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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 Data Science, Online Software Engineering, Product Design (UX/UI), Software Engineering
Free Coding Course: Intro to HTML and CSS, Free Mini Coding Bootcamp, 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

  • Wendy Raven McNair | Software Engineer
  • Graduated: 2021



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"The Flatiron Software Engineering program was an incredible experience."

This was an incredibly challenging program. Pros: this program has everything you need to land an entry level Software Engineering role. Cons: the material is challenging and there is a lot you must learn to make it through the program. My advice is to... Read More

  • Anonymous
  • Online Software Engineering
  • Graduated: 2021



Job Support

"I cannot speak highly enough about the school and its organization."

I had an absolutely incredible teacher. She always went above and beyond. I love the interface that was created along with the many levels and different ways to support yourself. I learned so much from peer programming. If I missed a lecture I could go... Read More

Lambda School Reviews

  • Anonymous
  • Full Time Full Stack Web Development
  • Graduated: 2021



Job Support

"Don't believe the haters"

Mostly everyone who has submitted a negative review either does not understand the value prop from Lambda or did not commit fully to the expectations of the program. Yes it is a short amount of time to learn a lot of material, yes it is not the case that... Read More

  • Anonymous | Software Engineer
  • Full Time Full Stack Web Development
  • Graduated: 2019



Job Support

"Worst Decision of My Life"

I write this 2 years after I "graduated" from Lambda School and have paid off my ISA. It has been an absolute persistent, nagging drain on my finances. I got a job shortly after joining Lambda School based on skills I learned on my own and through various... Read More

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