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Springboard is an online-only school with a flexible schedule and extensive support services, including student advisors, personal mentors, career coaches, and an annual conference. General Assembly courses are available online and in 30 worldwide locations; all students may attend workshops and networking events. Springboard and General Assembly students can choose from a monthly installment plan, a deferred tuition option, or student loans. Both organizations have scholarships for women and veterans, but General Assembly also works directly with student employers to secure tuition sponsorships. Some of Springboard's programs offer a tuition refund if employment is not secured after graduation, though terms apply.

Springboard General Assembly
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Courses Front-End Web Development, Cyber Security Career Track, Data Analytics Career Track, Data Science Career Track, Data Science Career Track Prep, Digital Marketing Professional Certificate, Introduction to Data Analytics, +7 more.
Social Media Marketing Professional Certificate, Tech Sales Career Track, Introduction to Design, Software Engineering Career Track, Software Engineering Career Track Prep Course, UX Career Track, UI/UX Design Career Track
Data Analytics (Part-Time), Software Engineering Immersive, Software Engineering Immersive - Flex, Digital Marketing (Part-Time), User Experience Design Immersive, User Experience Design (Part-Time), Front-End Web Development (Part-Time), +7 more.
Product Management (Part-Time), Visual Design (Part-Time), Data Science Immersive, Data Science (Part-Time), Python Programming (Part-Time), React Development (Part-Time), Data Analytics Immersive
Cost $490 - $8,500 $2,800 - $15,950
Location(s) Online Online, Austin, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Dallas, Melbourne, Providence, New York, San Diego, San Francisco, Santa Monica, Seattle, Sydney, Detroit, Houston, Miami, Minneapolis, Raleigh, Paris, Toronto, Denver, Singapore, Orlando, Scottsdale

What is Springboard?

Springboard teaches through a project-based curriculum that is set up to let students work around their schedules. Cohorts start monthly, and although it is a self-paced program, accountability measures include setting weekly goals with a mentor. Each career track has a job placement guarantee, and students will get the opportunity to practice interview skills, build a portfolio, and polish their resume.

Highlights: Most students dedicate 20 hours each week to coursework. Classes are online and asynchronous, so students work from anywhere and at their own pace. The curriculum is designed around real-world projects so students will gain first-hand experience with technical skills. Springboard's tuition includes access to student advisors, personal mentors, career coaches, and a peer community for networking. Some programs require prerequisites, such as professional work experience.

Financing/scholarship options: Full tuition varies depending on the program, but payment options include a monthly installment plan, a deferred tuition option, or a credit loan. Scholarships are available for women and veterans. Some programs grant a tuition refund if all terms are met and an individual is not offered employment in the field within six months.

What makes Springboard unique?

Springboard has free learning tutorials in UX Design, Python, digital marketing, search engine optimization, mobile application development, and a bootcamp in business analytics. Springboard also hosts an annual conference for students, alumni, and mentors to connect.

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What is General Assembly?

General Assembly has over 30 campuses spanning six countries and has part-time, full-time, and online course options. Programs are designed to teach in-demand skills for the global tech industry. General Assembly works with 19,000+ hiring partners and offers graduates a dynamic alumni network.

Highlights: Students in immersive programs receive additional benefits including job search support and networking opportunities. General Assembly also provides a free online learning platform called Dash where students can find a collection of introductory live streams in data analytics, HTML, JavaScript, digital marketing, UX design, and more. Remote versions of General Assembly's programs use Zoom and Slack, so students attend virtual classes in real-time.

Financing/scholarship options: Individuals in full-time, immersive programs have access to tuition installment plans, loans, and other financing options including an income share agreement (ISA). General Assembly works with current employers to sponsor employee education, and the company's Social Impact team assists participants in identifying scholarship opportunities.

What makes General Assembly unique?

General Assembly provides students with an extensive alumni network and active partnerships with major tech companies. Graduates from General Assembly programs have gone on to secure employment at Google, Microsoft, and IBM. There are also free events and workshops for individuals seeking more information.

Go to General Assembly's full page

Springboard Reviews

    2/3/2023
  • Owen Mackay Platt | Software Engineer
  • Software Engineering Career Track
  • Graduated: 2023

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"The ultimate investment."

The course took me about 12 months which is longer than advertised. I can see how people can get in done in 9 though. Something they could add is actual coding lesson on calls with mentors. Lots of mentor calls ended up being stale and not very useful.... Read More

    2/3/2023
  • Alexia Jordan
  • UI/UX Design Career Track
  • Graduated: 2023

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"Springboard is great if you make it great!"

If you are considering a bootcamp as your path into UX here is what I would take into consideration. What is your learning style? What sort of support do you need? How much time can you realistically commit to your course? Why do you want to transition... Read More

General Assembly Reviews

    11/23/2022
  • Ravi Jain
  • User Experience Design Part Time
  • Graduated: 2022

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"Waited over 3 months for my certificate of completion"

After completing and passing the course, I had to wait over 3 months for the company to provide me my certificate of completion. I had to pester and constantly follow up, and never was provided any more information than, 'we're working on it.' Only until... Read More

    11/20/2022
  • Anonymous | Project Manager
  • Product Management
  • Graduated: 2022

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"Project manager for land development engineering projects"

The bootcamp was helpful as someone who is new to the tech industry. It helped me learn the lingo and understand new concepts. It’s very general and doesn’t go into much depth, but it’s a good intro class, just very overpriced for what you actually get.... Read More

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