In our last installment, we highlighted the most selective coding bootcamps. To recap, coding bootcamps are designed to train students for a full-time job as an entry-level developer by providing an intensive immersive learning program in an 8 to 12 week period (sometimes longer). The goal of these camps are to train you with the skills that employers are demanding without wasting any time. The price tag on these programs are high, ranging from $5-36K! However, a good bootcamp will land you a job with a $60K starting salary (or more), so the ROI makes the investment worthwhile. In this article, we expand on the original list and have separated programs into two kinds of bootcamps: the bootcamps that provide you with job placement or assistance, and everything else. At minimum, a good coding bootcamp should throw an end-of-term job-fair and offer a partial-tuition refund to students hired through their employer-network.

If you plan to go to coding bootcamp, get prepared to eat, sleep, and breathe code!

Bootcamps with Refunds and Job Fairs

app-academy-logoApp Academy – San Francisco, New York

App Academy is a laboratory-style coding program. There are very few lectures and most of your day is spent on actual coding projects. The program only requires you to pay tuition after you get a developer job. It reports that 95% of their graduates find developer jobs with an average salary of $90k.

Cost 18% of your first-year salary if hired as a developer
Required Experience None
Languages Ruby on Rails
Class Size 20
Class Length 12 weeks
Hours/Week 80-100hrs/wk
Sessions/Year 11
Application Standard application + coding tests + interview
Job Assistance Yes
Refund None, graduates only pay tuition if they find a developer job.
Financial Aid Graduates only pay tuition if they find a developer job.
Payment Plan $13,000 upfront, or $15,000 payment plan, or 18% of first-job salary over a 6-month plan after being hired as a developer.
Contact Info contact@appacademy.io

thoughtbotApprentice – San Francisco, Boston

Apprentice is a specialized apprentice program geared towards intermediate developers with previous coding experience. Selected apprentices are assigned a mentor and work along side professional developers and designers on real projects. The program pays a weekly stipend and successful apprentices receive job offers.

Cost None, students receive $500/wk living-stipend
Required Experience A qualified design apprentice will have experience with graphic design for the web or iOS as well as HTML and CSS. The well-qualified developer candidate will be at an intermediate level with Ruby on Rails.
Languages Full-stack
Class Size Each student assigned a mentor
Class Length 3 months
Hours/Week Full-time
Sessions/Year Multiple
Application Standard application + placement test + interview
Job Assistance Yes
Refund NA
Financial Aid $500/week
Payment Plan NA
Contact Info apply@apprentice.io

code-fellowsCode Fellows – Seattle

Code Fellow’s bootcamps are split into two-levels: Silver and Gold. If you complete the Gold-level bootcamp without a $60k job-offer nine months after graduating, you’ll get a full-tuition refund. Code Fellows offers four kinds of bootcamps: Ruby-on-Rails, Javascript, Python, and Objective-C & Cocoa.

Cost $4,000 Silver, $5,000 Gold
Required Experience None, but previous software engineering experience strongly recommended
Languages Ruby-on-Rails, Javascript, Python, Objective-C & Cocoa
Class Size 20
Class Length 8 weeks
Hours/Week 30+
Sessions/Year 12
Application Standard application + prep work + interview
Job Assistance Yes
Refund Full refund if you don’t find a job in 9 months.
Financial Aid Partial scholarships for select students
Payment Plan Payment Plan$1,000 deposit with monthly plan ; 10% for upfront paymen
Contact Info Contact Form

dev-bootcampDev Bootcamp – San Francisco, Chicago

Dev Bootcamp is an “apprenticeship program on steroids.” Relative novices can become a pro in the standard program in 9 weeks, with the option to extend into an optional 3-week long “Phase 4.” In 2012, Dev Bootcamp claimed that 90% of its graduates were hired within two months of graduation.

