CIRR-Verified Bootcamps 2021

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Published on September 22, 2021

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With so many coding bootcamps out there, it can be hard to pick the right one. In addition to selecting a program based on its location, price, and topic of study, prospective students often want to know how successful a bootcamp is in helping its graduates start a career in tech.

Bootcamp student outcomes like graduation rate, employment rate, and typical starting salary can help prospective students determine if a bootcamp is likely to help them achieve their career goals. Unfortunately, not all bootcamps report this information — and when they do, it might not always be trustworthy.

However, some of the best bootcamps have joined a nonprofit organization called the Council on Integrity in Results Reporting (CIRR), which supports universal and transparent reporting standards for coding bootcamps.

CIRR requires its member bootcamps to report outcomes twice a year. All collected data must be inspected by an independent auditor and supported with written records of student and employer information.

This guide outlines popular CIRR bootcamps in the U.S. to help you pick the option that is best for you.

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CIRR-Verified Bootcamps

Note: The bootcamp provider information below lists default locations and learning formats for each program. COVID-19 may have impacted the location and learning format of many bootcamps, with in-person programs frequently moving online. Please contact the bootcamp provider or visit their website for more information on current program availability.

Codesmith true
  • Locations: Remote, Los Angeles, New York City
  • Programs Starting At: $19,350
  • Technical Discipline: Software Engineering
  • Learning Formats: In Person, Online
  • Time Commitment: Full Time, Part Time

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Codesmith's software engineering bootcamp provides training in full-stack JavaScript to prepare graduates for engineering positions. Coursework covers algorithms, data structures, relational databases, and machine learning.

According to data reported to CIRR, nearly 79% of graduates from Codesmith's 2020 New York City software development bootcamp were employed within 180 days of completing the bootcamp, earning a median salary of $120,000.

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Codeup true
  • Locations: Remote, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio
  • Programs Starting At: $27,500
  • Technical Disciplines: Data Science, Web Development
  • Learning Formats: In Person, Online
  • Time Commitment: Full Time

Accepts GI Bill®

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Codeup's bootcamp curricula were designed using feedback from its network of employer partners. The 22-week programs provide a 100% money-back guarantee for qualifying students who do not secure full-time employment in their field within six months of graduation. Bootcamps include more than 670 hours of instruction.

According to data reported to CIRR, 69% of graduates from Codeup's 2020 San Antonio web development bootcamp were employed within 180 days of graduation. These professionals reported earning a median salary of $48,920.

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Code Platoon true
  • Locations: Remote, Chicago
  • Programs Starting At: $16,000
  • Technical Discipline: Web Development
  • Learning Formats: In Person, Online
  • Time Commitment: Full Time, Part Time

Accepts GI Bill®

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Start For Free

Code Platoon's 14-week web development bootcamp is specifically designed for veterans, service members, and military spouses. The program includes a curriculum designed to help students transition from military to civilian life, focusing on critical interpersonal skills like team building, inclusion, and negotiation.

According to CIRR-reported data, 80% of graduates from Code Platoon's 2020 Chicago web development bootcamp were employed within 180 days of bootcamp completion, earning a median salary of $77,400.

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Eleven Fifty Academy true
  • Locations: Remote, Fishers, Indianapolis
  • Programs Starting At: $5,000
  • Technical Disciplines: Cybersecurity, Software Engineering, UX/UI Design, Web Development
  • Learning Format: In Person
  • Time Commitment: Full Time, Part Time

Accepts GI Bill®

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The nonprofit Eleven Fifty Academy offers four tracks of study, including a full-stack web development bootcamp. Eleven Fifty Academy has placed more than 1,000 bootcamp graduates into tech positions throughout central Indiana.

CIRR-verified data shows that about 81% of graduates from Eleven Fifty Academy's 2018 Fishers bootcamp were employed within 180 days of completing the bootcamp. These graduates earned a median salary of $51,750.

