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App Academy and Hack Reactor bootcamps can be completed part-time, full-time, online, or on-campus. Both have locations in New York City and San Francisco, but Hack Reactor also has campus options in Austin, Boulder, Denver, Phoenix, Los Angeles, and Seattle. App Academy programs last 16-24 weeks, while Hack Reactor's full-time, 12-week program begins with an 80-hour prep program. Both require an initial deposit, but students may enroll in an income share agreement to defer payment until a specified income is achieved.

App Academy Hack Reactor
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Courses App Academy Open, Bootcamp Prep, Software Engineer Track: In-Person, Software Engineer Track: Online 12-Week Software Engineering Immersive (Full-Time), 19-Week Software Engineering Online Immersive with JavaScript and Python (Full-Time), 36-Week Software Engineering Immersive (Part-Time), Software Engineering Premium Prep
Cost $2,999 - $20,000 $250 - $17,980
Location(s) Online, San Francisco, New York City Online, Boulder, Denver, Seattle, San Francisco, Austin, Los Angeles, New York City

What is App Academy?

App Academy offers on-campus immersive full-stack software engineering programs in San Francisco, New York, and online. Students are not required to have previous programming experience and will develop skills while building real-world, experiential projects.

Highlights: App Academy emphasizes career coaching throughout its curriculum to provide graduates with in-demand job skills and employment. Classes run Monday through Friday, 35 hours per week. Subjects include JavaScript, Ruby on Rails, and React/Redux. Students can enroll in either a 24-week, full-time Software Engineering track online or a 16-week Software Engineering track on campus.

Financing/scholarship options: App Academy values diversity and accessibility in its programs, offering deposit assistance for underrepresented communities and resource groups for additional support. Individuals can pay upfront, enroll in a deferred tuition plan, hybrid plan, or secure a loan.

What makes App Academy unique?

Applicants will be assigned an Admissions Specialist to navigate the application process, which includes logic exercises and a coding challenge. A live, two-week prep course is available to practice coding skills before completing the application requirements.

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What is Hack Reactor?

Hack Reactor strives to provide its students with a real-world environment that prepares them for a future career in software engineering. They offer full-time, part-time, online, and in-person coding bootcamps. Campuses are located in major cities throughout the US. Programs are considered high-intensity, which means students will need to prepare to fully commit the necessary time.

Highlights: The on-campus program is a 12-week commitment covering subjects such as Full Stack JavaScript, React, Blockchain, and other fundamental coding skills. Students are selected through a rigorous admissions process, and those who are admitted complete an 80-hour precourse. Hack Reactor also offers live online full-time and part-time bootcamp options.

Financing/scholarship options: Students have the option of paying upfront or choosing the income share agreement (ISA). Based on the ISA terms, students are not required to make tuition payments until they are earning a set minimum salary determined by the bootcamp. Enrollment advisors are available to assist students in determining the best financial option. Hack Reactor also works with lending companies for students who prefer a more traditional loan arrangement.

What makes Hack Reactor unique?

Students receive job placement coaching, including resume building, personal branding tips, and interview practice. Hack Reactor grads have gone on to work for Microsoft, Visa, Google, Apple, LinkedIn, PayPal, Amazon, and more.

Go to Hack Reactor's full page

App Academy Reviews

  • Maggie McDonald | Frontend Developer
  • Graduated: 2022



Job Support

"If you are unhappy with your career, take the leap!"

To anyone considering changing career paths, I couldn’t recommend App Academy enough! Before I applied, I watched countless YouTube videos and read many reviews and reddit forums about whether or not App Academy was for me. I never really heard anything... Read More

  • Anonymous | Software Engineer
  • Graduated: 2022



Job Support

"For what it is, it did teach me a lot."

Even though the program is set up to be a guided course with plenty of staff to help you along the way, I did feel that many times the amount of help needed to understand concepts by my classmates and I was lacking. There were many times where the TA's... Read More

Hack Reactor Reviews

  • Anonymous
  • 12-Week Software Engineering Immersive (Full-Time)
  • Graduated: 2022



Job Support

"Great learning experience!"

I started off with no background in programming. By the midpoint of the cohort, I was very knowledgeable with the javascript and implementation of new technologies. The rest of the time I use my knowledge to build out awesome projects and collaborate... Read More

  • Jacob Hawkins | Software Engineer
  • 12-Week Software Engineering Immersive (Full-Time)
  • Graduated: 2022



Job Support

"Great Choice to Upgrade your Coding Skills"

The community building here was excellent. I treasure the friends I made and the learning that happened. This bootcamp is an excellent choice if you fit the following: You have previous coding experience (1 year of college/JS basics), you enjoy learning... Read More

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