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20 Educational and Coding Bootcamps to Consider in 2021

Anna Klawitter January 4, 2021

The new year is a good time to hone in on new skills. Whether you're looking for a change of career or launching one for the first time, Bootcamps are a good avenue to do that. Their hands-on training approach combined with real-world challenges help train students for the professional world. 

Many bootcamps also offer career services which often provide networking opportunities, job interview preparation, and career coaching. Bootcamps are typically shorter than the 4-year degree which can help you access a new career as soon as possible. Consider asking yourself these three questions before deciding on a bootcamp.

There is no best bootcamp for everyone. The best school for you depends on many different factors including your learning style, availability, career goals, and location. There are even bootcamps that offer classes to students 18 and under. Check them out! 

The following list of best coding bootcamps is your guide to finding the right program for you, but make sure to read reviews and research job outcomes before making your decision. 


1. Lambda School



Lambda School has built a curriculum designed to get you hired. They asked hundreds of top tech companies what specific skills they look for in candidates and then designed their live and remote programs to include learning activities that help you master each key skill.  

Lambda offers immersive six-month programs in Android and iOS development, data science, and full stack web development. Students  are taught computer science fundamentals, front end technologies like CSS, HTML, and JavaScript using React; as well as backend technologies like Python, SQL, Node, and Django.

Students benefit from coursework that simulates real-world experiences, and they receive one-on-one help from instructors and mentors. Additionally, students gain over 900 hours of coding experience throughout the bootcamp. With a lively student body, an active group of instructors and mentors, and career support, you can be sure Lambda will support you on every step of your journey. 

Lambda School also offers an Income Share Agreement that allows graduates to defer tuition payments until earning a salary of at least $50,000 a year.


Length -  6 months

Location- Online

Financing Options - Upfront Payments, Loan Financing, Income Share Agreement 


2. Redwood Code Academy

Redwood Code Academy offers software development bootcamps. Redwood Code Academy covers full stack software development, with a focus on web application, but also includes mobile applications, desktop applications and cloud services. The Academy focuses on real world skills training by helping students learn the fundamentals of full stack development.

Redwood Code Academy also provides students with career guidance including resume prep, optimization of LinkedIn and Github profiles, mock job interviews, and introductions to local recruiters and employers in Redwood's hiring network.


Length -  12 to 24 weeks

Location- Online, New York, San Francisco

Financing Options - Loan Financing, Income Share Agreement, Upfront Payments


3. App Academy

App Academy is a coding school that offers online and in-person training programs with no tuition cost until you’re hired as a Software Engineer earning over $50,000. App Academy’s curriculum is based on a hands-on approach and their courses are both online and in-person.

Students spend about 90% of their time programming and 10% in lectures, to give students a more hands on approach to learning to code. App Academy also places emphasis on career training to help students land jobs soon after graduation.  App Academy’s alumni work at over 1,000 companies worldwide, including Google, Apple, Netflix, and Twitter.

Length -  16 or 24 weeks

Location- Online, New York, San Francisco

Financing Options - Deferred Tuition, Income Share Agreement, Deferred Tuition, Upfront Payments, Loan Financing


4. Brain Station


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BrainStation offers full-time and part-time courses in data science, design, development, marketing, business, and product management. Powered by Synapse, a data-driven learning platform, their online learning lets students attend live lectures, collaborate with fellow professionals, and receive immediate, real-time feedback from instructors. BrainStation’s class structure combines engaging, in-person instruction with interactive online content and a hands-on, project-based curriculum.

Length -  12 to 6 weeks

Location- Chicago, New York City, Boston, Seattle, Dallas, Miami, Los Angeles,  London, Toronto, Vancouver, Online

Financing Options - Upfront Payments, Month-to-month Installments


5. Code Fellows

Code Fellows is a technical skills training academy that offers full and part-time software development, ops and cybersecurity courses. Since their first cohort in 2013, Code Fellows has had over 1,400 graduates. 

Students are immersed in their learning with daily lectures, pair programming, weekly presentations from full-time instructional staff. Code Fellows graduates work at Amazon, Microsoft, Zillow, Expedia, XBOX, NIKE, Amazon, Starbucks, Nordstrom, and Target just to name a few. The modular style of the Code Fellows program not only allows students to choose the schedule that meets their needs but also test into the course level that is most appropriate for their current skill level. 


