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RefactorU

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RefactorU is a selective, 10-week, hands-on, immersive web application development bootcamp in Boulder, CO. Students will create applications and build a portfolio of projects to share with employers while developing a peer and advisor network for life. RefactorU collaborates with students to find jobs they love. Before, during, and after students' 10-week experience, RefactorU's career team works very hard to introduce students to hiring managers in the Denver/Boulder area as well as in other technology hotspots across the country.

RefactorU's curriculum is composed of a combination of front end, back end, and other technologies, tools, and skills. Graduates of the program will leave having mastered HTML5, CSS3, AngularJS, Node.js, JS, Sockets, MongoDB, JSON, command line skills, source control, deployment, pair progamming, Agile/Scrum, behavior-driven development, Sublime Text, interviewing, and more.

As of February 2016, RefactorU now offers Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits.

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  • Advanced Backend Web Development

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    JavaScript
    In PersonPart Time
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$39
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationOnline
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelN/A
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
  • Advanced CSS Development

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    CSS
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    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$49
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationOnline
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    Minimum Skill LevelN/A
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
  • Advanced JavaScript Development

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    JavaScript
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    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$39
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    LocationOnline
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    Minimum Skill LevelN/A
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
  • Advanced Node.js Development

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    Node.js
    In PersonPart Time
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$99
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationOnline
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    Minimum Skill LevelN/A
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
  • Full-Stack Web Development

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    MongoDB, HTML, Git, JavaScript, jQuery, CSS, Node.js
    In PersonFull Time40 Hours/week6 Weeks
    Start Date None scheduled
    Cost$13,500
    Class size25
    LocationBoulder
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Scholarship20% for retired or active service US military personnel or spouse
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelLittle to no formal programming experience is fine, but pre-work must be completed prior to the start of the program.
    Prep WorkApproximately 40 - 50 hours
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewYes
  • Getting Started as a Web Developer

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    Git
    In PersonPart Time
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$9
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationOnline
    Financing
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    Minimum Skill LevelN/A
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
  • Intermediate JavaScript Development

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    JavaScript
    In PersonPart Time
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$69
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    LocationOnline
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    Minimum Skill LevelN/A
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
  • Introduction to CSS Development

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    CSS
    In PersonPart Time
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$89
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    LocationOnline
    Financing
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    Minimum Skill LevelN/A
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
  • Introduction to HTML

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    HTML
    In PersonPart Time
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$19
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationOnline
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    Minimum Skill LevelN/A
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
  • Introduction to HTML & CSS

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    HTML, CSS
    In PersonPart Time1 Week
    Start Date None scheduled
    Cost$999
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationBoulder
    This course provides expert instruction + best-in-class curriculum with hands-on, in-depth learning. Curriculum and exercises based on RefactorU's 10-Week Full-Stack Immersive Bootcamp. Personalized help from expert developers. In-class projects and exercises. Group solution reviews. Pair programming learning structures to maximize learning opportunities. Lifetime access to RefactorU’s “Introduction to HTML” and “Introduction to CSS Development” online courses ($108 value), which includes: 18 videos with over 90 minutes of lectures and explanations. 5 practice exercises to help you master the basics. 12 external resource files.
    Financing
    DepositN/A
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    Minimum Skill LevelN/A
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
  • Introduction to JavaScript

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    JavaScript
    In PersonPart Time4 Weeks
    Start Date None scheduled
    Cost$999
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationBoulder
    This course provides expert instruction + best-in-class curriculum with hands-on, in-depth learning. Curriculum and exercises based on RefactorU's 10-Week Full-Stack Bootcamp. Personalized help from expert developers. In-class projects and exercises. Group solution reviews. Pair programming learning structures to maximize learning opportunities. Lifetime access to RefactorU’s “Introduction to JavaScript Development” online course ($29 value), which includes: 19 videos with over 35 minutes of lectures and explanations. 4 exercises to help you master basic JavaScript concepts. 3 external resource files.
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelN/A
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
  • Introduction to JavaScript Development

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    JavaScript
    In PersonPart Time
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$29
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationOnline
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelN/A
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
  • Introduction to jQuery

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    jQuery
    In PersonPart Time
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$59
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationBoulder, Online
    Financing
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    Minimum Skill LevelN/A
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
  • Introduction to Node.js Development

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    Node.js
    In PersonPart Time
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$59
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationOnline
    Financing
    DepositN/A
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    Minimum Skill LevelN/A
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
  • Introduction to Node.js & MongoDB