Cost $12,000
Required Experience None
Languages Ruby on Rails, Full-stack
Class Size 16-20
Class Length 9 weeks
Hours/Week Full-time
Sessions/Year 15
Application Standard application + pre-work + interview
Job Assistance Yes
Refund $5,000 if hired through job program
Financial Aid $500 discount for women, minorities, and bets
Payment Plan Payment Plan$1,000 deposit, upfront payment
Contact Info hello@devbootcamp

fullstack-academyFullstack Academy – New York

Fullstack Academy focuses on training beginner web developers and goes beyond just getting its students a job. Its instructors of have started and exited from successful startups. It offers a semester-end “Demo Day” and a partial refund to students hired through their employer network.

Cost $12,000
Required Experience None
Languages Full-stack
Class Size Varies
Class Length 10 weeks
Hours/Week Full-time
Sessions/Year  Multiple
Application Standard application + pre-work + interview
Job Assistance  Yes
Refund $4,000 if hired through job placement program
Financial Aid None
Payment Plan Upfront
Contact Info hello@fullstackacademy.com

flat iron schoolFlatiron School – New York City

Flatiron School is programming bootcamp with web development, iOS, and Ruby tracks and their teachers are known for the passion for teaching programming. There is also a very strong focus on community. It offers a term-end job fair and a partial refund if hired through their job-placement program.

Cost $12,000
Required Experience None for Ruby and web development, basic coding for iOS
Languages Web development, Ruby on Rails, iOS development
Class Size 20
Class Length 12 weeks
Hours/Week Full-time
Sessions/Year 3
Application Standard application + pre-work + interview
Job Assistance Yes
Refund $4,000 if accepted through hiring program
Financial Aid Limited number of scholarships for women and ethnic minorities
Payment Plan Upfront plan
Contact Info info@flatironschool.com

gschoolgSchool – Denver, Colorado

gSchool is a full-stack web development program with carefully selected instructors are who bring subject matter expertise, and have significant education and/or professional experience. It offers a full-tuition refund if you do not receive a $60k job-offer three months after graduating.

Cost $20,000
Required Experience None
Languages Ruby, Full-stack
Class Size 24
Class Length 6 months
Hours/Week Full-time
Sessions/Year None
Application Standard application + interview + video
Job Assistance Yes
Refund Full- if unable to find $60k developer job after graduating
Financial Aid Select $5k scholarships
Payment Plan $5,000 deposit with $199/month for five years
Contact Info info@gschool.it

hackbright academyHackbright Academy – San Francisco

Hackbright is unique in that is a women-only program. Its 10-week program is designed to help women become awesome programmers and is sponsored by Facebook. It offers a partial tuition refund if hired through its job-placement program. Sorry, no dudes allowed!

Cost $12,000
Required Experience None
Languages Python, HTML/CSS, NoSQL,
Class Size 20
Class Length Varies
Hours/Week Full-time
Sessions/Year 3
Application Application + 2 Interviews + Optional Coding Challenge
Job Assistance Yes
Refund $3,000 if hired via job program
Financial Aid Full-tuition scholarship for one student/term
Payment Plan Full-refund within first two weeks if unsatisfied
Contact Info hello@hackbrightacademy.com

hack-reactorHack Reactor – San Francisco

Hack Reactor claims to turn amateurs to pros in only 12 weeks and boasts that 100% of its alumni are now software engineers with average starting salaries of six figures. Hack Reactor students work on paid professional projects throughout the duration of the bootcamp.

Cost $17,780
Required Experience Basic Javascript-familiarity recommended, not required; beginners will write code during application
Languages LearnedFull-stack (Backbone.js, Node.js, Ruby-on-Rails)
Class Size 16
Class Length 12 weeks
Hours/Week 70
Sessions/Year 8
Application Standard application + placement test + pre-work+2 interviews (1 technical, 1 for cultural fit)
Job Assistance Yes
Refund None
Financial Aid $1,000 scholarship for women and minorities, 2 limited $1,000 scholarships available
Payment Plan Initial Deposit$2,000 down-payment
Contact Info contact@hackreactor.com

hacker-schoolHacker School – New York

Completely “language-and-framework-agnostic”, without “grades, teachers, and formal curricula,” Hacker School is the place for programmers who love to code so much, they’d do it in their sleep. Hacker School is completely free for students because it’s funded by start-ups who recruit from the program. Around 40% of its students are female.

