Since 2014, SwitchUp has been helping students reach their career goals by connecting them to highly-rated tech bootcamps with strong outcomes. We believe it's essential for aspiring students to have unbiased, reliable information to utilize when deciding on the right bootcamp for their future. SwitchUp allows students to easily compare their options for tech bootcamps in coding, data science, web design, and more.
We understand that student and alumni experiences are important factors when deciding on the right bootcamp. We have compiled over 20,000 verified student reviews of bootcamps to give aspiring students a clear picture of what to expect.
As bootcamps help many shift their career paths, understanding how many graduates land a job within their field of study is another impactful factor. We researched 160 bootcamps using Burning Glass data to determine which were the best for secruing graduates a job in their desired field.
SwitchUp is a product of Optimal, a leading higher education researcher and publisher. Optimal uses data to empower people to make better decisions about careers and education. In addition to providing comprehensive resources, Optimal has given away over $915,000 of its profit since 2010 in needs-based scholarships.
What We Do
We publish rankings of the best tech bootcamps by job outcomes and rating and have collected reviews from over 20,000 alumni. We focus on the data that is hard to find and useful for aspiring students looking to break into tech - alumni job placement and student experiences. In addition, we publish useful resources and in-depth data studies on our blog about trends and insights in the technology space.
Our users also have the ability to get matched with any of our over 45 partner bootcamps. Once they indicate their preferences, users receive emails from the bootcamps directly with detailed information on the programs they are interested in.
Employment data provided by Burning Glass.
Understanding the difficulties of obtaining a quality, affordable education is what inspired founder and CEO Sung Rhee to found Optimal in 2004. He saw a need to create sites dedicated to providing transparent, data-driven information to empower people to make better decisions for their education and careers. He knows prestige doesn't always translate to quality, and Sung doesn't want to see students get a raw deal.
Optimal Board Advisor
Richard Vedder, distinguished higher education change advocate, serves as a board advisor for OnlineU, advising on content and contributing editorials. As an advisor, he supports Optimal's core mission of adding data-driven information to the higher education space and setting students up for career success.
Vedder is an esteemed figure in the higher education sector, with a Ph.D in economics from University of Illinois and an impressive tenure of advocating for higher education change. He writes frequently for numerous notable outlets including Forbes, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Opinion, and Inside Higher Ed. He has also authored several books regarding issues within the higher education sector, including "Going Broke by Degree: Why College Costs Too Much" and "Restoring the Promise: Higher Education in America". Much of his writing challenges the current American higher education system and proposes solutions for economic, societal, and institutional changes.
SwitchUp in the News
As a leading authority in the bootcamp space, SwitchUp has been cited in numerous publications, including College Confidential, ZDNet, SD Times, and more. For more information, please visit our press page.
Optimal is proud to be an institutional member of the Online Learning Consortium (OLC). OLC is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization that was founded in 1999 and comprises a collaborative community of leaders and innovators in the higher education space. Members are dedicated to advancing OLC’s vision of setting the global standard for online and digital learning.
Our Advertising Policy
SwitchUp makes money through lead generation. This means that bootcamps pay us to appear in various advertising placements across our site (marked with the word "Advertisement or "Ad") and if a user clicks on an advertising bootcamp, they will have the option to submit a form requesting that a representative of the bootcamp contact them with more information. Submitting this form creates a "lead," which the bootcamp pays us for, since inquiries can turn into future enrollments at these schools. Learn more about how we make money.
Our Editorial Policy
The schools with whom we have an advertising relationship are referred to as "partner schools" and "featured schools and bootcamps" throughout SwitchUp. We ensure that our relationships with partner schools do not hinder our editorial integrity. Partner schools are clearly labeled as such throughout the site, and we do not show any preferential treatment when developing our ranking lists.