Hack Reactor offers a software engineering bootcamp and several professional development courses in specific areas of computer science. These programs are perfect for those seeking a career in web or software development, or a promotion at their existing job.
The school offers these courses in a variety of formats, including remote, on-campus, and part-time. It even has a free online course if you want to learn computer science basics before committing to a longer-term course. Read on to find out all the details of Hack Reactor’s curriculum, payment options, and application process.
Hack Reactor offers a 12-week coding course targeted at beginner programmers who are hoping to gain the necessary skills to start a career in tech. It also teaches five professional development courses for those who already work in software development but want to pick up new skills.
Hack Reactor’s onsite training was transferred online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, some of the school’s Galvanize coworking campuses have now reopened.
According to a 2018 survey, the average Hack Reactor graduate makes around $117,000 per year.
|Locations||Austin, Boulder, Denver, Los Angeles, New York, Phoenix, San Francisco, Seattle, and Online|
|Tuition||$1,800 to $17,980|
|Financing Options||Income Share Agreement (ISA), Upfront Payment, Scholarships, Finance Plan|
|Program Types||Online, Onsite, Remote, Part-time|
|Courses||Software Engineering Immersive, Methodologies + Requirements Gathering, Networking + Reactive Programming, Computer Architecture + IoT, Microservices + Orchestration, Algorithm + Data Structures|
Hack Reactor offers coding bootcamps in cooperation with Galvanize in eight cities around the US. Below is a complete list.
All campus locations offer the same full-time, 12-week software engineering immersive course. For remote part-time students, the curriculum is drawn out over nine months instead. Professional development courses take place live online.
All software engineering immersive programs at Hack Reactor cost $17,980 upfront. The professional development courses are much cheaper, at $1,800.
Aside from upfront payment, Hack Reactor offers other finance plans like loans, an ISA, and scholarships. As for scholarships, you might be interested in checking out the best coding bootcamp scholarships and how to find them. We’ll explore all the Hack Reactor options below.
If you qualify, scholarships are the best way to reduce the cost of your bootcamp. Hack Reactor has several full-ride scholarships.
The Galvanize Scholarship covers the cost of tuition for two exceptional students in each cohort. The We Stand Together Scholarship provides a full ride to five students in each cohort from groups that are underrepresented in tech.
If you can’t get a scholarship, an ISA is a popular way to attend a bootcamp without taking out a loan. With an ISA, a student can attend a program without paying, and will then pay back their tuition by providing a percentage of their salary once they are employed. Hack Reactor’s ISA is offered in partnership with Galvanize.
Hack Reactor’s loans are offered via a partnership with Climb Credit and Ascent Funding. Students who choose this option will pay off their loan over a set amount of time, with interest.
Hack Reactor does not allow students to pay in monthly installments. However, according to Galvanize’s enrollment operations manager, students can pay 50 percent of their tuition upfront and 50 percent in the middle of the semester without interest.
Hack Reactor accepts the GI Bill, but only through its on-campus Galvanize courses. This only applies to Washington, Texas, and Colorado. The school is also a participant in the government’s VET TEC program, which provides coding bootcamp discounts to veterans.
Hack Reactor offers multiple courses for students seeking careers in software engineering, data science, or cyber security. Experienced students can also sign up for professional development courses. If you have no experience in coding, you can take the school’s free courses and workshops.
Hack Reactor’s software engineering program starts with seven weeks of preparation, including 80 hours of precourse, self-study materials.
After the course is finished, there’s a three- to six-month period in which Hack Reactor will help students negotiate the job market through the school’s extensive hiring network.
Choosing the perfect methodology is key to a successful software project. This Methodologies + Requirements Gathering course teaches students to use Agile software development techniques to organize frameworks and accelerate and increase productivity.
Every programmer should have an understanding of networking. This networking course teaches students how to use networking and reactive programming to write better connected software. The course covers industry-standard network architecture and structures.
When it comes to the engineering side of things, this Computer Architecture + IoT program is designed for programmers who work with both software and hardware. In between electronics and software engineering, this course covers everything from small transistors to CPUs and modern computer architecture.
Microservices have become the most common type of software product on the Internet. For programmers, figuring out how to create a microservice from scratch is an important skill that will enable them to better adapt to future projects. Orchestration takes this to the next step by allowing a group of microservices to be deployed simultaneously.
Data structures and algorithms are two core components of computer science. Advanced programmers know that fast and efficient code is a necessity. This course goes through a ton of algorithms and their corresponding data structures, so students can learn how they work together.
