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Codesmith Reviews: Is Codesmith Worth It?

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Codesmith has four reviews on Career Karma and a perfect 5.0 rating. It scores 100 percent for curriculum and job assistance and 95 percent for instructors. The reviewers note that the programs are fast-paced and smooth out the transition into engineering.

However, they point out that what makes the school stand out is the pairing of students to work on real-life engineering projects. Reviewers also say the school’s career services help students land high-paying jobs after graduation.

A review by Robert Yang reads: “[Codesmith] prepares students for the job search very thoroughly with resume reviews, interviews preparation, and other services”. Another reviewer, Michael Smith, goes as far as saying that the bootcamp “changed my life for the better”.

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Quyen Calixto graduated Codesmith
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I had an amazing experience at Codesmith. It allowed me to connect to so many engineers from all facets of the world. It is an intense program but the applicants they accept as well as the instructors and fellow are all so supportive. I would not be able to make it through the program on my own without the Codesmith community. Even though we graduated from the program, we have built a life long connection to so many people that can help us and that we can help in the future. I would have never...
Pros
The job search process is great, they really take the time to help you focus on how to promote yourself as an engineer. The projects that we work on and create makes us more marketable and relevant.
Cons
I would of liked it to have more options in terms of hours, perhaps instead of a 9-8 timeframe for full time program to one that is longer than 12 weeks but 9-5pm.

Amazing Experience

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Quyen Calixto graduated Codesmith
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I had an amazing experience at Codesmith. It allowed me to connect to so many engineers from all facets of the world. It is an intense program but the applicants they accept as well as the instructors and fellow are all so supportive. I would not be able to make it through the program on my own without the Codesmith community. Even though we graduated from the program, we have built a life long connection to so many people that can help us and that we can help in the future. I would have never...
Pros
The job search process is great, they really take the time to help you focus on how to promote yourself as an engineer. The projects that we work on and create makes us more marketable and relevant.
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I would of liked it to have more options in terms of hours, perhaps instead of a 9-8 timeframe for full time program to one that is longer than 12 weeks but 9-5pm.

Rigorous & Worth IT

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Jose Cervino graduated Codesmith
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Created 22 days ago
I got into Codesmith with 2 months of studying while working full-time, pulling 80+ hour 7-day weeks & attending every Hard Parts workshop they had. At one point I stood outside a packed workshop room with my ear against the glass just to catch bits and pieces of what was being taught. I got in. It wasn't an easy full-time immersive experience - a lot of personal mistakes & challenges, but I came out on top. I slept on the couch just to dedicate the 1.5 hour commute time into the city on...
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Pros - The best 0-to-bootcamp trajectory on the market - Unique community focused on excellence in an "in it together" culture you won't find at other bootcamps - Rigorous full-stack JS course focusing on the capacities that make you an...
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Cons - Can be cult-like, but the best companies & cultures usually are. - Post-graduate support isn't industry-leading yet (emphasis on "yet" - they're the type of people to make it happen) - Their taking a chance on you can sometimes...

Great Software Immersive Program

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Joseph Lee graduated Codesmith
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Created 1 month ago
I am a true Codesmithed-swe. I came to Codesmith with zero experience in coding and began by studying for their prep courses. I was skeptical about landing an actual software engineer job, but It took me less than 7 months from the start date of the prep courses to get the first offer; two months of prep, three months of the immersive program, and two months of job search. My experience throughout Codesmith was great. Thank you, Codesmith!
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Great curriculum, emotional support, instructions, and job support.
Cons
It gets pretty intense. Better be prepared for it.

Codesmith was a very good decision - Perspective from a graduate

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Created 3 months ago
I wasn't the average bootcamp attendee. When I attended, I was on a gap semester from college, where I was a sophomore pursuing a CS degree. I can honestly say Codesmith was a great experience that gave me a bunch of practical skills that have served me repeatedly on top of my computer science degree (from a top college). I was behind most of my peers because I had switched to computer science relatively later (some of them had been coding for years), but after Codesmith felt I learned enough...
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Great community, well-structured assignments, pair programming was really fun, the projects were amazing.
Cons
Project quality can depend on who you're paired with.

Great Expectations. Extraordinary Outcomes.

