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Thinkful, a Chegg service, provides every adult learner with a pathway to a rewarding career. This online bootcamp offers fast-paced, career-focused programs in Software Engineering, Data Science, Data Analytics, UX/UI Design, Digital Marketing, and Technical Project Management. These programs are offered in part-time and full-time formats. Students commit 20-25 hours per week in the part-time format, and up to 60 hours in the full-time option. All programs include personal mentor meetings, a custom-built curriculum, and Q&A sessions with industry professionals. 

On top of learning the most up-to-date industry skills, students benefit from 1-on-1 mentorship, and receive career support from the day they enroll. Students continue to get personalized support from a dedicated career coach for six months after graduation, or until they’re hired. Each student graduates with a professional portfolio, interview experience, and the tools they need to navigate the job market. Students join a community of 3,000+ learners and mentors to get on-demand help and build a professional network.  

Thinkful also offers an expanding list of flexible payment options. Thinkful students are empowered to balance life and learning, and can complete any of the part-time programs even if they plan to keep working in an existing job. They can access course materials from anywhere in the world.  

Prospective students can apply via Thinkful.com, and schedule a call to chat with an advisor.

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  • Data Analytics Flex

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    Data Analytics , Business Intelligence, Data Visualization, Excel, MySQL, Python, SQL
    OnlinePart Time20 Hours/week26 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$8,000
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationOnline
    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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    SQL, Python, MySQL, Excel, Data Visualization, Data Analytics , Business Intelligence
    OnlineFull Time50 Hours/week18 Weeks
    Start Date None scheduled
    Cost$12,250
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationOnline
    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 LevelBeginner
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewYes
  • Data Science Flex

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    Algorithms, Data Science, Hadoop, Machine Learning, Python, Spark, SQL
    OnlinePart Time20 Hours/week26 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$9,500
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationOnline
    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
  • Digital Marketing Flex

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    Data Analytics , Digital Marketing, Growth Hacking, SEO
    OnlinePart Time20 Hours/week12 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$4,600
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationOnline
    Learn the technical skills needed to build an audience, create a brand, and drive sales. Study with a flexible, online schedule, a personal mentor, and peer groups. Professional career coaches guide you with networking advice and personalized resume tips to help secure a high-income marketing role.
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Financing
    Options: https://www.thinkful.com/bootcamp/digital-marketing/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
  • Engineering Flex

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    React.js, Node.js, JavaScript, HTML, Git, Front End, CSS
    In PersonFull Time20 Hours/week24 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$9,500
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationOnline
    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
    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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    CSS, Front End, Git, HTML, JavaScript, Node.js, React.js
    OnlineFull Time50 Hours/week22 Weeks
    Start Date None scheduled
    Cost$16,000
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationOnline
    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 TestNo
    InterviewYes
  • Technical Project Management Flex

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    OnlinePart Time20 Hours/week20 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$6,500
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationOnline
    Break into tech as a project manager. Learn how to plan, schedule, and budget in a business setting while developing the leadership skills for long-term career growth. A flexible format that works around your schedule, with industry mentors and career support until you’re hired.
    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 TestNo
    InterviewYes
  • UX/UI Flex

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    Design, Front End, User Experience Design, CSS, Git, HTML, JavaScript, jQuery
    OnlinePart Time20 Hours/week26 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$9,500
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationOnline
    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
    ScholarshipSelf-identifying women and US military members (active or discharged) are eligible for reduced tuition.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewYes
  • UX/UI Immersion

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    User Experience Design, jQuery, JavaScript, HTML, Git, Front End, Design, CSS
    In PersonFull Time50 Hours/week20 Weeks
    Start Date None scheduled
    Cost$12,150
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationOnline
    Learn career-ready skills in research, web design, and teamwork on your path to a high-paying role in UX/UI. One-on-one mentorship, interview prep and community support take you from newbie to hired and beyond.
    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 TestNo
    InterviewYes
  • Mary  User Photo
    Mary • Product Designer • Graduate • Verified via LinkedIn
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     Thinkful changed my life. A month and 3 days after graduating, I accepted a job offer for $70k

