Dev Bootcamp

Boot camp from Categories Chicago, San Francisco

Dev Bootcamp is an immersive 9-week Ruby on Rails programming program founded by Shereef Bishay, Jesse Farmer, and Dave Hoover in February 2012. It is designed to make graduates job-ready by the end of the program. Dev Bootcamp is headquartered in San Francisco, California, with an additional location in Chicago, Illinois.

The program is 9 weeks of intensive training in professional web development, including Ruby on Rails, HTML5, CSS, and Javascript. The program takes students with little or no prior programming experience and teaches them the fundamentals of computer programming. The program’s goal is to develop the necessary skills within the students to make them job-ready for an entry-level developer position. Applicants have varied backgrounds, ranging from students who have master’s degrees in computer science to Starbucks baristas.

The program values learning by building and doing; in contrast to traditional classrooms, Dev Bootcamp students work through a series of programming challenges, usually working in pairs or small groups, which culminates in a final group project.  The tuition costs are $12,200 for the 9 week, 40 hour per week program. Although traditional class hours are 9am-6pm on weekdays, most students stay nights and weekends, which amounts to an approximate 70-80 hours per week. Dev Bootcamp organizes hiring days for technology companies to interview students. They then collect a referral fee from employers that hire their graduates, and they pass along part of that fee to the graduate in the form of a hiring bonus. Of individuals who graduate from Dev Bootcamp, 95% find jobs with an average starting salary of $85,000

In December, Dev Bootcamp announced that they were expanding to Chicago, with a class launching in spring 2013


  • Startups Court Dev Bootcamp’s Ruby Grads: 88% Have Offers At Average Of $79K (techcrunch)
  • How Dev Bootcamp Is Transforming Education To Focus On “Extreme Employability” (techcrunch)

Dev BootCamp


TypeIn class
FocusRuby on Rails
Started in2/ 2012


Length9 weeks
Class size16/cohort
(3 cohorts at a
Sessions per year15
(every 3 weeks)
Dedication per week40 hours in-class
30 hours lab
Minimum skill levelBasic computer skills
Jr. programmer
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)$3,000
Financing / ScholarshipCase-by-case
$500 scholarship if
you're female, veteran
or ethnic minority


JobAssistance only
Student VisaNo

Phone #???
Address717 California St
CitySan Francisco, CA
Chicago, IL


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  • Silas Barta

    I’m not as satisfied as most people who graduated from it. I was basically at the top of the class (was in the Spring 2012 cohort), able to ace the interview questions that no one else was, and yet I still got almost no callbacks from employers. Shereef didn’t use any of his connections to get my foot in the door. I also think the instruction was very lacking when it came to the hard parts.

    I eventually got employment through the attention that my final project got (from the company whose product it imitated) but since this employer wasn’t one of theirs, I didn’t get the refund. Still, if you don’t have another way to get connected to the SF/SV employers or show off mad skills you’ve picked up, it’s probably worth it, at least on the payment plan.

    • YES WE CAN

      But you need to already have the skills, right? It’s not really for beginners is it?

      • Silas Barta

        Which skills? And yes it does claim to be for beginners. And, IMHO and from my experience, it fails to get people to the capable, app-a-day developer it claims it can. I sat through group coding interviews where my fellow classmates (and yes, me as well) could not complete the steps to create simple CRUD apps without extensive help.

  • Anna Hernandez

    I took a long look at this program but ended up going with Bloc. (Because Bloc is an online bootcamp). Before Bloc I was working in marketing at a big tech start up, not really making much of a difference at the company. I had started looking into a graphic design courses at City College of San Francisco but after my second course I realized that I would need a more intensive course if I really wanted to switch to UX/UI Design from my current position. That’s when I did some research and found Bloc.

    Bloc was convenient because it allowed me to keep my 9-5, instead of having to physically go to an in-person program. It was pretty affordable compared with other courses i had looked at. I’m now working at a tech company as a web designer.

  • Robert Jones

    So from the research I had done, Dev Bootcamp was considered the original bootcamp in the united states. they were recently acquired by Kaplan to my understanding.
    Although I looked pretty closely at Dev Bootcamp and even got admitted, I ended up choosing – an online bootcamp that allowed me to continue working while going through the program.

    I just finished Bloc about two weeks ago and am going through their job prep program right now, working 1-on-1 with their CTO doing practice technical interviews.

    I’d say that the best part of my Bloc experience was the feeling of finishing a web app or site and moving on to the next one. The feeling of “I did this!” And then the being able to create a solid portfolio that shows the work that you’ve done, its just really gratifying and useful. In fact, that’s actually why I chose Bloc. I wanted to be able to come out with all the knowledge I’d need for a RoR job, but also be able to show what I could do becuase that’s a big part of getting a good job.

    I also really liked Bloc’s mentorship aspect because I know that going in I had a ton of questions. Before I enrolled in Bloc’s Full Stack course I was teaching myself Ruby on Rails for about 4 months. But as I messed around with the XAMP stack I was also trying to improve my CSS/HTML skills. So having someone help me break down each of the languages and frameworks I realized where my gaps in knowledge were and what I really needed help with. My mentor, John, was just really helpful, and had a lot of information. If there were things I didn’t know the answers to, we would look it up and solve it together.

  • I teach quite a few devbootcamp graduates (and a few dropouts). For the most part people have been positive about the experience. For the record I used to teach for Bloc, but I found the curriculum to be fairly crappy as an expert ruby/rails dev. They were teaching bad habits.

    So now I teach at (for over a year) and I create ruby on rails screencasts for all levels of programmer at

    If you need tutoring or want to take a more comprehensive mentorship, hit me up.