Cost Free
Required Experience Significant experience required
Languages Any
Class Size Varies
Class Length 3 months
Hours/Week 30
Sessions/Year 3
Application Standard application + interview
Job Assistance Yes
Refund NA
Financial Aid Limited number of $5,000 need-based grants for women
Payment Plan NA
Contact Info founders@hackerschool.com

hungry-academyHungry Academy – Washington DC

Hungry Academy is an intensive program that trains (and pays) you to become a developer. It offers students a living stipend for the full 5 months in the program. Those who make it through the program are a guaranteed a position on LivingSocial’s development team.

Cost None. Students receive living-stipend.
Required Experience None
Languages Ruby-on-Rails
Class Size 24
Class Length 5 months
Hours/Week Full-time
Sessions/Year 1
Application Standard application + personal video
Job Assistance Yes, 18-month commitment job-offer at successful completion of program
Refund NA
Financial Aid Salary
Payment Plan NA
Contact Info hungryacademy@jumpstartlab.com

launch_academyLaunch Academy – Boston, New York

The Launch Academy  program teaches its students via providing practical knowledge, learning by doing, and team collaboration. In addition to an end-of-the-term job fair, it also provides a partial-tuition refund and a 6-month career mentoring to students after graduation. It has only one location in Boston and will remain that way (atleast for 2014).

Cost $12,500
Required Experience None
Languages Full Stack
Class Size 30
Class Length 10 weeks
Hours/Week Full-time
Sessions/Year Multiple
Application application + coding challenge + interview
Job Assistance Yes
Refund 2% of annual salary if hired
Financial Aid $500 scholarship for women, ethnic minorities, and veterans
Payment Plan 24-month payment plan available, $2,500 discount with upfront payment
Contact Info Contact Form

mobile-makersMobile Makers – Chicago

Mobile Makers is an intensive program that focuses on one thing and one thing only – iOS application development. Its designed for beginners and uses a “flipped classroom” style, where your homework is watching videos and reading, and classroom time is used to coding projects with instructors.

Cost $7,000
Required Experience None
Languages iOS development (Objective-C & Cocoa)
Class Size NA
Class Length 8 weeks
Hours/Week 10 in class, 20-30 out-of-class recommended
Sessions/Year Multiple
Application Standard application + interview
Job Assistance Yes
Refund $3,000 if hired through job placement program
Financial Aid No
Payment Plan Upfront
Contact Info hello@mobilemakers.com

nashville software schoolNashville Software School – Nashville, TN

NSS has two levels: Web Development for beginners and Software Development for experience programmers. Students who test into software development or who graduate from web development into software development receive a monthly stipend. NSS is a non-profit.

Cost $1,000 for Web Development, Free for Software Development
Required Experience None, but experienced programmers waive tuition
Languages Full-stack
Class Size Varies
Class Length 3 months/level
Hours/Week Full-time
Sessions/Year  Multiple
Application Standard application
Job Assistance Yes
Refund None
Financial Aid Select scholarship for ethnic minorities and disadvantaged
Payment Plan Upfront
Contact Info Contact Form

refactoruRefactorU – Boulder, Colorado

RefactorU is a web-developer bootcamp with top notch instruction and the opportunity to work on real coding projects. They offer 20% discounts to women and military veterans and their spouses.  They are one of just a few dev schools in the country teaching full stack JavaScript, which was carefully selected to match the rapid growth seen over the past few years.

