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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

  • Alexander RUiz
  • Graduated: 2020



Job Support

"the worst idea I ever had"

when I call to flatiron asking for information, they promise me a lot of things, but the primary promise was that I will get the skills to find a job and they will back me with contacts and resources to accomplish my dream. In the beginning, they refuse... Read More

  • Christina Gille | UX/UI Designer
  • Graduated: 2020



Job Support

"I feel disappointed with the school as a whole. It is not worth the price tag, would not recommend"

Pros: Some great passionate instructors excited about teaching. Meeting other students that were talented and excited about design. Being able to develop and present a decent portfolio. Critiques were a great way to learn about design. Being able to work... Read More

Lambda School Reviews

  • 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

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



Job Support

"Smoke and mirrors"

Looking back at my Lambda School experience, if given the option of redoing it...I wouldn't. The fact of the matter is between all of the free material available on YouTube, Free Code Camp and pay sites like Udemy, Pluralsight, LinkedIn Learning, etc.,... Read More

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