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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 24-week Software Engineering Full-Time Program (Online), 48-week Software Engineering Part-Time Program (Online) 12-Week Software Engineering Immersive (Full-Time), 19-Week Software Engineering Online Immersive with JavaScript and Python (Full-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

  • Austin Lam-Tran
  • 24-week Software Engineering Full-Time Program (Online)
  • Graduated: 2023



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"Incredibly challenging but ultimately rewarding"

App Academy is the most rigorous program I have ever completed, but it was absolutely worth it. Starting with no coding experience, I was able to develop three full-stack projects by the end of the course. The program equips you with all the support you... Read More

I loved the structured curriculum, as it suited my learning style perfectly. However, be prepared for a very fast-paced environment that requires your full dedication. If you want to break into tech, learn how to code from scratch, and are willing to commit all your time to become a developer, I would definitely recommend App Academy.

At the end of the day, success ultimately depends on your commitment and effort to secure your first job in the field, which is tough in this market. However, after completing the bootcamp, you will have the confidence to keep pushing forward.

  • Nicholas Gould
  • 48-week Software Engineering Part-Time Program (Online)
  • Graduated: 2024



Job Support

"Exactly what i was looking for in a program"

Coding has always been a hobby of my since i was in highschool, but i would start and the hit points where i would get confused and not sure what to do and the cost was very prohibited when it came to returning to school. This course allowed me to get... Read More

Hack Reactor Reviews

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



Job Support

"Disappointing Curriculum, Great People"

Hack Reactor is supposed to be the best. While I did have some great moments during the 19-week program, I have to say that I was a bit disappointed with the curriculum. Despite being excited to learn from some of the industry's leading experts, I found... Read More

  • 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

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