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 [email protected].

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Admissions

What is the application process like?

The initial application consists of two parts: a resume or work history section, and a logic quiz. For the resume or work history, no coding experience is necessary. We just want to learn more about you.The logic quiz is similar to the LSAT Logic Games section.

The interview also has two parts:
1. a collaborative logic evaluation, similar to the online quiz, and
2. a Q&A 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. 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.

I don’t live in Colorado, can I still attend?

We have plenty of students who move from out of state to attend Turing. Some fall in love with our state and decide to stay, and some move back to their hometown or take a job elsewhere. We also assist with M1 visas for international students who are accepted into our program.

What are the requirements for international students?

M-1 student visas can be issued up to 120 days in advance of your course of study start date. However, you will not be allowed to enter the United States in M-1 status earlier than 30 days before your start date.

Please let us know once you've been accepted that you are an international student, so we can get this process started for you.

When you are at the port of entry, you must present the following:
1. Original SEVIS Form I-20 (Turing mails a signed hard copy to you after your initial $1200 deposit)
2. Proof of SEVIS Payment - https://www.fmjfee.com/
3. Proof of Financial Stability (evidence of ability to pay for $20,000 USD tuition and living expenses)
4. M-1 Visa (We will give you information on applying once you're accepted)

If approved, you'll receive a Form I-94 which is proof that you entered the US legally and determines the length of your stay.

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 [email protected] 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.

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, Monday through Friday. Most students estimate they work 60-80 hours a week, including class time, project work time, and homework.

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 a structured series of 6 classes which take place remotely two evenings a week, and which ideally start 6 weeks before you begin your full-time FEE or BEE 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 fully in-person and located in Denver, Colorado, USA. We do not have remote options for our Front End and Back End Engineering courses.

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?

The first four modules are $20,000, and any modules after that are $2500 each. So if you were to attend 1, 2, 3, 4, your tuition would be $20,000. If you attended 1, 1, 2, 3, 4, your total tuition would be $22,500. The additional $2500 will be added on at the end of your time at Turing, rather than charged to you while you are repeating the module.

What’s the student:teacher ratio?

Typically around 12:1. Each cohort is typically assigned between 2 and 3 instructors, including Lead Instructors and Teaching Assistants.

What languages do you teach?

Our back end program focuses on Ruby, and also covers Rails, Sinatra, PostgreSQL, JavaScript, and Express.

Our front end program focuses on JavaScript, and also covers CSS, HTML, NodeJS, React, Redux, and Ruby.

Why are there two programs instead of full stack?

Please read our Medium 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?

Please take a look at our alumni page for examples of student projects, or better yet, attend an upcoming Demo Night to get an idea of the excellent projects you will be able to build as a Turing student. You can find upcoming events on our Eventbrite page.

Is this program fun?

This program is intense, but Turing is committed to the well-being of our students. We integrate various health and wellness opportunities, along with student engagement activities such as karaoke and trivia throughout the program so students can de-stress and have fun!

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.

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.io. 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, they are sent application links for our lenders. Once you apply, the lender will typically notify you right away if you’ve qualified. 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 any, to you directly.

What if I can’t qualify for a loan?

If you are unable to qualify for a loan, we offer an Income Share Agreement, which allows you to start with $5000 and pay back the balance once you get a job after graduation. If you are interested in this option, you must first apply for a loan, then contact Erin for more information.

Can I get a loan for cost of living?

Yes, our lenders allow you to borrow between $1000 and $14,000 in additional cost-of-living loans. You should apply for the full amount 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?

$72,000. 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

Do you have locations outside of Denver?

We are one location, one school, one staff. We have no plans of moving or expanding. Many students move to Denver for the 7 month program, then move back home or to another city once they’ve completed the program. Many other students fall in love with Denver and stay here!

How is Turing different from all the other coding bootcamps?

We are a non-profit, which is fairly unique in the industry. This means we answer to students first, and are able to focus our energy and resources on excellent instruction. Our program is also significantly longer than most other schools at 7 months.

Does Turing offer an RTD bus pass?

Yes, discounted regional RTD passes are available for Turing students to purchase every six weeks. Our campus is located in downtown Denver and is accessible via multiple bus routes and the light rail.

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. Cohorts of various backgrounds have the opportunity to form relationships that last a lifetime. Alumni continue to engage with each other and our school to ensure long-term career success.