Bootcamps are a risky business, make sure you make the right decision.

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Full report can be found here.

Tech Cocktail also went over it and ranked it by # of highest/most reviews. The Tech Cocktail list has 33 schools listed even though Switchup has 32 listed. I went with 32. Fullstack Academy got 3rd place! 😊

A map of these bootcamps along with many others can be found here.

Bootcamps are a risky business, make sure you make the right decision. I included the reviews that are up to date just for today.

I think a website that showcases the reviews and star ratings from all the sites combined that automatically updates would be in place here…

Also, I’d recommend checking out this Quora Has anyone had a bad experience at a programming bootcamp? and some Reddit threads for horror stories.

Best Physical Bootcamps from SwitchUp

  1. Anyone Can Learn to Code (Chicago)
    • Course Report (6 Reviews)
    • Quora (2 Reviews) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5/5
    • SwitchUp (8 Reviews) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5/5
    • Techendo (N/A)
    • Yelp (N/A)
  2. App Academy (New York City, San Francisco)
  3. Bitmaker Labs (Toronto)
    • I can attest to these guys positively at least for their admissions process because I applied to their program back in 2013 and they were really amiable. I didn’t feel uncomfortable at all throughout the interview process.
    • Course Report (4 Reviews)
    • Quora (4 Reviews) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4/5
    • SwitchUp (6 Reviews) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4/5
    • Techendo (N/A)
    • Yelp (N/A)
  4. Code Fellows (Portland, Seattle)
    • I applied to these guys back in 2013 but didn’t end up going through with the interview because there was a change of plans. They were cool about it.
    • I can attest to these guys positively at least for their admissions process because I applied to their program back in 2013 and they were really amiable. I didn’t feel uncomfortable at all throughout the interview process.
    • Course Report (5 Reviews)
    • Quora (N/A)
    • SwitchUp (8 Reviews) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4/5
    • Techendo (N/A)
    • Yelp (1 Review) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5/5
  5. Coder Camps (Houston)
  6. Coder Foundry (Greensboro)
    • Course Report (13 Reviews)
    • Quora (N/A)
    • SwitchUp (5 Reviews) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5/5
    • Techendo (N/A)
    • Yelp (N/A)
  7. Codeup (San Antonio)
  8. Coding Campus (Provo, Akron)
    • Course Report (4 Reviews)
    • Quora (N/A)
    • SwitchUp (4 Reviews ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5/5
    • Techendo (N/A)
    • Yelp (N/A)
  9. Coding Dojo (San Jose, Seattle, LA, Silicon Valley, San Francisco)
    • I applied to the Dojo this year and think they have a solid program for true beginners. I’m not sure if they’re challenging enough for people with a bit of background in programming though.
    • Course Report (10 Reviews)
    • Quora (1 Review) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5/5
    • SwitchUp (31 Reviews ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5/5
    • Techendo (2 Positive, 0 Negative)
    • Yelp (3 Reviews) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5/5
  10. Designation (Chicago)
    • The admissions officer for this program, Will, is really cool. He’s just so full of zest. I’d definitely recommend this program to people interested in graphic design because at the least, they can meet Will. Haha.
    • Course Report (N/A)
    • Quora (19 Reviews) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5/5
    • SwitchUp (11 Reviews ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5/5
    • Techendo (N/A)
    • Yelp (4 Reviews) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5/5
  11. Dev Bootcamp (Chicago, New York, San Francisco)
    • I applied to these guys actually back in 2013 too but never finished the application process.
    • Course Report (9 Reviews)
    • Quora (1 Review) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5/5
    • SwitchUp (13 Reviews ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4/5
    • Techendo (5 Positive, 2 Negative)
    • Yelp (13 Reviews) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5/5
  12. Dev League (Honolulu)
    • The founders of this program are awesome! Paradise and coding? They already know what’s up. I wrote about the admissions process here.
