6 Coding Bootcamps at University of California Schools

Liz Eggleston

Written By Liz Eggleston

Last updated on October 21, 2020

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The University of California (UC) network is vast and well-established from Sacramento to San Diego, so it was only a matter of time before these schools offered coding bootcamps of their own. But which UC bootcamp is best for you? At the time of publication, all UC coding bootcamps are offered in collaboration with Trilogy Education. Because they’re powered by the same platform and network, we notice a string of similar themes throughout alumni reviews: instructors are stand-out and often the best part of a student’s experience. And when it comes to career services, you should expect to combine your new technical skillset, the program’s Career Services coaches, and a lot of hustle to get a job after graduation. Learn more about these 6 UC Bootcamps below:

  1. UCLA Extension Boot Camps
  2. UC San Diego Extension Boot Camps
  3. UC Irvine Boot Camps
  4. Berkely Boot Camps
  5. UC Davis Boot Camps
  6. The Coding Boot Camp at UCR Extension

1. UCLA Extension Boot Camps 

UCLA Extension Boot Camps offers Cybersecurity and Full Stack Web Development Boot Camps in Los Angeles, California. Course Report reviewers emphasize that:

  • You can be successful as a beginner (though Udemy or Codecademy classes never hurt). Brandon says “I had zero experience in anything to do with programming before this experience, and now I'm employed with an established financial tech company in DTLA, and learning tons (DevOps, Full Stack Development, Automation, etc).” 
  • Even if you choose the part-time course, you’ll still need to make sacrifices if you want to balance the boot camp with a full-time job. Saul says, “you will need to cut and invest personal time in order to complete the curriculum and expand more of the knowledge. Also, one thing to remember, the learning will need to continue even after the course.”
  • Most of the satisfied alumni reviews cite that they were impressed with their instructor, Omar.
  • As Charlotte puts it: “TL;DR Learn to code, code all night, meet cool people, make friends, hang out in Westwood, get a new job, work hard, play hard, and keep learning.”

What You Need to Know:

  • Next class starts:
    • Cybersecurity Part-Time: 11/26/18
    • Web Development: 
      • Full-Time: 03/04/19
      • Part-Time: 02/04/19
  • Locations: Los Angeles, CA (at the UCLA Extension Gayley Center in West Los Angeles, near Wilshire Blvd.)
  • Cost: Between $10,995 - $11,995
    • UCLA Alumni get a $500 scholarship.
  • This program is offered through UCLA Extension and powered by Trilogy Education, an external partner of UCLA Extension.

2. UC San Diego 

UC San Diego Extension Boot Camps teach Full Stack Web Development and Data Science in San Diego. 

  • Will says “TAs have your back. I remember before the class started someone asked something like ‘how patient are you guys if I can't learn fast enough?’ a TA replied ‘I can stare at a wall for 12 hours and not get bored.’ This is true.” Even alumni who were still looking for jobs say that the instructors and TAs “really help you out.” 
  • David advises that you get out of the program what you put into it: “If you are willing to put in a lot of time and effort, you will learn a lot and be well prepared to enter the workforce. This is not a spoon-fed program, they teach you the basics and teach you to constantly dig deeper and learn more (you will have to spend a lot of time out of class researching how to do many of your projects) which is essential to being a good developer.”
  • When it comes to job placement, Andy says “In the program, a few guests from companies like Amazon, GoPro and a few other local start-ups are invited for tech talks or sharing recruitment information.”

What You Need to Know:

  • Next class starts:
    • Data Science: 01/07/19
    • Coding: 
      • Full-Time: 02/11/19
      • Part-Time: 02/11/19
  • Locations: San Diego (on campus at the University City Center)
  • Cost: $11,995
  • This program is offered through UC San Diego Extension and powered by Trilogy Education, an external partner of UC San Diego Extension.

