UT Austin Boot Camps
The cybersecurity curriculum offers hands-on training in networking, systems, web technologies, databases, and defensive and offensive cybersecurity.
The digital marketing curriculum covers highly relevant skills, training students in marketing strategy fundamentals, optimizing campaigns and websites, digital advertising and automation strategy, and more. Students will get hands-on experience with tools such as Google Analytics, Facebook Ads Manager, and Wordpress.
The product management curriculum teaches in-demand product management skills, starting with the essentials. Learners will master the tools to set themselves apart and deliver great products via roadmap development, backlog management, product life cycle management, A/B testing, and data analysis.
The boot camp curricula are designed with the most in-demand market needs in mind. The school empowers expert instructors and TAs to deliver a dynamic learning experience. Students will enjoy close collaboration with other professionals while receiving hands-on experience.
Applicants do not need prior experience to enroll, but once admitted, all learners will complete a pre-course tutorial. As the bootcamps are part-time, they are designed for working professionals and learners who are actively pursuing a career change or advancement or looking to gain a new skill set.
Students will benefit from a wide range of career services to be positioned for success through graduation and beyond. Services include portfolio reviews, resume and social media profile support, high-impact career events, workshops, mock interviews, and 1:1 career coaching. Graduates will receive a Certificate of Completion from the University of Texas at Austin’s Center for Professional Education and will have a portfolio of projects demonstrating a working knowledge of web development, data analytics and visualization, UX/UI Design, Cybersecurity, Digital Marketing, or Product Management.
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OnlinePart Time10 Hours/week24 Weeks
Start Date Rolling Start Date Cost $12,495 Class size N/A Location AustinThe Cybersecurity Boot Camp at UT Austin is a challenging, part-time boot camp that takes a multidisciplinary approach to attaining proficiency in IT, networking, and modern information security. Throughout the course of 24 intensive weeks, you will get hands-on training in networking, systems, web technologies, databases, and defensive and offensive cybersecurity. You will also learn methods, techniques, and best practices for accurately conveying the severity of the risks facing an organization’s security posture.
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Minimum Skill Level Beginner Prep Work Pre-work Placement Test No Interview Yes Start Date Rolling Start Date Cost $9,495 Class size N/A Location AustinThe Digital Marketing Boot Camp at Texas McCombs is a challenging, part-time digital marketing boot camp that takes a multidisciplinary approach to attaining proficiency in marketing strategy, campaign development, digital advertising, and modern tools in site analytics and reporting. Gain experience with in-demand tools and technologies such as Google Ads, Google Analytics, Facebook Ads Manager, Wordpress, and more, while also advancing campaign analysis technical skills.
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- Data Visualization, Design, Product Management, Data Analytics , Data Structures, Scrum, Agile, SQL
OnlinePart Time20 Hours/week18 Weeks
Start Date Rolling Start Date Cost $11,995 Class size N/A Location AustinGain in-demand product management skills like market analysis, value proposition creation, roadmap development, rapid prototyping, SQL, and data visualization. Through hands-on training, learn how to define a target audience, communicate with stakeholders, write effective user stories, build wireframes, and more.
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- So Thankful for this Bootcamp- 8/6/2018Antonio • Database Admin at local non-profit • Graduate • Course: Data Analysis and Visualization - Part-Time • Campus: Austin • Verified via GitHub
I am a graduate from the UT Austin Data Analytics and Visualization bootcamp and I am very glad that I made the decision to take this bootcamp. The instructors and the support from TA's and everyone else on the staff is top-notch.
- The curriculum is well planned and deals with real-world, business related topics.
- By the end of the bootcamp you will have a portfolio, with examples ranging from custom visualizations to machine learning.
- Support from the stafff as well as tutoring available.
- D3.js, Leaflet, Pandas, Matplotlib
- API's, JSON, Flask apps
- Tensorflow, Keras
- Career Services does their best to help students network they were consistently reaching out with different meetups and job openings in the area.
The course is not easy. You will need to have enough time to dedicate to homework and activities, but, if you do your work and trust the process, you will come out with the tools needed to start your career as a data analyst/developer. I am very thankful for the whole staff and the work they put in.
