Bootcamps have changed A LOT in the past few years: Research shows that over 18,300 students attended bootcamps in 2016, and the number of schools has tripled in size since 2014.
Greater accessibility means that high quality programs have grown more competitive. Top-tier programs now have several years' worth of outcomes data and reviews to prove that they are worth the investment - and increases their applicant pools.
This is where bootcamp prep comes in. These courses, which last anywhere from a few hours to several weeks, are perfect if you are new to coding but have your sights set on a competitive bootcamp. You'll learn to master the basics, get a feel for the pace of a bootcamp, and prepare for the admissions process to your top school.
Below, we've rounded up the best prep programs to help you get started. Each of the following courses will help prepare you for the admissions process, and determine whether a career in tech is right for you.
Location: San Francisco, New York City, Online
Length: 4 weeks
Cost: $995 - $3,795
App Academy’s Bootcamp Prep Live (and Bootcamp Prep Online) is a 4-week, part-time course guaranteed to get you accepted at the most selective coding schools or your money back.
With a 100% (self reported) placement rate, App Academy Bootcamp Prep graduates are guaranteed acceptance into at least one of the following schools or a tuition refund: App Academy, Fullstack Academy, Hack Reactor, Flatiron School, Galvanize, Actualize
Location: Atlanta, Online
Length: 3 weeks
Cost: $1,200 (Part-Time), $2,250 (Full-Time)
Location: Los Angeles
Length: 4 hours
In addition, Codesmith offers information sessions, where attendees can meet with current students and graduates to discuss what it's like to attend Codesmith, why Codesmith is a top bootcamp in Los Angeles, how to get into and succeed in the tech world.
Length: 4 weeks, Part-Time
The Intro Course is offered online to help prep students for Codework's remote “Pre-Course” and in-person “Main Course” in Barcelona, Spain. During the Intro and Pre-courses, students will have access to the curriculum material and 1-on-1 mentorship sessions with a Codeworks intructor.
Length: 6 week, Part-Time
DESIGNATION's Design Essentials course teaches students the fundamentals of visual design. During the course, students will be introduced to industry standard software, as well as the key concepts of both UX and UI design including IxD, Prototyping, Mockups, and Usability Testing. Students will also have access to virtual one-on-one coaching and feedback, as well as a personalized skills assessment. This course is offered as a stand-alone introduction to design, and as pre-requisite for DESIGNATION's full-time course.
Location: Honolulu, HI
Length: 4 weeks, Part-Time
Another key value of the prep course is that it allows you to "kick the tires" and see whether programming is a good career fit prior to making a larger commitment.
Plus, if you are accepted into the regular DevLeague boot camp, the cost of the prep course will be applied towards the boot camp tuition.
DevLeague also hosts a #luckywecodehawaii meetup. The meetups are designed to give beginners with no programming experience an opportunity to learn the basics.
Length: 25 hours, Self-Paced
During the Firehose Project’s online prep course, students will complete 43 lessons designed to teach the fundamentals of code, including how to write HTML/CSS and Ruby code, and build a brand new developer portfolio page from scratch. Participants will also get to be part of the Firehose community and receive personal code reviews and dedicated support from their technical team.
This prep course is best for code newbies and students interested in attending the Firehose Project’s 22- and 44-week Online Software Engineering Bootcamp.
Location: Boston, New York, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, and Online
Length: 4 and 8 weeks
Cost: $1,499 - $1,999
First Step Coding offers introductory-level coding courses on flexible part-time schedules. During classes, students work together through a unique challenge-based curriculum. With a 5:1 ratio of students to teachers, instructors are able to quickly address any learning roadblocks and provide exceptional support to students.
FSC is also uniquely positioned as a partner with an array of top bootcamps throughout the US, and alumni have been admitted to App Academy, Flatiron School, Fullstack Academy, Hack Reactor, Rithm School, Launch Academy and more highly-selective programs. Plus, First Step Coding alumni may redeem up to $1,500 in tuition credits toward many of their partnered programs.
Location: San Francisco, New York City, Online
Length: 75+ hours, Self-Paced
Leveraging a suite of social features and coding tools on Learn.co (the learning platform that powers the Flatiron online experience), students collaborate in real-time with a worldwide community of fellow students and harness professional developer tools to truly learn by doing. Bootcamp Prep students also have access to Flatiron School's team of on-demand “Technical Coaches” to get help breaking through tough concepts whenever they get stuck.
This course is a great way to experience Flatiron’s curriculum, community, and culture firsthand and to start your journey breaking into tech.
