Looking Under the Hood of Our Student Outcome Metrics

Hack Reactor is paving the way for a more transparent educational system, with our new system of tracking, verifying and reporting student outcomes, the Standard Student Outcomes Methodology (SSOM). Each student’s result is rigorously documented in a transparent, verifiable way. By adopting the SSOM standards, we are encouraging other programs to do the same, bringing a new level of clarity and accountability to the coding bootcamp sector.

Our core student outcome stats:

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Our SSOM-verified numbers are nearly identical to those derived previously. This shows the rigor with which we have always approached student outcomes. While the official job search period is six months, 94% of our job-seekers receive an offer within three. Internships count as a success (provided they meet certain specifications), but these are rarely an issue in practice: 99.18% of our hired graduates take full-time work.

Though these numbers speak for themselves, we are now providing a more fleshed out picture of the various paths our students take after graduation. For example, we are now publishing the spread of salaries offered to our graduates. These figures are for first jobs out of the program, and do not include bonuses or awards. The bulk of our students receive offers between $90,000 and $129,000:

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One question we get sometimes is whether we boost our numbers by hiring our own graduates. While we do some of our best recruiting from our own program, these hires are not included in our student outcomes statistics. Graduates that enter our “Hacker-in-Residence” apprenticeship program are not counted as job seekers until they finish their residency and look for software engineering roles on the open market.

Which other students are not included in our job seeker statistics?

  • Students have attended our program from Spain, France, Brazil, Australia, Hong Kong, and many other countries. About 7% of our graduates are not eligible to work in the U.S., and are not counted in our job search stats, even when they get amazing software engineering jobs overseas.

  • Many of our students have entrepreneurial aspirations. Just a few examples: our graduates have digitized pet medical records, provided business solutions for sales commissions and launched a wildly successful hardware kickstarter, focused on encouraging good posture. Some want industry experience first (and they are counted as job-seekers), but about 2% of our graduates skip the job search process and launch a company.

  • For a variety of reasons--travel, fellowships, studying with a Zen master, etc.--about 6% of graduates do not immediately seek employment upon graduating, and opt out of the job search prior to graduation.

  • Occasionally, students have to put their job search on hold indefinitely to deal with a medical or family emergency.

For 100% of our graduates, our team is happy to support them at any point they want to resume their search or change jobs.

We have always prided ourselves on transparency and stellar outcomes, and these results show the strength of that commitment. We call on all other coding bootcamps to adopt the SSOM system, so that prospective students can easily compare verified metrics on graduate outcomes.

Read a detailed explanation of the SSOM or download the full methodology.