App Academy offers immersive web development courses both online and in-person on campuses in San Francisco and New York City. App Academy’s curriculum is largely based on a hands-on approach. Students spend about 90% of their time pair programming and 10% in lectures, encouraging the sharing of knowledge while also making coding more social. App Academy places emphasis on career training to help students land jobs soon after graduation. App Academy's job-search curriculum focuses on algorithms, interview skills, and other technical interview-focused skillsets.
Interested applicants should expect to submit an application, complete two coding challenges, complete an interview and receive an admission decision a few days after the interview. Prospective applicants can also enroll in App Academy’s Bootcamp Prep programs to increase their chances of admission from 2% to more than 40%.
App Academy offers a deferred payment plan where students are only required to pay tuition if they secure a job upon graduation. App Academy offers two other pricing models for students as well — a completely upfront model and a hybrid model that is a combination of the deferred and upfront models.
Recent App Academy Reviews: Rating 4.68
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Start Date None scheduled Cost $0 Class size N/A Location OnlineWith App Academy Open you’ll get free access to App Academy’s entire in-person full-stack curriculum, which has placed thousands of people in software development jobs. App Academy is ranked as the #1 coding bootcamp in the US and, since 2016, has placed more software developers at Google than UC Berkeley. On the Free plan you’ll get over 1,500 hours of material (readings, videos, projects), an interactive coding environment and community features like chat to keep you connected with thousands of prospective developers across the globe.
Deposit N/A Refund / Guarantee Your full Bootcamp Prep tuition will be subtracted from your initial deposit if accepted into App Academy's full time program under the deferred payment plan.
Deposit None Tuition Plans Standard: $995 Plus: $1795 Premium: $3795 Refund / Guarantee Money back guarantee if you aren't accepted into a top coding bootcamp
Minimum Skill Level No experience required Prep Work None required Placement Test No Interview No
In PersonFull Time40 Hours/week16 Weeks
Deposit Only applicable for the Deferred tuition option, a deposit of $3k will be required. FinancingLending partnership with Climb Credit available for the Upfront tuition option. Tuition Plans $17,000 Upfront Plan $23,000 Hybrid Plan ($9k upfront, $13k deferred) $28,000 Deferred Plan (Fully deferred with a $3k deposit) Refund / Guarantee Guaranteed placement under the Deferred tuition option.
Minimum Skill Level Basic computer literacy Prep Work Provided at each step by App Academy. Placement Test Yes Interview Yes
More Start DatesOctober 26, 2020 - New York CityDecember 21, 2020 - New York CityNovember 16, 2020 - San Francisco
OnlineFull Time40 Hours/week24 Weeks
Deposit $0 FinancingAvailable through Climb Credit Tuition Plans - ISA: $0 Upfront. 15% for 3 years with a maximum of $31,000, only after you're hired making over $50,000 - Upfront: $20,000 Refund / Guarantee Guaranteed job under ISA tuition option.
Minimum Skill Level Basic computer literacy Prep Work Provided at each step by App Academy. Placement Test Yes Interview Yes
More Start DatesOctober 5, 2020 - OnlineNovember 2, 2020 - OnlineNovember 30, 2020 - Online
App Academy Reviews
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- Pretty Good- 8/6/2019David Suon • Graduate • Course: Online Full Stack Web Development • Campus: Online • Verified via GitHub
App Academy is a 3 months (5 if you're taking the online portion) web development boot camp with a very low acceptance rate. The program is 8 hours of new materials everyday with 6 assessments sprinkled in to test you. The curriculum is pretty good for the most part and the projects you do a good job of testing what you learned for the day's material. The peers you work with from the Teacher Aids to your peers are all great people to work with.
Some of the curriculum material could use an update/ be fleshed out better.
Be prepare to work your butt offs when you do get in.
- Software Engineer- 8/6/2019Richard • Graduate • Course: Online Full Stack Web Development • Campus: Online • Verified via GitHub
I'd been programming for several years and decided to do App Academy more as a "formalization" of my knowledge than as a way to "learn to code". After all, I knew how to code. Well, I was wrong. I learned so much. For example, a) The "why" behind many things I already knew how to do, thereby allowing for better decisions. b) The practical value of data structures and algorithms I had previously written off as "computer science stuff", c) Effective pair programming - started out hating it, grew to love it. d) A major raising of the bar in terms of what's possible - how about learning a new technology and using it to create something significant in 10 days? If you have the tenacity to go after what you want, it's for you. If you give up quickly when things get tough (long hours ahead), stay away!
- Extremely Positive Experience- 8/1/2019Sam Walker • Graduate • Course: In-Person Full Stack Web Development • Campus: San Francisco • Verified via GitHub
Overall, this was definitely one of the most rewarding experiences I have had. I learned an incredible amount of information and feel confident in my skills as a software developer. You can tell that a lot of time and effort is put into the curriculum and that they are always striving to improve upon it. I believe that everyone on the teaching staff really cares about their students' success and are constantly going out of their way to make sure everyone is getting the help they need to succeed. I would recommend this course to anyone who is looking to transition careers into software development.
- Great Experience- 7/31/2019Onyi Cho • Student • Course: In-Person Full Stack Web Development • Campus: San Francisco • Verified via GitHub
I enrolled the last 12 weeks intensive bootcamp program at App Academy. Apparently they are changing the cohort to 16 weeks from now on.
