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Springboard is an online learning platform that prepares students for the tech industry’s most in-demand careers with comprehensive, mentor-led online programs in software engineering, data science, UI/UX design, cybersecurity, tech sales, and more. All Springboard courses are 100% online, remote, and self-paced throughout an average of 6-9 months. Springboard acts as a support system, coach, and cheerleader for working professionals who are ready to level-up or make a major career shift. Students have access to a unique community of industry mentors, thought leaders, and alumni, who are on hand to offer insights, networking opportunities, and support throughout the program and well past graduation. Every Springboard student is matched with a personal student advisor and industry mentor who guides them throughout the program through regular video calls.

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.

Before graduation, Springboard’s career services team supports students in their job search, helping prepare them for interviews and networking, and facilitates their transition into the tech industry. Springboard’s tuition-back guarantee allows students a six-month runway to land a job.

Springboard’s support does not end when students graduate. All graduates benefit from an extensive support network encompassing career services, 1:1 career coaching, networking tips, resume assistance, interview prep, and salary negotiation. Since Springboard was founded in 2013, 94% of eligible graduates secured a job within one year, earning an average salary increase of $26,000.

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  • Cyber Security Career Track

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    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$9,900
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationOnline
    This Cyber Security Career Track is the first online cyber bootcamp to guarantee your first cybersecurity job or your tuition back. In this fully online Cyber Security Career Track, you will learn from the comfort of your home and at your own pace with 1:1 support from a skilled cybersecurity mentor and dedicated support from career coaches. You’ll complete 30+ labs and 35+ mini-projects while getting everything you need to pass the Security+ certification test. By the end of the bootcamp, you'll have all of the blue team technical and communication skills you need to start a cybersecurity analyst role (A job that helps you earn about $100,000 in average salary). Units include: - Cybersecurity Basics (optional) - Cybersecurity Fundamentals - IT Project Management - Host-based security - Network Security - Identity and Access Management - Security Assessment and Training - Security Operations - Application Security - Security+ Prep
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Financing
    Lending partner available: Climb Credit
    Deferred Tuition: Pay a $700 deposit and then pay rest when you get a job.
    Tuition Plans$1,890/month, $9,900 upfront, loan financing and deferred tuition payment plans available.
    Refund / GuaranteeYour money back if you don't land a job within 6 months after graduating from our online bootcamp and receiving your Security+ Certification.
    Scholarship$750 scholarship for veterans and women in tech.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelAll backgrounds are welcome, as long as you can demonstrate strong analytical skills and a determination to work through and complete all required course activities.
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
  • Data Analytics Career Track

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    Data Analytics , Data Visualization, Excel, Python, SQL
    OnlinePart Time15 Hours/week
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$8,500
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationOnline
    Become 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.
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Financing
    Lending partner available: Climb Credit

    Deferred tuition plan: Pay $500 and the rest when you get a job.
    Tuition Plans$8,500 upfront or $1,690 monthly payments, or deferred tuition plan.
    Refund / GuaranteeBecome a data analyst. Job Guaranteed.
    Scholarship$500 scholarship for veterans and women in tech.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill Level2 years of professional work experience working regularly with office, design or programming tools. Strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
    Prep WorkNone
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
  • Data Science Career Track

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    Data Science, Git, Python, SQL, Machine Learning, MySQL, Spark
    OnlinePart Time20 Hours/week26 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$9,900
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationOnline
    Get 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.
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Financing
    Lending partner available: Climb Credit

    Deferred Tuition available: Pay $700 and the rest when you get a job.
    Tuition Plans$1,890 /month or $9,900 upfront or deferred tuition plan.
    Scholarship$750 for Women in Tech and Veterans
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelComfortable programming and comfortable with statistics.
    Placement TestYes
    InterviewNo
  • Data Science Career Track Prep

