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Launch Academy

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Launch Academy is a full-time, 18-week program with a part-time, 8-week online phase and then a full-time, 10-week course in Boston, Massachusetts. After this immersive learning experience, aspiring software developers will be transformed into contributing members of the development community. The core curriculum is built on JavaScript, React, Ruby on Rails, HTML, and CSS. Students learn from building real products under the guidance of experienced software enginee...

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  • Anonymous
    Jr Software Engineer • Graduate
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    Mar 21, 2018
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    Amazing Experience

    I decided to make a career change after 8 years and on the recommendation of a former graduate I attended Launch Academy.

    I highly recommend Launch Academy to anyone looking to learn web development. The staff is enthusiastic, engaging, and incredibly knowledgeable.

    While I'm sure every cohort is different the sense of community that grew over our 12 weeks together on campus was amazing.

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  • Warren
    Graduate • Immersive Full Stack Software Engineering Program • Boston
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    Mar 31, 2017
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    Great education, awesome community

    I just recently graduated from Launch Academy, so I've had experience with both the curriculum as well as the post graduation support. I can only say good things about both! They crammed as much as could fit in our heads, and have been working hard to find us positions since graduating. The one complaint I have is that the coursework could be a little rough around the edges at times, due to the fact that they're constantly changing it to keep up with trends and new tech. Generally it was m...

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  • Francis
    Graduate • Immersive Full Stack Software Engineering Program • Boston
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    Mar 27, 2017
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    Junior Full-Stack Web Developer

    Attending Launch Academy was one of the best decisions I've ever made. I had recently relocated and unable to get any momentum in a new city with no professional network. Coding was always in my peripheral, but I had never actually taken the plunge until I started to look into bootcamps. Launch Academy really focused on Web Development moreso than others, so I dove in.

    You'll initially spend 8 weeks online learning fundamentals, slowly ramping up to the 10-week online program whe...

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  • Robert Petrowsky
    Graduate • Immersive Full Stack Software Engineering Program • Boston
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    Mar 15, 2017
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    Great program, just wait if you are young and not financially stable.

    Hello,

    I graduated two years ago from Launch Academy. First of all I loved my experience there. I learned fast and was easily one of the top performing students of my class. I was also 19 and spent all of my inheritance on the program and paying for rent/food during the program. When it was finished I accepted the first job I was offered rather quickly(2 months) as I was then living off of a credit card. The job was a contract for an extremely small start up(4 people). They told ...

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  • Denny
    Junior Full Stack Developer • Graduate • Immersive Full Stack Software Engineering Program • Boston
    Jun 03, 2022
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    This will pay for itself in three months

    I, like you, was unhappy with my career and looking to make a large-scale change.  I chose software/web development because of the salary floor being higher than I was currently earning by nearly half, and the remote work/15-foot commute across the hallway was too good to pass up on.

    Launch starts nice and slow with 8 weeks at home, part time, learning the basics with decent access to instructors to ask questions, as well as full-exercise live coding sessions.  In several cases yo...
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  • Ross
    Quality Assurance Engineer • Graduate • Immersive Full Stack Software Engineering Program • Boston
    Apr 21, 2021
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    The Best Decision I've Ever Made

    Before the COVID-19 pandemic I was an Improv Comedian. I had been looking to develop  another career at some point, but after all the theaters shut down I was left on unemployment without a clear direction. Launch Academy was recommended to me by a friend from my theater and it ended up being the best decision I've ever made. 

    Launch took me from working nights, to a brand new career in the technology industry. It has a challenging but fair curriculum. It also does an excellent jo...
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  • Amy Lieberman
    Software Engineer • Graduate • Immersive Full Stack Software Engineering Program • Boston
    Nov 26, 2019
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    Great Place to Begin a Career in Web Development!