    Awesome. Now, here's what I would say to anyone thinking about signing up:
    • Do your research before you enroll. Spend all of your free time reading about job prospects, getting familiar with software, and understanding the scope of user experience design. Why? You will probably either fall in love with it or get nervous about how tedious the process really is. If the whole design thinking process sounds dull, don't waste your time.
    • Get familiar with the pricing structure and policies. Thinkful does not screw around with absences, late policy and grades. You need to have those rules memorized (or stuck to the wall on a sticky note like me!) so you're not surprised if you accidentally violate one. You might be surprised by the ones that aren't enforced though! Certain things, like signing out at the end of the day, I'm pretty sure nobody checks. Word to the wise? Expect to be treated like an employee at a fairly disorganized company and you'll be fine. Just keep your head up!
    • Going to say this for the overachievers in the front: don't do all the checkpoints. Some weeks, you'll have ten checkpoints and a huge graded assignment due at the end. Prioritize the graded work. Spend most of your time making it perfect. Use the TAs, DM your mentor, write about every detail in your decision-making process. The checkpoints are really there to make sure you have enough to do, and I know plenty students that would get overwhelmed and frustrated with all the work being thrown at them. 
    • If you don't network early, it's going to be hard later. I say this because the hardest part about this program is the intense job search after graduation. I made my own schedule - a mix of applying for about 10 jobs a day for the first couple days of the week, then networking the other days, answering phone interviews, writing sharp cover letters, etc. You will need to practice early to get comfortable with the process. It also helps for morale to have already done some of the leg work when you are ready to start applying.
    • The program is hard and there is a high turnover rate for the UX program. In my opinion, for the sake of the students who realize they're not going to be a great fit in the program, Thinkful should have a more strict admissions policy. I'm only saying this because by the halfway point, almost half of my cohort had dropped out - and that's a lot of wasted time for students who spent six weeks full time at Thinkful, many of whom feeling mislead by the school's marketing. So. Get to know yourself and be prepared to spend time doing self care, reflecting on your goals and making friends in the program. 
    • If you're not sure if flex or immersion is right for you, I'd say this. How aggressively do you need a job? How confident are you that you can stay motivated and on-track if you're doing this alone? I did immersion, opted for the living stipend + the ISA, and I have ZERO regrets.

    Now for some positive stuff!
    • I actually made some really great friends during this program and spending time with them outside of instruction was one of my favorite things about this experience!
    • The TAs are awesome. The assessors - awesome. The instructors - incredible. Getting eyes and ears on my work is really what helped me succeed in this program. (PS, I didn't expect this, but these people are qualified af. I don't want to call people out, but there were folks who had just come from household name tech companies, or transitioning into them. I got the impression that being a mentor to new designers is sorta like a rite of passage for senior designers looking to up their game, rather than just a fallback like other professions)
    • I gushed about the work I was doing. I couldn't shut up about it to my friends. They all noticed a change in how I carry myself, and how I talk about my skills. I remember having a conversation with my therapist about this unfamiliar emotion I began to recognize as "confidence."
    • Every day, starting at about the halfway point through the program, I would wake up into this surreal, seismic, shifting paradigm that is the outlook for the rest of my career. Before this program, my job options were bleak and I was prepared to be a ~bartender on the side~ pretty much forever. I am still processing that I've just given myself the gift of job security for the rest of my life.
    • The projects are fun. Working independently is fun. Designing and researching and testing all day is super fun. I had more fun learning in the last five months than I did in five years of college.
    • The careers team is so so so  soooooooo good. I didn't expect them to be so supportive and so ridiculously competent. I wouldn't have come very far in my job search without them. So, a word of advice? Use the resources available to you!!! Take their advice! Redo your resume as many times as they ask you to! Don't quit improving your application materials and strategy until you sign a job offer! Every question you have is worth asking!! Be nice to your career advisor! I'm not really supposed to do this but...shout out to Brenda and Melissa for being my lifeline.

    You've read this far so you're probably pretty serious. A few more notes then I'll be done. After a month from graduating, I think I'm maybe the second or third person in my cohort to get an offer, and that's with treating the job search like a full time job. I could do this because I was receiving unemployment insurance. If you don't have a plan for how you're going to live for the last couple of months, you might have a hard time finding a job. I also have a college degree which helped a lot. Plus, I've had internships from my time in college (I was a music business major) and some odd experience working around the arts. If you think you can dive in and fall in love with UX and leverage your life experience to craft a compelling narrative, you will find a job.

