Eligibility Requirements

Ada Developers Academy is more than a “coding bootcamp”. To be successful at Ada, applicants must be willing to commit themselves to all aspects of the program as well as embrace our values of community, inclusivity, and lifelong learning. 

WHO CAN APPLY

  • You have permanent work authorization in the United States. Examples include U.S. Citizen, permanent resident, or have an employment authorization card.
  • You are able to participate for the full duration of the program, which is full-time, Monday through Friday.
  • For the Cohort 13 admissions cycle, we strongly recommend that applicants be at least 21 years of age, but we will consider applications of those who are over 18. For Cohort 14, we will only be accepting applicants who are age 21 and over.

WHAT WE LOOK FOR

  • Passion for software development: You have invested time into learning about software development and know that it is the career for you. You have worked on different projects and cannot wait to tackle your next one. You have ideas about what you’d like to do with your skills in or out of the workplace. You have tried to learn on your own and are hungry for more. You have an insatiable desire to develop and grow your coding skills. 
  • Aptitude for learning: You have a demonstrated ability to think creatively, analytically and with depth about problems. You have not been coding long and haven’t been formally trained, but you have been able to quickly develop your skills through self-study. You display curiosity. You ability to self-study and leverage resources has prepared you for Ada and a career in software development.
  • Investment in social justice, diversity, and inclusion: Community is incredibly important at Ada. You demonstrate a strong open-mindedness to learn and recognize one’s biases, a desire to be inclusive, and a willingness to self-advocate and advocate for others. Read about our mission here.
  • Grit: The Ada program is demanding and intense. You have demonstrated the ability to work through obstacles despite setbacks and failures throughout your past. While you know this program will be a challenge, you are ready and excited to pursue your goals. 
  • Composure under stress: You will learn a lot during your time at Ada and be challenged in a number of ways. You have the proven ability to adapt to changing situations and to cope with stress. You are also adept at clearly communicating your needs and asking for help.
  • Ability to work well with others: Each cohort has 48 students, split between two classes. You will interact and work with people all of the time, whether your peers, instructors, staff, volunteers, company partners, and more. You have a track record of collaborating well with others and being a team player. You care about the success of others and want to support them. You also know that constructive feedback is an important part of working with others and are able to both give and receive feedback.

POSSIBLE DISQUALIFICATIONS

  • Underqualified for Ada: You are completely new to coding or have tried very little. While you are not expected to be an expert coder, you should have completed the Jump Start curriculum and tried other tutorials by the time you apply.
  • Overqualified for Ada: You have spent a significant amount of time studying Computer Science or have worked as a software developer. Examples of overqualification include, but are not limited to: having a major, minor, or Associate’s degree in Computer Science; having attended another full time coding bootcamp; previous work experience as a developer.
  • No U.S. Work Authorization: At this time, we are not able to sponsor student or work visas. You must have permanent work authorization and be eligible to work in the U.S. at the time you apply to be considered for admission.


Please contact admissions@adadevelopersacademy.org if you have questions about eligibility.

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