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Avg Rating:4.68 ( 812 reviews )

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.

The in-person web development course is 16 weeks-long, and the full stack curriculum covers Ruby on Rails, Javascript, HTML/CSS, SQL, algorithms, data structures, and React/Redux. Students interested in this intense program should expect to put in 90-100 hours per week. The first 9 weeks of the course are focused on learning web development skills in multiple languages, and the final 3 weeks are a robust job-search curriculum. The online course runs for 24 weeks, and focuses on JavaScript and Python. Students of the online course learn fundamentals, such as JavaScript, Git, and object-oriented programming, and later build on these by learning languages, such as Express, React, HTML & CSS, and more. Like the in-person course, students of the online course create a portfolio that includes individual and group projects. 

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.

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  • App Academy Open

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    Start Date None scheduled
    Cost$0
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationOnline
    With 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.
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
  • Bootcamp Prep

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    HTML, JavaScript, Node.js
    In PersonPart Time4 Weeks
    Start Date None scheduled
    Cost$2,999
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationSan Francisco, New York City
    Bootcamp Prep is a 4 week, part-time course, guaranteed to get you accepted at the most selective coding schools or your money back. The program will teach you up to an advanced level of JavaScript, and instructors provide you with 1-on-1 mock interviews, as well assist with your individual bootcamp applications.
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Refund / GuaranteeYour 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.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelN/A
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
  • Bootcamp Prep Online

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    HTML, JavaScript
    OnlinePart Time
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$1,795
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationOnline
    Bootcamp Prep is a part-time, online course, guaranteed to get you accepted at the most selective coding schools or your money back. The program will teach you up to an advanced level of JavaScript, and instructors provide you with 1-on-1 mock interviews, as well as assist with your individual bootcamp applications.
    Financing
    DepositNone
    Tuition PlansStandard: $995 Plus: $1795 Premium: $3795
    Refund / GuaranteeMoney back guarantee if you aren't accepted into a top coding bootcamp
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelNo experience required
    Prep WorkNone required
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
  • In-Person Full Stack Web Development

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    Start Date May 11, 2020
    Cost$17,000
    Class size60
    LocationSan Francisco, New York City
    Over sixteen weeks, you'll learn all the skills needed to begin a career as a web developer. Through hands-on projects, we train you to build web applications with Ruby on Rails, JavaScript, and React/Redux. Prior programming experience isn't required. However, you will need lots of tenacity and a passion for building cool stuff.
    Financing
    DepositOnly applicable for the Deferred tuition option, a deposit of $3k will be required.
    Financing
    Lending 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 / GuaranteeGuaranteed placement under the Deferred tuition option.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelBasic computer literacy
    Prep WorkProvided at each step by App Academy.
    Placement TestYes
    InterviewYes
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  • Online Full Stack Web Development

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    Start Date April 20, 2020
    Cost$20,000
    Class size25
    LocationOnline
    Over 24 weeks, you'll learn all the skills needed to begin a career as a web developer. Through hands-on projects, we train you to build web applications with JavaScript, Ruby on Rails, React/Redux, SQL, and HTML/CSS. Prior programming experience isn't required. However, you will need lots of tenacity and a passion for building cool stuff.
    Financing
    Deposit$0
    Financing
    Available 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 / GuaranteeGuaranteed job under ISA tuition option.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelBasic computer literacy
    Prep WorkProvided at each step by App Academy.
    Placement TestYes
    InterviewYes
    More Start Dates
    April 20, 2020 - Online
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  • Great Way to Learn
    - 5/29/2019
    Sean Kennealy • Software Developer • Graduate
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    I attended the program in spring of 2019 and loved it. You need to prepare for a few months before by studying javascript and ruby basics, but if you prepare enough, you'll do fine. Be ready for an intense 12 weeks. If you put in the work required, you will be successful. 

    I appreciated the structure of learning each subject. You will read and watch videos the night before, then lecture on the topic the next morning, and a project tailored to that topic in the afternoon. 

  • Student
    - 5/27/2019
    Nhat Do • Graduate
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    App Academy creates a fun and friendly environment to immerse yourself in learning web development. The work itself is far from easy and manageable in the allotted time, but the instructors emphasize self-edification over completion.

  • Great Instructors
    - 5/27/2019
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    - The curriculum moves fast, but there's great, knowledgeable staff who will make themselves available to help you learn. 
    - You pair program for the first 7 weeks, everyday, until you reach your full stack project where you'll get to create your own apps.
    - You'll spend all your waking hours dedicated to the curriculum, don't expect to have a life.
    - You'll learn through repetition - read the material, watch the material, sit in the lecture to clarify the material, and hands-on practicing the material.