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    Data Science, Data Visualization, Python
    OnlinePart Time15 Hours/week6 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$490
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationOnline
    Need 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.
    Financing
    DepositNone
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelBeginnger
    Prep WorkNone
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
  • Digital Marketing Professional Certificate

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    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$2,495
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationOnline
    This 60+ hour digital marketing curriculum features custom and curated content. Students graduate with the skills to create and measure campaigns across key channels including SEO, SEM, social media, content, email, influencer, affiliate and more. Assessments include 7 quizzes as well as 13 hands-on projects graded by your mentor. Units include: - Digital Marketing Fundamentals - Buyer Personas and Positioning - Content Marketing - Search Engine Optimization (SEO) - Search Engine Marketing (SEM) - Social Media Marketing - Email and Partnership Marketing - Measurement and analysis
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Tuition Plans$1,248/month, $2,495 upfront, employer sponsorship opportunities
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill Level- Early-career and established marketers looking to shift into a digital marketing role - Consultants and freelancers seeking to build their brand or expand their service offerings - Entrepreneurs, executives and professionals in adjacent fields
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
  • Introduction to Data Analytics

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    Excel, Data Visualization, Data Structures, Data Analytics
    OnlinePart Time10 Hours/week4 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$349
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationOnline
    This course is designed to help students decide if a career in data analytics is right for them. It will also help them decide if Springboard is the right educator for them. The course will introduce students to data analytics fundamentals, including structured thinking processes, Excel foundations, and how to present data-driven insights.
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelN/A
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
  • Introduction to Design

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    User Experience Design
    OnlinePart Time10 Hours/week4 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$349
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationOnline
    This four-week, online course allows students to experience the Springboard curriculum in a bite-sized, easily digestible format. It’s created for those who want to test if online learning is for them, and those who are simply curious to see if their interest in design could lead them towards a new career. Introduction to Design students have access to one-on-one mentorship from a design expert, a one-on-one call with a career coach, hands-on, exercise-based learning, access to a dedicated student advisor, a teaching assistant, student operations support and a community of aspiring designers and design experts.
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Tuition PlansThere is a one time fee of $349 at the time of enrolling in the course.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelNo minimum skill level required.
    Prep WorkNo prep work needed for this course.
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
  • Social Media Marketing Professional Certificate

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    Social Media Marketing, Digital Marketing, Content Marketing
    OnlinePart Time6 Hours/week8 Weeks
    Start Date None scheduled
    Cost$2,495
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationOnline
    Learn everything you need to win customers and grow your business through social media. In this mentored online certificate you will use the latest tools and techniques to strategize, create and measure a ready-to-implement, multi-platform social media campaign. Gain real-world experience and put your skills to the test with 8 hands-on projects. You'll receive personalized support, meeting weekly 1-on-1 with your mentor who works professionally as a social media marketer. The program is designed for those who want to apply their new social media marketing skills immediately and build content and campaigns for platforms like Instagram, TikTok, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Tuition Plans$1,248/month, $2,495 upfront, employer sponsorship opportunities
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill Level- Early-career and established marketers looking to shift into a digital marketing role - Consultants and freelancers seeking to build their brand or expand their service offerings - Entrepreneurs, executives and professionals in adjacent fields
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
  • Software Engineering Career Track

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    Front End, HTML, JavaScript, jQuery, React.js
    OnlinePart Time20 Hours/week36 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$9,900
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationOnline
    Launch your career as a software engineer with 1:1 mentorship, career coaching, and a job guarantee. If you don’t land a job within six months of graduating, your tuition is refunded. We’ve partnered with legendary coding instructor Colt Steele to develop a cutting-edge curriculum covering everything from Python and SQL to the latest JavaScript frameworks that employers are hiring for, React and Node. As part of the course, you’ll build your own production-ready web apps to showcase to employers. You’ll also be paired with a personal mentor, an experienced software engineer currently working in the industry, who will guide you throughout the course.
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Financing
    Lending partner available: Climb Credit
    Deferred Tuition: Pay a $700 deposit and then pay rest when you get a job.
    Tuition PlansOne-time Upfront Payment: $9,900 Month-to-month: $1,290/month
    Refund / GuaranteeLand a software engineering job in 6 months of graduating or get a full tuition refund.
    ScholarshipWe offer a $750 scholarship for women in tech and veterans.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelPrerequisites: JavaScript fundamentals & programmatic problem solving skills. Recommended: HTML & CSS fundamentals
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
  • Software Engineering Career Track Prep