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    Node.js
    In PersonPart Time6 Hours/week3 Weeks
    Start Date None scheduled
    Cost$999
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationBoulder
    This course provides expert instruction + best-in-class curriculum with hands-on, in-depth learning. Curriculum and exercises based on RefactorU's 10-Week Full-Stack Bootcamp. Personalized help from expert developers. In-class projects and exercises. Group solution reviews. Pair programming learning structures to maximize learning opportunities. Lifetime access to RefactorU’s “Introduction to Node.js” and “Working with MongoDB” online courses ($88 value), which includes: 25 videos with over 2 hours of lectures and explanations. 9 exercises to help you master Node.js and MongoDB concepts. 9 external resource files.
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelN/A
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
  • Introduction to Unit Testing

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    In PersonPart Time
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$19
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationOnline
    Financing
    DepositN/A
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    Minimum Skill LevelN/A
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
  • Working with MongoDB

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    Cost$29
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    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo

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  • My 2cents
    - 8/7/2016
    Jeff DiPallo • Dude • Graduate
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    I attended the May 2016 Cohort. Just finished up a couple of weeks ago.

    I had an overall great experience. Perfect? No. Please, nothing is. However, I feel there are things every student at least should do: 1) Show up to class 2) Collaborate with the instructors and fellow classmates 3) Do the work 4) Show up with a final project and present something. Anything. For those who are critiquing: if you have not completed any of these? Then your evaluation of the school is shall I say fairly meaningless. I mean really. Lets move on.

    I think the pace and content of a 10 week bootcamp can be intense. Rewarding, but intense. I personally have a software programming background and I was very happy for that. It helped me immensely - for me to not feel overwhelmed and to work through the exercises with a bit of confidence. My personal recommendation is if you are not technical and have zero background, either prepare very well in advance or perhaps a 6-month bootcamp is for you.

    You will go through a great deal of material quickly. It seems to speed up after the mid-point. There are times when something is presented once, twice and then there is an exercise. That's it. You certainly can ask an instructor to revisit something and they will. But, really you are on the next thing and your brain is getting full. Refactor does have "break-out" groups once/week which students can pretty much ask anything (part of the curriculum or not) and you spend a couple of hours talking and going over these random topics. It is a nice review perhaps or a maybe a side topic you might want to integrate into one of your projects.

    RefactorU points out that a work/life balance is very important. I love that aspect of the school. However, prepare to work a bit at night and perhaps a little on the weekends. From what I have heard, this is still nothing compared to some other bootcamps. Just remember, you will have a full stack working app by your final. That alone is a great linkedin, resume & github selling point.

    Most of the instructors were great. Super approachable, knowledgeable and always willing to answer a question. My recommendation to RefactorU is to continue to hire and keep top-notch instructors with at least some industry experience.

    Pattie, the communications director was always working for us, letting us know when applicable Meetups were happening around town and checking in asking us if we needed anything. She is always willing to meet and chat and has great ideas revolved around companies in the area and how to network.

    RefactorU now has a dedicated full time job assistance team who thus far are awesome. They are an asset. Keep up the good work! No, they are getting you a job. You have to do the work. However, they will assist with your resume, linkedin page and job interview.

    I love to study and learn new things. If I could, I would go to school for a longer time than 10 weeks. However, that is just not feasible for me. The tuition at RefactorU was lower than some. But, if you divide the tuition by the number weeks and compare to other schools, maybe it is more.

    I will check back in with ya'all about my job search and job landing to give you a perspective on how companies are viewing bootcamp grads.

    Thanks for reading.

     

  • Kevin S. • Web developer • Graduate
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    RefactorU provided an unforgettable experience during my time there. They offer a one of kind learning environment with extremely knowledgable and helpful instructors and staff. Their support is second to none in providing students with everything they need to be succesful regardless of their knowledge coming into the program. 

    The location in Boulder also offers plenty of non-coding amenities like hiking, great restaurants and lots of brewery’s. I would highly recommend anyone interested in furthering their programming knowledge or looking for career in web development to consider RefactorU. 

  • Eric A • Graduate
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    I could not imagine the course being more comprehensive and astronomically useful. I left Boulder with a formidable arsenal of knowledge that has drastically changed the landscape of my career. I am returning to a position I already held with a confidence I did not fully expect, and the ability to fulfill so many roles in my day to day.

    The course was phenomenal, but the staff was paramount to the experience as well. The assistants were tirelessly helpful, patient and excelled at guiding the students and promoting the most nurturing learning environment this side of any educational establishment. The instructors, armed with boundless wealths of knowledge, were always approachable, accessible and encouraging as well.

    While I am one of very few who did't seek job placement immediately after graduating, the resources and help they provided for those who were looking seemed above and beyond what I would have expected.

    I can't endorse RefactorU enough. What I thought would be a good course to help me learn rudimentary web development proved to be nothing short of a life-changing experience, while making lifelong connections with some great people in the lovely city of Boulder.

