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App Academy

Courses: Bootcamp Prep, Software Engineer Track: In-Person, Software Engineer Track: Online


Online, San Francisco, NYC

About App Academy

App Academy is a coding school that offers online and in-person training programs with no tuition cost until you’re hired as a Software Engineer earning over $50,000. The career changing outcomes that App Academy has produced since being founded in 2012... Read More

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Bootcamp Prep

  • Cost: $2,999
  • Duration: 4 weeks
Locations: Online, San Francisco, NYC
Course Description:

Bootcamp Prep is a 4-week, part-time course, guaranteed to get you accepted at the most selective coding schools or your money back. The program will teach you up to an advanced level of JavaScript, and instructors provide you with 1-on-1 mock interviews, as well assist with your individual bootcamp applications.

There are multiple course and pricing options for students interested in the Bootcamp Prep:
Bootcamp Prep Live: Cost $2,999
Bootcamp Prep Online: Cost (Three Tiers) $995, $1,795, $3,795

Subjects: CSS, HTML, Algorithms, Node.js, JavaScript

Software Engineer Track: In-Person

  • Cost: $17,000
  • Duration: 16 weeks
Locations: NYC, San Francisco
Course Description:

In 16 weeks, you'll learn all the skills needed to begin a career as a web developer. Through hands-on projects, we train you to build web applications with Ruby on Rails, JavaScript, and React/Flux. Prior programming experience isn't required. However, you will need lots of tenacity and a passion for building cool stuff.

App Academy now offers flexible financing and deferred tuition for their Full Time Program:
- $17k upfront tuition payment
- $23k (9k upfront, 13k deferred tuition payment)
-$28k (fully deferred tuition payment, 3k deposit ).

Subjects: Design Principles, CSS, HTML, jQuery, Ruby, Ruby on Rails, SQL, Algorithms, JavaScript, UX

Software Engineer Track: Online

  • Cost: $20,000
  • Duration: 24 weeks
Locations: Online
Course Description:

The Software Engineer Track: Online program offers members an almost identical experience to our in-person full-stack course with daily video demos, live q&a instruction, projects, pair programming, live lectures from App Academy instructors, white-boarding, career services and more. It costs $0 upfront and you only pay if you’re hired as a developer (upfront and hybrid payment options are also available). The course is full-time, Mon-Fri, from 8am-5pm PST, and will get you job-ready in 24 weeks. Please note: we are unable to accept applications from New York residents at this time to the SWE: Online program.

Subjects: CSS, HTML, MongoDB, Docker, GraphQL, Ruby on Rails, Redux, React.js, SQL, Node.js, Express.js, JavaScript

App Academy Reviews

Average Ratings (All Programs)

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(999 reviews)
  • Kenneth Chen
  • Graduated: 2016

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"Great Bootcamp Prep Course"

I took the bootcamp prep course in NYC in April when it first launched here and it was a fun experience. Our instructor, Fred, guided us through all the fundamentals of JavaScript; we even covered some material that a good number of bootcamps don't require... Read More

Bootcamp prep classes are 2 hours a day, Monday to Friday for a month. That means that you can do it while working. I wasn't, but several of my classmates, at the time, were. You should be aware, however, that to do well in it, you're going to need to dedicate another hour or two to it. I spent an average of 4-5 hours a day on it, completing assignments and reading the lecture notes beforehand.

Other things that might be of particular interest: (1) You're free to use either Windows, OSX, or Linux. (I used Windows.) However, FYI most coding bootcamps require a Mac for their full stack web development courses. (2) You might be wondering, why does the prep course teach JavaScript? That's because most bootcamps let (or require) you to interview in JavaScript. (3) The course has an online discussion forum, set up via a website called Piazza. Since the course itself runs in parallel with the bootcamp prep courses in other areas, you can ask for help from other bootcamp prep instructors and students from across the nation. (The course was only set up in SF and NY when I took it, but it now seems like more locations have opened.) (4) If you're taking this course to get into App Academy's full stack web development course, you get to skip the pre-challenge and move straight to a 45-min technical interview.

Overall, the bootcamp prep course is a big investment, but it will increase your chances of getting in a top bootcamp. I worked through the practice exercises for the technical interview for App Academy's full stack web development course, and I believe that I was able to solve all of them due to the fact that I had acquired the logical thinking required through constant coding at Bootcamp Prep. Reading about how to program is one thing, but doing it is another. The bootcamp prep course will give you the practice you need to begin thinking like a programmer.

