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Our goal at Viking isn't to be the *largest* online program, it's to be the *best*. In fact, we don't really benchmark ourselves against other online programs because ours is more in line with the depth and focus you typically see at the top in-person bootcamps. If you must make a comparison, though, you'll find us different on three major axes:
1. Depth of curriculum
2. Focus on Outcomes
3. Emphasis on Collaboration
To provide a bit more explanation of each of these:
2. **Focus on Outcomes** -- We're not interested in providing a program which makes you "feel like you've learned something"... we are laser-focused on giving you the best possible outcome. That's why we offer unlimited support, all our instruction is done in-house, and we spend a significant amount of time preparing students to locate, interview, and ultimately succeed in a role as a software engineer. The official "end" of the program is almost never the last time we work together.
3. **Emphasis on Collaboration** -- The best way to learn is to combine great material, great instruction, and great collaboration with your classmates. Collaboration lets you level up faster and is critical for absorbing the workflows of a professional engineering team. That's why we've structured the program with a major emphasis on working with and getting to know your fellow classmates. It's also why we have such a high bar for admissions. We want to make sure your classmates are as awesome as you are.
Viking isn't a program for everyone because we work hard to challenge you and push you to learn more than you ever thought possible in such a short time period. The pace is aggressive but the support is there to make sure you succeed. If you're prepared to lean into that challenge and take ownership of your success, drop an application and we'll see if you have what it takes :)
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