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App Academy

Avg Rating:4.69 ( 629 reviews )

App Academy is an immersive 12-week Ruby-focused web development course with campuses in San Francisco and New York City. App Academy has a full stack curriculum covering 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. App Academy’s curriculum is largely based upon 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.

Interested applicants should expect to submit an application, complete 2 coding challenges, complete an interview and receive an admission decision a few days after the interview. Prospective applicants can also enroll in AppAcademy’s Bootcamp Prep programs to increase their chances of admission from 2% to more than 40%.

App Academy's job search curriculum focuses on algorithms, interview skills, and other technical interview focused skill sets. Upon graduation, students will have a portfolio of real-world projects to show to prospective employers. App Academy offers a deferred payment plan where students are only required to pay tuition if they secure a job upon graduation. Students are only required to pay a placement fee if they secure a job upon graduation. App Academy also has two other pricing models for students — 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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    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.
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  • Bootcamp Prep

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    HTML, JavaScript, Node.js
    In PersonPart Time4 Weeks
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    $2,999
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    San 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.
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    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.
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  • Bootcamp Prep Online

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    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.
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    Standard: $995 Plus: $1795 Premium: $3795
    Refund / Guarantee
    Money back guarantee if you aren't accepted into a top coding bootcamp
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    No experience required
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  • In-Person Full Stack Web Development

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    Start Date
    October 14, 2019
    Cost
    $17,000
    Class size
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    Location
    San Francisco, New York City
    Over twelve 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
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    Only 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 / Guarantee
    Guaranteed placement under the Deferred tuition option.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill Level
    Basic computer literacy
    Prep Work
    Provided at each step by App Academy.
    Placement Test
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    October 14, 2019 - New York CityApply by August 23, 2019
    November 18, 2019 - San FranciscoApply by September 20, 2019
  • Online Full Stack Web Development

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    Class size
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    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
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    Only applicable for the Deferred tuition option, a deposit of $500 will be required.
    Tuition Plans
    $20,000 Upfront Plan $27,000 Hybrid Plan ($10k upfront, $17k deferred) $30,000 Deferred Plan (Fully deferred with a $500 deposit)
    Refund / Guarantee
    Guaranteed job under Deferred tuition option.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill Level
    Basic computer literacy
    Prep Work
    Provided at each step by App Academy.
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    Yes
    Interview
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  • $500 App Academy Scholarship

    Course Report is excited to offer an exclusive App Academy scholarship for $500 off tuition!

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    Offer is only valid for new applicants. Applicants who have already submitted an application cannot claim this scholarship.

    Qualifying Courses

    • In-Person Full Stack Web Development (New York City)
    • In-Person Full Stack Web Development (San Francisco)

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  • GREAT program!
    - 6/1/2019
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    If you are looking for a challenge , definitely go for App Academy.  The program is rigorous and fast-paced. There are assessments throughout the first nine weeks of the structured curriculum. Students will get kicked out of the program if they failed 2 assessments or unable to keep up with the pace. However, the students will be given all the supports and resources to prepare for the assessments.

     

    I came with a non-technical background and only started to prepare 3 months before the cohort started. So, I had a hard time going through the program but it was also one of the most rewarding experience I have ever had challenging myself mentally, physically, and intellectually. I joined the program alone and came out of it with a massive network and close friends who will always be there to support me in engineering career.

     

    The only cons I have is i wish they would teach another language other than Ruby. However, I heard that they are going to change their curriculum in the near future.

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    App academy is 13 weeks of crashing through material. You will feel everyday that your brain cannot fit any more material in it. However, after the course you will realize how far you have come. From there you should know what you need to learn and how to go about learning it. You cannot learn everything about software engineering in 13 weeks. It's up to you to round out your education and continue practicing. Overall it was an awesome experience that I would recommend to anyone who can buckle down and learn at a fast pace for an extended period of time. Great staff, awesome cohort, Mar 19!

  • Happy Experience
    - 5/28/2019
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    Overall I'm happy with my experience as an App Academy student! The staff are very engaged and truly focused on the success and learning of their students. The curriculum spends time covering concepts but also requires projects to rebuild the concept so that your understanding goes into what is occurring behind the scenes and not just the use behind it. A lot of effort is placed to provide students the resources required to learn the material, either staying late or volunteering their time over the weekends when students can come in to study. While I still have things to learn before I probably will be hired full time, aA provided me all the tools and skills necessary to achieve my goal of becoming a software engineer!

  • Challenging
    - 5/27/2019
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    given the work, I needed to do over the course of 13 weeks. 

    I probably do not want to do it again. 

    However I think the amount required is a minimal amount of work when it comes to switching jobs this quickly. 

    app/Academy has helped me what I wanted to achieve in the shortest amount of time.

