Springboard is an online coding school offering online, flexible, mentor-led courses including the Data Science Career Track, UX Design Career Track, and Machine Learning Career Track (all offer job guarantees). While learning cutting-edge digital skills entirely online, students receive teaching and mentorship from industry experts. Springboard offers a number of self-paced, mentor-led workshops, plus a full Data Science Career Track program. The Data Science Career Track includes a deferred tuition option, so students can enroll for a small deposit and finish paying after starting a job. In all of Springboard’s self-paced courses, students develop job-ready skills that display industry-worthy capstone and portfolio projects. Throughout the entire process, students receive support from their industry mentor, as well as Springboard's resident advisors and the larger student/alumni community. Springboard combines expert-curated curricula with one-on-one mentorship. Springboard has served thousands of students from around the world.
To apply, applicants fill out an online form, take an aptitude test, then talk with a school representative about their background and motivations. For the data science career track a background in statistics and/or programming is required. For the UX career track, students should have academic or professional background in user design or development-oriented fields.
All graduates receive 1:1 career coaching including networking tips, resume and LinkedIn assistance, interview prep, and salary negotiation. Graduates go on to considerable success: those who accepted new jobs reported an average annual salary increase of $19,919. And because of the job guarantee, students who don’t find a job within six months of graduation receive a full refund.
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Start Date Rolling Start Date Cost $5,500 Class size N/A Location OnlineBecome a data analyst in six months, job guaranteed! Through this course, developed in partnership with Microsoft, you’ll master the technical and business thinking skills needed to get hired. In addition to learning fundamental business statistics concepts, key tools (like Excel, SQL, Python, Power BI, and Tableau), and advanced analysis techniques, you’ll develop your problem-solving skills—something hiring managers told us most job applicants lack. Two capstone projects will allow you to bring all of your skills together, becoming the center of a powerful portfolio. And you’ll do it all with the guidance of your personal mentor and career coach, plus support from your fellow students and Springboard alumni.
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Deferred tuition plan: Pay $500 and the rest when you get a job.
Tuition Plans $5,500 upfront or $1,100 monthly payments, or deferred tuition plan. Refund / Guarantee Become a data analyst. Job Guaranteed. Scholarship $500 scholarship for veterans and women in tech.
Minimum Skill Level 2 years of professional work experience working regularly with office, design or programming tools. Strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Prep Work None Placement Test No Interview No Start Date Rolling Start Date Cost $7,500 Class size N/A Location OnlineGet a job, or your money back, through Springboard’s mentor-guided online bootcamp. With our job guarantee, if you don’t land a job within six months of graduating, your tuition will be refunded. Students will master the data science process, from statistics and data wrangling to advanced topics like machine learning and data storytelling, by working on real projects designed by industry experts. With the guidance of your personal mentor and career coaches, you will graduate with an interview-ready portfolio and a network of data scientists. We won’t stop there. We know that career transitions are hard, and we’ll support you every step of the way—until you get hired.
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Deferred Tuition available: Pay $700 and the rest when you get a job.
Tuition Plans $1490/month or $7,500 upfront or deferred tuition plan. Scholarship Women in Tech Veterans
Minimum Skill Level Comfortable programming and comfortable with statistics. Placement Test Yes Interview No Start Date Rolling Start Date Cost $490 Class size N/A Location OnlineNeed more prep before you begin the Data Science Career Track? In this mentor-led course, you'll spend 4-6 weeks mastering the foundational Python and statistics skills needed to pass the admissions challenge and start your career. This course was designed specifically for go-getters who want to enroll in our Data Science Career Track, but who need an introduction to, or a refresher in, Python programming, statistics, or other core data science concepts. With guidance from your personal mentor, you’ll finish the course having learned how to use Python to complete real-world coding exercises. You’ll also be able to ace our Data Science Career Track admissions challenge and begin your data science journey.