Cost $13,500
Required Experience None, but there are 40 hours of pre-work
Languages Full Stack JavaScript, Node.JS, HTML/CSS
Class Size 20-30
Class Length 10 weeks
Hours/Week Full-time
Sessions/Year 4
Application Standard application + interview
Job Assistance Yes
Refund N/A
Financial Aid $2,700 discounts for women and military veterans and their spouses
Payment Plan 5 year or 10 year  terms, expedited process, 100% funding available through Pave
Contact Info admissions@refactoru.com

rocket uRocket U – San Francisco, California

Rocket U is a good web development bootcamp for learning Django and Python among other things including JavaScript, Ajax, jQuery, TastyPie, and more. They’ll teach you how to build your own full-stack project and refund nearly half your money if you get a job with one of their affiliates, which is something they invest time in helping you with.

Cost $10,000
Required Experience None
Languages Python, JavaScript, HTML/CSS
Class Size 15-25
Class Length 10 weeks
Hours/Week Full-time
Sessions/Year  Multiple
Application Standard application + interview
Job Assistance Yes
Refund $4,500 if hired through job-program
Financial Aid No
Payment Plan None
Contact Info rocketu@rocket-space.com/

swcg-logoSoftware Craftsmanship Guild – Akron, Ohio

Software Craftsmanship Guild is a software coding bootcamp with a focus on ASP.NET, C#, and Java. The program includes mentorship and work on real-life application projects..

Cost $10,000
Required Experience None
Languages ASP.NET, C#, Java, Spring, SQL, MySQL
Class Size 12
Class Length 12 weeks
Hours/Week Full-time
Sessions/Year Multiple
Application Standard application + interview
Job Assistance Yes
Refund Partial refund if a job is taken with premium partners.
Financial Aid Available
Payment Plan $1,000 deposit, $4,000 due at class start, $5,000 due week 6.
Contact Info ContactUs@swcguild.com

startup-instituteStartup Institute – Boston, New York, Chicago

Startup Institute is a cross-track program prepares students for work in a startup and has tracks for web development, product design, technical marketing, and business development. It has offers soft-skills tech-training, with a Ruby-on-Rails web development track. According to Startup Institute, 94% of its graduates are hired.

Cost $5,250
Required Experience None
Languages Ruby-on-Rails Full-stack
Class Size 60
Class Length 8 weeks
Hours/Week Full-time
Sessions/Year 4
Application Standard application + interview
Job Assistance Yes
Refund $1,250 bonus if hired through employer-network
Financial Aid Partial scholarships for select students
Payment Plan $500 deposit, balanced paid after program completion, $1,000 discount of paid upfront, $250 discount if paid in two deposits.
Contact Info info@startupinstitute.com

Other Bootcamps

The programs below do not offer extensive job support and placement but they are still cool programs worthy of your consideration.

coder-campsCoder Camps – Houston, TX

Coder Camps is a program for students of all levels and has tracks for web and mobile application development. It focuses on Microsoft and Android development as opposed to Ruby. It doesn’t offer tuition refunds but will provide continued training and access to their employer network.

Cost $8,900
Required Experience None
Languages .NET and Android
Class Size 15-20
Class Length 9 week
Hours/Week 70
Sessions/Year Multiple
Application Standard application + interview
Job Assistance No
Refund No
Financial Aid No
Payment Plan Upfront
Contact Info howdy@codercamps.com

coding-dojoCoding Dojo – San Francisco

Coding Dojo is an immersive learning environment with a custom-built learning management system for aspiring web developers. In addition to coding there are many cool guest speaker and networking opportunities. It offers an end-of-the-term “Demo Day” but no tuition reimbursements or financial-aid. However, they have partnered with Upstart, a company that connects students with investors who can provide them with loans.

Cost $9,850
Required Experience None
Languages Full-stack
Class Size 15-20
Class Length 12 weeks
Hours/Week 50-70
Sessions/Year  Multiple
Application Standard application + pre-work + interview
Job Assistance No
Refund No
Financial Aid No
Payment Plan $2,000 deposit, half of the balance first week, half of the balance mid-term
Contact Info info@codingdojo.co

craftmanship academyCraftsmanship Academy – Holly Springs, North Carolina

After 12-weeks training, Craftsmanship Academy’s clients begin hiring students for $8-12/hr. After 13 more weeks of apprenticeship, students begin a year-long internship with clients, earning $24k-$36k/yr. Craftsmanship Academy is the only explicitly Christian program on this list.

