You've heard of household bootcamps like General Assembly, Springboard, and Flatiron School – but have you noticed universities that offer coding bootcamps? Universities have now been partnering with coding bootcamps since 2016, but these university coding bootcamps aren't all the same! Research your options below and find out which coding bootcamps offer college credit, which are part-time to accommodate your schedule, and read our tips for choosing the best university coding bootcamp for you.
In 2021, there are about 120 university bootcamps in the Course Report directory (and counting)! The leading OPM is Trilogy Education/edX (owned by 2U), followed by Quickstart and Fullstack Academy, as well as HackerU. Between 2019-2020, university bootcamp market has grown by 73%, from 64 university bootcamps in 2019 to 120 university bootcamps in 2020.
Generally, no. Because coding bootcamps are unaccredited, they are not eligible for traditional student loans, Pell Grants, or FAFSA. Instead, bootcamp students use private loans through lenders like Skills Fund, Climb Credit, and Sallie Mae. There are a couple of exceptions – Dominican University + Make School students are eligible for financial aid – students should fill out the FAFSA and will receive a financial aid package within 2-7 days. In the Bachelor of Science degree offered by Alliant International University in partnership with Sabio, student financial aid (FAFSA) is available for eligible applicants.
These are partnerships where a coding bootcamp either offers classes on the university campus, taught by the bootcamp’s own professors, or students can study at the coding bootcamp campus but get college credit. Some of these partnerships also allow students to use the GI Bill to pay for coding bootcamp tuition.
Historically, Alliant International University has partnered with Sabio to offer credits toward its Bachelor of Science Degree. Yale University's Yale Summer Session has previously collaborated with Flatiron School to offer college credit.
A number of universities have now launched internal coding bootcamps themselves, and are not affiliated with an outside education provider.
While having an a program manager like edX or Promineo Tech power a technical skills bootcamp at a college is more typical, some universities now run their own in-house bootcamps:
Several universities have partnered with edX to launch full-time and part-time bootcamps in their continuing education departments. Each bootcamp is offered online or on the university campus through the school’s department of continuing education. Graduates are not eligible for college credit but will receive a certificate of completion from the host university.
|1. Rice University Boot Camps||18. UC San Diego Extension Boot Camps|
|2. The Coding Boot Camp at UCR Extension||19. UNC Charlotte Boot Camps|
|3. Washington University Boot Camps||20. Northwestern Boot Camps|
|4. Columbia Engineering Boot Camps||21. UNC-Chapel Hill Boot Camps|
|5. Tecnológico de Monterrey Boot Camps||22. UT Austin Boot Camps|
|6. Penn LPS Coding Boot Camp||23. UCF Boot Camps|
|7. University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies Boot Camps|
|8. UC Davis Boot Camps||25. Monash University Boot Camps|
|9. University of Minnesota Boot Camps||26. Arizona State University Bootcamps|
|10. University of Utah Professional Education Coding Boot Camp||27. University of Birmingham Boot Camps|
|11. KU Boot Camps||28. Michigan State University Boot Camps|
|12. University of Denver Boot Camps||29. Emerson College Data Analytics Boot Camp|
|13. University of Arizona Boot Camps||30. The Ohio State University Boot Camps|
|14. SMU Boot Camps||31. The University of Connecticut Boot Camps|
|15. Case Western Reserve University Boot Camps||32. Carleton University Boot Camps|
|16. UC Irvine Boot Camps|
|17. Berkeley Boot Camps|
A number of universities have partnered with Fullstack Academy (owned by Simplilearn) to offer online tech bootcamps in coding, cybersecurity, DevOps, data analytics, product management, and AI/machine learning.
|1. University of Michigan Nexus Tech Bootcamps||10. University of Oklahoma Outreach Tech Bootcamps|
|2. Wake Forest University Tech Bootcamps||11. Virginia Tech Bootcamps|
|3. San José State University Bootcamps||12. The University of Illinois Chicago Tech Bootcamps|
|4. Colorado State University Bootcamps||13. Emory Tech Bootcamps|
|5. Utah State University Tech Bootcamps||14. Louisiana State University Tech Bootcamps|
|6. University of New Mexico Continuing Education Tech Bootcamps||15. The Tech Bootcamps at University North Florida|
|7. Cleveland State Tech Bootcamps||16. University of San Diego Tech Bootcamps|
|8. UT Dallas Tech Bootcamps||17. Cal Poly Extended Education Tech Bootcamps|
|9. Cal State East Bay Tech Bootcamps|
A number of universities have partnered with course provider Promineo Tech which provides curriculum for front end and back end development and data engineering bootcamps. The online bootcamps are run through each school's continuing education department.