Minimum Skill Level Beginnger Prep Work None Placement Test No Interview No Start Date Rolling Start Date Cost $7,940 Class size N/A Location OnlineFast-track your machine learning career through our mentor-guided, hands-on machine learning engineering course—the first to come with a job guarantee. Our curriculum, designed for people with software engineering experience, is rigorous and deeply technical, teaching the foundations of machine learning and deep learning. But it’s also hands-on. Of the 400 hours of work we estimate it will take to complete this course, 100 hours go toward capstone projects. You’ll build and deploy large-scale AI systems—with guidance from your mentor, an experienced machine learning engineer currently working in the industry.
Deposit N/A FinancingClimb Credit Tuition Plans $7,940 upfront $1490/month Climb Credit Loan Refund / Guarantee Job Guarantee. Get a job after 6 months or get your money back. Scholarship Women In Tech: $750 Veterans: $750
Deposit N/A FinancingClimb Credit: Pay $500 upfront. Then make low monthly payments of
$61-121 during the course, and $346-380 for 33 months after.
Tuition Plans One-time Upfront Payment: $8500 Month-to-month: $1,150/month Refund / Guarantee Land a software engineering job in 6 months of graduating or get a full tuition refund. Scholarship We offer a $750 scholarship for women in tech and veterans.
Deposit N/A FinancingLending partner: Climb Financing.
Deferred Tuition: Pay $700 upfront, and the rest when you get a job.
Tuition Plans $1099/month, $8,200 upfront, or deferred tuition Refund / Guarantee Job Guarantee Scholarship $750 for women and veterans
Minimum Skill Level All backgrounds are welcome as long as you can demonstrate strong visual, creativity, and communication skills. Placement Test Yes Interview No Start Date Rolling Start Date Cost $5,400 Class size N/A Location OnlineBecome a UX designer in six months, job guaranteed! The UX Career Track is an intensive user experience course with a full career services component. With our guarantee, if you don’t land a job within six months of graduating, your tuition will be refunded. This self-paced, mentor-guided, online bootcamp is designed for people with adjacent skills from a few specific backgrounds: visual design, coding, marketing, and research. With the fundamentals already in place, you'll master design thinking, develop cross-functional communication skills, and create real-world projects that you can show off in a unique portfolio. After graduation, you’ll continue to enjoy the support of career coaches and access to our employer network so that you can land an entry-level UX job.
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Deferred Tuition: Pay $500 upfront, and the rest when you get a job.
Tuition Plans $1199/month, $5,400 upfront, or deferred tuition Refund / Guarantee Job Guarantee
Minimum Skill Level Academic or professional experience in user design or development oriented fields. Placement Test Yes Interview No
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- Extremely Helpful!!- 4/3/2019Aarij • Student • Course: Introduction to Data Science • Campus: Online
- Grew and solidified my UX skillz!- 4/2/2019Lexi • Visual & UX Designer • Student • Course: UX Design • Campus: Online
The curriculum was logical, the support staff was wonderful, the office hours were helpful. More than anything, the mentor-led approach was amazing - I thoroughly enjoyed connecting with a real UX pro to grow my skills and receive critique and validation. Highly recommend Springboard. It's also self-paced and I was able to pause my billing the month I got married which was a nice little perk!
- My experience of data science career track- 4/1/2019Chung-Hsuan Kao • Graduate • Course: Data Science Career Track • Campus: Online
I joined the data science career track last summer and completed the whole program in March 2019. The experience with their career coach is really great and helpful. I learned a lot of skills about how to approach the companies and cultivate myself to be a strong candidate in the job market. The courses provided by the program are not really the best for people who have not a lot of experience with data science area. Also, some of the courses are not really up to date and the materials of the courses are not easy to be found. Besides the courses from the program, I need to find other resources instead. As for the mentor, I think it is also a great sell from the program. It is great to have a 1:1 personal mentor. I learned a lot of industrial experience and how to become a data scientist what companies are looking for. Just a tiny complaint about the mentor experience is that a well-experienced industrial expert sometimes is hard to understand why an entry-level person would be stuck in a simple question (to them). Overall, I like the program a lot because I have a schedule to follow and it is pretty organized.
