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 4.67
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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
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
App Academy Reviews
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- Difficult and worth it.- 8/10/2016Anonymous • Course: In-Person Full Stack Web Development • Campus: New York City
- Got a job less than a month after graduating- 8/1/2016Anonymous • Back End Engineer • Graduate • Course: In-Person Full Stack Web Development • Campus: New York City
- Questionable methods, undeniable results- 7/18/2016Anonymous • Software Engineer • Graduate • Course: In-Person Full Stack Web Development • Campus: New York City
App Academy makes money when its graduates get good jobs, and the course reflects that. The quality of instruction isn't bad, exactly—I would rate it slightly below average. But if you are looking for one on one support, a vibrant community feel, or a thoughtful introduction to fundamentals, you will not get it there. What you will get is an extremely focused curriculum, a no-nonsense environment that motivates people who already have some natural ability, and a lot of very good advice about your job search. App Academy is changing so much and so fast that I hesitate to speak too much about its specific practices when I attended. We didn't get much immediate help with job placement. The partners they touted didn't materialize in NYC. But I got a very good job, essentially my dream job, by following their advice almost to the letter and working my ass off. The vast majority (though not all) of the people in my cohort also got good jobs. If you are smart and self motivated and you enjoy coding enough to do it on your own time before you go, App Academy will produce results.
- The most you can learn in 3 months- 7/14/2016Anonymous • Software Developer • Student • Course: Full Stack Web Development • Campus: San Francisco
I never thought I could learn so much in 3 months. The curriculum and staff is amazing! You learn really good coding style and best practices and will leave the program a strong enough programmer to learn whatever language or framework you want. It is a very stressful experience, not because of the constant work, but because they kick a fair number of students out of the programs for test scores. Also, I strongly recommend using erganomics as a preventative rather than a treatment, for carpel tunnel.
- Life Changing Experience.- 7/14/2016Anonymous • Graduate • Course: Full Stack Web Development • Campus: San Francisco
App Academy was an excellent and life changing experience for me. Sure there are some things that weren't perfect, but in the grand scheme of things, they are doing some really amazing stuff.
But prepare to work your ass off for up to 6 months, possibly more, during the program and probably even more during the job search. It is not a golden ticket into a job, but a helpful foot in the door of the industry, and the fastest possible way to go from zero to being able to write and understand code.
As far as outcome, I got a job as a Full Stack Software Engineer at $105K, and it took me about 1.5 months out of the program to land the job.
- Restarted my career in under 4 months!- 7/13/2016Anonymous • Data Engineer • Graduate • Course: Full Stack Web Development • Campus: San Francisco
App Academy was an amazing life experience that I encourage anyone to attend that is looking to transition into the software industry.
After grinding in finance for 2 years, I was concerned that I would never gain the skills needed to join the fast growing tech industry. Enter App Academy. I attended the SF cohort in March 2016, and in roughly 3 months, they took me from a programming newbie into a software engineer able to push production level code. One month later, I landed a back end engineering position earning roughly $120K.
The secret to the program's success is that the incentives are aligned. UNLIKE ANY OTHER BOOT CAMP, App Academy does not charge you tuition until you are hired. Consequently, the curriculum is extremely hands on and tailored to you gaining the knowledge to be employable. You largely avoid the trivial academic exercises found in a traditional CS program and instead focus on building skills that make you an excellent programmer for companies.
- No tuition fees until you start working (only a refundable security deposit is due upfront, and it is credited towards tuition payments)
- Excellent lecturers and personalized support from TAs every day to help you when you are stuck on projects and offer advice to write better code
- Career-driven curriculum to help learn the most important skills companies hire for
- Beyond thoroughly learning web development, you understand the general concepts needed to teach yourself new languages and technologies efficiently
- Intense programming camp that requires constant effort during and after class hours
- Exceptional self-motivation and time management is needed to survive. You have to be willing to keep up with all assignments and tests, even while job hunting
If you are an extremely motivated individual that needs a fresh start in technology, App Academy is your best option. It is a roller coaster of an experience but the intensity pays dividends for you when you are interviewing and on the job.
- Went 3 years ago, Changed my life- 7/13/2016Anonymous • Software Engineer • Graduate • Course: In-Person Full Stack Web Development • Campus: New York City
I was a graduate student in a humanities field, scraping by on ~15k a year to qualify for a professor position that I never really wanted and wouldn't have been prepared for. (Let alone could have gotten in the state the jobs market is in with academia).
I heard about AppAcademy back in the beginning, paid my $3k deposit and moved to New York, and worked my ass off for 12 weeks drinking copious amounts of coffee and learning to code. From the first day of coding to the last day of negotiating my final job offer, a/A was behind me all the way (although I did have to tap into a couple other networks to get hired at a place I liked).
Now I make ~120k a year doing something I'm good at. AppAcademy was and is completely brilliant for making its tuition dependent on first year's wages -- the incentives to create the right curriculum and provide the right support and totally aligned, and it really shows.
