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Thinkful

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Thinkful is an online school that equips students for new careers by offering online, fast-paced, job-ready programs in software engineering, data science, data analytics, design, and product management. Students learn cutting-edge industry standards, have 1-on-1 mentoring with an industry professional, and receive career services and job placement assistance to get a job in tech (and even offer a tuition refund guarantee). While Thinkful is an online platform, the school also has in-person communities in tech hubs around the US, where students can attend in-person events and classes. 

Thinkful’s flagship programs are the 5-month Engineering Immersion and Data Science Immersion, Engineering Flex, Engineering Nights & Weekends, Data Science Flex, Product Design Flex, Product Management Flex, and Data Analytics Flex. All courses include personal mentor meetings, a custom-built curriculum, and daily mentor-hosted Q&A sessions with industry professionals. Students are expected to commit 50-60 hours per week for Immersion programs and 20 to 25 hours per week for Flexible programs. Thinkful students can set their schedules, learn while they can keep their jobs, and access course materials from anywhere in the world. Students join a community of 3000+ students and mentors on Slack to get on-demand code help and build a professional network. All graduates receive lifetime access to the course curriculum.

Thinkful offers all students career guidance to navigate the job market, build a professional portfolio, and prepare for interviews. All programs guarantee job placement in a qualifying position that is full-time and in-field. If students are not placed within 6 months of graduation, they get a 100% tuition refund.

Prospective students can apply via the Thinkful website, and schedule a call to chat with an advisor. It’s important to note that the Data Science Immersion and Flexible programs have more strict admissions requirements than other programs.

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  • Data Analytics Flex

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    MySQL, Python, Data Visualization, SQL, Excel, Data Analytics , Business Intelligence
    OnlinePart Time20 Hours/week26 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$7,990
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationOnline, Detroit, Washington, Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Diego, Denver, Boston, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Chicago, Raleigh, Tampa, Miami, Orlando, San Francisco
    Set your schedule in a program built to turn your into a highly-paid data analyst in six months. Benefit from one-on-one mentorship, career guidance, and community support from enroll to hire.
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Financing
    Options: https://www.thinkful.com/bootcamp/data-analytics/flexible/#pricing
    ScholarshipSelf-identifying women and US military members (active or discharged) are eligible for reduced tuition.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewYes
  • Data Analytics Immersion

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    Start Date None scheduled
    Cost$12,250
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationOnline, Detroit, Washington, Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Diego, Denver, Boston, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Chicago, Raleigh, Tampa, Miami, Orlando, San Francisco
    A rigorous and structured full-time program built to get you a job as a data analyst. Benefit from instructor-led learning, a virtual classroom environment, 1-on-1 mentorship, and a robust support team.
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Financing
    Options: https://www.thinkful.com/bootcamp/data-analytics/full-time/#pricing
    ScholarshipSelf-identifying women and US military members (active or discharged) are eligible for reduced tuition.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelN/A
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewYes
  • Data Science Flex

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    Data Science, Python, SQL, Hadoop, Machine Learning, Spark, Algorithms
    OnlinePart Time20 Hours/week26 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$7,990
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationOnline, Detroit, Washington, Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Diego, Denver, Boston, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Chicago, Raleigh, Tampa, Miami, Orlando, San Francisco
    A flexible, online data science course aimed at helping you launch a career. One-on-one mentorship, professional guidance, and a robust community network are on hand to help you succeed in this highly advanced profession.
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Financing
    Options: https://www.thinkful.com/bootcamp/data-science/flexible/#pricing
    ScholarshipSelf-identifying women and US military members (active or discharged) are eligible for reduced tuition.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelIntermediate
    Placement TestYes
    InterviewYes
  • Data Science Immersion

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    Data Science, Python, SQL, Hadoop, Machine Learning, Spark, Algorithms
    OnlineFull Time60 Hours/week22 Weeks
    Start Date November 18, 2019
    Cost$18,500
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationOnline, Detroit, Washington, Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Diego, Denver, Boston, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Chicago, Raleigh, Tampa, Miami, Orlando, San Francisco
    An accelerated online program of classes, mentorship, and professional guidance designed to get you a career in data science, fast. This advanced program is designed to serve the needs of equipping degree graduates with the data science skillset they need to obtain a career in their field of study.
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Financing
    Options: https://www.thinkful.com/bootcamp/data-science/full-time/#pricing
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelAdvanced degree
    Placement TestYes
    InterviewYes
    More Start Dates
    November 18, 2019 - Online Apply by October 23, 2019
    January 2, 2020 - Online Apply by December 11, 2019
  • Engineering Flex

