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Choosing the right coding bootcamp

With over 500 code schools worldwide, you should do your research before choosing which one will kickstart your career in tech. From price to time-commitment to technology stack, Course Report provides all the details you need to choose the coding bootcamp that's right for you. Start the process here:

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Is a coding bootcamp worth it?

The data says yes. A coding bootcamp costs about $12,000, but the average graduate earns $64,528 in their first job (a $21,000 salary lift). To determine whether a bootcamp is worth it for you, calculate your Return on Investment (this article also has our advice to make sure your bootcamp is worth it).


How much do coding bootcamps cost?

The average full-time programming bootcamp in the US costs $11,900 with some code bootcamps charging up to $20,000 in tuition. Some bootcamps offer deferred tuition or Income Sharing Agreements, so you don't have to pay tuition until you get a job. Compare coding bootcamp tuition costs here.


What are the best coding bootcamps?

Since 2013, we've built up our knowledge and expertise to curate a list of the top in-person coding bootcamps around the world. Put simply, these are the schools we would recommend to our own friends. All of these "best bootcamps" have been rated at least ★★★★ by alumni, demonstrate a proven curriculum, and have graduated at least one cohort of alumni. Remember, there is no “best coding bootcamp” – the best school depends on your own learning style, availability, career goals, location etc. You can also check out the best online coding bootcamps!


Are coding bootcamps accredited? 

Generally, no. But the bootcamp you attend should be licensed by a state regulatory agency. Licensing often means that the school has to submit their curricula (and any major curricula changes) for approval, invest in liability insurance in case of closure, and publicize their course catalog. It does not mean that the code school is able to grant degrees. 


Read more: Top 13 Code Bootcamp FAQs. Have more questions? Reach out to our team. Good luck!


What I Wish I Knew Before Thinkful

Liz Eggleston12/9/2019

Advice for Thinkful

Kris and Cassie both broke into tech with Thinkful, but their paths were different and they each learned lessons along the way. Kris attended Thinkful’s Engineering Immersion full-time, while Cassie attended Thinkful’s Data Analytics Flex Program so that she could keep working as a nanny while she moved through the curriculum. But both of their hard work paid off – Kris is now a Software Engineer at Documate and Cassie is a Data Analyst at Viasat. Here’s what they wish they had known before they went to an online bootcamp.

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What John Built at LearningFuze (and one year later)!

Liz Eggleston12/6/2019

John Holman was a Project Manager with a limited career path and a second child on the way when he decided to make a career change with LearningFuze. One year after graduating from the Full-Immersion Web Development Bootcamp, John sits down with us to talk about his career change and walk us through his final project. John and his group created a functional app called “Fund That Film” in PHP – see how it helped him land a Software Engineering job at Griddy.

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