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Courses: Data Analytics Flex, Data Analytics Immersion, Data Science Flex, Digital Marketing Flex, Engineering Flex Program, Engineering Immersion, Technical Project Management Flex, +3 more.
Technical Project Management Immersion, UX/UI Design Immersion, UX/UI Flex

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Online

About Thinkful

Thinkful teaches students how to become equipped for the world's next workforce with fast paced, job-ready programs in software engineering, data science, data analytics, and design. Students learn cutting-edge industry standards and work 1-on-1 with... Read More

Thinkful's Engineering and Data Science Immersion programs, Engineering Flex, Engineering Nights & Weekends, Data Science Flex, Product Design Flex, and Data Analytics Flex programs have unprecedented levels of support, with weekly 1-on-1 mentorship, 40+ hours of Q&A sessions, and a bustling Slack community of mentors and fellow students.

The Engineering and Data Science Immersion programs are among the most in-depth and rigorous available. With five full months of expert instruction, team project building, and career prep, the course sets the standard for immersive programs. If you graduate but are not hired as a developer or data scientist within six months, Thinkful refunds 100% of your tuition.

With Thinkful, you'll gain guidance from an active community, attend online office hours and offline local community meetups, while using various tools and resources to help you change your career.

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Courses

Data Analytics Flex

  • Cost: $6,500
  • Duration: 24 weeks
Locations: Online
Course Description:

The Data Analytics program combines an in-depth, project-based approach with two 1-on-1 sessions every week with a professional Data Analyst. This program is built to help those with no prior experience in data or technology land their first full time job as a data analyst - at a flexible pace and without having to quit your current job! You'll work side-by-side with a professional data analyst to learn statistics, analysis and experiment design, how to work with visualizations in Tableau, a thorough understanding of Excel, SQL and Python. You’ll also have the option to meet in person with fellow students and mentors to share ideas and work through problems.

Subjects: MySQL, Python, Data Analytics, SQL, Data Visualization

Data Analytics Immersion

  • Cost: $12,250
  • Duration: 15 weeks
Locations: Online
Course Description:

A rigorous and structured full-time program built to get you a job as a data analyst. Benefit from instructor-led learning, a virtual classroom environment, 1-on-1 mentorship, and a robust support team.

Data Science Flex

  • Cost: $7,900
  • Duration: 24 weeks
Locations: Online
Course Description:

A flexible, online data science course aimed at helping you launch a career. One-on-one mentorship, professional guidance, and a robust community network are on hand to help you succeed in this highly advanced profession.

Subjects: Data Science

Digital Marketing Flex

  • Cost: $4,900
  • Duration: 12 weeks
Locations: Online
Course Description:

Learn the technical skills needed to build an audience, create a brand, and drive sales. Study with a flexible, online schedule, a personal mentor, and peer groups. Professional career coaches guide you with networking advice and personalized resume tips to help secure a high-income marketing role.

Subjects: Digital Marketing
Classroom Hours Per Week: 15.0

Engineering Flex Program

  • Cost: $7,900
  • Duration: 24 weeks
Locations: Online
Course Description:

The Engineering Flex program was designed for students whose schedules vary week to week or for those who can’t commit to regular class times in the evening. The program is flexible, allowing you to set your own schedule to fit your life. By dedicating 20-30 hours a week, you can be ready for a new job and graduate in six months. The program is on your own time but you have to be committed to make it work.

The course teaches students web development fundamentals such as HTML, CSS, and JavaScript as well as advanced skills in Node.js, React, data structures and algorithms. Students will build full stack JavaScript applications and come out with strong portfolios. Before graduation, students will conduct mock interviews and polish their resumes, Linkedin and Github profiled with insight from career coaches. Thinkful programs are backed by a tuition reimbursement guarantee - if you don’t get a job within six months of graduating, we’ll refund your tuition.

Engineering Immersion

  • Cost: $16,000
  • Duration: 20 weeks
Locations: Online
Course Description:

Thinkful’s Engineering Immersion program is designed for people to immerse themselves into web development and get hired as fast as possible. The pace pushes students to become hirable web developers in five months and requires 50-60 hours of effort per week. The fully online program features constant support, as students interact daily with their classmates, instructors, and mentors. Each student will have a dedicated mentor, who they’ll meet with 1-on-1 for half an hour multiple times per week.

The course teaches students web development fundamentals such as HTML, CSS, and JavaScript as well as advanced skills in Node.js, React, data structures and algorithms. Students will build full stack JavaScript applications, learn to collaborate in teams, and come out with strong portfolios. Before graduation, students will conduct 5 mock interviews and polish their resumes, Linkedin and Github profiled with insight from career coaches. This program offers an income shared agreement - you won't have to pay tuition until you're hired and earning an income above $40,000/year.

Technical Project Management Flex

  • Cost: $4,900
  • Duration: 20 weeks
Locations: Online
Course Description:

Break into tech as a project manager. Learn how to plan, schedule, and budget in a business setting while developing the leadership skills for long-term career growth. A flexible format that works around your schedule, with industry mentors and career support until you’re hired.

