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Courses: Full-stack Web Development, iOS Mobile Development

Locations

NYC

About Pursuit

Pursuit offers a fellowship program that trains individuals in full-stack web development, iOS mobile development, and Android mobile development in New York City. Through the four-year intensive program, Pursuit trains adults with the most need and potential... Read More

First, a 10- or 12-month intensive training course to enable Fellows to get their first tech job. Then, three years of one-on-one support to help them thrive in their careers.

For the Core phase of the program, the curriculum is structured across three pillars: technical mastery, professional skills, and industry fluency. Fellows work collaboratively in teams, guided by expert instructors and volunteers. Everyone ships multiple products during the course of the program.

Students can choose from two Core program schedules: The daytime program meets Monday through Friday over 10 months. The nights & weekends program meets all day Saturday and Sunday as well as in the evening Monday through Wednesday over 12 months.

Applicants do not need prior coding experience, but must meet the eligibility criteria:
- Age 18 or older
- Committed to working as a full-stack or mobile developer after graduating
- Current annual salary of no more than $45,000
- A resident of the New York metropolitan area
- Eligible to work in the United States
- Able to participate in all scheduled program classes, workshops, and program events for the full duration of the program

The price of Pursuit is $0 upfront plus 12% of future income for 3 years upon getting a tech job with a salary above $60,000.
- If a Fellow does not secure a tech job, there is no payment due.
- If a Fellow earns less than the $60,000 annual salary threshold, there is no payment due.

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Courses

Full-stack Web Development

  • Cost: Free
  • Duration: 10 weeks
Locations: NYC
Course Description:

Javascript, HTML, CSS, data structures & algorithms

Technical Mastery
- Master the fundamentals of programming
- Build and push a web app
- Learn best practices and how to use industry tools

Professional Skills
- Build a compelling resume and portfolio
- Learn how to apply successfully to developer jobs
- Understand how to navigate a professional environment, from job search to promotion and beyond

Industry Fluency
- Learn about product development, venture capital, and entrepreneurial concepts from industry experts
- Meet startup founders and technologists
- Develop comfort engaging with the broader tech industry

Subjects: CSS, HTML, Algorithms, Data Structures

iOS Mobile Development

  • Cost: Free
  • Duration: 10 weeks
Locations: NYC
Course Description:

Swift, data structures & algorithms

Technical Mastery
- Master the fundamentals of programming
- Build and push a web app
- Learn best practices and how to use industry tools

Professional Skills
- Build a compelling resume and portfolio
- Learn how to apply successfully to developer jobs
- Understand how to navigate a professional environment, from job search to promotion and beyond

Industry Fluency
- Learn about product development, venture capital, and entrepreneurial concepts from industry experts
- Meet startup founders and technologists
- Develop comfort engaging with the broader tech industry

Subjects: Swift, Algorithms, Data Structures

Pursuit Reviews

Average Ratings (All Programs)

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3.1/5

(10 reviews)
    7/23/2020
  • Anonymous
  • Graduated: 2019

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"Pursuit is unlicensed!"

Pursuit is unlicensed. As a private training program, they should be under the state's Bureau of Proprietary School Supervision which monitors these types of programs. As a result, they don't follow state policy, such as tuition and fees must be the same... Read More

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    6/26/2020
  • Anonymous
  • Full-stack Web Development
  • Graduated: 2018

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"Deep Financial Trouble"

This place is going down fast. Pre-COVID, they were barely providing adequate learning and getting their grads hired. Now, COVID is exposing all their weaknesses. They didn't have enough donations coming in to maintain the program and the pandemic is... Read More

If this place decides to switch to remote learning, my advice to potential students is DON'T DO IT. I went to in-person classes and I could barely get help when I needed it. It's going to be worse for remote learning because it will be easier for Pursuit to ignore you. The ISA was not worth it before and it definitely will not get your money's worth now.

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    1/28/2020
  • Anonymous
  • Full-stack Web Development
  • Graduated: 2019

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"not worth your time or money"

all the "good" reviews are asked/begged from staff to students

please go to a better boot camp this is not worth your money. pursuit is not a real bootcamp, there is no license or certification at the end.

