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Northwestern Boot Camps

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Northwestern Boot Camps offer 12-week, full-time, or 24-week, part-time web development courses, and 24-week, part-time data science, cybersecurity, UX/UI, and financial technology (FinTech) courses. The full stack curriculum includes HTML, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery, Bootstrap, Express.js, Node.js, databases, MongoDB, MySQL, and Git.

The data curriculum includes programming in Excel, Python, R programming, JavaScript charting, HTML/CSS, API interactions, SQL, Tableau, fundamental statistics, machine learning, and more. Enjoy close collaboration with other professionals while receiving hands-on experience.

The cybersecurity curriculum offers hands-on training in networking, systems, web technologies, databases, and defensive and offensive cybersecurity.

The fintech curriculum covers Python programming, financial libraries, machine learning algorithms, Ethereum, blockchain, and more.

The UX/UI program provides hands-on training in user-centric design research, design thinking, visual prototyping and wireframing, interface design, storyboarding, visual design theory, web prototyping with HTML5 and CSS, interaction design with JavaScript and jQuery, and more.

Applicants do not need prior experience to enroll in the boot camps, but once admitted, all students will complete a pre-course tutorial. Northwestern Boot Camps are designed for professionals and students who are actively pursuing a career change or advancement or are looking to gain a new skill set.

Students will benefit from a wide range of career services to be positioned for success through graduation and beyond. Services include portfolio reviews, resume and social media profile support, high-impact career events, workshops, mock interviews, and one-on-one career coaching. Upon program completion, students will receive a Certificate of Completion from Northwestern School of Professional Studies and will have a portfolio of projects or learn skills applicable to certifications demonstrating a working knowledge of web development, data science, cybersecurity, UX/UI, or financial technology.

Northwestern Boot Camps are powered by Trilogy Education Services, a 2U, Inc. brand.

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  • Cybersecurity - Part-Time

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    Cost$12,495
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationChicago
    Northwestern Cybersecurity Boot Camp is a challenging, part-time boot camp that takes a multidisciplinary approach to attaining proficiency in IT, networking, and modern information security. Throughout the course of 24 intensive weeks, you will get hands-on training in networking, systems, web technologies, databases, and defensive and offensive cybersecurity. You will also learn methods, techniques, and best practices for accurately conveying the severity of the risks facing an organization’s security posture.
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    Tuition PlansPayment plans available
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    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
    Prep WorkPre-work
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewYes
  • Data Science and Visualization - Part-Time

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    Cost$12,495
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationChicago
    This boot camp is rigorous, fast-paced, and focused on the practical technical skills needed to analyze and solve data problems. Gain proficiency in a broad array of technologies like Excel, Python and R programming, JavaScript charting, SQL databases, Tableau, machine learning, and more. Throughout the boot camp, you will complete projects using real data sets from the worlds of finance, healthcare, government, social welfare, and more — allowing you to build a strong portfolio with a professional demonstration of mastery.
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    DepositN/A
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    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
    Prep WorkPre-work
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewYes
  • Financial Technology - Part-Time

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    Algorithms, Blockchain, Excel, Machine Learning, Python
    OnlinePart Time20 Hours/week24 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$12,495
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationChicago
    Get hands-on training and instruction in financial technology and analysis using popular tools and methods including Python programming, financial libraries, machine learning algorithms, Ethereum, and blockchain. Maintain your current schedule by studying the competitive curriculum part-time, and gain access to career services like resume and portfolio reviews, interview training, and 1:1 coaching.
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    DepositN/A
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    Payment plans available
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    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
    Prep WorkPre-work
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewYes
  • Full Stack Flex - Full-Time

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    jQuery, MongoDB, Node.js, CSS, HTML, Git, JavaScript, MySQL, React.js
    OnlineFull Time20 Hours/week12 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$12,495
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationChicago
    Northwestern Coding Boot Camp is a 12-week, full-time web development boot camp. The full stack curriculum includes HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, jQuery, Bootstrap, Express.js, React.js, databases, MongoDB, Node.js, MySQL, Command Line, Git, and more. Gain real-world experience through complex projects and build a professional portfolio that demonstrates your knowledge. Benefit from a wide range of career services to be positioned for success in the job market including portfolio reviews, resume and social media profile support, workshops, and mock interviews.
    Financing
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    Tuition PlansPayment plans available
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    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
    Prep WorkPre-work
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewYes
  • Full Stack Flex - Part-Time

