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Hackbright Academy

Average Rating4.51
108 Reviews
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Hackbright Academy is a software engineering school for gender equality in San Francisco, Dallas, and Lehi founded in 2012. In addition to in-person classrooms in the US, Hackbright Academy also offers their courses online. The school offers a 12-week, immersive full-time software engineering program and a 43-week, part-time program, both of which cover the fundamentals of computer science and modern web development such as the command line, Python, JavaScript, HTML &...
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  • Agne Djacenko
    Agne Djacenko
    Software Developer • Graduate • Full-Time (12-week) Software Engineering Program • San Francisco
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    Feb 23, 2024
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    Fulfilling, Friendly, Informative

    The program's structure is designed to build your skills from the ground up, starting with the fundamentals of programming and advancing to more complex concepts. I was amazed at how much I learned in such a short time - from Python programming, web development, and software engineering principles to data structures and algorithms.
    From day one, I was immersed in a supportive, engaging, and challenging environment that was tailored to help women and non-binary individuals break into t...
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  • Clarke Anderson
    Clarke Anderson
    NEW Software Engineer • Student • Full-Time (12-week) Software Engineering Program • San Francisco
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    Jul 13, 2023
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    Hackbright is the best!

    As a recent graduate of Hackbright Academy, I can only describe my experience as amazing. I've been truly inspired by the staff, curriculum, and the community, all of which have played instrumental roles in my development as a professional software engineer.

    Before joining Hackbright, the world of tech and coding seemed formidable, like a mountain too steep to climb. The thought of switching careers and learning an entirely new discipline was daunting, but with the out...
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  • Emily Grove
    Chief Job Hunter • Graduate • Full-Time (12-week) Software Engineering Program • San Francisco
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    Mar 14, 2023
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    A good experience overall

    From December 2022 to March 2023, I attended Hackbright Academy, a software engineering bootcamp designed to empower women+ in the tech industry and change the ratio. Overall, my experience was positive, but there were some things that met my expectations, others that exceeded them, and others that were not met.



    Regarding the expectations that were met, I feel like I had a firehose shot at me and I definitely couldn't drink from it. It was wha...
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  • Jessica  Matthews
    Jessica Matthews
    Graduate • Part-Time (24-week) Software Engineering Program • San Francisco
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    Jul 25, 2022
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    Software Engineering Fellowship

    Amazing experience!  I've tried learning to code on my own with online tutorials and always got stuck.  It turns out pair programming-working with a partner on progressively harder problems was the key to accelerating my learning and keeping me motivated.  The instructors truly care and went above and beyond to answer questions.  It is difficult and ton of time, but if you are willing to put in the work this course can get you there.  
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  • Henry Hsu
    Henry Hsu
    Software Engineer • Graduate • Full-Time (12-week) Software Engineering Program • San Francisco
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    Jun 24, 2022
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    Hackbright changed my life

    I'm writing this review as someone that has been through multiple programs.  (Dev Bootcamp (3 months), then Holberton School (1-2 years), finally here at HackBright (3 months)).  Although I enjoyed my time with each school and each was great in different ways, the sense of camaraderie and support (both educational and personal) that I experienced here felt greatly amplified compared to my previous experiences.

    In terms of the course material, I'm comparing this with other 3 months...
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  • Gabrielle
    Shopify Intern • Student • Full-Time (12-week) Software Engineering Program • San Francisco
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    Mar 10, 2022
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    Amazing decision that changed the trajectory of my life!

    Hackbright is an amazing academy that takes you from writing some of your first lines of code to building out apps and learning in-demand technologies. Becoming a student was an amazing decision and I was taught not only how to code but how to continue my education on my own. I love the ability to come back, audit classes, join seminars, and job fairs, and forever be a part of this wonderful and welcoming community. Every teacher was patient, informative, and determined to help students ...
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  • Sam M
    Sam M
    Software Engineer • Graduate
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    Jan 28, 2022
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    Hackbright Has Heart

    Some background info on me that could be important:
    I'm a professional with 5+ years of experience but not in software engineering. I had wanted to go into software engineering for 2+ years (went to meetups, applied to other bootcamps, tried some self-learning). I did not have the internal structure, dedication, patience, nor time to self/community-learn.