Getting into Hack Reactor is incredibly challenging, especially for beginner programmers. However, many users on forums such as Reddit and Quora have said that programmers who have some background in the industry and who possess a technical portfolio can easily get in.
Hack Reactor has an acceptance rate of around three percent.
Thankfully, the application process for Hack Reactor is simple. Just follow these steps below.
According to several accounts, Hack Reactor’s interview process lasts around an hour. While the exact questions for this might differ, there are many great sources for coding bootcamp interview questions. Below is a general idea of the topics you may be asked about.
Reviewing the basics is very important, even for advanced programmers. Hack Reactor only offers two prep programs. The one you take will depend on whether you are taking a self-paced course or have enrolled in the live-online premium option.
Although the program isn’t cheap, the curriculum followed in the bootcamp and the career services provided after is something that graduates swear by. The bootcamp caters specifically to web development, and this niche targeting has paid off in the success achieved by its graduates.
Hack Reactor reports that 79.44 percent of its graduates have found a job within 180 days of graduating. Additionally, the average salary based on 85 percent of grads is $91,000. These percentages are based on Hack Reactor’s total of about 5,600 alumni.
Unfortunately, Hack Reactor does not offer a job guarantee for its graduates.
You should apply to Hack Reactor if you’re committed to learning to program and want to launch a lucrative tech career. Unlike other schools that take you from 0 to 100, Hack Reactor focuses on taking its students from level 50 to level 150. It’s a training institute for high-level programmers, which is why its acceptance rate is low, at just three percent.
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My journey to becoming a Software Engineer began almost a year ago. It started with choosing which program to attend… that can be overwhelming. After a lot of research; I literally read every review I could find on App Academy and Hack Reactor. I decided to attend App Academy’s bootcamp prep course in San Francisco. The prep course wasn’t terrible, but I definitely don’t think it’s worth $3K I paid for it.
App Academy does offer a deferred payment option where you only pay for your tuition after you graduate and get a job. That seems pretty cool initially. Then I found out that if you fail two of their assessments you get kicked out of the program forever. For me that meant I would have to start all over at a different bootcamp (don’t quote me on this, but I heard anything under 90% on a test is a failing score). I just didn’t like that methodology.
After completing App Academy’s bootcamp prep program I went to an info session for Hack Reactor in SF. I immediately felt like it was a better environment. I also liked the fact that the program was split into two phases with a technical assessment taken at the end of the first phase. If you don’t pass then you just repeat the first phase again. I decided to sign up for HR’s bootcamp prep course which is called SSP. It was a MUCH better experience for me overall and it’s only $250! It’s 100% remote, but that was actually one of the best things about it. You learn how to teach yourself and when you get stuck there’s always an instructor available to get on zoom with you and walk through your cod. After completing SSP I scheduled a technical interview and was accepted, but only to the extended program. I scheduled a retake for next week and was accepted into the HRATX40 cohort.
The great thing about Hack Reactor is that they are a part of https://cirr.org (App Academy is not as transparent about their data). CIRR is a non profit organization which provides a standardized system for measuring and reporting student outcomes for multiple bootcamps. I was surprised to find out that SF grads didn’t get jobs that fast. SF is the center of the world for tech, but this also makes it EXTREMELY competitive. This data played a significant role in my decision to attend the Austin campus. Fortunately for me I had a friend in Austin who decided to go through the program with me. So in February I packed up my bags and moved to Austin and start the program.
Hack Reactor is an intense program. Expect to spend at least seventy hours a week there. That being said I genuinely enjoyed being their every day. I can’t possibly descibe to you in words how incredible the staff at the Austin campus are. They go above and beyond to empower you to succeed. I can’t say enough great things about Linden, Zubair, Justin, and Nick.
Now let’s talk numbers. There are twelve of us in my cohort. Three of them accepted Software Engineering Immersive Resident positions at HR before they finished the program. It’s been a little over a month since we graduated and only one person hasn’t received an offer yet. Offers for full time positions have ranged from $70k to $120k with the average being somewhere around $80k. That goes a long way living in Austin though. I’m currently writing this upon completing my first week as an Associate Software Engineer at a well funded startup in ATX. This program changed my life and it will change yours too.
January 17, 2020
I attended Hack Reactor and graduated at the beginning of July, 2019. Before attending I had been programming in my spare time for a couple years, but I was never able to maintain any kind of structure or rigor to my learning. I wanted to make a career change and work as a software developer, and when it became apparent that my current method of self-teaching was not working out for me, I decided to enroll in Hack Reactor.