- UX Design - Comprehensive and great content- 4/1/2019Dean • Director of Marketing • Graduate • Course: UX Design • Campus: Online
I had a great experience in the Springboard UX Design course. The content was comprehensive and diverse. The weekly mentor meetings were helpful in getting real world perspective on questions. The course work was not too hard to complete given the fact that I am a full time worker and traveled often during my time at Springboard. I would absolutely recommend the UX design course to anyone looking to learn a new skill set and/or begin a new career.
- Springboard Data Science Career Track Review- 3/26/2019Daniel Reiter • Student • Course: Data Science Career Track • Campus: Online
Overall a very strong course that teaches you the many different facets of Data Science. As someone who was very new to computer science, I felt the course was well balanced and not too overwhelming though difficult at points. The Capstone Projects were key in me putting all of this knowledge together and really understanding the data science process. Both my normal mentor and career mentor were very helpful throughout the course and I would recommend it for anyone looking into a change in careers.
- Look closely at this one- 3/22/2019Craig Paulette • Graduate • Course: Data Science Career Track • Campus: Online
(I wrote a review on another site about Springboard using the same title as this review - rather than just copy/paste, I'll start again from scratch here. If it seems fishy to you that they have the exact same title and similar themes, it's because they were written by the exact same dude.)
Do a lot of research into which bootcamp is the best for you. Springboard will be at or near the top of your list. It's everything that you need, without a bunch of stuff that you don't.
Some reasons that Springboard may not be right for you:
- If you absolutely need to learn R. (You don't right now. You'll be learning so many other things that you're better off learning just one language, Python, even if you already know Python.)
- If you need an in-person boot camp. (They may have one, I don't know, I did it online because I'm in Cleveland)
- If you don't want to do a 6-month boot camp. (They probably have shorter ones; I don't know because I knew I needed to learn a ton.)
Some reasons that Springboard was right for me:
- It allowed me to have confidence to go to employers and say "Yes I'm still learning, but I can add value to your organization from Day 1. Besides all the things that I can explain to make that case, here are two projects that I designed and implemented myself."
- I checked out the curriculum, and it was credible, complete, and focused on what I really needed to know. (Having gone through the course, I can say the curriculum was accurately represented - I got out of it what I expected to get out of it.)
- The financing options/payment plan were reasonable, and they have a job guarantee, which gave me confidence that they stand behind their product.
I think you can see my name here on this review - if so, feel free to reach out to me if you have questions. As long as I'm not totally inundated with requests, I'll do my best to set up a time where we can talk if you have questions.
- UX essentials- 3/21/2019Natalia Ransom • Sr UX Consultant • Student • Course: UX Design • Campus: Online
What I really liked about the Curriculum is that it started out with a general overview of the discipline. It really helped me understand the big picture first and then zoom in on details and learn more specific information about the field without feeling overwhelmed. The support from the Springboard team was outstanding. Responsive, knowledgable and very helpful. I think the course could cover a little more on developers side of UX but I communicated that and I am certain that it will be considered. I definitely felt like I was heard and that my opinion really mattered.
- An excellent program!- 3/20/2019Robert Vagi • Data Analytics Manager • Graduate • Course: Data Science Career Track • Campus: Online
This program is top-notch if you're looking to break into data science. From technical skills to securing a new job, the course offers 360 degree support. Although people of all skill levels will benefit, it is certainly helpful to have some background in programming and/or statistics.
- Springboard UX Design- 3/13/2019Dimitris Stathis • UX Designer • Graduate • Course: UX Design • Campus: Online
Springboard provided a very nice experience.
The curriculum was very nice and thorough. It didn't include any exclusive sources that you wouldn't find anywhere else, but it was nicely structured in clear steps in order to understand how to solve the current problems that you might face and also use this in any work that might be needed.
I would like some "exclusives" because it's a good investment.
The mentorship was the highlight and it had a really big impact on my work. It helped me be more focused, keep almost all my deadlines and have very focused and clear feedback on my work.
If you need to you can pause your subscription and that helps to deal with real life issues.
Some minor technical things that I had to face were solved in due time.
One things that could be further improved would be some financial help for those that cannot afford the cost of the program.
- UX Design Essentials- 3/4/2019John Evans • Graduate • Course: UX Design • Campus: Online
This intensive course gives a thorough introduction to the full UX Design process, which includes User Centred Design, User Research, Content Strategy, Wireframing and Visual Design.
