San Francisco Coding Bootcamps

Best of 2021: Rankings, Reviews, and Courses

Not Sure Where to Apply?
By: The SwitchUp Team
Last Updated: September 21, 2020
2021 Best Coding Bootcamps Badge

The booming tech industry has turned San Francisco into a nationally-recognized center for innovation. After decades spent paving the way for the future of tech, Silicon Valley holds strong as the biggest hub in the industry. With a young talent base and a mindset focused on the future, San Francisco offers a wide range of bootcamps teaching hard skills necessary to succeed in the field.

To help you choose which bootcamp is right for you, we’ve compiled a list of the top coding bootcamps in San Francisco based on student reviews. SwitchUp has been a trusted resource for people choosing which bootcamp will help them achieve their goals since 2014. Each program on our list has been vetted by at least 5 students, and rated at least 4 out of 5 stars, on average.

For more information on our methodology, click here, or continue reading to find out about career opportunities for software developers in San Francisco. For more options, see our list of the Best Coding Bootcamps or the Best Online Coding Bootcamps.

1. Rithm School

5.0/5 (based on 21 reviews of San Francisco Coding Programs)
(based on 21 reviews of San Francisco Coding Programs)
Locations: Online, San Francisco
Courses: Web Development Program
Subjects: Algorithms, Bootstrap, Data Structures, Express.js, JavaScript +5 More
Available Online
Job Guarantee
Available Online
Job Guarantee

Rithm School, located in the financial district of San Francisco, offers full-time coding bootcamps where students focus on JavaScript and Python. Curriculum also includes HTML, CSS, data structures and algorithms, web security, database configuration and management, and much more. The 17-week program comprises 11 weeks of instruction, 3 weeks of real-world experience, and 3 weeks of interview prep.... Read More

2. Hack Reactor

4.78/5 (based on 89 reviews of San Francisco Coding Programs)
(based on 89 reviews of San Francisco Coding Programs)
Locations: Online, Austin, Boulder, Denver, Los Angeles, NYC +2 More
Courses: Software Engineering Immersive, Part Time Software Engineering Immersive
Subjects: AJAX, Algorithms, AngularJS, Blockchain, Blockchain and Crypto +20 More
Available Online
Verified Outcomes
Flexible Classes
VET TEC Provider
Available Online
Verified Outcomes
Flexible Classes
VET TEC Provider

Hack Reactor in San Francisco aims to prepare students to become software engineers who are equipped for any position in the tech space. After 80 hours of self-study, students enter an 11-week program of intensive study that can be completed either onsite or remotely. This is followed by a solo week for rest and/or work on individual projects, and the final week of the 13-week program focuses on career... Read More

3. Hackbright Academy

4.67/5 (based on 12 reviews of San Francisco Coding Programs)
(based on 12 reviews of San Francisco Coding Programs)
Locations: Online, Oakland, San Francisco, San Jose
Courses: 12 Week Full-Time Software Engineering Program, 24 Week - Part-Time Software Engineering Program
Subjects: AJAX, CSS, Django, Git, HTML +3 More
Available Online
Flexible Classes
Available Online
Flexible Classes

Hackbright Academy is a women-only coding school in the Bay Area. Due to COVID-19, in-person classes have been canceled until July 2021, but three reduced-admission online classes are available: a software engineering program that can be taken full-time (12 weeks) or part-time (25 weeks), a five-week prep course for those who want to learn more about coding before committing to a longer program, and... Read More

4. App Academy

4.6/5 (based on 176 reviews of San Francisco Coding Programs)
(based on 176 reviews of San Francisco Coding Programs)
Locations: Online, NYC, San Francisco
Courses: Software Engineer Track: In-Person, Software Engineer Track: Online
Subjects: Algorithms, CSS, Design Principles, Docker, Express.js +13 More
Available Online
Flexible Classes
Job Guarantee
Available Online
Flexible Classes
Job Guarantee

App Academy in San Francisco offers a 24-week online software engineering bootcamp that delves into Python, JavaScript, React/Redux, SQL, back end engineering, iOS development, and more. This program is full time—35 hours/week—with classes held 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT. The standard daily curriculum comprises lectures, live Q&A sessions, and collaboration with other students on various projects. Career... Read More

5. Holberton School

4.26/5 (based on 50 reviews of San Francisco Coding Programs)
(based on 50 reviews of San Francisco Coding Programs)
Locations: Bogota, Cali, Medellin, New Haven, San Francisco +2 More
Courses: Full-Stack Software Engineering
Subjects: Algorithms, Artificial Intelligence (AI), C, CSS, Cyber Security +9 More
Available Online
Available Online

At Holberton School, located in San Francisco, students are given programming tasks and must look for the theory and tools they need to complete them, mimicking the environment in a real-world setting. Such projects can include building a video game, cloning a marketplace, creating a facial recognition engine, or building a blockchain. The curriculum covers C programming language, Unix programming,... Read More

2021 Best San Francisco Coding Bootcamps received an average 4.00 of 5 based on 1379 reviews.

Job Outlook for Coding Bootcamp Graduates in San Francisco

What is the job outlook for software developers in San Francisco?

