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About Hack Reactor

Hack Reactor is a New York-based coding bootcamp. Hack Reactor programs focus on teaching software engineering skills and preparing students for careers in tech. Although the school offered in-person programs in the past, all programs are now being held by Hack Reactor online. There are three programs that take 12, 19, or 36 weeks to complete. Hackreactor offers a bootcamp prep course that can be accessed to learn the fundamentals of Javascript. The Basic prep is free, online and self-paced. The Hack Reactor job placement rate is 75 percent. There are many Hack Reactor payment options for students who do not want to pay upfront. There is a Hack Reactor scholarship for Black students and a Hack Reactor deferred tuition plan in the form of an income share agreement. This Hack Reactor review will go into detail about payment options and more, so just keep reading.

Hack Reactor Application Process and Interviews

You can submit your application on the bootcamp website, and view options for structured or self-paced prep courses. You will first complete a Non-Technical Skills assessment, then complete a coding challenge and a technical admissions assessment before you are accepted. These tests will gouge your knowledge of JavaScript concepts. You can take the technical assessment up to three times.

If you’re successful in these steps, you’ll receive an acceptance notice within two days and a Student Enrollment Agreement that is valid for seven days. You’ll need to pay a deposit to secure your spot, then you can begin the pre-course curriculum to enhance your skills in JavaScript, HTML, CSS, and other programming languages.

How do you prepare for the Hack Reactor interview process? According to a majority of user reviews, the admissions process at Hack Reactor is a experience. Further, reviewers reported that the Hack Reactor interview process didn't take long to complete before receiving a decision.

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I liked how Hack Reactor well-prepared self-study material for students planning to take their boot camps. The non-Technical and Technical Assessments are both well-structured.
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The self-study material is great and well-prepared.
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I wish I could have more information about the form of Non-technical assessments beforehand, like a sample test.

Hack Reactor Reviews: Is Hack Reactor Worth It?

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Yes, Hack Reactor is worth it. It received 4.7 out of five stars from 236 Hack Reactor reviews on Career Karma. Current students and graduates commend the curriculum, instructors, and career development assistance in their Hack Reactor bootcamp review.

In a Hack Reactor web development bootcamp review, Joseph Balaoing states, "I learned a lot about web development, and Hack Reactor is definitely worth the money." He also comments on the friendly and supportive staff members.

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Mark Sprint graduated Hack Reactor
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I was able to hire Barry Sanchez for a two day project of remote phone hack and Facebook content removal. They were really helpful and calm during these 48 hours. I was given a web interface where I monitored the device. I highly recommend them for any hacking services. Thank you again Hacker reactor
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The customer service was the best I ever got from any hacker group. They were organized and in a timely manner. They always called to make sure I was updated.
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I wish they were able to revert DUI on a license. They were partially expensive which made me only pay for two days

Great Experience

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Himmat Khalsa graduated Hack Reactor
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Created 2 months ago
I went to Hack Reactor with 0 coding experience beforehand. I appreciated the steps that were required to prepare for the course (Premium Prep and Precourse) so that I could see how I liked coding and the Hack Reactor culture before starting. Aside from great lecture content and lecturers, they facilitated a great atmosphere of kindness, positivity and helpfulness. I made some great connections with cohort mates and faculty that I'm sure I will be in touch with for the rest of my life!
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- Course content - Sprints - Group projects - Faculty personableness - Career services
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- Lots of staff turnover (junior faculty getting jobs in the field!) - Long hours (be prepared!) - Had to be out of touch with family and friends

Efficient path to be job-ready

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Dora Jiang graduated Hack Reactor
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Created 3 months ago
I got a job offer with a total package of 200k+ and I just started working as a Software Engineer 2 weeks ago. So I feel I am qualified to share my HR experience now. Some people would argue all the contents the HR provided is free online. That is true and that was my question at the very beginning. After going through HR, I felt the money is well-justified for the following reasons. First, there are simply too many resources to choose from. HR creates an efficient path that has been verified...
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- Guide you how to become a software engineer, rather than only teach you how to code - Curriculum has been proven to be efficient in finding a tech job by many students - Program leaders are diligent in making sure everyone has a friendly...
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- Non-traditional teaching-learning style: for those who is looking for a teacher to teach and tell you everything, HR might not the right place. - Lots of time commitment. Class schedule is from 9am to 8pm. But do expect extra time.