* not a safe space--they allow sexist people to... Read More

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    7/27/2019
  • Steph | iOS Apprentice
  • iOS Mobile Development
  • Graduated: 2018

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"Your success is dependent on your own commitment"

This program was great for me! I learned enough about iOS to land an apprentice position. Along with this, the program helped me prepare for interviews by giving me resume and cover letter assistance, mock interviews, and DSA practice. That being said,... Read More

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    7/11/2019
  • Jung Rae Jang | FSW Fellow
  • Full-stack Web Development
  • Graduated: 2018

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"Experience at Pursuit"

I was a full-stack well development fellow at pursuit for the 5.0 cohort. I have to say that my experience was a pleasant and growing one. Not only I learned about technical skills necessary to become a developer but I also built community of support... Read More

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    7/8/2019
  • Anonymous
  • iOS Mobile Development
  • Graduated: 2018

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"This program is amazing!"

Would recommend for hard-working and motivated people who want to learn to code but can't pay an upfront price

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    2/18/2019
  • Anonymous | Software Developer
  • Graduated: 2016

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"Changed my life completely!"

Three months after graduating from Pursuit, I was able to successfully triple my original income. After almost 2 years, I've successfully quadrupled my salary when compared to what I made prior to joining Pursuit! It will be a lot of work (especially... Read More

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    2/15/2019
  • Anonymous
  • Full-stack Web Development
  • Graduated: 2018

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"There are better options"

Pros: loaned laptop, trips to tech companies.

Cons:
There are better options. Don't even consider it if you're looking to do the night and weekends program. It's a difference of 25 vs. 40 hours per week, and you're expected to keep up with curriculum that's... Read More

Previous reviews mention this. Without scratching the surface, the concept of Pay It Forward seems like a great idea. But when you read the fine print, it's just deferred tuition and they avoid talking about it as such. Ethically, to target people from marginalized groups who seek a financial stable life in such a way is not following to the mission statement. If things go accordingly for fellows (a $60,000+ job shortly after graduation), this ends up being an incredibly expensive program, when other programs offer more affordable options. They need to put a tuition cap, and restructure the system, because their present agreement has a maximum $36,000 a year tuition (if the student makes at least $300,000...no one is going to make that). It seems like they are milking students for what they got just to fulfill requirements of a hefty loan.

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    2/15/2019
  • Anonymous | Web Developer
  • Full-stack Web Development
  • Graduated: 2017

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"Read the fine print and be cautious"

Pros:
- If you don't have a laptop, they will loan you one.
- Field trips to tech companies.
- Deferred tuition. You only pay when you get a job that pays a certain amount of income.

Cons:

The amount of cons can fill a book. Long story short, there was a lot... Read More

- Nights and Weekends students are extremely disadvantaged when it comes to learning time and available resources.
- They literally expected the nights and weekends students to do everything expected of daytime. Nights and weekends students are the ones most likely to have families and unable to quit their jobs for a fulltime program. Staff seemed to forge that.
- Resources were promised, but then not delivered. For example, they would cancel office hours (aka tutoring) if not enough people signed up. Staff were afraid of no-shows by students. This happened a lot. The real kicker is office hours were held by volunteers from the tech community and staff touted this as a networking opportunity. It's not ok to deny help to students.
- They humiliated students at graduation. They said students on track to graduate could still attend the ceremony and walk the stage while being allowed to finish over the summer. They did not say these students were being handed blank certificates. Students had families in attendance. Imagine having to explain this to your loved ones.
- They were not upfront about how to complete graduation requirements. There was a mad crunch at the end to finish.
- I saw a lot of staff members leave before the end of the cycle. They hadn't been there even one year. that's how abused the staff were.
- The higher ups routinely speak rudely to students and assume they are in the right and students are in the wrong.
- No matter how badly students behave, the school will keep them on in the hopes the students will finish, get jobs, and pay back tuition. It's a breeding ground for bad behavior.
- They would interrupt learning schedules at the last minute. I once arrived to class expecting to have all day to work independently, but they tried to force me to practice whiteboarding problems instead because most of the class failed the whiteboarding certification. Mind you, students didn't even receive grades back for this yet. Another time, they had students sit through an hour-long lecture by people applying for teaching jobs at the school. They wanted us to "have a voice" in how the organization was run. Again, this was time I should have been working on independent projects for my portfolio. This happened three times.

The only draw of this program is the tuition plan. You don't pay if you don't get a job. In reality, the people who get jobs within a reasonable amount of time (3 months post grad), are those who came into the program with coding knowledge already. There's little support for job searching. You're better off setting up Google alerts than relying on career services to get you an inside scoop.

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    1/9/2019
  • Anonymous
  • Graduated: 2017

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"Great program focused on diversity"

It is challenging, but the staff really cares about supporting you through the program. I would recommend!

Comment

Pursuit's average rating is 3.1 out of 5.0 based on 10 review(s).

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