14 Alternatives to Dev Bootcamp

Imogen Crispe

Written By Imogen Crispe

Last updated on July 25, 2017

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With the closing of Dev Bootcamp (slated for December 8, 2017), you’re probably wondering what other coding bootcamp options are out there. Dev Bootcamp changed thousands of lives, and built a great reputation with employers, so we are sad to see it go. Fortunately, there are still plenty of quality coding bootcamps in the cities where Dev Bootcamp operated. Here is a list of coding bootcamps with similar lengths, time commitments, and curriculums in the six cities where Dev Bootcamp had campuses: Austin, Chicago, New York, San Diego, San Francisco, and Seattle.


Impact and Legacy of Dev Bootcamp

Dev Bootcamp was launched in 2012 in San Francisco by Shereef Bishay, Jesse Farmer, and Dave Hoover. Over the 5 years it was in operation, Dev Bootcamp expanded around the country, graduated more than 2500 developers, and pioneered an industry that continues to grow.

Perhaps one of the most lasting impacts Dev Bootcamp will have was inspiring its graduates to start their own successful coding bootcamps. Hack Reactor, Code Union, App Academy, and Hackbright Academy were all founded by Dev Bootcamp grads. Plus, Dev Bootcamp graduates have gone on to work at companies like NBCUniversal, Microsoft, Umbel, Time Inc, and Twitter, or become founders.

“What I liked about Dev Bootcamp was the ability to build a final project that uses entrepreneurial skills as well as functional skills,” said Dev Bootcamp grad Tom Goldenberg, who has gone on to found his own startup.

Dev Bootcamp incorporated the idea of engineering empathy into their curriculum, and focused on creating “holistic developers” by complementing coding education with activities like counselling, yoga, and community events.   

“You’re at Dev Bootcamp all day, every day so sometimes you need a mental break, to go talk to somebody about how great or awful you feel,” said Dev Bootcamp grad Michael Angelo. “We’d have little breaks for yoga and to go get dinner but you still are primarily there to code.”

In 2014, Dev Bootcamp was acquired by Kaplan, and in 2017, their team announced that the bootcamp was closing because it could not “reach a sustainable business model without compromising our mission of delivering a high-quality coding education that remains accessible to a diverse population of students.”


What Alternatives to Consider 

When thinking about alternatives to Dev Bootcamp, we considered schools like Dev Bootcamp, which:

  • Emphasized prep work
  • Had about 10 weeks of on-site, immersive, full-time instruction
  • Cost $12,700–$13,950
  • Was aimed at beginners
  • Taught Web Development with Ruby on Rails and JavaScript
  • Employed a careers team to help place students in jobs.

The bootcamps in this list are of a similar length, full-time, on-site, aimed at beginners, teach full stack web development, and have job placement services.

Here are our recommendations for Dev Bootcamp alternatives in 6 cities; Austin, Chicago, New York, San Diego, San Francisco, and Seattle.


Dev Bootcamp Alternatives in Austin

Hack Reactor
12 weeks | Full-Stack JavaScript | $17,780

  • Also in NYC and San Francisco


General Assembly
12 weeks | Ruby on Rails + JavaScript | $14,950

  • Also in Chicago, New York City, San Francisco, and Seattle


Dev Bootcamp Alternatives in Chicago

Fullstack Academy
13 weeks | full-stack JavaScript | $14,610

  • Also in NYC


Coding Dojo
14 weeks | choose between 6 stacks | $13,495

  • Also in San Francisco and Seattle


Dev Bootcamp Alternatives in New York City

Flatiron School
12 weeks | Ruby on Rails + JavaScript | $15,000


The Grace Hopper Program
13 weeks | Full-Stack JavaScript | $19,610, paid in nine monthly installments after you begin work as a developer


Dev Bootcamp Alternatives in San Diego

Origin Code Academy
12 weeks | .NET + JavaScript | $12,500


LEARN Academy
12 weeks | Ruby on Rails + JavaScript OR full-stack JavaScript | $12,500


Dev Bootcamp Alternatives in San Francisco

App Academy
12 weeks | Ruby on Rails + JavaScript  | $5000 refundable deposit + 18% of first year salary

  • Also in NYC


Hackbright Academy
12 weeks | Python + JavaScript | $16,570


Rithm School
18 weeks | Python + JavaScript | $24,000


Dev Bootcamp Alternatives in Seattle

Code Fellows
20 weeks | Python OR Full-Stack JavaScript | $20,000


Coder Camps
12 weeks | .NET + JavaScript | $13,900


Good luck with your coding bootcamp research! Let us know your thoughts about Dev Bootcamp's closure, or about any other coding bootcamp suggestions in the comments below.

About The Author

Imogen Crispe

Imogen Crispe

Imogen is a writer and content producer who loves exploring technology and education in her work. Her strong background in journalism, writing for newspapers and news websites, makes her a contributor with professionalism and integrity.

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