February 18, 2015
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)
2. Hack Reactor (San Francisco)
3. Fullstack Academy (New York)
4. Starter League (Chicago)
5. Anyone Can Learn To Code (Chicago)
6. Founders and Coders (London)
7. Grand Circus (Detroit)
8. Codeup (San Antonio)
9. Dev League (Honolulu)
10. Le Wagon (Paris)
11. The Flatiron School (New York)
Subjects: Ruby on Rails
12. Coding Campus (Provo)
Subjects: Web development
13. Lighthouse Labs (Vancouver)
14. MakerSquare (Austin, San Francisco)
15. The Iron Yard (Akron, Austin, Atlanta, Charleston, Greenville, Houston, Raleigh-Durham)
16. Tech Talent South (Asheville, Atlanta, Charlotte, Raleigh-Durham, New Orleans)
17. Coder Camps (Houston)
Subjects: Full Stack JS, .NET
18. Ironhack (Barcelona, Madrid, Miami)
19. Coder Foundry (Greensboro)
20. Makers Academy (London)
21. Coding Dojo (San Jose, Seattle, Los Angeles, Silicon Valley, San Francisco)
22. Software Craftsmanship Guild (Akron)
23. Designation (Chicago)
Subjects: Web design
24. Startup Institute (Berlin, Boston, Chicago, London, New York)
Subjects: Web Design, Web Development, Technical Marketing, Sales And Account Management
25. Hackbright Academy (San Francisco)
26. Bloc (San Francisco, Online)
27. App Academy (New York, San Francisco)
Subjects: Ruby on Rails, Backbone
28. Launch Academy (Boston)
Subjects: Ruby on Rails
29. Code Fellows (Portland, Seattle)
30. Dev Bootcamp (Chicago, New York, San Francisco)
Subjects: Ruby on Rails, Web
31. Rocket U (San Francisco)
32. Bitmaker Labs (Toronto)
33. General Assembly (Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, London, Madrid, Atlanta, Boston)
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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