Length - Varying

Location- Online, Seattle

Financing Options - Deferred Tuition, Interest only, Immediate Repayment, 


6. Wyncode Miami

 Wyncode offers full-time and part-time full stack and front end web development, digital marketing,  and UX/UI design bootcamps. Wyncode’s full stack web development immersive focuses on HTML, CSS, JavaScript, MongoDB, Express.js, React, and Node.js. Their front end web development program focuses on JavaScript, HTML, CSS, and React.js. On top of technical skills, Wyncode teaches soft skills with a focus on professional development.

Wyncode is licensed by the Florida Department of Education’s Commission for Independent Education and accepts the GI Bill. With over 650+ graduates and more than 315+ hiring partners (and counting), Wyncode has an expansive footprint throughout the Miami tech community and beyond.

Length -  Ten weeks

Location- Online, Miami 

Financing Options - Scholarships, Income Share Agreement Scholarship, Options for financing with partners


7. General Assembly 



General Assembly offers courses in web and mobile development, product management, data science and more. With 25+ campuses all over the world, General Assembly focuses on the most relevant and in-demand skills across data, design, business, and technology. 

General Assembly is confronting a skills gap and providing access to opportunities in tech. General Assembly’s hiring partners include Microsoft, Google, and Condé Nast.


Length -  Ten to Thirteen Weeks

Location- Online, Seattle, Atlanta, Raleigh, Detroit, Austin, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, Houston, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, Boston, Denver, Dallas, Phoenix, Minneapolis, San Diego, Washington, Sydney, London, Singapore, Toronto, Melbourne, Charlotte, Brisbane, St. Louis, Paris, Nashville, Edinburgh, Manchester, Santa Monica, Adelaide

Financing Options - ISA, Deferred Tuition, Upfront Payments, Month-to-month Installments, Loan Financing


8. Thinkful 

Thinkful’s online coding bootcamp offers full-time and flexible part-time courses in software engineering, UX/UI design, data science, data analytics, product management, digital marketing, and technical project management. Throughout the program, each student receives a personal industry-experienced mentor, career coach, academic success manager, and supportive peer network. Thinkful also works to ensure students feel connected with their peers organizing in-person meetups, workshops and events. 


Length -  One to Seven Months

Location- Online, Seattle, Portland, Atlanta, Raleigh, Detroit, Austin, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, Houston, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, Boston, Denver, Dallas, Orlando, Miami, Phoenix, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, San Diego, Oakland, Boulder, Washington, Indianapolis, Tampa, Boise, San Jose, Cincinnati, Las Vegas, Columbus, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Milwaukee, Jacksonville, Madison, Charlotte, San Antonio, St. Louis, Kansas City, Nashville, Richmond, Sacramento, Memphis, Baltimore, Oklahoma City, Des Moines, Hartford, Buffalo, San Bernardino, Ann Arbo

Financing Options - ISA, Deferred Tuition, Upfront Payments, Month-to-month Installments, Loan Financing


9. CodeSmith

Codesmith offers a full-time, 12-week full stack software engineering bootcamp in Los Angeles and New York City. Codesmith focuses largely on computer science and full-stack JavaScript, with an emphasis on technologies like React, Redux, Node, build tools, DevOps and machine learning.  Codesmith helps students develop strong problem-solving abilities and technical communication skills – valued capacities in a software engineer. Support continues even after graduation with check-ins twice a month. 


Length -  12 Weeks

Location- Online, New York City, Los Angeles

Financing Options - Upfront Payments, Financing 


10. Awesome Inc

Awesome Inc offers an intensive training program for aspiring software developers based in Lexington, Kentucky. With over 500 hours of hands-on training, students will gain experience while building ten+ projects using HTML, CSS, JavaScript, web frameworks, GitHub, Agile, and more.The program is aimed at beginners, and students learn HTML, CSS, JavaScript, web frameworks, GitHub, Agile, and more. The coding bootcamp is designed to feel less like school, and more like the first 3 months on the job.


