2021 Best Online Coding Bootcamps

21 Top Schools: Rankings, Reviews, and Courses

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By: The SwitchUp Team
Last Updated: September 21, 2020
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According to research conducted by Indeed, hiring managers in both large and small tech companies claim they can’t find enough skilled coders to meet their needs. However, about 80% of survey respondents have hired coding bootcamp grads to fill their talent shortages, and nearly all of them said they’ve been highly satisfied with the results. So, for individuals who want to develop new coding skills quickly and conveniently, an online coding bootcamp just might be the answer. In approximately six months’ time, online coding bootcamp graduates will be better prepared to take on these in-demand roles. Some bootcamp providers even offer job placement assistance.

Since we began ranking online coding bootcamps in 2014, SwitchUp has become a trusted source for people who want to identify the online coding bootcamp options that best meet their needs. Only those bootcamps that have earned at least 4 out of 5 stars and been thoroughly reviewed by a minimum of 10 graduates have made it onto our latest ranked list, below. Click here to see our full rankings methodology or discover detailed information about online coding bootcamp programs and job opportunities here.

1. Codesmith

5.0/5 (based on 14 reviews of Online Web Design Programs)
(based on 14 reviews of Online Web Design Programs)
Locations: Online, Los Angeles, NYC, Temporarily Online
Courses: Full Stack Software Engineering Immersive Program, JavaScript for Beginners, Part-time Remote Software Engineering Immersive, +1 More
Subjects: Algorithms, AngularJS, CSS, Data Structures, Database Design +20 More
Available Online
Flexible Classes
Verified Outcomes
Available Online
Flexible Classes
Verified Outcomes

Codesmith offers a software engineering bootcamp that integrates fundamental and advanced tools and technologies in all areas of coding. Students may choose to complete the course on-campus in New York City or remotely in 12 weeks full-time or remotely in around nine months part-time. The curriculum centers on learning front- and back-end development, including instruction in JavaScript, HTML, CSS,... Read More

2. Practicum by Yandex

4.92/5 (based on 24 reviews of Online Web Design Programs)
(based on 24 reviews of Online Web Design Programs)
Locations: Online
Courses: Web Developer
Subjects: Data Analytics, Data Science, JavaScript, Web Development
Available Online
Job Guarantee
Available Online
Job Guarantee

Practicum by Yandex’s web development bootcamp trains students in modern and relevant coding tools, technologies, and techniques. The ten-month, 720-hour curriculum includes portfolio projects, coding tasks, and code exercise review and feedback. Students advance from the fundamentals of JavaScript, CSS, and HTML to more advanced applications of programming and coding, back-end design, and interface... Read More

3. Altcademy

4.94/5 (based on 49 reviews of Online Web Design Programs)
(based on 49 reviews of Online Web Design Programs)
Locations: Online
Courses: Front-end Web Development, Full-stack Web Development, Back-end Web Development
Subjects: AJAX, Algorithms, AngularJS, API, Bootstrap +20 More
Available Online
Flexible Classes
Available Online
Flexible Classes

Altcademy is an affordable educational institute that provides online coding bootcamps unimpacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Students can complete a full-stack web development course in as little as 25 weeks and be prepared for the tech workforce with knowledge of HTML, CSS, JavaScript, React, Ruby, and Ruby on Rails once they graduate. Altcademy’s front-end web development course will teach students... Read More

4. SheCodes

4.95/5 (based on 146 reviews of Online Web Design Programs)
(based on 146 reviews of Online Web Design Programs)
Locations: Online
Courses: SheCodes Online Workshop, SheCodes Plus, SheCodes React
Subjects: CSS, HTML, JavaScript, Product Mgmt, React.js +1 More
Available Online
Flexible Classes
Available Online
Flexible Classes

SheCodes is a coding school that offers online coding bootcamps for women. Since the bootcamps are online, SheCode programs are not affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. SheCodes Workshop is a three-week bootcamp that introduces students to front-end development. Students will spend approximately five hours per week studying with live technical support. The SheCodes Plus workshop is an eight-week course... Read More

5. Hack Reactor

4.92/5 (based on 12 reviews of Online Web Design Programs)
(based on 12 reviews of Online Web Design 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 offers a software engineering bootcamp that can be completed entirely online. The bootcamp is designed to prepare students for a career in the industry through 800 hours of instruction focusing on computer science and JavaScript. The course can be completed full-time in 12 weeks or part-time in nine months. Remote instruction is live, allowing students the same immersive experience they... Read More