     

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    Pros: 
    - Fellow classmates are all amazing people (in my case), the time spent day by day is made easier when everyone is working towards the same goal
    - Curriculum is in depth, but what you get out of it is dependent on how much you are willing to work
    - Amazing instructors and teaching assistants, all of the staff here are knowledgable and overall just amazing people
    Cons: 
    - A lot of material is thrown at you fast, along with assessments, homework, and projects the amount of work can lead to burn out if you don't take care of yourself 
    - Material is a bit outdated, ruby is on its way out and it would've been more beneficial if they utilized a more modern language to start learning with 

     

  • App Academy Review
    - 4/18/2019
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    App Academy was without a doubt one of the hardest challenges i've faced in my life. Throughout the week, there is literally no free time, and your life is coding. It's amazing how much you can learn if you follow the prescribed hours. I went from knowing nothing about coding to being able to make my own fullstack site and a javascript game. My tip for prospective students is that they prepare themselves for this rigorous course by making sure that they will have no distractions throughout the 12 weeks. Also, going through their foundations course multiple times will ensure that you have the best possible start to the bootcamp. Deciding to join App Academy was a great decision!

  • Life Changing
    - 4/7/2019
    Carlos Arias-Miranda • Graduate
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    Attending App Academy was one of the best choices I have ever made. I have my doubts before applying because I thought that I could self teach on how to become a software developer, but it does in no way compare to the amount of material gets covered during the curriculum and the amount of help and answered questions you get from aA's staff. The culture at app academy was very inclusive and it made me feel very comfortable the entire time. Overall, it was a great experience and now I can say I am truly a software engineer. 

  • Rayyan Mahar • Graduate
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    This was definitely one of the most intense experiences of my life, but it was definitely worth it, in terms of teaching me everything about web development. Although it is quite difficult, it is very rewarding if you put in the time to study. After going through the curriculum and studying for at least 60 hours a week, I have learned the tools and gained the skills to build a website from scratch. The instructors are great at teaching the material, and they are always more than willing to help.

  • Jan 2019
    - 3/29/2019
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    A great experience. Learned a lot and the staff is very friendly and here to help! A very intense 3 month program where you will need to put all of your focus on studying and learning. You will get burnt out so make sure to take care of yourself and get as much sleep when you can. 

  • Aram • Software Engineer • Student
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    One of the best experiences in my life. An inclusive, friendly environment. 

    A very hard bootcamp, but it's worth it. I went in without any coding background, in only three months they turned me into a software engineer ready to hit the ground.

  • David • Student
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    Overall great experience -- intense, thorough, and at times exhausting, but extremely rewarding. I tried coding myself for a while but lacked the direction and drive. App Academy did that for me. The best part of the whole process though is the people you meet. The drive and intelligence of the people are positive influences to the grind. The coursework is effective and extensive. They also have a job search part of the curriculum which is quite informative. The material and tools are good but it's what you put into it, especially after graduation.

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    Great TAs and curriculum, don't think you'll be able to understand everything every week with only 40-60 hours of work. As it gets busier, some weeks will be up to 80-100 hours. Just a warning, after the 12 weeks, you'll start your job search, which will take some up to a year, but probably 1/2 of applicants will be done in around 3 months or less. There is a job search curriculum that will go over the skills you need, but there's a lot of work to be done in that department.

  • Jason F • Student
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    App Academy is a great program for those who haven't had too much experience in software development. The whole course goes through Ruby, Rails, JS, React, then a full stack project and a MERN stack project. There's also a vanilla JS project at the end. You'll learn a ton from the projects and TAs are always around to help you if you have any questions.

    Some warnings though, the program is no joke. You'll be spending around 100 hours a week sometimes just working on your projects, and projects are expected to be completed over weekends as well. In addition, the last couple weeks which are dedicated to projects are not as structured as the first 9 or so weeks. This means that you'll have to make sure you're organized enough to keep yourself on schedule since there's always a new topic every day.

  • Kevin Bai • Student
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    App Academy is great, but the results depend on the amount of work you are willing to put in.  The pace is rigorous, and it gets more rigorous from day one.  Do not expect to get through a/A without significant effort. 

    If you have a habit of procrastination, don’t worry.  You won’t have enough time to procrastinate at App Academy.  

    Your instructors are, friendly, knowledgeable, and fantastic at explaining the material.  Your peers are some of the most talented and hard-working people you will ever meet.  And if you’ve done the work, by the end of the program you will be a software developer.

