13 top Web development bootcamps in 13 cities

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Bootcamp bonanza

According to a recent survey by bootcamp directory and reviews website Course Report, more than twice as many students are expected to graduate from coding bootcamps this year (16,056) than in 2014 (6,740).

“People are drawn to them for time- and money-savings,” says Liz Eggelston, cofounder of Course Report. “These programs aren’t cheap, but they take three to six months to complete instead of two to three years for a graduate degree—and cost a fraction of the price.”

And attending coding bootcamps appears to pay off for graduates: Three-quarters of respondents to Course Report's survey report finding full-time employment that requires skills they learned in a bootcamp. Among those, 63 percent are in salaried positions, and survey respondents cited an average salary growth of $25,000 following bootcamp graduation.

From East Coast to West, here’s a look at 13 popular bootcamp programs for Web developers, including tuition and job assistance details to help you find the best bootcamp for you.

Launch Academy — Boston, Mass.
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Launch Academy — Boston, Mass.

Launch Academy is a 10-week full-time program for students with little to no coding experience. Students learn through practicing: You will conceptualize, build and improve on real products that you then present to companies on career day, which features hiring managers from tech companies from across the country.

Tuition: $15,500

Of note: Ninety percent of students graduated in 2013 and 2014; 88 percent of graduates obtained full-time jobs. Launch Academy offers students a 6-month post-graduate support program.

Codify Academy — New York City
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Codify Academy —New York City

Codify Academy is a part-time, 16-week front-end development bootcamp. Students can expect to spend three hours per week in the classroom, and 10 to 15 hours per week on learning outside the classroom. Classes are small (10 students or fewer) and the focus is on HTML, CSS, JavaScript and related tools. Codify Academy is also located in San Francisco.

Tuition: $5,000

Of note: Codify Academy offers job assistance and post-graduate resources.

Wyncode — Miami, Fl.
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Wyncode — Miami, Fla.

Wyncode is a 9-week intensive training program in Ruby, Rails, JavaScript, HTML5, CSS3 and soft skills, such as business and leadership. Wyncode students can also expect to participate in extracurricular activities, including yoga, CrossFit, sailing and go-karting. Wyncode has a second location in Fort Lauderdale.

Tuition: $3,500-$10,000

Of note: Wyncode is licensed by the Commission for Independent Education in the Florida Department of Education. It also offers job assistance and job placement resources.

Starter League, Chicago
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Starter League — Chicago, Ill.

Starter League offers 10- to 11-week programs for students to learn to code, design and ship Web applications. The school maintains small class sizes and features hands-on labs, deep-dive workshops and focused product development.

Tuition: $2,000-$8,000

Of note: $500 tuition discount for Course Report members. Starter League is approved by the Division of Private Business and Vocational Schools of the Illinois Board of Higher Education.

Designation, St. Louis, Mo.
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Designation — St. Louis, Mo.

Designation is a 12-week, full-time course with mandatory evening classes focused on Web design. Applicants are not required to have experience in design, but should have some technical experience. Students can expect to dedicate 70 hours per week to the program. The course culminates in Portfolio Night where students present their work to Designation’s hiring partners.

Tuition: $9,800

Of note: Designation offers job assistance and apprenticeships. It also provides portfolio assistance, workshops, mentorship programs and reduced-rate continuing education opportunities.

Software Guild — Minneapolis, Minn.
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Software Guild — Minneapolis, Minn.

Software Guild is a 12-week bootcamp for beginners and experienced students that focuses on .NET/C# and Java, plus deep dives into language fundamentals, server side, data tier and user interface. Software Guild has additional locations in Akron, Ohio, and Louisville, Kentucky.

Tuition: $10,000

Of note: Software Guild is registered with the Ohio State Board of Career Colleges and Schools. It also offers short-term subleases to apartments.

Turing — Denver, Colo.
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Turing — Denver, Colo.

Turing is a 7-month training program focusing on Ruby fundamentals, object-oriented programming, test-driven development, Ruby Web Applications with Sinatra and Rails, agile methodologies, security, client-side JavaScript, APIs and more.

Tuition: $17,500-$22,000

Of note: Turing guarantees job placement with a salary of at least $65,000 in the U.S. within three months of graduation or it will fully refund your tuition.

DaVinci Coders — Boulder, Colorado
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DaVinci Coders — Boulder, Colo.

DaVinci Coders offers 11 to 13 week courses held on week nights. Immersion courses include Ruby on Rails, back-end programming, Swift mobile application development, Javascript, front-end development and video game development. Programs culminate in a Demo Day, where students show off their work.

Tuition: $6,000

Of note: A $200 scholarship is available. DaVinci Coders is a non-profit and is certified by the Colorado Department of Higher Education

Coding Campus, Provo, Utah

Coding Campus — Provo, Utah

Coding Campus offers full-time, part-time and online classes that focus on HTML, CSS, JavaScript, AngularJS, NodeJS, Python and Django. Students are required to interact with the local tech community by attending events at local user groups and tech conferences. Coding Campus also holds weekly presentations by local companies that discuss their company culture, hiring process and more.

Tuition: $500-$9,700

Of note: 95 percent of Coding Campus grads find jobs within 2 months of graduating.

LearningFuze, Irvine, Calif.

LearningFuze — Irvine, Calif.

LearningFuze is a full-immersion 12-week Web development training program that features a 3-week in-home preparation period and 9 weeks in the classroom. LearningFuze students will learn full-stack Web developet, including HTML, CSS, JavaScript, UX and UI, communication and more.

Tuition: $12,255

Of note: LearningFuze offers job assistance, post-graduate resources and tuition discounts to qualified students.

Sabio.la — Los Angeles, Calif.

Sabio.la — Los Angeles, Calif.

Sabio offers two programs: full stack training is a 12-week, full-time program; front-end development training is two nights per week for 10 weeks. Depending on the program, students will be trained across the full-stack in front end, back end and database development; source control and developer platforms.

Tuition: $3,250-$14,450

Of note: Tuition for full-stack training includes a five-year extended mentorship program.

Tradecraft — San Francisco
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Tradecraft — San Francisco, Calif.

Tradecraft is a full-time, 12-week training program for students interested in becoming a UX designer, growth hacker or sales and business development professional. Students can expect to dedicate 60 hours a week to classes, studying and projects.

Tuition: $12,000

Of note: Tradecraft guarantees job placement after graduation. It also offers job assistance and Visa assistance.

Epicodus, Portland, Ore.
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Epicodus — Portland, Ore.

Epicodus is a full-time coding bootcamp that offers 12 courses in three levels, including Ruby, C#, JavaScript, CSS, Drupal, .Net and more. Students are required to complete an intro to programming course, followed by 3 additional courses and an internship. Each course is five weeks long. Episodes employs two full-time staff members dedicated to connecting employers with students.

Tuition: $400-$1,000 per class 

Of note: All 2013 graduates and 97 percent of spring 2014 graduates received job offers within three months of graduating.

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