Shoutout to everyone in the program!
Response From: Boot Camp Team of UT Austin Boot CampsTitle: Community TeamTuesday, Aug 07 2018Thank you so much for your review, Antonio! We are thrilled to hear you felt so supported by our entire team and enjoyed the course curriculum, data projects, additional boot camp resources, and career services. You are right that this is not an easy program, and will require students to dedicate time outside of class to study and practice the covered topics. Congratulations on graduating and devoting the hard work necessary to succeed - it definitely paid off! We wish you all the best moving forward.
- Full Stack- 6/6/2018Terry C • Graduate • Course: Full Stack Flex - Part-Time (Houston) • Campus: Houston • Verified via GitHub
If you are prepared to spend the out-of-class hours needed to really understand the fundamentals of what they're teaching, the Full Stack Boot Camp is phenomenal.
That cannot be stressed enough--there's no way any boot camp could teach you everything you need to know about full stack development, but having direct access to such amazing instructors, TAs, and student success personnel several times per week is incredibly helpful. When you look back after graduation, the sheer amount of material you cover from start to finish is staggering, but all of it is delivered at a pace that keeps you constantly challenged, yet never overwhelmed or unable to make progress.
It starts out relatively simple, and quickly ramps up into concepts that both frustrate and educate in equal measure. But if you put in the time to really understand why you're struggling (and use the resources available to you--TAs, office hours, instructor questions, etc.), the material that the course teaches will help you in every area of development.
Personally, I used it as a transitionary program to move from the technical department to the development department at my company. I was in development meetings by the second month of the course, and I already understood the concepts of what my development team was speaking about, and wasn't lost on explanations or implementation of the application...and I still had four months of the Boot Camp to go! The things you learn right out of the gates are 100% relative to current web application development, and the staff does an amazing job of attempting to adjust the curriculum when they are notified of weaknesses.
That validated everything they were advertising, in my opinion...I already knew enough to work as a functioning developer at roughly the 1/3 mark of the course. The lessons got more complex and we introduced new libraries on a weekly basis from there, but overall, it was extremely beneficial, and exactly what I was looking for.
My only recommendation would be to allow a little more flexibility in parts of the curriculum (perhaps do not use one specific templating engine, but allow the students to choose from the multitude of them that are out there, for example), but I could see how that could quickly go off the rails with TAs and instructors that are already operating at max capacity with the current libraries that it uses.
I have already recommended the course to some co-workers who have asked about making a similar transition, and will continue to do so in the future.
Response From: Michelle Bury of UT Austin Boot CampsTitle: Student Success ManagerThursday, Jun 07 2018Congratulations on graduating, Terry! Like you noted, if you are prepared to invest the necessary hours outside of class to master the covered topics, you will be successful. Great job utilizing all our available resources, we're thrilled our instructors, TAs, and Student Success team were so helpful in guiding you through the extensive course material. We are constantly modifying our curriculum in order to best prepare students, so we truly appreciate your input regarding additional flexibility. Congratulations on transitioning to a new department at your current company two months into our boot camp - that is amazing! Thank you for your review and recommending our program. We wish you all the best in your future achievements.
This program will take you from 0 to a 100 in no time the phase is super fast but the instructor and the TA's will make sure you keep up, the study plan updates in a daily basis, Jim (the instructor) is engaged in real life technologies and will drop invaluable knowledge on many aspects of this field, you will feel that he is concerned in your evolution to the next levels, sometimes you will feel like he is a human Wikipedia for web developement, UI, and UX. I highly recommend this program as long as you are willing to put the effort. It carries a big name with big results.
Response From: Brett Payne of UT Austin Boot CampsTitle: Student Success ManagerFriday, Jun 01 2018Amazing, thank you for your review, Luis! This program is fast-paced but we are thrilled our instructor and TAs were able to support and help you keep up with the course material - we also think Jim is pretty amazing! We commend you for all the effort and hard work you put in. Congratulations on completing the boot camp and we wish you all the best moving forward.