  • Gabriel Lujan • Student
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    Let me first start with this... this boot camp IS NOT for everyone. What I mean by that is that IT IS intense. You will be stressed out by the amount of work you have to do, the lack of time (or at least the feeling of it) and ultimately the strictness that is enforced.

    There is a device & attendance strike system (that could lead to dismissal) to make sure people aren't being distracted by their phones, laptops, whatever instead of doing their work. This can be a pro or a con depending on your perspective. They WILL dismiss you if you fail 2 of the 6 assessments that happen within the first 5-1/2 weeks. Curriculum topics change every 1 to 1.5 weeks. If you're completely new to programming, there isn't much time to deeply absorb the topics before moving on to another one.

    From a materials standpoint, some of the videos, articles, and information that they use is between 3-5 years old. That's ancient in the world of tech. At times, the instructions used in pair programming or for the projects (or the homework) can be vague & unintentionally (or intentionally?) misleading. Often times I was frustrated by how little focus the work presented seemed to have.

    There were a few times where it felt less like inspiration/motivation and more like scare-tactics were used to get people to do their work. The assessments carry so much weight that a few of my classmates failed because they freaked out during the test and couldn't recover. The instructors tell you to "make sure you sleep", "take care of yourself", etc. But then there's a timed assessment that basically dictates your future looming over your head. And every day is regimented, scheduled, lectured and pre-determined for you, that there isn't time to catch up from anything in the previous days.

    This all may sound scary, and intimidating or more like a military boot camp, than a coding one (I sometimes wonder if that's really what they're going for), but after the assessments are done, and the weight of dismissal has been lifted, things start to make sense. Around Week 7/8 is when you start to build your fullstack project. For me at least, this is where all the pieces began to come together. Each of the topics that we learned finally had a place, and while you still don't know everything about any of it all, you have at least a base understanding that you can build from. You can start to ask questions about where to begin, where to go, what you want to do, etc.

    To be clear, the level of knowledge that you gain once the first 9 weeks are done WILL allow you to build a fullstack, fully working app. Will it be the next Facebook, Google, Instagram or Snapchat? Highly unlikely, but you now have a solid foundation that could possibly get you there.

    All in all, my outlook on the program is that I didn't much care for certain portions of it while going through it, but I am thankful for being shown the frustrations, intricacies and the BS that comes with web development. As they say, "what doesn't dismiss you from bootcamp, only makes you a stronger software dev" (or something like that ;-) ).

    So to conclude, this school isn't for everyone, it doesn't need to be. If you thrive in pressure or at least know yourself well enough to be able to work through intense situations, then this may be for you. Just know that it's not going to be pretty. It's not going to be easy. But if you make it through, you should feel rewarded.

    DISCLAIMER: I'm currently in the job search portion of the curriculum, so I cannot fully give an opinion on this piece yet. I will update this review (if I can) once I've had some exposure to that side of things.

  • Great experience!
    - 3/25/2019
    James
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    App Academy has been a great experience! It's a tough, fast Bootcamp and it's extremely rewarding. The instructors are awesome and the curriculum moves at a rapid pace. After a few months, you'll be surprised at how much you've learned. I tried tesching myself (to no avail) and had already surpassed my prior knowledge within the first week in class.

    On top of that, they dedicate a good portion of your time in class to building up your portfolio and skills for the job search.

     

    worth it if you're interested in web development. Although it is quite difficult, it is very rewarding if you put in the time to study. I came in with little to no experience in coding. But after going through the curriculum and studying for at least 80 hours a week, I have learned the tools and gained the skills to build a webpage. The instructors are great at teaching the material, and they are always more than willing to help. Overall, I am very glad I decided to attend App Academy.

  • Super Fun
    - 3/25/2019
    Rodolfo Rodriguez • Software Developer • Student
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    The most intensive coding experience you can have, even for someone with previous coding experience!
    A lot to learn, ruby rails javascript react and a lot of pair programming. 
    In addition to learning to code you will learn how to communicate your ideas, how to study for a do or die test under a lot of pressure, and how to survive and thrive with a 100+ hours a week workload.
    Pros:
    * A lot of pair programming with awesome people
    * Top notch training for algorithms and user authentication
    * Rewarding and expansive final projects
    * Any other challenge will pale in comparison
    * You will be pushed to become amazing
    * Bonding with classmates

    Cons:
    * Some people don't make it! (Don't pass the assessments)
    * Its TOO intense maybe. You will suffer! (but worth it)

  • Brent • Student
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    This bootcamp starts you off right out of the gate sprinting. It can be really intense especially in the first few weeks. However there is a fantastic staff set in place to help you out with everything. You can really tell the TA's truly care about your development and as long as you're putting in the work they're willing to help you. It can be hard in the beginning and you'll start each week learning something new  and feel a little lost but usually by the end of the week you'll pick it up. The most rewarding part about  the program are the projects at the end. While you're going through the program it can be hard to see how all of the material you're learning comes together but when you finally implement them all into a functional web app, it truly is an incredible experience and as long as you follow the program and do the things they tell you to do, you'll do well. They spend a ton of time and effort into creating the best program possible and I wouldn't trade my time here for anything else. Overall an amazing program run by fantastic people that truly care about your development and you can't really ask for much more than that

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    Intense, but worth it.

