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Student Success in Computer Science, Coding & STEM: Collegewise & theCoderSchool

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By Belinda Southgate on January, 10 2024 | 5 minute read

College admissions counseling expert, Collegewise is thrilled to announce its recent partnership with theCoderSchool, who provide kids with a year round opportunity to learn to code from experienced coders, in a cool start-up-vibe environment at one of their 65 nationwide locations. 

For nearly 25 years, Collegewise has been at the forefront of providing empowering college admissions counseling and has helped more than 28,000 A students, C students and everyone in between pursue a major that will enable them to realize their dreams at a school where they will thrive. 

 If you're a middle or high school student, or a parent or guardian of one, read on to learn more about this exciting new collaboration:

Collegewise and theCoderSchool: New Partnership to Support Student Success in Computer Science, Coding and STEM


Helping Students Turn Unique Coding Experiences into Distinctive College Applications

As STEM, coding and computer science skills become more and more sought after in the job market, these majors have become increasingly competitive at many schools. Collegewise and theCoderSchool recognize the need to ensure that students who have interest in this area are given the opportunity to explore their passion and understand the steps they need to take to gain acceptance to their best fit college. “That’s why partnering with theCoderSchool as a no-brainer for us,” states Joe Korfmacher, Collegewise counselor and Director of Partnerships. “We know how many of our students are interested in C.S, and theCodingSchool provides the perfect environment for students to explore their passion. Providing free resources and webinars to theCodingSchool community will alleviate the often overwhelming process of applying to college for so many families, which aligns perfectly with our core mission of being the most trusted source of expert advice to help students access the transformative power of higher education.”

Hansel Lynn, Founder and CEO of theCoderSchool agrees. “With coders in such high demand in the marketplace, it pains me to see that Computer Science is one of the hardest college majors to get into,” Lynn says. “For a decade, theCoderSchool has taught tens of thousands of kids how to code by helping them build their own custom, unique apps. By partnering with Collegewise, we hope to help students turn their unique coding experiences into distinctive college applications that set them apart. I’m super excited about the potential for this partnership, and can’t wait to see what it will bring!”


In 2023, 44% of Collegewise student applications were to STEM related majors. Collegewise counselor, former Cornell admissions officer and STEM specialist, Meredith Graham explains that “technology has such a massive impact on our society, and because of that students are increasingly pursuing Computer Science and other STEM majors. As college counselors, part of our job is to help students understand their options and figure out which majors could be great fits for them to help them achieve their future goals. And because we know not every family has the opportunity to work 1-1 with a college counselor, one of the tools I've created for Collegewise is a guide for college planning for students interested in STEM to support any family who needs that help."

In 2024, Collegewise and theCoderSchool will work together to empower families to tackle the college admissions process with confidence and pave the way for students to achieve success in the world of STEM, Computer Science and coding. 


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About theCoderSchool:

theCoderSchool, is a place where kids learn to code all year round in a cool startup-vibe location. Founded in 2014 and headquartered in Silicon Valley, theCoderSchool combines a super-small teaching ratio with an individualized immersion style to get kids learning to code in no time. They don’t believe in kids being taught by software, and don’t like one-size-fits-all curriculums. Instead they focus on a mentor relationship with experienced coders, Code Coaches who can guide students through an amazing technical journey. 



About Collegewise:

With more than twenty years of experience, Collegewise counselors and tutors are at the forefront of the ever-evolving admissions landscape. Our work has always centered on you: the family. And just like we’ve always done, we look for ways for your student to be their best self - whether in the classroom, the applications, or in the right-fit college environment. Our range of counselingtest prepacademic tutoring, and essay management, all with the support of our proprietary platform, lead to 4x higher than average admissions rates. 


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