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FAQs

We understand you may have a lot of questions about Turing, and hopefully we can answer some of them here. If you have any additional questions, please reach out to us at contact@turing.edu.

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Admissions

What is the application process like?

The initial application consists of three parts: Basic Info, More About You, and a Logic Quiz. For the More About You section, you'll answer five questions about your personal and professional experience. No coding experience is necessary; we just want to learn more about you. The logic quiz is similar to the LSAT Logic Games section.

If you complete that successfully, you'll be invited to interview. The interview has two parts:
1. A collaborative logic evaluation, similar to the online quiz, and
2. A dialogue section where we learn more about you, your passions, and goals for your time at Turing. You will also be given time to ask questions at the end of the interview.

What happens if I don’t get in?

Applicants who are not accepted after their initial application or interview may reapply in 45 days. The 45 days is calculated from the day you complete your application.

What are you looking for in candidates?

We are looking for candidates with empathy, grit, a strong growth mindset, an aptitude for logical problem solving, and a passion for programming and creating a more diverse and inclusive tech industry. You don’t need any prior experience, but most successful candidates have tried coding to see if it’s something they enjoy.

I already have a computer science degree - is Turing for me?

We have enrolled and graduated students with prior CS degrees who chose to attend Turing because they wanted to update/ refresh their skills, or because they didn’t feel like they got the practical application of the discipline in their CS programs. You must consider if you’re willing and eager to work alongside students at different levels in order to be successful with a CS background.

I want to change careers, is this a good move for me?

Most of our students are in their late 20s and early 30s, and are ready for a career change. They have worked in education, healthcare, law, finance, the service industry, music, business, the military, construction, and many more fields that may seem unrelated to tech, but they are able to make the transition with persistence and a strong growth mindset.

Where do I need to live to attend Turing?

Our program is fully online, but it is required that students live within +/- 2 hours of the Mountain Time zone to ensure they are able to attend live classes and contribute to group projects.

Try Coding

What can I expect from the Online Try Coding?

Just like Turing School’s curriculum, Online Try Coding events are instructor-led and student focused. There is a pre-work requirement for the online class, which includes best practices for online learning. Teaching Assistants are able to answer any questions you might have about the pre-work within the 3 days leading up to your class date. Expect to be in a Zoom classroom collaborating with other attendees and building your own coding project.

How much coding experience should I have to attend?

None! Workshops are for individuals with little to no coding experience. However, before attending, you should be more than comfortable navigating the basic operations of a computer, such as copying and pasting text, typing at least an average speed and navigating the internet through a browser.

What if I already have some coding experience, can I still attend?

Try Codings are designed for people who are brand new to code and have never tried it before. That doesn’t mean that those with some experience aren’t welcome or will not benefit from it, but some parts may be a review.

What is the difference between Weekend Try Coding Workshops and Weekday Try Coding Workshops?

At Weekend Try Coding Workshops we cover Back-End Programming on Saturday and Front-End Programming on Sunday. We recognize that not everyone has a schedule where they can spend a full weekend at a Try Coding and offer single day Try Coding Workshops on various weekdays to accommodate all types of schedules. Weekday workshops will cover Back-End or Front-End only, but it will be the same content as the weekend sessions.

My children in middle school or high school are interested in coding, should I buy them a ticket?

Generally individuals aged 17+ can keep up with the class and are very much invited. Our Try Coding workshops are professional, introductory workshops for adults and are not designed to be engaging for younger ones. If you have a child who is interested in coding, we recommend checking out coderdojo.com.

Enrollment

I’ve been accepted into the program, how do I enroll?

You will receive enrollment instructions from Turing with your acceptance email. Please email Erin at erin@turing.edu if you have any questions about enrolling.

When do I pay my deposit?

You’ll pay your $1200 deposit as part of the enrollment process, once you choose your program, cohort and Mod 0 start date. You should do this at least 30 days before your cohort begins.

