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General Assembly vs App Academy: Prices, courses, and more

Hi, I’m Brian, a former senior software engineer and now software engineering mentor at Pathrise. I have worked with hundreds of software engineers to help them land their dream job. Check out this article where I compare General Assembly vs App Academy.

Similarities and differences between General Assembly vs App Academy

General Assembly and App Academy are tech bootcamps with courses in software engineering and other subjects. 


  • People can take their software engineering bootcamps onsite in New York City and San Francisco.
  • In addition, both offer software engineering bootcamps online. 
  • Students in both programs receive 1-on-1 support from career coaches on multiple aspects of the job search, including resumes, interview prep, and more. 
  • General Assembly & App Academy have courses that prepare people for full-time bootcamps at places such as Flatiron School, Lambda School, and Rithm School.
  • Those who participate in full-time bootcamps are able to finance their tuition through loans or an ISA (income share agreement).


  • App Academy only has courses in software engineering. 
  • Besides software engineering, General Assembly offers one-day, part-time, and full-time programs in UX design, data science, digital marketing, and product management. 
  • People can participate in App Academy Open, which grants them access to the bootcamp’s entire curriculum so that they can learn at their own pace for free. 
  • General Assembly offers courses on more specific topics, including Python basics, advanced WordPress, and social media strategy mapping.
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Courses offered by General Assembly vs App Academy

Both General Assembly and App Academy offer courses for software engineers that teach the following topics and more:

  • SQL
  • JavaScript
  • Ruby on Rails
  • Algorithms
  • Data structures 
  • Object-oriented programming
  • HTTP & API
  • Cookies

General Assembly also has courses that teach other topics, including: 

  • Content strategy
  • Tableau 
  • UX design
  • Google Ads
  • Agile & Scrum
  • User research
  • E-commerce
  • SEO (search engine optimization)
  • Python

Prices for General Assembly and App Academy

For people who pay App Academy tuition upfront, the cost is $17k. However, those who defer tuition through an ISA owe $28k and start making payments once they are earning at least $50k. Students can also choose a hybrid option, which allows them to pay $9k upfront and $14 after landing a job. 

App Academy’s online immersive program costs $20k upfront. But, the ISA option is 17% of 2 year’s salary with a cap of $30k. Those who select the hybrid option pay $10k upfront and then 12% of 2 year’s salary. Moreover, the maximum for this option is $27k. 

App Academy bootcamp prep courses vary in price and range from $995-$3795.

General Assembly offers workshops, part-time courses, and full-time bootcamps. While some workshops, such as SQL Training for Beginners, are free, others cost up to $250. Part-time courses, which meet for 1-10 weeks, cost $750-$3,950. Full-time bootcamps, which run for 10-12 weeks, cost $13,500-$15,950, with the Software Engineering Immersive bootcamp being the most expensive option. 

Full-time General Assembly students are eligible to pay for their tuition using an ISA, which means that once they secure a role earning at least $40,000 per year, they start paying 10% of their monthly income for 48 months. 

Ratings and reviews of General Assembly and App Academy

App Academy reviews are generally positive. One grad (now employed by Google) said that the curriculum was fast-paced and noted that students are responsible for reviewing topics and seeking out extra help, when necessary. Echoing this, others said that App Academy students must be self-motivated and prepared to work hard, beginning with the pre-work. While most grads landed jobs after graduation, some mentioned that it took them 4-9 months to secure their first role. 

Like App Academy alums, General Assembly grads generally found roles related to what they studied in their bootcamp. On CourseReport, students rated the school highly, but some students had issues with the speed of the curriculum as well as frustrations surrounding frequently changing and inexperienced instructors. The general consensus is that GA works best for self-starters who are motivated and willing to put in the work.

