Getting Started

  • Q: I am a total novice. What class should I take?

    For beginners, start with the 100 - Front End course. For those looking to change careers, the best option is the Full Stack course. This is a comprehensive course, designed to take you from beginner to junior full-stack developer.

  • Q: How long will it take for me to be earning money as a professional developer?

Some StartFast Code students begin earning money as developers before they've finished their 12-weeks. Others need more time to master the material. Certainly, beginners taking on the Full Stack curriculum will need between 2 and 3 12-week cohorts (6-9 months of work) to master all that is taught. Others, especially those with some prior learning or experience, will progress faster.

  • Q: What are classes like?

    StartFast Code uses the "flipped classroom" approach. You learn at your own pace by working on projects and passing challenges that are presented via our online curriculum. You come to as many or as few classes as you want and need. Instructors and fellow students are there to mentor and encourage your progress, provide context and help you progress. Once you join, StartFast Code, located at Syracuse Coworks, becomes your space too! Use the space to study and work on projects. Grab a free coffee or tea and join us any time.

  • Q: What makes class at StartFast Code different from an online course?

    Online courses are great for getting started, but aren’t meant to train developers for the workplace. Our project-based curriculum, enables you to create a portfolio of code. Our instructors immerse students in the developer community. You won’t just learn languages as standalone skills. You’ll grow as a well-rounded programmer.

  • Q: What happens if I fall behind?

    Each person works at their own pace. Our instructors do their best to monitor students’ progress and help each progress. Because of our flipped classroom, you don't need to keep in lockstep with other students, but rather can learn the way you learn best, and at a pace that fits your lifestyle. The incentive for working hard is there.

Advanced Students

  • Q:  Can I join a StartFast Code cohort if I'm already a developer?

    Absolutely. Perhaps you need to update your skills. Maybe you'd like to learn a new language. Perhaps you've got a desire to learn back-end or data visualization. You can begin anywhere in the entire curriculum. You can even jump around and pick and choose your topic. Experienced developers are welcome!

  • Q: Can I work on my own project in class?

    Yes. If you prefer working on your own project to those that are presented in the curriculum itself, we'll do our best to accommodate you.

What You Need

  • Q: Do I need my own computer?

    Yes, please bring your own laptop to class every time. For all of our classes, we encourage students to be running the latest version of Mac OS X or a Linux distribution. You may also use a netbook or a machine running Windows.

  • Q: Do I need to pay for any special software to get started?

    We recommend our students use Google Chrome or Firefox, which are downloadable for free.

  • Q: What if I have to miss a class?

    You can come to the next one. There is no penalty for missing a class.


  • Q: How can I apply?

    Interested students should apply online. Click here to do so now.

  • Q: How do I secure my spot in a course?

    We offer rolling enrollment for our classes. An interview is required. To secure your seat, a deposit of $500 for 100, 200, and 300 classes and $1,000 for the 400 class is required. Your deposit can be paid online when you've been approved.


  • Q: Can I get help with financing?

    We do our best to offer payment plans and assistance. We can offer students a payment plan in three monthly installments, or loan assistance through a financial partner.

  • Q: If my schedule changes or I decide the course isn’t for me, can I get a refund?

    Yes. A student who withdraws for any reason prior to the course’s start date or up to one week into the program receives all monies returned, with the exception of the non-refundable deposit.

    Refunds after the first week will be pro-rated based on the date of withdrawal in the following amounts:

    • During Week 2: 75% of tuition returned
    • During Week 3: 50% of tuition returned
    • During Week 4: 25% of tuition returned
    • During Week 5 or any subsequent week: 0% tuition returned

    No refunds or credits will be given after four weeks. Course deposits ($1,000 for Full Stack or $500 for all other courses) are non-refundable.

    Note Regarding Financing Options and Payment Plans: Refunds are calculated based on total course cost, not tuition paid. For example, if a student withdraws in Week 2 and has only paid 25% of the total course tuition, the student is not entitled to a refund.

  • Q: Are any scholarships available?

    Yes! For a limited time, StartFast Code is offering a number of $5,000 scholarships for students enrolled in our 400 - Full Stack class when they sign up for 3 consecutive cohorts (a total of 36-weeks). Preference is given to women, veterans, people of color, and members of the LGBTQ community. Please note your interest when you apply.

  • Q: Can my employer contribute to my tuition?

    Yes! StartFast Code works with local employers. Please let us know if you'd like us to speak with yours when you apply. Additional information for employers can be found here.

Career Services

  • Q: Can StartFast Code help me change careers?

    Our 400 - Full Stack course is the best fit for students who wish to change career tracks after graduation. This course provides the broadest full stack education and career workshops.

  • Q: Does StartFast Code offer assistance with career placement?
    While we cannot guarantee job placement for any student, we do provide students with the tools and networking opportunities they need to get hired.
  • Q: What kind of jobs are available to StartFast Code graduates?

    From large corporations to small startups, developers are in demand. Some developers work for themselves. Students can expect to enter the tech industry as junior full stack web developers, junior front end developers, junior back end developers or freelance web developers, depending on their chosen track and level of dedication to code.


  • Q: What’s happening on the event calendar?

    When we’re not in class, we’re still talking code. Syracuse CoWorks and The Tech Garden host workshops, lectures, employer meet & greets, and more events through the year. Check out their pages for more information and to RSVP.

  • Q: If I’m not a student, can I still come to events ?

    Absolutely! We want to give everyone in the Upstate community the chance to learn more about the technology industry. Most events are open to the general public.

  • Q: Are there any events that are exclusive to members of StartFast Code?

    Yes. As members of StartFast Code, you get access to classes, office tours, career development and more.

Syracuse, New York

  • Q: Is parking available?

    StartFast Code classes are located in downtown Syracuse. Ample paid garage and street parking is available nearby. Street parking becomes free after 6pm.

  • Q: Is housing available at StartFast Code?

    Yes! StartFast Code is a proud supporter of CommonSpace. Live, work, learn and study all in one building. Contact CommonSpace for details. Residents of CommonSpace receive at automatic 6% discount on StartFast Code memberships.