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    HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Node.js, MongoDB, MySQL, jQuery, Git, React.js
    OnlinePart Time10 Hours/week24 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$12,495
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationChicago
    Northwestern Coding Boot Camp is a 24-week, part-time web development boot camp. The full stack curriculum includes HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, jQuery, Bootstrap, Express.js, React.js, databases, MongoDB, Node.js, MySQL, Command Line, Git, and more. Gain real-world experience through complex projects and build a professional portfolio that demonstrates your knowledge. Benefit from a wide range of career services to be positioned for success in the job market including portfolio reviews, resume and social media profile support, workshops, and mock interviews.
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Tuition PlansPayment plans available
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
    Prep WorkPre-work
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewYes
  • UX/UI - Part-Time

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    CSS, Design, HTML, JavaScript, jQuery, User Experience Design
    OnlinePart Time9 Hours/week24 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$12,495
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationChicago
    Get hands-on training and instruction in UX/UI design methodology, design software skills, front end web prototyping technologies and frameworks including HTML/CSS, interaction design with JavaScript and jQuery, and more. Maintain your current schedule by studying part-time, and apply what you’ve learned toward building a comprehensive portfolio of projects ranging from AI sketches to mobile-responsive web layouts.
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    Payment plans available
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    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
    Prep WorkPre-work
    Placement TestNo
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1 Scholarship

  • $500 Northwestern Boot Camps Scholarship

    Course Report is excited to offer an exclusive Northwestern Boot Camps scholarship for $500 off tuition!

    Eligibility

    Offer is only valid for new applicants. Applicants who have already submitted an application cannot claim this scholarship. & This scholarship cannot be combined with other offers.

    Qualifying Courses

    • Cybersecurity - Part-Time (Chicago)
    • Financial Technology - Part-Time (Chicago)
  • Graziel Zafar • Graduate
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    Northwestern's Data Science & Visualization Boot Camp was fast-paced & challenging but well-organized & rewarding. I did not have experience with coding or data science prior to this boot camp so I was appreciated how well the topics were organized. The course is convenient enough to complete while working full-time but also requires a lot of attention outside of class. The instructor & teaching assistants were available, attentive, patient, & always willing to assist students of all skill levels. 
    Response From: Boot Camp Team of Northwestern Boot Camps
    Title: Community Team
    Thursday, Feb 24 2022
    Fantastic, Graziel! Like you mentioned, this is a fast-paced but rewarding program that will require extensive time both inside and outside of the classroom. Our boot camp is designed for individuals with varying levels of proficiency — ranging from experienced professionals to beginners, like yourself. We're glad to hear you benefited from the support of our entire instructional team. Congratulations on successfully completing the course and thank you for your review! Best of luck in all your future endeavors. 
  • Thank You
    - 1/26/2021
    Julian Cumpian • Graduate
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    After I was laid off from my previous employer in mid-2020 due to COVID-19, I enrolled in the Northwestern Cybersecurity Boot Camp so that I could level up before my next role. The intensive coursework and dedicated instructors, career advisors, and administrators prepared me to dive deeper into the subject matter, guided me to get a cybersecurity certification, and ultimately helped me land my new job in the cybersecurity field. 
    Response From: Boot Camp Team of Northwestern Boot Camps
    Title: Community Team
    Thursday, Jan 28 2021
    Thank you, Julian! We appreciate you choosing our program to make a significant career change. It's great to hear you benefited from the curriculum, the support of our entire instructional team, and all the available resources. Congratulations on successfully completing the boot camp and landing an exciting new role! Best of luck moving forward. 
  • Brendan • Graduate
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    If you are someone who craves opportunities for creative problem solving, then this course will be a perfect fit for you. You also need to have discipline and be self motivated to learn the materials if you wish to truly excell during the program. The instructotional staff is awesome, and will help you a long the way, but you will need to spend a lot of time outside the class really nailing down the material if you want to stand out. I came into the program with little knowledge of web development and by the end was able to build full stack web apps that I could truly be proud of. Wether you are looking to start a career in web development, or just looking to pick up some new skills, I highly recommend the full stack web development bootcamp at Northwestern!