Alternatives to General Assembly and App Academy

If you decide not to enroll in General Assembly or App Academy, you might consider one of the alternatives listed below instead: 

  • Aspiring software engineers and UX designers can check out Kenzie Academy, a full-time tech bootcamp that offers in-person and online courses. Learn more about Kenzie Academy in our review. 
  • Tech bootcamps, BrainStation, Thinkful, allWomen Academy, Eleven Fifty Academy, Clarusway, GW Bootcamps, and Flatiron School offer programs in software engineering, data science, and other fields. 
  • People who are thinking about financing their software engineering bootcamp tuition through an income share agreement (ISA) can check out Lambda School and Holberton School.
  • Other options for software engineering bootcamps include Rithm School, Hack Reactor, Codesmith, Redwood Code Academy, and The Software Guild.  
  • Aspiring web developers can look into CodeX Academy, a self-paced coding bootcamp with 1-on-1 mentorship opportunities. Read more about CodeX Academy in our program review.
  • If you’re interested in taking an online product design bootcamp that is self-guided or instructor led, take a look at DesignerUp. Read about DesignerUp in our program review.
  • Another option for aspiring designers is Designlab, an online bootcamp that teaches the necessary skills to land an entry-level UX designer job. See if Designlab meets your needs by reading our program review. 
  • Metis has part-time introduction courses as well as onsite and online bootcamp options. Learn more about Metis in our review.
More alternatives
  • An online bootcamp, GrowthX Academy has courses for people who are interested in growth marketing and UX design, as well as sales and business development.
  • If you are interested in taking classes through an online learning platform, check out Springboard or Udacity, both of which offer courses in marketing and a variety of other topics. Discover how Springboard and Udacity can help you advance your current tech skills in our program reviews. 
  • The hugely popular Codecademy platform hosts free hands-on coding courses. Students can learn web development, dozens of programming languages, and even data science. They offer $20-40 monthly membership options for greater course options and more support. Learn more about Codeacademy in our review.
  • Similarly, Coursera, Pluralsight, and Simplilearn are online learning tools with hundreds of courses. 
  • Finally, people interested in university courses can check out edX. Their platform hosts thousands of self-paced university courses from top schools like Harvard and MIT, and even top tech companies like Microsoft. Students can choose to focus on fundamentals or take a deep dive into specific topics, like web development or digital marketing with social media. Read more about edX in our review.

How do General Assembly and App Academy compare to Pathrise?

Both General Assembly and App Academy are tech bootcamps with courses that teach people the necessary skills to land a job as a software engineer from scratch. General Assembly also offers programs for current and aspiring digital marketers, web developers, UX designers, data scientists, and product managers. At Pathrise, fellows should enter the program with some background in their field of interest so that they can fully benefit from our industry workshops, pair programming sessions, and 1-on-1s, which prepare students for the questions they will see in their technical interviews. We have tracks in software engineering, as well as product design, data science, digital marketing, sales, and product, strategy & ops.

A full service organization, Pathrise helps people land their dream job in tech. Our mentors, who have years of experience on both sides of the hiring table, provide 1-on-1 assistance on every component of the job search. Besides placing a great deal of emphasis on technical interview preparation, we support job-seekers on resume & portfolio building, cold emailing & reverse recruiting strategies, behavioral interview preparation, salary negotiation, and more. Fellows learn skills that can benefit them in future job searches as well. 

App Academy offers a variety of options for their ISA, whereas the General Assembly ISA is 10% of one’s monthly income for 48 months. The Pathrise income share agreement (ISA) is 5-9% and fellows don’t pay anything until they land a job they love and start working. Plus, we never require upfront payments or deposits.

Pathrise is a career accelerator that works with students and professionals 1-on-1 so they can land their dream job in tech. With our tips and guidance, we’ve seen our fellows interview scores double.

If you are interested in working 1-on-1 with any of our mentors to optimize your job search, become a Pathrise fellow. 

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Brian Wong

Brian Wong is an experienced senior software engineer and has worked at top bay area startups and organizations. In his free time, Brian works with Pathrise SWE fellows to help them land their dream job and learn insider tips on how to ace technical interviews.

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