The Top 33 Coding Bootcamps

February 18, 2015

7:00 am

Last night, Switchup released a list of the top coding bootcamps around the world in 2014.

The list takes into account factors like reviews on the Switchup platform, price, location, and job support. You’ll also find helpful information there on how to choose the best coding bootcamp for you. (Switchup provides resources for people who want to start a career in tech.) 

As Switchup explains, coding bootcamps became popular in 2011-2012 and now there are over 100 around the world. These 2- to 3-month programs teach programming in an intense, immersive style, often demanding as much as 10 hours of work per day. The average bootcamp charges about $10,000 – much less than a college education, but still a big chunk of change.

Switchup listed the coding bootcamps in alphabetical order, claiming that it’s incredibly difficult to provide an objective ranking. I’ve arranged them below by rating (and within each rating, by most number of reviews). General Assembly is the outlier, bringing up the rear with a rating of 3.5/5.

1. Epicodus (Portland)

Rating: 5.0 

Subjects: Ruby, JavaScript, PHP

2. Hack Reactor (San Francisco)

Rating: 5.0 

Subjects: Algorithims, AngularJS, CoffeeScript, CSS, Data Structures, Express, Git, HTML, JavaScript, jQuery, MongoDB, MySQL, Node.js, SQL

3. Fullstack Academy (New York)

Rating: 5.0 

Subjects: Ruby, JavaScript

4. Starter League (Chicago)

Rating: 5.0 

Subjects: Programming, Design, Product Development, Entrepreneurship, Visual Design, JavaScript, User Experience

5. Anyone Can Learn To Code (Chicago)

Rating: 5.0 

Subjects: Ruby, Rails, SQL, JavaScript, AngularJS, HTML, CSS, and Git

6. Founders and Coders (London)

Rating: 5.0

Subjects: JavaScript, Node.js, AngularJS

7. Grand Circus (Detroit)

Rating: 5.0 

Subjects: Java, front-end development (JavaScript), C# (.NET), iOS

8. Codeup (San Antonio)

Rating: 5.0

Subjects: Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP, JavaScript

9. Dev League (Honolulu)

Rating: 5.0 

Subjects: JavaScript, HTML, CSS, AngularJS, Node.js, Backbone.js, JQuery, D3

10. Le Wagon (Paris)

Rating: 5.0

Subjects: Ruby, Ruby on Rails, HTML/CSS, Javascript

11. The Flatiron School (New York)

Rating: 5.0

Subjects: Ruby on Rails

12. Coding Campus (Provo)

Rating: 5.0

Subjects: Web development

13. Lighthouse Labs (Vancouver)

Rating: 5.0

Subjects: Ruby/Rails, Javascript, Node, Angular.js, Objective-C, Xcode, Swift

14. MakerSquare (Austin, San Francisco)

Rating: 4.9

Subjects: JavaScript

15. The Iron Yard (Akron, Austin, Atlanta, Charleston, Greenville, Houston, Raleigh-Durham)

Rating: 4.9 

Subjects: Ruby on Rails, Ruby, HTML, CSS, Git, JavaScript, Objective-C, iOS, XCode5, Swift

16. Tech Talent South (Asheville, Atlanta, Charlotte, Raleigh-Durham, New Orleans)

Rating: 4.8

Subjects: Ruby on Rails, Domain Modeling, HTTP and “RESTful” Design, HTML/CSS, Javascript and AJAX

17. Coder Camps (Houston)

Rating: 4.8

Subjects: Full Stack JS, .NET

18. Ironhack (Barcelona, Madrid, Miami)

Rating: 4.8

Subjects: Ruby on Rails, JavaScript, HTML, CSS, Sinatra

19. Coder Foundry (Greensboro)

Rating: 4.8

Subjects: .NET, Javascript, HTML, AngularJS, C#, MVC

20. Makers Academy (London)

Rating: 4.8

Subjects: Ruby, JavaScript, Ruby on Rails, HTML, CSS, jQuery, SQL, PostgreSQL, Git and Heroku, Softwire Design, Agile and Lean

21. Coding Dojo (San Jose, Seattle, Los Angeles, Silicon Valley, San Francisco)

Rating: 4.7

Subjects: Front-End Fundamentals, HTML/CSS, Javascript, Twitter Bootstrap, jQuery, LESS, PHP, CodeIgniter, MySQL, Ajax, Angular.JS, MongoDB, Express, Node.JS, Socket.IO, Redis, Postgres, SQLite, Coffeescript, NGINX, Heroku, Ruby, Rails (all taught in a single course) 

22. Software Craftsmanship Guild (Akron)

Rating: 4.7 

Subjects: Full Stack Web Development – Java or .NET, SQL Server / MySQL, HTML/CSS/JavaScript

23. Designation (Chicago)

Rating: 4.7

Subjects: Web design

24. Startup Institute (Berlin, Boston, Chicago, London, New York)

Rating: 4.7

Subjects: Web Design, Web Development, Technical Marketing, Sales And Account Management

25. Hackbright Academy (San Francisco)

Rating: 4.6

Subjects: Python, Django, JavaScript

26. Bloc (San Francisco, Online)

Rating: 4.5

Subjects: Ruby on Rails, HTML, Javascript, iOS, Android, Objective C, Swift, UX Design, CSS, AngularJS

27. App Academy (New York, San Francisco)

Rating: 4.4 

Subjects: Ruby on Rails, Backbone

28. Launch Academy (Boston)

Rating: 4.4 

Subjects: Ruby on Rails

29. Code Fellows (Portland, Seattle)

Rating: 4.4

Subjects: Ruby on Rails, Python, Full-Stack JavaScript, iOS, Web UI Development

30. Dev Bootcamp (Chicago, New York, San Francisco)

Rating: 4.1

Subjects: Ruby on Rails, Web

31. Rocket U (San Francisco)

Rating: 4.1

Subjects: Python, Django, Angular.JS, Javascript

32. Bitmaker Labs (Toronto)

Rating: 4.0

Subjects: Ruby on Rails, Javascript, HTML, CSS

33. General Assembly (Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, London, Madrid, Atlanta, Boston)

Rating: 3.5 

Subjects: Web, Ruby on Rails, Design, UI/UX, Javascript, Product Management, Digital Marketing, Analytics

Edit, 2/23: Coding Dojo has kindly pointed out that some of these programming schools are for beginners, while others are for more experienced developers. As you look for a school to fit your needs – and hear some schools claim to guarantee job placement and high salaries – keep this in mind. 

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Kira M. Newman is a Tech Cocktail writer interested in the harsh reality of entrepreneurship, work-life balance, and psychology. She is the founder of The Year of Happy and has been traveling around the world interviewing entrepreneurs in Asia, Europe, and North America since 2011. Follow her @kiramnewman or contact [email protected]

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