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    AngularJS, HTML, Git, JavaScript, CSS, React.js, Node.js, Front End
    OnlinePart Time20 Hours/week26 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$9,500
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationOnline, Detroit, Washington, Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Diego, Denver, Boston, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Chicago, Raleigh, Tampa, Miami, Orlando, San Francisco
    A flexible program built to get you a career in full-stack web development. Study online at a pace that works for you, while a team of mentors, career coaches, and peers guides you every step of the way.
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Financing
    Options: https://www.thinkful.com/pricing/#financing
    ScholarshipSelf-identifying women and US military members (active or discharged) are eligible for reduced tuition.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewYes
  • Engineering Immersion

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    HTML, Git, JavaScript, CSS, React.js, Node.js, Front End
    OnlineFull Time60 Hours/week22 Weeks
    Start Date December 2, 2019
    Cost$16,000
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationOnline, Detroit, Washington, Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Diego, Denver, Boston, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Chicago, Raleigh, Tampa, Miami, Orlando, San Francisco
    A fast-tracked, full time program of online classes, mentorship, and career coaching. Skills, tools, and the support you need to become a highly paid full-stack web developer.
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Financing
    ScholarshipSelf-identifying women and US military members (active or discharged) are eligible for reduced tuition.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
    Placement TestYes
    InterviewYes
    More Start Dates
    December 2, 2019 - Online Apply by October 14, 2019
    January 6, 2020 - Online Apply by November 18, 2019
  • Engineering Nights & Weekends

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    HTML, Git, JavaScript, CSS, React.js, Node.js, Front End
    OnlinePart Time25 Hours/week30 Weeks
    Start Date December 2, 2019
    Cost$12,900
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationOnline, Detroit, Washington, Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Diego, Denver, Boston, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Chicago, Raleigh, Tampa, Miami, Orlando, San Francisco
    An online program that will turn you into a full-stack web developer after hours. Work up from the fundamentals, write strong code, and build the perfect job-ready portfolio.
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Financing
    Options: https://www.thinkful.com/bootcamp/web-development/nights-weekends/#pricing
    ScholarshipSelf-identifying women and US military members (active or discharged) are eligible for reduced tuition.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
    Placement TestYes
    InterviewYes
    More Start Dates
    December 2, 2019 - Online Apply by October 14, 2019
    January 6, 2020 - Online Apply by November 18, 2019
  • Product Design Flex

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    HTML, Git, JavaScript, jQuery, Design, User Experience Design, CSS, Front End
    OnlinePart Time20 Hours/week26 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$8,500
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationOnline, Detroit, Washington, Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Diego, Denver, Boston, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Chicago, Raleigh, Tampa, Miami, Orlando, San Francisco
    Set your schedule with an online program aimed at taking you from newbie to a confident, highly-paid product designer. Learn the skills and the best way to present them with a team of mentors, career coaches, and community supporters.
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Financing
    Options: https://www.thinkful.com/bootcamp/product-design/flexible/#pricing
    ScholarshipSelf-identifying women and US military members (active or discharged) are eligible for reduced tuition.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewYes
  • Product Management Flex

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    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$8,650
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationOnline, Detroit, Washington, Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Diego, Denver, Boston, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Chicago, Raleigh, Tampa, Miami, Orlando, San Francisco
    This flexible, online Product Management course is built to help you start a brand new, high-paying tech career. You’ll receive a personal mentor, work on real-world projects, and benefit from career coaches.
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Financing
    ScholarshipSelf-identifying women and US military members (active or discharged) are eligible for reduced tuition.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelN/A
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewYes

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  • Front End course
    - 3/10/2016
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    The course work is easy to follow and understand. The thing I like the most is having a mentor who is currently working in the industry. I can email him questions and he replies really quickly and also he explains the course material well during our sessions.

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    I am 6 weeks into the Web Development Career Path Course, and I'm very pleased with my experience thus far. The coursework is challenging at times, but meeting with my mentor 3 times per week, and checking the Slack student thread have helped me during the times where I get "stuck."