Great choice to upgrade your skills

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Jacob Hawkins graduated Hack Reactor
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I attempted the program with some coding experience prior. This was paramount to my success. As this bootcamp will take what you know and stretch you. It instills great self teaching elements. But the typical instruction you get at public school or college is NOT present here. I would advise this course to anyone who has previous coding experience as this option will get you the following: help you collaborate with others, learn technologies you may procrastinate on, and begin networking with...
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Community, Pressure Situations, Time-Management, No Hand Holding, Self-Advocacy needed, Focus on the fundamentals which build into the complex, mini-history of the progression of web development. After graduating, I can watch a youtube...
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Will test how much you enjoy coding. If you don't enjoy learning and doing Leetcode/Codewars programming, then I would recommend you learn elsewhere. But if you do, this place will get your skills to the next level.

I'll never forget the experiance

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angie r graduated Hack Reactor
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I wanted to go to hack reactor as soon as I failed the entrance test to enroll in their program. I had applied to other programs before, and after their tests they would only tell me I failed. They wouldn't give me any feedback - but hack reactor did. Hack reactor told me I almost passed - and they offered me tutoring before the next entrance exam. I met up with someone through zoom who helped me practice until the next test (at NO cost) - and I passed.  I started going to the NYC campus. Due...
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Very Supportive
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Lack of TTD, Data Structures, Lack of community due to massive number of students

Unforgettable experience, top-quality program

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Godfrey Doo graduated Hack Reactor
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Quit my previous full-time job needing a career change. At the advice of a few friends, Hack Reactor became the top choice. Six months after graduating, I still talk about my end-to-end experience with my new colleagues and family. Most importantly, Hack Reactor gave me the tools and training needed to create for myself a fulfilling career. In short, worth every minute and penny to the determined and motivated.
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- Staff who encourages you with patience and wisdom, from my Enrolment Advisor, Cohort Lead, Technical Mentors, and other Resident staff, I have never felt alone in my journey of learning and discovery. - Curriculum that is up-to-date with...
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- High-pace, demanding program that requires your full attention

Best Decision I've Ever Made

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Sam Pool graduated Hack Reactor
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I want to start by saying that I went into Hack Reactor after a year's worth of full-time self-study & freelance web development projects (building simple frontend web apps for family friends' businesses and organizations). The amount of experience/familiarity I had with web development before the program was hugely beneficial and I definitely recommend some serious self-study before attempting Hack Reactor because there is an enormous amount of material you will be expected to learn in the...
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- Modern technical curriculum - graduates have high-level skills which aren't produced by all bootcamps - One of the most respected coding bootcamps - Great job search insights & resources
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- very fast paced - best to have some knowledge of web development concepts before the program - largely self-directed format (great for some, not for everyone)

HackReactor is great so far!

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Maher Damouni student at Hack Reactor
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I've received great help at every turn from prep course to pre course. Looking forward to the actual cohort!
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The curriculum is full of helpful projects, videos, and tips. The community in slack is very active as well.
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It's not in person.

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Edgar Carrillo student at Hack Reactor
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The enrollement process has been great! I had a fantastic Enrollement Advisor named Trisha Mortel who answered any of the questions I asked happily. Even through the roadblocks of getting into this rigorous program she was honest with me on what I needed to work on and was with me every step of the way up to being accepted.
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Good communication, You get out of it what you put in.
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Some intense coaches that helped very well and I learned plenty from but also could have been less intense.

Wow!!