Cost $7,000
Required Experience Basic programming
Languages Ruby on Rails, Full-stack
Class Size 20
Class Length 18 months
Hours/Week 45+
Sessions/Year 3
Application Standard application + interview + building a personal website
Job Assistance No
Refund No
Financial Aid No
Payment Plan Upfront payment for each stage of program
Contact Info communications@craftsmanshipacademy.com

delta programDelta Program – Austin, Texas

Delta Program claims its “not a school but a professional accelerator.” It is mobile-focused bootcamp teaching iOS and Android development and mobile design. Its unique formula includes 1 month of virtual coding prep, 2 months of coding training, and 3 months of career development (interviews, networking events).

Cost $9,700
Required Experience None
Languages Android development
Class Size Varies
Class Length 3 months training + 3 months career development
Hours/Week Full-time
Sessions/Year Multiple
Application Standard hours + pre-work + interview
Job Assistance Yes
Refund No
Financial Aid $2,500 discount if qualified for tuition assistance
Payment Plan Upfront
Contact Info Contact/Application Form

makersquareMaker Square – Austin, TX & San Francisco, CA

Maker Square focuses on web-development and is an immersive program with a low student to teacher ratio. There is a strong focus on building a portfolio and gaining employment. The program includes fun events like hackathons and meetups. It also offers $2,000 scholarships to women who agree to mentor elementary, middle, and high-school girls through Skype.

Cost $13,800 full-time, $3,380 part-time
Required Experience None
Languages Ruby, JavaScript, Data Structures, Algorithms
Class Size Varies
Class Length 12 weeks, 5 days/week for full-time + 10 weeks, 2 days/week for part-time
Hours/Week Full-time or Part-time
Sessions/Year Multiple
Application Standard application + pre-work + interview
Job Assistance Yes
Refund No
Financial Aid In progress
Payment Plan Options available for Chase Bank and Upstart
Contact Info hello@themakersquare.com

starter leagueStarter League – Chicago

Starter League is a bootcamp that is focused on mobile application development and more geared towards entrepreneur programmers. Not only will you learn to design web apps, but also learn how to bring them to market. Thus, it does not have any end-term job placement activities.

Cost $8,000
Required Experience None
Languages Ruby on Rails, HTML/CSS, Javascript
Class Size 35
Class Length 11 weeks
Hours/Week Full-time
Sessions/Year 4
Application Standard application + interview
Job Assistance No
Refund No
Financial Aid None
Payment Plan Upfront
Contact Info hello@starterleague.com

Starter SchoolStarter School – Chicago

The team behind Starter League also runs Starter School, another entrepreneurship and programming hybrid bootcamp. It claims to be the equivalent of “grad school for people who want to build things and start companies.” Job placement is not part of this program as the ultimate goal of it is to start your own company.

Cost $6,500
Required Experience None
Languages Ruby on Rails, HTML/CSS, Javascript
Class Size 52
Class Length 9 months
Hours/Week Full-time
Sessions/Year 1
Application Standard application + interview
Job Assistance No
Refund No
Financial Aid None
Payment Plan $3,000 deposit, $11,000 at the beginning of each quarter
Contact Info hello@starterschool.com

Start Preparing Now

If you are prepared to invest heavily in your coding education and want to be a workforce-ready programmer in as little time as possible, then coding bootcamp is the option for you. However, if have financial constraints or simply want to get started right away, coding sites like Treehouse can help you learn to program on your own. In fact, they may be a great stepping stone and can give you an edge over your competition when applying to selective bootcamp programs where prior experience is required. An online programming course subscription is considerably less expensive than a bootcamp and you can learn at your own pace. If a bootcamp doesn’t seem like the right choice for you then online learning sites like Treehouse are a great alternative.

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