     

    I do recommend it, for those who are considering it; however, it is a challenge

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    This is really important when concerning app academy. Although, in the beginning, you may think you are doing well by passing all the exams but it goes beyond that. You must put in that extra effort during the cohort so that you may be job ready once you complete the 12-week immersive program. The only reason I gave my overall experience 4 stars instead of 5 is because I didn't think the TAs were consistent in their selection. Some TAs are amazing but some aren't

  • App Academy
    - 5/27/2019
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    I would tell you to do this program. Best support and the course is very well structured. I would say that if you put in the effort and time, this program 100% will reward you with the job you seek!

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    Just about to graduate in a week and it's been great! The connections through cohort mates, alumni and the tas are priceless. Definitely would do it again. Already missing it and I haven't left yet!

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    App Academy is a bootcamp in every sense of the word. You'll be dedicating 3 months of your life to learning algorithms, data structures, and various frameworks for full-stack web development. Be prepared for early morning commutes and long nights studying challenging material--it will test your limits. While curriculum may be intensive, it is not without support. App Academy has employed amazing instructors that are highly-skilled, well-prepared, and extremely patient. Beyond instructorship, you'll network with dozens of other software developers in-training with similar motivations. Awesome experience.

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    This was definitely one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences. It's challenging because you're learning a lot of new material every single day, dedicating your waking hours to studying the material and feeling lost and confused at many points throughout. It's not an exaggeration that it feels like you're drinking from a fire hose. It's also incredibly rewarding because at the end of the curriculum when you're building your own projects and finally seeing everything come together, you realize how far you've come. a/A has a great group of instructors that are always willing to help, and are very knowledgeable. One thing I do really appreciate is that they are always refining and working on making their program better through incorporating feedback and making sure everything we're learning is relevant and up-to-date.

    I would say if you're planning to apply, please take the time now to put in as much effort as you can to study as much as you can to build up a good foundation and getting you into good studying habits. The application process is not easy and it's probably intentionally that way to weed out only people who really want to be there because once the program starts, if you're not ready you're going to fall behind. Know exactly what you're signing up for and be willing to dedicate 100% of your time and effort. The way the course is structured, if you put in the effort, time,  and dedication you will be successful and you will not regret it!

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    easily the hardest thing that Ive ever done but I feel a great sense of accomplishment now that I have time to sit back and reflect on the experience as a whole. So many great teaching moments throughout the course that really prepared me for the real world job market. It wasn't really bogged down into theory which I felt was a reall big positive as well. 

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    - 3/16/2019
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    App Academy is by far one of the hardest things I've done in my life and definitely the most exhausting. I'm writing this review after finishing week 10. Before getting accepted into a/A I had absolutely ZERO coding experience and now I've completed two full stack projects and working on a third one. You're going to be amazed at how much you can learn in the amount of time that you have. It's going to be hard like what everyone else says but if you stay committed it will be worth it.

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    When I decide to learn programming and search some bootcamps, a/A stood out because of their high job placement stats and course structures. Upon getting accepted and attending, I found the staff were amazing, and will answer every question you have and also give you suggestions. Also, I was very doubtful of my abilities to pass through the entire course from day one, and that comes as no surprise because the curriculum is extremely fast-paced and difficult. The course is well structured, I feel I have a strong foundations of different programming concepts. If you want to become a software developer, app academy is the way to do it.

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    App Academy is a super intense bootcamp which the whole coding curriculum is 9 weeks long including the last two weeks is fully for your full-stack project. After that, you will enter the job search part of the rest of the curriculum. Basically, you won't any spare time left in each of every day in App Academy. You have to finish tons of homework, readings and videos to be prepared for the pair-programming in the next day. So be prepared. 

    Beside of the curriculum, you will meet many cool people here. The TAs and your cohort mates are super friendly, helpful and cool! You may feel like you are not qualified for the program. But hey, they chose you for a reason, so trust in yourself.

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    This bootcamp is challenging - it really demands a lot of your mind, body, and time for the 3 months that it goes on. But the atmosphere is so positive, the TA's and your fellow students are all so supportive of you and want you to succeed. Definitely worthwhile!

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    The curriculum is designed to accommodate all levels of learners to drive them towards a fully qualified full stack developer. The curriculum is fast paced and teaches youto pick up spped as well.
    The staff were always been friendly and helpful with extensive knowledge in their assigned areas.

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    App Academy has a very different structure compared to other bootcamps in the nation. One of the main differences is that their success comes after your success. The instructors and TAs truly devote their best energy and effort in teaching you everything to become a real software engineer by the end of the program. Throughout those 12 weeks, you will be learning new materials almost everyday and able to apply those new skills to your daily pair programming and projects. You will also be challenged on 6 assessments in order to retain your spot in the program; however, those assessments are the positive reinforcement to push you to learn. One of my favorite moments at a/A is when I completed my full-stack project with all the skills I learned from the program. That kind of satisfaction cannot be expressed in words. If you are also thinking of becoming a software engineer, I would highly recommend you to apply to a/A because there is no better place than this bootcamp.