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6. Coding Dojo

4.91/5 (based on 23 reviews of Online Web Design Programs)
(based on 23 reviews of Online Web Design Programs)
Locations: Online, Arlington, Oakland, Boise, Chicago, Dallas +5 More
Courses: Onsite Full-Time Coding Bootcamp, Online Part-Time Coding Bootcamp (Accelerated), Online Part-Time Coding Bootcamp (Flex), +1 More
Subjects: .NET, AJAX, AngularJS, ASP.NET, ASP.NET MVC +38 More
Available Online
Flexible Classes
Accepts GI Bill
Available Online
Flexible Classes
Accepts GI Bill

Coding Dojo offers online coding bootcamps, and it has temporarily closed its 10 campus locations in response to COVID-19. Its online full-time coding bootcamp teaches students the skills to become full-stack developers. It starts with web fundamentals and then teaches students three complete web stacks. Developers will learn Python, Java, and the MERN (Mongo, Express, React, and Node.js) stack. Once... Read More

7. The Tech Academy

4.93/5 (based on 14 reviews of Online Web Design Programs)
(based on 14 reviews of Online Web Design Programs)
Locations: Portland, Salt Lake City
Courses: Full-Time Software Developer Boot Camp, Full-Time Python Boot Camp, Full-Time C# and .NET Framework Boot Camp, +2 More
Subjects: .NET, Agile, ASP.NET, ASP.NET MVC, Bootstrap +16 More
Available Online
Flexible Classes
Verified Outcomes
Available Online
Flexible Classes
Verified Outcomes

The Tech Academy offers several online coding bootcamps and individual courses to best meet the career goals and interests of each student. All self-paced bootcamps are available full- and part-time and range in length from eight to 40 weeks. Available bootcamps include those focusing on software development, C# and .NET, Python, and front-end web development. The final course in all Tech Academy bootcamps... Read More

8. OpenClassrooms

4.87/5 (based on 15 reviews of Online Web Design Programs)
(based on 15 reviews of Online Web Design Programs)
Locations: Online
Courses: Ruby Developer, Front-End Developer, Full-Stack Developer
Subjects: Android, Bootstrap, CSS, Design Principles, HTML +13 More
Available Online
Flexible Classes
Job Guarantee
Available Online
Flexible Classes
Job Guarantee

OpenClassrooms offers a number of learning paths in coding, leading to an associate- or bachelor’s-level diploma. Paths include front- and back-end development, Android and iOS mobile development, and full-stack development. Students can choose to complete any course of study full-time in 12 months or at their own pace. The learning model of OpenClassrooms centers on weekly, one-on-one mentorship and... Read More

9. School of IT

4.85/5 (based on 13 reviews of Online Web Design Programs)
(based on 13 reviews of Online Web Design Programs)
Locations: Online, Amsterdam, Cape Town, Copenhagen, Johannesburg, London
Courses: Web Development Course, Software Development Course, Software Engineering Course, +1 More
Subjects: C#, C++, CSS, Data Structures, Database Design +16 More
Available Online
Flexible Classes
Available Online
Flexible Classes

The School of IT offers multiple online courses in coding, including a full-stack development bootcamp. Students can choose to take courses in a number of programming and development areas and languages, including Python, JavaScript, HTML, CSS, Ruby, and Angular. Students work one-on-one with a mentor, and classes can be scheduled to work around the student’s availability. Depending on how intensive... Read More

10. Actualize

4.87/5 (based on 67 reviews of Online Web Design Programs)
(based on 67 reviews of Online Web Design Programs)
Locations: Online, Chicago
Courses: Actualize Coding Bootcamp: Part-Time, Actualize Coding Bootcamp: Online Live, Actualize Coding Bootcamp: Full-Time
Subjects: CSS, Git, HTML, JavaScript, Ruby +3 More
Available Online
Flexible Classes
Available Online
Flexible Classes

Unimpacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, Actualize continues to offer a live online coding bootcamp to prepare students for a job in the tech industry. Instructors are not only skilled programmers but are also accomplished educators. The course starts with four weeks of pre-work that prepares students for the main course. The main course that lasts 12 weeks is taught live and is followed by exercises to... Read More

11. Skillcrush

4.77/5 (based on 13 reviews of Online Web Design Programs)
(based on 13 reviews of Online Web Design Programs)
Locations: Online
Courses: Wordpress Development, Front End Development
Subjects: Career Coaching, Collaboration, Command Line, CSS, Design Principles +25 More
Available Online
Flexible Classes
Job Guarantee
Available Online
Flexible Classes
Job Guarantee