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    - 7/30/2015
    Jonathan S • Full-Stack Developer • Graduate
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    Amazing curriclum with great instructors. After 10 weeks at RefactorU I have a better paying and more fulfilling job than I did after 4 years of college. RefactorU gets your there quick, but doesnt take shortcuts. In my opinion there is no reason to spend 6+ months at other bootcamps when Refactor can help you reach your goal (getting a job) in 10 weeks. 

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    Pros: 
    - Get your feet wet and a basis of what it takes to create websites

    Cons: 
    - Totally disorganized 
    - No job support after you graduate 
    - Poor TAs 
    - No accountability (you can ignore all the exercises and activities and no one will probably notice or care) 
    - Accepts students who probably shouldnt have been accepted (In the last two weeks of the cohort there was a student in our class who still couldnt write basic html.. and he wasn't getting any help.)

    There was a TA that was supposed to show up once to help on a weekend and they just never showed up. They didn't have a style guide that they followed so certain instructors didnt know how to read the code in particular styles. During the final project where you were told that there was going to be prospective companies looking to hire there were no company recruiters that showed up. The job fair at the end of the cohort was a joke. There were only 5 companies there. Not all of them were even hiring.

    Response From: Ed Powers of RefactorU
    Title: Chief Operating Officer
    Wednesday, Sep 21 2016
    We’re sorry your RefactorU experience did not meet your expectations. While we may not agree on every point you make, certain issues you raise have concerned us as well. Below are some improvements we’ve made since then.

    The job fair we hosted on June 16 was disappointing for all of us. We had over a dozen companies confirmed to attend, but many canceled at the last minute or simply didn’t show. The same was true for job seekers. Our career fairs typically draw 20-25 employers and 100-200 prospective employees from around the area, so these results were a surprise. We concluded that several factors impacted attendance at this event, most notably the timing during a popular summer vacation period, and the steady increase in competing requests for employers to participate. In response, we have renewed our strategy to hold fewer, larger job fairs and to collaborate with other partners (including bootcamp competitors) to produce them. For example, unlike the June event, the recent Denver Start-up Week job fair we promoted and co-sponsored was a tremendous success. 

    It’s important to note that simply attending career fairs, like responding to online postings, has limited effectiveness. We stress during every cohort that attending Meetups, networking, and directly approaching potential employers tend to be much more productive. 

    To address an increasingly competitive job market we have made strategic investments to help our students and alumni be more successful. We recently hired Gary Boley and Scott Bowman, veteran Career Services professionals with over 17 years of collective experience with schools like Arizona State, University of Wisconsin, and Florida Institute of Technology. They’ve revamped our Career Services education program and now provide 1:1 coaching from classroom to hire. They also support (at no additional fee) all RefactorU alumni desiring a change to tune up their resumes or brush up on interviewing skills. In addition, Gary and Scott are reaching out and building relationships with employers, large and small, to develop and implement faster, more effective ways to tap RefactorU’s talent pool. 

    You can reach our Career Services team here:

    Gary Boley, Director of Career Services
    gary@refactoru.com
    720-441-2633 x116

    Scott Bowman, Career Services Coordinator
    scott@refactoru.com
    720-441-2633 x114

    Regarding one of your other comments, we’d like to underscore another key point. RefactorU is not a traditional school. It’s self-directed, adult education in which students are accountable for their own learning. We provide quality instruction, challenging exercises, and comprehensive learning assistance. Unlike other coding bootcamps, we don’t “cut” students who fail to meet arbitrary criteria along the way. All students must meet our admissions criteria and final graduation requirements, but each gets gets out of the experience what they invest in it. The final project, which demonstrates the skills the student has acquired, matters most. When it’s a well-designed, technically innovative solution to a problem, employers take notice. When students meet only minimum criteria, employers are unimpressed. Once again, the choice is up to the student, as are the consequences that result from the decision. 

Student Outcomes

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96%
Graduation Rate
96%
Employed
$64,140
Median Salary

RefactorU has an acceptance rate of 31%, of which 82% of accepted students enroll in a course. Of the students who enroll at RefactorU, 96% graduate. 96% are hired in technical roles within 120 days and report an average income of $64,140.

Matriculation Information

Accepted

109

Enrolled

89

Graduated

85

Job Seeking

75


Job Seeking Graduates Placed:

45%

30 days

73%

60 days

92%

90 days

96%

120 days

100%

After 120 days


Employment Breakdown:

This chart shows the breakdown of roles for job-seeking graduates.

Notes & Caveats:

This reflects data collected through the Summer of 2015. We will revise and update with 2016 statistics as data becomes available.