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    Great way to quickly get your career as a software developer started. It is an intense program and you will have to work hard but he results are very rewarding. Amazing staff and teacher who are willing to take the time and make sure you learn.

  • App Academy
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    Really great program. I learned a lot in an extremely short period of time. As a student from Canada, I had to pay the tuition upfront which I preferred because it was a reduced amount compared to the deferred plan. For the first part of the program they focused heavily on Ruby and Rails and then quickly switched over to Javascript. I understand that they wanted us to learn the fundamentals of programming using an easier to learn language, but I would have preferred dedicating more time to Javascript given that was used for the remainder of the course, is heavily used in full-stack projects, and was followed by important topics such as React and Redux which I believe were not given enough time. 

    On another note, because of the deferred payment policy a/A focuses on admitting only strong students which I truely believe elevated the learning experience. Everyone was very dedicated to working hard and helping each other out which was great!

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    My overall experience at App Academy was great. With that being said, the overall curriculum is extremely fast-paced. There are assessments virtually every week and they are crucial for you to pass in order to stay within the program. Because there is such a heavy emphasis on these assessments, the learning environment goes from learning as much as you can to try to pass these tests. Be prepared to spend hours studying and working on homework. Don't be afraid to ask questions. You pair program every single day. If you understand everything and your partner doesn't, slow down and explain it to them. Your partner will appreciate it a lot. If it takes you a while to understand, don't be afraid to slow your partner down and ask questions. It is your learning too. There is an overwhelming amount of staff support every step of the way, so don't be afraid to get to know them too. Your end goal is to absorb as much knowledge as you can and if you don't quite understand everything, that is okay too. Your full stack project is where you can solidify your understanding of everything. Overall, this is an amazing learning experience. You will stress a lot, study a lot and learn a lot, but by the end of it, you'll be extremely proud of how far you've come. 

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    App Academy has been extremely challenging but all the while rewarding. It is definitely what you make of it. If you put in the time and the effort, you will come out proud as can be thinking  - "Oh wow, I really learned all of this in just a few months" and "Did I really just create a website from scratch in a couple weeks?" I really enjoyed my time at App Academy and am so glad I took the course. Here are my pros and cons of the Full Stack Intensive:

    Pros:
    - Great group of TA's who put in extra time to help students, even on weekends. These TA's go above and beyond to help the students. They were once students themselves and know what each student is going through. They really want each student to succeed and will make sure to get them the help they need.
    - Friendly and safe environment as well as inclusive
    - Admissions process really brings in people who are very well-rounded and have absolute determination to succeed (and to get in job in the end) - I was surrounded by people who I thought was much smarter than me and hardworking which caused me to push myself to improve everyday
    - Curriculum includes a ton of hands on learning - projects everyday to make you apply new concepts directly to code
    - Ton of pair programming - a lot of opportunities to collaborate with other programmers and learn other techniques/methods

    Cons:
    - Some material/projects(not too many) of the curriculum were not very clear - the instructions were difficult to understand which obstructed my ability to get far in those projects during those days
    - Ton of pair programming - as mentioned above, it's a great aspect, but sometimes it becomes too much - dense material can be difficult to understand in a few days and I personally found it beneficial when we had some solo programming days to really struggle through the day's projects on our own

    Overall, this was a great experience for me and I definitely recommend this course!

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    Amazing organization. One of the most life changing organizations I have decided to be a part of. They provide the pace, structure, and push that I would've probably never had trying to learn their programming curriculum on my own. That being said, they are not a perfect organization and many things about their curriculum such as the relevance of certain tech stacks we work with or the deep theoretical underpinnings of some of the languages and APIs they use are not for me. I still believe they provide me with a great value for my money.
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    I think about how different it would have been if I didn't choose to study with a bootcamp and tried learning on my own.  I wouldn't have been able to complete as much as I did in such a short time.  The information is difficult to grasp quickly, but setting your only focus for the bootcamp is important to learning the material quickly.  I also wouldn't have learned as much if I had tried to learn the material on my own.  On my own I would try to learn what I need to learn to make my website operational, which would have left  a lot more holes in the knowledge of programing that I have now. Lastly, the price seems very steep, but I find it to be worth it in terms of the value comparison of a college education.  I graduated with a structural civil engineering degree but I find this fullstack course to be more challenging, more valuable, more productive time spent for a higher education and the overall cost was cheaper than unreduced cost of my degree.

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    I actually got a job after completing App Academy's in-person full-time curriculum in NYC.  I wanted to wait until I actually got an offer, so here it is.