    With that information, here's my review:

    I went through the 12-week full-stack remote...
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  • Mary Smith
    Mary Smith
    Chief Operations Officer • Graduate • Part-Time (24-week) Software Engineering Program • San Francisco
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    Jan 15, 2022
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    alum

    Hackbright is a quality, full-stack software engineering bootcamp exclusively for women. The curriculum is clear, comprehensive, and well organized. The instructors are excellent! They have actual work history in the tech industry and strive to teach you the things that will most likely help you to succeed in the industry. In my experience, the instructors go above and beyond to help. Several have spent time after classroom hours to help me out. This was not something I expected from the...
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  • Sharon
    Sharon
    Software engineer • Graduate • Full-Time (12-week) Software Engineering Program • San Francisco
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    Dec 01, 2021
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    hackbright alumn

    Great curriculum, amazing instructors who go above and beyond to provide help and clarification, and amazing career counselors who went out of their way to guide me through communicating with recruiters, negotiating salary, and getting my first job
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  • Tina Haiser
    Apprentice Software Engineer • Graduate
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    Oct 02, 2021
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    Excellent value

    Hackbright delivered on their promise. 3 months of education. Continued job search support. Three months later I landed the Twitter apprenticeship. As 3-month programs go, it is really tops. I couldn't ask for a more caring, supportive environment to help me get through the rigorous curriculum they provide. It was a terrifying amount of material and they got us through it while honoring our feelings about how truly difficult it was. I have had a lot of education in my life, but I have ne...
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  • whitney zilton
    whitney zilton
    Software Engineer • Graduate
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    Apr 20, 2020
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    take a bet on yourself!

    I really loved my time at Hackbright Academy. Before applying, I had looked into local bootcamps in the Minneapolis area but none of them seemed like a good fit for me. When I learned Hackbright was having a cohort in Minnesota I applied immediately! I remember reading all of the glowing reviews on course report and other sites and thinking it was too good to be true. I spent a good deal of the program thinking it was too good to be true. As a new grad, I still am looking back thinking i...
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  • Kristin
    Kristin
    Jr Software Engineer • Graduate • Full-Time (12-week) Software Engineering Program • San Francisco
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    Oct 21, 2019
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    Excellent curriculum and career support

    I chose this bootcamp because of the comfortable atmostphere and focus on work-life balance, which other bootcamps seem to lack. I had gone through the prep program and knew the quality of instructor and the environment.

    I found the curriculum to be very well thought-out and organized. My software-engineering friends were often surprised and impressed by the topics covered - "Wow, you're learning that?!". During my very first onsite interview a CEO of a tech company was looking t...