Response From: Brett Payne of UT Austin Boot CampsTitle: Student Success ManagerFriday, Apr 20 2018Way to go, Erdem! We love reading reviews likes yours. We're glad that you enjoyed the program and found our instructional staff and TAs knowledgeable. We are very proud of our team, knowing that they met your expectations. They are pretty fantastic—we couldn't agree more!As far as your advice, you are correct. This is a rigorous program that covers a high volume of material and requires hours of commitment, not only in the coursework but also in the job search. It's challenging but extremely rewarding. You’ve clearly put in the hard work and dedication it takes to get the most out of the program. Congratulations on graduating and thank you for choosing our boot camp. We wish you all the best going forward!
- Data Analytics and Visualization- 4/10/2018Prakash Tendolkar • Graduate • Course: Data Analysis and Visualization - Part-Time • Campus: Austin • Verified via GitHub
I felt that the Data Analytics and Visualization boot camp at UT Austin is a very well designed, comprehensive program that covers the Data Analytics field well and is designed with data industry's needs in mind.
It covers over 25 different tools, technologies, and languages. Each topic starts with simple code/examples and builds up to difficult problems. The pace is fast but TA's are always there to help you as soon as you face an issue, during the class. The lectures are recorded so you can listen to any lecture if you miss. If you have questions from a previous lecture you can arrive early and ask them to TAs or to the professor or ask them in the break or after the class. You can attend lectures remotely, too.
Another point I liked is, this boot camp has career services homeworks and guidance too. I found these services very useful.
The professors are knowledgeable and patient in answering questions. Sometimes they show alternate ways to do the same thing, which improves one's understanding.
For projects you can choose your own project so there is a lot of flexibility. If your team ends up choosing a hard project, you will have to work hard, but help is always there from TA's and professors.
I am very happy that I took this course. I learned a lot in just 6 months. I also enjoyed the course, even if I had to work very hard. I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to get into data analytics or improve the skills further.
Response From: Brett Payne of UT Austin Boot CampsTitle: Student Success ManagerTuesday, Apr 10 2018Wow, thank you for your feedback, Prakash! We are glad to hear the course not only challenged you but also provided the skills and knowledge set you needed to fuel your success in data analytics. You're right in that this is a fast-paced program that requires dedicated time and commitment, as such, it makes us proud to hear that our instructors and TAs were able to provide you with the necessary help and support. Like you mentioned, we do record all of our classes to facilitate the learning process in case students miss a lesson for any reason or want to rewatch a particular class. Our mission is to always empower our students with the necessary resources they might need to excel in the program.
Our Career Services team makes it their mission to help students succeed, so it’s wonderful they were able to provide individualized feedback on your job search materials and improve your Employer Ready skills. Congratulations on all of the hard work you put into completing the program! We wish you continued success in your future endeavors.
- Review for Full Stack, Full Time- 11/20/2017Isaac • Senior SaaS UI Developer • Graduate • Course: Full Stack Flex - Part-Time (Austin) • Campus: Austin • Verified via LinkedIn
Feedback for new and potential students
I wanted to move from academia to industry so that I can work as a part of a team on a daily basis. Because I hadn't had prior experience in industry and took a 1-year break in 2016, I couldn't easily land a developer position in early 2017.
I decided on the UT Coding Bootcamp due to its comprehensive, up-to-date curriculum. No other bootcamp in Austin (other than maybe General Assembly) offered as much content, well-scheduled and relevant nowadays, in 12 weeks. I really enjoyed the class and learned a lot. My instructor and TAs, Eric, Erik, and Brandon, were all great.
Because I had math and CS background, I picked up new ideas and skills fast. If this is your first time to coding, I recommend that you learn actively. Constantly code in class and don't plagiarize (don't wait for answers either). Hang out with your classmates, go for lunch together, learn from them, teach them, and support each other.
On two occasions, we didn't get to cover enough material to complete homework over the weekend. I actually found these times to be the best, because I got to do research and teach myself. The next few days in class became a breeze. :)
The other highlight for me was the team projects. I was lucky to have had great team members who were eager to learn and contribute. I think whether you will enjoy your team projects will depend on how much leadership skills you and other members have had prior to the coding camp.