    If you're looking at this review, you're probably looking to make a career-change or gain an edge in landing that first software development role after graduating University (or High School?).  For me, it was absolutely worth it.

    1. This is one of the only coding bootcamps which hold you to a certain learning-pace with weekly assessments for the first 8-ish weeks.  If you fall behind and fail two of them, you're out of the program, and trust me this will take a lot of work to pass.  It ensures that you actually learned the material and can do the basics, but the pace of this program isn't for everyone.  You will wake up in the morning, get to the office, code all day, go home, work on HW assignments, code some more, sleep, then repeat for 3 months.  You will literally live/eat/breathe code for the duration and you'll learn so much, but this brings up my second point.

    2. You will have no life during the program.  When people say this in the reviews, they're not being excessive.  I almost had a panic attack on the night before my first assessment (Sunday) because I was struggling with some concepts.  You will learn a new concept and then be expected to pass an assessment on it the following week, while already learning new material.  Tell your friends/girlfriend/family/dog that you'll pay attention to them after 3 months.  (For reference, my cohort had like 20% of the cohort drop out...  This isn't a joke)

    3. You will meet some of the most brilliant people you've ever met in your cohort.  We've had Ivy-League grads, WallStreet guys, Entrepreneurs, Musicians, Basement gamers who want to finally get a job, etc...  They were from all different backgrounds, but almost every single one of them were brilliant in their own way.  I actually felt dumb for the first time in my life.  Being surrounded by these people and pair-programming with each of them every single day will help you learn and see code in a different way.  You'll also learn how to deal with not-so-favorable people, which will help you during your actual job (stubborn/argumentative people, keyboard hogs, etc), but these interactions are rare.

    4. The Job-Search support is actually one of the best parts of this curriculum.  Technical and Non-Technical interviewing is a skill just like programming, and you'll gain a ton of practice white boarding and talking about yourself/background.  My career coach was the best hype-man I could've ever asked for, and I think he actually helped me ultimately land my first role.

    If you put in the work, and you pass all the assessments, you'll land a job.  A vast majority of my cohort all landed jobs within the first 6-months after program completion.
    The most important part is putting in the work after you actually finish the program (Job-Search is honestly the hardest part because there's minimal hand holding and you're actually competing for roles against other people who often have CS degrees).  There's no time for an extended break after completing the program.  Start working on more features on your fullstack project, start learning data structures / algorithms more in depth, white board at least once a week, etc...  It will take a lot of work.  The best part is that you have access to the office at all times, so you can go in to work while you look for a job even after you complete the program.

    For me, this program changed my life and I'm thankful I went through it.

    Lastly, I want to share one tip:  Before you start the program, you absolutely should complete a beginner's web-development "course" on freecodecamp or Udemy.  It goes a LONG way, trust me.

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    With graduation near, I can't wait for this program to be over, but I am confident that it has prepared me well to land a job as a software developer.

    The good: 
    App Academy is a high quality coding bootcamp, and if you make it through, you will be well prepared for a career in software development. The curriculum is clear and thorough. The program is continuously updated to reflect changes in the industry. The students and staff are passionate about learning and coding. The staff are very helpful, and due to the tuition agreement, they are very invested in the students' success. 

    The bad: 
    App Academy advertises that there is no coding background or experience required for their 12 week bootcamp. This technically is not wrong, but I would never recommend this program to someone with no coding experience. If I were to do this over, I would spend several months teaching myself to code and would take some free online classes before starting App Academy.  The stress and lack of sleep I'm experiencing during this program are affecting my physical and mental health, and it would be much more bearable if I had known a lot more coming in.

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    Overall, I’m very satisfied with the experience I had going through App Academy.

    The strong reputation that App Academy has in the industry is well-deserved - the quality of education is excellent, and the instructors do a great job of presenting the material in a clear and concise manner. The curriculum designers are also constantly aware of current technology trends, and are unafraid of completely revamping their instructional materials to ensure that what they teach is relevant in industry.

    However, while the program claims that no prior programming experience is necessary to get in, I found that the vast majority of people who completed the program and excelled in my cohort had some kind of technical background, ranging from CS/STEM majors, to some basic web design experience. This is not to say that those who came in with no experience did not finish the program, but rather that they had to be a lot more self-sufficient and proactive about learning the material in order to keep up.

    The program is rigorous, but it forces you to push yourself to higher levels of productivity than you ever thought possible, and getting to work in an environment surrounded by people who are self-motivated and all working toward a similar goal is incredibly satisfying.

Student Outcomes


84%
On-Time Graduation Rate
66%
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Median Salary

180 Day Employment Breakdown:

Full-time employee
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Full-time apprenticeship, internship or contract position
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Salary Breakdown:

83% of job obtainers reported salaries.

Notes & Caveats:

Prepared under the guidelines set by the Council on Integrity in Results Reporting but not audited

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