    If you want to build a solid foundation in software development, App Academy has a great curriculum for you. It's called a bootcamp for a reason - it is extremely fast-paced and challenging. They have set up a great environment for learning (with staff that really cares about our development). The culture here is great too - open, fun, and hard-working. Each cohort is filled with people from all walks of life, and you will make some great connections.

    If you are serious about becoming a full-stack developer, go to App Academy.

  • Amazing bootcamp
    - 3/9/2019
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    The best thing that I liked about App Academy were the instructors. The material is taught at an extremely fast pace but if you put in the work, it is manageable. I liked that the instructor to student ratio was fairly high so it didn't feel like everyone was fighting to get their questions answered.

  • Great Place
    - 2/24/2019
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    App Academy was an extremely challenging and rewarding bootcamp. The instructional staff was so helpful in explaining difficult concepts. It is crazy how much you learn in 3 months. I highly recommend App Academy for anyone who is looking to transition their career into software development.

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    when I was searching around for a bootcamp, a/A stood out because of their high job placement stats. Upon getting accepted and attending, I found the staff were amazing, and will answer every question you have. The coursework can have some polishing, but I definitely feel I have a strong foundation for any junior level position upon graduating.

  • Mike • Software Developer • Student
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    Those with zero coding experience will really benefit from attending the bootcamp prep, especially if the idea of teaching yourself seems daunting or there is a time constraint. The material is challenging and fast paced but the instructors guide you every step of the way. The instructors are your best asset and are always willing to help you, should you ask. Be prepared to dedicate a portion of your hours outside of the class to studying, otherwise you are not taking full advantage of the course. People who attend the prep course come from all different walks of life, whether it's a career change or because they prefer the fast paced learning as opposed to attending college. It's a very welcoming environment that fosters a desire to grow together as a group.

  • Jack W • SWE • Graduate
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    The review will be split in two parts

    Part 1: Curriculum 
    - Rapid fire pace. The sheer amount of material you're expected to cover on a daily basis is overwhelming. 
    My suggestion for the daily homeworks. At least take a quick look at the material before you pass out for the night, simply having exposure to the material will help you reinforce it in the morning lecture .

    Part 2: Job Search 
    If you were thought completing the main curriculum would led to a job right away. I have some bad news.. 
    Job search is a whole different challenge in itself. Simply knowing the technical material and having projects on your resume isn't enough. 
    - You have to be able to play the social game (build rapport with recruiters/managers/engs), and be able to explain complex concepts in a simple way. 
    - You have to be able to code, think, and sometimes speak at the same time during phone screens

    Of course, some people got jobs quickly, and others would job search for 9+ months before landing a position. 
    Everybody's path is going to be different! 
    Keep pushing forward and things will work out

  • Nathan • Junior Full Stack Software Engineer • Graduate
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    I recently graduated college with a background in math and computer science, so my experience may be different from others wishing to apply, though I would highly recommend App Academy to anyone wishing to transition into a career in web development and software engineering. The teaching staff has an impressively thorough grasp of the entire curriculum, and the job placements team is really concerned with getting to know your individual strengths, weaknesses, and interests. Occasionally alumni were invited to give guest lectures on the main curriculum, and I would love to see App Academy provide more opportunities like these for current students to see where the material they are learning exists in the real world. 

    I would also mention that my cohort was one of the brightest and most colorful and driven groups of peers I have had the pleasure to work with. App Academy was very successful in providing an environment in which I could flourish both intellectually and socially, allowing me to jump into the next phase of my professional career.

  • Joanna • Graduate
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    Really challenging but rewarding program! The curriculum covered a surprisingly wide range of topics, so that even with a CS degree, I always felt like I was learning something new. The fast-paced environment gave me that push to actually learn the curriculum today instead of putting it off and learning it eventually. The instructors were great at helping answer any questions I had and always felt approachable. The best part of the program though was seeing the people I've been working with, some of whom with no prior coding experience, build these gorgeous websites from scratch, and then talk about the process like they'd been doing it forever. Whatever your background, if you have the time and dedication, App Academy's a worthwhile experience.

Thanks!