App Academy Review

App Academy offers 16-week and 24-week coding bootcamps in software engineering. Students complete the 24-week option entirely online, while the 16-week option is typically only available in person in San Francisco or New York City; however, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this option can be completed online through 2021.

App Academy boasts a 12-to-1 student-to-teacher ratio. On average, online students spend around 60 hours per week attending program sessions, studying, and completing assignments. Participants learn coding fundamentals and gain experience in JavaScript, HTML, CSS, SQL, React, and Redux. The 16-week bootcamp also focuses on Ruby on Rails, while the 24-week bootcamp covers Python.

The bootcamp provides career services such as resume reviews and interviewing practice. Students also create projects they can include in a professional portfolio. App Academy connects students with an alumni network of almost 4,000 people at over 2,000 companies, which can help with job hunting and building professional connections.

App Academy Courses

App Academy offers two bootcamps in software engineering. Both options require full-time attendance, and App Academy recommends students do not continue working while attending the bootcamp.

16-Week Software Engineering Immersive

  • Cost: $17,000
  • Learning Format: In Person, Online (through 2021)
  • Time Commitment: Full Time
  • Length: 16 weeks

This bootcamp focuses on the fundamentals of coding and focuses on JavaScript and Ruby on Rails. Students also learn HTML, CSS, and SQL, and participate in pair programming. Participants can complete this bootcamp in San Francisco or New York City. A deferred tuition plan is available for this bootcamp, as well as a hybrid payment option where some tuition is paid upfront and some is deferred until the student graduates and finds a job.

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24-Week Software Engineering Immersive

  • Cost: $20,000
  • Learning Format: Online
  • Time Commitment: Full Time
  • Length: 24 weeks

This immersive program delves into Python, data structures, responsive design, and object-oriented programming. Students explore both front-end and back-end development, and gain valuable interview skills. Participants work closely with their online cohort on group projects and through peer reviews. This bootcamp offers an income share agreement where students pay no tuition upfront, then 15% of their salary for three years after graduating and finding a job.

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App Academy Admissions Process

App Academy applicants need a high school diploma or GED certificate, but they do not need a postsecondary degree. This bootcamp does not require any previous technical expertise or education, including knowledge of coding languages. Admitted students complete a self-paced foundational course before enrollment.

The application process includes five steps:

  • Application
  • Nontechnical assessment
  • Fit interview
  • Technical learning challenges
  • Enrollment

App Academy makes admissions decisions during the "fit interview" stage of the process. The bootcamp encourages applicants to be "professional, prepared, and engaged" throughout the interview process. Students should demonstrate a passion for coding and present clear reasoning for why they want to pursue a career in software engineering.

All applicants are paired with an admissions specialist after completing the first step in the application process. These specialists answer questions and help applicants through every step of the process.

App Academy Payment Options

Participants can pay App Academy tuition in multiple ways: upfront or through either an income share agreement (ISA) or deferred tuition plan, depending on the bootcamp.

Upfront payments follow a traditional tuition payment structure. Students pay the entirety of their tuition costs before beginning the program. Once students graduate, they do not owe the bootcamp any additional payments.

For the 24-week online bootcamp, students can choose to apply for an income share agreement. Through an ISA, students do not pay any tuition costs until after they graduate and find a job paying at least $50,000. After beginning their career, graduates pay back their tuition through monthly installments equal to 15% of their monthly income. Graduates make payments for 36 months or until they pay $31,000, whichever happens first.

To qualify for the ISA, students must:

  • Be 20 years old or hold a bachelor's degree
  • Reside in the U.S.
  • Demonstrate permanent work authorization in the U.S.

Graduates who sign the ISA and who cannot find full-time work within 36 months after finishing the program may qualify for App Academy's tuition forgiveness program. Graduates who pay upfront do not qualify for tuition forgiveness.

For the 16-week, in-person bootcamp, students can participate in a deferred tuition or hybrid payment plan, or can choose to pay upfront. Students who select the deferred tuition plan pay a $3,000 deposit. Once students finish the program and find a job, they pay $25,000 over six months. In the hybrid plan, students pay $9,000 upfront, then $14,000 once they graduate and find a job.

App Academy's tuition forgiveness plan applies to in-person graduates who sign up for the deferred payment plan. App Academy also offers discounts for both in-person and online participants who select upfront payments.

Applicants interested in either the deferred tuition plan or ISA should read the terms and conditions carefully, as these options may include requirements about how students conduct their job search, how much and when they need to repay tuition in the case of unexpected withdrawal from the program, and which jobs qualify.

App Academy Student Outcomes

Before enrolling in a bootcamp, individuals should look into a program's student outcomes, such as graduation rate, employment rate, and starting salary level. Prospective students should contact the bootcamp directly if they are unable to find this information reported on a bootcamp's website. Prospective students should also ask questions about how the program collects, defines, and measures its data, especially if the outcomes are not verified by a third-party auditing firm.

App Academy reports that bootcamp graduates have found work with over 2,000 companies, including Google, Amazon, Uber, and Facebook.

App Academy Student Outcomes

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Frequently Asked Questions About App Academy Coding Bootcamps

What is App Academy?

App Academy runs in-person and online coding bootcamps in software engineering. App Academy does not require any previous coding experience and helps career-switchers launch a new tech career.

Is App Academy worth it?

Whether coding bootcamps are worth it depends on your learning needs, professional goals, and the specific bootcamp program you are interested in. To determine whether App Academy is worth it for you, contact the bootcamp to learn more.

Is App Academy free?

No, App Academy is not free. App Academy costs $17,000 upfront for the 16-week bootcamp and $20,000 upfront for the 24-week bootcamp. See free coding bootcamps here.

App Academy does offer bootcamp prep courses for participants thinking about applying to the 16-week or 24-week bootcamp. The four-week prep course costs $2,999 for in-person instruction in San Francisco or New York City. The cost for the self-paced online prep course ranges from $995-$3,795, depending on the level of service selected.

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