App Academy Bootcamp Review

Overview


Locations

Remote, New York City, San Francisco

Disciplines Offered

Software Engineering

Payment Options

Deferred Tuition, Income Share Agreement, Upfront

Founded in 2012, App Academy is a world-renowned coding bootcamp that has placed over 4,500 alums in software engineering roles at over 2,000 companies. App Academy offers programs that fit every learning style, including a campus software engineering program with locations in San Francisco and New York. It also provides a full-time online software engineering program and a part-time online software engineering program.

App Academy's flagship course, the campus software engineering program, lasts 16 weeks. Industry experts design App Academy's comprehensive full-stack curriculum, which covers Ruby on Rails, JavaScript, HTML/CSS, and React/Redux. It also teaches students SQL, data structures, and algorithms. Simulating the tech industry's collaborative work environments, students participate in paired programming with their classmates and develop web applications from the ground up.

These projects get compiled into a Github portfolio and serve as their resume for employers. Upon graduation, students work with a dedicated career coach who will guide them through their job search.

Job search support varies from mock technical or nontechnical interviews and resume reviews to connecting grads with App Academy's vast employer network. App Academy's goal is to ensure students not only land a full-time software engineering role but also advance in their careers for years to come.

For students who need more time to discover whether software engineering is for them, App Academy offers bootcamp prep courses and access to a free bootcamp curriculum through the App Academy Open platform.

App Academy Bootcamps

16-Week Campus Software Engineering Program

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  • Cost: $17,000
  • Learning Format: In Person
  • Time Commitment: Full Time
  • Length: 16 weeks

App Academy's flagship 16-week campus software engineering program is in San Francisco or New York. You learn the skills needed to land a job as a full-time software engineer. Through a comprehensive full-stack curriculum, the program trains you to build web applications with Ruby on Rails, JavaScript, React/Redux, SQL, and HTML/CSS.

Prior programming experience isn't required. In fact, most of App Academy's grads are career changers. All you need is lots of tenacity and a passion for building cool stuff.

San Francisco students follow a hybrid class format with two days a week spent on campus and three days a week spent online. Learners in the New York City program attend class five days a week on campus. However, students spend the first two weeks fully online for both of the campus programs.

Upon graduation, you'll work one on one with a career coach who will guide you through your entire job search from start to finish. Career coaches help with mock technical and nontechnical interviews, and they also review resumes. In addition, they connect grads with App Academy's vast 2,000+ employer network. They want to ensure students not only land a full-time software engineering role but also advance in their future careers.

Course Hours:

New York: Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. EST

San Francisco: Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. PST

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24-Week Full-Time Online Software Engineering Program

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

Over 24 weeks, you'll learn the skills needed to land a job as a full-time software engineer. Through a comprehensive full-stack curriculum, App Academy trains you to build web applications with Python, JavaScript, React/Redux, SQL, and HTML/CSS.

The cutting-edge full-stack JavaScript and Python curriculum is widely sought after by employers. Under the Income Share Agreement (ISA) plan, the program costs $0 upfront, and you only pay tuition once you have a job making at least $50,000. App Academy also offers an upfront tuition option and a deferred tuition option (available to California residents only).

Please note: App Academy is unable to accept applications from New York residents at this time into the full-time online program. However, New York residents can take the campus software engineering program.

Course Hours:

Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. PST

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48-Week Part-Time Online Software Engineering Program

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  • Cost: $22,000
  • Learning Format: Online
  • Time Commitment: Part Time
  • Length: 48 weeks

Over 48 weeks, the program teaches you the skills needed to become a full-time software engineer. Through a comprehensive full-stack curriculum, App Academy trains you to build web applications with Python, JavaScript, React/Redux, SQL, and HTML/CSS.

Please note: App Academy cannot accept applications from New York residents at this time into the part-time online program. However, New York residents are eligible for the campus software engineering program in San Francisco and New York City.

Course Hours:

EST: Monday - Thursday, 6-9 p.m. EST; Saturday 9 a.m.. - 3:30 p.m. EST

PST: Monday - Thursday, 7-10 p.m. PST; Saturday 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. PST

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App Academy Admissions Process

The App Academy admissions process differs between the on-campus and online programs. All students are paired with a dedicated admissions specialist that will guide them through the entire process.

For more information, please email admissions@appacademy.io or schedule a quick call with an admissions specialist!

Campus Programs

The application process includes the following steps:

  1. Submit application (~10 minutes)
  2. Logical reasoning/typing test (~25 minutes, two chances to pass)
  3. Coding test (~10-60 minutes, free resources provided by App Academy, three chances to pass)
  4. Technical Zoom interview with an App Academy alum (~45 minutes, two chances to pass)
  5. Nontechnical Zoom interview with an App Academy alum (~30 minutes, two chances to pass)
  6. Admissions decision
  7. Enrollment

Online Programs

  1. Submit application (~10 minutes)
  2. Logical reasoning/typing test (~25 minutes, two chances to pass)
  3. Nontechnical Zoom interview with an App Academy alum (~30 minutes, two chances to pass)
  4. Prep work containing three technical assessments (multiple chances to pass)
  5. Acceptance
  6. Enrollment

App Academy Payment Options

  • Deferred Plan: $3,000 upfront; the remainder of the payment is $25,000, due only after the student earns at least $50,000.
  • Hybrid Plan: $9,000 upfront; the remainder of the payment is $14,000, due only after the student earns at least $50,000.
  • Upfront Plan: $17,000 upfront paid before the program begins
  • Income Share Agreement (ISA): You pay $0 upfront. The remainder of the payment is 15% of the student's monthly salary for three years, capped at $31,000 once earning at least $50,000. To qualify for the ISA or deferred plans, students must:
    1. Be 20 years old or hold a BA degree.
    2. Live in the U.S.
    3. Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

App Academy Student Outcomes

App Academy Student Outcomes
Graduation Rate Employment Rate After 365 Days Average Starting Salary
N/A 93% $86,000-$104,000

Source: App Academy Program Outcomes. Reporting Period: 2019

Frequently Asked Questions About App Academy

How hard is App Academy to get into?

App Academy's admissions process involves multiple steps, but you will have prep material provided the entire way and a few chances to pass at each step. See "admissions requirements" under your course of interest to see what the admissions process specifically entails.

Will App Academy get you a job?

While App Academy offers career services to its alumni, the provider does not guarantee a job for its students. The alumni career support includes career coaching, networking events, and job placement assistance from an alumni recruiter. This recruiter provides mock interviews and resume reviews for the graduate.

App Academy has a 93% employment rate within a year after graduating from its programs.

Is App Academy worth it?

App Academy bootcamps can be worth it for some people depending on the return on investment. App Academy offers just that with its deferred and ISA models but also its upfront plan options. The bootcamp is much cheaper and more efficient than a four-year computer science degree or master's degree.