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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 Cyber Security Career Track, Data Analytics Career Track, Data Engineering Career Track, Data Science Career Track, Data Science Career Track Prep, Introduction to Design, Machine Learning Engineering Career Track, +4 more.
Software Engineering Career Track, Software Engineering Career Track Prep Course, UX Career Track, UI/UX Design Career Track
Software Engineering Immersive, Software Engineering Immersive - Flex, User Experience Design Immersive, Data Science Immersive, Data Analytics, Data Science Part Time, Digital Marketing, +6 more.
Front-End Web Development, Product Management, Python Programming, React Development, User Experience Design Part Time, Visual Design
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

    5/13/2021
  • Eric Rivera | UX Designer
  • UI/UX Design Career Track
  • Graduated: 2021

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"Springboard's UX/UI Career Track helped me transition from Bartender to UX Designer"

My experience with Springboard was overall really great. It is competitively priced and one of the longer boot camps out there (9 months). The self-paced model is definitely not for everyone, but it allowed me the flexibility I needed to continue working... Read More

    5/13/2021
  • Ella Moyer | UX Designer
  • Graduated: 2021

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"Challenging, relevant, and incredibly supportive. My experience with Springboard was everything I had hoped — and more!"

Springboard’s mentor-led UX career track is so in-depth, engaging and challenging. I loved the content in the curriculum and the projects I had the opportunity to work on. I was set up for career success and landed a great job even before finishing the... Read More

General Assembly Reviews

    5/14/2021
  • Vyacheslav Starkov | Systems Solutions Specialist
  • Software Engineering Immersive
  • Graduated: 2020

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"Great opportunity for growth"

I took an on-campus Software Engineering Immersive course at General Assembly in Manhattan and I had a great experience. The on campus atmosphere was nice and friendly and conductive to learning. The professors and TA's were available for help and excellent... Read More

    5/13/2021
  • Anonymous | UX Designer
  • User Experience Design Immersive
  • Graduated: 2021

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"GA was the best chance I had to get a UX job!"

I think taking the UXDI program through GA was the best way for me to get a job in UX. I needed the discipline and accountability and my instructor, Shari, was amazing. The cons was that I felt like it wasn't strict enough or hard enough on its students.... Read More

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