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Manny Ledoux graduated Hack Reactor
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My initial experience with Hack Reactor started with the admissions department. I initially had two individuals that were the point of contact for me prior to me taking the technical assessment. From what I recall their primary task was supporting me with whatever I may need to pass the entrance exam, if required. Those two individuals were friendly, professional, and communicative. Once I passed the assessment I moved on to the next step in the process - pre-course. There are some coding...
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The staff puts in a lot of work fostering a sense of community among the people in the cohort. The curriculum is always being updated and modified to make sure people are learning the most up to date useful stuff for the industry. The...
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It is very intense, and moves very quickly. It's a pro for some, and a con for others, but I figured I'd lit it here for the hesitant. very time intensive - over 60 hours a week of scheduled calendar time, but the caveat is you do learn...

Do it!

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John Doe graduated Hack Reactor
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This program will make you doubt your ability to complete your career change. Push through and it will be worth it. I recently graduated from the 12-week remote program and I highly recommend this program to anyone looking to switch careers. You will be extremely challenged. You will doubt yourself. You may cry. It may get lonely and dark. Keep pushing through. As I was navigating the coursework during the BootCamp I was extremely overwhelmed. Lectures, toy problems, meetings, office hours,...
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Challenging, rewarding, build soft skills
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Not much code review by staff (not that it matters, every company has their own "code best practices").

Enrollment Advisor is one of the best I've had

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Derek Cowan student at Hack Reactor
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I want to say a special shout out to Billy Berger, my enrollment advisor from the beginning. From day one this guy actually gets to know you as a human being alongside your aspirations in a software developing career. Beyond our initial discussions he's probably the most accessible and understanding advisor I've ever had, and I've changed careers twice so I've had a significant amount of experience being a consumer of education. If you have to get ahold of him or reach out about information, he...
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I guess you could say there's sometimes a disconnect between departments, but one can argue that with practically any business entity nowadays.

Hack Reactor Courses and Curriculum

Hack Reactor courses focus on software engineering. Hack Reactor online programs have a comprehensive, immersive curriculum that covers computer science and JavaScript concepts.

Hack Reactor offers two prep courses to prepare students. These Hack Reactor bootcamp prep programs can also help you determine whether or not Hack Reactor's curriculum suits your career plans.

12-Week Software Engineering Online Immersive

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This flagship, fast-paced, Hack Reactor immersive coding bootcamp is focused on building autonomous, fully capable software engineers. Every unit in our curriculum has been pored over numerous times to optimize for educational power and efficiency. The first half of the course is often described as “drinking from a firehose” because of how much information it packs in. In the second half, you use your new skills to build projects, while learning new technologies on the fly. By the end you will be an autonomous engineer, capable of tackling unique, unfamiliar problems and building complex applications.
Cost:$17980
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Cities:Seattle, Austin, Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco, Denver, Phoenix, Boulder, San Jose
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36-Week Software Engineering Online Immersive Part-Time

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The carefully designed pace of our part-time coding bootcamp allows for work-life balance as you train for a new career. Become a software engineer in 36 weeks; learn to code nights and weekends.
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Hack Reactor Job Placement Rate and Outcomes

Hack Reactor students work on a range of projects throughout their courses. For example, one student developed an app called QuickCart that allows shoppers to track their grocery budget. It includes nutrition information, prices, and food recommendations.

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What Projects Do Hack Reactor Students Work On?

Hack Reactor students work on a range of projects throughout their courses. For example, one student developed an app called QuickCart that allows shoppers to track their grocery budget. It includes nutrition information, prices, and food recommendations.

Organize + budget a personal grocery cart for easy shopping.

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Who started Career Karma?

Created 2 years ago

So Career Karma was started by Artur, Ruben and myself out of our own struggles career transitioning into Tech. Our journey took place in 2014-2015 and if it wasn't for the three of us doing it together we wouldn't be here today. Once we got our high paying jobs in tech and I was working as a Software Engineer ... I say an incredible opportunity for others like me who were trying to learn how to code on their own but failing to complete their transition. Three years into us...

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I recommend checking out our article about Full Stack developer salaries: https://careerkarma.com/blog/entry-level-full-stack-developer-salary/

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How do you successfully pass the technical interviews for Flatiron and Hack Reactor (Software Engineering and Cyber Analytics) ?

