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App Academy

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Founded in 2012, App Academy is a software engineering bootcamp that offers courses both online and on campus in San Francisco and New York City. App Academy is a world-renowned coding bootcamp that has placed over 4,000 alumni in Software Engineering roles at over 2,000 companies. App Academy offers programs that fit every learning style, including a Campus Software Engineering Program (16 weeks), a Full-Time Online Software Engineering Program (24 weeks), and a Part-Time Online Software Engineering Program (52 weeks).

App Academy's flagship course, the Campus Software Engineering Program, is 16 weeks long. The San Francisco Campus Program features a Hybrid schedule (2 days on campus and 3 days remote), while our New York Campus Program offers an In-Person schedule (2 days on campus). Designed by industry professionals, App Academy's comprehensive full-stack curriculum covers Ruby on Rails, JS, HTML/CSS, React/Redux, SQL, data structures, and algorithms. Simulating the collaborative work environments in the tech industry, students will participate in paired programming with their classmates and develop web applications from the ground up. These projects will get compiled into a Github portfolio and serve as their resume to employers. Upon graduation, students will work with a dedicated career coach who will guide them through the entirety of their job search.

For students who prefer remote learning, App Academy offers an Online Software Engineering Program. The full-stack curriculum covers SQL, JS, Python, HTML, and CSS, in addition to state-of-the-art tools and web frameworks like ReactJS, Express, Flask, and SQL Alchemy.  Working in a dynamic team environment, students will build complex web applications that will form the foundation of their portfolio. 

For students who need more time to discover whether software engineering is for them, App Academy offers Bootcamp Prep courses and access to an entirely free Bootcamp curriculum through the App Academy Open platform.

Anyone interested in applying to App Academy is encouraged to contact the Admissions Team by scheduling a call or by emailing admissions@appacademy.io.

App Academy’s goal is to ensure students not only land a full-time SWE role, but also advance in their careers for years to come. Job search support ranges from mock technical/non-technical interviews and resume reviews, to connecting grads with App Academy's vast employer network.  Upon graduation, career coaches will guide students through their entire job search, from mock interviews to salary negotiation. From there, App Academy's partnerships team connects graduates with some of the most prestigious tech companies in the industry.

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  • 16-Week Campus Software Engineering Program

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    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$17,000
    Class size30
    LocationSan Francisco, New York City
    In our flagship 16-Week Campus Software Engineering Program (San Francisco/New York), you'll learn all the skills needed to land a job as a full-time Software Engineer. Through a comprehensive fullstack curriculum, we train you to build web applications with Ruby on Rails, JavaScript, React/Redux, SQL, and HTML/CSS. To help you tackle interviews after you graduate, data structures and algorithms are also taught throughout the course. Prior programming experience isn't required. In fact, a majority of our grads are career changers. You just need tenacity and a passion for building cool stuff! Students at our SF campus enjoy a hybrid class experience, with two days a week on campus and three days a week online, while students in our NY program attend class five days a week on campus. The first two weeks are spent fully online for both of our Campus programs. Upon graduation, students work 1:1 with a career coach who will guide them through their entire job search from start to finish. Career coach job search support ranges from mock technical/non-technical interviews and resume reviews, to connecting grads with App Academy's vast 2,000+ employer network. After all, we want to ensure students not only land a full-time SWE role, but also advance in their careers for years to come. Course Hours: NY: Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. EST SF: Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. PST Admissions Process: (1) Submit an application (~10 minutes) (2) Logic/typing test (~25 minutes) - 2 chances to pass (3) Coding test (~10-60 minutes, 3 questions - prep materials provided by a/A. Three chances to pass (4) Tech interview with an a/A alum (~45 minutes, 2 chances to pass) (5) Non-Tech interview (~25 minutes, 2 chances to pass) (6) Admissions Decision (7) Enrollment
    Financing
    Deposit$3k deposit required for the deferred tuition option
    Financing
    Climb Credit - Lending partner that can finance up to 14k of the upfront tuition plan
    Facebook Access Scholarship - Women and minorities in tech residing in San Jose, CA
    Tuition Plans$17,000 Upfront Plan $23,000 Hybrid Plan ($9k upfront, $14k deferred) $28,000 Deferred Plan ($3k upfront, $25k deferred)
    Refund / GuaranteeStudent refunded only if they can't find a job within 21 months of graduating from the program.
    ScholarshipFacebook Access Scholarship (all remaining scholarship available to San Jose, CA residents only): https://www.appacademy.io/access-scholarship Deposit Assistance Program (DAP) - Application available upon acceptance.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelNo experience required
    Prep WorkProvided by App Academy during the admissions process
    Placement TestYes
    InterviewYes
  • 24-Week Online Full-Time Software Engineering Program