Length -  16 Weeks

Location- Online, Lexington

Financing Options - Upfront Payments, Income Share Agreement 


11. Coding Dojo

Coding Dojo is a global technology education company that offers full stack coding bootcamps, full-stack part-time programs, as well as courses on data science.  Students can choose to learn one, two, or three of the industry’s most in-demand web development languages, including Python, Ruby on Rails, MERN, Java or .NET Core.  In addition to an extensive curriculum, students collaborate with peers, join interactive lectures with their instructors, work with career services, and have access to Assistant Instructors during lab sessions. 

Coding Dojo has helped individuals from all walks of life transform into professional developers who go on to be hired by start-ups and world-class companies like Google, Amazon, Expedia, Microsoft, and JPMorgan Chase.



Length -  14 Weeks

Location- Online, Seattle, Chicago, Los Angeles, Dallas, Oakland, Washington, Boise, Tulsa, San Jose, Bellevue, Arlington County

Financing Options - ISA, Upfront Payments, Month-to-month Installments, Loan Financing


12. DigitalCrafts

DigitalCrafts is an online and on-site school offering full-time and part-time software development bootcamps. Online classes are taught live, creating a collaborative learning environment for all students. DigitalCrafts' bootcamps are intensive learning experiences, transforming beginners into full-stack software developers trained in JavaScript, React, Node.js, Python, and more. 

The average class size is small, allowing for an efficient and effective learning environment where students "learn by building." Additionally, students receive resume, portfolio and interview guidance preparing each student for the job search after graduation. 


Length -  16 Weeks

Location- Online, Seattle, Atlanta, Houston, Tampa

Financing Options - Upfront Payments, Month-to-month Installments, Loan Financing


13.  Eleven Fifty Academy

Eleven Fifty Academy is a non-profit coding and cybersecurity bootcamp. Eleven Fifty Academy is focused on helping aspiring career-starters with little to no experience as well as tech professionals seeking to enhance their skills. Each course provides a hands-on, project-centric teaching approach for students to grow their soft skills as well as their tech skills in a friendly, entrepreneurial-minded classroom environment. In-person classes are taught at Launch Fishers as well as Downtown Indianapolis.


Length -  12-24 weeks

Location- Online, Seattle, Atlanta, Houston, Tampa

Financing Options - Varying Payments Plans, Student Loans, 


14.  Epicodus

Epicodus is a coding bootcamp offering part- and full-time courses online and in Portland, Oregon, and Seattle, Washington. Students learn everything they need to know to get a job as a web developer by learning JavaScript, Ruby on, Rails, C#, .NET, and React. Students are also taught how to think like a programmer, write good code, and pick up new languages and technologies in this fast-changing industry.


Length -  27 weeks

Location- Online, Portland, Seattle

Financing Options - Deferred Tuition, Student Loans


15. Flatiron

Flatiron school offers immersive on-campus and online programs in software engineering, data science, and cybersecurity in. Students work towards careers as software engineers, data scientists, and cybersecurity engineers through rigorous, market-aligned curricula, and the support of seasoned instructors and personal career coaches. Through test-driven labs and portfolio projects, Flatiron teaches students to think and build like software engineers and data scientists. Flatiron School also offers several free introductory courses, including Coding Bootcamp Prep and Data Science Bootcamp Prep. Flatiron’s Career Services team provides weekly 1:1 career coaching sessions, mock interviews, and employer introductions to help students launch lifelong careers in tech. 


Length -  15 weeks

Location- Online, NYC, Brooklyn, Washington DC, Houston, Austin, Seattle, Chicago, Denver

Financing Options -Upfront Payments, Month-to-month Installments, Loan Financing


16. Fullstack

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Fullstack Academy is an immersive web development bootcamp with campuses in New York City, Chicago, and online. Fullstack teaches an advanced, relevant curriculum that is constantly updated based on current tech trends. Fullstack's software engineering courses cover advanced JavaScript-oriented technologies and computer science topics including compiler theory, logic gates, and building an operating system.