Skillcrush offers students the opportunity to complete an online coding bootcamp designed for flexible scheduling. Students can choose between four bootcamps that offer instruction in specialized areas of coding, including Python for web apps and data, WordPress development, front-end development, and front-end development with ReactJS. All courses and project work are mentor-led, allowing students... Read More

12. React GraphQL Academy

4.96/5 (based on 23 reviews of Online Web Design Programs)
(based on 23 reviews of Online Web Design Programs)
Locations: Online, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Lisbon, London
Courses: React, Redux & GraphQL Bootcamp, React, Redux Fundamentals Training, Complete React Part-time Training, +3 More
Subjects: Functional Programming, GraphQL, JavaScript, Mobile, React.js +1 More
Available Online
Flexible Classes
Available Online
Flexible Classes

React GraphQL Academy provides both immersive and part-time coding courses focused on React and GraphQL technology. Immersive courses include React Bootcamp, Advanced React, React Fundamentals, GraphQL API, and workshops. Part-time courses include the React Part-Time Bundle, React Fundamentals PT, and Advanced React PT. These cover similar topics, but in a more relaxed format. Classes are held both... Read More

13. Bloc

4.73/5 (based on 52 reviews of Online Web Design Programs)
(based on 52 reviews of Online Web Design Programs)
Locations: Online
Courses: Web Developer Track
Subjects: Android, AngularJS, CSS, HTML, iOS +11 More
Available Online
Verified Outcomes
Flexible Classes
Job Guarantee
Available Online
Verified Outcomes
Flexible Classes
Job Guarantee

Bloc was the first educational institution to offer an online coding bootcamp, and their online web developer track is designed for career-minded adults with busy lives. Since classes are offered online, the course has not been impacted by COVID-19. It teaches students the fundamentals of web development, front-end web development, and back-end web development so they graduate as full-stack developers.... Read More

14. App Academy

4.71/5 (based on 79 reviews of Online Web Design Programs)
(based on 79 reviews of Online Web Design 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
Job Guarantee
Flexible Classes
Available Online
Job Guarantee
Flexible Classes

App Academy teaches development with a 24-week online coding bootcamp that is unaffected by COVID-19. Its software engineer track teaches students the skills to be full-stack developers. Students learn front-end development starting with the basics of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. They will also write React/Flux code. To gain back-end development skills, students learn Ruby and SQL. Another App Academy... Read More

15. Udacity

4.66/5 (based on 295 reviews of Online Web Design Programs)
(based on 295 reviews of Online Web Design Programs)
Locations: Online
Courses: Front End Web Developer, Full Stack Web Developer, Java Developer, +3 More
Subjects: Algorithms, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Blockchain, Blockchain and Crypto, Business +19 More
Available Online
Flexible Classes
Available Online
Flexible Classes

Udacity is an online educational institution that gives students planning a career in programming the choice of over 30 options for online coding bootcamps — which have not been impacted by COVID-19. These nanodegree programs teach students the knowledge required for entry-level tech jobs. Students will devote 5 to 10 hours a week for at least four months to graduate from one of Udacity's programs,... Read More

16. Code Institute

4.6/5 (based on 45 reviews of Online Web Design Programs)
(based on 45 reviews of Online Web Design Programs)
Locations: Online
Courses: Free 5 Day Coding Challenge, Full-Time: Diploma in Software Development
Subjects: AngularJS, Career Coaching, CSS, Database Management, Django +7 More
Available Online
Flexible Classes
Available Online
Flexible Classes

Code Institute offers a full-stack software development bootcamp accessible to those with no previous coding experience. Students work a minimum of 12 hours a week on the remote course through Code Institute’s dedicated virtual learning platform and have access to student support and tutoring 24 hours a day, Monday through Friday. The institute also offers its students and graduates career support,... Read More

17. HyperionDev

4.59/5 (based on 51 reviews of Online Web Design Programs)
(based on 51 reviews of Online Web Design Programs)
Locations: Online, Cape Town, Johannesburg
Courses: Full Stack Web Developer Bootcamp, Software Engineering Bootcamp
Subjects: Android, C#, C++, Coding, CSS +14 More
Available Online
Flexible Classes
Available Online
Flexible Classes