    Good luck and happy searching! I hope this helped! 
  • Elias N  User Photo
    Elias N • Technology Intern • Graduate • Verified via LinkedIn
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    My time at Thinkful as a UX/UI student was okay overall. The instructors were all very knowledgeable and helpful, and loved to give real world insights as to how it compared with what we were learning. The academic advisory staff were amazing! Any time I ran into an issue, they were there to help and support, even through moments of pure burnout. I had an issue in particular with a project being reviewed for grading, over and over again. The grading team is subpar. They are unorganized and everyone has an opinion - so consistency became an issue. My project was graded by one person, then another would have an issue with the changes made that were suggested by the previous grader, and so on. This caused this one project to take almost a month to finally pass. Again, the academic advisory person working with me, helped me through the issue by pushing my work to a senior grader, and by taking the time to talk out a selfcare plan with me, as I was feeling beyond drained and ready to cave. Other than this very large issue, I think I learned enough to land my first job. It only took two months and 100+ applications to get there (which seemed overwhelming at first.) My career coach was awesome and supported and cheered me on through the whole process. I am glad I took the course, but do think there are many things that could be improved, but overall, I met some great people, learned invaluable lessons, and was able to land a new job in a new field, in less than a year. 
  • Kenny  User Photo
    Kenny • Full-Stack Software Developer • Graduate Verified via GitHub
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    The flex program allowed me to learn software engineering at my own pace as I juggled work and other life events. It helped me gain the knowledge and confidence to change careers into software development. I really enjoyed the mentorship aspect and learned even more during those sessions. I've very happy with the investment I made in choosing this bootcamp. 
  • Ashley  User Photo
    Ashley • Junior Marketing Coordinator • Student • Verified via LinkedIn
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    I came across Thinkful after taking a self-taught digital marketing course. I was seeking a program that would give me a more in depth understanding of digital marketing and all of the branches of it. I also wanted a program with more structure, guidance and resources. Thinkful was exactly that. I was given a great education, hands on experience with projects, a career coach and an AMAZING industry experienced mentor who was by my side the entire journey. The grading team is also awesome. They give you helpful feedback and guide you in the right direction when needed. As someone who was changing careers, my job hunt was a little intimidating but I really felt like Thinkful equipped me with enough experience and knowledge to confidently job search. About three weeks after completing the program, I landed a job as a junior marketing coordinator with an awesome company that I am growing to love more and more every day. I don't think I would have gotten this opportunity if it weren't for me attending Thinkful. This opportunity has put me on a path with so much room to learn and grow in my new career. It has also put me in a better position financially. If you're debating whether to attend Thinkful or not, do the research, talk to a counselor and if you really want to do it, go for it! I'm so incredibly thankful that I did!
  • Nathanael Washington  User Photo
    Nathanael Washington • Junior Data Analyst • Graduate Verified via GitHub
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    My time at Thinkful was a great experience, from the staff to the fellow members of my cohort, my time spent during my journey at Thinkful was great. Although it takes a lot to transfer careers during a pandemic, with the help of my mentor and world-class instructors I was able to understand the concepts of Data Analytics we were learning. It takes a lot of commitment to complete the course and land a job but if you follow all the steps laid out during Bootcamp you can easily achieve your goals of landing a job. I completed the full immersion Data Analytics Bootcamp it took a full commitment of 60 hours plus weekly to complete, so plan on dedicating as much of your life as possible to this but it is well worth it. Working with the other members of the cohort was great also working together to study, helped reinforce concepts and make life-long connections you might need in the future. I only wish that maybe the course was a week or two longer just to get deeper on more intermediate skills in Python or Excel to better prepare for the technical interviews in the real world.  There were ups and downs as expected but through working with my ASM, mentor, and career coach I was able to land a new career with an amazing startup!
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    Alejandro • BI Engineer • Verified via LinkedIn
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    The course was great at getting me up to speed on all the tools that modern day data analyst use. The job assistance at the end was really helpful. Work really hard during your job assistance and they will work for you. My only honest negative feedback is that companies don't care of you have a certificate from a bootcamp, there are so many now. So don't use the course certificate as a reason to get a job. You will still have to find some type of experience before landing a full-time job unless you're lucky. 
  • It paid off
    - 8/3/2021
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    Greg J. • Jr. Software Developer • Graduate • Verified via LinkedIn
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    I was able to transition from PLC programming in the manufacturing industry into software development. Fantastic curriculum, great mentors. I would recommend this to anyone.
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    Tatia • Support Engineer • Graduate • Verified via LinkedIn
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    Thinkful was a great program. I was one of the last students to be on the older curriculum and watched as they updated all information and lessons to include more modern information. I managed to get a job just under one month after I graduated. My favorite part was having my weekly mentor meetings. He was really great and flexible with his time. The curriculum is text-based, short sections with assignments (sometimes graded) at the end. They have a really active discord channel, full of incredibly helpful students, mentors, and other staff. The community is a large part of my success. The job assistance was everything I could expect from a Bootcamp. They don't give you a job, but you get a career coach who helps you with everything when you graduated. She suggests jobs for you, helps you with your LinkedIn and resume, and supports you through the whole interview process. She exceeded my expectations. 
  • Md Tauhidul Islam  User Photo
    Md Tauhidul Islam • Full Stack Developer • Verified via LinkedIn
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    If you are reading this, be sure to learn a programming language possibly javascript or python yourself for at least a month. Then, if you feel comfortable coding and solving problems be ready to commit 500%. After that, when you compare other coding bootcamps you will find this is the best place you can think of when you are to do a complete career shift. Because you will get the best instructors, you will get a mentor, you will have a career coach who in my opinion excel above and beyond to get you to where you want to be.
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    Avinash • Graduate • Verified via LinkedIn
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    The perfect mix of working at your own pace and support from mentor, coach, and other students. I completed the Engineering Flex program and it was a fun experience. Prior to this program, I had no coding background but the mentors, and peers helped me through the process. 
  • Greg  User Photo
    Greg • Student • Verified via LinkedIn
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    Thinkful is an offshoot of Chegg, there's a bit of leftover cross-over so some workers will have Chegg. The content and the staff themselves are what make the difference. 

