Welcome to the Ada Developers Academy application portal!

Congratulations on taking the leap toward becoming a professional software developer by applying to Ada Developers Academy. Writing code is a fun and ever-changing career, and you'll enjoy the benefits of being in one of the most sought-after fields (job flexibility, choice of employers, better pay - the list goes on).

Winter 2018 - Cohort 9 Timeline

August 21, 2017 Admissions opens at noon PST.
September 11, 2017 Admissions closes. All applications submitted by 5 pm PST will be considered and you will hear back from Ada regarding your application by November 13, 2017.
September - October 2017 If you are invited for Phase 2 and Phase 3, interviews will occur from September through October. Final acceptance notifications will be sent within 3 weeks of your Phase 3 interview.
January 15, 2018 Jumpstart live sessions for admitted students begins.
February 5, 2018 Class instruction begins.

If you don't have one, you'll need to create a free GitHub account. You'll be using GitHub Gists to submit a few of the application sections.

Ready to Apply?
You'll need to prepare a few things for the application.

Step 1: Resume

Your resume, written in Markdown and submitted as a GitHub Gist. To better protect the privacy of your resume please consider creating a Secret Gist.

Note: you're not expected to have previous experience with Markdown or GitHub. Part of the application process is demonstrating your ability to learn and apply new technologies.

Step 2: Essay Questions

For this portion of the application, you will answer 4 short essay questions about yourself.

What we’re looking for:

  • Grit and determination to enter Tech, including demonstration of exposure to the field and the ability to learn from their mistakes
  • Ability to learn something new and unfamiliar in order to accomplish a given task.


  1. 1. Why are you interested in programming? What have you done to expose yourself to programming so far?
  2. 2. If you are accepted into our program, where do you see your career in 5 years?
  3. 3. After reading Ada's Vision, Mission and Inclusivity Statement, how will you contribute to Ada's vision for an inclusive and diverse community? http://adadevelopersacademy.org/program
  4. 4. Tell us about a time you made a mistake that you learned a lot from. If you encountered the situation again, what would you do differently?

Step 3: Assessment

For this portion of the application, you will analyze some raw, publicly-available data.

What we’re looking for:

  • Demonstration of an aptitude to recognize patterns, try different paths, and conclude logical findings
  • Ability to clearly document thought process, assumptions, and conclusions
  • Please detail your thinking and problem solving process


The two datasets that you will need to analyze come from the Federal Student Aid office's Title IV Program Volume Reports. Specifically, you will examine the Loan Volume from the Direct Loan Program from the first quarter of academic years 2010-2011 and 2015-2016.

Both datasets, in CSV format, along with a README file that includes definitions for each field can be downloaded from our Dropbox. NOTE: These files have been updated so if you have them from a previous admissions cycle please download them again!

To open these files you are welcome to use Excel, the free alternative LibreOffice, or any other program that opens CSV files. Cloud-based tools may not work well for moderately large files like these. If you cannot open the file on your computer, you should try a local public library. If you have exhausted all options, please email admissions@adadevelopersacademy.org.



There are five questions related to the above datasets, in order of increasing complexity and ambiguity. For each of the five questions you will need to provide both your answer and an explanation of your process, assumptions, choices, and reasoning.

For each question, we are looking for logical argument to support your answer. For all questions we ask that you keep your explanation concise (under 700 words) as our reviewers have a large number applications to process.

Your answers must be provided in numerical form.

Before you begin

Before beginning to work on any of the following questions first exclude all rows where:

  • The school is designated as a foreign institution.
  • The final digit of the school's ZIP code is 3, 5, or 7.

Question 1
Please provide your answer as a number.

Consider all of the schools that disbursed a total of greater than or equal to $2,000 and less than $9,500 in loans for the time period reported on the spreadsheets provided (i.e. quarter 1). How many more schools met this criteria in 2015 than in 2010?

Question 2
Please provide your answer as a number.

Consider the sum of expected total loan amount if the loans were fully disbursed for each school. In 2010 as compared to 2015, for how many more schools was this amount greater than $20,000,000?

Question 3
Please provide your answer as a number.

In 2015, consider all the colonial colleges founded before the declaration of independence. Amongst these, what was the largest number of recipients within a school for either DL Graduate or DL Grad Plus loans?

Question 4
Please provide your answer as a number.

In 2015, consider all the private nonprofit schools in King county, WA. For these schools, consider the expected total loan amount if the loan is fully disbursed for unsubsidized graduate studies. Exclude all schools where the unsubsidized graduate loan amount is not available i.e. “-” or 0. What was the median value?

Note on median: Median is defined as the middle value among all the values being considered. E.g. if the values being considered were 2, 9, 5, 7 and 15. Then, the median of these values will be 7. This is because there are exactly two values smaller than 7 - these are 2 and 5, and exactly two values greater than 7 - these are 9 and 15.

Question 5
Please provide your answer as a number.

Consider all the schools who were football champions in National Collegiate Athletic Association (reference: www.ncaa.com) from 2001 to 2015 (both years included) in the FBS division. For these schools (only include main campuses that participate in football and not all campuses) consider the expected total loan amount if the loan is fully disbursed for GRAD PLUS loans in 2015 data provided. Calculate the sum of these amounts.

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