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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 App Academy Open, Bootcamp Prep, Software Engineer Track: In-Person, Software Engineer Track: Online Hack Reactor Remote + Blockchain, Part Time Software Engineering Immersive, Software Engineering Immersive, 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.

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

  • Pierre Guilbault | Dancer gone SWE
  • Software Engineer Track: Online
  • Graduated: 2021



Job Support

"A jam packed experience keeping you on the edge of your computer chair every waking moment... Also in your sleep as well."

App Academy was quite the experience. It was a lot to take on, and at times didn't feel manageable. It took a lot of extra time for me to feel comfortable with everything. I put in a lot of extra hours and a lot of effort to keep up with everything. If... Read More

  • yun sung choi
  • App Academy Open
  • Graduated: 2021



Job Support

"The best bootcamp EVER!"

Before this Bootcamp, I was working in the food industry for 10 years and tried to change my career. The course is intense for sure but you get how much effort and time you put into the BootCamp. Whenever you will run into problems you don't understand,... Read More

Hack Reactor Reviews

  • Chi Chan | Software Engineerer
  • Software Engineering Immersive
  • Graduated: 2021



Job Support

"Is it worth the money?"

If you're reading through this review, it means you're in the same spot that I was in 6 months ago. In a traditional 4 year university, it will cost an upward of 20 - 40k. In addition to the cost, it is the time. Time is a limited resource that a lot... Read More

  • Zadok Kim
  • Software Engineering Immersive
  • Graduated: 2021



Job Support

"Hack Reactor will train you to be a Software Engineer and not just another bootcamp grad."

Alright y'all ngl the program is very difficult, you will have no semblance of a life for about 3 months. You will see more of your classmates than your own friends and family for three months but you will not regret it. I went in not expecting much,... Read More

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