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    CSS, HTML, JavaScript
    OnlinePart Time10 Hours/week6 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$490
    Class size1
    LocationOnline
    Learn HTML/CSS and JavaScript in this online self-paced course from your own senior software engineer mentor. The perfect foundation to becoming a software engineer and taking more advanced job-guaranteed bootcamps like Springboard’s Software Engineer Career Track.
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelN/A
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
  • Tech Sales Career Track

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    Scrum, Salesforce, Sales
    OnlinePart Time15 Hours/week12 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$6,500
    Class size25
    LocationOnline
    The Tech Sales Career Track is designed to prepare students to successfully land and perform in sales development representative (SDR) and/or business development representative (BDR) roles in B2B Tech sales landscape. All backgrounds are welcome, as long as you can demonstrate strong communication and relationship-building skills, along with the ability to learn new concepts quickly. Before enrolling, applicants will be asked to pass an evaluation of baseline soft skills centered around communication skills, motivation, professionalism, a commitment to learning, and a resilient mindset. As a tech sales student, you’ll also benefit from one of Springboard’s most sought-after features: a community of support that includes a live instructor, a dedicated student advisor, a career coach, a course teaching assistant, and a grader/assessor, who will provide written feedback on assessments. As with all Springboard courses, the Tech Sales Career Track will be a 100% online experience. The course is fixed-paced, with weekly live classes to help you practice new concepts and techniques.
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Financing
    Lending partner available: Climb Credit
    Deferred Tuition plan: Pay a $200 deposit and the rest and the rest when you get a job.
    Tuition Plans$2,500/month, $6500 upfront, loan financing, and deferred tuition plans available.
    Refund / GuaranteeFull tuition refund if you don't land a job within 6 months of graduating.
    Scholarship$500 scholarship for veterans and women in tech.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelN/A
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
  • UI / UX Design Career Track

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    Data Visualization, Design, User Experience Design
    OnlinePart Time20 Hours/week39 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$11,900
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationOnline
    Want to break into the tech and have a creative impact? Even if you have no previous design or tech experience, you can become a UI or UX designer in 9 months, equipped to own the product design process end-to-end. With our guarantee, if you don’t land a job within six months of graduating, your tuition will be refunded. The course curriculum is ideal for those looking to career transition from non-design related backgrounds. You'll learn to apply design tools and concepts in the context of real-life design problems. Receive rigorous training from user research and wireframes to high fidelity mockups and working with developers to implement them. Build your confidence and a stellar portfolio curated from hands-on projects with clients. You have the flexibility to study online whilst working full time. Plus get 1-1 expert mentor support and a dedicated career coach to ensure your success throughout your journey.
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Financing
    Lending partner available: Climb Credit

    Deferred Tuition: Pay $700 upfront, and the rest when you get a job.
    Tuition Plans$1,590/month, $11,900 upfront, or deferred tuition
    Refund / GuaranteeJob Guarantee
    Scholarship$750 for women and veterans
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelAll backgrounds are welcome as long as you can demonstrate strong visual, creativity, and communication skills.
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
  • UX Career Track

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    Design, User Experience Design, Data Visualization
    OnlinePart Time15 Hours/week26 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$7,900
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationOnline
    Become 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.
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Financing
    Lending partner: Climb Credit

