New Study Shows Coding School Grads Do Well, Hack Reactor Grads Do Better

What can a coding school student expect from their education? Course Report, which collects and reports data on the coding bootcamp industry, interviewed hundreds of graduates across 44 coding schools, including Hack Reactor, in an attempt to get a broad view of the industry. Alice Truong (@alicetruong) at Quartz translated this data into a series of easy-to-read charts. Here are some key stats, along with breakdowns of how Hack Reactor compares.

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While we don’t collect data on our students’ salaries prior to the program (our admissions process ignores resumes and prior experience), we judge ourselves by how well our students do once they have finished. Compared to Course Report’s data, we are far outpacing other schools. Our graduates make an average of $105,000 after graduation. This comparison holds for schools that focus on JavaScript, whose graduates make an average of $60,000, according to the same data set.


Why this dramatic discrepancy between our graduates and those of other coding schools, even those that teach the same language? Our program uses JavaScript as a teaching tool, allowing students to learn technologies across the full stack. Beyond these specific tools, we teach students to teach themselves--many of them pick up new technologies such as Swift, React and Flux during the project period of the course, using self-teaching methods taught at Hack Reactor. Our program has been refined over time to be geared toward the long-term needs of the market. Lastly, our students put in more hours than nearly every other bootcamp. Hack Reactor students learn at full speed for 12 weeks, 66 hours a week. All of this combines for outcomes well above the norm

It’s the same story for student placement rates:

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Our placement stats are more binary: the question we ask is whether or not a job-seeking graduate received an offer within three months. The answer is that virtually all of them--99%--do.

Course Report’s data also shows that, while bootcamps are moving things forward, the gender and racial stats in the software development world still are quite different from the rest of the country.

We have taken steps to bring in groups that have traditionally been underrepresented in the technology sector. The Reactor Core network includes Telegraph Academy, the premier coding school for underrepresented people of color. We also have partnered with Optimizely on a scholarship for women, and are seeking similar partnerships with other companies.


The coding school industry is growing rapidly, and it is important to take periodic snapshots to understand the space as a whole and where we fit into it. This latest data from Course Report shows that we remain well above industry averages.


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