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    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$20,000
    Class size100
    LocationOnline
    Over 24 weeks, you'll learn all the skills needed to land a job as a full-time Software Engineer. Through a comprehensive full-stack curriculum widely sought after by employers, we train you to build web applications with Python, JavaScript, React/Redux, SQL, and HTML/CSS. To help you tackle the job interviews after graduation, data structures & algorithms are taught throughout the course. Prior programming experience isn't required. In fact, a majority of our grads are career changers. You just need lots of tenacity and a passion for building cool stuff! Upon graduation, students work 1:1 with a career coach who will guide them through their entire job search from start to finish. Career coach job search support ranges from mock technical/non-technical interviews and resume reviews, to connecting grads with App Academy's vast 2,000+ employer network. After all, we want to ensure students not only land a full-time SWE role, but also advance in their careers for years to come. Please note: We are unable to accept applications from New York residents at this time into the online part-time program. However, NY residents are eligible for our Campus Software Engineering Program (SF/NY). Course hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. PST (full-time) Admissions Process (Takes ~2-4 weeks): (1) Submit an application (~10 minutes) (2) Logic/typing test (~25 minutes) (3) Non-Technical interview with an a/A alum (25 minutes) - 2 chances to pass (4) Technical Challenges - HTML/CSS, Git, Boolean logic - 3 project based assessments - Multiple chances to pass (5) Acceptance (payment plan and cohort selected) (6) Enrollment
    Financing
    Deposit$0
    Financing
    Available through Climb Credit
    Facebook Access Scholarship - Women and minorities in tech residing in San Jose, CA
    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.
    Scholarship$5,000 Facebook Access Scholarship: https://www.appacademy.io/access-scholarship
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelNo programming experience required
    Prep WorkProvided by App Academy during the admissions process.
    Placement TestYes
    InterviewYes
  • 52-Week Online Part-Time Software Engineering Program

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    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$22,000
    Class size50
    LocationOnline
    Over 52 weeks, you'll learn all the skills needed to land a job as a full-time Software Engineer. Through a comprehensive full-stack curriculum widely sought after by employers, we train you to build web applications with Python, JavaScript, React/Redux, SQL, and HTML/CSS. To help you tackle job interviews after graduation, data structures & algorithms are taught throughout the course. Prior programming experience isn't required. In fact, a majority of our grads are career changers. You just need lots of tenacity and a passion for building cool stuff! Upon graduation, students work 1:1 with a career coach who will guide them through their entire job search from start to finish. Career coach job search support ranges from mock technical/non-technical interviews and resume reviews, to connecting grads with App Academy's vast 2,000+ employer partnership network. After all, we want to ensure students not only land a full-time SWE role, but also advance in their careers for years to come. Please note: We are unable to accept applications from New York residents at this time into the online part-time program. However, NY residents are eligible for our Campus Software Engineering Program (SF/NY). Course Hours: EST: Monday - Thursday, 6-9 p.m. EST, Saturday, 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. EST PST: Monday - Thursday, 7-10 p.m. PST, Saturday, 12:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. EST Admissions Process (Takes ~2-4 weeks): (1) Submit an application (~10 minutes) (2) Logic/typing test (~25 minutes) (3) Non-Technical interview with an a/A alum (25 minutes) - 2 chances to pass (4) Technical Challenges - HTML/CSS, Git, Boolean logic - 3 project based assessments - Multiple chances to pass (5) Acceptance (payment plan and cohort selected) (6) Enrollment
    Financing
    Deposit3k deposit for the deferred tuition option
    Financing
    Climb Credit - Climb can finance up to 19k for the upfront plan
    Facebook Access Scholarship - Women and minorities in tech residing in San Jose, CA


    Tuition PlansDeferred Tuition Plan: 3k deposit upfront, rest of the payment is $33,000 due only after placement Upfront option: 22k upfront
    Refund / GuaranteeGuaranteed placement under the Deferred tuition option.
    Scholarship$5,000 Facebook Access Scholarship: https://www.appacademy.io/access-scholarship
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelNo experience required
    Prep WorkApp Academy provides all prep work materials during the admissions process.
    Placement TestYes
    InterviewYes
  • App Academy Open