    Response From: Boot Camp Team of Northwestern Boot Camps
    Title: Community Team
    Thursday, Jun 06 2019
    Thanks, Brendan! We're happy to hear you successfully learned the fundamentals of full-stack web development and benefited from the support of our team. Great advice for prospective students—you will need to be disciplined and dedicate extensive time to master the course material. Congratulations on completing the program, we wish you all the best in your future endeavors!
  • NUEVA201901FSF3
    - 5/22/2019
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    In order to succeed in bootcamp, you need to do what that instructor in legwarmers said in that episode of Fame. This is Debbie Allen telling her students hoping for Broadway fame, that if they really want it, they will have to PAY in sweat. And a lot more sweat than they realize.

    Essentially, every week in bootcamp, you should probably spend about 17 hours of studying, working, learning to code. This is not including class time, or time getting to class or even even about half of your time in office hours, which are available to help you with coding outside of class time. Some of those office hours are going to be spent fixing installations on your computer so you can DO the homework and understand what is happening in class. So really, you need to factor in a good 2 to 3 hours of outside work, every day. In my experience many people say they will do that. In practice, many people only start putting in this time far too late in the course, like in the past two or three months, after the second group project. By that point, you are already not getting your moneys worth.

    Because of the intensity of pace, it is not uncommon to find students attempting to fake it until they make it. That can succeed or fail depending on several arbitrary factors, (only some of which you have any control over, just as in in the real world.) Literally in class there will be times when the instructor JUST slacked out the instructions and a TA is already breathing down your neck, watching you code like a hawk, seeing whether you know anything. This can be intimidating and many people under that pressure pretend they know what is going on. Other students ask the TAs to literally do each and every next step for them or complain out of frustration, or get bored and leave class early.

    Ideally you should try and find a spot in between those two extremes: knowing when to balance getting outside help and when you can count on yourself alone to catch up is a huge determinant in your success in this program. Knowing when to be present and just soak in what you can even if you are behind, and knowing when that isn't worth it as you have too much work to catch up on.

    In boot camp, you do have a lot of resources available to you, online resouces, an hour of online tutoring or live coding assistance per week, class hours with TAs before and after class to assist you, plenty of potential messages from class mates and career guidance. But most of these resources are spread out over the course in allocations. You miss a week of tutoring you can't make it up. Once that week is over, if you didn't use that weeks hour, it is already removed from your reserve. Very rarely exceptions are made due to extreme life situations. So in reality, you need to start plugging away from the very beginning. The more you slack off, the less likely you will succeed.

    This is essentially a double-whammy with career services. All the work you do on resume building, keeping on track with career milestones and keeping your resume marketable and applying for jobs, all of that is supposed to happen ON TOP of the 14-17 hours a week coding, and going to class. As a result, many students do not take full advantage of the career building stuff until later in the course, and sometimes only after graduation. By that time, in many cases it is too late.

    Most of the students are working full time in another job and are in "part-time" in the program. This is kind of a misnomer. There actually is a full-time version of the course, but that is really for people who are willing to learn to code LITERALLY EVERY MINUTE OF THEIR LIFE.  You would have to be able to code while you are literally on the toilet or driving to class somehow. I have no idea how they do it. Part time students go to class three days a week, usually 2 workweek days in the evening and one weekend during the day. They also spend 2 hours a day coding, but the crucial thing is how they spend that time.

    Over six months you will be expected to complete: a) 16-18 assignments, about one per week, some of which are much harder to accomplish than they seem at the get go b) 8 career milestones, really guided tours of how to do job searches and prepare for trying to enter the industry as well as c) 3 difficult group projects. How to balance turning in a few assignments late, skipping class, or knowing when to stay on track with course work or which networking or job fair events are crucial to you and which aren't as central? A lot of that comes with knowing who to ask what questions and most crucially when.

