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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
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Courses Data Analytics (Short Course), Software Engineering Bootcamp (Full-Time), Software Engineering Bootcamp (Part Time), Data Analytics Bootcamp (Part-Time), Digital Marketing (Short Course), JavaScript Development (Short Course), User Experience Design Bootcamp (Full-Time), +10 more.
User Experience Design Bootcamp (Part-Time), User Experience Design (Short Course), Front-End Web Development (Short Course), Product Management (Short Course), Visual Design (Short Course), Data Science Bootcamp (Full-Time), Data Science (Short Course), Python Programming (Short Course), React Development (Short Course), Data Analytics Bootcamp (Full-Time)
24-week Software Engineering Full-Time Program (Online), 48-week Software Engineering Part-Time Program (Online), Free Bootcamp Prep
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

  • Ben Sterlini | Data Analyst
  • Data Analytics (Short Course)
  • Graduated: 2022



Job Support

"Great course , helped me land my first data analyst job !"

I approached General Assembly with the goal of switching career into data analytics. I received support from their team to help me understand which course was best suited for my needs, explaining the data analytics space, which hard skills are most in... Read More

I learnt 3 main areas. Excel, Tableau and SQL. I had no previous experience coding prior to the course. Today in my show SQL is probably the backbone of what I do, and all the skills learnt in the course have 100% been useful and this has allowed me to pursue a career in data analytics.

Throughout the course, which I attended online, we had two assistants and the main instructor. All of them were super helpful and patient when needed. They controlled the group really well, so it really felt like there was a good vibe every time I tuned in to a class. It was also quite cool to have a class from all over the world, I'm based in Europe but we had people in the USA, Singapore and even Australia on the call.

I'd recommend General Assembly for anyone looking to change career. They helped me land a job, change my career, increase my earning potential and honestly I only have good things to say about them

  • Anonymous | Software Engineer
  • Software Engineering Bootcamp (Full-Time)
  • Graduated: 2023



Job Support

"Don't go here"

Honestly everything you learn here can be learned on Youtube or by starting your own coding projects. I was lucky to get a job and have great teachers for my cohort but it seems like 98% of the students here aren't finding roles. This is largely due to... Read More

App Academy Reviews

  • Anonymous | Developer
  • 16-week Software Engineering Program
  • Graduated: 2023



Job Support

"Effective and rigorous course with good resources"

App Academy was rigorous but certainly worth it! The curriculum was extensive and offered many opportunities for hands-on practice. The exams were intense at times, but by the last couple of weeks, students are given much more flexibility to develop creative... Read More

  • Jason Greenberg
  • 24-week Software Engineering Program (Full Time)
  • Graduated: 2023



Job Support

"If you are driven, App Academy will get you there."

If you are truly motivated, look no further than App Academy. I graduated in April 2023, started an internship the week following graduation, and just landed my first fulltime role about 4 months later. Before this I was working in clinical psychology... Read More

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