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.
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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 DatesApril 6, 2020 - San FranciscoJune 1, 2020 - San FranciscoJuly 27, 2020 - San FranciscoSeptember 21, 2020 - San FranciscoNovember 16, 2020 - San FranciscoMay 11, 2020 - New York CityJuly 6, 2020 - New York CityAugust 31, 2020 - New York CityOctober 26, 2020 - New York CityDecember 21, 2020 - New York City
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 DatesApril 20, 2020 - OnlineMay 18, 2020 - OnlineJune 15, 2020 - OnlineJuly 13, 2020 - OnlineAugust 10, 2020 - OnlineSeptember 7, 2020 - OnlineOctober 5, 2020 - OnlineNovember 2, 2020 - OnlineNovember 30, 2020 - Online
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- 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.
- Rigorous and Rewarding- 6/6/2019Brice Yokyama • Graduate • Course: In-Person Full Stack Web Development • Campus: San Francisco • Verified via GitHub
Overall, I am pretty happy with the experience. Coming out of the program I feel like I have the tools I need to be able to start a career in software development.
Going through App Academy is rigorous, but rewarding.
I believe some of the curriculum can be updated (and I believe aA is in the process of doing this now), but what is currently taught will still teach you the fundamentals of software engineering.
You will spend most of your life working on App Academy material for the 12 week duration of the course and you will come out of it with a solid foundation in software engineering.
Along the way you'll get to know work with a bunch of great people and make some new friends.
At times you'll feel like you're falling behind, but don't fear, there is a super helpful group of TA's to guide you through the material and make sure you have what you need to keep up. Be sure to ask a bunch of questions if you are unsure about ANYTHING.
- March 2019 Cohort- 5/30/2019Jay S • Student • Course: In-Person Full Stack Web Development • Campus: San Francisco • Verified via LinkedIn
- Work your ass off- 5/30/2019Grant P • Graduate • Course: In-Person Full Stack Web Development • Campus: San Francisco • Verified via LinkedIn
- One of many coding bootcamps...- 5/28/2019Andrew C. • Graduate • Course: In-Person Full Stack Web Development • Campus: San Francisco • Verified via LinkedIn
Disclaimer: Being compensated with a hoodie on graduation for this review.
App Academy has a 12 week intensive bootcamp program to prepare people for fullstack web development. It is a bootcamp (read: fast-paced and intensive), and will take up your life for the entire time you're there until you get a job. The TAs and lecturers are all students from prior cohorts so they have experienced what you will be going through, but they are software engineers at heart as well. The culture is great, and the pair programming experience is a fantastic way to develop your collaboration skills.
TL;DR - It's a bootcamp, be prepared for many hours of work
- Enough With ES5 Already- 5/28/2019Kevin Brimmerman • Graduate • Course: In-Person Full Stack Web Development • Campus: San Francisco • Verified via LinkedIn
There are many positive things about App Academy. However, it should be noted that the program is absolutely as rigorous as it is advertised to be. That said, you will certainly get out of it what you put in, and the opportunity to learn a great deal in a very short amount of time is certainly, at least to an extent, dependent upon how much effort and time you are able to put in. For me, App Academy was undoubtedly a life changing experience, and I would do it all over again if I had to. But the reality is that it is not for everyone, and the demanding curriculum and constant threat of being expelled are important considerations for anyone thinking about taking the dive with a/A.
I will close by stressing that if you decide to take the leap and attend a/A, be ready to put everything else on the back burner. You will be tested and pushed to your limits often, but if you are able to meet the demands, then it can be a truly rewarding experience.
- Awesome Experience- 5/27/2019Aureliano Yepez • Student • Course: Bootcamp Prep • Campus: San Francisco • Verified via LinkedIn
TA's are very helpful at App Academy, the curriculum is up to date with industry standards, and the deferred tuition model attracts many top talent. That being said, App Academy is a valid path to full stack development, or perhaps aspiring software engineers. Overall, my experience was amazing !
- Timothy Jao • Student • Course: In-Person Full Stack Web Development • Campus: San Francisco • Verified via LinkedIn
Great TAs that are super helpful and are enthusiastic about their work
You get to work with other engineers and learn from them
Curriculum (for the most part) is very solid and definitely applicable in the industry
If you're not willing to work hard, it won't work out for you
Still uses Ruby on Rails which is quickly falling out of favor in the industry
You have to set aside everything to be successful. I spent 13 hours (9 am- 10pm) every weekday and 6-8 hours every weekend with occasional breaks over 12 weeks. You only get as much as you are willing to give.
