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Launch School

Average Rating4.84
92 Reviews
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Launch School is an online program for studious beginners whose goal is to become professional developers. The program focuses on fundamentals of programming and software engineering including core problem solving, programming language fundamentals, object-oriented programming, networking, databases, and guides students through a structured path of building up proficiency in software development.  The program consists of two main phases: Core Curriculum and Capstone. ...

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  • Cristian Rennella
    Cristian Rennella
    CEO elMejorTrato.com • Graduate • Core Curriculum • Online
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    May 09, 2018
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    It was the best investment of my time that I made. Even better than going to university!.

    At the beginning of 2017, I started with the course. I had many doubts because there were several other programs on the Internet, but I was lucky to choose this one and I want to help other people who may be going through this situation.

    If you are looking for a course where they teach you the fundamentals on which to build your career, this is the course for you. But if you're looking for shortcuts or something quick, then this is not your best option.

    After having fin...

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  • Roy Huang
    Roy Huang
    Rails Develper • Student • Core Curriculum • Online
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    Apr 18, 2018
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    Best decision I have ever made for my career

    I decided to start learning programming when I was 27. I tried many different resources on the Internet, either paid or free tutorials, but none of them really worked out. I mean, those are really great resources, however, I never felt I was able to achieve anything or build my own project after finishing the lessons. Then I came across Launch School.

    I was looking for lessons that are systematic and intense. After browsing the sy...

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  • Sonia
    Student • Core Curriculum • Online
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    Mar 27, 2018
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    The real deal that leads to a sustainable software engineering career

    I’ve been with Launch School for over one year, and am happy to share that thanks to Launch School, I landed a Software Engineering Team Lead position at a multinational tech consultancy. Aside from being a good resource for beginners, Launch School has proven transformational to me as a prior startup founder with a few years of programming experiences and a MS in Software Engineering.

    My intention with this testimonial is simple: no matter what cool things one has done, know...

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  • Jamie
    Jamie
    Senior Developer • Student • Core Curriculum • Online
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    Mar 17, 2018
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    Best online web courses

    LaunchSchool helped me to transform from Software Developer to Full Stack Developer.
      My background is C++/C# in enterprise software, but the city I am living in has more opportunities for Web Developer, after hours investigation and studies, I finally chose LaunchSchool to help me do the transformation, and it has been proven to be the best decision I made in recent years. I have experience in OOP and Web Services, what I miss is cool web stuff, so I directly jump to Fr...
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  • Steve
    Steve
    Senior Lead Frontend UI Developer • Graduate • Core Curriculum • Online
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    Feb 27, 2018
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    Rigorous, Flexible Program Centered on Mastery

    Launch School does a better job describing its curriculum and philosophy than I could, so I'll focus on the results in my life due to their focus on 'mastery-based learning'. Before starting Launch School I had done a small bit of HTML and CSS, I had a digital marketing background, and that's about it regarding my experience of websites. I was in a 'Web Specialist' role at a small, non-tech-savvy organization, that entailed digital marketing and basic frontend work, and I decided t...
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  • Bob Rodes
    Bob Rodes
    Graduate • Core Curriculum • Online
    Nov 15, 2022
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    Superlative

    I was not a typical Launch School student. While most people who join are switching from something else early to mid-career, I joined as a 62-year-old software developer with over 30 years of experience, with the goal of bringing my skill set up to date. It worked out very well for me.

    I had taught myself enough HTML, CSS and jQuery to put a decent website together, but I wanted to get strong skills in JavaScript and improve my HTML and CSS. As it turned out, I was taken way beyon...
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  • Austin Miller
    Austin Miller
    Software Engineer • Graduate • The Capstone Program • Online
    Jan 27, 2022
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    Life Changing Education

      Launch School’s Core and Capstone programs are life-changing experiences. It’s difficult to overstate how much they already have and will continue to improve my life for the rest of my working years. Everyone has that dream of making six figures, but Launch School helped me achieve it.   However, as Chris and everyone at Launch School will happily tell you, the program is no easy feat! Over the course of about a year and a half and around two thousand five hundred hours, I w...
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  • Adam
    Adam
    Software Engineer • Graduate • The Capstone Program • Online
    Jan 24, 2022
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    Launch School Changed My Life