Hyperion Development offers part-time and full-time online coding bootcamps that have not been impacted by COVID-19. Students work in a 1:1 mentorship with instructors and spend about 10 to 20 hours per week learning in the part-time program or 40 hours per week in the full-time program. The full-stack web development and software engineer course is a six-month full-time course that teaches HTML, CSS,... Read More

18. Woz U

4.43/5 (based on 23 reviews of Online Web Design Programs)
(based on 23 reviews of Online Web Design Programs)
Locations: Online
Courses: Full Stack Web Development Program
Subjects: .NET, AngularJS, C#, CSS, Cyber Security +13 More
Available Online
Flexible Classes
Available Online
Flexible Classes

Woz U’s software development bootcamp allows students to choose to focus their studies in front-end, back-end, or full-stack web development. The curriculum of the three-month front-end program provides instruction in the fundamentals of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, while that of the four-month back-end course delves further into server-side programming languages and applications. The eight-month full... Read More

19. Nucamp

4.53/5 (based on 47 reviews of Online Web Design Programs)
(based on 47 reviews of Online Web Design Programs)
Locations: Online, Albuquerque, Athens, Atlanta, Aurora, Austin +86 More
Courses: Full Stack Web and Mobile App Development, Web Development Fundamentals, Front End Web and Mobile Development
Subjects: Angular, Bootstrap, CSS, Express.js, HTML +9 More
Available Online
Flexible Classes
Available Online
Flexible Classes

Nucamp’s coding bootcamp offerings vary by skill levels — from a beginning course in the fundamentals of web development to advanced programs in front-end or full-stack web development plus mobile development. Course lectures and exercises are completed primarily online, and students meet once per week for Saturday coding workshops. All of Nucamp’s bootcamps are part-time, requiring between eight and... Read More

20. Flatiron School

4.29/5 (based on 28 reviews of Online Web Design Programs)
(based on 28 reviews of Online Web Design Programs)
Locations: Online, Austin, Chicago, Denver, Houston, NYC +3 More
Courses: Online Software Engineering, Software Engineering, Data Science
Subjects: AngularJS, CSS, Cyber Security, Data Analytics, Data Science +14 More
Available Online
Verified Outcomes
Flexible Classes
Available Online
Verified Outcomes
Flexible Classes

Students can enroll in Flatiron School’s online software engineering bootcamp on a full-time, part-time, or self-paced schedule. The full-time bootcamp requires a ten-month commitment of 45 to 50 hours per week of learning, while the part-time course requires five months of 20 to 25 hours per week. The self-paced option offers the most flexibility, allowing students up to 15 months to complete coursework... Read More

21. Lambda School

4.42/5 (based on 26 reviews of Online Web Design Programs)
(based on 26 reviews of Online Web Design Programs)
Locations: Online
Courses: Full-Time Computer Science & Software Engineering, Part-Time Computer Science & Software Engineering
Subjects: Algorithms, Artificial Intelligence (AI), C, Career Coaching, CSS +21 More
Available Online
Flexible Classes
Available Online
Flexible Classes

Lambda School offers students the opportunity to complete a full-stack web development bootcamp in nine months (full-time) or 18 months (part-time). Students receive instruction in all areas of coding and web development, including JavaScript, HTML, CSS, Node, React, Python, Redux, and SQL. Classes are entirely online, live, and interactive, and can be adapted to work in the time zone of the student.... Read More

2021 Best Online Coding Bootcamps received an average 4.00 of 5 based on 5799 reviews.

Frequently Asked Questions About Online Coding Bootcamps

What are the 10 best online bootcamps of 2021?

Our online bootcamp rankings are based on thousands of reviews. The bootcamps reviewed must offer at least one immersive or part-time coding program that is completely online. The following are the 10 best online bootcamps on the list:

  1. Codesmith
  2. Practicum by Yandex
  3. SheCodes
  4. Altcademy
  5. Hack Reactor
  6. Coding Dojo
  7. The Tech Academy
  8. OpenClassrooms
  9. School of IT
  10. Actualize

Why choose an online coding bootcamp?

An online coding bootcamp is a great option for those who might struggle with attending an in-person program in their area. Coding bootcamps are designed to provide intensive training that helps students develop real-world skills that can boost their career and salary potential. Although some online bootcamps have a more set schedule, one of the top benefits is the flexibility they provide because you can usually attend from anywhere. Both part-time and full-time online coding bootcamps are available.

Is an online bootcamp different from an in-person bootcamp?