The course allows you to study at your own pace and includes weekly calls with a personal Mentor who guides you through the whole process. There is also access to a community of students and Mentors who can also help you along your journey.
Working through the curriculum and completing mini projects in each section of the course allows you to learn with hands on experience and gradually working towards a final Capstone Project for your chosen Mobile App or Website project.
This is an intensive course and involves a lot of research, which I personally found the hardest part of the course, but it taught me the importance of empathy for the end user and gaining their feedback to help create a better end product. I certainly learned a great deal on the course and would recommend it to anyone looking at a career in UX Design.
The course took me 4 months to complete as I was also working in a full time job, but with more time available you could complete within 2-3 months.
- Springboard UX Design- 3/4/2019Allie Smith • Student • Course: UX Design • Campus: Online
I really enjoyed completing the UX Design Springboard course. I completed it while working full time, so it took me longer than I initially expected and had hoped. If you are thinking about completing the course, definitely consider how much time you will be able to dedicate to it each week. If you have other commitments, it will take a lot of dedication and self-motivation to complete the course.
In my opinion, the best thing about the course was getting to work one-on-one with my mentor. She always had great insight and was an indispensable resource for me when completing my capstone project. Her real-life experience led her to give me great and practical advice.
Overall, I would highly recommend Springboard to anyone considering completing a course with them. Just be sure to be realistic with yourself about how much time and energy you can give to the course before you start!
- Springboard Introduction to Data Science- 2/27/2019Will Pauls • Student • Course: Introduction to Data Science • Campus: Online
- Springboard was just what I needed to get a job- 2/21/2019Tricia • Interactive Visual Designer • Course: UX Design • Campus: Online
I started the UX Design Essentials course with Springboard with one goal in mind: to land a job in the field. I already had design and UX experience under my belt, but I was unable to get a job. This course provided a structured way for me to add solid work to my portfolio and taught me about UX processes I was unaware of. Having a mentor was great as I could ask her lots of questions and get valuable feedback on my work. In the end, as soon as I finished the course, I landed a job in the field. BAM!
- UX Design- 2/21/2019Rosemary • Graduate • Course: UX Design • Campus: Online
A course that steps you through all of the components of user experience design at a high level, but provides a tangible (capstone project) opportunity to apply the knowledge to actual work and practice the concepts. If you're completely new to the space (i.e. never used adobe illustrator or photoshop, built a website (such as squarespace, or just aren't used to sketching) be prepared to build in some extra time to learn new tools to be able to create your projects. I really enjoyed the mentorship component to learn how my mentor works in the space, but also have support and guidance along the way. Plus a weekly call helps with some accountability to actually get some work done.
- Anish Khanal • Graduate • Course: Data Science Career Track • Campus: Online
The boot campt was a good learnig experince. The support from TA abd mentors was outstanding. Job search support from the career coahces is excellent. It provides a good foundation for the data science career, specially for students with academic background.
There are some videos in the curriculum which can be difficult to follow. Springboard should have enough data now to create their own course material.
- A real mentor helps- 2/14/2019Mandar Mulherkar • Data Engineer • Graduate • Course: Intermediate Data Science: Python • Campus: Online
The course is well curated and you have access to DataCamp as well. A real mentor helps keep things on track. There are a lot of resources to help with the course, many I did not use as much (Office hours, advisor help). There is a lot of study material, but you can skip over some parts. Overall, a very helpful course.
- Mentorship + Projects- 2/12/2019Taylor Brightwell • Graduate • Course: Digital Marketing Career Track • Campus: Online
Springboard's mentorship and project-based learning were crucial to my success. The ability to work on actual marketing projects with the help of an experienced marketer gave me the confidence to move forward in my career. I have since started doing freelance marketing consulting and am excited for my future career opportunities.