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Imogen Crispe
Imogen Crispe
Updated May 01, 2018
Manisha Patel has a background in fine arts and worked in project management at Apple, but she was always fascinated by the work of the engineers she worked beside. So she decided to enroll at all-women coding bootcamp Hackbright Academy to learn Python in a supportive environment. Now Manisha is a software engineer at Reddit, and is excited about inspiring more women to make the move into tech. She tells us why Reddit has now hired six Hackbright grads, her advice for other students ...
Imogen Crispe
Imogen Crispe
Updated May 02, 2018
In our April 2018 technology bootcamp news roundup we saw four overarching trends bootcamp acquisitions, employers putting their own employees through bootcamp, a continued debate between college vs bootcamp, and efforts to expand accessibility to coding education for underrepresented groups in tech. We also look at apprenticeships, the evolution of bootcamp curricula, life after bootcamp, and new bootcamps! Read the roundup below or listen to the podcast! Acquisitions ...
Imogen Crispe
Imogen Crispe
Updated March 29, 2018
In our March 2018 technology bootcamp news roundup, we discuss all the industry news that we've been talking about at Course Report! We have some fun celebratory announcements, we looked at news about the positive impact bootcamps are having on individuals and companies, and the debate continued between coding bootcamps and computer science degrees. We heard about some great student experiences at bootcamp, some wonderful diversity initiatives, and new scholarship opportunities. ...
Imogen Crispe
Imogen Crispe
Updated February 14, 2018
Not everyone gets into coding bootcamp on their first try. Even though Valerie Moy had been working in tech operations for five years, and had taught herself some code, she struggled in the Hackbright Academy coding challenge interview. Valerie needed stronger foundational knowledge, so she enrolled in the part-time Hackbright Prep program to strengthen her Python skills. Valerie tells us how she juggled her busy schedule to make the most of the Hackbright Prep and how the ...
Imogen Crispe
Imogen Crispe
Updated July 16, 2021
Welcome to the first News Roundup of 2018! We re already having a busy 2018 we published our latest outcomes and demographics report, and we re seeing a promising focus on diversity in tech! In January we saw a significant fundraising announcement from an online bootcamp, we saw journalists exploring why employers should hire bootcamp and apprenticeship graduates, we read about community colleges versus bootcamps and how bootcamps are helping to grow tech ecosystems. Plus, ...
Lauren Stewart
Lauren Stewart
Updated March 10, 2021
Women make up only 24% of the tech workforce, and this number could shrink to 22% over the next 10 years . The US isn t just lacking women in tech, there s a general shortage of tech talent universities only graduate about 52% of the technology workforce needed to satisfy a growing job market. Without alternative education funnels like coding bootcamps, which are particularly conducive to women, (the result of lower cost and flexibility) we won t meet those requirements. To measure ...
Lauren Stewart
Lauren Stewart
Updated January 22, 2018
A 12-week, immersive bootcamp is a long time to be away from a job and personal commitments. After hearing feedback from students, Hackbright Academy wanted to offer their students a chance to learn and change their careers, without compromising their income and work-life balance. Hackbright Academy s Senior Director of Education, Meggie Mahnken, tells us about the curriculum in their new 24-week, Part-Time Software Engineering Program, the pros and cons of learning part-time, ...
Lauren Stewart
Lauren Stewart
Updated June 12, 2023
Most high-salary industries need more diverse workers, and tech is no exception. The conversation about diversity in tech usually focuses on gender, diversity encompasses racial, socioeconomic, cognitive, and experiential differences. Think pieces and diversity reports show large tech companies admitting they have a problem and beginning to address the diversity in tech crisis, but can the industry really change? Even if companies make public commitments to hiring ...
Imogen Crispe
Imogen Crispe
Updated December 28, 2017
In our End of Year Podcast, we're rounding up the most interesting news of 2017 and covering all the trends, thought pieces, controversies and more. Many schools are hitting their 5 year anniversaries a reminder that although there is a lot going on in this industry, it s still nascent and there is still room for new innovative approaches to the bootcamp model. We ve chosen the most defining stories, and it was a very eventful year a couple of big bootcamps closed, a ton of new bootcamps ...
Imogen Crispe
Imogen Crispe
Updated December 15, 2017
Working in Silicon Valley, Vannaro Lim is always trying to find ways to encourage more diversity on engineering teams that s how he was introduced to all-women s coding bootcamp Hackbright Academy ! He s hired a number of Hackbright Academy alumnae, both in his previous role at Slack, and now as the Engineering Lead at Checkr . Vannaro tells us why companies should invest in mentorship to build diverse teams, what Checkr s technical interview process looks like, and how Hackbright ...
Imogen Crispe
Imogen Crispe
Updated December 05, 2017
October 2017 was a busy month for the coding bootcamp industry with news about growing pains in bootcamp outcomes, mergers, acquisitions, investments, a trend towards bootcamp B2B training, and diversity initiatives. To help you out, we ve collected all the most important news in this blog post and podcast. Plus, we added 12 new schools from around the world to the Course Report school directory! Read below or listen to our latest Coding Bootcamp News Roundup Podcast. Top News ...
Meggie Mahnken
Meggie Mahnken
Updated January 09, 2021
Is Python the best first coding language? What can you build with Python and what types of jobs could you get wih Python skills? Hackbright Academy s Director of Fellowship, Meggie Mahnken, explains the origins of Python, how Python is used by real developers, and why Hackbright Academy teaches Python. Here s everything a beginner needs to know about learning Python (plus some great free resources to get started). What is Python? What are the origins of Python? Why is Python is ...
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4.4
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4.2
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FAQs

How much does Hackbright Academy cost?

Hackbright Academy costs around $12,900. On the lower end, some Hackbright Academy courses like Hackbright Prep Course cost $249.

What courses does Hackbright Academy teach?

Hackbright Academy offers courses like Full-Time (12-week) Software Engineering Program, Hackbright Prep Course, Part-Time (24-week) Software Engineering Program.

Where does Hackbright Academy have campuses?

Hackbright Academy has an in-person campus in San Francisco.

Is Hackbright Academy worth it?

Hackbright Academy hasn't shared alumni outcomes yet, but one way to determine if a bootcamp is worth it is by reading alumni reviews. 108 Hackbright Academy alumni, students, and applicants have reviewed Hackbright Academy on Course Report - you should start there!

Is Hackbright Academy legit?

We let alumni answer that question. 108 Hackbright Academy alumni, students, and applicants have reviewed Hackbright Academy and rate their overall experience a 4.51 out of 5.

Does Hackbright Academy offer scholarships or accept the GI Bill?

Right now, it doesn't look like Hackbright Academy offers scholarships or accepts the GI Bill. We're always adding to the list of schools that do offer Exclusive Course Report Scholarships and a list of the bootcamps that accept the GI Bill.

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You can read 108 reviews of Hackbright Academy on Course Report! Hackbright Academy alumni, students, and applicants have reviewed Hackbright Academy and rate their overall experience a 4.51 out of 5.

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While bootcamps must be approved to operate, accreditation is relatively rare. Hackbright Academy doesn't yet share information about their accreditation status.

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