    Deferred Tuition: Pay $500 upfront, and the rest when you get a job.
    Tuition Plans$1,590/month, $7,900 upfront, loan financing and deferred tuition payment plans available.
    Refund / GuaranteeJob Guarantee
    Scholarship$500 scholarship for veterans and women in tech.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelAcademic or professional experience in user design or development oriented fields.
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo

2 Scholarships

  • $1000 Springboard Scholarship

    Course Report is excited to offer an exclusive Springboard scholarship for $1000 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

    • UX Career Track (Online)
    • UI / UX Design Career Track (Online)
    • Data Analytics Career Track (Online)
    • Data Science Career Track (Online)
    • Cyber Security Career Track (Online)
    • Tech Sales Career Track (Online)
  • $500 Springboard Digital Marketing Scholarship

    Course Report is excited to offer an exclusive Springboard scholarship for $500 off tuition in the Digital Marketing Certificate course!

    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

    • Digital Marketing Professional Certificate (Online)
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    Sonia Sanchez • Graduate • Verified via LinkedIn
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    I had a great experience in UX/UI Design bootcamp at Springboard! I highly recommend this bootcamp for anyone looking to shift careers. I signed up for the Design Career track, as this includes career calls after the course to help you find a full time position. When I was deciding on a UX/UI bootcamp, I was hesitant to sign up for a longer/more expensive bootcamp, but am very glad I went with Springboard. Here are some of the key reasons why:

    The weekly mentor (an industry professionals) calls are super helpful and help you get immersed into the UX/UI field. My mentor helped me understand UX/UI concepts, and helped me refine the deliverables to build my case studies up! You come out of the course with a full portfolio (essential for getting a job!) with four case studies including an Industry Design Project, which is essentially an internship with a company. This real-world experience is really helpful coming out of the course! The curriculum does a good job teaching you UX/UI concepts and slowly building those up.

    Career guidance is prompted throughout the course, which was extremely helpful. Throughout the course, you are prompted early on to start building career skills such as networking. You also have calls with a career coach while you are simultaneously going through the technical material. This early prompting to start thinking about how you are going to get a job and slowly building skills necessary for this were extremely helpful for me. You come out of the course with an updated UX/UI resume as well as a updated and revised (by career coach) Linkedin.

    You are assigned a student advisor which helps you keep moving along. Having someone to keep me on track was essential for me. She gave me weekly deadlines that I needed to meet in order to complete by the date I gave her. Having this was a game changer for me. 

    Finally, you are connected with a Springboard slack community, so you are able to meet other students in the course. This is really helpful as the course is remote, and helps you stay connected to others and meet new people who are in a career shift as you. I met a lot of wonderful friends along the way, while also building up my professional network. 

    If you are wanting to shift careers, Springboard is a great choice! I feel very prepared for the working world and am glad that I still am able to meet with a Career coach on a bi-weekly basis, who will help me land a full-time position. 
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    Neha Navni • Graduate • Verified via LinkedIn
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    The Springboard program does a great job to creating a "springboard" into the UX Design Field. You are taught the fundamentals of the industry and provided coaching along the way. The industry design project is the most valuable aspect to the course, as you have a chance at really industry work and experience. Overall wonderful program, people, and content. 
  • GREAT CHOICE!!!
    - 11/5/2021
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    Philip Jung • UI/UX Designer • Graduate • Verified via LinkedIn
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    It's hard to find a Bootcamp that cares. I won't mention the other one I almost took, but let's just say that the mentor I would have been working with for the duration of my time, IMMEDIATELY gave off vibes of wanting to get off the initial call once 30 minutes had gone by and it rhymed with Splinterfaction Resign Crownbation. Again, don't want to mention names. 

    Then I came across Springboard, as skeptical as ever and was given a list of mentors to choose from and have an initial conversation. After our first call, I KNEW this mentor cared. My mentor never stopped giving me his full attention for 9 months and Student Support is UNBELIEVABLE. There's literally nothing they wont do to make sure that you have what you need to finish the course. Seriously, they have your back. I'm sure some of you are reading this and saying, "this was definitely a paid review", but trust me, if you actually knew me, you would know that you couldn't pay me to write a good review about a SCHOOL if I didn't like it.