  • Garrett Simpson | Javascript Engineer
  • Software Engineer Track: In-Person
  • Graduated: 2015

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"Couldn't have spent my time better"

Word of caution -- I came in already knowing the basics of html, css, ruby, and rails. I also got a job 3 weeks after finishing, first in my cohort. These are not typical stats -- usually about half of a cohort has an offer after three months. But the... Read More

  • Anonymous
  • Software Engineer Track: In-Person
  • Graduated: 2014

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"It's difficult to overstate how transformative App Academy has been."

In a matter of months, I learned more than I had ever learned before, made a complete career change, and met some of my closest friends. I was hired about two months after the program ended, and the company I now work for has since made offers to two... Read More

App Academy does a great job of not just teaching you how to build web apps, but teaching a bunch of really important best practices, and understanding how to write high quality code. It also does a pretty good job of preparing you for the job search and salary negotiation process, which would be extremely valuable even without any of the technical training.

  • John Shen
  • Software Engineer Track: In-Person
  • Graduated: 2014

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"Intense program, interesting incentive structure, great friends"

The facts--

I attended the June 2014 cohort. The rest of this review is specific to my experience. The program is constantly changing and will be different today.
Curriculum in RoR and js/Backbone (they now teach React instead)
Large time investment. Class... Read More


Provided structure and guidance that I couldn't have gotten otherwise.
'Don't pay until you get a job' was the only way that I could afford a bootcamp (without credit card debt).
Actually makes you code instead of just teaching you code.
Pair programming is great to see different coding styles, to learn how to explain your code, and to disseminate best practices.
Made a lot of good friends/network. All of my current roommates are a/a grads.


There is a $3k deposit, so not totally free.
I benefitted a lot from being able to live in the office. This is no longer an option.
Large initial time investment if you're starting from scratch. I had never coded before starting the application process. It took ~a month of self teaching on nights and weekends before I had the background to complete the application.

LOTS of work. There are assessments. You will be kicked out if you consistently perform poorly. ~10% of my cohort was kicked out.

  • Ronnie
  • Software Engineer Track: In-Person
  • Graduated: 2014

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"Got my pick of job offers after graduation"

I received my first job offer one week after sending out my first resume, and by the time graduation day rolled around 3 weeks later, I had 6 offers in hand. After I was hired, my team went on to hire two more App Academy graduates and several of my coworkers... Read More

Completing App Academy opened up a lot of doors for me that would be closed to me otherwise and I have zero regrets about going through the program.

  • John Smithe
  • Software Engineer Track: In-Person
  • Graduated: 2014

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"Strong curriculum but very little support"


Curriculum is well designed at of the appropriate depth and pace
Fun projects to drive concepts home and learn more deeply


Instructors are often more concerned with chatting among themselves than helping students
Since the curriculum is constantly... Read More

On the whole the program is a good fit for people who don't have the discipline to work through these tutorials and exercises in a timely fashion on their own.

  • Will
  • Software Engineer Track: In-Person
  • Graduated: 2013

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"App Academy changed my life"

This is a response to AlanS.

I took the course back in July 2013 (looks like this is the second review coming from this cohort) and as far as I'm aware, my classmates and I all received our deposits back at the end of the course as agreed upon. If you... Read More

In response to your claim that they hire on the majority of the graduates to boost placement - I can attest that this is untrue. In my cohort, the top performing student was offered a teaching assistant position, while everyone else (including myself) participated in the standard job search. I graduated in the bottom half of my class, but I did land a job I was happy with after a 2-month search. Granted, it was not an easy process, and there were many rejections along the way, but what do you expect?

Not trying to be confrontational here, but from your post it sounds like you have not done your research. This program has done a lot for me personally so I feel obligated to get the facts out. I am happy to share more details about my experience; if anyone is interested just send me a message.

  • Nick Hong
  • Graduated: 2013

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"I'm very happy I decided to attend AA. It's not perfect, but it does have lots going for it in comparison to other dev bootcamps."

I'm very happy I decided to attend AA. It's not perfect, but it does have lots going for it in comparison to other dev bootcamps.