Flatiron School’s Bootcamp Prep course is 100% free! Plus, Bootcamp Prep students who apply to Flatiron School are fast-tracked through their bootcamp admissions process as priority applicants.
Location: New York City, Chicago, Online
Length: 1 month, Part-Time
Cost: Free - $250
Fullstack offers 2 options for their Bootcamp Prep program:
Bootcamp Prep Online: A free, self-paced course with coding challenges and review videos
Bootcamp Prep Live: a 4-week live class where participants receive hands-on instruction from teachers and can interact with fellow students.
Location: San Francisco, South Bay
Length: 8 weeks, Part-Time
Location: San Francisco, San Jose locations
Length: 8 weeks
Hackbright Prep is designed to will teach students the foundations of programming, how to use necessary tools, and ultimately how to tackle the bootcamp application process. The course covers Python foundations, HTML, CSS, and Flask. Students work one-on-one with an advisor to build a personal project and learn coding fundamentals while preparing for the Hackbright Fellowship. Plus, If you decide to apply for the Fellowship, you are eligible for a $1,500 discount on tuition.
Length: 5 week, 7 week and Self-Paced options available
Cost: Free - $250
The curriculum is built by experts who have worked at Google, YouTube, Twitter, and other leading tech companies. Hack Reactor’s Bootcamp Prep is a great way to fast-track learning with deep, foundational work, and at the same time, prepare yourself for admission into the full Hack Reactor "immersive" experience - plus, for students who pass the Final SSP Readiness Assessment and enroll in the Immersive, the $250 will be applied toward the Immersive tuition.
Location: San Diego
Length: 1 weekend
Plus, if you enroll in the LEARN academy, the jumpstart tuition will be applied towards bootcamp tuition.
Location: Irvine, CA, online
Length: 2 weeks
Cost: $345 - $445
Root JS is also a 2-week, part-time (in-class) web development training program focused on the core skills important to building dynamic applications. This course is for those interested in learning how to code or for those on the path to a career in development.
Plus, If you are accepted to the LearningFuze full immersion program, the cost of Root will be applied towards tuition.
Metis Admissions Prep is a free online tool that helps prospective Data Science Bootcamp students understand more about how to prep for the admissions process and how to gauge their readiness. Designed by the Metis Admissions and Senior Data Science teams, this tool helps students build their Linear Algebra, Calculus, Probability, Statistics, and Python fundamentals. After studying the modules and accompanying exercises, students will feel more confident about their skills and their next step towards a career in DS.
Sales Bootcamp offers a free 1-week, part-time Bootcamp Prep for anyone looking to get a job in tech sales. The course is packed full of online sales training, assignments and assessments, personalized 1:1 live coaching session, online office hours, job application training, and interview preparation.
Plus, once the training and certification is complete, students will have the opportunity to apply for our exclusive Sales Fellowship program or be introduced directly to Sales Bootcamp hiring partners.
Location: Denver, Colorado Springs, CO and Tampa, FL
Length: 6 weeks
SecureSet Academy offers a 6 week, in-person Bootcamp Prep course for individuals with a high level of interest in cybersecurity but a lack of experience in technical skills.
Designed as the ultimate preparation for individuals looking to launch a career in cybersecurity with SecureSet Academy's bootcamps, students will work with a range of experts to learn the foundational skills needed for admission to SecureSet's Technical or Analyst Bootcamp.
Plus, successful completion of the Bootcamp Prep workshop guarantees admittance to any SecureSet Academy CORE or HUNT Bootcamp programs and can deduct the cost of the workshop from tuition.
Those who do well in the Introduction to Web Development course will have a high likelihood of succeeding at The Software Guild, as the material is designed to prep students for selective coding bootcamps.
Location: Portland, OR
Length: 6 hours
The Tech Academy's one-day workshop is an introduction to the field of programming itself. For those interested in programming or attending a coding bootcamp, this prep course allows you to explore both in the span of a day. There are two different options: an HTML/CSS class, and a Python class. Both are one day each.
Classes are in-person, with an experienced instructor who guides you through the fundamentals of coding in front-end programming with HTML/CSS or the Python scripting language.
Length: 3 week
Length: 300+ hours, Self-Paced
In Spring 2017, Viking Code School launched their Viking Prep Courses: a comprehensive online course with 300+ hours of hands-on learning. The best part? It’s completely free.
The Odin Project was created to provide a complete path for students to go from zero to employed as web developers while working with other students along the way.
The Odin Project is best for absolute beginners (and those who have tried other resources without success) who want to work as a web developer, do freelancing work, build a startup, or learn to build a website homepage. We love that it’s all free, too!
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