About SwitchUp

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.

About Optimal

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.

21,138
Students Matched Annually
29,211
Reviews Published
308
Bootcamps Ranked
We are the only publisher to rank bootcamps based on actual job outcomes, using in-field employment rate within 1 year of graduation.

Employment data provided by Burning Glass.


Our Team

Sung Rhee
Sung Rhee
CEO

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.

Heidi Alexander
Heidi Alexander
Office Manager

In her two years with the company, Heidi has brought lots of fun and spirit to...

Samuel Arnett
Samuel Arnett
Software Engineer

In his six years with the company, Samuel has supported several teams including...

Mariya Bashkatova
Mariya Bashkatova
Product Manager

In her current role at the company, Mariya works to improve rankings, reviews...

Emile Blouin
Emile Blouin
Software Engineer

Emile originally entered the education industry because of his love for teaching...

Tyler Crocker
Tyler Crocker
Principal Software Engineer

In his almost 10 years with the company, Tyler has held many different hats within...

Emily Ferrier
Emily Ferrier
Data Collection & Infrastructure Lead

Throughout her eight years with the company, Emily has been dedicated to...

Gustav Gennrich
Gustav Gennrich
Director of Software Engineering

As the engineering lead, Gustav ensures Optimal's products deliver value to...

Sarah Glass
Sarah Glass
Outreach Specialist

As a former teacher and youth worker with 12 years of experience...

Rachel Hansen
Rachel Hansen
Business Lead

In her 10 years at the company, Rachel has been a key driver of content growth...

Celeste Harms
Celeste Harms
Content Strategist

In her current content role, Celeste focuses on enhancing our content...

Susan Heinrich
Susan Heinrich
Account Manager

As an account manager, Susan works to support our partner colleges and bootcamps...

Brian Hepp
Brian Hepp
Outreach Manager

In his 11 years in marketing, Brian has worked in several...

Nicole Hopler
Nicole Hopler
Lead Marketing Manager

As Lead Marketing Manager, Nicole is passionate about sharing Optimal's...

Renae Howard
Renae Howard
HR Manager

In her 13 years with the company, Renae has been a key member of the team in...

Jennifer King Logan
Jennifer King Logan
Writer

A seasoned veteran of the publishing industry, Jennifer enjoys...

Paige Longdon
Paige Longdon
Content Manager

As a Content Manager, Paige is dedicated to creating content...

Michael McCarthy
Michael McCarthy
Writer

Drawing upon his 11 years of experience in writing and editing...

Brittany McCullough
Brittany McCullough
Director of Product

Throughout her 11 years at the company, Brittany has provided essential leadership...

Madeline Miller
Madeline Miller
Rankings Strategist

As a Rankings Strategist, Madeline is constantly working to enhance our...

Taylor Nichols
Taylor Nichols
Journalist/Reporter

Prior to joining Optimal, Taylor spent six years writing for higher...

Brian Peters
Brian Peters
Lead Visual Designer

A specialist in visual design with 15 years of experience, Brian is inspired...

Taitum Ridgway
Taitum Ridgway
Content Lead

After six years with the company, Taitum now leads the content team, which...

Kellen Schwartz
Kellen Schwartz
Marketing Manager

As a Marketing Manager, Kellen focuses on finding and connecting...

Niki Seligman
Niki Seligman
Content Strategist

With four years of experience in writing and communications, Niki knows...

Lauren Valentine
Lauren Valentine
Lead Account Manager

As the lead of the accounts team, Lauren is focused on our partner experiences...

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.

Richard Vedder
Dr. Richard Vedder
Professor Emeritus at Ohio University, Author, & Higher Education Change Advocate
Athens, OH

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.

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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.


Professional Affiliations

Through our professional affiliations, Optimal strives to provide authoritative resources for students seeking high quality and affordable online education programs.

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.

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