    I had a great experience at Launch Academy and certainly learned a lot! The curriculum is consistently updated to keep up with version updates and industry popularity. The program is impeccably well run and I learned multiple new things every single day. The program included a 2-week group project and a 2-week individual project.

    I chose to apply to Launch Academy for the following reasons and they ring true:

    10 weeks in-person: Nothing can quite replace the fac...
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  • Alex
    Graduate • Immersive Full Stack Software Engineering Program • Boston
    Nov 21, 2019
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    Aviod - Worse than Self Teaching

    Maybe times of changed, but 5 years out I can honestly say LA is a waste of time. After graduating I thought it was a scam, designed to just suck money out of people. The cost is massive and theyre excited to sign anyone up. Job support after was laughable. The career fair is there only get you past the point where they can drain your wallet, without a care in where you land. Most of the people in my cohort ended up in horrible body shop.

    The instructors are a...

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  • Shani
    Software Developer • Graduate • Immersive Full Stack Software Engineering Program • Boston
    Nov 21, 2019
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    Launch Academy graduate

    I had a fantastic experience at Launch Academy in Boston. The instructors were really knowledgeable and the curriculum was both organized and presented well. Launch works hard to keep their curriculum current, so we learned some really "hot off the presses" technology that will be incredibly useful at our future jobs. Launch encouraged pair programming, collaboration, and test-driven development, all skills that are extremely desirable. In the last two weeks of the program, each Launcher i...

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  • Sidney Castro
    Graduate • Boston
    Jul 20, 2018
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    TO ALL YOUNG ASPIRING WEB DEVELOPERS WHO ARE UNHAPPY WITH THEIR CURRENT CHOICE OF MAJOR

    Nowadays I love to talk all about how much I love coding. But, it wasn’t always like that. In fact, for all of my college career (this is not an exaggeration), I struggled figuring out what I wanted to do. Every time I switched focus, it still felt like I was taking the wrong turn. I felt horrible about myself. So I signed for signed up for Launch Academy and have never felt more whole in my life. Life makes so much more sense now, and I would like for everyone to kn...

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  • T Wilson
    Graduate • Web Development • Philadelphia
    Mar 01, 2018
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    Great courses, poor support

    Launch Academy did a god job of passing along develepment skills to our class.  They did, however, fail entirely at Career Services for a decent chunk of us.  They boast an 88% placement rate for students and I would be surprised if they achieved half of that in reality.

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  • Nathan Wright
    Sales Engineer • Graduate • Immersive Full Stack Software Engineering Program • Boston
    Jan 04, 2018
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    A Year After Finishing

    I graduated the LA program as part of the Fall 2016 cohort. Overall, my experience was terrific - the staff, curriculum, environment - everything exceeded my expectations before I joined. I originally signed up to launch academy as a way to change my career path - I had been stuck in the same job for a few years, and it felt like the right fit. The school did a great job introducing basic concepts and easing students into the course with the part-time program before the on site weeks, but ...

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Launch Academy Alumni Outcomes

97%
Employment Rate
58%
Graduation Rate
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Median Salary
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100% of students intended to seek in-field employment within 180 days of graduating. 0% of students did not intend to seek in-field employment. Below is the 180 Day Employment Breakdown for 30 graduates included in report:
180 Day employment breakdown
Employed in-field96.7%
Full-time employee73.3%
Full-time apprenticeship, internship or contract position23.3%
Short-term contract, part-time, or freelance0.0%
Started a new company or venture after graduation0.0%
Not seeking in-field employment3.3%
Employed out-of-field0.0%
Continuing to higher education0.0%
Not seeking a job for health, family, or personal reasons3.3%
Still seeking job in-field0.0%
Could not contact0.0%
salary breakdown
Notes and Caveats
Read the full Launch Academy CIRR Report here.

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Published May 17, 2017
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Launch Academy costs around $17,500.

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Launch Academy offers courses like Immersive Full Stack Software Engineering Program.

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Launch Academy has an in-person campus in Boston.

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