- It's Exactly What it Claims to Be- 7/13/2016Anonymous • Web Developer • Graduate • Course: Full Stack Web Development • Campus: San Francisco
AppAcademy was great. They maintained a very focused culture. You get the sense they want you to succeed. If you come ready to work and learn, you will not be dissappointed.
My only complaints are that they failed to mention 2 things prior to signing up. The first being that there's a down payment. The second was that the last 2 weeks were purely job preparation.
- Started a new career- 7/13/2016Anonymous • Software Engineer • Graduate • Course: Full Stack Web Development • Campus: San Francisco
There are definitely bootcamps out there that are predatory, and simply accept a high number of students, take their money up front, and then dump them out into the real world without much hope of getting a good job.
App Academy is not one of those, primarily because you only pay them after you get a job. Nearly everyone in my cohort had a high quality and high paying software engineering job within a few months of graduating.
It's a massive time committment, but I can't think of any way to do as drastic a career change in as short a time.
- First 2/3rds are world-class; last 1/3rd less so- 7/13/2016Anonymous • Web Developer • Graduate • Course: Full Stack Web Development • Campus: San Francisco
- Well-managed culture, which fostered cooperation rather than competition
- Extremely supportive network, easy to get help, especially from alumni
- Curriculum is constantly updated to account for new industry trends
- Deferred, scaling tuition structure is extremely appealing (pay based on what you earn)
- Assessment structure ensures that students don't fall behind; from my experience, while the best students across top bootcamps are comparable, App Academy's 'worst' students are far better than the 'worst' students from other boot camps
- Availability of resources drastically dropped in the last third of the program ("job search curriculum"); internal tools for this portion of the curriculum were surprisingly poorly designed given the nature of the boot camp
- Severe limitation of TA availability at times during practical coding sessions (being improved with reorganization and increased hiring)
- Drastically differing lecture quality (some were on par with my best college professors, others were absolutely useless -- fortunately in the minority)
- Algorithms curriculum is disorganized and not as helpful as it could be
- Assessments are too easy to perfect score, meaning the margin of error for passing is very low. Thus, students who fail seem to do so most often from dev env problems or anxiety vs. not understanding the material. Assessments should be made harder, with an easier passing score, to account for ceiling effects and to present a more accurate mean / median.
- More effort can be done to address burnout. Due to the fast pace and challenging nature of the work, many students stop to take a breather once the pressure is off... and never start again. Not listed as a 'con' because this honestly should be the students' responsibility over App Academy, but it is an area where App Academy can make a large impact. App Academy can organize group projects, accountability groups for job seekers, etc.
- Algorithms curriculum received a major upgrade around when I left; from what I can see, there is much more of a formalized structure now
- selective but bad program- 7/13/2016Anonymous • software engineer • Graduate • Course: Full Stack Web Development • Campus: San Francisco
Pros.... you don't have to pay until you get a job is good for some people. The office is nice and centrally located. The ratio of TAs to students is good. Some of the projects are very interesting and unique to A/A (you get to create your own object relational mapper for example). They do cover data structures and algorithms which are important for interviews.
Cons... Their "money-back" guarantee contract is actually ridiculous. You only don't have to pay tuition if you search for an entire year after the program is over and don't find a job (you aren't allowed to hold even part-time work in your previous position for that entire year).
They test their students every week and kick out the students who don't perform well, so this inflates their statistics on percentage of students who find a job vs other bootcamps who don't kick out students. Plus it makes everyone way stressed out. Even so, their time to placement is way too long (after 3 months, ~50% of grads are employed), compare that to Hack Reactor's stats of 80%!).
They have terrible post-graduation job support that mostly involves pushing students to bulk-spam companies. Basically, forget about picking where you want to work, just get an offer anywhere that will give you one because let's face it, we're in a coding bootcamp bubble. There are now way more bootcamp graduates than there are openings for junior-level software engineers in SF and most employers don't think A/A graduates are any better/different from Dev Bootcamp/General Assembly/Coding Dojo, etc grads. All students are required to submit 200+ applications to companies.
TAs are 99% recently graduated students who did well in the course but have no work experience as software engineers or experience finding jobs in this field.
- Solid Engineering, Terrible Job Search- 7/13/2016Anonymous • Software Engineer • Graduate • Course: Full Stack Web Development • Campus: San Francisco
The whiteboarding pair practice is unusual and useful for most people, though as a math major I'd been accidentally practicing it for years. The curriculum in Rails is nothing special but solid; the JS curriculum was as well, though they've switched to React since then. The algorithms sessions cover most of what you need to know and some cool stuff you don't but should.
The job search 'help' wasn't. They had one clueless person; now there are several failed grads who couldn't cut it as instructors playing high school guidance counselor.
My advice: Sure, apply; they're fairly selective and you're in good shape if they accept you. But then turn them down, because they're not actually worth it.