    Some of the course material is starting to seem out of date, but many of the basics are still going to be the same, and many tasks require learning to walk before you can run. The students and instructors are great, many people are really kind and insightful, but really your success in this program is based on you. How much time are you willing to take? You say you want to learn to code. Do you really mean it? It can be a hard question to know the answer to. Just make sure if you DO spend the money, you also give yourself a big block of time and that you have the structure in place to keep yourself on track.

    Response From: Boot Camp Team of Northwestern Boot Camps
    Title: Community Team
    Thursday, Jun 06 2019
    Thank you for sharing your experience, Sam! We appreciate your detailed guide to the program, as it provides helpful advice for prospective students. Like you mentioned, your success in the course will ultimately depend on you and how much time and effort you're willing to dedicate. We applaud all your hard work and commend you taking advantage of all the boot camp's resources. Congratulations on completing the program and best of luck moving forward!
  • Timothy Cho • Student
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    The full-stack web development bootcamp I took at Northwestern was an amazing program and I took away so much out of it. But there were a couple things that I believe could ultimately improve how to teach coding. 

    The reason why I love coding so much, is that there are hundreds or thousands of ways to complete a task. How you accomplish that task is completely unique and up to you and tests the limits of your creativity. Obviously the more knowledgable you are at coding, the more tools you have at your disposal, which expands the boundaries of your creativity. 

    What I think that this bootcamp, or any bootcamp of that matter, can do to truly help students to learn how to code in their own way, is to give them a lot of freedom of what projects they want to accomplish. That means, getting rid of group projects. I do believe that group projects are very important in learning to collaborate with others, because great websites, softwares, app, etc.) are made possible thanks to the culmination of hundreds of people working together. But I think learning to be creative and making your own projects, that are your idea, and yours alone, takes precedence over learning how to collaborate. When I would work on group projects, we would all have to brainstorm ideas that we all had to compromise on. That means you would be working on some idea that you're not really excited about which can kill your excitement, leading to half-assed work.

    Also, trying to accomplish tasks together on your colloborated idea can diminish the effect of truly learning how to code, essentially. The best way I personally learn is knowing what I'm trying to accomplish, and creatively making my own steps towards reaching that goal. That means you put to test your creativity/knowledge, on what ways work and what doesn't, which ultimately sculpts how you view the way coding works and you can change your approach on a future project.

    Coding is a totally creative process and is what makes it so beautiful. Bootcamps should be focusing on taking each students' own creativity, and helping to shape it into a way that translates well into code in their own unique way. 

    Response From: Boot Camp Team of Northwestern Boot Camps
    Title: Community Team
    Thursday, May 23 2019
    Thank you for review, Timothy! We're thrilled you enjoyed the program and took away so much from your experience. We strive to provide students with as many collaborative learning opportunities as possible as the ability to work with others is an important aspect of programming and professional environments. But all students have different learning styles, so we understand you would have preferred more freedom when it came to building projects. We appreciate your input as we're constantly updating our curriculum to meet our students' needs. Congratulations on successfully completing the boot camp, we wish you all the best as you move forward!
  • Dan D • Student
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    I almost withdrew after the first week, but I didn't and am glad I stayed in the program.

    The reason I almost left was because I was a liberal arts major coming into something very unfamiliar than what I had done in prior school or prior work for the past 10+ years. Even though I did the part-time program, it moved very quickly and took up a lot of time outside of my day job (around 25-30 hours every week). I had to make good use of resources outside of the program, such as Codecademy and Udemy, to help reinforce topics I was having trouble with. I wish I had done an into Javascript course on Codecademy prior to the start of class; that would have helped out a lot. I highly, highly recommend supplemental video coursework, which isn't that expensive on the aforementioned sites, to bolster your learning throughout the bootcamp.

