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2016 Coding Bootcamp Market Size Study

Coding Bootcamps Expected to Graduate 17,966 Students and Grow by 74% in 2016, Based on Responses from 97% of US & Canadian Schools

Liz Eggleston Wednesday - Jun 22, 2016

Course Report is pleased to present our third Market Sizing Report, another in-depth, empirical study that takes stock of the coding bootcamp industry. The findings confirm continuing industry growth between 2015-2016. 

Course Report polled every full-time, in-person US/Canadian bootcamp with courses in web and mobile development, gathering statistics on 2015 graduates and projected 2016 graduation rates. Our response rate was once again impressive: 96.7% of schools responded.

Key Findings

Coding bootcamps continue their rise in an industry that will graduate over 17,966 students in 2016. Course Report found:

  • In 2016, the bootcamp market will grow by 1.7x, to an estimated 17,966 graduates in 2016, up from 10,333 in 2015.
  • As a point of comparison, we estimate that there were 61,408 undergraduate computer science graduates from accredited US universities in 2015. (See Footnote 1)
  • In 2016, the sheer number of bootcamp providers has grown to 91, compared to 67 last year.
  • Average tuition price of qualifying courses is $11,451, with an average program length of 12.9 weeks. This is compared with averages of $11,063 and 10.8 weeks in 2015.
  • We estimate that tuition revenue from qualifying US schools will be $199M in 2016, excluding scholarships.
  • This year, Full Stack JavaScript surpassed Ruby on Rails as the most common teaching language, used in 33% of courses. Ruby on Rails remains popular, but now accounts for 30% of courses.
  • As of June 1, there are coding bootcamps in 69 US cities and 34 states! 

Learn More...

2015 Coding Bootcamp Market Size Study
2015 Graduate Outcomes + Demographics Study
2014 Coding Bootcamp Market Sizing Report

We estimated undergraduate CS graduates by using the 2015 Taulbee Study, published by the CRA (http://cra.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/2015-Taulbee-Survey.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/crn/2012/11/counting_computing_cra_taulbee_survey_and_nsf_statistics.

Participating Schools

Respondents in the 2016 Coding Bootcamp Student Outcomes & Demographics Study graduated from the following 91 bootcamps:

Academy Pittsburgh Ada Developers Academy App Academy
Awesome Inc U Big Sky Academy Bitmaker Labs
BoiseCodeWorks BrainStation Byte Academy
Cincy Code IT C4Q Access Code Claim Academy
Code Builders Code Fellows Code Platoon
CodeCore Bootcamp CodeCraft School CodeMasters Academy
CodeNinja Coder Camps Coder Foundry
Codesmith Codeup Coding Dojo
Coding House Coding Temple Craftmanship Academy
Cultivating Coders DecodeMTL Deep Dive Coders
Depot/U Dev Bootcamp devCodeCamp
Dev League DevMountain DevPoint Labs
DigitalCrafts Epicodus Flatiron School
Fullstack Academy Gainesville Dev Academy Galvanize
General Assembly Grace Hopper Academy Grand Circus
Guild of Software Architects Hack Reactor Hackbright Academy
HackerYou Holberton School Horizons Academy
Ironhack Launch Academy LEARN Academy
LearningFuze Lighthouse Labs MakerSquare
Mobile Makers Academy Montana Code School Nashville Software School
New York Code + Design Academy Omaha Code School Orange County Code School
Origin Code Academy PDX Code Guild Prime Digital Academy
RefactorU Sabio SD Code Bootcamp
Silicon Stem Academy Skill Distillery Softstack Factory
Startup Institute Tech Elevator Tech Talent South
Telegraph Academy The Iron Yard The Starter League
The Software Guild The Tech Academy Think Academy
Tradecraft Turing School TurnToTech
V School We Can Code IT Wyncode
Zip Code Wilmington    

 

Missing from 2016 Study:

10 bootcamps are not included in the 2016 study which were included in 2015, for a variety of reasons.

  • Only three schools were unresponsive or refused to participate: CodedByU, Fire Bootcamp, and Hack Dojo.
  • Starter League was acquired by Fullstack Academy. 2015 data is included under “Starter League,” but 2016 data is included under “Fullstack Academy.”
  • Coding Campus rebranded to V School.
  • School of Devs rebranded to Hack Dojo. Unfortunately, Hack Dojo was non-responsive in this report.
  • Portland Code School, RocketU, and RockIT Bootcamp are closed.
  • Philly Dev Camp, SeedPaths, Learn.Modern Developer, CoderVox, and Astro Code School no longer offer immersive, in-person coding bootcamps.

In our third annual Course Report Survey, we surveyed a total of 91 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, 88 completed the survey, for a response rate of 96.70 percent. The surveys were sent to school representatives and graduation figures are self-reported by the respondents.

INCLUSION CRITERIA

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 degree-granting through 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).

2016 Forecast

All participants reported the number of students who graduated in 2015. All participants also provided estimates of their expected, 2016 graduate total.

Course Analysis

In addition to survey responses, we utilized the Course Report database of individual course sections to identify a sample of 193 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 2016.

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