Can I enroll in the class starting next week?

You must enroll in classes at least 30 days before the first day of Mod 1, to ensure you have time to complete Mod 0. You can find enrollment deadlines here.

When are enrollment deadlines?

Enrollment deadlines are at least 30 days before classes begin. We recommend enrolling 90 days before classes begin to ensure you have time to choose a Mod 0 that works for you and have a second opportunity in case you are not “Turing ready” after Mod 0.

Do I need to purchase a laptop?

A new laptop is included with tuition, and all students are required to take the laptop we provide. We do not offer credits for bringing your own laptop. As soon as you pay your deposit and we approach your selected Mod 0, a laptop will be shipped to you to the address you provide us when you enroll.

What does the Enrollment Agreement look like?

You can view a blank copy of our enrollment agreement here.

Schedule

What’s the daily schedule?

Turing is what we call "full-time plus". Students are expected to be in class 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Mountain Time, Monday through Friday. Most students estimate they work 60-80 hours a week, including class time, project work time, and homework. For a better understanding of what our online classes look like, check out this blog.

What is a module, and how do modules work?

The full 7 month program consists of four modules. Each module is 6 weeks long with a one week intermission in between.

Is there any time off in the seven months?

Yes, there is a one week intermission every seven weeks. Please see the calendar here. Some work is expected of students during intermission to prepare for the next module.

What is a cohort?

Your cohort is the group of people you will complete the program with. There are usually 24-30 people in each cohort.

What is Mod 0?

Mod 0 is an online prerequisite course for both of the programs at Turing. It is a structured series of 5 sessions which take place remotely during the evening, and ideally starts 6 weeks before you begin your full-time Back-End or Front-End course at Turing. These classes are not in person, and are conducted fully remotely via Zoom. Mod 0 includes instruction in using the Terminal, git and GitHub, and organization and planning activities to ensure all students are ready to start at Turing fully prepared for success.

Can I work while I’m in the program?

Most of our students estimate they work 60-80 hours a week, including class time, homework, and project work time, so we highly discourage students from working while in the program. Often, students that choose to work repeat a module or defer until they can fully commit to the rigorous schedule.

Are there night or weekend classes? Is there a part-time option?

Our programs are only offered full-time, Monday through Friday. We have weekend introductory classes, which you can learn more about and register for here.

Is this program remote or in-person?

Our program is traditionally in-person at our campus in Denver, Colorado. Due to COVID-19, we are currently operating fully online. Please contact us for more details.

Academics

What if I am not doing well in the classes?

Our program is divided into four modules for several reasons, one of which is it allows for very clear benchmarks every 6 weeks. Students who are not meeting expectations are able to repeat a module and review the material they are struggling with.

Do you have to pay for repeating a module?

No, we do not charge a fee to repeat a module.

What is the typical class size and student to teacher ratio

Typically around 12:1. Each cohort is typically assigned between 2 and 3 instructors who teach classes in real-time and are available through Zoom and Slack.

What languages do you teach?

Our Back-End program focuses on Ruby, and also covers Ruby on Rails, PostgreSQL, JavaScript, and Express.

Our Front-End program focuses on JavaScript, and also covers CSS, HTML, NodeJS, React, and Redux.

Why are there two programs instead of full stack?

Please read our article on this topic here.

What percentage of your instructors have been developers in the real world?

Usually around 50% of our instructors have been developers before joining us at Turing. All staff receive ongoing professional development, and the majority of us have professional experience as instructors, either teaching K-12 or in college or corporate settings.

What kind of projects will I work on?

Students work on individual and group projects and can expect to complete several projects during each module. You can watch some student demos of project they worked on here.

Is this program fun?

This program is intense, but Turing is committed to the well-being of our students. The program has health and wellness support, opportunities to connect with other students and alumni via Student Circles, and full community events like movie nights, lightning talks, and more.

Financing

How much is tuition?

Tuition is $20,000. Please read below for financing and payment options.

