Codeup or Galvanize?

Thinking about attending a coding bootcamp? Find the best fit for your goals

There’s no right answer for everyone, but here are some important criteria to consider: 

Tuition options

Codeup partners with 8 financial aid providers, including 4 grant partners, 3 loan partners, and the Department of Veterans Affairs(VA). We also offer nearly $200k in scholarships annually. Galvanize offers only 2 loan partnerships, accepts VA benefits, and awards scholarships, but no grants. They also have an Income Share Agreement option, where you share your salary with them. At Codeup, we teach you the skills, we help you get a job, and then you get to keep your salary.

Codeup male student learning in class


Most bootcamps teach the same basics of web development: HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and SQL. Beyond that, there’s a lot of variety. Codeup teaches to the needs of large employers like Oracle, USAA, and Cognizant. Some key differences between what Codeup teaches and Galvanize doesn’t are listed below.

  • jQuery, the most widely used JavaScript library, which helps teach students how to work with external libraries
  • Java, an enterprise programming language that is the most widely used in existence
  • MySQL
  • Spring, a Model-View-Controller (MVC) framework that teaches best practices for building and deploying full-stack applications
Codeup students walking into Web Development Class

Program structure

At Codeup, you learn through an instructor-led, hands on curriculum of over 670 hours. Galvanize’s program cuts off at 420 hours and is largely independent work. Programming is like a trade – practice is the most important thing. Every hour translates to real world development experience, and our hiring partners recognize the difference in that background. It’s a bit like comparing a 2 year to a 3 year degree.

Employment outcomes

Codeup will help you land a job or give you back 100% of your tuition. We put our money on the line with our promise to launch your career. Our grads leverage a 100% employment rate, an average time of 2.1 weeks to hire, and partners like Oracle, USAA, Cognizant, and Accenture. All of that is backed up by the fact that we publish our outcomes through the Texas Workforce Commission and Council for Integrity in Results and Reporting.

Who Am I working with?

Codeup was founded in San Antonio in 2013 by 3 co-founders to help people change careers. Today, those 3 co-founders remain our only owners. We are built in Texas and carry no debt or venture capital investment. Moreover, we’re approved by the Department of Veteran Affairs to accept the GI Bill (which is NOT a simple process to work through).