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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
Overall Rating
Courses 16-Week Campus Software Engineering Program, 24-Week Online Full-Time Software Engineering Program, 52-Week Online Part-Time Software Engineering, App Academy Open, Bootcamp Prep 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)
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.

Go to App Academy's full page

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

  • Jacob | Web Engineer
  • 24-Week Online Full-Time Software Engineering Program
  • Graduated: 2022



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"Life Changer"

As someone who has worked various jobs in the service industry, retail, dog daycares and vet clinics, who has just began his new career as a software engineer, I can say that App Academy is responsible for guiding me through a rapid upshift in my life... Read More

  • Anonymous | Software Engineer
  • 24-Week Online Full-Time Software Engineering Program
  • Graduated: 2022



Job Support

"Best Experience Ever!"

App Academy is an exceptional coding boot camp that provides a comprehensive and intensive education for those looking to launch a career in Software Engineering. From the very start, I was impressed by the quality of instruction and the dedication of... Read More

Hack Reactor Reviews

  • Anonymous
  • 19-Week Software Engineering Online Immersive with JavaScript and Python (Full-Time)
  • Graduated: 2022



Job Support

"don't go to Hack Reactor/ Galvanize - choose another BootCamp like codesmith or app academy - they're probably better"

I did the 19-week BootCamp with Hack Reactor/ Galvanize and it was pretty mediocre. - module 1 was quite useful, learned a lot about python and django - also the lecturers were decent built a CRUD todos app using django in the backend - looked pretty... Read More

  • Ciprian Popa | former student
  • 12-Week Software Engineering Immersive (Full-Time)
  • Graduated: 2020



Job Support

"Worse than I could have imagined."

I was sooo enthusiastic to attend the workshops and open houses at Hack Reactor, working on javascript and to hear such goods results of those students until I had my experience and I would say - never again! Starting from those events, the word from... Read More

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