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    Start Date None scheduled
    Cost$0
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationOnline
    With App Academy Open, you’ll get access to App Academy’s entire online full-stack curriculum for free. You can work through the curriculum at your own pace. We recommend App Academy Open for those who: - Need more time to discover whether software engineering is for them - Cannot make the days/hours required for any of our programs work within their schedules
    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 Rolling Start Date
    Cost$2,999
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationSan Francisco, New York City
    Bootcamp Prep is a 4 week, part-time course, designed to get you accepted to the most selective coding schools. If you’re not accepted to a bootcamp from our top coding bootcamps list within 10 weeks after you finish the course, we’ll give you your money back. The bootcamps on our top coding bootcamps list include: App Academy, Hack Reactor, Fullstack Academy, Flatiron School, Bloom Institute of Technology (formerly Lambda School), and Rithm School. The program will teach you up to an advanced level of JavaScript. Upon graduation, students will receive 2 mock technical interviews at no extra cost. These mock technical interviews will help prepare you for acceptance into one of our immersive programs. Students should consider bootcamp prep if they have attempted to apply to one of our immersive programs but struggled through the free prep materials given during the admissions process. Course hours: NY: Monday - Friday, 6 - 9 p.m. EST SF: Monday - Friday, 6 - 9 p.m. PST
    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 work at your own pace, 10-week version of the prep live course, designed to get you accepted to the most selective coding schools. If you’re not accepted to a bootcamp from our top coding bootcamps list within 10 weeks from graduation, we’ll give you your money back. The bootcamps on our top coding bootcamps list include: App Academy, Hack Reactor, Fullstack Academy, Flatiron School, Bloom Institute of Technology (formerly Lambda School), and Rithm School. The program will teach you up to an advanced level of JavaScript. Upon graduation, students will receive 2 mock technical interviews at no extra cost. These mock technical interviews will help prepare you for acceptance into one of our immersive programs. Students should consider bootcamp prep if they have attempted to apply to one of our immersive programs but struggled through the free prep materials given during the admissions process. Course hours: Work at your own pace, required to finish within 10 weeks from enrollment.
    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
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    I'm currently in Week 10 of the 12 week program and so far I have few complaints. The curriculum is jam-packed with useful material that is identical to the kind of work that real software developers do; you will learn Rails authentication, React and Redux cycles, and much more. On top of that, the staff is incredibly friendly and if one thing, a/A can guarantee that you won't be bored for a single second for at least 12 weeks.

  • Scam
    - 11/7/2016
    Andy Giang • Student
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    If it sounds too good to be true it probably is. App academy is no exception. 

    Getting into app academy is not as hard as they make it seem. A few basic ruby programming problems and you are in.

    Their curriculum is nothing special. It's all open source which you can find online for free or low cost. 

    After quitting my job and investing a ton of time and energy, I was "asked" to leave after 9 days into the program. 

    App academy's PC culture of diversity, inclusiveness, ass kissing, and bureaucracy did not click with me. They are big on pair programming which is a complete waste of time and a hindrance to learning. Facilities are filthy and men can't even get their own restroom. Every day there was some diversity, women in tech, gay pride, sensitive training type thing going on. That crap doesn't belong in the workplace. 

    App academy's claim to fame is "no tuition until hired". This is complete bullshit. I paid a $5000 deposit which was inconvenient but I didn't think too hard about. I thought it would be similar to a security deposit on rent. When I was asked to leave they only gave me back $2300 when I expected my full refund. 

    Based on their model, they are incentivized to take as many students as they can, cull the ones that don't work and make a ton of money. I like most people would think "no tuition until hired" means they do everything they can to get you hirable. Turns out they don't give a shit because they keep your money.

    I don't mind being "asked" to leave. What I have an issue with is claiming "no tuition until hired" and then turning around and keeping my money. 

    If they had refunded my amount completely they would have kept their promise and I would have been fine with that.

    This is false and deceptive adverting. This is fraud. This is coercion.

    The reason why they have perfect reviews on yelp is because they stick a non-disbarment clause to students who are asked to leave. 

    This is illegal in California. Shows the length of what these scam artists do for money. Suppression of free speech. This review will probably get down voted until no one sees it.

    I talked to a lawyer and he said since I signed the termination contract I have accepted their "refund" and there's nothing I can do. I was coerced into signing it because I would get nothing if I didn't.

  • Yale • Graduate
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    App Academy has got to be the best coding bootcamp around, and I would say the best coding education period.

    First of all, the TAs are some of the smartest people I've ever met and they go the extra mile to make sure you understand the material.

    Second of all, the course goes at lightning speed. You're always motivated to work as hard as humanly possible because the material is fun, the supplementary videos and homework are awesome, and because of the pair programming aspect.

    Third, by the end of the course you not only know how to create web apps, you know how to teach yourself practically anything. A big part of the time spent at App Academy is spent figuring out how to accomplish things, and that's one of the most important skills as a programmer.

    Thanks to App Academy, I'm now doing what I love to do!

