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The Difference Between Kenzie Academy & 90-Day Bootcamps

The Difference Between Kenzie Academy & 90-Day Bootcamps

Say it with me: All bootcamps and coding schools are not created equal. And, as a result, if you’re looking to establish a successful career in tech, you need to be choosy about where you pursue your Software Engineering or UX Engineering education.

With so many options, you’re likely left scratching your head – which one is right for you? Should you go with a 90-day, 6-month, or 12-month program? Should you pursue a full-time coding school or a part-time coding bootcamp? It’s all enough to make your head spin.

At Kenzie Academy, our 12-month programs are a little different than the various 90-day bootcamps out there. While we’re a little longer and a bit pricier, our curriculum comes with a variety of benefits you likely won’t receive at a 90-day bootcamp. Here’s our guide to how Kenzie compares to 90-day bootcamps.

90-Day Bootcamps

90-day bootcamps are perfect for those looking to dip their toes into the waters of tech or for those who need a quick certification program to level up. These short-term programs range in price but usually fall around $13,500-$15,000. They’re often offered online though some bootcamps also take place in person. Some of these bootcamps focus solely on coding skills, but others allow you to specialize in subjects like Software Engineering, Web Development, UX Design, Cybersecurity, and Digital Marketing. Many of these programs are structured around giving you a lot of content to learn and practice without much focus on support or guidance. Some 3-month programs often don’t use grade scales to measure student success so your success in the program will be measured differently than in a longer-term program.

Kenzie Academy

Kenzie Academy offers two 12-month programs: Software Engineering and UX Engineering. Our courses are valued at $24,000 and happen online and on-campus in Indianapolis, Indiana. Cohorts begin in January, April, July, and October each year. Our students work with Instructors and Facilitators to become masters of their chosen field through hands-on projects and various levels of support. Kenzie students collaborate with classmates through group projects over the course of their programs, preparing them to collaborate in the workforce following their graduation.

Soft skills are taught and practiced throughout a student’s time in the program through our Student Success Team. We also work with employer partners to guide our curriculum and connect students with professionals to assist them with their job search. Students are inspired by regular AMA (Ask me Anything) events with some of the biggest leaders in the industry. Recently, we hosted AOL Founder Steve Case and 2020 U.S. Presidential Candidate and entrepreneur Andrew Yang (he’s also on the Kenzie Advisory Board, NBD) just to name a few. At Kenzie, we challenge you and measure student success so you’ll receive grades to help you track your progress throughout your time here.

90-Day Bootcamps vs. Kenzie Academy

We’re going to keep it 100 with you. 90-day bootcamps just aren’t long enough or in-depth enough for some people to get the skills you truly need to be successful in a tech career. Period. They’re awesome for those looking to supplement their skills or for hobbyists, but they aren’t great for those looking to make a total career change. Let’s face it, you can’t become an expert at anything in just 90 days. The condensed nature of 90-day bootcamps also make them quite challenging for those who aren’t super quick learners who make very few mistakes (so most of us, right?).

You’ll often end up paying a significant amount of money that would be better off spent on a full-time, year-long program — one that also comes with the support of Student Success and Placement teams, industry connections, and expert-reviewed curriculum. Kenzie is designed for career-changers and those who want to be fully set up to successfully transition or start a career in tech. Our programs are full-time and designed for people willing to put in the work and dedicate their time to learning the ins and outs of code beyond memorization. Bootcamps might be a better fit for those who can’t commit to a full-time program, as many are offered on a part-time basis as well.

Ultimately, we know you’ll choose the best option for you and we encourage you to do your own research. Ask us (hit us up here) and our competitors the tough questions — we’re happy to answer anything you throw our way. Starting a new career in tech is a big decision, so we’re here to help!


Ready to jumpstart your career as a UX Designer or Coder? Learn more about our 12-month Software Engineering and UX design programs, or check out our free beginner’s coding program Kenzie Free.

Alexa Goins

Alexa Goins

Alexa Goins is the Content Marketer at Kenzie Academy. Before she joined the field of higher education marketing, she worked as a journalist and taught English in the South of France. When she’s not writing, you can find her reading non-fiction works, doing embodiment yoga, or planning her next trip to Paris. You can find more of her work at www.alexagoins.com.

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    June 29, 2020
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