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Epicodus true
  • Locations: Remote, Portland, Seattle
  • Programs Starting At: $11,700
  • Technical Discipline: Web Development
  • Learning Formats: In Person, Online
  • Time Commitment: Full Time, Part Time

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The Epicodus bootcamp consists of three parts: a three-week introduction to programming; 17 weeks of additional coursework in JavaScript, .NET, and Ruby; and a five-week internship. Graduates receive a certificate in web and mobile development, and students have gone on to work for companies like Amazon, Microsoft, and Nike.

Data sent to CIRR indicates that about 27% of graduates from Epicodus' 2020 Seattle bootcamp were employed within 180 days of completing the bootcamp, making a median salary of $62,400.

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Fullstack Academy
  • Locations: Remote, Chicago, New York City
  • Programs Starting At: $15,980
  • Technical Disciplines: Cybersecurity, Web Development
  • Learning Formats: In Person, Online
  • Time Commitment: Full Time, Part Time

Accepts GI Bill®

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Fullstack Academy's programs cover object-oriented programming, asynchronous programming, recursion, and regular expressions. Students work with HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and APIs. The bootcamp has an alumni network of more than 3,700 and graduates have gone on to work for companies like Google and Amazon.

Nearly 90% of Fullstack Academy's 2019 Chicago web development bootcamp graduates were employed within 180 days of completing the bootcamp and earned a median salary of $70,000, according to data verified by CIRR.

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The Grace Hopper Program
  • Locations: Chicago, New York City
  • Programs Starting At: $17,910
  • Technical Discipline: Web Development
  • Learning Format: Hybrid
  • Time Commitment: Full Time

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The Grace Hopper Program was built for women, trans individuals, and nonbinary students. The 17-week immersive bootcamp trains learners in full-stack JavaScript. Students create three projects for their professional portfolio.

According to data verified by CIRR, about 65% of graduates from Grace Hopper's 2019 New York City web development bootcamp were employed within 180 days of completing the bootcamp, and these graduates reported a median salary of $89,960.

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Launch Academy
  • Location: Boston
  • Programs Starting At: $17,500
  • Technical Discipline: Software Engineering
  • Learning Format: In Person
  • Time Commitment: Full Time

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Launch Academy's software engineering bootcamp includes training in full-stack development and covers JavaScript, React, HTML, CSS, and Ruby. Students also engage in intensive career development by networking with industry leaders, building a professional portfolio, and participating in a series of mock interviews.

According to data reported to CIRR, nearly 77% of graduates from Launch Academy's 2020 Boston web development bootcamp were employed within 180 days of completing the bootcamp. These professionals reported a median salary of $73,500.

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The Software Guild
  • Locations: Remote, Minneapolis
  • Programs Starting At: $10,125
  • Technical Discipline: Web Development
  • Learning Formats: In Person, Online
  • Time Commitment: Full Time

Accepts GI Bill®

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The Software Guild's bootcamps focus on Java and C#/.NET and use hands-on, project-based learning. The bootcamp has an alumni network of more than 1,400 graduates and partners with an employer network of more than 450 organizations. Students have gone on to work for companies like Humana, Target, and UPS.

CIRR-verified data reports that about 92% of graduates from The Software Guild's 2019 Minneapolis web development bootcamp were employed within 180 days of bootcamp completion, earning a median salary of $60,000.

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The Tech Academy
  • Locations: Remote, Denver, Portland, Salt Lake City, Seattle
  • Programs Starting At: $9,000
  • Technical Disciplines: Cybersecurity, Data Science, Python, UX/UI Design, Web Development
  • Learning Formats: In Person, Online
  • Time Commitment: Full Time, Part Time

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The Tech Academy offers bootcamps in five learning tracks. In the software development bootcamp, students learn C#, Python, JavaScript, and more. All programs include career support, which covers interview prep, resume building, and job search strategies.

According to data reported to CIRR, nearly 48% of graduates from the bootcamp's 2020 Portland web development program were employed within six months. These employed graduates reported a median salary of $48,500.