The course is divided in to two phases, a “Junior” phase and a “Senior” phase. During the former, you spend a lot of time pair programming and working to complete various coding projects. A lot of it is centered around learning to pick up and become productive with technologies that you may not be familiar with, and getting comfortable referencing documentation. The Senior phase is more centered around larger applications and larger teams. By the end you feel very comfortable building, testing, and deploying full stack applications. I also felt like I learned enough domain knowledge about web development to be able to pick up just about anything I need to learn on my own. That was not always the case when I was studying on my own.
In the end, enrolling in Hack Reactor payed off for me. Within a few weeks of graduating I had two job offers and a few other very promising leads that I didn’t continue to pursue because I accepted a job offer that I couldn’t be happier with. I never got a coding challenge from a company that I didn’t feel prepared for, even if the problem required me to use a technology that I didn’t use previously. You get so much repetition picking up new stuff when you are going through the program, that a lot of the stuff I was asked to do for an interview just felt like another sprint.
Up to date. They teach you stuff with will help you get a job.
Great environment conductive to learning. Everyone is there for the same reason and it makes grind a lot more bearable.
You learn a lot. Having been self taught for a while before enrolling, for me personally it would have taken me years to learn on my own what I learned in three months. They spend a lot of time perfecting their curriculum and getting the most out of every hour.
Sometimes got too busy. The building was big and very nice, but depending on what else was going on that day it wasn’t always easy to find a nice spot to do your work. This was only an issue maybe 5% of the time, but it was still annoying when it happened.
March 4, 2020
This review is specifically about the alumni services/job search support. I graduated in August 2018 from the part-time-program. I entered in my second job search in April 2019 feeling uncertain because my first job out of Hack Reactor was not pure software engineering. The alumni team was really helpful in ensuring my resume and experience would be enough to interest recruiters, and they connected me with a number of companies off the bat which was hugely helpful in building my job search pipeline.
The alumni team checked in with me regularly on my progress, always offering helpful advice and guidance. Negotiation help at the end was hugely helpful in not getting myself stuck with low offers and bad deals. Overall, the biggest thing that helped me was just having someone who understood the industry and job market really well. Quite a bit was different with my preferences from the first job search to the second. I can say with confidence that the Hack Reactor alumni team can and will adequately prepare you for both and beyond.
April 6, 2020
TL;DR You’ll learn a lot, but make sure to keep your head down, and don’t expect to be treated like a customer who dropped ~$20k.
Just expect a space to study for 3 months and a thin jacket upon completion of the program.
After deciding to give Hack Reactor a decent chunk of my savings, I thought I would be in great hands. As time goes on, I’ve uncovered more and more about the Los Angeles campus. To be honest, if all you want is a decent curriculum, Hack Reactor is the place to be. That’s all you will get. They’ve designed an intense program that’s not intended for any student to fully complete, but will do a decent job of getting you hired. However, you better be ready to do a lot of self learning. Most of the staff takes a hands-off approach. Students are expected to struggle in order to use the “pain” to remember the material better. If you’re not able to push pass the pain, chances are, they’ll cut you from the program half way in.
At first, I thought this was all part of the process. They often tell people to “trust the curriculum”. I was ready to give it my all in order to make the most of the program. Weeks later, I’ve realized Hack Reactor is the kind of company that will do whatever it takes to make more money off of people. The staff presents a few lectures, but most of the academic support stems from fellow students or the hired part-time Hack Reactor residents, who are basically just students who finished the program, but have not yet been hired as Software Engineers.
Hack Reactor has weekly retrospectives where they ask students for feedback on their thoughts about the program. It’s all just a waste of time. The staff gets upset if you ask too many questions or make suggestions about the program. Additionally, the staff has really poor transparency. Anytime a student asks questions regarding why things are they way they are, a staff member typically gives a vague response usually ending with “it’s just the way things have been done”.
Also, at the LA location, parking is not included in the tuition. They deceive students into thinking they have to pay $125 a month on top of tuition in order to park in the parking garage, but they don’t tell students that every access card already has parking access. It’s required by the property management that all individuals with access to the building also have access to the parking structure. It amazes me that the company is still trying to wring out money from the students when a large handful are unemployed, and have just invested their savings into the program.
