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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.

Flatiron School Lambda School
Overall Rating
Courses Coding Bootcamp Prep, Cybersecurity Analytics Immersive, Cybersecurity Engineering Immersive, Data Science, Data Science Prep, Hacking 101: Intro to Cybersecurity, Online Cybersecurity Analytics, +3 more.
Online Data Science, Online Software Engineering, Software Engineering
Free iOS Development 101, Full-Time Computer Science & Software Engineering, Full-time iOS Development & Computer Science, Full-time Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence, Part-Time Computer Science & Software Engineering, Part-time Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence
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.

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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 | Data Associate
  • Online Data Science
  • Graduated: 2020



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"Excellent program to provide structure and career support to folks pivoting to data science"

Flatiron School's Online Data Science Immersive was a fast-paced, rigorous and exciting experience throughout which I felt supported by my instructors, cohort, and career coach. I had completed undergraduate and graduate level calc + statistics coursework... Read More

  • Kelsey Shiba | Junior Software Engineer
  • Online Software Engineering
  • Graduated: 2020



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"Software Engineering Online Immersive"

I don't think I can recommend this program enough. I am in awe on how they delivered exactly what they laid out. My teacher was absolutely incredible. She always went above-and-beyond the call of duty, and she was an expert in debugging and resolving... Read More

Lambda School Reviews

  • Anonymous
  • Full-Time Computer Science & Software Engineering
  • Graduated: 2021



Job Support

"It's not worth it after first half"

Lambda School is good place to gain confidence if you're starting completely from square one and/or struggle with the concepts on your own. They have many different resources to seek help if you need it. That being said, if you're smart enough to get... Read More

  • Ramonta Lee | Web Developer
  • Full-Time Computer Science & Software Engineering
  • Graduated: 2020



Job Support

"An adventurous journey"

The pros were relevant content, experienced instructors, great network, many opportunities. Working to solve real world problems. The cons were that it changes often, sometimes not for the better. Removed TLs which were a part of many people's journey.... Read More

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