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RocketU helps top-performing entrepreneurs and tech professionals learn the cutting-edge coding languages and techniques that are necessary for today’s modern applications. We’re more than just another dev bootcamp; we deliver our courses with your whole tech career in mind. RocketU is embedded on the RocketSpace campus, giving you access to some of the hottest tech startups on the planet.
Our innovation campus provides RocketU students with an unparalleled learning experience for programming bootcamp within the same environment as some of the most innovative, fast-growing technolog...Read more
|Location||San Francisco, San Francisco|
|Start Date||Rolling Dates|
|Class Size||20 students|
|Commitment||48 hours in class/wk|
***Switchup Full Disclosure: This reviewer works or has worked for Rocket U.*** A quick message to those of you considering RocketU who are concerned about the negative reviews here on Switchup.
Admittedly, RocketU had a difficult winter 2015 course due to a variety of factors, including the abrupt ending of the relationship with our educational partner.
We felt we needed at least to try and run the course as planned, as students had put their lives on hold for three months to attend RocketU. We owed it to these students. However, we had to improvise the programming. As a result, many students decided to leave the program because it wasn’t exactly what they signed up for and we offered those students a tuition refund. Others chose to stick with the course. Ultimately most studen...Read more
Made by an employee of the bootcamp.
I attended an early cohort of RocketU. Since I have invested a lot of time and money into this establishment, I really want it to succeed. However, I'm not really surprised to see the direction it has headed at this moment. I want to preface this by saying I believe RocketU can find its direction.
Even back in this cohort, several people weren't able to finish the final project and were not satisfied with the experience. These were people that left their lives and $10,000 for the hope that they would be coming away with a new career. This was how the BootCamp was sold to them. That you will be learning surrounded by startups just waiting to scoop up junior developers.
This was over a year ago now and expectations have rightfully shifted as to what will happen upon graduation fr...Read more
As with all bootcamps, you get what you put in.
- It gave me a structured schedule to force myself to learn. This led to reading a ton and learning ReactJS.
- Worked on awesome projects with some great people.
- Met people with diverse backgrounds. For my final project, the two other members came from very different places (A math major graduate and an entrepreneur from Hong Kong ). Also met some people that I'm sure I'll maintain contact with.
- Web dev is interesting to learn and Django is an awesome framework.
- 12k is super steep
- Instruction period was only 6 weeks and the instruction materials were BAD.
- Not really any job support.
- Besides Suman, who is awesome, the other instructors gave me bad architecture directions which led to a ton of wasted...
My time as RocketU was filled with ups and downs from day one, beginning with the change of curriculum. None of the students were notified of the change prior to arriving (Not very ethical of RocketU) and frustrated many. This resulted in many dropping the class in the first week. However, their overall goal to change the curriculum was with good intension. Instead of spending approximately 10 weeks learning frameworks and two weeks building a final project, it is crammed into six weeks of learning and six weeks building three different projects of your choice. This gives you more time to explore technologies and build projects working in teams – a skill required in any software job. As you can imagine, anything done last minute is not done properly. There was several times where we rec...Read more
I recommend RocketU to anyone trying to learn how to code and thinking they can possibly teach themselves at home.
Overall I'm happy about choosing RocketU. Having zero programming experience prior, I learned a ton in 12 weeks and ended it with 3 real full-stack projects now on my resume. The hard reality of attending any bootcamp is that it’s a lot to teach and learn in a very short amount of time. It’s ultimately up to each student to try to take as much out of the program as they can. I saw attending a bootcamp as only a first step to learn how to code. RocketU is still relatively new (I was in their 6th cohort) and yes, there were some ups and downs in this cohort as they were growing their staff and changing up the curriculum. There were regular check-ins/feedback sessions betwe...Read more
The overall experience was pretty terrible. For anyone looking into this bootcamp and hoping for interaction with the start-ups, there will NOT be any. The curriculum was worst than anything from Coursera. 12K is very steep for knowledge that you can Google. I had to teach myself numerous time, since most of the instructor have no front-end experience. None of the teachers really know Angular. There are numerous bootcamps around the Bay Area, I would recommend anyone looking into RocketU to go somewhere else. The positive reviews were all by people who worked for the bootcamp.....
