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2018 Coding Bootcamp Market Size Study

Coding Bootcamps Expect to Graduate 20,316 Students and Expand into Corporate Training + Online Education in 2018

Liz Eggleston Tuesday - Aug 21, 2018

Course Report is pleased to present our fifth 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 2017 graduates and projected 2018 graduation rates. Our response rate was once again impressive: 93% of schools responded.

This year marks the 6th anniversary for the coding bootcamp industry, and the number of coding bootcamp graduates has grown since the first bootcamps launched in 2012. Coding bootcamps are a $240 million industry and will graduate ~20,000 developers in 2018. 

Note: in previous years, we’ve included only in-person, full-time bootcamps. This year, our survey also includes full-time, instructor-led, online coding bootcamps (see Inclusion Criteria for more info).

 

Key Findings

Coding bootcamps will graduate over 20,000 students in 2018 and are expanding into Corporate Training & Online Education in 2018. Course Report found:

  • In 2018, the coding bootcamp market will grow by 20%, to an estimated 20,316 graduates in 2018, up from 16,867 in 2017. 1
  • Trend Alert: 24 bootcamps work with partners on corporate training; this year, these 24 bootcamps expect to teach an additional 16,593 students via 634 corporate training partners (growth of 111% since 2017).
  • Online coding bootcamps are new to this report in 2018; 1,846 (of the total 20,316 students) will graduate from full-time, online coding bootcamps this year.
  • As a point of comparison, we estimate that there were 93,427 undergraduate computer science graduates from accredited US universities in 2017. 2
  • In 2018, there are 95 in-person bootcamp providers and 13 online bootcamp providers. As of June 1, there are coding bootcamps in 86 US cities and 44 states.
  • Average tuition price of qualifying in-person courses is $11,906, with an average program length of 14.4 weeks. Online bootcamps are slightly less expensive ($11,118) and slightly longer (15.4 weeks).
  • We estimate that tuition revenue from qualifying in-person schools will be $219,906,323 in 2018, excluding scholarships and $20,523,828 from online schools in 2018. Trend Alert: 16 bootcamps offer Deferred Tuition or Income Sharing Agreements in 2018. 
  • This year, Full Stack JavaScript continues to be the most common teaching language, used in 51% of Web Development bootcamps. 

Learn More...

2017 Coding Bootcamp Market Size Study
2017 Graduate Outcomes + Demographics Study
2016 Coding Bootcamp Market Sizing Study

 

1 Note: the 2017 figure does not include online coding bootcamp graduates.
2We
estimated undergraduate CS graduates by using the 2017 Taulbee Study, published by the CRA (https://cra.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/2017-Taulbee-Survey-Report.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

In-Person:

Academy Pittsburgh Ada Developers Academy Alchemy Code Lab
App Academy Array School of Technology & Design Awesome Inc U
Big Sky Code Academy Bitmaker General Assembly BoiseCodeWorks
Bottega BrainStation Burlington Code Academy   
Byte Academy Cincy Code IT Claim Academy
Cleveland Codes Code Career Academy Code Fellows
Code Partners      
Code Platoon CodeCore Bootcamp CodeCraft School
CodeNinja Coder Camps Coder Foundry
Codesmith Codeup Coding Dojo
Coding Temple Cook Systems Fast Track'd Craftmanship Academy
DecodeMTL Deep Dive Coding Delta V Code School
Dev League devCodeCamp DevMountain
DevPoint Labs DigitalCrafts ElevenFifty
Epicodus Flatiron School Fullstack Academy
Galvanize General Assembly Grace Hopper Academy
Grand Circus Hack Reactor Hackbright Academy
HackerYou Helio Training Holberton School
Horizons Academy Hunter Business School i2 Labs Academy
Innovate Birmingham Ironhack JRS Coding School
Kenzie Academy Launch Academy LEARN Academy
LearningFuze Lighthouse Labs Momentum
Montana Code School Nashville Software School New York Code + Design Academy
Operation Spark Orange County Code School Origin Code Academy
PDX Code Guild Prime Digital Academy Project Shift
Punch Code RED Academy Redwood Code Academy
Resilient Coders Revature Rithm School
Skill Distillery The Software Guild Tech Elevator
Tech Talent South Techtonica The Clubhou.se Code Bootcamp
Turing TurnToTech V School
We Can Code IT  Wyncode  Zip Code Wilmington
V School    

 

Online:

BrainStation Big Sky Code Academy Covalence
Coding Dojo Fullstack Academy General Assembly
Hack Reactor Lambda School The Software Guild
Thinkful We Can Code IT  V School  

 

Missing from 2018 Study:

  • Only one school refused to participate in the study: Sabio
  • 6 schools were non-responsive: Make School, C4Q Access Code*, Acclaim Education*, Blue Ocean Coding, Arkansas Coding Academy, Disruption Institute. The only non-responsive online bootcamp was Microverse.
  • 2 of those schools – C4Q Access Code and Acclaim Education, participated in our 2017 report but failed to respond in 2018. The industry growth rate was applied to reported 2017 graduates. To establish an “Industry Growth Rate,” we calculated the growth rate from 2017-2018 of actual reported graduates for a growth rate of 36%. We only included schools who fully participated in both 2017 and 2018.

12 bootcamps are not included in the 2018 study which were included in 2017, for a variety of reasons:

  • Schools that participated in 2017 but no longer qualify for this report (ie. teach children only, changed to part-time only, etc): Startup Institute, SD Code Bootcamp, LaunchCode, Gainesville Dev Academy, and Noble Desktop.
  • Code Tahoe, Cultivating Coders, Dev Bootcamp3, The Iron Yard4, GTT Academy, Omaha Code School, and Upscale Academy are closed.

Learn More...

2017 Coding Bootcamp Market Size Study
2017 Graduate Outcomes + Demographics Study
2016 Coding Bootcamp Market Sizing Study

 

3 Because Dev Bootcamp closed at the end of 2017, we included 2017 graduates. Dev Bootcamp is not included in 2018 numbers. 
4Because The Iron Yard closed at the end of 2017, we included 2017 graduates. The Iron Yard is not included in 2018 numbers. 

In our fifth annual Course Report Survey, we surveyed a total of 108 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, 100 completed the survey, for a response rate of 93% percent. The surveys were sent to school representatives and graduation figures are self-reported by the respondents. 

Criteria – In-Person. 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 administered by 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, marketing, or security), and (d) have campuses in the United States or Canada. Many schools offer courses at multiple campuses across a wide range of curriculums. Respondents were asked to only report on courses meeting the above criteria (full-time, in-person, non-accredited, programming-specific, United States/Canada). 

Criteria – Online. This year, we surveyed online bootcamps for the first time. To qualify for inclusion in the survey, a school must (a) offer full-time, synchronous, online instruction of 40 or more hours of classroom time per week, (b) not be administered by 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 and (d) be instructor-led.

2018 Forecast. All participants reported the number of students who graduated in 2017. All participants also provided estimates of their expected, 2018 graduate total.

Course Analysis. In addition to survey responses, we utilized the Course Report database of individual, in-person course sections to identify a sample of 274 courses (used in Table 4 and Chart 1) from all 95 qualifying in-person schools. To qualify for our sample, the course needed to meet all of the above criteria and have a start date in 2018. 

About Course Report. Course Report, founded in 2013 by Liz Eggleston and Adam Lovallo, operates https://www.coursereport.com/, which helps potential students find and research coding bootcamp programs. Course Report offers a directory of schools, course schedules, reviews and interviews with teachers, founders, students, and alumni.

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