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Code Fellows and Coding Dojo both have several locations across the US that teach more than one tech stack, from Python to iOS to MEAN Stack. Whether you are looking for a structured classroom environment, job placement focus or project-based learning, both Code Fellows and Coding Dojo offer more than your average bootcamp. We break down the differences between Code Fellows vs Coding Dojo:

Focus

Beginners, hobbyists and aspiring programmers seeking a career change will all find a place at Code Fellows. The way that Code Fellows classes are structured means a student can complete the full program (consisting of four courses) from start to finish, or enroll in a beginner’s course, take a few months to practice what they’ve learned, and then come back to take an intermediate or advanced course. Code 101 courses are offered as a one-day workshop for anyone exploring careers in tech. Full-time Code 201 and 301 (4 weeks each), as well as 401 courses (10 weeks) also each have a Nights & Weekends option. Students can self-study and test into any level to maximize the time they spend at bootcamp.

Coding Dojo’s focus is to create well-rounded developers fluent in a variety of technologies and programming languages.The program offers on-site, online and hybrid training options for beginners and career developers. Beginners can take an online/onsite bootcamp in 14 weeks. Working developers that are eager to learn a new stack can take a one month long dev accelerator course.

For beginners to current and aspiring developers who are ready to dive in, Coding Dojo offers a variety of options to complete their 14-week bootcamp. Code Fellows students can go from beginner to job-ready in 18 weeks, starting in Code 101 and finishing in a language-specific Code 401 course, or space out their training by taking time after each course to practice their new skill set.

Cost

If you choose a traditional, on-site, three-stack bootcamp, the tuition at Coding Dojo is $13,495. For online or hybrid bootcamps that teach two full stacks, the tuition is $7,500 and $11,500 respectively. The Dev Accelerator, for experienced devs, teaches one full stack for $5,000.

From Code 101 to Code 401, Code Fellows will cost $20,099. Students have the opportunity to test into any level. Self-taught developers who develop intermediate-level ability on their own can test directly into Code 401 and reduce their tuition to $12,000.  

Both Coding Dojo and Code Fellows both offer a significant amount of scholarships to prospective students. Code Fellows offers a diversity scholarship to women, U.S. veterans and minorities that covers 50-70% of tuition. Coding Dojo offers a variety of scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $2,500 for college students, veterans, women, career-changers and individuals seeking a career in philanthropy.

If you are a veteran, woman or minority and qualify for a scholarship, Code Fellows may be a more affordable option. If you’re a beginner and cost is your biggest concern, Coding Dojo is much more affordable. For intermediate developers with some programming knowledge, whether Code Fellows or Coding Dojo is more affordable depends on your exact level and which language you’d like to learn.

Location + Time Commitment

Both Coding Dojo and Code Fellows have campuses throughout the United States. Code Fellows has campuses in Seattle, Portland and Chicago. Coding Dojo has campuses in Los Angeles, Seattle, Silicon Valley and Dallas. Coding Dojo also offers online and hybrid courses, the latter requiring up to four weeks on campus.

Coding Dojo bootcamps are 14 weeks, while Code Fellows courses, from Code 101 to Code 401, are 18 weeks. However, students who test into Code 301 or 401 can complete the bootcamp in 10 to 12 weeks. Despite being two weeks shorter than Code Fellows, Coding Dojo courses do require 50-100 hours of pre-work, which can be completed before the course starts with instructor support.

Code Fellows has several campuses on the West Coast and one campus on the East Coast. Coding Dojo offers more locations (limited to the West Coast/Southwest), flexible training options and shorter time commitments for bootcamp students.

Curriculum

Code Fellows classes are divided into four levels totaling 18 weeks from start to finish, which makes it easy for students to only take the classes they need at their skill level. Students are prepared in the fundamentals of HTML, CSS and JavaScript in Code 201 and add SQL, Front-End Architecture, MVC, and algorithms in Code 301. Advanced students seeking a career in development can choose one of three stacks— iOS, JavaScript, or Python.

