You've heard of household bootcamps like Hack Reactor, General Assembly, 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.
Our Tips: Choosing the Best University Coding Bootcamp
- Ask for Student Outcomes! Yes, the prestige of a university being involved with a coding bootcamp is impressive – but the appeal of a coding bootcamp is that you get relevant, hands-on training that employers are looking for. If your goal is to get a job after graduating, then be sure to ask the bootcamp for data about their alumni. What's the graduation rate? What percentage of graduates are employed within 3 months? What's their average starting salary? These are all questions you can ask to be sure that the bootcamp will help you get a job after graduating.
- Understand who will be teaching the course. Most often, a bootcamp instructor will be teaching this course – this means you can expect to learn from someone with real-world, professional experience. But if you're expecting a university professor, then be sure to ask about this upfront.
- Research the bootcamp itself. It can be easy to get caught up in fancy university names. After all, if an Ivy League university is associated with the bootcamp, it has to be the best, right? Wrong! Do as much research as you would for an independent bootcamp.
University Coding Bootcamps That Offer College Credit
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.
1. Wyncode + Lynn University
Wyncode has partnered with Lynn University to offer university credits to students who graduate from the nine-week web development bootcamp. Graduate students can apply the 9-week Wyncode bootcamp toward the 36 credits required for a master’s degree.
2. Flatiron School + Yale University
Yale Summer Session is collaborating with Flatiron School to offer a Web Development Bootcamp for Summer 2019, which will carry two Yale College credits. The course is called CPSC S115 Intro to Full-Stack Web Development and available only to current Yale students.
3. Epicodus + Warner Pacific University
Portland coding bootcamp Epicodus has partnered with Warner Pacific University to create a program called sourceU, where students take introductory college classes through the university, then do Epicodus' 27-week web and mobile development course. Students then take an additional 4 months of WPU courses, before graduating with an Associate's Degree.
4. Summer of Code
Summer of Code is a 6-week, full-time, software development bootcamp offered in San Francisco for undergraduates at Davidson, Scripps, Dension, MountHolyoke, Colorado College, and the University of Washington. Some colleges will award course credit for successful completion of the program. And tuition includes housing, meals during program days, and fees for program activities
Universities with Internal Coding Bootcamps (offer college credit)
A number of universities have now launched internal coding bootcamps themselves, and are not affiliated with an outside education provider.
1. Level (Northeastern)
Level offers 8-week full time and 20-week part-time/hybrid Data Analytics bootcamp at Northeastern campuses in Boston, Charlotte, Seattle, San Francisco and Silicon Valley. Level's curriculum was developed by Northeastern University and students receive a “certificate of completion” from Northeastern. Level graduates can get up to twelve credits advanced standing towards select Northeastern graduate degree programs. Learn more about Credit Transfer.
2. University of Redlands Coding Boot Camp
Redlands Coding Boot Camp, aka Fundamentals of Full Stack CSCS 300, is a 12-week bootcamp developed and offered by University of Redlands in California. Graduates can earn 8 units of undergraduate credit
3. University of Saint Katherine's San Diego Code School
University of Saint Katherine's San Diego Code School offers a 16-week, part-time, full stack web development course in San Marcos, California. No college credit is awarded.
4. San Diego Knowledge University
San Diego Knowledge University offers a full-stack web development program. No college credit is awarded, but San Diego Knowledge University is a nationally accredited and state-approved university. Post-911 GI Bill accepted for veterans, military servicemen and women
Bootcamps + Continuing Education Departments (Without College Credit)
1. DevPoint Labs + University of Utah
DevPoint Labs has partnered with the University of Utah's Professional Education department to provide a full-time 11-week web development program, aimed at adults who want to change careers. The program will cost $9,995 with scholarship opportunities for women and minority groups. The partnership has allowed DevPoint Labs to lower the cost of the program which is usually $11,000. The program launches in May 2017 and will take place at the University of Utah Sandy Center. Trilogy Education also offers a 24-week part-time bootcamp at the University of Utah – see below.
2. Fullstack Academy + Cal Poly
Fullstack Academy has partnered with Cal Poly's Extended Education Department to launch the Cal Poly Extended Education Coding Bootcamp. The coding bootcamp is a 6-month, online, part-time, full stack software development bootcamp. It costs $11,910.
2. Revature + Several Universities (University of Missouri + City University of New York + Queens College + University of Maryland University College)
Revature offers its free 12-week coding program at the University of Missouri, the City University of New York, Queens College and the University of Maryland University College. The program covers Java and .NET and graduates of the program are guaranteed employment with Revature, get professional certification, and placed in software engineering jobs. Students can also take RevaturePro, a free self-paced online coding program.
3. Software Guild + Several Universities (Kent State University + Oregon State University + University of Georgia)
Software Guild has partnered with three universities to offer a master-apprentice 10 to 14-month online coding bootcamp where students spend around 20 hours per week in a collaborative and flexible online learning environment. Students will have regular access to instructors and teacher assistants for guidance. See the school websites: Baker University, Kent State Coding Boot Camp, Oregon State Coding Boot Camp, University of Georgia, University of West Florida.
Powered by Trilogy Education
Several universities have partnered with Trilogy Education to launch part-time bootcamps in their continuing education departments. Each bootcamp is usually offered 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.
15. KU Boot Camps
18. SMU Boot Camps
28. UCF Boot Camps
Powered by QuickStart
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.
Powered by Stack Education
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
2. Emerson College Coding Bootcamp
3. Framingham State University Coding Bootcamp
4. Becker College Coding Bootcamp
5. Merrimack College Coding Bootcamp
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.”
1. Flatiron School
Flatiron School partners with SUNY Empire State College to offer a certificate program in web development.
2. Zip Code Wilmington
Zip Code Wilmington will partner with Wilmington University to offer a 12-week software development bootcamp
Epicodus will partner with Marylhurst University to offer a 27-week web and mobile development certificate program.
Community College Coding Bootcamps
1. Deep Dive Coding Bootcamp
The Deep Dive Coding Bootcamp is a 10-week web development bootcamp taught at the CNM STEMulus Center in downtown Albuquerque. The STEMulus Center is powered by Central New Mexico Community College. As a non-credit program, graduates receive a certificate of completion, which is not a degree.
Where do we go from here?
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!
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