    If you're on the fence, look no further, trust me!!! Don't waste your time at another BootCamp that may or may not have your back the ENTIRE WAY THROUGH. It's a hard journey and a long grind so keep that in mind when making your selection. 

    Sincerely,

    - A fellow student who suffered and clawed his way to a finish line
  • UX Design course
    - 11/4/2021
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    Ayumi Williams • Apparel designer • Verified via LinkedIn
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    I started back in April 6 months ago and I finally completed my course.
    I had full-time job as apparel designer for the day 9-5 and helping my daughter's home school so I had already my plate full and I am so proud of myself finishing this UX design course now !! 
    I have learned so many new exciting skills and they really help you to build great portfolio.
    so I am already getting many calls for interviews already !! My mentor was very detail oriented and very helpful for me to learn step by step !! I will recommend to anyone who is interested to learn UX in your own pace with fully remote classes.

  • Data Analytics
    - 10/22/2021
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    Jason Lor • Financial Analyst • Student • Verified via LinkedIn
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    Honestly, I don't see any cons with Springboard. Staff is great and mentors are fantastic. When they say that the mentors are experts in the field, they mean it. The pros that I felt are note worthy are flexibility, mentors are VERY knowledgably and helpful, Springboard site is very easy to navigate, and Springboard does a great job at keeping track of your progress. Many bootcamps have great offers but not the flexibility. I was not ready to drop my job to go back to school. Springboard allowed me to take the courses at my own pace. Although that may not be most people's cup of tea, if you're motivated to succeed, you'll graduate in less than 6 months.
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    Gavin Eldridge • Software Engineer • Graduate Verified via GitHub
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    I am a recent Springboard grad with 2 years of experience studying Computer Science in college prior. I decided that I'd prefer to learn in a safer and more secure format with Springboard's job guarantee than potentially not get hired post college and be drowning in student loans -- even though tech is definitely a field in which most will do absurdly well financially. When everything is already online, you really don't miss out on much in comparison to university. College really only has one big advantage still and that's the experience of being around other students of different disciplines, belief structures, etc.

    I'm happy to say that for me, it was an excellent decision. No one thought it was though -- my family, friends, and even some of my CS student peers thought it was a poor decision, some probably still do. That said, I started the program in late Oct. of 2020 and finished in early Oct. 2021, almost a full year, which honestly I did not expect as I have a bit more background in CS and figured that'd make it go quicker. Here's why it took me a bit longer, in April, I got hired as a software engineer! I worked part time to pay for my living expenses throughout the rest of the course and am now transitioning to a fulltime role. My advice, don't listen to others even when they may have your best interest in mind. They hardly know what they're doing with their own lives, forge your own path. If you want it and are ready/willing to put in the work, you will more than likely find success.

    I recommend this bootcamp heavily. I think it's an excellent choice for those who are confident that they want to be software engineers. The mentors, career advisors, and other resources are definitely excellent, but at the end of the day, all the best programmers are mostly self-taught.

