About Make School

Our Mission Statement

Make School’s mission is to create avenues of upward mobility for students of all backgrounds, empowering them to contribute to society through science and technology innovation.

We fulfill this mission by serving a majority under-resourced and underrepresented student population through a Bachelor’s degree program, countering systemic barriers to upward mobility and preparing them for high-earning careers.

Make School is built on the following values:

  • Students-first - we put student needs first when making decisions and protect students’ investment in their education through innovative financing options.
  • Innovation - we operate using progressive organizational principles, cutting-edge education methodologies, and regular experimentation.
  • Relevance - we develop curriculum and partnerships to ensure the education we provide prepares students for productive careers in industry and to be engaged members of civil society.
  • Equity - we analyze our actions and decisions through the lenses of Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in order to create a more equitable future for all. We serve students traditionally underrepresented in the technology industry.
  • Citizenship - our students actively engage with their communities and create positive social impact. Students work on projects and seek employment to help solve key societal problems. Students formalize their ethical frameworks, practice empathy, respect diversity, and reject bias.
  • Personal Growth - we provide educational resources and mentorship to help students and staff develop a growth mindset and achieve personal growth.
  • Transparency - our policies, practices, planning, offerings, and student outcomes are hosted on a public-facing, version-controlled platform. Our affiliations with partners are publicly disclosed.

Make School is redesigning higher education for the 21st century

Our emphasis is on ensuring relevance of education for the modern economy and accessibility to students of all backgrounds. We provide instructional, curricular, admissions, and other services to help operate innovative new college programs in partnership with established universities. Our education operates on the following pillars:

  • Combining the liberal arts with computing education in a bachelor’s granting program
  • Providing relevant and engaging education through real world projects
  • Uniting students from a broad socioeconomic range who possess grit (as measured by non-traditional metrics) and a passion for impact and innovation
  • Ensuring students are the core focus of the institution
  • Systemically aligning incentives of the institution with students through a repayment protection plan that ensures tuition is paid as a percentage of salary once employed

The students we’ve educated have shipped thousands of apps reaching tens of millions of people; from medical solutions to women's empowerment communities to simple games. Our alumni form a powerful network across the most innovative companies in the world.

The majority of the students in the Bachelor’s in Applied Computer Science program come from low to mid income families, while nearly half identify as underrepresented minority students. Their career outcomes are on par with students from elite universities, giving us evidence that talent is in fact diverse and distributed.

We hope our experiment will inspire innovation throughout the higher education landscape and accelerate the broader conscious capitalism movement.

Our team is our operational engine and cultural core

We are fortunate to work with a diverse group of individuals passionate about making higher education more modern, engaging, and accessible. We've previously worked at tech companies, coding schools, universities and integrate our knowledge and experiences to drive innovation. We've lectured and taught courses at MIT, Carnegie Mellon, UC Berkeley, Stanford and INSEAD. We strive to treat people well, do right by our students and our team, and support our surrounding community. We hope everyone who enters our doors, whether students or staff, leaves better off than as they came.

Our founders designed the college they wished existed

Seven years ago, Ashu and Jeremy took time off college because they didn't feel engaged with traditional education. They were products of a global progressive education system, but felt modern education pedagogy was missing in universities. During their time off they began teaching high school and college students to build apps, a way to supplement traditional education with a relevant and engaging experience that would prepare students for careers in the tech industry. Their students fell in love with progressive education and built portfolios that enabled them to earn jobs at top tech companies. The stories and experience of their students inspired Ashu and Jeremy to begin designing a new model of higher education.

Our investors care deeply about impact

Learn Capital
Driving educational innovation globally with the world bank and impact LPs
Kapor Capital
Creating upward mobility for low-income youth and improving diversity in tech
Y Combinator
Building a better world through technology, research, and non-profits

The Bachelor in Applied Computer Science program is offered by the Dominican University of California through an incubation partnership with MakeSchool.org.

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