Do you take the GI Bill® *?

Yes, our program takes approximately 10.4 months of GI Bill® *. You can read more about exact requirements here.

*GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.

Do you have scholarships?

Yes, our internal Diversity Scholarship is open to people who are underrepresented in tech, including people who identify as LGBTQ, women, People of Color, people with disabilities, and veterans. We offer two $4000 scholarships each cohort.

Your first step will be to apply at apply.turing.edu. Once you're accepted, all students receive scholarship information and are able to apply for their cohort-specific scholarship approximately 5 weeks before classes begin. The application is in essay form and will be reviewed by a rotating committee of staff members.

This scholarship is open to any accepted student, regardless of national origin or documentation status.

How do people pay for Turing?

We work with several lenders, some are credit-based, and one also takes into account your previous grades in school. You can learn more about our lending options here.

Here are some additional funding resources:

Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA)
WIOA offers limited training assistance for short-term training programs that lead directly to jobs identified as “in demand” in the local labor market. Turing qualifies as a training program that they offer financial assistance for. Click here for more information. To apply, find your local Workforce Center.

Vocational Rehabilitation
This U.S. Department of Education funded program provides career training funding for people with a documentable disability- such as a physical, mental, or learning disability- that impedes their ability to get, do, keep or advance in a job. Click here for more information. To find out if you are eligible you must contact your local Department of Vocational Rehabilitation office.

How do your loans work?

Once students are accepted into the program, you should research our lending partners above and apply to those that best fit your situation. Once you apply, the lender will typically notify you right away if you're approved. If you qualify, your tuition payment and cost of living loan will be sent to us, and we will disburse your cost-of-living funds, if applicable, to you by direct deposit.

Can I get a loan for cost of living?

Yes, our lending partners will allow you to borrow cost-of-living funds in addition to the total tuition cost. Sallie Mae Career Training Loan allows up to $18,000. Ascent allows up to $16,000. And, Climb allows up to $12,000. You should apply for the full amount (plus tuition) you need in your initial application.

Do you take federal grants like the Pell grant?

At this time we are not able to accept federal grants for tuition.

Careers

Isn’t the market saturated?

Nope! There is still a big demand for developers across all industries. Our Career Development team works hard to develop relationships with employers to help our students get jobs quickly.

Do people really hire students right out of Turing?

Yes. Yes they do. The experience you gain over 7 months at Turing prepares you to hit the ground running as a junior developer when you graduate.

How quickly will I get a job?

Our average time to hire is 74 days. We find the length of the search is greatly influenced by the hustle of each student. We will prepare you with job search strategies throughout your time at Turing. Those who take those strategies to heart are usually the first to get hired.

What’s the average starting salary?

$75,000. This will vary a bit depending on where you’re seeking but this is our average across all seekers.

Can I see your data?

Yes. We publish quarterly reports on our Medium page. We also are a part of CIRR, the Council on Integrity in Results Reporting, and you can find their bi-annual reports here.

What kind of companies hire Turing grads?

All kinds! Every industry needs developers. Our grads have gone on to work for large technology firms, small web dev shops, retail giants, sports teams, airlines and everything in between.

Community

How is Turing different from all the other coding bootcamps?

We operate as a nonprofit. This means we answer to students first, and are able to focus our energy and resources on excellent instruction and student outcomes. Our program is longer than other code schools at 7 months. We also offer career support to all students during the program and after graduation, until the find the right job for them.

Does Turing offer healthcare?

No, but most Turing students qualify for Medicaid because they are not working while in the program. You can find out more about Medicaid and apply here.

How is Turing financed?

We operate as a nonprofit, unlike many tech ‘bootcamps.’ Our commitment is to our students, not investors.

Do you have an active alumni network?

Yes. Turing is a close-knit community given our immersive culture. Students at Turing have shared that they form long lasting professional and personal friendships. Alumni participate in our community long after they have graduated as mentors and tech industry partners.