    The ability to talk with someone about the coding and programming you are doing was everything for me. Was within a few minutes of talking to a teaching assistant while working on SQL, Excel, Tableau, and Python. These skills are important for everyone in the data fields. 

    The course is designed for beginners, if you have coding or programming experience it is going to be a challenge to learn new skills, but it won't be impossible to pass. If you do not have any experience then it will be a great program for you. The team environment is an important feature of this program. 

    I started in a cohort of 15, by four weeks in, we were down to 7. 

    The program is not easy, but it's not impossible. 

    I am great friends with my mentor, my teachers, and my classmates. 

    Thinkful is a nice with nice people. 

    Highly recommend. Thinking about it, shoot me a message on LinkedIn:
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/gregorynmuller/
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    Alexis Beckman • Graduate Verified via GitHub
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    Thinkful's engineering flex program is exactly what I was looking for! Perfect mix of working at your own pace and support from mentor, coach, and other students. They are always updating the material with the latest information and listening to student needs/wants. 

Thinkful Outcomes


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On-Time Graduation Rate
78%
In-Field Employed
$60,450
Median Salary

100% of students intended to seek in-field employment within 180 days of graduating. 0% of students did not intend to seek in-field employment.Below is the 180 Day Employment Breakdown for 9 graduates included in report:

180 Day Employment Breakdown:

Full-time employee
77.8%
Full-time apprenticeship, internship or contract position
0.0%
Short-term contract, part-time, or freelance
0.0%
Started a new company or venture after graduation
0.0%

Employed out-of-field
0.0%
Continuing to higher education
%
Not seeking a job for health, family, or personal reasons
%

Still seeking job in-field
22.2%

Could not contact
0.0%

Salary Breakdown:

100% of job obtainers reported salaries. 0% of job obtainers were hired by the school itself.

Notes & Caveats:

Read the full Thinkful CIRR report here

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