- Intermediate Data Science with Python- 2/11/2019Dylan • Graduate • Course: Intermediate Data Science: Python • Campus: Online
Overall the course was an awesome experience. The course contains interactive coding courses through Datacamp.com. You are given a free memebership to DataCamp while you are enrolled in the course. There are also actual Harvard Comupter Science lectures provided for some of the machine learning topics. Something I didn't know going in, but was a nice suprise. Then, there are mini projects and your major capstone project. The projects can be challenging at times, but that is what it takes to learn. There is also the mentor aspect, which is great. Weekly calls with an expert to keep you focused and provide assistance on projects or any other advice. The community is not as strong as they advertise, but I think this is expected as most people are very busy and aren't looking to go out of their way to help other students. If you are coming from minimal coding experience in python, it will take a lot longer than average to complete this course.
- An Absolutely Worthwhile Investment- 2/10/2019Daria • Data Scientist • Graduate • Campus: Online
Making a career shift into data science was one of the hardest decisions I had to make, but enrolling in Springboard's Data Science Career Track made it a decision that has paid dividends. Through the 6 month course, I was able to go from being a novice with knowledge of C-programming and some knowledge of Python to a fairly competent data scientist. Along the way, my career coach and personal mentor assessed my progress and made sure I was on the path toward success. With their help, I had multiple interviews and offers come in, and was able to find a job by the end of the course. If you're looking to make the jump into Data Science, look no further than Springboard. I recommend them wholeheartedly.
- Great class for beginners- 2/8/2019Joo Park • Graduate • Campus: Online
Overall, I had a great experience with the class. The curriculum was nicely organized, and the reading materials were all up to date. I am very happy the fact that I can access to these materials even after finishing the course. I especially thought that weekly mentor meetings were very helpful.
- Great Experience!- 1/31/2019Austin • Graduate • Course: UX Design • Campus: Online
The curated curriculum was an excellent way to learn and the mentor-led format (Renata was awesome!), as well as the projects, made the learning experience very effective and enjoyable. As a current instructional designer (now Learning Experience Designer), I can attest to the quality of the coursework and highly recommend this course to anyone remotely interested in gaining a deep understanding of the principles of User Experience Design.
- UK Springboard Student - UX Design- 1/26/2019Lewis • Student • Course: UX Design • Campus: Online
Before I took the course, I read a lot of these reviews and I can say that the positive feedback they give Springboard is true.
If you're someone like me who needs a structure to their learning then this is a great course for the price. The Mentor meetings are really great, my mentor Andre provided great insight whilst taking an in-depth interest in my project, which made me feel like I was getting my money's worth.
The course content is also brilliant as a new starter in UX.
Something I really wanted to know was how long it would take:
- If you're working part-time, you can complete it in 2-3 months.
- If you're working full-time, you are looking at 3-4 months.
I was working full-time during the completion of this course and it took me 4 months. However, the insight I've gained is massive and I feel like I've learnt a lot about UX.
- Springboard is worth your money- 1/25/2019Vivian Wu • Graduate • Course: Data Science Career Track • Campus: Online
I’ve had an amazing experience at Springboard. Their Data Science Career Track program is curated, but they you can tell they really took the time to find all the best resources out there. It’s not going to be easy because you’re learning so much in s limited time, but it will be so worth it if you’re seeking for a career change or to enhance your skills. In addition to getting one-on-one mentoring, you also get extra support from the community. Also, their career services is also amazing! Coming out of this program, I not only learned the skills to become a data scientist, but the drive to become an independent learner. If you’re seeking to venture into data science, I definitely recommend Springboard!
- Best investment- 1/22/2019Cristina "Misty" McPadden • Business Owner • Graduate • Course: UX Design • Campus: Online
- Springboard UX Design Course- 1/17/2019Rachel Redford • Designer • Student • Course: UX Design • Campus: Online
I would definitely recommend taking the Springboard UX Design course because it connects you with so many valuable resources and material. The best part was having a mentor who has a lot of experience in the field. You get to talk with him or her once a week and talk about the course material, your project, or any questions you might have. The hardest part for me personally was sticking to the schedule. It's nice that you can set your own pace and they help you with a completion schedule but there isn't very much accountability, which might be fine for some people but I need at least a little. Overall, I would definitely recommend it if you want to get into the UX design field or you just want to freshen up your design skills.