    I haven't really gotten to see the full extent of the job assistance component of the program, but I recently had my first "mock technical interview" (I think there's 1 per month as part of the course). The mock technical interview was the perfect way to test/gauge my progress in the course, and also helped familiarize myself with the technical interview process that will come later on down the road.

    If there's one suggestion I would make to improve the course, it would be to include some supplemental video resources/tutorials. Some of the concepts can be heavy on technical lingo, and thus pretty complex (especially for those new to programming), so having videos could help reinforce/explain those concepts. 

     

     

  • Jason • Student
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    Thinkful's Programming in Python course has been a reliable way to move from advanced-beginner to intermediate and to start building a portfolio. After learning the basics of Python through courses from sites like Treehouse, Coursera, and Udemy, I was interested in moving into more advanced work, but unsure how. Thinkful has provided the mentorship and curriculum I needed to improve my style and start writing code I'm proud to show others. The program is flexible enough that I've found that I can make progress while still holding down a fulltime job. At the same time, the weekly mentor sessions (and the high price) have been motivation enough to put in all the time I can and make continual progress. My favorite part of the course has been the freedom it allows in project design: having everything evaluated by a mentor (as opposed to an algorithm) allows you quite a lot of flexibility in implementation. I've also been very impressed by my mentor and their feedback on my work. My least favorite part has been the cost. I'd recommend Thinkful to anyone who had spent long enough thinking about Python to have dreamt up a project or two that they would love to build but still didn't have the skills and felt they had 10-15 hours a week to spend making it.

  • Decent
    - 3/10/2016
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    I took the Thinkful full-stack Ruby on Rails program in Q4 of 2014. I had gotten about as far as I could manage with independent study, and I needed options for getting unstuck that were faster than StackOverflow. Between the Slack channel, "office hours" and weekly meetings with my "mentor" (really more of a tutorial relationship) I was able to level up pretty significantly. I was also able to get through the 3-month program in one month since I had already learned most of it on my own.

    They have you use your own environment and your own GitHub, which is an advantage over dedicated environments because I didn't lose access to it afterwards. I also still had access to the materials for reference later (at least, last time I checked). This is really helpful, because eventually you have to look something up and it's much easier to review material than trying track down whatever you're trying to remember in a new resource. 

    My only complaint is that a large percentage of their Ruby students drop out early, so I didn't have much in the way of a cohort and the materials were often out of date. But it's an economical way to level up for an industrious / self-motivated learner, and the logical next step when books / tutorials have not been enough. 

  • Mark Sayers
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    Course work at Thinkful is very well thought out and the mentors are very helpful also. I love the course work and find reading material other then just a bunch of videos very easy to follow along with.

  • Jonathon Jenkins • Splunk Architect • Student
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    I'm enjoying the DAta Science using Python course.  It's teaching me about statistics and data data science basics along with learning to program in python.  

  • Colin • Student
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    I had my doubts about a fully online course and my ability to succeed at it, but a few weeks in and I knew I had made the right choice. My mentor is amazing, the course work is fun and engaging, and the best part is I have found a balance of my day-to-day life and course work. 

    Keep up the good work! 

  • Mark • Student
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    I had a quick look at Thinkful last year, and then moved on, thinking that they were a bit "light-weight", but boy, was I wrong!

    The "Web Development Career Path" with the job guarantee made me realize that Thinkful had a stake in my success, which meant that they would teach me what I needed to learn, in order find a job after graduation.

    I am so glad that I decided to join up with the "Web Development Career Path" this year, because now I can see that their course-ware is as challenging as it needs to be, given that they want to prepare me for a job.

    I see my mentor 3 times per week. He is a highly experienced developer who not only mentors aspiring developers, but also owns a web development business, which means that I get real world guidance, and invaluable insight into the industry, as it really is.

    I've come across many developer courses, but I think that Thinkful has a good balance of course-ware, workshops, daily question and answer sessions, and great mentor assistance. They might need more workshops for beginner topics, which I had already been familiar with, before signing up.

    I am almost a month into the course, and have found that most of the lessons are text-based, but very short and to the point, with coding challenges throughout, and a project at the end of each unit. I would have liked to see more of the content presented via video, since it would make the information more easily "digestible", thus a faster learning experience.