Classroom Hours Per Week: 20.0

Technical Project Management Immersion

  • Cost: $9,000
  • Duration: 12 weeks
Locations: Online
Course Description:

The fastest path to a project management career. Learn to leverage the tools used by top employers in this full-time, online course. Work through a project-based course that builds your portfolio with the support of industry experts, a rigorous curriculum, and paired workshops.

Classroom Hours Per Week: 50.0

UX/UI Design Immersion

  • Cost: $12,150
  • Duration: 20 weeks
Locations: Online
Course Description:

Learn career-ready skills in research, web design, and teamwork on your path to a high-paying role in UX/UI. One-on-one mentorship, interview prep and community support take you from newbie to hired and beyond.

UX/UI Flex

  • Cost: $7,900
  • Duration: 26 weeks
Locations: Online
Course Description:

Thinkful's UX/UI Flex program is an online, flexible training program for busy, career-focused adults to become job-ready designers. UX/UI Flex is a holistic learning experience that includes mentorship from skilled designers, an industry-vetted curriculum, graded assignments, and a community of fellow designers to support you. Over 90% of senior designers say designers need to know how to code in today's market. You'll study the design process in depth, including UX research, visual design, AND frontend development. You'll also build a portfolio of real-life projects. These skills, combined with dedicated support from career services, will help you land your first job as a designer, or your money back.

Subjects: UI Design, UX

Thinkful Reviews

Average Ratings (All Programs)

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4.65/5

(661 reviews)
    3/7/2021
  • Brandon Leek | Jr. Node.js Developer
  • Engineering Immersion
  • Graduated: 2020

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"Intense"

Thinkful's Software Engineering Immersion course was a rigorous, insightful, valuable and worthwhile experience. I was taught the in's and out's of modern day web application development, using HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and PostgreSQL databases, with a focus... Read More

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    3/5/2021
  • Kyle H
  • Data Analytics Flex
  • Graduated: 2020

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"Great instructors and support but requires extra effort to be fully job ready."

Overall this was a solid educational experience for the price. The curriculum laid a strong foundation for using excel, python, SQL and Tableau. However in my experience I felt that some of the programming units could be more developed to be used in a... Read More

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    3/5/2021
  • Jonathan Miller | Data Scientist
  • Graduated: 2020

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"Worthwhile and Challenging Coursework which Resulted in a Full-Time Job"

I attended Thinkful with very little prior experience, and without a college degree. About a year after beginning my education there, I landed a well-paying job as a data scientist at a reputable company. The great things about Thinkful are the money-back... Read More

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    3/4/2021
  • Imani Ricks | Designer
  • UX/UI Flex
  • Graduated: 2020

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"Good way to transition careers"

I spent a lot of time reviewing programs before choosing Thinkful's Product Design Flex program. This was the first time I had done any sort of online learning and I was hesitant to spend any money on something non-traditional. However, the coursework... Read More

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    3/4/2021
  • Julia | Web Developer
  • Engineering Immersion
  • Graduated: 2020

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"A Bootcamp geared towards the Professional World!"

Thinkful's Fully Immersive Engineering Bootcamp was an investment worth the 6 months of deep learning! Prior to Thinkful, I had absolutely no experience in coding. With Thinkful's Bootcamp, I was able to learn best industrial practices in the field of... Read More

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    1/31/2021
  • Kristen B.
  • UX/UI Design Immersion
  • Graduated: 2020

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"Inadequate UX Design Program"

Before starting Thinkful’s program, I did extensive research in UX training programs. Based on what turned out to be misrepresentation in advertising, promotional materials of the school, and misrepresentations by representatives of Thinkful, I enrolled... Read More

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    1/22/2021
  • Anonymous | UX/UI Immersion
  • Graduated: 2021

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"Do not waste your money here."

I've been in the UX/UI Intensive program and will soon complete it, and it has been hands down one of the worst experiences of my life. The instructors you meet with face to face are amazing, but literally every other aspect of the program is extremely... Read More

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    1/11/2021
  • Anonymous
  • Data Science Flex
  • Graduated: 2021

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"Pretty Good, but not for Everyone"

I can only speak about the Data Science (DS) Flex program, meaning I didn't join a class. I worked alone at my own pace, had a part-time job while working on Thinkful, and had a 6-month time-frame to finish. I had a unique situation where near the end... Read More

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    12/11/2020
  • Anonymous | Web Designer
  • Graduated: 2020

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"If you are a disciplined and dedicated you can learn a lot UI/UX on your own"

I had buyers remorse a few weeks into Bloc's UI/UX design track. You have reading modules that are brief then an assignment at the end that you ALWAYS have to do more reading on your own and watching YouTube or LinkedIn Learning/Lynda.com videos to supplement... Read More

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    12/1/2020
  • Anonymous | UX Student
  • UX/UI Design Immersion
  • Graduated: 2020

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"Think carefully before starting at Thinkful"

Things started off well. It's scary leaving a steady-paying job, but the stipend is what ultimately helped me to pull the trigger. I figured the little bit of money would carry me through the education and once I was employed, I'd be happy enough about... Read More

The program started off well enough. Getting used to the design tools, a few little projects to start. A graded interview, to make sure you understood industry terminology and could present well. So far, so good.

