Can coding boot camps replace a computer science degree?

Coding boot camps are becoming a popular way for learning technical skills

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Coding boot camps are becoming a popular way for anyone interested in learning technical skills to dive into a rigorous course. Whether you want to become a Web developer, software programmer or learn a new coding language, you'll find a boot camp that suits your needs. And these highly focused and fast-paced courses are changing the way we view accessible education, and giving students a resource outside of the typical four year college.

Perhaps one of the most appealing aspects of boot camps is that they are often cheaper than a semester at college -- or even sometimes one college course. This has made boot camps appealing to anyone interested in learning a new skill, but not able to pay for a college course.

A 2015 survey from Course Report of 67 U.S. and Canadian boot camp schools found that the average tuition per program is just over $11,000, with an average program length of about 11 weeks. Compare that with an average cost of $31,321 for one year at a private college, and a tech boot camp seems like a great deal. Even a year for in-state students attending a public institution can expect to pay just over $9,000 per year, while out-of-state students pay an average of $22,958 per year at public colleges.

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