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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 FREE - Workshop Wednesdays, Data Analytics, Software Engineering Immersive, Software Engineering Immersive - Flex, Digital Marketing, User Experience Design Immersive, User Experience Design Part Time, +8 more.
Front-End Web Development, Product Management, Visual Design, Data Science Immersive, Data Science Part Time, Python Programming, React Development, Data Analytics Immersive
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
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

  • Jayden LI | Data Analyst
  • Data Analytics Immersive
  • Graduated: 2022



Job Support

"GA compares to TAFE, Uni Degree and Online Learning"

If you wonder how GA Data Analytics course compared to TAFE and Master of IT, or self-leaning: I happened to have a chance to undertake all four in different ways almost simultaneously. I can responsibly tell you that GA is superb among all. TAFE is probably... Read More

  • Joanna Breeden | Software Engineer
  • Software Engineering Immersive
  • Graduated: 2022



Job Support

"I had a positive experience at General Assembly. The instructors and my cohort mates became like family."

The instructors were knowledgeable and supportive. They encouraged us to do our own research and to not be afraid to break the code. I became friends with the other students and we worked on deliverables together in groups whenever possible. This is a... Read More

App Academy Reviews

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



Job Support

"App Academy - 24 Week Online - Review"

App Academy was an outstanding and truly exceptional experience. I will admit that I did not realize how intense it was going to be but it was well worth my time. App Academy (a/A) really makes sure that its students know and fully understand the material.... Read More

  • Connor Burns | Software Developer
  • 24-Week Online Full-Time Software Engineering Program
  • Graduated: 2022



Job Support

"This course will take you through the wringer, but change your life!"

Before taking this course, I worked in hospitality - while it was rewarding, I felt as if I had hit a skill cap. I had been in hospitality 10 years and it was time for a change. I always considered myself a bit of an over-achiever, and I thought learning... Read More

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