If you've dabbled in a free coding platform like Codecademy and now want to fully dive into coding, coding boot camps offer an easy way to do so. These camps are found in tech-heavy cities around the country. While they have their differences, each will give you a crash course on what it takes to write code on a professional level.
If you live in the New York City area, here are four coding boot camps that can teach you everything you need to know to become a programmer/web developer.
General Assembly is a great resource to learn about coding. You don't even have to break out the credit card to start learning. General Assembly's Dash program teaches you the basics of website coding directly within your browser, for free. If you enjoy that experience, it doesn’t need to end—the Manhattan campus offers a full-time course in Software Engineering. The course covers everything from the most basic concepts, to front and back end web development, to working in a team on a product.
When: Terms start in September, October, November, December, January, and March, with the latest terms running through mid-June.
Price: Depending on the course, the price ranges from $14,950 to $15,950. There are price breaks for students who pay in full upfront. There are also scholarship options, and veterans can use the GI Bill.
Fullstack Academy offers an immersive curriculum that takes students through computer science, programming, front and back end development, data, best practices, and career prep. Fullstack says its students go on to work with major tech companies like Google, Amazon, Facebook, and Adobe.
Before the in-person classes begin, students complete a four-week online preparation course called Foundations. The Foundations work teaches core concepts and skills, so that you feel prepared for your first day and get the most from the boot camp experience. After the main coursework is completed, students enter the capstone project phase.
When?: Terms start with Foundations in both September and December. On-campus dates end in February and April, respectively.
Price: $17,910, with some scholarships available
Flatiron School offers a 15-week immersive course that tackles a wide variety of software development concepts. Most students will develop three or four apps by the end of this program, so it’s a great resume builder. There's a money-back guarantee for students who don't land a job within 180 days of graduation (though there are certain criteria, so check out all the details on that offer).
When?: Terms begin in October, November, December, and January.
When?: Terms start in October and November.
The Bottom Line
This list isn’t exclusive. There are many other coding boot camps out there, plus new ones come about all the time. Coding is at the forefront of technological progress, and as such, education in the field is changing at a rapid pace. Always make sure to do your research be deciding; some courses may be better suited to your interests and goals than others.
Also keep in mind that, while not all of these boot camps offer scholarships or price breaks, they all offer some form of payment plan or loan. Some will even allow you to avoid making payments until you land your first coding job. Of course, any potential students should closely examine their payment options and consider a worst-case scenario before signing up for any loans or payment plans.