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Jongsun Suh graduated Codesmith
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Created 5 months ago
Two things make Codesmith stand out: the open source product and the community. The OSP grants a critical advantage in the job search that is unattainable through self study alone or by writing CRUD toy apps. Codesmith's curriculum doesn't teach GraphQL, Electron, TypeScript, microservices architectures etc., but depending on the OSP you choose (and the work you put in both during and after Codesmith), you'll come away with the ability to a) talk knowledgeably about a selection of such highly...
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# Curriculum I loved that the "JS Hard Parts" approach of deep-diving into the fundamentals of any given concept very much carried over into the immersive. # Instructors Michael and Caitlin gave clear, tightly-paced, and engaging...
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# Curriculum. Some subjective notes: - React unit: Fully switch to functional components and hooks and maybe discuss strategies for avoiding unnecessary re-renders. Should better equip residents to tackle common React takehomes/onsites...

On why Codesmith.

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Noah Lee graduated Codesmith
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Created 6 months ago
Hi. The simplest way to convey the distance I’ve had to travel to get to where I am now would be to describe my onboarding process. After filling out the highest level of education I’ve completed with “middle school”, I finished it with my new title: Software Engineer III. Now, half a year in, I’m drowning at work under the endless influx of topics to learn and explore, I go to sleep with the last vestiges of code still lingering in my head, and I love every moment of it. But you’re reading...
Pros
Fruit snacks and bagels.
Cons
Fruit snacks and bagels.

Elite every step of the way

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Peter . graduated Codesmith
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Created 9 months ago
I can't begin to explain how much choosing to become a SWE and to be accepted by Codesmith has made an impact on my life. I did my due diligence thoroughly, and I'm the type to have every bit of skepticism and doubt. But the results are very much real, and the community that this program fosters is beyond what any other camp or typical school has done. Every step I took during the curriculum and process made me feel without doubt this program is elite, and ahead of the curve by tenfold. The...
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- Hiring Support Program (not only are the salaries real, but actually higher) - Top Notch material and meticulous process as you go day by day - No student left behind (support for those that struggle and no one is ever dropped due to...
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- I understand not giving time off during the immersive, with lose of momentum, students studying during those days anyways, etc. But I did feel a three or four day weekend in between the junior and senior portion would have been very...

Best investment I've ever made

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Erik Larsen graduated Codesmith
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Created 9 months ago
I was a member of the November 2017-February 2018 cohort in Los Angeles. I've never before learned so much in so little time. I came in with only a smidgen of JavaScript knowledge, having completed the Codecademy JS course and gone to Codesmith's weekly LA meetup (JS: the Hard Parts) a few times. My background is completely non-technical, and I had no prior coding experience. Codesmith took me from there to creating a developer library that uses a Webpack loader to bundle files as Web Workers...
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It's the best! Such a great community to be a part of.
Cons
None are coming to mind. It's really hard, but that's a Pro in my view.

The outcomes are real and speak for themselves!

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Brian Grosso graduated Codesmith
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Created 9 months ago
Codesmith excels in both facets: giving you the fundamental knowledge of React, Node, databases, and all things javascript, as well as the tools to confidently sell yourself such as a resume full of projects, an open source product and collaborative experience and technical presentation to be the cornerstones that uniquely define you as an engineer. Beyond that you get an incredible community and the technical communication and engineering empathy, that are so coveted in industry. One of the...
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Incredible outcomes Supportive community Detailed modern curriculum on most desired core technologies Hiring tips and tricks
Cons
Growing pains growing so quickly that some curriculum is slightly outdated (need to migrate React unit to hooks, teach typescript, etc)

An Intense Transformative Experience

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Created 9 months ago
I want to start off my review with a quick preface. If you are looking for an easy way into the world of software or web development then this most likely won't be a good fit for you. It takes a tremendous amount of work throughout. Before the program, during the program, and after the program (where some would say that this is where the real work starts). Your mileage may vary depending on your initial experience and innate affinity for coding and problem solving, but there is simply no way to...
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The Community that you are apart of and working with like minded individuals that are also working towards the same goals.
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You get what you put into it, the amount of work and pace may not be for everyone but its well worth the effort.

Excellent, challenging, life-changing

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Timothy Mai graduated Codesmith
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Created 9 months ago
First off, the immersive program at Codesmith is not for beginners - you should already have a strong understanding of JavaScript fundamentals before starting. Codesmith then builds on that foundation with an intense and extremely rigorous curriculum - you will learn a ton of industry-relevant technologies and skills (Codesmith continually updates its education based on what's most relevant in the field). In particular, Codesmith is selective with its students, so you end up surrounded by...
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Education, hiring support team
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Grueling hours, no job guarantee, sometimes you end up with subpar/difficult teammates on projects

Codesmith Courses and Curriculum

Codesmith courses include two immersive bootcamps and two prep courses with curricula that target modern web technologies, such as React and Node.js. Codesmith bootcamps are available in New York City and Los Angeles, as well as online. These programs challenge the students every step of the way with unusual and unfamiliar problems. In addition, Codesmith’s online offerings also include the two prep courses mentioned above.