    Here are the positives of this program:

    -instructional staff (especially the TAs) were great and one of the main reasons I was able to succeed
    -breath of material covered was broad, which gave a lot of exposure to many topics
    -my weekly tutor session was also invaluable to cover concepts that were hard or to help prep me for the homework
    -I liked all the students in my class; everyone was supportive and no one judged anyone if they were having a hard time with a concept

    Here are the challenges with the program:

    -Career services set up milestones for you to hit to be able to be ready to market yourself (I appreciated the structure), but they were a largely invisible presence in the whole process (a check-in or in-person stop in would have been valuable)
    -The pace of the class moves very fast, even if it was part-time (so be prepared for that...I thought I was, but I wasn't)
    -Remote sessions were hard to follow and supplemental material provided by the bootcamp were not always helpful


    Overall, many students, including myself, felt 'imposter syndrome'--the sense that you're faking your tech skills and not really knowledgeable. I mention this because the bootcamp, if you put in the time and effort, can really make a difference in your career prospects--whether it's changing a career or improving a career by including some tech into your background. During this course, I was asked (and paid!) to build some websites for clients and a buddy and I are working on those projects together as freelancers. With three projects, I was able to cover about half the tuition cost, which makes it totally worth it. Even if I didn't get the jobs, coding is a hot area now and it doesn't hurt to build those skills into your resume.

     

    Response From: Boot Camp Team of Northwestern Boot Camps
    Title: Community Team
    Thursday, May 23 2019
    Amazing, Dan! Like you mentioned, this is a fast-paced program, one that will require you to dedicate extensive time outside of the classroom to master the course material. We commend all your hard work and are happy to hear you benefited from the support of our entire instructional team.

    We're always working to optimize our program and bolster our support services, so we appreciate your helpful input. Congratulations on graduating and thank you for your review!  We're rooting you on as you continue on your new career path.
  • Jeffery Brown • Release Leader • Graduate
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    The Northwestern Data Science Boot Camp was a challenging experience, and it met my goals to build a strong foundation in Data Science.  As an experienced engineer, I had made use of Excel VBA programming to build tools to improve day to day work, and I had seen some of the work being done by others on Data Analytics, Visualizations, and Machine Learning.  I wanted to get a broader understanding of aspects of Data Science and Analytics, and to do so in an environment where I could get hands-on engagement with techniques being used today in job market.  The Northwestern Data Science Boot Camp provided the scope of content and the pace of learning need to provide the knowledge, exercises, project work, and other offline learning i needed to meet my goals.

    The Instructors were experience Data Scientists with good perspective on the content and its practical application.  The Teaching Assistants were also knowledgeable and eager to provide support and assistance when needed.  Being in-class (vs. remote) was a big consideration as I looked at various options, and I feel the learning environment and the other students I worked with were really a positive experience for me.

    The Career component runs in parallel with the Academic part of the program, and with the pace of the Academic content is was difficult to keep up with the Career milestones.  But, I did have positive interactions with the career team, and I do plan to continue engagement with the career folks to steer my career towards more Data Science type work.

    If you're looking for relevant knowledge taught by people with real-world experience in a program that provide good hands-on engagement, this is a good program to consider.

    Response From: Boot Camp Team of Northwestern Boot Camps
    Title: Community Team
    Wednesday, May 15 2019
    Thank you for sharing your boot camp experience, Jeffery! We're happy to hear you were able to broaden your current skill set and benefited from the comprehensive course material. We're always striving to foster a collaborative environment, so it's great you enjoyed being in-class and working alongside other classmates. Congratulations on successfully completing the program, we look forward to providing you with continued one-on-one career services support! All the best in your future endeavors.
  • Pac • Web Dev • Graduate
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    Do not sign up for this bootcamp if you are assuming that the university name has anything to do with the quality of the material. 
    You will be highly disappointed if you set your expectations this way. 
    This is strictly a review of Trilogy Education Services, and their methods for building the camp with a ___ University name slapped on. 

    I'm not going to say that this bootcamp was not valuable - there were positive takeaways and learning experiences -- BUT -- those positives came solely from the bonds I made with my peers and small portions of the teaching staff.

