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2017 Coding Bootcamp Market Size Study

Coding Bootcamps Expected to Graduate 22,949 Students and Grow by 52% in 2017, Based on Responses from 98% of US & Canadian Schools

Liz Eggleston Wednesday - Jul 19, 2017

Course Report is pleased to present our fourth Market Sizing Report, another in-depth, empirical study that takes stock of the coding bootcamp industry. Course Report polled every full-time, in-person US/Canadian bootcamp with courses in web and mobile development, gathering statistics on 2016 graduates and projected 2017 graduation rates. Our response rate was once again impressive: 98% of schools responded.

This year marks the 5th anniversary for the coding bootcamp industry, and the number of coding bootcamp graduates has grown 10x since the first bootcamps launched in 2012. Coding bootcamps are a $260 million industry and will graduate ~23,000 developers in 2017. 

Key Findings

Coding bootcamps continue their rise in an industry that will graduate almost 23,000 students in 2017. Course Report found:

  • In 2017, the bootcamp market will grow by 1.5x, to an estimated 22,949 graduates in 2017, up from 15,077 in 2016.
  • This market has grown 10.5x since 2012 when coding bootcamps first launched.
  • As a point of comparison, we estimate that there were 79,650 undergraduate computer science graduates from accredited US universities in 2016. 1
  • In 2017, the number of bootcamp providers has grown to 95, compared to 91 last year. (This accounts for 15 new schools and 6 closed schools).
  • Average tuition price of qualifying courses is ~$11,400, with an average program length of 14.1 weeks. Bootcamps are trending longer – up from 12.9 weeks in 2016
  • We estimate that tuition revenue from qualifying US schools will be $266M in 2017, excluding scholarships.
  • This year, Full Stack JavaScript continues as the most common teaching language, used in 39% of Web Development bootcamps. Ruby on Rails remains popular, but now accounts for 20% of courses.
  • As of June 1, there are coding bootcamps in 74 US cities and 40 states! 

Learn More...

2016 Coding Bootcamp Market Size Study
2016 Graduate Outcomes + Demographics Study
2015 Coding Bootcamp Market Sizing Report

 

1 We estimated undergraduate CS graduates by using the 2016 Taulbee Study, published by the CRA  (http://cra.org/crn/wp-content/uploads/sites/7/2017/05/2016-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 2017 Coding Bootcamp Student Outcomes & Demographics Study graduated from the following 93 bootcamps:

Academy Pittsburgh Ada Developers Academy Acclaim Education
App Academy Array School of Technology and Design Awesome Inc U
Big Sky Code Academy Bitmaker Labs BoiseCodeWorks
Bottega BrainStation Byte Academy
Cincy Code IT C4Q Access Code Claim Academy  
Code Career Academy Code Fellows Code Platoon
CodeCore Bootcamp CodeCraft School CodeNinja
Coder Camps Coder Foundry2 Codesmith
Codeup Coding Dojo Coding Temple
Covalence Craftmanship Academy Cultivating Coders
DecodeMTL Deep Dive Coders Delta V Code School
Dev Bootcamp3 Dev League devCodeCamp
DevMountain DevPoint Labs DigitalCrafts
Epicodus Flatiron School Fullstack Academy
Gainesville Dev Academy Galvanize General Assembly
Grace Hopper Academy Grand Circus GTT Academy
Hack Reactor Hackbright Academy HackerYou
Helio Training Holberton School Horizons Academy
Hunter Business School i2 Labs Academy Ironhack
JRS Coding School Launch Academy LaunchCode
LEARN Academy LearningFuze Lighthouse Labs
MakerSquare Montana Code School Nashville Software School
New York Code + Design Academy Omaha Code School4 Orange County Code School
Origin Code Academy PDX Code Guild Prime Digital Academy
RED Academy Redwood Code Academy Revature
Rithm School Sabio SD Code Bootcamp
Skill Distillery Startup Institute Tech Elevator
Tech Talent South The Iron Yard5 The Software Guild
Turing TurnToTech Upscale Academy
V School We Can Code IT  Wyncode 
Zip Code Wilmington    

 

Missing from 2017 Study:

Only two schools refused to participate in the study: Code Tahoe and Cleveland Codes. Two schools, Coder Foundry and Omaha Code School, participated in our 2016 report but failed to respond in 2017. The industry growth rate was applied to reported 2016 graduates. To establish an “Industry Growth Rate,” we calculated the growth rate from 2016-2017 of actual reported graduates for a growth rate of 57%. We only included schools who fully participated in both 2016 and 2017.

15 bootcamps are not included in the 2017 study which were included in 2016, for a variety of reasons.

  • Starter League was acquired by Fullstack Academy in 2016. All data is reported under “Fullstack Academy.”
  • MakerSquare, Mobile Makers, and Telegraph Academy were all rebranded to Hack Reactor. All data is reported under “Hack Reactor.”
  • Depot/U was rebranded to “Covalence.”
  • Schools that are now online only or no longer teach full-time coding courses: The Tech Academy, Think Academy, Tradecraft, Softstack Factory.
  • RefactorU, Silicon Stem Academy, Guild of Software Architects, Coding House, CodeMasters Academy, Code Builders, are closed.

Learn More...

2016 Coding Bootcamp Market Size Study
2016 Graduate Outcomes + Demographics Study
2015 Coding Bootcamp Market Sizing Report

 

2 Coder Foundry participated in our 2016 report but failed to respond in 2017. The industry growth rate was applied to reported 2016 graduates.
3Dev Bootcamp is expected to close in December 2017.
4Omaha Code School participated in our 2016 report but failed to respond in 2017. The industry growth rate was applied to reported 2016 graduates.
5The Iron Yard is expected to close in November 2017.

 

In our fourth annual Course Report Survey, we surveyed a total of 95 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, 93 completed the survey, for a response rate of 97.89 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).

2017 Forecast. All participants reported the number of students who graduated in 2016. All participants also provided estimates of their expected, 2017 graduate total.

Course Analysis. In addition to survey responses, we utilized the Course Report database of individual course sections to identify a sample of 244 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 2017.

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