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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
    Graduate • Immersive Full Stack Software Engineering Program • Boston
    Jan 20, 2015
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    LA Grad

    A fantastic program - Dan Pickett is one of the most well-regarded leaders in the Boston ruby community, and he has put together a really great team of instructors. Awesome people, curriculum second to none. More than that, the 6-month post-grad support is real. The experience engineers at LA are really genuine people as well as stellar engineers - ping them with a question a month after the program is over and you'll get a response. If your heart is 100% in it, you...

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  • Dave Poirier
    Graduate • Immersive Full Stack Software Engineering Program • Boston
    Jan 20, 2015
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    Dave LA Review

    Prior to attending Launch Academy, I was somewhat skeptical about the bootcamp education model. Bootcamps require a large upfront tuition payment and I wasn't sure if potential employers would take these non-traditional training programs seriously.

    I found Launch Academy particularly appealing because they offered full-stack training which includes database, back-end and front-end development. After thoughtful consideration I decided to a...

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  • Anonymous
    Graduate • Immersive Full Stack Software Engineering Program • Boston
    Jan 20, 2015
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    LA 3rd Batch

    I had some background in coding before attending LA and had been doing some self study, but LA really took my abilities to the next level. I was really skeptical I could gain enough practical knowledge in 10 weeks to get a job, but I just graduated last week and already have on-site interviews with four companies lined up.

    Launch Academy also offers something you can't get through self study, an amazing atmosphere and a whole group of peo...

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  • Anonymous
    Graduate • Immersive Full Stack Software Engineering Program • Boston
    Jan 20, 2015
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    LA 2nd Batch

    Launch Academy was a great stepping stone for me. I had just graduated college, and during my last semester i began transitioning to web development. Started doing Codecademy and other tutorials online.

    I knew I lacked any prior, both educational and work, experience in computer science, so I figured the next best thing was to do a bootcamp. After doing my research and investigating, I decided Launch Academy was the best fit for me.

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  • Julissa Jansen
    Graduate • Immersive Full Stack Software Engineering Program • Boston
    Jan 20, 2015
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    Launch Academy Review

    I joined Launch Academy in February 2014 after realizing that coding was something I wanted to do. While I had very little experience with coding and most programming languages I was familiar with Ruby by attending free workshops in Boston

    I decided on Launch for a couple of reasons; it's located in Boston, they are active in the Ruby community, and I had met Launch Academy alum who had only good things to say about the boot camp model.

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  • Anonymous
    Immersive Full Stack Software Engineering Program • Boston
    Dec 29, 2014
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    A look back: 6 Months After Graduation, GREAT CHOICE

    A look back: 6 Months After Graduation

    Everyday there is a reference back to something I learned at Launch Academy. The day to day workflow of working in a Ruby web stack is very similar to what I learned at LA. Our engineering team practices test driven development, another core competency of Launch. Even the environment of Mission Control(the physical space of Launch) mimics the open floor collaborative environment that I currently work ...

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  • Caleb T
    Software engineer • Graduate • Boston
    Dec 17, 2014
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    Amazing experience! Its not easy though!

    My time at Launch Academy was a wild ride! Dont go there thinking that you'll coast through and get a great paying job afterwards... You have to put in the time and the effort to be worth your money, but if you do its 100% worth every penny! The instructors are all extreamly helpful and the challenges were all very relevant to the lectures. I would love to see more Javascript in the curriculum, but other than that I dont have any complaints. Job assistance was also great! I got ar...

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  • Daniel Greenberg
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    Sep 15, 2014
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    Daniel Greenberg Launch Academy Review

    In terms of getting bang for your buck I found that that my time at Launch Academy was more valuable than any semester I had in college, but at half the price. It's not an easy road, but if you're willing to put in the effort and embrace the life of a software developer than this is undoubtedly one of the best places to make the transition. More importantly the relationships and alumni network that Launch creates are immensely valuable, and the co-operative aspects of the program h...

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  • Anonymous
    Graduate • Immersive Full Stack Software Engineering Program • Boston
    Mar 26, 2020
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    I'd go again in a heartbeat

    Launch Academy is absolutely fantastic! I would absolutely recommend this program to anyone, but you just have to be ready for it. When they say it will take you 60-80 hours a week they mean it. It's a kiln where they melt you down and reforge your mind into something better. Not only do I know how to code now, but I also know how to think better. I know how to ask better questions. I know how to communicate better. I am overall a better person for attending this program. It was absolute...
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  • Anonymous
    Junior Software Engineer • Graduate • Immersive Full Stack Software Engineering Program • Boston
    Nov 24, 2018
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    You won't regret it!

    I don't come from a technical background, but I wanted to make a career change and looked into different bootcamps. Initially, I was (very wrongly) wary about bootcamps and about my ability to land a job after 18 weeks. Through Launch, you will learn so much more than you can believe you can in that time. I had only dabbled with code for 3 weeks prior to the beginning of the program, but the material was very well explained, for even a novice programmer. As the program progressed, the mate...

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  • Anonymous
    Graduate • Boston
    Jun 10, 2018
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    Not great, but not the worst thing possible

    I attended Launch Academy two years ago, so some of what you’re about to read may not be current. Proceed at your own caution.

    I have mixed feelings about my experience there. On the one hand I did end up getting several job interviews, out of the deal so I consider them to have fulfilled their part of our bargain. On the other, I’m not completely convinced that anything in particular about the course helped me get to that point. ...

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  • Anonymous
    Jr Full Stack Developer • Graduate • Immersive Full Stack Software Engineering Program • Boston
    Mar 16, 2018
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    Good, fast paced program

    I attended Launch Academy to switch from a non-technical field with the goal of getting a job as a developer.  Ultimately I was able to do this, but during the course I felt underprepared.  I had only taken a basic course in HTML and CSS prior to attending, and found myself struggling to keep up with the fast pace of learning.  It really takes about 6 months at least to feel comfortable with the basic concepts needed for an entry level role.  I failed one exam because of a simple typo, and...

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Launch Academy Alumni Outcomes

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Employment Rate
58%
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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
As a self-taught developer himself, Kyle Feeley appreciates coding bootcamp grads who have made an intentional career change. So as the Director of UX for online insurance marketplace EverQuote, he turned to Launch Academy in Boston to hire for his front-end development team. Kyle tells us how bootcampers can stand out to employers, the difference between college grads and Launch Academy al...
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Published March 28, 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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