    TEACHERS
    The instructor choices were a mixed bag. We had one teacher who was highly knowledgable on the subjects, and struggled to point students in the right direction with the curriculum and pace supplied by Trilogy. The other instructor was a complete mess, with no pedagogical knowledge whatsoever, and barely grasped the materials of our program. The second instructor conducted themselves as if they had only just introduced the material, creating endless frustration and confusion on a weekly basis within my cohort. Red flags for miles.

    ORGANIZATION METHODS
    Trilogy's administration was incredibly disorganized throughout the entire process, frequently mixing me up with other students, unable to manage meetings and calendars, providing little technical insight throughout the career portion of their service, generally unable to keep track of their own system. You need to be a serious advocate for yourself, and hold each person on Trilogy's team accountable by tracking their follow-up, to make sure that you get what you need and deserve from the money and time you're investing.

    ATTITUDES
    Trilogy's attitude toward you and their work is entirely a "by your own bootstraps" mindset. They WILL play some psychological cards by saying your success is only on you (and for the educational determination portion of this experience, they're right, it is), but they WILL NOT be very helpful in managing the technological errors of their student portal, nor the pedadogical errors in their instructor decisions, nor the miscommunication errors of their internal staff.  
    You WILL be investing a lot of your own limited time helping to keep them organized, and you WILL constantly  need to be verifying and re-confirming their conversations with you. It is possible to do well, with a lot of added frustrations.

    THOUGHTS
    The application process before the course began felt a lot like a fast-paced, high-pressure sale, and they were not able to answer simple questions about demographics and success rates. Their responses to these questions were naive and downright lies ("We don't like to view our students as numbers"). If you're truly determined to take this huge educational step with Trilogy, ask the tough questions before you commit. If any of their answers make you feel uneasy or unsure, know that there are many, many different coding bootcamps out there, and invest wisely elsewhere.

    Response From: Boot Camp Team of Northwestern Boot Camps
    Title: Community Team
    Tuesday, Apr 16 2019
    Thank you for your review, Pac. It's great to hear you made lasting connections with your classmates. As you noted, the Northwestern School of Professional Studies has partnered with Trilogy Education Services (TES) to offer the Northwestern Coding Boot Camp. Northwestern is deeply involved in the curriculum, instructor selection, and outcomes of each of our classes, and routinely meet in conjunction with TES to monitor the student experience and performance. Both Northwestern and TES are completely dedicated to transforming students' lives and are fully transparent about this relationship throughout the entire course experience.

    We understand your instructors did not live up to your expectations. We do ensure that the instructors we hire are industry professionals, with a minimum of three years of experience as active practitioners in the field. Every candidate is vetted by Northwestern and trained in instructional best practices before stepping inside a classroom. We hire established professionals in lieu of traditional professors to best simulate real-life working environments, and fewer than 2.5% of all screened candidates are selected.

    The student experience is our priority, and to ensure a positive learning environment, we actively monitor instructor performance through weekly student feedback surveys, video audits of the classroom, and instructor coaching sessions. We also provide supplemental resources throughout the course and host structured review sessions to increase academic understanding of core concepts and frameworks. We are quick to respond to any student concerns and provide a voice for all of our learners through weekly surveys and office hour sessions. Throughout this process, we have collected over 200,000 feedback forms to date, making necessary enhancements based on student and instructor insights. However, we know that not all teaching styles will resonate with all participants.

    As this is a boot camp, we recognize the course material is fast-paced and challenging while covering a wide range of topics. We pride ourselves on teaching individuals how to learn, providing a strong foundation of skills that will allow them to easily dive into other frameworks and languages, even after completing the program. As an accelerated learning environment, it is important that we foster a community of students where everyone can contribute to each other's success and growth. We encourage individuals to collaborate and directly contribute to the course during class, projects, and study groups. Our team works hard to ensure every student feels supported throughout every step of the way, however, we are constantly improving our responsiveness to ensure learners are being heard and assisted, so we appreciate you sharing this key insight.

    As you noted, we do have a multi-step admissions process. During this time, we evaluate individuals to ensure they are aware of the extensive time they will have to dedicate to their studies and are truly committed to their coding journey. We do not report on success rates because we believe the appropriate measures of a boot camp lie in the quality and career services offered. We take pride on our cutting-edge curriculum and holistic approach to learning, providing more than 75 hours of professional development to each student, consisting of technical interview training, portfolio reviews, resume/social media profile support, online Tech Talk panels, and one-on-one meetings with their Career Director.