The course is focused on JavaScript-oriented technologies to prepare students for top development jobs at tech firms and startups alike. Students will become comfortable and efficient using technologies that include JavaScript, HTML5, CSS3, Node.js, React, PostgreSQL, and Git. Students will also be exposed to industry practices including test-driven development and pair programming. 


Length -  17 weeks

Location- Online, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, San Diego, Jacksonville, New Orleans, San Luis Obispo

Financing Options - Upfront Payments, Loan Financing


17. Hack Reactor

Founded in 2012, Hack Reactor is a 12-week immersive coding school providing software engineering education, career placement services, and a network of professional peers. Their program covers Computer Science Fundamentals, Full Stack App Development, and Production-Grade Engineering. During the first six weeks at Hack Reactor, students learn the fundamentals of development, full stack JavaScript, and are introduced to developer tools and technologies. In the final six weeks, students work on personal and group projects, using the skills they have learned, and learning more. After 800+ hours of curriculum, students graduate as full-stack software engineers and JavaScript programmers.


Length -  12 weeks or 36 weeks

Location- Online, Seattle, Austin, Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco, Denver, Phoenix, Boulder

Financing Options - ISA, Upfront Payments, Loan Financing

18. Holberton School

 Holberton School is a two-year software engineering school that trains individuals to become Full Stack Software Engineers with courses in full stack web development, machine learning, augmented and virtual reality, and algorithms.  The school's mission is to train the next generation of software developers through 100% hands-on learning. The bootcamp is broken into three different components. Students complete the 9-month Foundations school then a 6-month internship followed by a 9-month Specializations course. Their curriculum focuses on collaborative, project-based learning with no formal classrooms or teachers. Holberton’s students have been hired by the world's leading tech companies.


Length -   2 years

Location- Online, San Francisco, Tulsa, Beirut, New Haven, Cali, Tunis, Bogotá, Medellín, San Juan, Barranquilla

Financing Options - ISA, Upfront Payments, Loan Financing


19. Ironhack

Ironhack offers programs in web development, UX/UI design,data analytics, and cyber security. Ironhack uses a customized approach to education by allowing students to shape their experience based on personal goals.

Their Web Development curriculum covers both frontend and backend including the most crucial topics such as HTML, CSS, JavaScript basic and semi-advanced algorithms, non-relational databases, ReactJS and its libraries. 

The Data Analytics program allows students to load, clean, explore and extract valuable insights from datasets and cultivate languages, such as Python, SQL and Tableau

The UX/UI program covers Design Thinking, Photoshop, Sketch, Balsamiq, InVision, and JavaScript.

In the Cyber Security course, students will develop the most in-demand knowledge to be part of any company's cyber security workforce and become a cyber security professional. 

Ironhack’s curriculum is designed with a strategic balance between theory and practice to allow students to acquire comprehensive skill sets. 


Length -  9 or 24 weeks

Location- Online, Miami, Madrid, Barcelona, Paris, Mexico City, Lisbon, Amsterdam, Sao Paulo and Berlin

Financing Options -  Upfront Payments, Loan Financing


20.  Microverse

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Microverse offers an online, full-time, Full Stack software development program that trains you to become a software developer for no upfront cost. Microverse believes that learning should be accessible to everyone, no matter where you live. Their methodology uses remote collaborative learning and mastery learning so students worldwide can learn together and support one another. Part of the program is dedicated to professional skills, interview preparation, and job searching, where students work with career coaches. Throughout the program, students work together to build real-world projects and contribute to open-source projects. Microverse is committed to connecting alumni to opportunities around the world and provides each student with unlimited access to career coaching, interview preparation, resume writing tips, and salary negotiation in order to do so. 


Length -  10 weeks

Location- Online

Financing Options - Income Share Agreement, Loan Financing

There are several things you should think about as you’re considering which bootcamp to go to. Important thing to note is the bootcamp’s job guarantee, course material, career training, tools you use, price, financing options, and time commitment. It’s also important to consider if you want to go to the bootcamp part-time or full time. 

Identifying and prioritizing your needs is the best approach to finding the best bootcamp for you. 

If financing options are important to you, Meratas partners with bootcamps that offer Income Share Agreements so you don’t have to make payments until after you’ve graduated your bootcamp and have a job in your desired field. Check them out here!

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