Thinking about applying to App Academy? Although App Academy is very selective in its admissions process, the bottom line is that you don't need to be an expert coder to apply! Find out how App Academy helps total tech beginners and those with some coding experience prepare for its rigorous technical assessments and interviews, and the soft skills the admissions team is looking for in new students. Plus, we've got insights from actual App Academy bootcamp graduates on the admissions process, and the typical job titles and starting salaries that App Academy students land!
Bottom Line: App Academy’s application process takes 4-8 weeks to complete, and includes a technical interview (with timed coding challenges) and a non-technical interview.
The admissions process is different for our 16-week campus hybrid program and our online program.
The application process for the 16-week program (now online):
The application process for the Online Programs (Part-Time Online & Full-Time Online):
The admissions process for our online program takes about 4 weeks.
For our 16-week program, it takes around 6-8 weeks.
Keep in mind that both courses are now online.
For our 16-week program, students have to complete a coding challenge and live tech interview.
For our 24-week (full-time) and 48-week (part-time) programs, students are required to complete technical prep work, consisting of 3 assessments (an HTML/CSS assessment, Git assessment, and Boolean assessment).
Do you need to know how to code in order to pass the technical challenge?
No, you do not! App Academy provides all of its own prep work on our App Academy Online platform.
If an applicant doesn’t pass the challenge, are they allowed to try again?
For those applying to the 16-week program, you have 2 chances to pass the technical interview. Feedback is provided after the first tech interview
For those applying to the 24-week program, you have 4 total chances to pass the HTML/CSS and Git assessments and 2 separate chances to pass the Boolean assessment.
What kinds of resources does App Academy supply to help applicants prepare for the challenge?
"There were a couple of coding challenges which they provided prep material to study for." TJ, App Academy Alum
For our 16-week program, App Academy provides Ruby materials for both the coding challenge and tech interviews. In preparation for the tech interview, App Academy provides two, free mock tech interviews with feedback.
For our 24-week program, App Academy provides the prep materials needed to pass our HTML/CSS, Git, and Boolean assessments. HTML/CSS & Git assessments are project-based, while the Boolean assessment is multiple choice.
Applicants for our 16-week program will receive a link to book their tech interview after they have passed the coding challenge. On the day of their interview, they will be invited to join the tech interview through a link to hacker rank code pair. The tech interview will be a total of 45 minutes.
There will be three questions: an easy, medium, and hard prompt:
Candidates will alternate between driver and navigator during the interview.
When the applicant is Navigating in the interview:
When the applicant is Driving in the interview:
All students go through the same admissions process for the program they apply to. App Academy takes a merit-based approach to the admissions process. With that being said, we do offer scholarships for various groups.
These scholarships include:
"We are cool with complete beginners, and have seen complete beginners be extremely successful in the course, and go on to work for fantastic companies and make crazy salaries. Our application process is customized to the applicant. If someone comes to us with no experience, we’ll assign them some introductory exercises and give them a coding test that would be appropriate for them. We do multiple coding tests and interviews to really get a sense of the applicant." Kush Patel, Founder of App Academy
There isn’t necessarily a “typical applicant” at App Academy. Students from all different backgrounds enter our program. We’ve had baristas, musicians, teachers, nurses, doctors, accountants, fresh university graduates, or those who just graduated high school doing a/A in place of college to fast track their way into the industry.
An ideal a/A applicant is someone with grit, determination, and an aptitude for problem-solving.
All applicants are required to have at least a high school diploma or GED. However, we do not require applicants to have a college degree. In fact, almost half of the students in our online program do not have a college degree!
Does an applicant need to have previous technical experience or basic coding understanding to get into App Academy?
Applicants do not need to have previous technical or coding experience prior to getting accepted into a/A. We provide applicants with all prep materials needed to pass our admissions process.
What is the acceptance rate at App Academy?
App Academy is a selective program. That being said, there are plenty of resources needed to pass the admissions process. Currently, the acceptance rate for our campus-based programs is 10.4%, 6.7% for our Full-Time Online program, and 7.3% for our Online Part-Time Program.
What kinds of soft skills is App Academy looking for in applicants?
At App Academy, we understand that soft skills are just as important as technical prowess.
Here is a list of soft skills that we look for in applicants:
What’s your advice for a complete beginner who wants to enroll at App Academy?
The biggest tip we have is to not let perfectionism stop you from pursuing your dream of becoming a software developer. We recommend jumping right into the admissions process and using our prep work to build the coding foundation, further honing your technical skills in the course itself. Being mentally prepared for the time commitment required is also very important. After all, we are essentially condensing a CS degree into a 3-12 month timeframe (depending on the course you choose). The sacrifice is worth it though when you come out with a full stack software engineering job.
What’s your advice for someone with some tech or coding experience who wants to enroll at App Academy?
For students with previous technical experience, we recommend jumping right into the admissions process. Having technical experience plus the bootcamp with real world projects to showcase in your portfolio will make you even more marketable. If we can place students with no degree or technical background, we certainly can help this group of folks land a job in tech.
App Academy is designed to place students in software engineering roles. Since we have a comprehensive fullstack curriculum, this gives students the option to continue with full stack web development or specialize in a particular part of the stack.
Here’s just a sample of reported job titles from App Academy grads:
What kinds of salaries do App Academy graduates typically make?
For our online programs, students can expect an average salary of $80k.
For our campus programs, the average salary is $90k.
For some of our major hiring partners, such as Bloomberg, salaries for our grads start at $140k.
Jess Feldman is an accomplished writer and the Content Manager at Course Report, the leading platform for career changers who are exploring coding bootcamps.
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