May 8, 2020
Years later now, I still look back very fondly on my time in Hack Reactor (now Galvanize). The instructors were great, my cohort was fantastic, and I learned more in a short period than I ever have before in my life (this from someone with a PhD!). They chose the curriculum based on what gave the best fundamentals and what were the most popular frameworks and libraries in jobs, combining the practicality and thoroughness you need to be a great developer. And they were always updating it (I even got to help update it as a Hacker in Residence) to keep it current.
It’s scary to apply, scary to interview to get in, and scary during the bootcamp not knowing whether you can cut it. Don’t sell yourself short by doing one of the easier bootcamps with no entrance exam or a slower pace. Let me tell you, it’s so absolutely worth the money and the worry once you’re on the other side with a great job and a start in a huge new career. And as an investment, it’s immeasurable. I am now making more than would ever have been thinkable in my previous line of work, and honestly enjoying it much more.
Speaking of good investments, one thing I did not consider at all when looking at bootcamps but has honestly been the best ROI of the whole process has been the Alumni job search support. You know they’ll help you with your first job search when you’re done with the bootcamp, but I somehow missed that they’ll support you in all your job searches for the rest of your career! Specifically I have to praise Marlene Tang, their alumni director. Literally her advice alone, pushing me to get multiple offers, always negotiate, and know what to say to negotiate in a way that’s not going to alienate anyone, has literally more than paid for the entire cost of the bootcamp in salary raises.
I can’t recommend the Hack Reactor program enough, and as I’ve been given to understand it, they’ve continued all the best parts of that under the new banner as Galvanize. I actually figured they would kind of let all the old alumni drop once the name/company changed, but they haven’t at all! So one more nice perk: in this shifting bootcamp landscape, where companies get bought out and change hands all the time, these guys have provided a consistency that’s hard to find elsewhere! I saw it first hand as it was just shifting from MakerSquare to Hack Reactor during my time at the bootcamp, and it’s clearly continued since then.
August 9, 2020
Hack React was a fantastic, but extremely challenging boot camp. 12 weeks may seem like a short time, but it felt like I was in a two year program at a traditional university. The speed, intensity and amount of knowledge learned in a short period is not for the faint of heart, but if you are dedicated and willing to give it your all then this is the program for you.
The curriculum is extremely up to date, the instructors are very knowledgeable on the latest tech and are constantly making sure they are up to date with the industry. I also appreciated the support given from the counseling staff. They clearly understand the mental and physical demands of taking a coding bootcamp and they do an amazing job of checking in and supporting you throughout the program. I was also impressed with the time dedicated to job preparation and coaching — daily whiteboarding, interview prep, resume review, and one-on-one coaching really helped when I jumped into the job hunt.
Overall, I am extremely happy I chose Hack Reactor and proud of myself for completing.
August 15, 2020
I graduated from Hack Reactor in 2015 and have worked with the alumni team there — most prominently Marlene — for all of my job searches. They’ve been incredibly helpful with introducing me to partner companies and helping coach me through the negotiation process.
Thanks to their guidance, I’ve been fortunate enough to negotiate up an extra ~50k during the four years that I’ve been working and know that I can always count on them to help out for my future job searches.
October 13, 2020
Hack Reactor Remote program is everything that it was described as. It was very challenging and demands ALOT on you as a student. That being said – if you are willing to work hard you can have such a fun and rewarding experience!! I learned so much in this course, not only about software engineering, but about myself about myself and how I best learn. I found the staff to alway have my best interest in mind every step of the way – all the way from my first day through my job hunt and accepting my first position.
HR may be more expensive than other schools – however in talking to friends and coworkers that attended other bootcamps – HR offer a better curriculum, more job hunting support, and foster a tight knit community no matter where you are located. I would 100% recommend this course for anyone who is serious about taking the next step in their engineering career.
November 12, 2020
I cannot thank Hack Reactor Remote enough. At every stage, HRR provided the support I needed while keeping things very transparent about where I could improve.
My journey with Hack Reactor was an extensive one, all the way from the prep course till now, after landing my ideal job as a software engineer. HRR is tough…but well worth it. If you’re ready to go “all in” then HRR is for you. The community is close-knit and emphasizes both great soft skills and great technical skills. I admire that HRR stays up to date with the curriculum, always updating and curating fearlessly. The entire instruction team (Hailey, Annah, Robin, and Cody) does a stellar job of communicating with the students to make sure they’re progressing on pace. After graduation, the job support counselors also guide you through the job search process, and they’re very attentive about finding opportunities that are tailored for your interests. My counselor was Nicole and she was such a key part of the process. Overall, amazing!
November 23, 2020