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 FinancingLending partner available: Climb 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
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$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 Financing 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.
Deposit N/A Financing 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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- Springboard Data Science Career Track- 5/13/2019Samin • Data Scientist • Graduate • Course: Data Science Career Track • Campus: Online
After getting my Ph.D. last year, I started to study about data science and get some online certificates. However since I had a full-time job as an Electrical Engineer, it was pretty hard to find the right materials to study or build my portfolio in Github. I got lost after a few months, and there was no support and feedback. When I found the Springboard career track program, I found it a matching base on my interest and my background. The 1:1 mentor calls every week, was excellent support and pushed for me. The other advantages were about the four mock interviews that Springboard provide to get us ready for the real interviews.
I recommend this course to people who have a good background in coding and have some knowledge about machine learning since it is an intense program and you have to invest proper time and effort in 6-8 months.
- Great Value- 5/8/2019Anthony Johnson • Student • Campus: Online
I just completed Springboards Data Science Career Track Bootcamp. Overall I was very satisfied with the experience. The skills I learned are super useful, and make me much more marketable as a job applicant. The 1-on-1 technical mentoring was great, helping me overcome obstacles and prioritize my time. The career coaching was also very valuable, helping me improve my resume, cover letter, etc.
Some of the chapters in the curriculum simply pointed to youtube videos, which often (though not always) excellent at explaining data science concepts. Some of the chapters linked to Datacamp courses, which are often a little too easy but do explain the concepts well. Overall, the miniprojects and capstones were great, and helped me learn all the steps of being a data scientist.
Granted I don't have a job offer yet, but their job guarantee certainly provides some peace of mind.
- Cliff Robbins • VP of Technology • Graduate • Course: Machine Learning Engineering Career Track • Campus: Online
I enrolled and graduated from the AI/ML course through SpringBoard. The course was intense and covered all of the bases to take you from novice to advanced in 6 months. The program exceeded my expectations and my PhD mentor met with me each week. I could not have asked for more.
- UX for Graphic Designer- 5/7/2019Audrie Lathrop • Art Director • Graduate • Course: UX Design • Campus: Online
The online program was great for brushing up on skills and developing a stronger foundation for UX design... I do think the price is a litte steep, but definitely less than competitors. I was able to complete the course in two months, and take a break in between. The staff was helpful and open every step of the way, and I have a great new connection in my mentor. I look forward to using my new skills to inform my visual design.
- Dennis Gheldolf • Data Analyst • Student • Course: Intermediate Data Science: Python • Campus: Online
I started this program to brush up on my Python skills, as I had worked in financial analysis before and was looking for a data analysis position. Most of my data analysis before had been done in Excel, with some small Python projects.
The 3-month program had a curriculum consisting of mostly third-party materials - Youtube videos, academic videos, code exercises with first-party supplements, and of course a lot of coursework/projects. You also have weekly calls with a mentor who helps you navigate the materials and gives industry insights.
The curriculum definately boosted my Python skills to the next level, while giving a good introduction into Data Science concepts. In my opinion the Machine Learning segment was a little light, but it gives you a good foundation for further research and learning.
And yes, I was able to find a position in the field even before finishing the program!
- A great Experience- 5/3/2019Luis HErnandez Blanco • Graduate • Course: Digital Marketing for Professionals • Campus: Online
I recently finished my course. For me, it was a great experience. The curriculum, my mentor and the student advisor were always at hand to answer my questions when needed.
My mentor was the best part of the whole experience. He provided extra resources to complete my tasks and help me understand the lessons at hand.
- Good choice for data science career- 5/1/2019Huseyin YILMAZ • Graduate • Course: Data Science Career Track • Campus: Online
I just completed my "data science career track". This "track" took me a point which I would not be able to reach by myself. To me, the main difference of a bootcamp is mentor support. My mentor was Jeremy Cunningham. He has a high-level real-world experience and he is willing to teach what he knows. He provided guidance and constructive feedbacks, and he always motivated me to develop my own strengths. I feel myself lucky to be mentored by him.
