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General Assembly and App Academy both provide online and campus-based coding bootcamp options. App Academy has locations in New York City and San Francisco and offers App Academy Open which allows those interested in coding to try it for free. General Assembly has over 30 locations in six countries and provides graduates with alumni and professional partnership networks. App Academy offers courses in three programming languages: JavaScript, Ruby on Rails, and React/Redux. General Assembly has courses in JavaScript, HTML, JavaScript, Python, SQL, C#, C++, PHP, and Ruby on Rails. App Academy's bootcamps last 16-24 weeks, while General Assembly’s last 10–13 weeks. Both programs offer an income share agreement.

General Assembly App Academy
Overall Rating
Courses Data Analytics (Part-Time), Software Engineering Immersive, Digital Marketing (Part-Time), User Experience Design Immersive, User Experience Design (Part-Time), Front-End Web Development (Part-Time), Product Management (Part-Time), +6 more.
Visual Design (Part-Time), Data Science Immersive, Data Science (Part-Time), Python Programming (Part-Time), React Development (Part-Time), Data Analytics Immersive
16-week Software Engineering Program, 24-week Software Engineering Program (Full Time), 48-week Software Engineering Program (Part Time), App Academy Open, Bootcamp Prep, Self-Paced Bootcamp Prep Online
Cost $2,800 - $15,950 $2,999-$20,000
Location(s) Online, Austin, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Dallas, Melbourne, Providence, New York, San Diego, San Francisco, Santa Monica, Seattle, Sydney, Detroit, Houston, Miami, Minneapolis, Raleigh, Paris, Toronto, Denver, Singapore, Orlando, Scottsdale Online, San Francisco, New York City

General Assembly

What is General Assembly?

General Assembly provides part-time and full-time classes with both online or campus-based options. With locations around the globe, students have access to an international network. General Assembly provides students with current skills and programs for in-demand careers like data science, software engineering, UX design, and more.

Highlights: Online courses are designed to accommodate a student's schedule, with classes lasting 10-13 weeks. With 30 different campuses and online options, General Assembly supports international networking through an alumni network, connecting graduates across the globe with potential tech careers by working with 19,000+ hiring partners. Course offerings are designed to fulfill best practices and meet market demand. The curriculum is designed by a large team of instructional designers, subject matter experts, and education product managers.

Financing/scholarship options: General Assembly aims to offer payment programs for every type of student. They offer financing options such as installment plans, loans, and a deferred tuition option, and their Social Impact team works with veterans and underrepresented populations to identify potential funding sources and scholarship opportunities.

What makes General Assembly unique?

In addition to coursework, General Assembly offers many networking opportunities such as workshops and events with industry leaders. Big companies that have hired General Assembly graduates include Google, Microsoft, and IBM.

Go to General Assembly's full page

App Academy

What is App Academy?

App Academy offers both on-campus and online programs. The curriculum is developed with industry leaders from top tech companies, so students learn skills that are valued in the job market. Prospective students can explore coding and if it's right for them through the free resource, App Academy Open.

Highlights: Students may enroll in either a 24-week full-time Software Engineering track online or a 16-week Software Engineering track on campus. Subjects include Ruby on Rails, JavaScript, and React/Redux. As these courses are full-time and cohort-based, accepted students are discouraged from having a job while completing App Academy's program.

Financing/scholarship assistance: App Academy is committed to increasing diversity in the tech industry, so their tuition model is based on income. Graduates are not required to pay tuition until they are hired. Additionally, some candidates from underrepresented populations may be awarded deposit assistance; those who opt for the deferred tuition option are still obligated to pay a deposit upfront.

What makes App Academy unique?

Individuals interested in applying are not required to have previous programming experience. While App Academy requires applicants to pass a coding challenge to be accepted, they also offer a two-week course called JumpStart to help candidates prepare.

Go to App Academy's full page

General Assembly Reviews

  • Gabriel Deleon | Senior Software Engineer
  • Software Engineering Immersive
  • Graduated: 2021



Job Support

"Life changing"

It’s an amazing program! Just like anything in life you get what you put into it. They have so many resources to help you gain the knowledge and confidence you need to find your starting job as a software engineer. You’ll learn how to code, build websites,... Read More

  • Leslie Humphrey
  • User Experience Design Immersive
  • Graduated: 2023



Job Support

"My overall experience has been wonderful and I would recommend General Assembly to anyone interested."

I just finished my UX Design Immersive Remote course with General Assembly. Before pivoting into UX design, I worked in product and service base sales roles. I felt unfulfilled in my career and sought a more creative and innovative career path. I created... Read More

App Academy Reviews

  • Brendan Tsuda
  • 16-week Software Engineering Program
  • Graduated: 2022



Job Support

"Job-Focused Software Engineering Bootcamp"

I highly recommend App Academy if you are thinking of making a career change to software engineering! The instructors are second-to-none and do a great job of providing a learning experience that helps you learn to the best of your ability. The format... Read More

  • Joanna Gilbert
  • 24-week Software Engineering Program (Full Time)
  • Graduated: 2022



Job Support

"Great Bootcamp"

a/A is a great bootcamp for anyone looking to break into field. Their curriculum is constantly changing to stay up-to-date with the market. The entire instruction team is fantastic, and the career coaches are incredibly supportive. I spent 1 month after... Read More

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