Codesmith courses are not free. However, there are a variety of free, self-paced learning resources available directly on the Codesmith website. When it comes to the main Codesmith programs, tuition is $19,950. Between the prep courses, workshops, and free learning resources that the school offers, Codesmith is good for beginners and intermediate learners alike.

Full-time Remote Software Engineering Immersive

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Full-time Remote Software Engineering Immersive brings Codesmith's first-rate curriculum to a completely remote setting operating in Pacific, Central and Eastern Time Zones. The program teaches full stack JavaScript and computer science to prepare you for mid and senior-level software engineering roles. The expertly designed curriculum and supportive community immerses you in modern web technologies, such as React and Node.js, and encourages you to tackle unique and unfamiliar problems to prepare you for the ever-changing tech landscape. Codesmith offers an extensive hiring support program that guides students through the hiring process, including interview strategies, portfolio development, and post-graduation check-ins. By the end of the 12-week program, you will be an autonomous engineer, ready to make an impact on innovative tech companies worldwide.
Cost:$19350
Duration:12 weeks
Cities:N/A
Format:Online
Pace:Full Time
Schedule:40 Hours/week
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Deferred tuition:N/A
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Software Engineering Immersive Program

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The Codesmith program teaches computer science, full-stack JavaScript (notably React and Node), software architecture, Dev Ops, and machine learning, preparing graduates for mid to senior engineering positions. The course also features preparatory material, extensive hiring preparation, and ongoing support with students’ job searches.
Cost:$19350
Duration:12 weeks
Cities:Los Angeles, New York City
Format:In Person
Pace:Full Time
Schedule:40 Hours/week
Deposit:$2,500 deposit
Payment Options:Upfront payment is not required. Students can also opt for a $2,500 deposit and s $2,750 down payment before the first day of the program. Then, they can make three monthly payments of $4,900 each.
Deferred tuition:No
Scholarship:Yes
Refund policy:No, refunds are not granted.
Placement test:Yes
Admissions interview:No
Acceptance rate:5%
Prep course:Before enrolling in a bootcamp, students can take a JaveScript for Beginners or CS Prep course.
Minimum skill level:Intermediate software engineering skills

Codesmith Job Placement Rate and Outcomes

The Codesmith job placement rate 180 days after graduation is 80 percent for New York City graduates and 83 percent for Los Angeles students. Many Codesmith graduates work for high-profile companies such as Google, Snapchat, Oracle, Amazon, Netflix, Disney, and Microsoft.

According to the school, the median starting salary for Codesmith graduates is $120,000 in New York City. LA graduates earn $116,500. In the first quarter of 2019, Codesmith boasted the highest median starting salary among bootcamp providers.

With the help of the robust Codesmith career services, Codesmith can help you get a job. In fact, Codesmith career services are available to graduates throughout their careers, no matter if they are on their first job or their fifth. The career service offerings include job search guidance, resume reviews, mock interviews, networking opportunities, and salary negotiation coaching.

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Do CSX and JSHP (both on codesmith.io) Join the slack, find someone to practice pair programming with and mock interview one another.

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What Is the Codesmith Cost and Tuition?

Codesmith’s programs cost anything from $325 for the JavaScript for Beginners program to $19,950 for the Full-Time Software Engineering Immersive program. In addition, Codesmith bootcamp costs are the same for both full-time and part-time programs. Codesmith tuition should be paid upfront or through a deposit and three monthly installments, if you are joining one of the bootcamps.

Though the main programs of Codesmith do cost some money, students can cut down on Codesmith prices by seeking financial assistance through scholarship opportunities. Even though Codesmith is not free, the school does provide a wide variety of free workshops and learning resources.

What Is the Codesmith Acceptance Rate?

Codesmith has an acceptance rate of 5%. As such, Codesmith does not accept everyone. Prospective students shouldn’t be deterred by the low Codesmith acceptance rate. If you put effort into your application and show that you are committed to the program, there is no reason that you will not be accepted.

If you want to increase your chances of getting accepted to a Codesmith bootcamp, taking a Codesmith bootcamp prep course is a great start. These courses are designed to help you get started in software engineering and the admissions team and Codesmith will appreciate your dedication.

How Can I Pay for Codesmith?