I think programming camps share many similar attributes - for instance, almost all of them learn in pairs, teach Rails, have... Read More

AA spends time developing algorithmic thinking. We started off barely knowing enough Ruby to run nested for loops to solve 'Fizz Buzz'. In the next 5 days we implemented a lot of things like binary search and quick sort. At the end of the first week, we built Tic Tac Toe allowing human players to play through the terminal against an unbeatable AI in 8 hours (that was nuts!). A few weeks later we took 5 days to learn all the same things in Javascript. Many of the junior programmers I've interviewed from other camps knew a lot of ways to do things with Rails, but didn't know how to script well enough in plain old Ruby/JS.
AA taught object-oriented and social programming. Our code was constantly evaluated for object-oriented thinking, clarity in choice of variable and function names, and accessibility to other programmers. Really handy now when I'm working with 6 other engineers!
AA taught away the magic. AA's instructors taught this super well - nothing is magical. In the course we did things like rebuild Active Record through meta programming, recreate the basics of Backbone.js using plain Javascript, implement our own sessions/login before using Devise/Sorcery, read server logs to detect and get rid of N+1 queries, and other things that dig deeper into frameworks that many take for granted.
They know what companies are looking for. I was fortunate enough to get 5 offers in 4 weeks of searching after AA. They really prepared me for the job search.
AA's curriculum covers less overall material. I think the course was a little too light on coverage of CSS. We also didn't cover some classic Rails patterns, like making forms work through AJAX with Rails' forms using remote: true ( we did cover how to AJAXify through plain old JS, obviously). Finally, I wish we had spent more time learning to code through TDD. It's a tradeoff for focusing more deeply.
AA is extremely fast-paced. You have to work hard to keep up. Definitely reminded me of 'drinking from the firehose' in my MIT days.

Your brain will hurt a lot. You will stress over keeping up and doing the homework after coding for 10 hours straight. But, in the end, it's all worth it.

Don't hesitate in contacting them. Kush and Ned are super nice :)

  • Zen Zoe
  • Graduated: 2013

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This is a personal story. 

I graduated from the July 13' cohort. I was attracted to AA (App Academy)because I liked their pay later model. If they were willing to bet on me than I felt comfortable betting on them. I was able to find a job within two months... Read More

AA was the most intense experience I've ever had. I came in with limited RoR/JS knowledge and I learned a ton over the course of the program. I personally liked the fact that several students had more experience than I did. Although at times discouraging, it ultimately motivated me to push hard; I was determined to not fall behind. It blew my mind that by the end of the ninth week I could build a web-app front-to-back. For real.

Not everyone makes it though. I've personally been told there have been scenarios where students were refunded their deposit in unfortunate scenarios. Ned and the staff give more attention to the people who seem to need it. It's pretty clear they want everyone to succeed, it seems genuine too, regardless of their financial incentives.

It amazes me how after the program I am able to have high-bandwidth conversations with experienced engineers. Although we learned Rails, I'm currently writing a web-app for work in Flask (Python micro-framework). Picking it up was chill because I understood fundamental web and MVC concepts. More importantly, I learned "how to learn." The skills you gain from AA go beyond Rails/JS, you gain a skill-set to become a real programmer.

AA was an experience I will never forget. I worked my ass off, met a lot of motivated people, and got my dream job working as a professional programmer. Best luck to anyone considering the program or going through it right now -- just remember to get enough sleep!


App Academy's average rating is 4.69 out of 5.0 based on 999 review(s).

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Frequently Asked Questions

What financing options are offered by App Academy?

App Academy offers many financing options, such as Income Share Agreements, Loan Financing, and Upfront Payments.

What courses are offered at App Academy?

There are many courses you can take at App Academy. These include Bootcamp Prep, Software Engineer Track: In-Person, Software Engineer Track: Online

What types of programs are offered at App Academy?

App Academy has Full-Time programs for students that can be taken online or in-person.

In these programs, students can learn from and take advantage of guided lectures, live pair programming, white-boarding, career and job placement services, and more.

What are the job outcomes for App Academy?

The average salary after graduation is $90,000 in New York and $101,000 in San Francisco, and 74% of alumni find a job.

App Academy alumni work at various tech companies, such as Google, Dropbox, PayPal, Facebook, Github, and more.

What is the application process at App Academy like?

Prospective students will need to submit an online form and complete an interview to apply to App Academy.

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