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Flatiron School provides several scheduling options for its coding bootcamps, with both part-time and full-time programs. Flatiron School hosts on-campus courses in several major cities and has online bootcamps as well. Lambda School, however, is a nine-month, full-time program relying entirely on real-time, remote instruction. As such, it is highly interactive between instructors and peers. Both organizations have Web Developer and Data Science tracks, but Flatiron also has a Cybersecurity bootcamp. Flatiron and Lambda allow students tuition payment options, including an income share agreement (ISA) or monthly installments. Lambda School has a deferred tuition model that commences once graduates meet the minimum annual income requirement.

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Online Cybersecurity Engineering, Online Data Science, Online Data Science - A.I. emphasis, Online Software Engineering, Product Design (UX/UI), Software Engineering
Free Coding Course: Intro to HTML and CSS, Full Time Backend Development, Full Time Data Science, Full Time Full Stack Web Development
Cost $15,000 - $17,000 Free
Location(s) Online, New York City, Washington D.C., Seattle, Houston, Chicago, San Francisco, Austin, Brooklyn, Denver Online

What is Flatiron School?

Flatiron School offers programs that prepare graduates for a career in tech, even for those with no prior coding experience. There are four programs available, with part-time and full-time options, and several free prep courses that allow potential students to explore the different career tracks.

Highlights: Programs vary in length from 12-15 weeks. Each track has an online and on-campus option, though locations vary depending on the program. Learn through interactive labs, lectures, and by collaborating with peers. There is also a career coaching team that will support students in searching for jobs.

Financing/scholarship options: Students can pay Flatiron School's tuition upfront or sign an Income Share Agreement (ISA). The ISA allows those with limited finances the opportunity to attend coding classes without monthly payments while in school. Instead, tuition is paid once a minimum income is met after graduation. Monthly scholarships are awarded for individuals who have experienced barriers to education and for those who will increase diversity in the tech field.

What makes Flatiron School unique?

The mission of Flatiron School is to provide students with a community and a career-focused curriculum. Graduates have found employment in notable organizations such as Apple, NASA, and Google.

Go to Flatiron School's full page

What is Lambda School?

Lambda School is a nine-month program that prepares students for a career in the tech industry. Classes are taught remotely in real-time, though Lambda's headquarters are based in Silicon Valley. Lambda School also has a part-time option that caters to students with less flexibility in their schedules.

Highlights: Students must attend class in real-time, as many projects are accomplished online via small, interactive groups. Some part-time options are available for students who have less flexibility to attend a class. Part-time programs take 18 months to complete. Lambda School's curriculum focuses on building a portfolio with real-world projects.

Financing/scholarship options: Income Share Agreements (ISAs) are available for students who cannot pay tuition upfront. Some students have qualified for a living stipend through the Lambda School; this money is only owed if graduates meet a minimum salary requirement.

What makes Lambda School unique?

Candidates for the Full Stack track are required to take the Criteria Cognitive Aptitude Test, the Employee Personality Profile, the Computer Literacy and Internet Knowledge Test, and a typing evaluation. These assessments help determine acceptance. Graduates work with Lambda School's career development team to prepare a resume, practice interviewing, and negotiate salary.

Go to Lambda School's full page

Flatiron School Reviews

  • Anonymous
  • Online Software Engineering
  • Graduated: 2023



Job Support

"Horrible experience, do not recommend"

So where do I start. I am a former science major who was looking for a career change after realizing that lab work was no longer the road I wanted to travel and decided to leave my comfy position that I had for over 4 years to pursue something that I... Read More

  • Anonymous
  • Online Data Science
  • Graduated: 2023



Job Support

"Part-time flex program"

I enrolled in a part-time data science bootcamp and had high hopes for the course. However, my experience left much to be desired. The curriculum primarily consisted of reading materials with limited opportunities for practical application. This approach... Read More

Lambda School Reviews

  • Anonymous
  • Full Time Full Stack Web Development
  • Graduated: 2020



Job Support

"Worst mistake I’ve made."

The education is bad, most will never find employment in any meaningful way. If you do, you will be woefully unprepared. This was my experience. I had such a bad experience in tech that I left the industry. Yet, I’m still being hounded and harassed by... Read More

  • Anonymous | Software Engineer
  • Full Time Full Stack Web Development
  • Graduated: 2022



Job Support


While attending BloomTech, I personally studied up to 60 hours a week to ensure my success post bootcamp. I now have started my first job and at 21 make more than a lot of people I know. There is a few things I would say you need when entering the school.... Read More

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