You can pay for Codesmith tuition with several payment options and financial assistance. Unfortunately, there is no true Codesmith deferred tuition plan. To pay for Codesmith tuition, you can choose from the following options:

  • Upfront payment. Students who wish to pay upfront must first make a deposit of $2,5000 to secure their spot. The remaining tuition of $17,450 is due by the first day of the program.
  • Monthly installments with a deposit. Students that can’t afford to pay upfront, can sign up for a monthly installment plan. This involves a deposit of $2,400 upon acceptance and a down payment of $2,550 on the first day of classes. After this, there are three monthly payments of $4,800.
  • Personal education loan. Codesmith partners with Ascent Funding to offer both short and long-term loans to students. Students can also get loans for living expenses. Ascent has several flexible options to help students repay their debt.
  • Codesmith scholarships. The school offers several scholarship opportunities. It also offers scholarships to underrepresented communities through partnerships with Lesbians Who Tech and other organizations.

How Do I Apply to Codesmith?

To apply to Codesmith, applicants have to follow a four-step process. Below, you can find the steps of the Codesmith application process:

  1. The first stage is to fill out an online application, which also involves answering questions about your background and previous coding experience and completing an optional coding challenge.
  2. The admission team will review your online application within a week to schedule a behavioral interview. This involves questions related to your interest in Codesmith and your developer goals. Together with the admission team, you’ll create a personalized plan for the upcoming technical interview.
  3. If you pass the behavioral interview, you’ll be asked to sit for a technical interview, which consists of several JavaScript coding challenges that you’ll tackle alongside an engineer from Codesmith. The goal is to see how you approach problems and communicate your ideas. If you fail the technical interview, you can take it again without having to start the process from the start. You will also receive feedback from the interviewer to help you perform better the next time.
  4. Once you pass the technical interview, the Codesmith admissions team will reach out to you within a week with a decision.

Codesmith is hard to get into as it has a low acceptance rate. To increase your chances of getting accepted into Codesmith, you can attend one of their free weekly JavaScript classes. This will guarantee that you reach the interview stage and fast-track your application.

How Do I Get Accepted into Codesmith?

To get accepted into Codesmith, applicants need to follow the necessary admission process. To improve your chances, brush up on your coding knowledge prior to your application. Also, consider taking one of the prep courses offered by the school.

We also recommend attending Codemith’s free weekly JavaScript workshops. You will receive a special admissions code that will guarantee you an interview. This is an excellent way to fast-track your application.

What Is the Codesmith Admission Process?

The Codesmith admission process involves four steps:

  1. Complete an online application and wait for the admission team’s response.
  2. Complete an online coding challenge (optional).
  3. Sit for a non-technical interview.
  4. Attend a technical interview focused on JavaScript.

If you are successful at every stage, you will receive a response within a week of the technical interview.

What Codesmith Interview Questions Should I Expect?

The Codesmith admission process involves two interviews that each last less than an hour. The first is a nontechnical interview which involves general questions about you and your goals. Prepare for the admissions interview by planning your answers to common coding bootcamp interview questions. Some of the questions you can expect in the first interview include:

  • How do you support others during long and tough work hours?
  • How do you communicate your code to nontechnical team members?
  • What is your JavaScript experience?
  • How do you debug and take feedback as a software engineer?

During the second Codesmith interview, you will be presented with problems that you’ll tackle alongside an engineer from the school. To solve these problems, you will have to rely on your JavaScript skills. This interview is very important for the admissions process.

Is Codesmith Hard to Get Into?

Getting into Codesmith is challenging, though not as hard as some other bootcamps. The admission process is long and rigorous and to pass it you need some previous coding experience. If you are completely new to programming, we suggest taking some coding lessons for beginners. The school looks for students who are driven and ready to work.

Does Codesmith Offer Prep Courses?

Yes, Codesmith does offer prep courses that are ideal to prepare students for the immersive programs. The Codesmith prep courses include JavaScript for Beginners and CS Prep.

If you want to prepare for coding school both of the courses in the Codesmith prep program are helpful. These courses will help you build foundational knowledge and skills in software engineering.

Does Codesmith offer workshops?

Yes, Codemsith does offer workshops. In fact, Codemwith offers a wide variety of free workshops each week that cover topics including JavaScript, UI development, remote pair programming, and women in tech.

In addition, within the Codesmith bootcamp programs, students can learn about system design, React, Redux, non-relational and relational databases, machine learning, and more.

Are There Any Codesmith Scholarships?

