on your application. In addition, be sure to choose a strong password you can remember and store it somewhere safe. 

Once you’ve created your account, we’ll ask you to tell us a little more about yourself, including your age, address, and whether you live in the U.S. We require all students to be over 18 and to be a US citizen, permanent resident, or DACA-recipient. Lambda School is licensed differently in each state, so we also require you to list your current address.

Lambda School application process

Now for the fun stuff – here’s where you’ll tell us how you’d like to pay tuition. Your tuition options may be different depending on what state you live in. In most states, you’ll have the option to pay tuition via an Income Share Agreement (ISA), pay the total amount upfront, or pay it in installments. If you live in California, you cannot use an Income Share Agreement, but you’ll have the option of using a Retail Installment Contract (RIC) instead. 

Lambda School ISA

If you choose to pay via ISA, you’ll pay no tuition until you get a job making $50,000 or more. Then, you’ll pay 17% of your monthly income for 24 months. The ISA does not accrue interest. If you don’t get a job making at least $50k, your ISA is automatically cancelled after five years of deferred payments. Keep in mind that you can only have one active Income Share Agreement at a time, so if you’ve signed an ISA with another school or organization, you won’t be able to sign one with Lambda.

If you live in California, the RIC option preserves as many student protections from the ISA as possible. Most importantly, it still allows for zero upfront payment and no repayment until you’re making $50,000 or more. Payments are still calculated based on 17% of your income and like the ISA, there is no interest. However, the RIC doesn’t include an automatic termination after 24 payments or five years of deferred payments. 

Once we’ve ironed out the financial details, we’ll ask you to provide a few demographic details to help us better understand and serve our student body. Lambda School is committed to building a diverse and inclusive environment, and understanding the demographics of our school helps us all better support each other in our unique circumstances. Note that this part of the application is voluntary and will not affect your admission decision. 

Nice! You’ve completed the first step in the admissions process.

Once you click “Next,” you’ll be redirected to your new admissions dashboard.

Lambda entrance tests

The next step in the process is to complete a brief assessment called the Criteria Cognitive Aptitude Test, which helps us predict your ability to be successful at Lambda School and in your future career. Our job is to ensure that our graduates are career-ready upon graduation. By learning more about our applicants’ skills and strengths, we’re better able to tailor our programs to fit their needs and to ensure that they will be successful after Lambda School.

There are 50 questions measuring verbal, math/logic, and spatial reasoning. Individuals with high aptitude scores are more likely to be quick learners and high performers than individuals with low aptitude scores. The CCAT consists of 50 questions, and you will have 15 minutes to complete the test. It's completely normal not to finish all 50 questions in the time allotted, so take a deep breath, try your best, and find a quiet place to work before you begin. You can find a free downloadable CCAT study guide here.

If you are applying to the Data Science program, you will also be required to complete a Data Science skills challenge at this stage which must be passed with a score of 11/15. You will have 45 minutes to complete the challenge. See our DS Challenge study guide for help preparing!

International students as well as applicants in certain states will also have to submit a video interview before moving on to the next step. Your admissions dashboard will ask you to upload your video interview if this applies to you. 

upload your education history

Congratulations on passing the entrance tests! If you live in California, Texas, or DC, the next step in the admissions process is to submit proof of your educational background. We require all applicants from these states to submit a high school diploma or college transcript, or, if applicable, a GED transcript. If you don’t have access to any of these, please contact your enrollment advisor. If you do not live in CA, TX, or DC, you will not be required to upload these documents.

upload high school diploma

Once you’ve uploaded the required documents, our team will review your application and respond with an admission decision within 2-3 business days. Your admissions dashboard will be updated with your application status so check back frequently. If you haven’t received a response within 3 business days, contact your enrollment advisor. 

getting into Lambda School

The final step in the process is to finalize your enrollment, including choosing your start date and singing final documentation. If you elected to pay tuition using an income share agreement or retail installment contract, this is when you’ll sign the agreement. If you choose to pay tuition upfront, you’ll be asked for your banking or credit card information.

enrolling in Lambda School

Next, sign your student enrollment agreement and choose a start date. You’re in!

Congratulations on being admitted to Lambda School. We’ll see you in class.

Want more info on how to best prepare for Lambda School? Read about our student orientation program, Lambda Launch, and learn the secrets to success at Lambda.

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