    • Course Report (3 Reviews)
    • Quora (N/A)
    • SwitchUp (6 Reviews ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5/5
    • Techendo (N/A)
    • Yelp (N/A)
  13. Epicodus (Portland)
  14. Founders and Coders (London)
    • Course Report (1 Review)
    • Quora (N/A)
    • SwitchUp (7 Reviews ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5/5
    • Techendo (N/A)
    • Yelp (N/A)
  15. Fullstack Academy (New York City)
    • There’s a good chance I’ll be heading here for the summer - huzzah! :D
    • You can hear more about my experience [here]{}.
    • Course Report (15 Reviews)
    • Quora (30 Reviews) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5/5
    • SwitchUp (20 Reviews ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5/5
    • Techendo (4 Positive, 0 Negative)
    • Yelp (11 Reviews) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5/5
  16. Grand Circus (Detroit)
    • Course Report (N/A)
    • Quora (N/A)
    • SwitchUp (7 Reviews ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5/5
    • Techendo (N/A)
    • Yelp (5 Reviews) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4.5/5
  17. Hackbright Academy (San Francisco)
    • I applied here back in 2013 too. They never got back to me after the 1st interview, which was weird but at that point I knew I wasn’t going to be attending anyhow. Word of caution: there is one very critical review that can be found here.
    • Course Report (N/A)
    • Quora (N/A)
    • SwitchUp (6 Reviews) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5/5
    • Techendo (2 Positive, 0 Negative)
    • Yelp (5 Reviews ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5/5
  18. Hack Reactor (San Francisco)
  19. Ironhack (Barcelona, Madrid, Miami)
    • Course Report (7 Reviews)
    • Quora (4 Reviews) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5/5
    • SwitchUp (8 Reviews) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5/5
    • Techendo (N/A)
    • Yelp (N/A)
  20. Launch Academy (Boston)
  21. Le Wagon (Paris)
    • Course Report (N/A)
    • Quora (N/A)
    • SwitchUp (6 Reviews) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5/5
    • Techendo (N/A)
    • Yelp (N/A)
  22. Lighthouse Labs (Vancouver)
    • I actually learned about this through Gupta because she did a talk at Lighthouse. They also were in charge of HTML500, which was pretty successful by the looks of it.
    • Course Report (3 Reviews)
    • Quora (N/A)
    • SwitchUp (3 Reviews) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5/5
    • Techendo (1 Positive, 0 Negative)
    • Yelp (N/A)
  23. Makers Academy (London)
  24. Rocket U (San Francisco)
    • I applied to this program as well, but as with others, I did not go through with the interview process.
    • Course Report (6 Reviews)
    • Quora (N/A)
    • SwitchUp (11 Reviews) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4/5
    • Techendo (1 Positive, 0 Negative)
    • Yelp (N/A)
  25. Software Craftsmanship Guild (Akron)
  26. Starter League (Chicago)
  27. Startup Institute (Berlin, Boston, Chicago, London, New York)
    • Course Report (2 Reviews)
    • Quora (1 Review) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5/5
    • SwitchUp (6 Reviews) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5/5
    • Techendo (N/A)
    • Yelp (N/A)
  28. Tech Talent South (Asheville, Atlanta, Charlotte, Raleigh-Durham, NewOrleans)
    • Course Report (3 Reviews)
    • Quora (N/A)
    • SwitchUp (29 Reviews) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5/5
    • Techendo (N/A)
    • Yelp (N/A)
  29. The Flatiron School (New York)
  30. The Iron Yard (Akron, Austin, Atlanta, Charleston, Greenville, Houston, Raleigh-Durham)
    • Course Report (11 Reviews)
    • Quora (N/A)
    • SwitchUp (10 Reviews) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5/5
    • Techendo (N/A)
    • Yelp (N/A)

Best Virtual Bootcamps from Switch Up

  1. Bloc
  2. Thinkful
    • Course Report (10 Reviews
    • Quora (3 Reviews) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4.1/5
    • SwitchUp (8 Reviews) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5/5
    • Techendo (N/A)

Even though Treehouse wasn’t listed since I guess technically it’s not really a bootcamp, I’d definitely recommend it for beginners and then Code School for slightly more advanced users. The breadth of what Treehouse offers is pretty neat.

I’m in the process of trying out the virtual services Bento, Egghead.io, and Nodeschool more thoroughly.

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