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A review of Covalence as a software engineering bootcamp

Hi, I’m Brian, a former senior software engineer and now industry advisor at Pathrise. I have worked with hundreds of software engineers to help them land their dream jobs in tech. Check out my review of Covalence.

What does Covalence do?

Covalence is an online bootcamp that helps people develop the necessary skills to land a job as a software engineer. The full-time course lasts 12 weeks. Alternatively, students can finish the part-time course whenever they want. The curriculum covers the essentials of front-end, back-end, database development, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, ReactJS, Node.js, Express, MySQL, and React Native. 

Students participate in recorded video lectures and walkthroughs, coding drills and labs, project-based assignments, webinars, code reviews, and career coaching. Through the online communication platform, participants receive real-time help from fellow students and Covalence staff. At the end of the course, students build their portfolios, which help them land jobs as junior-level full stack software engineers. 

Besides the immersive bootcamp, Covalence offers 3 self-paced options, which they call subatomic, atomic, and molecular. Students in the subatomic program have access to the introductory course, including the fundamentals of front-end web development.

The atomic plan covers the same material as the full-time bootcamp, in addition to offering real-time support from staff, exclusive features on the online learning portal, and extra labs.

Those who are interested in 1-on-1 support should enroll in the molecular option. That is because it includes the atomic plan’s curriculum as well as in-depth code reviews, daily webinar office hours, two 1-on-1 mentor sessions per month, and a comprehensive capstone project.

Who is Covalence for?

People who have no experience in coding and are looking to develop the necessary skills to land a job as a software engineer could benefit from the Covalence bootcamp. 

What does Covalence cost? How much work is involved?

Tuition for the 12-week bootcamp is $9,500. Those enrolled in the subatomic, atomic, and molecular options pay monthly. The subatomic option costs $25 per month, while the atomic and molecular options cost $79 and $199 per month respectively. 

In addition, financing options are available for students enrolled in the full-time bootcamp and the molecular monthly plan. Skills Fund offers low-interest, fixed-rate loans of up to $12,500. Rates depend on an applicant’s previous credit history. Students have 3 years to repay. 

Ratings and reviews

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The online reviews of Covalence are mixed, but generally positive. Grads on CourseReport benefited from the project-based curriculum and instruction, but felt that the bootcamp did not provide adequate job-seeking resources. In addition, one reviewer recommends trying “to learn as much about the basics of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript as you can” before starting the program. 

Reviewers on SwitchUp said that the curriculum and instructors prepared them for landing jobs as junior developers, though one grad noted that “you are pretty much left to struggle unless you ask the TA or instructor for help.”  

The Covalence CEO responded directly to a Reddit post in 2018 saying that the company was in the process of contacting graduates for more reviews. But, in a Reddit post from 2019, a prospective student reported struggling to track down recent grads from Covalence. In fact, they noted that the bootcamp did not offer useful information about its alumni. 

Alternatives to Covalence

If you decide not to enroll in Covalence, there are a number of alternative bootcamps and online resources that can help aspiring software engineers. 

  • Students can also consider Kenzie Academy. A full-time tech bootcamp, Kenzie offers in-person and online courses in 2 tracks: software engineering & UX design and front-end engineering. Learn more about Kenzie Academy in our review.
  • Similarly, Actualize, devCodeCamp, Redwood Code Academy, and Code Fellows are software engineering bootcamps with on-campus and online options.
  • One of the most well known bootcamps is General Assembly. They offer full-time, part-time, and 1-day courses on a variety of topics like software engineering, data science, UX design, digital marketing, product management, and more. Read more about General Assembly in our review.
  • App Academy, Nucamp, Hack Reactor, Fullstack Academy, Turing, Launch Academy, and The Software Guild also offer online and in-person courses for their software engineering bootcamps.
  • Another option is Grand Circus, which teaches courses on Java, front-end, and C# .NET. Their campuses are in Michigan, but they also offer online options.
  • Likewise, Tech Elevator is a software engineering bootcamp with online and on-campus options.
  • Aspiring software engineers and web developers can also consider CodeX Academy, a self-paced coding bootcamp with mentorship opportunities. Learn more about CodeX Academy in our review.
  • Codecademy is one of the most popular coding programs online. They provide free courses on many different programming languages. They also offer membership options ranging from $20 to $40. Learn more about Codecademy in our review.
  • For students looking to defer payments, Lambda School and Rithm School offer income share agreements to finance their bootcamps.
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How does Covalence compare to Pathrise?

Covalence is a bootcamp for people who are interested in learning how to become a software engineer from scratch. At Pathrise, job-seekers in our program should already have some background in their field of interest so that they can participate fully in our industry workshops, which prepare students for the questions they will see in their technical interviews. 

Pathrise helps you land the best possible job. Our mentors have years of experience on both sides of the hiring table. Fellows receive 1-on-1 support every step of the way. Pathrise focuses on technical and behavioral interviewing, as well as resume and LinkedIn optimization, portfolio building, reverse recruiting lessons, and negotiation guidance.

Our program is flexible. There are only 4 hours of group sessions per week. Fellows can schedule 1-on-1 sessions as needed. We personalize our curriculum to target each fellow’s specific needs. The Pathrise income share agreement is 9% of their first year’s salary and we never require upfront payments or deposits.

Pathrise is a career accelerator that helps people land their dream job in tech through 1-on-1 mentorship. If you are interested in working with any of our mentors to get help with your technical and behavioral interviews or any other aspect of the job search, join Pathrise. 

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