3. UC Irvine Boot Camp

UC Irvine Boot Camps teach Cybersecurity, Full Stack Web Development, Data Analytics and UX/UI Design boot camps in Irvine, California. Reviewers emphasize:

  • Marwa and other reviewers give credit to the Career Services team: “The career services, Jeff and Jenna, were so nice, they were always reachable and tried to help us as much as they could.”
  • Viet cites his instructors as key to success –  “I cannot applaud the teaching staff enough. They supported me all throughout the course. Every question I asked, they had an exceptional answer for. Coming into the class I had only a high school level programming course under my belt and in no time they helped bring me to speed with what the most common industry standards. I loved interacting with them as they were knowledgeable professionals in the field. I'm glad to say with the help of Taylor and his TA's and the course director Jeff, I got my first job before the course ended!”
  • Garrett, a graduate of Full Stack Flex attributes his decision to attend UC Irvine Coding Bootcamp because “I believed having completed a program associated with UCI on my resume would be more valuable in the long run. It was a gamble as the tuition was not cheap, but looking back, it would have been a shame if I let this opportunity pass me by because of the tuition cost.”
  • Reviewers also say to expect a NodeJS-heavy curriculum, and that you’ll need to put in the hours if you want to get the most out of the UC Irvine’s part-time bootcamp: “The cohort covers a lot of ground. So, be ready to put in your time studying. They recommend 20 hours of outside class study time each week. In my experience, it's absolutely necessary if you want to absorb the content and keep up.”

What You Need to Know:

  • Next class starts:
    • Coding: 
      • Full-Time: 03/04/19
      • Part-Time: 02/04/19
    • Data: 02/11/19
    • Cybersecurity: 02/04/19
  • Locations: Irvine, California (on campus in the UCI Continuing Education building)
  • Cost: $11,995
  • This program is offered through UC Irvine Division of Continuing Education and powered by Trilogy Education (an external partner).

4. UC Berkeley

Berkeley Boot Camps offer Cybersecurity, Full Stack Web Development, Data Analytics and UX/UI Design boot camps in Berkeley, California. Reviewers emphasize:

  • Once again, reviewers love the instructors. Daniel took the Data Analytics boot camp and says of his instructor Pavan Katepalli, “I have never seen an instructor who is passionate about programming, data analytics and very knowledgeable as well as great at teaching. He really wants to see his students succeed so you can ask questions or schedule a 1:1 with him anytime on anything.”
  • The data analytics curriculum covers “several fundamental skills, such as Python programming, databases, and front-end web visualization.” 
  • Mark M. was impressed with the Full-Stack Web Development curriculum: “This program was, quite honestly, way more than what I was expecting. And that's a good thing. The material was really comprehensive and well presented. The curriculum for this program is adjusted to reflect what technical skills are currently sought in the job market.”
  • Single mom Mariam found her commitment to the Full Stack Flex program paid off: “You have to make this a full time commitment and put in 40, 50 hrs a week to get the most out of the program. It's a very intense 12-week program, but you are fully supported by the instructors, TA's and even tutors.”

What You Need to Know:

  • Next class starts:
    • Cybersecurity: 2/26/19
    • Data Analytics: 2/4/19
    • Coding Part-time: 11/26/18 and 2/19/19
  • Locations: Three different campuses in San Francisco, Berkeley, and Belmont, California.
  • Cost: $11,995
  • This program is offered through UC Berkeley Extension and powered by Trilogy Education, an external partner of UC Berkeley Extension.

5. UC Davis

UC Davis Boot Camps teaches Web Development and Data Analytics boot camps in Sacramento. There are no Course Report reviews just yet! Expect to learn HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, jQuery, Bootstrap, Express.js, React.js, Node.js, Database Theory, Bookshelf.js, MongoDB, MySQL, Command Line, Git and Java.

What You Need to Know:

  • Next class starts:
    • Coding: 11/26/19
    • Data Analytics: 2/19/19
  • Locations: Sacramento, California (at the UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education Building on Research Park Dr.)
  • Cost: $10,995

6. UC Riverside Extension

The Coding Boot Camp at UCR Extension teaches a 24-week, part-time web development course in Riverside, California. There are no Course Report reviews just yet! Expect to learn HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, jQuery, Node.js, Database Theory, MongoDB, Heroku, Git, and Java in Riverside, California.

What You Need to Know:

  • Next class starts:
    • Coding Part-time: 1/14/19
  • Locations: Riverside, California (at UCR Extension Center on University Ave.)
  • Cost: $10,995
  • This program is offered through UC Riverside Extension and powered by Trilogy, an external partner of UC Riverside Extension.


About The Author

Liz Eggleston

Liz Eggleston

Liz Eggleston is co-founder of Course Report, the most complete resource for students choosing a coding bootcamp. Liz has dedicated her career to empowering passionate career changers to break into tech, providing valuable insights and guidance in the rapidly evolving field of tech education.  At Course Report, Liz has built a trusted platform that helps thousands of students navigate the complex landscape of coding bootcamps.

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