Course Report is pleased to present our second Market Sizing Report, another in-depth, empirical study that takes stock of the coding bootcamp industry. The findings confirm startling industry growth between 2014-2015.
Course Report polled every full-time, US/Canadian bootcamp with courses in web and mobile development, gathering statistics on 2014 graduates and projected 2015 graduation rates. Our response rate was once again impressive: 94% of schools responded.
Coding bootcamps continue to flourish as an industry that will graduate over 16,000 students in 2015. Course Report found:
1 We estimated undergraduate CS graduates by using the 2014 Taulbee Study, published by the CRA (http://www.cra.org/taulbee/Taulbee2014Results.pdf). The Taulbee Study is a survey of PhD-granting departments, released annually in May. The National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics compiles statistics on undergraduate degrees, but hasn’t published statistics since 2011. We assumed that Taulbee captured 26% of the total undergraduate degrees, based on the most recent comparison published at http://cra.org/resources/crn-archive-viewdetail/counting_computing_cra_taulbee_survey_and_nsf_statistics/.
After surveying school representatives from the 67 qualifying US/Canada-based coding bootcamps, Course Report estimates a 138% growth rate for the coding bootcamp market in 2015.
|2014 graduates, self-reported||6,740|
|2015 graduates, self-reported||16,056|
|Estimated growth rate||138%|
Among the respondents, 13 schools reported no graduates in 2014. That group expects to graduate 585 students in 2015. Among the schools operating in 2014, all but 4 schools expect to grow. The number of schools offering full-time programming courses in the US has increased from 43 in 2014 to 63 in 2015.
As of April 1, 2015, there are bootcamps in 51 US and Canadian cities.
|City||# of bootcamps|
Our 2014 Market Sizing Study projected the 2014 market size to be 5,987 graduates. Our 2015 study finds that the actual market size in 2014 was 6,740 graduates. Thus our 2014 report underestimated year-over-year growth by 11%.
The 2015 Market Sizing Study includes Canadian bootcamps. These 6 Canadian bootcamps graduated 480 students in 2014, will graduate an estimated 927 in 2015, and will generate ~$8M in revenue in 2015.
The most popular teaching language in Canadian bootcamps is Ruby.
Tuition ranges from free to $21,000 for a course, with an average tuition of $11,063. Courses range from 4 to 28 weeks, but most courses are in the 9-12 week range with an average of 10.8 weeks. Our study focuses on full-time programs, where students typically commit at least 40 hours per week, between classroom and programming time.
|Less than $5000||6.35%|
|$5000 - $10,000||55.56%|
|Greater than $10,000||38.10%|
Based on our estimate of 16,056 students in 2015, we estimate tuition revenue at $172 million in 2015, excluding rebates and scholarships. Some schools also collect placement fees from employers for students accepting full-time jobs after graduation. Many schools offer job-placement rebates, ranging from a few thousand dollars to the entire tuition. Typically, rebates are offered to students who receive a qualifying job through the school’s job placement program.
Respondents in the 2015 Coding Bootcamp Student Outcomes & Demographics Study graduated from the following 63 bootcamps:
|Ada Developers Academy||App Academy1||Bitmaker Labs|
|BrainStation||Byte Academy||Claim Academy|
|Code Craft School||Coder Foundry||Code Fellows|
|CodeCore Bootcamp||Coder Camps||Coder Vox|
|Codeup||Coding Campus||Coding Dojo|
|Coding House||Craftmanship Academy||DecodeMTL|
|Deep Dive Coders||Dev Bootcamp2||devCodeCamp|
|Dev League||DevMountain||DevPoint Labs|
|Epicodus||Fire Bootcamp||Flatiron School|
|Fullstack Academy||Galvanize||General Assembly|
|Grand Circus||Hack Reactor||Hackbright Academy|
|Mobile Makers Academy||Nashville Software School||New York Code + Design Academy|
|Notch8 LEARN||Omaha Code School||Orange County Code School|
|PDX Code Guild||Portland Code School||Prime Digital Academy|
|SeedPaths||Skill Distillery||Software Craftmanship Guild|
|Startup Institute4||The Iron Yard||The Starter League|
|The Tech Academy Portland||Tech Talent South||Turing School|
|TurnToTech||We Can Code IT||Wyncode|
Missing from 2015 Study:
1 App Academy reported actuals for 2014 but not projections. The industry growth rate was applied with permission to reported 2014 actuals. To establish an “Industry Growth Rate,” we calculated the growth rate from 2013-2014 of actual reported graduates for a growth rate of 2.5x. We only included schools who fully participated in both 2014 and 2015.
2 Dev Bootcamp reported actuals for 2014 but not projections. The industry growth rate was applied with permission to reported 2014 actuals.
3 RocketU is no longer operating, but we included their 2014 data.
4 Startup Institute did not report actuals nor projections for 2015, but an industry growth rate was applied with permission to their 2014 predicted graduation numbers.
We surveyed a total of 67 US/Canada-based coding schools, commonly referred to as “bootcamps” or “accelerated learning programs.” Of the schools surveyed, which had to meet a set of criteria described below, 63 completed the survey, for a response rate of 94.45 %. The surveys were sent to school representatives and graduation figures are self-reported by the respondents.
To qualify for inclusion in the survey, a school must (a) offer full-time, in-person instruction of 40 or more hours of classroom time per week, (b) not be associated with an accredited college or university, (c) provide coding-specific curriculum with a focus on Full-Stack Web Development, Mobile Development, or Front-End Web Development (a separate report will be released for schools specializing in product development, data science, design, or marketing), and (d) based in the United States or Canada. Many schools offer courses at multiple campuses across a wide range of curriculum. Respondents were asked to only report on courses meeting the above criteria (full-time, in-person, non-accredited, programming-specific, United States/Canada).
2015 forecast. All but one respondent reported the number of students who graduated in 2014. All but three of the respondents provided estimates of their expected, 2015 graduate total.
In addition to survey responses, we utilized the Course Report database of individual course sections to identify a sample of 115 courses (used in Table 2 and Table 3). To qualify for our sample, the course needed to meet all of the above criteria and have a start date in 2015.
Liz is the cofounder of Course Report, the most complete resource for students researching coding bootcamps. Her research has been cited in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, TechCrunch, and more. She loves breakfast tacos and spending time getting to know bootcamp alumni and founders all over the world. Check out Liz & Course Report on Twitter, Quora, and YouTube!
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