With an online bootcamp, there is no in-person contact with teachers or fellow students, but the opportunity to receive support and to network are often still a part of many online bootcamps. However, while online coding programs offer many of the same benefits as in-person programs, they may require more self-direction, especially if they are flex programs, which are programs that are designed to fit into a busier lifestyle. Another difference may be the technology you're required to have. You will need to look at what the online program you're interested in requires and invest in the right equipment and setup if you don't already have it. This could include things like your operating system, hardware, software, apps, and memory.

Are online coding bootcamps worth it?

Coding bootcamps are a personal choice, and for those looking to gain job-ready skills for the tech industry in an intensive and accelerated program, online coding bootcamps are worth it. People who are independent, proactive, and hardworking thrive in a bootcamp setting. Online programs are also great for people who have time or travel constraints, don't have access to in-person bootcamps near them, or learn better with an online curriculum. Before you enroll, consider your personal and professional goals and check out our article Are Coding Bootcamps Worth It? for a more in-depth look at the best candidates for coding bootcamps.

How much do online coding bootcamps cost?

The average cost for an online coding bootcamp ranges between $5,000 and $17,000. You can pay up front, but many coding bootcamps offer alternatives, such as loans, scholarships, or ISAs and deferred tuition.

Are there free online coding bootcamps?

Yes, there are free online coding bootcamps available. Some free bootcamps are based on certain parameters, for example, for women or minorities. However, there are others that are simply free resources. Check out our Free Coding Bootcamp Guide to learn more. Free coding bootcamps are great for beginners. They often offer self-paced courses and projects to help you learn the basics and practice the materials. Completing a free course is an excellent way to determine whether taking a full bootcamp is a worthwhile investment for you.

How long is the average online coding bootcamp?

The typical online coding bootcamp lasts 24 weeks for a full-time program. However, online coding bootcamps can range from 12 to 36 weeks. Many programs also have a part-time option or a flex program, both of which are designed to fit into a busier lifestyle. These are helpful for people who have more time constraints, such as job or family responsibilities, but who still want to work toward advancing their careers.

How can you prepare for an online coding bootcamp?

If you are brand new to coding, taking a prep course can be beneficial. Prep courses are designed to help you get familiar with programming languages and the basics of coding. They also give you a feel for a bootcamp's intense pace. Bootcamps will often list if they offer a prep course. If they don't, you can also take an online coding course before enrolling in a bootcamp to see if it's something you're ready to invest your time, money, and energy in. Many online coding bootcamps also have a list of system requirements, like operating system, RAM, drive space, processing speed, software, and apps, so it's important to make sure you have the correct equipment and software.

How do I choose the right online coding bootcamp?

To choose the best online coding bootcamp for you, start by identifying what fits best. This includes how much time you can commit, your finances, your learning style, and your career goals. For example, if you are interested in becoming a data scientist and will need to continue working, you may want to research online data science bootcamps that offer part-time or flex programs. For more ideas about how to fine-tune your selection, check out our Guide to Choosing a Bootcamp. To find out more about the bootcamp experience and what tech careers are available after graduating, read our blog about what jobs you can get after coding bootcamp.

How can I succeed at coding bootcamp?

To optimize your chance of succeeding, define your goals and select the ideal bootcamp type for your needs. We can help you find a top-rated bootcamp with our Get Matched tool. Before you begin the bootcamp, you should create a distraction-free workspace with the required equipment, operating system, and software. It's also important to make sure you're in the right space mentally because you should be ready to work hard and be fully immersed in a learning experience. You may want to consult with your family and employer in advance to make sure you'll have their support as you go through the process.

Once you're in the bootcamp, carve out a dedicated time for practice and stick with your new routine as much as you can. Review your lessons each week, and don't hesitate to ask questions and learn from others if there's something you don't understand. When you're working on coding assignments, it's helpful to take mini-breaks for exercise and meals, or to just step away for a bit and come back with a fresh perspective. Above all, recognize that learning anything new - especially something as challenging as coding - will take time and probably involve a lot of mistakes. By adopting a positive attitude and staying focused on the ultimate rewards, you'll help yourself get through any rough patches along the way.

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. If bootcamps have the same review score, bootcamps with more reviews are ranked higher to break the tie. 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 online coding ranking were required to meet the following criteria at the time of publication:

  • Offer an immersive or part-time coding program that is completely online
  • Have at least 10 verified reviews of online coding programs
  • For those online 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. Are Coding Bootcamps Worth It? What Employers Really Think. [online] Indeed.com. Available at: https://www.indeed.com/lead/what-employers-think-about-coding-bootcamp [Accessed 10 September 2020].
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