Rocketspace has jumped the shark, or maybe was never any good, and spammed the previous reviews. I was a part of the current cohort, and had to drop out of the program because of terrible instruction quality. Go somewhere else, this is a complete waste of money.
I realized I made a huge mistake after about the first week of attending. The instructors we had literally had no instructing experience, and their people skills were just plain awful. They claim to help you build projects that can be presented to prospective employers but this turned out to be complete bullshit. Literally all of the projects were not finished or needed ALOT of work to make them functional. There is literally no job placement help at all, they do bring in people once in awhile for what are called lunch an learns, but basically it's just business owners or employees who are working inside Rocket Space to come in and pick up the lack of motivation in the RocketU program. Knowing what I know now, I would have never attended, and I would have taught myself everything. To le...Read more
They completely changed the curriculum a few weeks before my cohort started which makes all of the previous reviews irrelevant. They brought in a new general manager, and he seems to have no idea what he is doing. 1/2 of the class dropped out within the first week. As the bootcamp goes on, people are continuously dropping out because the quality of the material has just worsen. From talking to the previous cohort, only three people ended up getting hired. All the previous reviews complementing Yeti, guess what, they are no longer involved anymore. I had to drop out of this to join General Assembly because the people running it don't seem to care. I would really caution you before you join. unless your company's paying for you, I would turn to more establish bootcamps like DevBootcamp or...Read more
Straight up, this was the best investment of time and money I have made. From struggling through CodeAcademy for months, this was a refreshing change of actually being able to build apps 2 weeks in. The best things about RocketU? The people (the RocketSpace team, the students and the teachers - all phenomenal - and the community of startups that physically surround you - amazing!), the class size (20 students vs other bootcamps that have been really big) and the course material (Python - more relevant for work beyond just web apps). Definitely recommend it!
RocketU was an amazing experience for me, and definitely took my programming skills to a whole new level, and led directly to a developer job offer the day after class was finished. I began working just a few days later. I couldn’t be happier.
Before I joined the RocketU bootcamp I was doing freelance graphic design, building a lot of basic websites using Wordpress and doing front end UI development. For the last few years I had begun getting interested in learning more programming languages to build more complex applications.
I had been on a number of coding sites soaking up the lessons, and getting a good base of knowledge. After a while though I began to see the missing pieces that I couldn't figure out on my own, and realized I needed some real instruction and focus to bring ...Read more
I'm flagging this review because the reviewer works for the bootcamp
This course was great. With a limited background in programming, I struggled with the course and kept at it. The class was super fun, the more effort you put in the more you get out of this course. Its pretty amazing at the end of it all you then realize the amount of knowledge you gain from the course. RocketU staff are incredible, Mimi and Blake are really friendly and helpful. The instructors are very helpful and knowledgeable. Just an awesome experience!
I recently graduated from RocketU (cohort Summer 2014). I came in with limited coding experience and it was definitely a very challenging first few weeks. I was very stressed out but luckily, the awesome staff (especially Mimi) at RocketU were so supportive and understanding. They gave me the push that I really needed to keep going and I'm so glad I was not afraid to reach out to them either! The best takeaway from this bootcamp is that YOU need to take ADVANTAGE of everything they have to offer and more. Everyone is there to help each other out so make the most of it!
The teachers from Yeti are just amazing! Some came from bootcamps just like this and they know so much in such a short time frame, I definitely aspire to be like them one day. Rudy and Baylee especially know their stu...Read more
The course was awesome!
I had been learning Python on my own for sometime and had built a couple of webapps with flask. These were ugly apps, and they would take me weeks to build. After the 4th week at rocket space, making that same app took me 3 hours! It also looked and ran better.
I am a recent grad of RocketU Currently working full time for a small startup up in SF. What I have accomplished in the past six months I could not have done without RocketU. I had been freelancing and trying to pick up the tools of the trade for roughly 6 months. But I was not advancing my skill set in a way that satisfied me. So I turned to RocketU in February, finished the bootcamp at the end April and was introduced and eventually hired by a startup that had come through the ranks of RocketSpace, the tech accelerator that launched RocketU. I have them to thank for helping me complete one step in my journey to becoming a badass engineer.