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Good question. They are very different so I would recommend doing prep courses for both to try it out. However, then decide which specialty you're most interested in and go for those technical interviews. In preparation, definitely complete the prep course. The next steps for you should be to ask the admissions officer about the type of questions that are going to be on the technical interviews. What resources do they recommend you review to get accepted? What they think will...

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Hack Reactor FAQs

How Much is Hack Reactor Tuition and Cost?

Hack Reactor tuition is $17,980 for all of the Software Engineering Immersive programs. Hack Reactor's basic prep course is free. There is also a premium prep course that Hack Reactor prices at $250. To cover the Hack Reactor bootcamp cost, the school provides an array of payment options for students to choose from.

What Is the Hack Reactor Acceptance Rate?

Hack Reactor acceptance rate is three percent. The admission process can be challenging and ensures that only the best candidates make it to the final step.

How Can I Pay for Hack Reactor?

There are several Hack Reactor payment options to help students afford tuition to its programs, including loan financing, scholarships, GI Bill benefits, and a split payment option. In addition, there is a Hack Reactor deferred tuition plan in the form of an income share agreement. You can also choose to pay upfront before the first day of classes.

How Do I Apply to Hack Reactor?

You can start the Hack Reactor application process by submitting your application on Hack Reactor’s website. The coding bootcamp starts new courses every seven weeks. This gives you plenty of chances throughout the year if you don’t pass the Hack Reactor admissions tests on your first try. The step to apply to Hack Reactor are listed below:

  1. Apply: Select your preferred program on the school website. Then fill out an application form with your details, including your educational background, employment history, and other necessary information.
  2. Select one of the prep programs: Hack Reactor offers two prep programs. The basic program is self-paced and free of charge, whereas the premium program costs $250 and gives you access to Hack Reactor instructors and peers. These prep programs prepare students for the coding challenge and technical admissions assessment.
  3. Complete a coding challenge: The coding test is a simple challenge to gauge your knowledge of JavaScript concepts. Once you succeed in the coding challenge, you will move to the next part of the assessment.
  4. Technical assessment: The technical admission assessment requires you to solve a coding problem using JavaScript fundamentals. For example, you might need to explain how to use anonymous functions or troubleshoot different function problems. You can take the technical assessment up to three times.
  5. Enrollment agreement: If you’re successful in these steps, you’ll receive an acceptance notice within two days and a Student Enrollment Agreement that is valid for seven days.
  6. Program deposit: The program deposit secures your spot at the bootcamp. After you fill out the agreement, you must pay the deposit within three days of receiving the program deposit invoice. However, you can alert the admission team if you wish to defer.
  7. Pre-course work: The pre-course curriculum is mandatory for all new cohorts. It takes 90-120 hours and enhances your skills in JavaScript, HTML, CSS, and other programming languages.
  8. Tuition payment: This is the final step of the admission process. You will select a financing option and then you can look forward to your first day of classes.

How Do I Get Accepted into Hack Reactor?

To get accepted into Hack Reactor you must submit your application and pass the coding challenge and technical admission assessment. Although Hack Reactor courses are geared toward students with a background in computer science concepts, it also accommodates beginners.

You can enroll in the prep courses as you prepare for your interview and complete the pre-course work. This will help you show commitment to the program and prove you have the motivation to excel.

What Is the Hack Reactor Admission Process?

Hack Reactor courses start every seven weeks. You will start by submitting an application on the bootcamp website, where you'll enroll in an introductory-level prep course. You will also complete a coding challenge and a technical assessment before you are accepted.

What Hack Reactor Interview Questions Should I Expect?

There is no formal Hack Reactor interview, but you are welcome to reach out to the school and discuss the program with the customer service support team. During the application process, an admissions representative might ask you about basic JavaScript concepts to ensure you will be able to keep up with the curriculum.

Is Hack Reactor Hard to Get Into?

Yes, Hack Reactor is hard to get into. The school has an intense admission process and a relatively low acceptance rate. However, the prep courses help students to prepare for assessments. You also have a chance to do the coding challenges up to three times.

Does Hack Reactor Offer Prep Courses?