    I have not participated much in their Slack community, but it seems to be very busy, so I'll eventually do that at some point. Having a mentor 3 days per week seems to be working well enough at this point.

    All-in-all, my experience thus far, has been great. I am very excited about completing the course, and finding a job as a developer.

  • Yolixtly • Student
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    As a brand new student to programming, what I have enjoyed the most about Thinkful is the community. They offer plenty of tools to meet with new students and mentors whom are always flexible to share their knowledge and help you when you are stuck at some point in your course.

    I believe motivation is a key component for all students and Thinkful targets this very well with fun projects yet challenging enough to create and strength solid skills in short time!

    Another aspect I appreciate is their fast response with the support team and in general they are always looking to improve by actively listening to us: the community. 

    I totally recomend it! 

  • Essentials of UX
    - 3/9/2016
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    I started the online-only course with some apprehension, but I was quickly relieved once I started my weekly meetings with my mentor. I love that the course is designed so that you can work at your own pace, which makes it great for people like me who work full time. On top of getting weekly video hangouts with your mentor to get feedback and discuss your work, mentors are also available via Slack and email throughout the week. I have learned so much in such a short amount of time, and I am already applying what I've learned to my design process. The Thinkful site is very well organized and the tools make it easy to keep track of all the coursework. Overall, it has been a great experience!

  • Giuseppe Messina
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    hi there,

    I am really happy with the course so far, I'm learning a lot and this is exactly what I was looking for.

    I have only one thing to share with you,

    Obviously it might be only me, but I found the jQuery section a bit confusing. I didn't know anything about jQuery and JavaScript and I think the lesson covers too many things at the same time instead of giving a step by step overview of what you can do with jQuery and how to write it.

    so, before going properly through that section, I studied all the jQuery lessons that W3s chool has to offer, I found them really helpful and easy to learn. After that, I came back to Thinkful and going through that section was way easier than before and I understood everything.

    Obviuosly I don't know about other students, so maybe it's just me, but I wanted to share this with you.

    Anyway as I already told you I really like the course so far.

    Many thanks

    Giuseppe

  • Awesome courses
    - 3/8/2016
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    I have done the Front End Web Developer course and now I am doing the Angular course. Thinkful has got everything just right:

    - one on one mentor

    - course material that challenges you but you have assistance if you get stuck

    - show you how to use real industry tools like sublime text and GitHub

    - career advice

    - price: great value for money

    At the end of four months I feel confident in being able to change career path, what more can I say!

  • Rachel Lee • Student
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    It's been great so far. The curriculum's well designed and has helped me feel a lot more comfortable with frontend development. And my mentor Ben's awesome. Period.

  • Courtney Waller • Student
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    I've been super pleased with everything. The curriculum scales in a way that is always challenging but never impossible. My mentor Marius is awesome!

  • Tucker Beauchamp • Student
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    I haven't gotten past the initial stages of the front end developer side, so my opinion may change, but Thinkful has helped me excel in my career path exponentially.

  • Frontend grad
    - 3/7/2016
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    As a new web developer I found the course challenging but not overwhelming. The main reason that I selected Thinkful was because of the mentorship program, which was excellent. I enjoyed having the access to someone who had experience in what I was studying and be available to breakdown problems and provide guidance to find solutions.

  • Frontend course
    - 3/2/2016
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    Studying at Thinkful was an invaluable experience. I am really happy because I have acquired much of new knowledge and I managed to create a small portfolio, demonstrating my new skills. The curriculum is written in a very clean and simple way and you have full guidance on your projects. Of course as the lessons go by you get to work more independently but there is always enough information and online help to walk through the challenge set. People at Thinkful were really helpful and caring, from my mentor to the Slack community! I hope I will come back to a new course soon!

  • Great course
    - 3/1/2016
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    This was a great course for me. I learned a ton and acquired a lot of best practices...plus got a few projects for my portfolio. Nicolas has been a great resource. He gave me a lot of advice and I have a lot of new ideas for my next steps based on our conversations.

  • Excellent Mentor
    - 3/1/2016
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    Alvin was a tremendous mentor. He was patient and empathetic, but knowledgeable enough to guide me to exactly where I needed to go.

