These are the most frequently asked questions by prospective students. If you do not find what you are looking for below, please contact admissions@adadevelopersacademy.org.

Who does Ada Serve?

Ada’s mission is to prepare women and gender-expansive adults to be software developers while advocating for inclusive and equitable work environments. We primarily serve and address the needs of Black, Latine, Indigenous Americans, Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander, LGBTQIA+, and low-income people.

Who is included in “gender-expansive”?

Ada uses a national reference for the term “gender-expansive” individuals (also sometimes called non-binary, non-conforming or genderqueer) and Transgender provided by GLAAD: https://www.glaad.org/reference/transgender

Who is considered low-income?

Individual income

  • Seattle Low Income is below $50k
  • National Low Income is below $45k

How much does the program cost?

The program is tuition-free.

Students have various living expenses they need to pay while in the program. We offer loan opportunities through our lending partners. Read more about financial support options here.

What support is provided in the job search?

While you are in the program, you will have access to a wide variety of resources such as mock interviews, career readiness workshops, interview loops with partner companies, individual coaching, and much more.

Can I keep working while enrolled at Ada?

We strongly discourage our students from holding any other jobs or similar commitments while enrolled in the program. Our program is rigorous and students will be expected to work on assignments and additional study that will occur beyond core hours. We believe that students are best set up for success when they can dedicate their entire attention to our program.

Do you offer financial assistance?

We understand that even though our program is tuition-free, students have various living expenses they need to pay while in the program. We offer loan opportunities through our lending partners. Read more about financial support options here.

Do I need previous experience in programming before applying?

Yes. To be successful in our program, you should have a basic understanding of programming fundamentals. 

If you are unsure whether you are at the level to successfully pass the admissions challenges, we encourage all of our applicants to complete our Ada Build curriculum. This curriculum is meant to provide beginners with foundational concepts we expect our applicants to know at the time they apply. 

Once you finish the Ada Build curriculum, give our practice test a try. This practice test will show you what the Technical Coding Challenge will look like.

I would like to apply to the program. Where do I get started?

Our application opens six months before the cohort begins and remains open for approximately three weeks. The application will be accessible on our website once opened. You can expect to submit a resume, short answer essays, and data challenge responses.

Follow us on our social media pages, or subscribe to our newsletter, to receive regular updates regarding the application.

Can I choose my internship? 

No, you cannot choose your internship directly. You will be matched with an internship team based on various factors such as student and team preferences, student mentorship needs and team mentorship practices, and interview week performance. 

Here are some examples of companies that partner with us to provide internships.

I have a _____ visa. Can I apply?

You must have permanent work authorization at the time that you apply to our program. If you require or will require sponsorship in the future, you are not eligible for our program. If you are unsure about your work authorization status, please check here to verify what documentation you will need to provide to prove your eligibility should you gain admission into our program.

Will I have to do my interview with another applicant? What is “pair programming”?

No, we use a pair programming model in our technical interviews. This means you will be paired with an interviewer who you will walk through your code with. There will be no other applicants present during your interviews. Pair programming is used in technical interviews to test candidates’ skills. The interviewer and interviewee share a coding platform to solve a technical problem together.

Is Ada Build mandatory?


What other programs does Ada offer besides the Core program?

Accelerate: A program for those who have not had employment for 6+ months after completing their CS degree or a full-stack coding program. Accelerate

Ada Build: Coding for beginners. It is not mandatory. It a program designed to go over coding fundamentals. This program is open to those who identify as Black, Latine, Indigenous, Pacific Islander, and Native Hawaiian who are generally interested in learning to code, or more specifically, want to strengthen their skills for the Ada application process. Ada Build Live – Ada Developers Academy

Can I get a campus tour?

Unfortunately, at this time we are not allowing campus tours.

After the application, how long do I have to wait until the interviews?

Each admissions cycle can take a few months, final admissions decisions will be sent out at the same time for all applicants. Each step after completing the application in the admissions process is by invitation only so please keep an eye on your email.

For those who have little to no knowledge of coding, what are some recommended beginner courses to try?

FreeCodeCamp.org, Sololearn.com and Code Academy (paid) or try downloading Ada Build curriculum for self guided learning

Can I apply to more than one campus?

No, please only apply for one campus as we cannot accommodate multiple campus requests for each student at this time.

Can I use notes during my interview?

Yes, you are able to use notes to help you walk through your code during the technical interview.

Please contact admissions@adadevelopersacademy.org if you have additional questions not listed here.

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