SwitchUp Rankings Methodology

SwitchUp's rankings are based on over 20,000 reviews from verified students and alumni, across over 500 bootcamps in operation. Because student and alumni feedback and ratings are indicative of bootcamp quality, rankings are ordered by review score. If bootcamps have the same review score, bootcamps with more reviews are ranked higher to break the tie. The order of the ranking is based on data at the time of publishing, but the ratings and review counts will change as more reviews come in.

To be considered for the 2021 rankings, bootcamps must help students land jobs in tech through excellent instructor support, curriculum, and career resources; each review left on SwitchUp evaluates the bootcamp on all of these aspects.

Overall Program Rankings

Our overall program rankings consider bootcamps that offer specific types of programs. All bootcamps listed in program rankings were required to meet the following criteria at the time of publication:

Best Coding Bootcamps:

  • Offer an immersive or part-time coding program
  • Have at least 20 verified reviews of coding programs
  • For those coding program reviews, average at least 4/5 stars

Best Data Science Bootcamps:

  • Offer an immersive or part-time data science program
  • Have at least 10 verified reviews of data science programs
  • For those data science program reviews, average at least 4/5 stars

Best Web Design Bootcamps:

  • Offer an immersive or part-time web design program
  • Have at least 10 verified reviews of web design programs
  • For those web design program program reviews, average at least 4/5 stars

Best Cybersecurity Bootcamps:

  • Offer an immersive or part-time cybersecurity program
  • Have at least 10 verified reviews of cybersecurity programs
  • For those cybersecurity program reviews, average at least 4/5 stars

Best Product Management Bootcamps:

  • Offer an immersive or part-time product management program
  • Have at least 10 verified reviews of product management programs
  • For those product management program reviews, average at least 4/5 stars

Best Digital Marketing Bootcamps:

  • Offer an immersive or part-time digital marketing program
  • Have at least 10 verified reviews of digital marketing programs
  • For those digital marketing program reviews, average at least 4/5 stars

Best Data Analytics Bootcamps:

  • Offer an immersive or part-time data analytics program
  • Have at least 10 verified reviews of data analytics programs
  • For those data analytics program reviews, average at least 4/5 stars

Online Rankings

Our online program rankings consider bootcamps that offer specific types of programs in a fully online format. All bootcamps considered for these rankings were required to meet the following criteria at the time of publication:

Best Online Coding Bootcamps:

  • Offer an immersive or part-time coding program that is completely online
  • Have at least 10 verified reviews of online coding programs
  • For those online coding program reviews, average at least 4/5 stars

Best Online Data Science Bootcamps:

  • Offer an immersive or part-time data science program that is completely online
  • Have at least 10 verified reviews of online data science programs
  • For those online data science program reviews, average at least 4/5 stars

Best Online Web Design Bootcamps:

  • Offer an immersive or part-time web design that is completely online
  • Have at least 10 verified reviews of online web design program
  • For those online web design program reviews, average at least 4/5 stars

Location Rankings

Our location rankings consider bootcamps that offer specific programs in specific locations. All bootcamps considered for these rankings were required to meet the following criteria at the time of publication:

Best Coding Bootcamps in a Specific Location

  • Offer an immersive or part-time coding program in that location
  • Have at least 5 verified reviews of coding programs in that location
  • For those location-specific coding program reviews, average at least 4/5 stars

Best Data Science Bootcamps in a Specific Location

  • Offer an immersive or part-time data science program in that location
  • Have at least 5 verified reviews of data science programs in that location
  • For those location-specific data science program reviews, average at least 4/5 stars

Merit Badges

SwitchUp has awarded merit badges to bootcamps that stand out in key areas. To be considered for a merit badge, bootcamps were required to meet the following criteria:

  • Available Online: Offer either part-time or immersive courses that are consistently available online (not just because of adjusting to COVID-19 restrictions).
  • Verified Outcomes: Offer a job outcomes report that was independently verified by a third-party auditor.
  • Flexible Classes: Offer self-paced, part-time, or evening classes.
  • Job Guarantee: Offer guaranteed job placement after graduation, or the student's tuition is refunded.
  • Approved for GI Bill: Approved to accept GI Bill funds according to the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.
  • VET TEC Provider: Approved as a VET TEC Provider according to the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.
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