Yes, you can apply for a Codesmith scholarship. Scholarship applications are automatically distributed to accepted students. All scholarship applications need to be submitted at least 14 days before the program starts, except for the Lesbians Who Tech and Black Engineers scholarships. In addition, scholarships will be evaluated based on application and interview scores. Here are the Codesmith scholarships available to students:

  • Women’s Scholarship. This is for any student that identifies as a woman.
  • Minorities in Tech Scholarship. This is available to underrepresented communities in tech including black, Latinx, Pacific Islanders, and Native American students.
  • LGBTQ+ Scholarship. Members of the LGBTQ+ community can access this scholarship.
  • Prior Bootcamp Graduate Scholarship. Students who have attended a bootcamp in the past and now want to join Codesmith to gain access to mid or senior-level software engineering roles can apply for this scholarship.
  • Codesmith Scholarship. This is for students who are passionate about coding, show great potential in software engineering, and are helpful to their community.
  • Veterans Scholarship. Only people who have served in the US military, naval, or air service can access this scholarship opportunity.

Does Codesmith have a refund policy?

No, Codesmith does not have a refund policy. However, although there is no Codesmith refund policy, students can feel secure knowing that Codesmith has an exceptionally high job placement rate.

Six months after graduation, 80 percent of students from Codesmith’s New York City program are employed. In addition, they earn an average salary of $120,000 per year.

How Much Do Codesmith Graduates Earn?

According to the school, graduates of the New York campus enjoy an average salary of $120,000. Los Angeles graduates earn $116,500 on average after graduation. In the first quarter of 2019, Codesmith had the highest median starting salary of any bootcamp provider.

Does Codesmith Offer a Job Guarantee?

Codesmith does not offer a job guarantee. However, it has career services that help students prepare for the job hunt through mock interviews, resume feedback, and salary negotiation advice.

The hiring team helps students improve their interview skills and provides support even after graduation to ensure they land their dream job. In addition, these services are available to graduates throughout their careers.

What Companies Hire Codesmith Graduates?

Graduates of Codesmith are hired by high-profile companies like Google, Amazon, NPR, Hulu, Netflix, Facebook, Microsoft, Snapchat, Riot Games, Disney, IBM, LinkedIn, and Tinder.

Is Codesmith Accredited?

No, Codesmith is not accredited. However, Codesmith is approved to operate by the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education.

Is Codesmith Worth It?

Yes, Codesmith is worth it for anyone looking to become a software engineer. It is also ideal for established software engineers looking to access mid and senior-level roles. The school’s programs are designed to equip students with the skills they need to succeed in the tech industry. This, coupled with Codesmith’s robust career support, ensures that students are able to land high-paying jobs after graduation.

Overall, Codesmith is a good bootcamp that helps its students develop crucial tech skills. With an average graduate salary of $118,250 a year six months after graduation, Codoemsith is worth the money.

Codesmith Reviews: Is Codesmith Legit?

Codesmith is a software engineering bootcamp that offers full-time and part-time immersive programs. The programs are designed to prepare students for mid and senior-level software engineering roles by teaching full stack JavaScript and computer science. This is done by instilling a deep understanding of JavaScript practices, fundamental computer science concepts, and object-oriented and functional programming.

Is Codesmith a scam?

No, Codesmith is certainly not a scam. It is actually one of Career Karma’s preferred partners because it excels in helping students gain high-paying jobs in tech.

Codesmith reviews all rave about the curriculum, community, and opportunities that the bootcamps offer. In addition, Codesmith has a job placement rate of over 80 percent just six months after graduation. As such, Codesmith is a comprehensive, immersive program that allows students to learn real-world coding skills that help them gain meaningful employment.

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Answers to commonly asked questions

Which companies hire Codesmith graduates?

There are graduates from Codesmith working at a number of tech companies. This list includes companies like Amazon, Google, LinkedIn

How many students does this school have?

Codesmith has over 637 students and graduates as of 2022. This number will only continue to grow as more and more students take advantage of the courses offered here.

What courses are offered at Codesmith?

Codesmith offers several courses in different tech subjects, including: Global Part-time Remote Software Engineering Immersive, JavaScript for Beginners, CS Prep, Software Engineering Immersive Program, Full-time Remote Software Engineering...

What types of programs are available at Codesmith?

Codesmith currently has Online, Full-time and Part-time types of programs available to new students.

What financing options are offered by Codesmith?

This school offers a variety of different financing options, including: Upfront Payments, Month-to-month Installments, Loan Financing. With these payment methods, nearly anyone can attend Codesmith.

Where is Codesmith available?

Codesmith has multiple campuses in Los Angeles, New York City. If you live in or near any of these cities, consider visiting to get an idea of the school's style and staff. A visit can help any...

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