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 DatesJuly 6, 2020 - New York CityAugust 31, 2020 - New York CityOctober 26, 2020 - New York CityDecember 21, 2020 - New York CityJuly 27, 2020 - San FranciscoSeptember 21, 2020 - San FranciscoNovember 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 DatesJune 15, 2020 - OnlineJuly 13, 2020 - OnlineAugust 10, 2020 - OnlineSeptember 7, 2020 - OnlineOctober 5, 2020 - OnlineNovember 2, 2020 - OnlineNovember 30, 2020 - Online
App Academy Reviews
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- Fast- 10/22/2018Joe • Graduate • Course: In-Person Full Stack Web Development • Campus: San Francisco
- The hardest you've ever worked- 10/22/2018Chris Atwood • Student • Course: In-Person Full Stack Web Development • Campus: San Francisco
I am now in the job search after App Academy's curriculum. The claim is that you'll work 80+ hours a week. This is 100% accurate. Everyone here is brilliant, and everyone works their absolute butt off. I have a background in elite international sports, and this is by far the hardest I've ever worked for an extended period of time.
You will learn a HUGE amount of web development in a hilariously short amount of time, and by the end of it, you'll be building a clone of a full scale web app in 10 days. I did spotify, and it is a project I am tremendously proud of, and had a great time doing it.
That said, it is hard. App Academy will challenge every part of you. It straings you mentally, emotionally, and physically, and puts a tremendous strain on any relationships you have during the program. Talk with your significant other about it before attending, because you will barely see them during the 12 week program, and when you do, your mind will be on code.
Its tough. I'm happy I did it, but there are few words to describe how challenging of a program it is. If you fail 2 tests you get kicked out. My cohort started at 72 people, and ended as 55 people, so over 20% of people failed out. These people were good, smart, hard working people who just couldn't quite do it. Its. Tough.
- Intense program but worth it in the end- 10/21/2018Chris • Graduate • Course: In-Person Full Stack Web Development • Campus: San Francisco
App Academy has been an intense ride. There were many highs and lows throughput the process but I do feel like I've learned so much in such a short span. a/A teaches you how to learn quick. Although recently they have published the course online, the support system here is the real value. The instructors/TAs here are super supportive and patient. The pair programming experience was both amazing and dreadful pending on the people. Everyone who was enrolled definitely have the potential but quite a few folks have been dismissed from the assessments...but doesn't mean they won't become a developer one day. This program definitely isn't for everyone because it's both fast pace and stressful. My real grip with the program is that I wish they did deep dive a bit more on topics but at the same time, you can only fit so much in a 12/13 week program.
My biggest advice for anyone who's aspiring to take this journey:
- make sure you understand the concepts well. Don't just be "oh I get it". You should be able to explain it to anyone. The material does build on top each week and some topics will be reintroduced a week or two later.
-get some sleep. to be honest, the homework does HELP you but don't lose sleep over it. they do go over the topic/concepts the next morning but I would advise not completely ditching it
- App Academy - worth the struggle- 10/20/2018AJ Gosling • Software Dev • Graduate • Course: In-Person Full Stack Web Development • Campus: San Francisco
App Academy is the most fun and rewarding thing that I will never put myself through again.
The 90+ hour workweeks are incredibly grueling and the course only picks up pace as time goes on. However, being surrounded by dozens of people in the same shoes as you who are all friendly, hard-working, and highly motivated is a blast. I met several people who I hope will become lifelong friends, and after 10 weeks of hell, I really feel like a full-stack web developer who will be able to find a job in tech. My only gripe is that parts of the curriculum, especially most of the homeworks, feel totally irrelevant and useless - wastes of my time when time is so precious and every hour of sleep counts.
- fullstack curriculum- 10/19/2018Brik • Graduate • Course: In-Person Full Stack Web Development • Campus: New York City
App Academy is incredibly difficult and fast paced, but you learn an impressive amount in such a short time. The program really trains you to be a fullstack software engineer - by the end of the course you will build fully functional applications. I am also able to have full on conversations about the different technologies and languages that we've learned and used, whereas before beginning app academy I hadn't even heard of them. The TAs and other students were always happy to help out, and career coaches are here for assistance as well. If you are trying to get into software development but don't have the traditional background, I'd highly recommend the course.
- App Academy- 10/1/2018Andre • Student • Course: In-Person Full Stack Web Development • Campus: New York City
App Academy is hard. It is grueling, relentless, and crazily paced. But at the end of it all, if you follow their formula, you come away with the skills they promised you will have. You definitely have to put in the work to succeed, and a/A really hammers that home with their assessments and crazy amounts of homework and projects. You really have to want it, and if you do, then App Academy will help you get there. All in all, I feel like I got what I wanted from a/A.
- App Academy Review- 10/1/2018Claire • Student • Course: In-Person Full Stack Web Development • Campus: New York City
App Academy has been a great experience. The past three months have been extremely stressful and rigorous but I can definitely say that I now possess a robust understanding of coding fundamentals. The one thing that I really appreciated about App Academy has been the community. From your TAs to your cohort-mates, everyone is extremely supportive and open to helping
out in any capacity.
- student- 9/27/2018Jing • Student • Course: Full Stack Web Development • Campus: San Francisco
I learned a lot from the 13 week coding program with little experience in coding. The program is very intense and time consuming. I spent over a month on the alpha course, which is the online study curriculum you're required to finish after you got in the program and i'm glad i spent at least a month cos otherwise there's a good chance you wont be able to keep up.
I'm now in the job market, 2 weeks after graduation. They have a job search system that prepares you find a job between 3-6 months on average. With the deferred the tuition program, the risk is pretty low if you can get through the program without failing out.
- Intense and Rewarding- 9/27/2018Robert Farb • Graduate • Course: Full Stack Web Development • Campus: San Francisco
I would definitely recommend App Academy to anyone looking to switch career paths into full stack development. The structured curriculum and pair programming definitely helped me get through the 85-90 hour weeks. It definitely takes self-drive to get through the program but I can assure you will come out with a great knowledge of Ruby on Rails, React, Redux and computer science fundamentals. The instructors are always there to help, and so are your cohort-mates!
- Challenging but extremely rewarding- 9/27/2018Nadav Noy • Student • Course: Full Stack Web Development • Campus: San Francisco
Attending App Academy for those crazy 3 months in the summer of 2018 was both one of the hardest things I've ever done, mostly from a mental perspective, but also one of the most rewarding. App Academy is definitely not for everyone; it has a rigorous schedule and they won't take it easy on you. But if you work hard in those 3 months and don't take your foot off the gas, you will come out on the other side a web-developer.
- Worth the time and effort- 9/25/2018KJ Shanks • Student • Student • Course: In-Person Full Stack Web Development • Campus: New York City
Signing up for a bootcamp is inevitably going to come with questions and hesitation, but as a person who has experienced the difference before and after the a/A full-stack course, I can safely say that it is a worthy investment if you are ready to put in the work. The amount that I learned in these past few months easily surpass the my expectations in both value and workplace usability.
Highly recommended to anyone who is willing to put in the hours necessary to learn the material. Especially recommended to those unsure if programming is for them because this course is definitely one that shows that coding is for everyone.
- Hard Work, But Worth It- 9/25/2018Matt Van Dyke • Student • Course: In-Person Full Stack Web Development • Campus: New York City
The weeks are rigorous and make you stretch out of your comfort zone, but by the end of the course, you will have some very impressive portfolio pieces to show off to recruiters. It's also amazing how some hard work and dedication can teach you so much in such a short amount of time. I'd recommend this course to anyone who wants to be a full stack web developer.