    We sincerely care about all our learners and would welcome the opportunity to further discuss how else we can support you at this time. If you would like, please reach out to us directly at (312) 416-9979. Congratulations on graduating, we wish you great success moving forward!
  • Data Science
    - 2/15/2019
    Saira Jahangir • Student
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    I'm respectively a medical professional with no prior analytic or coding experience. While working in clinical research for a few successful years, I got fascinated with the exploratory data interpretation and visualization methods. For this apparent reason, I correctly carried out my extensive search for various Data Science Boot Camp classes. Comprehensively, Northwestern Data Science BCS program steered my possible way as to how I can accurately apply their data analytics tools into my research career. Their practical understanding tactfully encouraged me to use the qualitative data point interpretations methodically. The BCS of Northwestern University with no reasonable doubt is efficiently designed and has made the learning process easier. The education team along with their concerned management are always there to willingly support my limited knowledge as to how I can tactfully recognize the data analytics specific codes. The talented team generously stimulated my possible path of questionable action and then to correctly apply to their terminologies. They undoubtedly assisted me to cruise through a challenging time during class work or homework. Northwestern BCS has indeed equipped me with practical tools whether it's merely their talented instructors or from the competent career service team. Their career service has directly provided straightforward strategies and exercises which are helpful to get gainfully employed into data science.

    Response From: Boot Camp Team of Northwestern Boot Camps
    Title: Community Team
    Monday, Feb 18 2019
    Way to go, Saira! Thank you for choosing our boot camp to learn the fundamentals of data science to apply in your current career role. We're happy to hear you enjoyed the curriculum and benefited from the support of our entire team. Congratulations on graduating, we appreciate you sharing your experience! All the best in your future endeavors.
  • Brandon • Student
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    I decided to purse the career path of full stack developer due to my passion for technology and my interest in computers. I come from a mental health background as a fully licensed clinician that was ready for a major change in my life and career.  Even though I had dedicated all of my post-graduate career to social services, I needed  a change for my life. I took some free online courses that I felt were helpful in getting me more interested in programming, however without a structured approach to learning, I struggled to connect concepts and do something practical with what was being taught in those courses. I found positive reviews from Northwestern and was looking for an intensive program that would help prepare me for a career switch at an affordable cost in a high quality program.

    I'm about halfway completed with the program and I've really enjoyed the intensity of the program and the sense that you are actually learning practical and useful skills for a potential employer. You quickly are building websites and web applications which helps connect the concepts learned into real world application. The program does a good job of stressing how intensive the program is, and I also can't stress this enough. This course is not a 'sit back and soak in the information'. The instructors are very knowledgeable and approachable and really do want to help and teach you. I ask tons of questions to instructors and teacher assistants and they are always eager to help. 

    If you want to be successful in this program, be ready to dedicate a lot of time to learning. I found it extremely helpful to constantly try to stay ahead of the course as much as possible and not fall behind in understanding homework or concepts. The moment I recognize that I'm not clear on a concept, I'm utilizing the huge range of supports that the program offers to get caught up immediately. The pace is extremely fast and if you begin to struggle to understand a concept, it can start to snowball very quickly since the course does not back track often.  

    Response From: Boot Camp Team of Northwestern Boot Camps
    Title: Community Team
    Tuesday, Feb 12 2019
    Thank you for sharing your experience, Brandon! We're thrilled you chose our program to make a major career change. It's great to hear you're enjoying the hands-on projects and utilizing the boot camp's resources. Like you said, in order to be successful, you have to put in the hard work. Congratulations on reaching the midway point! We commend your dedication and are cheering you on as you continue towards graduation.
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    I'd been wanting to learn programming for some time, but didn't really know where to start. I tried online sites like codeacademy and seemingly the only thing that stuck was doubt - Am I learning relevant tools, how on earth do I apply this stuff in the real world?  

