Frequently Asked Questions

  • Logistics:
    • Location of the school?
      • Sunnyvale, CA
    • Do I need to move to Sunnyvale to attend the program?
      • Yes
    • Class hours?
      • 8 hours a day are mandatory, typically 8am to 5pm. Students also have access to their systems remotely.
    • Number of class days per week?
      • Monday through Friday. Additionally, the school offers supplementary hours for further study on Saturdays, typically attended by more than half the students working with their tutor and on their own projects.
    • How does housing work?
      • Students are responsible for finding their own housing. Upon request, Acuitus can provide recommendations for extended stay hotels near the school, particularly for out-of-town students. Many choose to sublet or lease a short-term apartment.
      • Veterans attending the school using their Chapter 31 VR&E benefits may be eligible for a subsistence payment or Monthly Housing Allowance through their Post 9/11 GI Bill; provided students have remaining entitlement. Please speak to your vocational rehabilitation counselor for more information on this topic
    • When do classes start?
    • If I live in the area can I stay at home and commute to school?
      • Students are welcome to remain in their local housing and commute to school every day.
    • Do I need IT experience?
      • No. Our school is designed for students who lack IT experience—our program is focused on training students with NO IT experience to a very high level of expertise in 5 months. With that said, even if you have some IT background (a 2 or 4 year degree, but no industry experience, for example) we are confident that our course will be beneficial for you

  • Program Costs:
    • How much does it cost to attend?
    • Why is this program as expensive as an Ivy League college?
      • When you look at schools that teach IT, they often teach in blocks of a week, where the cost of each week varies from $3,000 to $5,000. If you could cover all of the material in 18 weeks this would cost $55,000 to $90,000. If you assemble the curriculum, however, you’ll find you actually need 18 to 24 months of classes. These classes are also instructor-led, often with the instructor remote, so you don’t have your own mentor with you through most of your day, and in traditional classes you typically don’t have your own dedicated enterprise class set of servers and network that is your personal responsibility. You are taught facts, not an understanding of the hard ideas backed by months of hands-on experience.
      • Three differences are key: first, you graduate much more qualified than from other schools because of the exceptional tutors, the one-to-one education, the focus on learning to think in the field, the immersive environment, and the focus on high-value experience and deliberative practice. Second, you graduate quickly – allowing you to be earning a salary instead of incurring expenses. And third, if you are committed, you will graduate.
    • Is there any way to get additional assistance for rent/dependents?
      • Veterans are eligible for a monthly housing allowance if eligible for both Chapter 31 VR&E benefits and Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits and those benefits have not been exhausted.
    • Can I get federal student aid, loans, or a Pell Grant to attend this program?
      • Because this is a new program, federal financial aid, including loans and Pell grants, are not currently available to our students. For more information on tuition and costs, please visit our Tuition page.
    • May I use my Veterans benefits to attend this program?
      • Veterans eligible for Chapter 31 Vocational Rehabilitation (VR&E) benefits can use those benefits to attend the program.


  • Certification/Employment prospects:
    • What is the likelihood that I graduate with a job?
      • Please visit our Results page to view current employment placement rates for Acuitus graduates.
    • What sort of job would I be able to get with this course?
      • Acuitus prepares students for compelling careers in IT. Our graduates have landed jobs in systems and network administration, technical support, network engineering, systems engineering, sales engineering. Some have landed positions right out of Acuitus in IT Management and senior technical roles, jobs typically taken by IT professionals with five to ten years experience in industry. The variety of employers that have hired Acuitus graduates reflects a wide range of large enterprises, technology providers, regional IT providers, System Integrators and other firms. The choice of potential employers allows graduates to make the trade-offs they are most comfortable with in terms of specialization, career trajectory, geographic location, corporate culture and other critical factors in choosing a career.
    • Is any certification or degree offered as part of the course?
      • This school focuses on transforming you into an expert, teaching you the hard ideas, and getting you the experience, in short the elements that make advanced certifications hard for most people. You will receive an Acuitus certification upon completing the course. Most students complete at least the first half of the CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate) certification before they graduate and many complete both parts. Other certifications that students have taken and passed during the course include: COMPTIA certifications (such as Linux + and Network+); and, the MCSA (Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate)
    • Where will I be working after I graduate?
      • Our corporate partners represent a wide range of industries. Some are large enterprises with locations spread across the country and around the world. Some are technology companies with exciting high-growth businesses supplying products and services to large corporations. Others are smaller regional firms that want to hire mature, independent professionals with great IT skills.
    • Does Acuitus get a fee if I’m hired by one of your ‘corporate partners?
      • No, Acuitus does not receive compensation for placement. Our job is to make sure you are the best IT professional you can be before you graduate and to prepare you to find the best job to meet your needs and your desires. We have no financial stake in who employs you or where you are employed
    • How much will I be making in my new job? Is this only preparing me for an entry-level position?
      • We are NOT preparing you for an entry-level job. Your salary level upon graduation depends on a number of factors, including your specific interests in the field of IT, the geographic location in which you choose to seek work, whether you want to work for a small company or a large company, whether you were passionate about IT and the companies you interviewed with. For more details, see our Results page.

  • Outside obligations:
    • Will I be able to work part-time while I attend class?
      • To be successful in this course you need to be focused on IT morning, noon and night. Students who seriously engage are soon walking, talking and thinking like an IT expert. To be transformed, you need to be fully engaged and totally committed. Working part time isn’t compatible with the level of commitment that is required.
    • What if I have an emergency? Will I be allowed to miss class?
      • We understand that five months is a long time and sometimes students have unavoidable obligations. We try to be as flexible as possible in allowing students to miss class for medical and familial emergencies. However, given the high tempo of the school, a situation requiring more than a couple-day absence may require you to take a leave-of-absence or to withdraw from the course.
    • If I am in the Reserves am I still eligible?
      • Yes. Weekend commitments once a month for the Reserves are manageable. If possible, we ask that you apply for one of our classes that do NOT conflict with a 2-week active duty commitment.

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