2020 Coding Bootcamp Market Size Study

24,975 Students will Graduate from Coding Bootcamps in 2020 with 306% growth in Online

Liz Eggleston Thursday - Apr 02, 2020

Course Report is pleased to present our seventh annual Market Sizing Report, another in-depth, empirical study that takes stock of the coding bootcamp industry each year. Course Report polled every full-time, in-person US/Canadian bootcamp with courses in web and mobile development, gathering statistics on 2019 graduates and projected 2020 graduation rates.

This year marks the 8th anniversary for the coding bootcamp industry, and the number of coding bootcamp graduates continues to grow since the first bootcamps launched in 2012. Coding bootcamps are a $350 million industry and will graduate ~25,000 developers in 2020. 

 

Key Findings

Coding bootcamps graduated 24,975 students in 2020 and due to COVID-19, have taught almost students almost entirely online. Course Report found:

  • In 2020, the coding bootcamp market will grow by 39%, to an estimated 24,975 graduates in 2020, up from 18,027 in 2019. 
  • As a result of COVID-19, Online coding bootcamps are growing even more quickly than in-person bootcamps; 15,619 (of the total 24,975 students) will graduate from full-time, online coding bootcamps this year.
  • 40 bootcamps work with partners on corporate training; this year, these 40 bootcamps expect to teach an additional 25,162 students via 493 corporate training partners (growth of 23% since 2019).
  • As a point of comparison, we estimate that there were 93,427 undergraduate computer science graduates from accredited US universities in 2018.*
  • In 2020, there are 97 full-time bootcamps teaching both online and in-person.
  • Average tuition price of qualifying in-person and online courses is $14,142, with an average program length of 17.3 weeks.
  • We estimate that tuition revenue from qualifying schools will be $349,426,408 in 2020 (not including corporate training revenue). Trend Alert: 39 bootcamps offer Deferred Tuition or Income Sharing Agreements in 2020. 
  • This year, Full Stack JavaScript continues to be the most common teaching language, used in 50% of Web Development courses. 

*We estimated undergraduate CS graduates by using the 2018 Taulbee Study, published by the CRA. The Taulbee Study is a survey of PhD-granting departments, released annually in May.


Participating Schools

Academy Pittsburgh Actualize Ada Developers Academy  
Alchemy Code Lab App Academy Array School of Technology & Design  
Awesome Inc U Bethel Tech BoiseCodeWorks  
Bottega BrainStation Burlington Code Academy  
Byte Academy Carolina Code School Claim Academy  
Code Maine Coding Academy Code Fellows Code Platoon  
Code Stack Academy CodeCore Bootcamp CodeCrew Code School  
CodeBoxx Coder Foundry Codesmith  
Codeup Coding Dojo Coding Temple  
Cook Systems Fast Track'd Craftmanship Academy Covalence  
Deep Dive Coding Developers.Institute Delta V Code School  
devCodeCamp DevMountain DigitalCrafts  
Eleven Fifty Academy Epicodus Flatiron School  
FACE Prep Fullstack Academy General Assembly  
Grace Hopper Program Grand Circus Hack Reactor/Galvanize  
Hackbright Academy HackerYou Hack A BOSS  
Holberton School Ironhack Innovate Birmingham  
Jax Code Academy JRS Coding School Launch Academy  
Lambda School Launch School Microverse  
LaunchCode LEARN Academy LearningFuze  
Lighthouse Labs Max Technical Training Momentum  
Montana Code School Nashville Software School Nebula Academy  
Operation Spark Orange County Code School PDX Code Guild  
Prime Digital Academy Project Shift Platform by Per Scholas  
Pursuit Punch Code Redwood Code Academy  
Resilient Coders Rithm School Sabio  
Skill Distillery Software Guild Suncoast Developers Guild Academy  
Tech Elevator Tech Talent South Techtonic Academy  
The Clubhou.se Code Bootcamp Thinkful Technology & Media School  
Techtonica TrueCoders Turing  
TurnToTech Untapped Code Academy Uplift Code Camp  
V School We Can Code IT  Wyncode   
Zip Code Wilmington      

 

 

9 bootcamps are not included in the 2020 study which were included in 2019, for a variety of reasons:

  • RED Academy, Arkansas Coding Academy, Big Sky Code Academy, Cleveland Codes, Helio Training, Horizons School of Technology, Inventive Academy, and Origin Code Academy are closed.
  • Note: Buildschool is now Formation.

Missing from 2020 Study:

  • Several schools were non-responsive: Actualize, Array School of Technology and Design, Bottega, Byte Academy, Code Stack Academy, CodeCore Bootcamp, CodeCrew Code School, JRS Coding School, Techtonic Academy, and theClubhou.se Code Bootcamp. To estimate graduate numbers for these schools, we applied the industry growth rate if the school participated in previous years' reports. Otherwise, those schools are simply not represented in this report. While other market sizing methodologies may estimate graduation numbers using LinkedIn, we don't find scraping LinkedIn data reliable.
  • Holberton School refused to participate in the 2020 report (in TechCrunch, Holberton has stated that they graduated 500 students in 2019.

In our seventh annual Course Report Survey, we surveyed a total of 97 coding schools commonly referred to as “bootcamps” or “accelerated learning programs.” Due to COVID-19, most bootcamps taught online during the period of this report. 98% of online programs were responsive and 82% of in-person programs were responsive in 2020. 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. 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.

2020 Forecast. All participants reported the number of students who graduated in 2020. All participants also provided estimates of their expected, 2020 graduate total.

Course Analysis. In addition to survey responses, we utilized the Course Report database of individual courses to analyze all courses (used in Table 5 and Chart 1) from the 97 qualifying schools. To qualify for our sample, the course needed to meet all of the above criteria and have a start date in 2020. 

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.