Dev Bootcamp vs Starter League

“One simplistic answer is that Dev Bootcamp helps people become “Devs” and Starter League helps people become “Starters”. A better answer is to start with a quick description of why Dev Bootcamp Chicago exists: to launch people’s careers in web development. This is the core of our program. It’s rare that we admit anyone who isn’t an aspiring software developer. This narrow focus is one of our ingredients to a successful 2012. The Starter League has a broader audience. They specialize in getting non-technical and semi-technical people started down the path of developing their own apps. Jeff Cohen, the Starter League‘s chief instructor, has a blog titled Zero to One. It’s a perfect name for Jeff’s blog because he loves helping people through that first step (and subsequent steps too), and he’s very good at it. To be admitted to Dev Bootcamp, you need to know enough to know that you’re going to love developing software, and already have a growing passion for the craft. This means they’ve already passed the “Zero to One” stage. We want people further down the technical path because at the end of each boot camp we have a Hiring Day with local, developer-seeking employers. The results have been remarkable thus far, with over 90% of our graduates receiving job offers in the three months after graduation.”

–  Dave Hoover’s article “Dev Bootcamp comes to Chicago

Dev BootCampStarter League


TypeIn classIn Class
FocusRuby on Rails
Ruby on Rails
Started in2/ 20122011


Length9 weeks11 weeks
Class size16/cohort
(3 cohorts at a
20-28 people
Sessions per year15
(every 3 weeks)
Dedication per week40 hours in-class
30 hours lab
48 hours
10h in class
25-40h outside
Minimum skill levelBasic computer skills
Jr. programmer
Basic computer skills
Placement test
Coding challenge
Prep work before classes startYes,
60 days before
InterviewYes, In person,


Total Cost

Exclusive discount to visitors
Refund (if accepted job through program)$3,000N/A
Financing / ScholarshipCase-by-case
$500 scholarship if
you're female, veteran
or ethnic minority


JobAssistance onlyAssistance /Placement
Student VisaNoAssistance

Phone #???N/A
Address717 California St222 W Merchandise
Mart Plaza
CitySan Francisco, CA
Chicago, IL
Chicago, IL


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Interest to Starter League and Dev Bootcamp in Google searches:


  • Adam

    Code Academy started in 2011, and changed the name to Starter League in 2012, it would be more accurate to put 2011.

    • Thank you! Fixed it. Actually Google Trends shows that Starter League is older than Dev Bootcamp

  • Dev Bootcamp just got rid of their $1200 upfront payment discount. It currently doesn’t offer any payment plans.