Overall, App Academy is not the place where you just sit there and hoping someone would hold your hand to review through programming related materials. Sure, there is help provided if you request so, but it definitely takes effort and dedication to be successful at App Academy, and more importantly, to be successful at your future job after graduation. Self-motivation is the key to success here.
Even though I came from software developer background, the topics that App Academy taught us are pretty challenging, that I constantly find myself running out of time to study ahead of next day's material. Though, I did feel fulfilled and satisfied by the overwhelming topics that we have to read and understand because it is also probably one of the few way we could improve ourselves rapidly.
My only suggestion to future students are: do not slack off during the weekend. I learned that the hard way...`
- Super positive and friendly learning environment- 7/31/2019Michael Du • Student • Course: In-Person Full Stack Web Development • Campus: San Francisco • Verified via LinkedIn
Overall, I had a great time during the 12-week in-person curriculum. While I did come in with an undergraduate CS degree, I feel that the material supplemented what I learned in college quite well (although a bit slow the first few weeks). But given my background, I did not find the pacing of the course to be all that intensive until the projects hit. There is definitely plenty to learn. They go in-depth enough on topics necessary to be considered a web developer but there are a lot of topics only briefly touched on to explore further on your own.
- TAs are extremely friendly and willing to help
- Plenty of interesting projects to work on throughout the course
- Pretty much everybody was fun and easy to work with
- Trying to get help during projects can lead to a lot of waiting for TAs
- Homework could be more meaningful rather than a bunch of small segmented assignments
- Be prepared to keep working hard over the weekends, especially for the full-scale projects toward the end of the course
- App Academy is great- 7/31/2019Jimmy Nguyen • Student • Course: In-Person Full Stack Web Development • Campus: San Francisco • Verified via LinkedIn
- The best bootcamp you can attend- 7/30/2019Vu Tran • Software engineer • Graduate • Course: In-Person Full Stack Web Development • Campus: San Francisco • Verified via LinkedIn
I'm not gonna sugar coated this. People get kicked out for failing 2 assessments. This was the single most difficult, stressful, mentally taxing, emotionally challenging, and wonderful experiences in my life. This is the best decision I've ever made. Expect the workloads of 100 hours a week, especially if you want to get good. I came in with a lof of imposter-syndrome, and at the end of it, I can build full-stack applications from scratch. I've become a lot more confident in my skills and how I communicate to potential employers, as I type this I have a few on sites scheduled next week.
- Omar Abbasi • Software Developer • Student • Course: In-Person Full Stack Web Development • Campus: San Francisco • Verified via GitHub
I'd say overall App Academy is one of the best decisions I've ever made and one of the hardest things I've ever done. A few things that have been mentioned to me that ring true:
"Its kinda like having a firehose of information pointed at you, and you just do your best to drink up as much as you can"
There's also feeling that it really is a bootcamp of sorts. If you think about the traditional military bootcamps, there's a sense of discipline instilled in you in the process, and you walk out with friendships and bonds built from going through a difficult experience together. You can't get through this program alone. You'll need the support of the people around you and your classmates to really succeed, and as a result you'll end up with a strong network of very capable developers along with the skills you actually pick up here.
You get as much out of this as you put in. Don't come in expecting to have your hand held. Don't come in expecting everyone you're learning from to be perfect and know everything. Learning on your own and via collaboration is part of the skillset you build here.
- Difficult, but well worth- 7/29/2019Tyler Tsunekawa • Software Developer • Student • Course: In-Person Full Stack Web Development • Campus: San Francisco • Verified via LinkedIn
The workload is everything that you've likely already read about. I spent everyday and the majority of my weekends working/studying until I slept.
The payoff is that you'll gain the skills you need to pursue a career in software development. It sets your work ethic and gives you the momentum to continue to work towards success. I am currently in the job search phase. Whether or not I am successful, I am thankful for what I've been able to learn and am confident in my ability to land a job following the cohort. Well worth it.
- Amazing experience- 6/28/2019Bhanu Gupta • Graduate • Course: In-Person Full Stack Web Development • Campus: New York City • Verified via LinkedIn
The 12 weeks at App Academy were the most amazing 12 weeks of my life. I learned so much in such a short period of time which I would have never been able to do on my own. You get to develop your own full-stack project and a JS project at the end of the course to show to the employers. They also groom you to make you ready for the job market, whether it's technically or behaviorally. While doing pair programming, you learn to deal with so many people each with a different mindset which is very important for both personal and professional life. App Academy has very good instructors who make you understand all the concepts so well and are always ready to help.
I would definitely recommend App Academy to anyone who is good at logical thinking and wants a career in Software.
- Challenging and Rewarding- 6/28/2019RZ Li • Graduate • Course: In-Person Full Stack Web Development • Campus: New York City • Verified via GitHub
- Challenging but rewarding- 6/28/2019William Dunn • Student • Course: In-Person Full Stack Web Development • Campus: New York City • Verified via GitHub
App Academy was easily the most demanding endeavor I've taken on. From Day 1, you need to be firing on all cylinders, and you need to be dedicated. The assessments are quite difficult, as they are timed, and they're not subjective at all. If you make a silly mistake, you'll pay for it, and if you fail two exams, you're allowed to retake the second one. If you fail the retake, you're asked to leave. They are not messing around with this policy.
Having said all that, the instructors are fantastic, and really know what they're doing. They genuinely WANT you to succeed, and are very patient. App Academy is something that I'm really happy I did, but would never want to put myself through again. I don't have a job yet, but I have no doubt that I've been given the tools I need to succeed.