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Tech Elevator
  • Locations: Remote, Charlotte, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia
  • Programs Starting At: $15,500
  • Technical Discipline: Software Development
  • Learning Formats: In Person, Online
  • Time Commitment: Full Time

Accepts GI Bill®

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Job Placement Assistance

Tech Elevator's software development bootcamp covers database programming, APIs, and web development using JavaScript, HTML, and CSS. Students learn from bootcamp instructors who have an average of 20 years of experience in software development. The bootcamp also includes personalized professional coaching, resume and interview prep, and access to a large employer network.

Data published on CIRR's website reports that nearly 93% of graduates from Tech Elevator's 2020 Philadelphia software development bootcamp were employed within six months of graduating, with a median annual salary of $85,000.

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Turing School
  • Location: Denver
  • Programs Starting At: $20,000
  • Technical Disciplines: Web Development
  • Learning Format: In Person
  • Time Commitment: Full Time

Accepts GI Bill®

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Turing School has two bootcamp tracks: front-end and back-end engineering. The front-end program teaches JavaScript and React, and the back-end program trains students in SQL and Ruby on Rails.

Data reported to CIRR indicates that about 63% of graduates from Turing School's 2020 Denver back-end engineering bootcamp were employed within 180 days of graduating. These graduates reported a median salary of $75,000.

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Also Available In Person

This online bootcamp also offers in-person options.

CIRR Verified

Student outcomes are verified with the Council on Integrity in Results Reporting. Learn more at cirr.org.

Evening & Weekend Options

Bootcamps are offered during convenient evening and weekend hours.

Money-Back Guarantee

Tuition is refunded if you don't land a job within a given time frame after graduation. Visit the bootcamp website for terms and conditions.

Job Guarantee

Employment is guaranteed as soon as you finish your bootcamp.

Job Placement Assistance

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No deposit is required to get started. Begin your bootcamp for $0.

Methodology

Bootcamp Ranking Guidelines

At BestColleges, we believe the best bootcamp is the one that fits your schedule, your learning needs, and your career aspirations. That's why we often present our recommendations in alphabetical order -- because the real best bootcamp is the bootcamp that's best for you.

Our Methodology

The Bootcamp Team at BestColleges has collected data for over 150 bootcamps to help you find the best bootcamp.

At BestColleges, we believe the best bootcamp is the one that fits your schedule, your learning needs, and your career aspirations. That's why we often present our recommendations in alphabetical order -- because the real best bootcamp is the bootcamp that's best for you.

At this time, our recommendation round-ups feature only immersive bootcamps designed to prepare students for job placement upon graduation.

To be included on our lists, bootcamps must meet the following criteria:

  • Must offer at least one bootcamp in the United States.
  • Cannot be free.
  • Must offer at least one bootcamp that is a minimum of 8 weeks long.
  • Must require at least 15 hours of work per week if the bootcamp is part time.
  • Must encourage at least 10 hours of work per week if the bootcamp is self-paced.

Methodology for Recommending Cheap Bootcamps:

  • The bootcamp must meet all of the general criteria listed above.
  • The bootcamp must cost less than $8,000 if it is offered full time, and less than $5,000 if it is offered part time. These numbers were chosen based on data collected by BestColleges in 2020 that determined the average cost of a coding bootcamp is $13,580.

Frequently Asked Questions About CIRR Coding Bootcamps

What is CIRR?

The Council on Integrity in Results Reporting (CIRR) is a nonprofit organization with a mission to provide audited, transparent bootcamp outcome data to prospective students. CIRR coding bootcamps report on outcomes such as how many students graduate on time and how many graduates accept a full-time job in their field within six months of graduating.

How should students use CIRR outcome summaries?

Bootcamps are an investment and prospective students should do their research when it comes to finding a quality program. CIRR outcome summaries provide a litmus test for students to evaluate a bootcamp's success.

Use CIRR outcome summaries in conjunction with information you find on the bootcamp's website and conversations with bootcamp alumni to evaluate prospective programs.

Are CIRR-verified coding bootcamps worth it?

Whether a bootcamp is worth it for you depends on your budget, learning needs, and career goals, but CIRR outcome data may be a useful way to determine whether a bootcamp is likely to help you prepare for your desired tech career path.

Additional Resources

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