The second phase had us take an entire project, start to finish. It was here I first started running into issues. The grading team would return an assignment with feedback, I'd work on it, resubmit, and receive fresh (different) feedback from another grader. The grader feedback was often useful, but also often vague, and there's no direct dialogue with the graders. Just enter notes in your project file, resubmit, and hope you hit the moving target (You'll find out in, at minimum, a couple of days).

So Thinkful likes to treat this as if it's a feature. In real-life, people are squishy, there are multiple decision-makers, etc. I get that, but more and more this seemed less of a feature and more of a bug. The work was never graded off of a rubric, and more on when graders felt like it was "good enough". Keep in mind, if you're more than two weeks behind you will not receive your stipend.

I complained to the teachers and the TAs about this issue and they thanked me for the feedback and got the impression it was a battle they were fighting. In fact the teachers are generally good, the mentors are good, the TAs are good. Perhaps even the grading team is good, but the efforts aren't focused well. The system is broken.

Anyway, back to this first project. It's cheesy, but it's well thought out. The timing is a little off on the modules (the reading on the modules usually showed up a day or so after we were asked to do it). But otherwise, carried through and I learned a lot.

Next major project was Team Design. As a group (ours was eight). We'd choose a real-life client and build a design of their project for our porfolio. The modules were chaos and naturally chaos ensued. There wasn't a lot of sense in the order of the modules and it wasn't unusual to find contradictory information. The main thing that carried us through was the dedication of the group. Three weeks of chaos and it was done. We still got stuff out of it, but it was a rough few weeks. Again, strange things with graders happened. 7 out of 8 would pass grading. Odd since it's a team assignment and everyone turned in the same thing.

Thinkful has decided to discontinue the Team Design Sprint moving forward. They have experimented and, I guess, decided it wasn't useful enough.

Following that is Portfolio 1. A chance to work on your website, LinkedIn, Resume, etc. The career team gave some good advice, but having a week to put together professional website on Webflow (with no experience) was quite difficult.

This seems like a good time to make an aside about how they teach the industry tools...they don't. You're really left on your own to figure it out. Figma, Notion, Webflow, any of the Adobe stuff. It's a bit of "You need to use this...go figure it out." I understand you're expected to be on the ball and learn how to use these tools and future tools on your own, but then what am I paying for?

Currently, I'm in specializations. I focused on front-end web development. It was my interest before joining and I was hoping to sharpen my skills. Really it was just an introductory course, the only instruction is checking in with a teacher in the morning, and you're left to teach yourself everything by yourself. So here I am now, no teacher, checking boxes on things I already know. I try to use the extra time to study on my own, but I'm still waiting on Portfolio feedback from about a week ago.

The final module is Capstone. A solo project. Again, not much instruction.

All together it's $37,500 for my time at Thinkful. Now you may ask me, "If it's so bad why not quit now and only pay for what you've done?". Well after passing the halfway mark you're on the hook for the whole thing. That's whether your drop out or you're hired. Funny that the quality took a sharp drop around that time.

To conclude: I met a guy who said he got a job as a Javascript Developer after spending 6 hours a day every day practicing JS for months on his own. I thought it was cool, but unrealisitc for me. In fact for the same amount I could support myself comfortably and had done just that.

I say all this to vent, but I also fear that things are continuing to get worse at thinkful. The group before my was 30 some students. Mine was 50 or so. The one following me is over 100. Thinkful is looking to get it's money hooks in as many as possible and yet isn't equipped to educate them.

I'm working hard, I hope for a job. If I can scratch together anything it'll probably be freelance. I think those that do the best were the ones who would have anyway. You've been warned.

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Thinkful's average rating is 4.65 out of 5.0 based on 661 review(s).

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Frequently Asked Questions

What financing options are offered by Thinkful?

Thinkful offers many financing options, such as Scholarships, Income Share Agreements, Loan Financing, Upfront Payments, and Monthly Payments.

What courses are offered at Thinkful?

There are many courses you can take at Thinkful. These include Data Analytics Flex, Data Analytics Immersion, Data Science Flex, Digital Marketing Flex, Engineering Flex Program, Engineering Immersion, Technical Project Management Flex, +3 more.

Technical Project Management Immersion, UX/UI Design Immersion, UX/UI Flex

What types of programs are offered at Thinkful?

Thinkful has Full-Time programs for students that can be taken online.

In these programs, students can learn from and take advantage of 1-on-1 mentoring sessions, personalized feedback on submitted assignments, live 1-1 assessments (usually structured as a mock interview), career services, and more.

What are the job outcomes for Thinkful?

The average salary after graduation is $64,417, and 80% of alumni find a job.

Thinkful alumni work at various tech companies, such as Google, IBM, Boeing, Walmart Labs, Amazon, and more.

What is the application process at Thinkful like?

Prospective students will need to submit an online form in order to apply to Thinkful.

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