Student Outcomes Report


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About SSOM

June 2016, Hack Reactor launched the Standard Student Outcomes Methodology (SSOM) as a transparent, systematic way of quantifying and reporting student outcomes. SSOM allows bootcamps to classify each student according to clear definitions and strict documentation standards, and provides formulas for calculating placement rate, graduation rate and average graduate salary.

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Data Collection Period:
The 2015 report includes all students with a job search period that ended Jan 1 - Dec 31, 2015
Length of Job Search Period:
6 months
Total Number of Students in the 2015 Cohort Report:
Report Published:
July 20, 2016
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A Note from Anthony Phillips CEO of Reactor Core

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Coding bootcamps are no longer an experiment.

They are an important and growing player in the higher education landscape. Within the coding bootcamp sector, we see a wide range in quality from powerfully transformative programs on one end, to programs that do not deliver on their basic promise to students. This underscores the need for transparency. That’s why today we are releasing the attached report on student outcomes for our program in 2015, which has been examined by an independent certified public accounting firm.

This report breaks down our outcome statistics at a granular level, showing with high resolution how our students fared from day 1 onward. The results show that, outside of a handful of exceptions, our students receive offers for lucrative software engineering roles within six months of leaving the program. Our outcomes are captured and reported by the Standard Student Outcomes Methodology (SSOM), a system developed by Reactor Core to appropriately record and verify the path of each student.

We urge other coding bootcamps to join us in reporting and having their student outcomes examined by an independent certified public accounting firm, so that students are presented with clear choices regarding their substantial investment of time and money.

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2015 Outcomes Summary

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    Placement Rate 98.1%
  • Graduation Rate icon representation.
    Graduation Rate 97.3%
  • Average Graduate Salary icon representation.
    Average Graduate Salary $104,059
  • Exemption Rate icon representation.
    Exemption Rate 19.7%

Our Method is the industry's most stringent

  • Only coding jobs are counted

    We strictly consider successful placements only if a student’s job involves being a developer, software engineer or coder. Product management, data analyst, designer etc doesn’t count as part of our outcome statistics.

  • Strictest standards in the industry

    The only way we can uphold the highest form of integrity, is through a third-party validation of data. We use employment offer letters as documentation whenever possible, and confirm less formal employment documentation directly with the student.

  • Fully Transparent

    Many bootcamps count any contract job (eg a 2-week gig) as a success. We only count them if the contract is full-time, paid and at least 3 months in duration, and we break them out separately. 99% of students placed receive full-time, long-term coding jobs, more than any other bootcamp.

Graduation Rate

Of 482 students reported on, 469 students graduated, 13 students did not.
Graduation and attrition rate represented in a pie chart.
Graduation Rate
Attrition Rate

95 students in 2015 were exempt from job placement stats for the following reasons:

Exemption rate represented in a doughnut chart.
  • 7% Were not citizens or legal residents of the US
  • 6% Opted out of the job search prior to the start date
  • 3% Were hired as full-time employees at Hack Reactor
  • 2% Decided to pursue entrepreneurship
  • 1% Aborted the job search due to a personal or family emergency

98.1% of job seekers received a full time offer

Student Salary offers represented in a bar chart.
  • 374 Students considered in the job placement stats
  • 367 Students received a job offer within 6 months with an average salary of $104,059

Breakdown of Student Outcomes

  • 482 Total students
  • 367 Received full-time coding job offers
  • 95 Exempt
  • 13 Non graduates
  • 7 Did not get jobs
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Typical time to first offer

After graduation, students work with a dedicated outcomes team for the duration of the job search. Support includes mock interviews, resume review, coaching, whiteboarding, and salary negotiation.

Student First offers represented in a line chart.
  • 42% First offer in 1 month
  • 86% First offer in 3 months
  • 98% First offer in 6 months

Our grads got jobs here

2015 Alumni Testimonials

Student Face Hou C.

“Attending Hack Reactor was absolutely one of the best decisions I've ever made in my life. I went from having zero programming background a year ago to being able to build my own full-stack app from scratch.”

Student Face Celine O.

“I graduated recently with three awesome projects to put on my resume, which enabled me to land a 6 figure salary in under a week from graduating.”

Student Face Melanie G.

“Hack Reactor is an incredible place to learn to code and to grow as an individual. I consider myself very fortunate to have had the opportunity to be a student, and would highly recommend it to anyone that is accepted.”

Student Face Michael H.

“Hack Reactor really is a dream come true. Their job search and alumni support is amazing, and they will not stop helping you until you find a job. Seriously, do their coding challenge on their website and apply now.”

Method of data collection

  • 347 Job Offer Validation

    SSOM policy dictates that every student categorization is backed by one or more of:

    • Third-party documentary evidence (ex. job offer letter).
    • Documentation signed by a student.
    • One or more attempts to obtain student confirmation in combination with first-party documentation.
    • First-party tuition or payment-related documentation.
  • 0 Missing data

    We have 0 cases of missing data for our 482 students. All of our data is stored in the cloud for access by our recordkeepers and independent accountants.

  • 52.5% Student Confirmation

    Of the 482 records we had on file, we also reached out to 311 students to confirm the data accuracy. 52.5% of the 311 students provided a confirmation response.

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Average Salary Increment Post Graduation:


… is the average salary increase for students who graduated from Hack Reactor, from their previous jobs

Figures calculated using average graduate salary ($104,059) from the 2015 report, and average pre-admission salary ($58,933) per survey data representing a segment of students included the 2015 report.
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Time to earn back tuition?

Earn back the cost of tuition less than 10 weeks from date of hire.

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Hack Reactor

Hack Reactor was founded by Tony Phillips, Marcus Phillips, Shawn Drost & Douglas Calhoun in 2012 to teach people how to code in JavaScript. 4 years later in 2016, we now have an extended network of campuses in:

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  • Austin, TX location map
  • Los Angeles, CA location map
  • New York, NY location map

For this report, each cohort had between 20-32 students. Each class runs 13 weeks, with 12 weeks of full-time instruction.

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