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App Academy

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App Academy

Avg Rating:4.67 ( 1087 reviews )

App Academy is a software engineering bootcamp that offers courses both online and on campus 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 paired 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 Campus Software Engineering Program is 16-weeks long. The San Francisco campus program features a Hybrid schedule while the NYC campus program offers an In-Person schedule. The first 4 weeks of class are spent on introductory material to help students hit the ground running. During the remaining 12 weeks, students will dive into the immersive curriculum, covering full stack Ruby on Rails, JS, HTML/CSS, SQL, React/Redux, data structures, and algorithms. Upon graduation, students will work with a dedicated career coach who will guide them through the entire job search up until accepting an offer.

App Academy's Online Software Engineering Program offers part-time (52-week) and full-time (24-week) course options. The curriculum covers full stack Python, JS, Git, object-oriented programming, Flask, and SQL Alchemy. Similar to the campus program, students will build web applications from the ground up, and work with a career coach through the entirety of their job search up until placement.

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.

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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
    Deposit3k deposit required for the deferred tuition option
    Financing
    Lending partnership with Climb Credit available for the Upfront tuition option.
    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
    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
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    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
    App Academy has partnered with Climb, which can finance up to 19k 
    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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    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
    - 1/4/2019
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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.

  • Anonymous • Software Engineer • Graduate
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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.

  • Fast Paced
    - 10/23/2018
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    The course is very fast paced and they cover a lot of material but it's a lot of fun.

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