    Launch School helped me switch careers and changed my life! After spending 1 year and 7 months going through the Core and Capstone program, I am now making more than 3 times my previous salary while working completely from home with tons of flexibility.
    I felt lost. I was about to turn 40 years old, and I was not fully satisfied with my current job, but I had no idea what else I could do for work. A friend of mine pointed me in Launch School’s direction, and I im...
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  • Mike del Rio
    Mike del Rio
    Software Developer • Graduate • The Capstone Program • Online
    Jan 08, 2022
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    Excellent All Around

    Before diving into my review a bit of context about me: before starting Launch School I had dabbled in a bit of self directed learning on and off into programming basics but on the whole was a true beginner. I was looking to transition to a second career and first heard of Launch School on a podcast. I've been working as a software developer a little over a year now and I truly can't imagine how else I would be at my current job, and excelling at it, without Launch School. 

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  • Dorey Miller
    Dorey Miller
    SDE II • Graduate • The Capstone Program • Online
    Oct 18, 2021
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    100% worth it

    I can't really say enough how much I value the experience I had going through both Launch School Core Curriculum and their Capstone program.  When I started Core, I had just a little bit of development experience, and my knowledge and understanding of programming was very limited.  I wanted a deep understanding of programming fundamentals that would provide me a solid foundation for a career as a software engineer.   
    I worked through the Ruby track, and each of ...
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  • Mark
    Mark
    Jun 25, 2021
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    Not worth it. Not practical. Waste of time

    I’m a Javascript grad from LS and this course isn’t worth it at all. There are no projects. Self studying will take less time than LS and there is much better material out there for much cheaper. The study sessions are weird, the instructors can snitch on you to the Owner of LS if you don’t do well in the sessions. My advice would be to get on Udemy or Youtube and you can get the exact same material, with less typos and grammatical mistakes and for much much cheaper.
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    Chris Lee of Launch School

    Founder

    Jun 28, 2021

    Hi Mark,

    I'm sorry to hear about your bad experience at Launch School. I've always maintained that student-school fit is really important and just because it didn't occur here doesn't mean the student can't succeed or that the school is bad. No program can be a good fit for every student. The key, in my opinion, is being able to leave the school immediately if there's not a good fit. 

    We designed Launch School with this primary idea in mind -- that anyone can leave Launch School at any time if it doesn't feel right. I'm wondering why you decided to finish the JavaScript track despite negative feelings? If it was something that we did to make you feel that you had to stay at Launch School, please let me know as I want to improve and that's not the feeling I want people to have. We are against educational entrapment. 

    My goal is to build the most student-centric program and that, imo, centers around be transparent and allowing people to come and go as they please. Most places make it very easy to sign up but impossible to leave. We are the opposite: it's very difficult to pay us money (we require a manual admissions process), but it's very easy to leave (self service to stop anytime). 

    In any case, if you still feel wronged by your experience at Launch School, please send me an email (chris@launchschool.com) and I'll see what I an do to make it right.  
  • Ben Z
    Ben Z
    Software Developer • Graduate • Online
    May 14, 2021
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    Laying the Foundation for Growth

        The Core Program does a great job of laying a solid foundation for growth. Interviewers were always impressed to learn about Launch School’s chapters on reading documentation and PEDAC. In the age of Bootcamps, the ability to solve problems and find answers is rare in new graduates, and Launch School’s emphasis on this pays off very well.
        That payoff is easy to see in yourself as well. During my interview process, I was asked numerous times to build small...
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4.8
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FAQs

How much does Launch School cost?

Launch School costs around $199. On the lower end, some Launch School courses like The Capstone Program cost $0.

What courses does Launch School teach?

Launch School offers courses like Core Curriculum, The Capstone Program.

Where does Launch School have campuses?

Launch School teaches students Online in a remote classroom.

Is Launch School worth it?

Launch School hasn't shared alumni outcomes yet, but one way to determine if a bootcamp is worth it is by reading alumni reviews. 92 Launch School alumni, students, and applicants have reviewed Launch School on Course Report - you should start there!

Is Launch School legit?

We let alumni answer that question. 92 Launch School alumni, students, and applicants have reviewed Launch School and rate their overall experience a 4.84 out of 5.

Does Launch School offer scholarships or accept the GI Bill?

Right now, it doesn't look like Launch School 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.

Can I read Launch School reviews?

You can read 92 reviews of Launch School on Course Report! Launch School alumni, students, and applicants have reviewed Launch School and rate their overall experience a 4.84 out of 5.

Is Launch School accredited?

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

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