Virtually everyone agrees that the Bay Area and its environs have been and will continue to be the “center of gravity” for the tech industry. Yet, just like every other industry in every part of the world, the region has felt the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Some tech companies have been forced to enact layoffs or hiring freezes, especially for those in management, marketing, and sales jobs. 

However, there is plenty of reason for optimism among coding professionals as there are still many openings for software engineers to be found in the San Francisco area. Local companies of all sizes are engaged in developing new technology products, especially applications for various devices, all of which are driving an expected 22% increase in the demand for software engineers over the next decade, per the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Those with patience, perseverance, and a portfolio that demonstrates up-to-the-minute software development or web development skills will enhance their chances of landing a new job.

What is the average salary for software developers in San Francisco?

According to job board Indeed, typical salaries in this region are generally higher than in other major cities, but then again, PayScale notes that the cost of living in San Francisco is 80% higher than the national average. Local professionals report that base annual salaries average $158,403 for software engineers, $157,444 for front-end developers, and $111,777 for junior software engineers. Across the U.S. the typical salary range is $85,750 to $92,046 for software engineers, $76,929 to $119,224 for front-end developers, and $64,056 to $74,148 for junior software engineers. 

What companies hire software developers in San Francisco?

It is widely acknowledged that California’s Bay Area, which includes San Francisco, is the tech capital of the world, providing countless opportunities for software developers, software engineers, web developers, UI and UX designers, and other coding professionals. Some of the biggest players in the tech industry are located here, including Alphabet, Facebook, Netflix, and Twitter. A wide array of other large corporations, many of them on the Fortune 500, are also headquartered in the Bay Area, creating even more job openings. These include such familiar brands as Williams-Sonoma, Levi Strauss, and the Gap. 

Professionals who’d prefer to work in smaller companies or startups will find thousands of options in e-commerce, fintech, health tech, edtech, and ad tech. Possibilities include Instacart, DoorDash, Rally Health, Plaid, Opendoor, Lime, and Nuna. Sensor Tower, for example, employs full-stack software engineers and test software engineers to develop, test, and maintain the products they use to provide clients with the competitive data needed to succeed in the mobile space. To develop and maintain its platform that replaces corporate email with an inbox that aggregates all communication apps, Front employs front-end, back-end, and full-stack developers.

SwitchUp Rankings Methodology

SwitchUp's rankings are based on over 20,000 reviews from verified students and alumni, across over 500 bootcamps in operation. Because student and alumni feedback and ratings are indicative of bootcamp quality, rankings are ordered by review score. The order of the ranking is based on data at the time of publishing, but the ratings and review counts will change as more reviews come in.

To be considered for the 2021 rankings, bootcamps must help students land jobs in tech through excellent instructor support, curriculum, and career resources; each review left on SwitchUp evaluates the bootcamp on all of these aspects.

All bootcamps considered for the Best San Francisco Coding ranking were required to meet the following criteria at the time of publication:

  • Offer an immersive or part-time Coding program in San Francisco
  • Have at least 5 verified reviews of Coding programs in San Francisco
  • For those San Francisco Coding program reviews, average at least 4/5 stars

Please see our full ranking methodology to see requirements for other rankings.

Bootcamp Highlights

Looking for a school with specific qualities? We've awarded merit badges to schools in several key areas:

Available Online

Offer either part-time or immersive courses that are available online. This includes courses that are offered temporarily online due to COVID-19.

Verified Outcomes

Offer a job outcomes report that was independently verified by a third-party auditor.

Flexible Classes

Offer self-paced, part-time, or evening classes.

Job Guarantee

Offer guaranteed job placement after graduation, or the student's tuition is refunded. Visit the official school site for related terms and conditions.

GI Bill

Approved to accept GI Bill funds according to the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.

VET TEC Provider

Approved as a VET TEC Provider according to the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.

References

  1. Fruehling, D. (2020). The Fortune 500 is out. How did the Bay Area do this year? [online] San Francisco Business Times. Available at: https://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/news/2020/05/19/how-the-bay-area-fared-in-this-years-fortune-500.html [Accessed 2 September 2020]
  2. Loizos, C (2020). What recruiters are saying about the tech job market right now. [online] TechCrunch. Available at: https://techcrunch.com/2020/05/08/what-recruiters-are-saying-about-the-tech-job-market-right-now/ [Accessed 2 September 2020]
  3. Reed, J (2020). Tech hiring remains muted ahead of the latest jobs report. [online] CNBC. Available at: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/08/06/tech-hiring-slowdown-bad-sign-ahead-of-jobs-report.html [Accessed 2 September 2020].
  4. Software Developers. [online] Occupational Outlook Handbook, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Available at: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/software-developers.htm?view_full#tab-1 [Accessed 14 September 2020]
Person thinking

Need help making a decision?

We'll match you to the perfect bootcamp for your location, budget, and future career.