|1. Brookdale Community College Coding Bootcamp||8. Southeast Community College Coding Bootcamp|
|2. Saint Paul College Coding Bootcamp||9. GateWay Community College Coding Bootcamp|
|3. El Camino Community College Coding Bootcamp||10. Scottsdale Community College Coding Bootcamp|
|4. College of Eastern Idaho Coding Bootcamp||11. Estrella Mountain Community College Coding Bootcamp|
|5. University of New Mexico Coding Bootcamp||12. Arapahoe Community College Bootcamps|
|6. Nashua Community College Coding Boot Camp||13. Montana Code School|
|7. College of Southern Nevada Coding Boot Camp|
A number of universities have partnered with course provider QuickStart which provides curriculum for coding bootcamps, data science bootcamps and cybersecurity bootcamps. The bootcamps are run through each school's continuing education department, and some graduates may be eligible for certifications.
|1. Wagner College||5. Hofstra University Bootcamps|
|2. UT Arlington Bootcamps||6. Becker College|
|3. Santa Clara University Bootcamps||7. Florida Atlantic University|
|4. Colorado State University Pueblo Bootcamps||8. Northeastern Illinois University Bootcamps|
A number of universities have partnered with course provider Stack Education which provides curriculum for coding bootcamps, data science bootcamps, UX design bootcamps, digital marketing bootcamps, and more. The bootcamps are run through each school's continuing education department, and some graduates may be eligible for certifications.
|1. Worcester State University Coding Bootcamp||5. Saint Joseph's University Bootcamps|
|2. Framingham State University Coding Bootcamp||6. Suffolk University Bootcamp|
|3. University of Hartford Bootcamps||7. Saint Joseph's College of Maine Bootcamp|
|4. University of Vermont Bootcamps|
A number of universities have partnered with course provider ThriveDX which provides curriculum for cybersecurity bootcamps and more. The bootcamps are run through each school's continuing education department, and graduates may be eligible for certifications.
|1. University of Florida Office of Professional and Workforce Development Cybersecurity Bootcamp||11. Old Dominion University Cybersecurity Bootcamp|
|2. University of Chicago Cybersecurity Bootcamp||12. San Diego State University Cybersecurity Bootcamp|
|3. Penn State Behrend Cybersecurity Bootcamp||13. Loyola University Cybersecurity Bootcamp|
|4. University Of Wisconsin-Madison Cybersecurity Bootcamp||14. Nexus at University of Michigan Engineering Cybersecurity Professional Bootcamp|
|5. University of Nevada-Las Vegas Cybersecurity Bootcamp||15. New Jersey Institute of Technology Cybersecurity Bootcamp|
|6. NYU School of Professional Studies Cybersecurity Bootcamp||16. American University Cybersecurity Professional Program|
|7. NC State Cybersecurity Bootcamp||17. California State University (Long Beach) Cybersecurity Program|
|8. Kansas State University Cybersecurity Bootcamp||18. University of Central Florida Cyber Defense Professional Certificate|
|9. University of Colorado Boulder Cybersecurity Bootcamp||19. University of Miami Cybersecurity Professional Bootcamp|
|10. University at Buffalo Cybersecurity Bootcamp|
A number of community colleges have partnered with course provider Upright Education which provides curriculum for coding bootcamps and UX design bootcamps. The bootcamps are run through each school's continuing education department, and graduates may be eligible for certifications.
|1. University of New England Online Bootcamps||4. Norwich University Bootcamps|
|2. Greenfield Community College Bootcamps||5. Community College of Vermont Bootcamps|
|3. Columbia State Community College Bootcamps|
A number of universities like University of Virginia have partnered with Online Program Manager Noodle Partners, which (along with General Assembly), powers online web development bootcamps.
Curious about EQUIP? In essence, a university partnered with a coding bootcamp and a quality assurance entity (QAE), and as a result, students could effectively get financial aid and/or college credit for completing a coding bootcamp. The DOE called these partnerships “test sites” and announced awarded $17M in grants in August 2016 (see Trend #4 for more information). We haven’t heard an update on EQUIP since August 2016, but we’ll update this article if that changes. Some say that financial aid is a great idea for coding bootcamps. Others, like Jordan Weissmann at Slate, say that expanding the financial aid system will “ruin coding bootcamps.”
These examples are proof that collaboration between bootcamps and universities takes many nuanced forms. There isn’t a cookie-cutter formula that schools can apply to create a partnership. The partnership has to fit the needs of students and benefit both the bootcamp and the university. Some coding bootcamps have also been acquired by universities – check out our coding bootcamp acquisitions article.
Did we miss a collaboration that you know about? Leave us a comment below!
Liz Eggleston is co-founder of Course Report, the most complete resource for students choosing a coding bootcamp.
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