Many competitive coding bootcamps want you to have some programming knowledge in order to be accepted into their programs – whether they’re looking for past experience on your resume or require that you pass a coding challenge. For a beginner, it can be tough to get the experience that a selective bootcamp looks for in the application process. There are many ways to learn basic coding (including teaching yourself) but if you want to make sure you’re covering the right material and quickly, then a bootcamp prep program may be for you.
How to Know You Need a Bootcamp Prep Program:
- You have your heart set on a specific bootcamp and want to get in on the first try
- You applied to a coding bootcamp but didn't get in
- You've been learning to code on your own for a while, and don't know if you're ready
- You're not sure if you want to do a full-time bootcamp, so you're looking for a trial-run.
Remember that most coding bootcamps require you to complete pre-work once you’ve been admitted before starting class; however, this is a list of bootcamp prep programs to help you apply for and get accepted to a bootcamp!
Length: 4 weeks, part-time (40 hours total) – this class meets on weeknights from 6:30-9:30pm
Admissions Guarantee: App Academy guarantees that after this course you will be accepted into App Academy, Fullstack Academy, Hack Reactor, Flatiron School, Galvanize, or Actualize or your money back. According to App Academy, 100% of graduates who have applied to these schools have been accepted to at least one.
Cost: $2,999. If you are accepted into App Academy, the cost of Bootcamp Prep will be deducted from your deposit.
Locations: San Francisco, New York
Length: 2 weeks on weeknights and weekends (~30 hours total)
Admissions Guarantee: You're guaranteed a Codesmith technical interview, but not guaranteed admission. If you are accepted into the Codesmith immersive program, the amount you pay for CS Prep goes toward your Codesmith tuition as a credit.
Length: Two, 2-hour workshops (4 hours total)
Admissions Guarantee: None
Location: Los Angeles or New York
Length: 4 weeks part-time (48 hours total)
Admissions Guarantee: If you are accepted into the DevLeague bootcamp, the cost of DevLeague prep will be put towards your tuition.
Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
Length: 8 weeks, part-time, two evenings per week
Admissions Guarantee: None, but all alumni are eligible for tuition credits at partner bootcamps (ie. $500 off App Academy or Learners Guild, $1500 off Rithm School or Startup Institute).
Location: San Francisco, Boston, Online
Length: 60-75 hours total (self-paced)
Guarantee: Students who complete Bootcamp Prep will become priority applicants for Flatiron School which will fast track their applications.
Length: Fullstack offers three different versions of this course (same content, different pace/learning environment). All can be taken remotely:
- Week-long Immersive
- Month-long Weeknights
- 40-hour long Online Course
Guarantee: Completion of Bootcamp Prep does not specifically guarantee acceptance into a Fullstack program. According to Fullstack Academy, students who complete the Bootcamp Prep course and apply to one of Fullstack's programs are 2.5x more likely to be accepted to the program. Enrolled Fullstack Immersive students are credited back the amount they paid for Bootcamp Prep
Cost: $250 for Week-long and Month-long course. $175 for 40-hour Online Course
Location: NYC, Chicago, or online
Length: 4-weeks, evening and weekends
Curriculum: Python foundations, HTML, CSS, Flask, Application prep. Before applying to Hackbright Prep, you should understand variables, data types (integers, strings, floats), and lists/arrays. See inside Hackbright Prep at Netflix, San Jose and see how Valerie Got into Bootcamp with Hackbright Prep!
Admissions Guarantee: Students who have completed Prep are eligible for a $1,500 discount if enrolling in the Software Engineering Program.
Location: San Francisco or South Bay, CA
Length: 60-90 hours, self-paced
Admissions Guarantee: Hack Reactor Prep does not guarantee admittance into Hack Reactor's Immersive Programs. According to Hack Reactor, 75% of students who interview after completing Bootcamp Prep in its entirety are accepted to Hack Reactor.
Cost: $795 (Basic Prep is free, but doesn't include guidance from staff).
Length: 2 weeks (40 hours total including 15 hours of class time)
Admissions Guarantee: If you are accepted to the LearningFuze full immersion program, the cost of Root will be put towards your tuition.
Location: Irvine, CA or online
Curriculum: Linear Algebra, Calculus, Probability, Statistics, and Python Fundamentals. You can also prep with a skills course – see why Carolina took a Python + Math course before Metis.
11. One Month
Length: One month (as the name implies!)
Cost: $299 per class
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