Coding Dojo is one of very few bootcamps to offer three full stacks as part of their curriculum. All students learn HTML, CSS and JavaScript as prework. Students then choose between Python and LAMP for their first stack. During the bootcamp, students choose two stacks from MEAN, Ruby on Rails and iOS. Students will learn three stacks consecutively over the course of 14 weeks.

While Code Fellows teaches HTML, CSS and JavaScript in their 201 course, Coding Dojo alumni stress it’s absolutely essential to master these concepts in the pre-work before starting the bootcamp. Coding Dojo students will jump right into LAMP or Python and will be expected to know the fundamentals of HTML, CSS and JavaScript.

If you want to become a specialist in JavaScript, Python or iOS, Code Fellows offers in-depth training. For aspiring programmers seeking to become a jack-of-all-trades, you’ll learn several technologies in a shorter time frame at Coding Dojo.

Teaching Approach

At Code Fellows, the first three hours of the day are dedicated to teaching—lectures, whiteboarding, and discussions about homework and code.  During the second three hours, students pair program, work on homework, and receive help from instructors and T.A.s. Code Fellows takes a more traditional approach to education by using graded assignments, quizzes, and textbooks as part of their course. The courses, with the exception of the one-day Code 101 course, all involve at least one project week where students work on a group project that they can add to their portfolio.

Coding Dojo takes a much less structured approach to learning, with between 13-15 hours/week of instruction and afternoon TA support. Students have one hour of algorithm every day guided by instructors, and one hour of morning lecture/group activity every day. The rest of the time is spent coding in group demos, taking lessons and quizzes online in the proprietary platform, and working on personal projects with help from instructors and TAs. On Wednesday afternoons students break away from the dojo to enjoy an outdoor picnic and sports. Students take bi-weekly coding challenges to earn qualifications and listen to talks from guest speakers once a month. Students are not pushed, rather they are provided access to instructors during the day and 24/7 access to the space to hone their craft.

15 hours (Code Fellows) vs 5 hours (Coding Dojo) of lectures per week—take your pick! For a more traditional approach to learning complete with lectures, textbooks, assignments and quizzes, Code Fellows is a good fit. For learners who enjoy self-teaching and project-based learning, Coding Dojo is ideal.

Application Process

At Code Fellows, the interview process for Code 201, 301 and 401 courses takes two to four weeks and includes an online application, a phone interview and code evaluation to ensure that your skill level is appropriate for the course. Code 401 applicants also have an in-person or Skype interview as a final step. Code Fellows looks for applicants who want to, advance their career, transition to a career as a software developer or launch their own startup.

The Coding Dojo application process begins with an online application, followed by a coding challenge and interview with the admission team. The Coding Dojo application process offers one of the quickest turnarounds in the industry, as they’ll notify you of their decision within two business days. Students who aren’t accepted may re-apply. Coding Dojo instructors built Coding Dojo’s algorithm platform, specifically to help students prepare for the program.

For a bit more help during the admission process, check out Coding Dojo’s algorithm platform.

Job Placement Support

Within five months, 96% of Code Fellows graduates have secured a job. About 18% of graduates start a company. Students in Code 401 spend six out of 10 Fridays focused on industry guest speakers and career development and training. Code Fellows goes above and beyond, even sending out resumes to prospective employers. Nine percent of students landed a job offer before completing the full program.

Within two months, 92% of Coding Dojo graduates are employed. Career support includes tips on writing a resume and building a portfolio and online presence. As this reviewer points out, Coding Dojo hires graduates through their residency program. While there are no official employment partners, companies who have hired Coding Dojo grads include Expedia and TedX. The Coding Dojo placements team continues to build out a robust program. Coding Dojo recommends students be prepared to put two to three months of time aside after the bootcamp to secure a job, but quite a few of their students have graduated with offers and interviews from the likes of Google and Facebook before graduation.

Both Coding Dojo and Code Fellows offer lifetime job search assistance.

While Code Fellows may have a higher job placement rate overall, Coding Dojo graduates seem to get hired more quickly.

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