    It's important to be sure you are ready for this though. While I do believe that anyone can be an excellent software engineer, the profession/industry is not always for everyone. Learn some basic programming first and make sure you really do enjoy the process of debugging, googling, and sitting for hours day after day, that is exactly what you're signing up for. If you're okay with that, then sign up, you won't be disappointed!
  • Student
    - 10/20/2021
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    I did Hack Reactors prep, and I also did Springboards prep! Springboard did a better job of explaining the concepts and gave me better understanding of all the programming languages (HTML, CSS, JavaScript). Hack Reactor did not review HTML nor CSS, and they also did not have a 1-on-1 mentor to help with any questions. I was lead here from a guy who attended and graduated from both schools, and he told me to go with Springboard over Hack Reactor! I think Colt Steele is really good at teaching Software Engineering! I plan to continue to learn from him. I also was able to move at my pace which really helped me remove the pressure of getting done in a certain timeframe! 
  • UX/UI Bootcamp
    - 10/12/2021
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    A quality bootcamp that could use a few tweaks.
  • Enjoyed prep course
    - 10/11/2021
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    I enjoyed the prep course. However, I think there were some aspects of the course that can definitely be approved. I often times felt like my questions weren't answered when it came to the actual skills test being taken. I was just told to try again. Nonetheless, I enjoyed the course. Overall it was organized very well.
  • Software Engineer
    - 10/7/2021
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    Rossini Thadal • Software Engineer • Student Verified via GitHub
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    Pros:
    Allowed to take breaks
    School-Work--Life Balance for doing online
    Very affordable 
    Cons:
    Limited Office Hours
    Curriculum needs be Windows friendly, I got confused with Colts IOS short-keys. 
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    Sunisa Saiseubbyat • Graduate • Verified via LinkedIn
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    Springboard is a mentor lead Bootcamp that helps people make the transition into the tech world. I love that I get to talk to my mentor every week and got a chance to work with the real clients at the end of the cohort. It was a great experience and exposure! Throughout the course, I can schedule calls with mentors or career coaches at any time to get more support for my projects and job search. 
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    Ryan Devlin • UX Designer • Graduate • Verified via LinkedIn
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    I just finished the Springboard UX Career Track and have begun my Job Search as of today.

    I first heard about Springboard when I was looking at changing my career path, and my friend suggested I look into UX and the course Springboard offered (they had never gone to Springboard, only heard of it). From my research, UX ended up being a field that intrigued and excited me but finding an online course that would work for me was the hinge-point - specifically because I've had poor experiences with work alone and remotely. Springboard's mentorship program and Job Guarantee (which I was eligible for) were the two factors that led me to choose them over other schools. Initially, the admission counselors told me that the course would be completely achievable within 6 months while continuing to work, which cemented my decision.

    The course is laid out in way that really grounds you in the concepts of UX and leads you through step-by-step. You learn the processes of research, interviews, affinity mapping, user personas, ideation, wireframing, prototyping, testing, and more, all on your capstone project. When that's completed, you take all the skills you've learned and create a new project with a week in a modified Google Ventures design sprint. And lastly, you dip your toes into the real world as you're partnered with a real company to meet their UX needs over the course of a couple weeks. All this is laid out in an easy-to-follow curriculum that shows you exactly where you are and what's coming next.

    To me, the most effective and helpful part of Springboard is the plentiful mentorship they provide you and the Slack community of other students. Not only are you partnered with a great mentor who has spent years in the field (shout-out Noemi), but you have access to all of the other mentors at Springboard to pick their brains and talk to them about the industry and field. Not only are there mentors for the curriculum, but for your career search too. And the Slack community allowed me to connect with plenty of other students where we could examine each other's work, commiserate about our projects, and give us a better sense that we're not doing this alone.

    For me, the negative of the course was the time estimate for how long the course would take. To be fair, I may be an 'over-worker' and putting more time and effort into some projects than was necessary, but I finished the course nowhere near the 6-month mark that was originally pitched. I was working on the course while working a remote job at the same time, and I finished the course nearly 4 months after my original end date. To Springboard's credit, they do have safety nets for those in my position. Because I could show I was actively working and had the support of my mentor, they had some extensions available for people in my situation. Thankfully, I was able to complete the entire course within the extensions that were available without having to pay for extensions or losing my job guarantee.

    Ultimately, I feel that the course has given me the tools and the mindset to enter into this new career and actually get a job. The mentorship program was essential for me to do my best and stay on track, and I don't think I would have had nearly the same experience without it. Their time estimates are extremely optimistic (unless maybe you're doing the course full-time) but they do support the students who need it. If you are looking for a UX course, I would highly suggest Springboard.

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