Today it is hard to find a recent college graduate who has not taken additional coursework outside of their college. With the increase in the demand for more technology savvy employees, students have flocked to alternative forms of learning online and offline. These options range from coding boot camps to websites like Lynda.com. However, the world of online and offline learning is shifting greatly. A new round of startups have been tackling this increased demand for alternative education platforms.
One of the most progressive companies in this area is One Month led by Mattan Griffel, they were incubated by Y Combinator. One Month allows students to learn online at their own pace, but it also gives them the opportunity to do project-based learning. This setup allows the student to build something while they study, which helps to enhance their retention of material from classes. Another company targets the high school market, hackEDU allows high school students to build their own coding clubs. hackEDU provides new clubs with a baseline coding curriculum, free software tools, and community building training.
Online education and school clubs that are online are the beginning of alternative education in the Web 2.0 age. Coding boot camps are the fastest growing education programs in the United States. The boot camp market will grow by 2.4 times, to an estimated 16,056 graduates in 2015, up from 6,740 in 2014. For comparison, estimates suggest that there were 48,700 undergraduate computer science graduates from accredited US universities in 2014.
Below is a comprehensive list of the top 20 coding boot camps and the top 8 online coding schools. These schools are ranked by cost, locations, alumni base, features of the schools and diversity of course offerings. The top 5 schools include General Assembly, App Academy, New York Code + Design Academy, Fullstack Academy and Startup Institute.
General Assembly was founded in 2011 and it provides a diverse selection of courses from web development to business foundations. App Academy was founded in 2012 and it offers an intensive, full-time, project-based web development class that has a job placement guarantee. New York Code + Design Academy was founded in 2012, it offers full-time and part-time workshops in web and mobile app development and UI/UX design. Fullstack Academy is a graduate of Y Combinator, they offer a program that will take from amateur to professional web developer in 13 weeks. Startup Institute was founded in 2012, they offer a diverse range of courseware from web design to technical marketing.
The Top 20 Coding Boot Camps (in person):
- General Assembly
- App Academy
- New York Code + Design Academy
- Fullstack Academy
- Startup Institute
- Coding Dojo
- Coding House
- Dev Bootcamp
- Flatiron School
- Dev League
- Grand Circus
- Hack Reactor
- Hackbright Academy
- Launch Academy
- Coder Foundry
- The Iron Yard
- Fire Bootcamp
Here the top 8 online schools:
- Code School
- One Month
- Code Academy
- Tealeaf Academy
Data about Coding boot camps in 2014 – 2015 (CourseReport):
- Our 2014 Market Sizing Study projected the 2014 market size to be 5,987 graduates. Our 2015 study finds that the actual market size in 2014 was 6,740 graduates. Thus our 2014 report underestimated year-over-year growth by 11%.
- Average tuition price of qualifying courses is $11,063, with an average program length of 10.8 weeks.
- We estimate that tuition revenue from qualifying US schools will be $172M in 2015 (up from $52M in 2014), excluding scholarships.
2015 Schools that data was gathered from:
● Ada Developers Academy ● App Academy ● Bitmaker Labs ● CodeCraft School ● BrainStation ● Byte Academy ● Claim Academy ● Code Fellows ● CodeCore Bootcamp ● Coder Camps ● Coder Foundry ● Coder Vox ● Codeup ● Coding Campus ● Coding Dojo ● Coding House ● Craftsmanship Academy ● DecodeMTL ● Deep Dive Coders ● Dev Bootcamp ● Dev League ● devCodeCamp ● DevMountain ● DevPoint Labs ● Epicodus ● Fire Bootcamp ● Flatiron School ● Fullstack Academy ● General Assembly ● Grand Circus ● Galvanize ● Hack Reactor ● Hackbright Academy ● HackerYou ● Ironhack ● Launch Academy ● LearningFuze ● Lighthouse Labs ● MakerSquare ● Mobile Makers Academy ● Nashville Software School ● New York Code + Design Academy ● Notch8 LEARN ● Omaha Code School ● Orange County Code School ● PDX Code Guild ● Portland Code School ● Prime Digital Academy ● RefactorU ● RocketU ● Sabio.la ● SeedPaths ● Skill Distillery ● Software Craftsmanship Guild ● Startup Institute ● Tech Academy Portland ● Tech Talent South ● The Iron Yard ● Turing ● TurnToTech ● We Can Code IT ● Wyncode
this article was orginally published on collegestartup.org