    Now I can confidently say there's no doubt in my mind. The instructional staff didn't just walk through the code like a robot, but took you through their thought process, demo'd their personal workflows, and brought in real world applications of the technology whenever possible. You could really feel the passion and enthusiasm for the material. Then there is a support admin staff that is constantly checking in with you to make sure you are understanding the material, and setting you up with tutors when needed. This created a warm learning environment which felt like we were all in it together and nobody was going to be left behind.

    I graduated with a very marketable skillset and a great approach for continued learning in the field. Which is exactly what I was after. I thoroughly enjoyed my experience and would recommend it to anyone willing to invest the time. 

     

    Response From: Boot Camp Team of Northwestern Boot Camps
    Title: Community Team
    Friday, Feb 08 2019
    Thank you for sharing your experience, Angelo! We're thrilled you felt encouraged and supported by our entire team. Congratulations on graduating, we appreciate you recommending our course! All the best in your future endeavors.
  • Tarah • Jr Web Developer • Student
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    This Bootcamp is definitely for very beginners. My first 6 weeks of the program were amazing and I probably learned more in that 6 weeks than I did most of my college career. However, our instructors switched and we went from having an amazing instructor who would review before class and would sit one-on-one with us, to someone who just really did compare (they were an amazing and intelligent person, but the teaching style was not what everyone in the class had come to love and relearning a new teaching style is very difficult in a program like this). 
    The big selling points are "Northwestern" (remember it is run by Trilogy still, it is just a course that was approved by Northwestern) and "Career Services". Northwestern was amazing. Career services were a joke. I created a portfolio, resume and cover letter and barely got any feedback about them, and the only reason I did get feedback was because myself and another student complained about never hearing from our career specialist.  
    Another big issue I had was a kid in the class literally cheated his way through the Bootcamp (he copied other people's repo's on GitHub line for line), and that's all fine and dandy because he wasted his own time and money, but they handed him a certificate when he didn't earn it and we signed clauses in our contracts saying plagiarism would not be tolerated. 
    I'm not going to say I didn't gain anything from this Bootcamp, it was a lot of work and very hard, but make sure you find the Bootcamp that's right for you and really apply yourself. Be the first person there and the last person to leave. I landed an unbelievable job and I'm not sure I could have done it without going to A BOOTCAMP. 
    Shop around, ask the right questions, make sure you want a full stack program, etc. Then make your own choice. May the force be with you.

    Response From: Boot Camp Team of Northwestern Boot Camps
    Title: Community Team
    Thursday, Oct 25 2018
    Thank you for your review, Tarah! We are so glad to hear you learned so much during your time in the program. As you noted, Northwestern School of Professional Studies has partnered with Trilogy Education Services (TES) to offer the Northwestern Boot Camps. Northwestern is deeply involved in the curriculum, instructor selection, and outcomes of each of our classes, and routinely meet in conjunction with TES to monitor student experience and performance. Both Northwestern and TES are completely dedicated to transforming students' lives. 

    We regret your cohort underwent an unexpected change in instructors and understand that this impacted your experience. We know not all teaching styles will resonate with every individual and adjusting to a new teaching method can be difficult. We are glad to hear that you found your new instructor to be knowledgeable in the subject matter.

    Our career support is built on the principle of empowerment. While we do not secure direct employment for students, we empower them the best we can with the necessary tools and support for entering the job market, including resume support, 1:1 coaching, and technical interview training. We take input like yours seriously and are continuously working to provide our students with valuable feedback and the job career assistance they need to be successful.

    We know how rigorous this course is and commend all the hard work you devoted—you have earned all of your success! Mastering our curriculum takes hours of dedication and personal, hands-on coding experience, and we take plagiarism seriously. Students commit to adhering to a high standard of academic integrity upon course enrollment. In cases where plagiarism is discovered or reported, together, the SPS and TES administrative teams take appropriate action.

    We sincerely care about each one of our students and would welcome any other suggestions you may have to further enhance our boot camp. If you would like, please reach out to us directly at (312) 416-9979. Congratulations on graduating and landing an exciting new career role! We wish you all the best moving forward.