- It's what you make out of it.- 5/27/2019Matt Jang • Graduate • Course: In-Person Full Stack Web Development • Campus: San Francisco • Verified via LinkedIn
Yes, it's a demanding experience - that's a given. But, the App Academy experience is really what you make out of it. There is an abundance of content, and knowledgeable instructors. But, if you don't genuinely engage in the material daily, or deliberately ask the instructors for help, then you will not learn as much as others who proactively ask questions and challenge themselves. The instructors will never hold your hand, or give you an easy way out. Rather, they will train you to learn how to learn, so that you may become an independent programmer and thinker.
If you have a basket that holds 5 apples, App Academy will throw 10 apples at you every week. Accordingly, you will have to drop 5 apples every week, and choose which 5 you will digest. This can feel overwhelming at first, but that's just how the curriculum is designed. The assessments keep you on track, but they are definitely not the perfect system - and the instructors also agree with this. If you fail 2 exams, you will be kicked out. Accordingly, if you fail one exam, you will constantly be in a stressed and anxious state throughout the program, and I can't imagine that being too great for your health. But as for the moment, assessments get the job done.
Overall, I've learned a ton through the program, and became a disciplined individual and developer. My expectations were not met, but I am definitely a better developer today than I was before the start of the program.
Also, the building has no windows. When you feel burned-out, do take a walk outside and get some fresh air.
- aA SF March 2019- 5/27/2019nate • Student • Course: In-Person Full Stack Web Development • Campus: San Francisco • Verified via GitHub
- Challenging- 4/19/2019Dan • Student • Course: In-Person Full Stack Web Development • Campus: New York City • Verified via LinkedIn
You will have to put in a lot of effort. Since the first day I've been at App Academy around 10-11 hours a day, 7 days a week. But I know for sure that I would never have learned as much as I have had I studied on my own. The curriculum is really fast paced and the assessments are stressful. You must ask questions early and often. The instructors are pretty good and so far the job search curriculum has been useful.
- Intense but rewarding- 4/15/2019Rain • Graduate • Course: In-Person Full Stack Web Development • Campus: New York City • Verified via GitHub
The only prerequisit to App Academy is loving to code. If you enjoy the process then you will be able to get through this incredibly intense but exciting program. If you aren't all in though, don't try it. This is one of the most time intensive and taxing things I have ever done, think finals week, but every week for three months. The testing structure at the start of the course can be pretty stressful, but most people do get through it and if you fail out they give you your money back, so its not the end of the world. I would not trade this experience for anything though. In such a short period of time I have made friends that will last a lifetime, a skill that will hopefully get me a job, and most importantly the ability to learn and teach myself going forward.
- Great enviornment- 3/29/2019Vishal • Student • Course: In-Person Full Stack Web Development • Campus: San Francisco • Verified via GitHub
- Surround yourself with great people- 3/29/2019Melvin Mallari • Student • Course: In-Person Full Stack Web Development • Campus: San Francisco • Verified via GitHub
One of the best decisions I've ever made. In going to app academy, I've surrounded myself with ambitious intelligent people who constantly push me to do better.
The program is rigorous, but the difficulty definitely breeds camaraderie with your cohort-mates. A few areas of improvement: Ruby on Rails is trending downwards, would loved to have learned Node.js or Go as a backend framework. Also be prepared to go farther with Algorithms & Data Structures than the curriculum as of writing.
App academy has positioned me well to succeed. I don't regret it one bit.
- Incredible and Life Changing Experience- 3/29/2019Rome Bell • Software Engineer • Graduate • Course: Part Time - Full Stack Web Development • Campus: San Francisco • Verified via GitHub
You will learn more about software development in 12 Weeks than in my opinion you could learn in college. App Academy has given me the tools to be able to hit the ground running. It is an inclusive environment where everyone is encouraging and the teaching assistants give you the tools to succeed. It is a tough bootcamp because you are constantly learning something new and you are pushed to the limit every day. However, it is one of the most rewarding experiences that I have ever had in my life. Being around so many brilliant individuals push you to be better. You will be challenged like never before but it will pay off 10x's over, and you will be incredibly thankful for the experience. In all, it was the best thing I have ever done. Thank you, App Academy.