  • Awesome Experience
    - 10/20/2016
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    For anyone determined to make a career change to software development, I cannot recommend App Academy enough. It was incredibly strenuous, but it was totally worth the effort. You will legitimately spend about 70-80 hours a week working for three months, but you learn so much. I had around two years of intermittent experience in software development prior to the course. Most of what I learned was through Ruby on Rails tutorials and some personal Rails applications, all self-taught. App Academy had a perfect mix of CS theory and practical development to enrich my understanding of building software. This mix also provided an excellent foundation for branching-out and learning other tools than what are taught in the curriculum. I still look back at the curriculum material for reference because it is so good. My classmates were some of the smartest and nicest people that I have ever met, and the staff were extremely professional and seemed to genuinely care about our progress. 

  • Amazin
    - 10/13/2016
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    I can't recommend this program enough to anyone considering it! I went from knowing next to nothing about programming and barely making money to having a full time job as a software engineer making six figures and building cool stuff. Honestly, attending App Academy was one of the best decisions I've ever made.

  • I got a job
    - 8/30/2016
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    Excellent program.

    I feel like I put myself through hell to get into the program and to get through the program, but it was absolutely worth it.  I work at one of the best companies in the world and have an amazing salary.

    They basically have all the resources you need to learn web development from scratch and find a great job.  The biggest variable is not the school itself but how hard you work to take advantage of those resources and make the best of it.

  • Solid prep
    - 7/27/2016
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    I went to App Academy in the Cohort that graduated in March 2015. Overall, I think they did a really solid job covering the fundementals of each technology such as Ruby, Rails, SQL, JavaScript & Backbone. When I began interviewing, I did have to spend more time to learn each of these topics in greater depth, because some of the interview questions were specific to HTML, CSS, JavaScript and you just had to memorize that trivia. 

    One things that is great about AA that a lot of other bootcamps do not cover is their Algorithm and Data Structures carriculum during the job search. It was super useful to learn about performance, time and space complexity. 

    I ended up finding a software engineering job after gradaution so I definitely think their formula works. 

  • Great experience
    - 7/23/2016
    Andrew Kayvanfar • Engineer • Graduate
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    I attended App Academy back in the Spring of 2014 in New York with Jonathan Tamboer as my instructor and about 20 - 25 other student in my cohort. I attended with the hopes of just learning more about software development and become proficient in a web language, such as Ruby. App Academy delivered all that and more.

    Both our instructor and TA were very helpful and attentive. Jonathan was very aware of how everyone was receiving the material and focused his attention where appropriate to ensure everyone was on the same page. I will say that the pace of course is not for everyone. It is intense and you can easily fall too far behind if you are not careful.

    I ended up deciding to immediately pursue a job as a software engineer and it didn't take long to find the perfect fit. I felt App Academy prepared me well as a junior developer and also prepared me well for the job search process. I'd recommend this course to anyone looking to learn web development.

  • Amazing
    - 7/19/2016
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    Truly life changing. Went from working at Starbucks to working in NYC as a full stack developer in 3 months. 

  • Abraham Schonfeld • Software Engineer • Graduate
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    TL;DR: No exaggeration, App Academy was a life changing experience for me, and if you are willing to work hard it can be life changing for you as well.

    I started out with a little experience programming and the idea that I might like to do it professionally and app academy tough me the skills I needed to do just that. The application process requires you to work hard but is also highly rewarding. The prep materials they provide give you a clear path toward what you will need to learn to get accepted. I became a better programmer just by learning the material required to get accepted. 

    The program its self is nothing short of amazing, in my opinion its the ideal model for education. Expert teachers, helpful TAs, and a well rounded and diverse group of smart and enthusiastic peers who are just as eager to learn as you are. The peer interaction is one of the best parts of the program, you can easily learn as much if not more from your peers as you will from the lectures and reading. 

    The BEST and most unique part of app academy is the tuition model (no tuition until you find a job,  at which you pay a % of your first year salary over time) . This is crucial and something you can not find in any other boot camp that I have ever come across. The fact that they do not get paid until you find a job means that your incentives are aligned with theirs. They have every reason to make the curriculum the best that it can be, and they will support and advise you until you find a job. This also means that you dont have to shell up $10K or more up front like you would with other boot camps  and there is no risk if thing don't work out.

    I learned a tremendous amount and made a lot of friends during the program, many of which I am still in touch with today. I attended app academy in October of 2013 and I now work for groupon making 2.5x as much as I made before I was a software dev. Fellow graduates of my cohort are have jobs ranging from big name companies like Tumblr to cool start ups and all to my knowledge found jobs after finishing the program.

    App Academy is a sure path to a software dev job for those who enjoy programming and are willing to work hard at it.

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