  • great program
    - 3/1/2016
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    I am finishing up the coursework today. Marius has been incredibly helpful and supportive and a great resource throughout the course. I've had a great time working with him and will really miss our regular meetings. The course has helped me really develop my skills and gain a great deal of confidence in myself as a developer, and I look forward to attending the workshops and continuing my growth.
  • Waste of Money
    - 2/19/2016
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    Thinkful was a complete waste of money and time. They have little to no curriculum and my mentor was impossible to get a hold of. You might as well just go through free content on your own.

  • Anonymous • Student
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    I decided to give thinkful a try. I sure do regret it. It's just a total waste of time and money. The cirriculum is non exsistant and instead of teaching you what you need to know they refer to you outside sources and they also want you to ask your mentor for help last. What was I paying them all that money for then?

  • great!
    - 2/8/2016
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    I did 3 thinkful courses over about 8-10 months from late 2013 - mid 2014...and by the end of the 3rd course I had a fulltime job as a developer! I did the rails, frontend, and angular courses.

    They recommend 10 hours per week, but really the amount of effort you put in dictates how successful you will be. Go to office hours, hang out on slack, etc. The mentors are the biggest value and you should really try to use office hours for code reviews of your work and let your mentor tear your stuff apart. Use office hours/other channels for support and troubleshooting.

    Their courses do have things like typos, occassional missing instructions, but they are quick to help out if you get in touch. You really can't expect perfection because once you get into the industry, you'll see plenty of incorrect readmes, bugs, etc and you'll have to figure things out yourself.

    There was no job assistance when I did the courses, but I guess they offer that now. I picked thinkful because it was inexpensive, got me developer facetime when I was living in Asia and I could do it remotely. I still jump into office hours / hang around on slack because they are all really nice people and the mentors are brillliant resources who are always up to talk shop.

  • M Nickey • SMB Analyst • Graduate
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    My experience with Thinkful was for the most part positive. The slack community was responsive, fun and helpful. The staff was/is friendly and understanding and the ciriculum was right for me.

    The ciriculum started with the basics and then moved to more advanced topics such as frameworks, argparse, object orientated code. Knowing this was in-part why I signed up.

    All that said, I signed up was assigned a mentor and left feeling much more confident in my web-dev skills especially in python. This is a great first step for enyone looking into starting web-dev as a career but wants to have a skilllike python that will be able to be used in multiple arenas.

    When I say that the coursework is what you make of it, it truly is. If you spend time with the mentors online, ask questions and learn with their program, you'll be OK. If however you're shy or don't ask questions, you might be better off with something that's a bit lower in price. There are times that you have to bark in order to get help. This is rare but it happens.

    At the time of my graduation, I didn't receive any job assistance however the skills that I learned were able to help me land a position as a developer. Job assistance just wasn't available when I was a student.

    Pros:
    Friendly staff
    Fun content
    Current & topical information for job hunting

    Cons:
    A lot of the time, I would be pushed to read the docs, even if I had already done so.
    It did not feel the the mentor I was assigned was invested in my growth
    Project Feedback was sparse
     

  • Bruce • Software Quality Assurance
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    It is 2016,  I just spent a month stepping thru the Thinkful Front-End Development course.  While my mentor was helpful and talented,  the course-work was disappointing.  "Think of reading a book with many pages missing from the story" .   You are left with a feeling of confusion as too much essential subject matter is not provided by Thinkful coursework regarding HTML and CSS.   While the mentor can fill-in some gaps,  you must go to other websites to complete your answers to your many questions.    For a price of $300 to $1500 per month,  the student deserves more robust course materials to properly leverage their time spent with their mentor.  Unfortunately skilled mentors will not makeup for the flawed course materials.

Student Outcomes


36%
On-Time Graduation Rate
88%
In-Field Employed
$70,500
Change in Salary

180 Day Employment Breakdown:

Full-time employee
69%
Full-time apprenticeship, internship or contract position
19%
Hired by school in-field
0%

Started a new company or venture after graduation
0%
Short-term contract or part-time position
0%
Hired by school out of field
0%
Out of field
0%

Still seeking a job
12%
Not still seeking a job
0%

Non reporting
0%

Salary Breakdown:

86% of job obtainers reported salaries.

Notes & Caveats:

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