- Maggie Brown • Graduate • Course: UX Design • Campus: Online
I had very little knowledge about UX going into this course, which was the perfect fit. The Springboard UX course took me through each step of the design process, from basic overviews of what UX design is and of job opportunities in the field, to user research, prototyping and user testing. The curriculum has a nice balance of videos and reading material, and they are good about not throwing too much at you. Having a mentor to meet with every week was the best part, by far. My mentor was there to keep me accountable, but never added too much pressure. He was very understanding that I was coming from basically zero experience, and helped me create a prototype I felt good about. In the end, I had a project I can build my portfolio with, showing a comprehensive UX design process. The Springboard support team is extremely easy to reach and was responsive when I had questions. Overall, I'm glad I took the course and would recommend it to others. If you are diligent about making the most out of it, Springboard will serve you well.
- Jackie Tse • Graduate • Course: UX Design • Campus: Online
The course materials weren't too difficult to grasp; some were a bit repetitive. 80% of the materials are free – with a few expections such as the Lynda/Linkedin Learning lessons. At the same time, the materials were properly divided among each core topic of UX design. The pace definitely starts off slow but picks up towards the end, with projects requiring more hours and recalling skills you learned in previous modules. It was a good pace for me, someone who didn’t have any professional design or coding background. The course doesn’t touch on any coding languages or skills – but focuses on the research, interpretation of data, and materializing the information into a prototype. Every week, I spoke to my mentor for 30 minutes to go over whatever topics I wanted; ranging from their own professional experience to my course progress. Other than a 1-on-1 mentor, there are also mentors in the community answering and providing feedback to your questions and projects; they listen and care!
Since this course is monthly-subscription based, there aren’t any strict deadlines. However, I suggest doing your best to complete the course over the average 2-3 months. Maybe 5 months at most. I had to take a long break (pause my access and monthly payment) due to fatigue from my full-time job. However, the break was too long and I had to revisit all of the old materials from the earlier modules.
I just completed the course 2 weeks ago and still looking for a job. But I knew it was going to be tough to get a job straight out of any of these ‘bootcamps’ especially since my portfolio consists of just 1 project at the moment. I’m currently working on finding new ‘mock up’ UX projects and also some ‘real’ projects from a few friends, local businesses, etc. This won’t be too bad since I’m currently unemployed. haha.
- UX Career Track- 4/25/2019KayLi Wang • Student • Course: UX Design • Campus: Online
Overall, a great experience with current course content, mentor calls, and a 6-month job guarantee. The course was organized in a way that it was very easy to learn and follow the design process and master key UX concepts. The mentor calls were extremely valuable! You're paired with the same mentor for the duration of the course and they will offer you insights on your projects, current industry standards and best practices, and help set expectations for your job search. And as an online course, it's extremely flexible, yet intensive.
- I learned so much!- 4/23/2019Yelena • Graphic Designer • Student • Course: UX Design • Campus: Online
This class taught me so much. As a graphic designer, I wanted to further my skills and grow my knowledge base. The course was interesting and compelling but the real WOW factor came from the mentors and advisors. My mentor gave me real life applicable advise to improve on my work, truly constructive critique, as well as commending me when I did things well. The advisors were so helpful as well whenever I had concerns or questions and were very responsive. I would recommend this course to anyone interested in diving into UX! Thanks for everything!
- Great experience & affordable price tag- 4/23/2019Kimberly • Graduate • Course: Introduction to Data Science • Campus: Online
I really enjoyed the Introduction to Data Science course at Springboard. While the course is self-paced, it is still incredibly challenging. This course recommends 3-4 months to complete, but I definitely needed the full 4 months. The mentors at Springboard are great--supportive, knowledgeable, and incredibly generous with their time.
The curriculum itself is tough--some of the programming lessons are in DataCamp, which I found very helpful; some of the stat lessons are in Khan Academy, which I also found helpful; some of the lessons are lectures in a series of YouTube videos, which I found a little bland and hard to refer back to later on in the course; and some of them are articles, which really varied. The course material is definitely comprehensive, but there is no definitive textbook to refer to, so it's really hard to problem solve when you get stuck (I ended up just going outside the course and Googling for a lot of things).
Completing the course requires a lot of one-on-one mentor time, some of the curriculum, and a lot of determined, creative problem solving when the curriculum just doesn't cut it. That said, I still found it invaluable for both my current job and my overall career. I plan to continue with their Intermediate Data Science course next.