Yes, there are two Hack Reactor prep course. The prep programs prepare students for the two-part admissions interview and the Software Engineering Immersive program. You can pursue the free course or pay $250 for the premium prep course. The premium Hack Reactor prep course gives students one-on-one mentorship and a structured schedule.

Does Hack Reactor Offer Workshops?

Yes, there are Hack Reactor workshops, seminars, and events. Currently, there are none scheduled for upcoming dates, but the school tells interested participants to check the website periodically for updates.

Does Hack Reactor Offer Scholarships?

Yes, the main Hack Reactor scholarship is the We Stand Together scholarship. To be eligible, you must be a Black student who has passed the non-technical entrance exam and is applying for the 19-week software engineering immersive. Up to three scholarships are given out for each cohort. The application process is as follows:

  1. Apply for the 19-week software engineering program.
  2. Apply for the We Stand Together scholarship by going to Hack Reactor’s scholarship page.
  3. Continue the enrollment process as normal, with the help of your assigned enrollment advisor.
  4. The scholarship application will be reviewed within two weeks.
  5. You will learn if you have been accepted for the scholarship one week before the start of your program.

Does Hack Reactor Have a Refund Policy?

The Hack Reactor refund policy offers a full refund of tuition if you drop out from the full bootcamp within the first week. The deposit is not refunded. If you are taking the Hack Reactor prep course, you can withdraw in the first week for a full refund of $250.

How Much Do Hack Reactor Graduates Earn?

According to its website, Hack Reactor graduates earn a median wage of $80,000 per year. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average wage of a software developer is $110,140.

Does Hack Reactor Offer a Job Guarantee?

No, Hack Reactor does not offer a job guarantee. However, the bootcamp has a competitive track record of successful job placements. You can also receive job assistance from competent career coaches through the coding bootcamp.

In addition, all the programs dedicate one week to career services, where students learn about the job search and how to launch a tech career. So far, there are over 2,000 companies that hire Hack Reactor graduates.

What Companies Hire Hack Reactor Graduates?

Some companies that hire Hack Reactor graduates include Facebook, Linkedin, Google, PayPal, Apple, Amazon, Capital One, Microsoft, Visa, and Accenture.

Is Hack Reactor Accredited?

No, Hack Reactor is not accredited.

Is Hack Reactor Worth It?

Yes, Hack Reactor is worth it if you are hoping to land a software engineering job. Hack Reactor is one of the leading coding bootcamps in the country. With an alumni community of over 5,600 students, Hack Reactor continues to produce top-tier performers in the tech industry.

You can also take advantage of the Galvanize bootcamp space to network, receive mentorship, and work with your peers to enhance your technical skills. This coding bootcamp is perfect for people seeking to enhance their technical skills or switch career paths.

Hack Reactor Reviews: Is Hack Reactor Legit?

Yes, Hack Reactor is a legit bootcamp established in 2012 that offers full-time and part-time programs. Hack Reactor specializes in software engineering courses geared towards preparing students for successful tech careers.

Hack Reactor bootcamp reviews show that students have had an overall positive experience with their education. This Hack Reactor review details the interview process, courses offered, and answers frequently asked questions.

Is Hack Reactor a Scam?

No, Hack Reactor is not a scam. The school is transparent about its curriculum, tuition, and learning outcomes. It is a legitimate provider of tech education.

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Which companies hire Hack Reactor graduates?

There are graduates from Hack Reactor working at a number of tech companies. This list includes companies like Google, Facebook, Galvanize Inc

How many students does this school have?

Hack Reactor has over 4362 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 Hack Reactor?

Hack Reactor offers several courses in different tech subjects, including: 12-Week Software Engineering Online Immersive, 36-Week Software Engineering Online Immersive Part-Time, 19-Week Software Engineering with JavaScript and Python.

What types of programs are available at Hack Reactor?

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

What financing options are offered by Hack Reactor?

This school offers a variety of different financing options, including: ISA, Upfront Payments, Loan Financing. With these payment methods, nearly anyone can attend Hack Reactor.

Where is Hack Reactor available?

Hack Reactor is an online program. Check out its student reviews to figure out if its the right program for you.

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