- Robert Rivera • Network Engineer / UX Architect • Student • Course: UX Design • Campus: Online
The question I always ask myself when providing a review is - could my words make a positive impact in someone's life? I consider concept of Springboard as a leader and pioneers of mentor led UX programs. More than the educational program itself, a genuine and experienced mentor can make all the difference in the world. @Midlife I needed to make the right decision, I did not feel like taking a gamble with time or money.
After 4 months of deep research around the country and even outside of the USA, my resounding selection was the Springboard UX program. Although I did not have the best experience with the first mentor pairing, the immediate correction made all the difference in the world for me. I hit a homerun with an incredible UX professional as a mentor (Andre) for my Springboard UX program. To make it even better was the amazing student support team that was always available to… yes! Great support it’s students.
- Program Content is very complete.
- Course work can be heavy at times, for good reasons as you immediately get to practice hands-on what’s important.
- Perks as a Springboard Student are excellent and add incredible value.
- Mentor concept and support is probably one of the best features and differentiators this UX Design program.
- The program has certain custom flexibilities if you are pressed on time or maybe due to other obligations.
- Student support is very agile! They actually listen to students needs.
- Cost is not high nor low. It’s right in the middle. Monthly payments are manageable if you plan ahead and make good use of your time.
- Student community is an asset, it can be slow at times as most students are in fact busy.
I found none!
What would I make better if I could? The student community could use a more engaging and more dynamic collaboration tool. Is good today, but It can be amazing with the quality of the Mentors/Program and student community the Springboard programs have.
If I would do it again? Absolutely yes!
- Introduction to Data Science- 4/8/2019Ankita
The mentorship aspect of the program is extremely helpful. Being completely new to the field of data science and starting from scratch, the organization of the curriculum itself could be done differently. I felt I understood more of what I was doing in regards to my capstone project especially once I got through data visualization and machine learning.
- Data Science Career Track- 4/8/2019David Tse • Graduate • Course: Data Science Career Track • Campus: Online
Overall, the content of the boot camp was directly useful in preparing for data science interviews. I accepted a full-time data science position in the Bay Area recently after 3 months of searching while also having a full-time job. Obviously, you must keep your expectations realistic and be honest about your skill level when transitioning to data science. I had to work on more coding problems via Leet Code and gain speed in completing data science challenges, which was beyond what the course could help me on.
I would certainly recommend the course to those who have technical degrees (I had two engineering degrees up to the masters level) already and just need the extra bump in skills to break into data science. For those from less technical backgrounds, a traditional academic program might be a better alternative because it may be harder to convince those in the industry that you're capable of deeply understanding how the machine learning models actually work from what I've heard.
- affordable price and great experience- 4/5/2019FD
I attended the springboard data science career track. I chose it b/c it's much cheaper compared to other bootcamps (almost half the price). The most rewarding part is the mentorship and make sure you are connected to a mentor whom you like. The level of expertise of mentors vary in their network and you will have to be proactive in reaching out to student adviser to find a good match. The curriculum is very organized and covers the majority of things you will need for a entry data scientist job. But I end up taking extra MOOC to go deeper.
- Springboard Online UX Design Program- 4/5/2019Shane Ivey • Student • Course: UX Design • Campus: Online
This was a great program. The course work was pretty easy to follow. There were only a few times that I got bound up and the mentor (everyone is matched with a mentor from the start) helped me work through it. The problem was so much Springboard as it was on my side because the process I'd used for over ten years was different than the one Springboard requested. But that's a selling point of the program, you are paired with a mentor that helps you through that stuff!
The content is solid and there're so many optional pieces that you can go through if you want to learn more about any particular part of the UX Design process.
The only "negative" for me personally was that the timeline to complete the program was longer than I had hoped. The 2-3 months that Springboard touts is pretty ambitious for some. I think that timeline is for someone who is doing this program full-time or has no other commitments (ft job, kids, etc.). I have kids and a full-time freelance job so the program took longer for me, but I will tell anyone who listens that it was absolutely worth it.
- Great UX course- 4/4/2019Sunny • Product Manager • Graduate • Course: UX Design • Campus: Online
- 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.