For more information, feel free to connect with me on LinkedIn!
Feedback for the curriculum design team
Overall, the exercises matched the course curriculum well and helped us complete our homework and team projects. I could tell that the exercises were written by multiple people, and some files were better commented than others. Maybe work on having a consistent coding style?
Because the frameworks are constantly updated, the exercises were outdated at times. I'd like you to introduce ES6/ES7 early and use Bootstrap 4 and Laravel 5.5, in particular. Some of our PHP exercises didn't work, so we ended up giving up on the PHP homework.
The flashcard homework (cloze) was the weakest one with minimal instructions, so I'd like to see it dropped in lieu of a more interesting assignment.
Response From: Brett Payne of UT Austin Boot CampsTitle: Student Success ManagerTuesday, Dec 05 2017Hi Isaac,
We love hearing that you decided to join our program because of our up-to-date curriculum because we strive to constantly assess and adjust what we're teaching our students based on local market demand.
It's excellent that your instructors and TAs provided you with the guidance and assistance you needed during your boot camp journey and we really appreciate your sharing your insights and advice for future students, as these are very useful to those who are looking to enroll in our program. It is great to hear that you enjoyed the group projects that are built into our course because we know how important it can be for our students to understand the experiences they may have when working within a team of web developers in the real world.
We really appreciate you sharing your thoughts on our curriculum, as we know how valuable student feedback can be to our efforts to continually improve our program. Congratulations on completing the course, we wish you nothing but the best in your future endeavors.
- An Excellent Boot Camp- 11/18/2017Aaron Walker • Technical Support Engineer 1 • Graduate • Campus: Austin • Verified via GitHub
I decided that I wanted to change my career path and get into web development. My background was electronics and I wanted to do more software where I could could use creative problem solving instead of "make this thing that's broken work like it used to." I looked around and read a lot of reviews for numerous boot camps and in the end, I picked this one because:
A) It had very high reviews
B) The curriculum was reviewed by UT, thus having its "stamp of approval"
C) The curriculum is also reviewed by members of the tech industry, allowing for it to adapt to the changing needs of employers
D) It was Post 9/11 GI Bill approved (a big plus)
Curriculum (4.5 stars):
Instructors (5 stars):
Awesome instructors and TA's. Our instructor was very knowledgable about everything in the course and then some. His vast, real-world experience in web development allowed for him to teach and mentor us in not just the subjects but also about the industry itself. He, and the TA's, did an excellent job explaining things in a way that make them click. They also devoted time outside of class to help us if we needed it. Plus they provide feedback that helps make your assignments better and where they can go from there.
Job Assistance (5 stars):
Excellent job search preparation and assistance. Throughout the course, you will start to prep your resume, tweek/create your online presence, and practice for interviews for the eventual day that you start applying for jobs. They help you with all these aspects and continue to do so after the course is over by providing networking events weekly, giving webinars on various job search topics, and providing weekly one-on-one time to see how your progress is going and give advice on how to snag your first gig. While they will put in your resume for certain jobs where they have established a connections, the job hunt will still be 99% on you. They just provide excellent advice, assistance, and help direct you where the jobs could be hiding.
Advice for new booters:
This is an intense course. They continually tell you it will be like drinking from a fire hose. The purpose of this boot camp is not to teach you everything. Its job is to expose you to and teach you enough of different web technologies that you'll be able to know what they do, how they work (and work together), and just how much you still need to learn on your own. This boot camp (in fact most of them) are meant to help you dip your toes into the vast ocean of web development.
Just remember, in web development and in this course:
1) Everyone has to start from the beginning. Don't beat yourself up for not knowing a lot. Just take great notes and make a plan for how you're going to continue educating yourself.
2) You don't know everything. You never will. Nobody does. Nobody is going to judge you on your knowledge/skill level. As long as you constantly striving forward toward the goal of improving yourself, nobody is going to think less of you. If you run into somebody who does, they are the 1% in the industry that are nothing but sad, little people so don't waste your time with them.
3) DO NOT GIVE UP! I mean it. This course is hard. You will have to devote ALL your time to get the most from this course. On average, I spent 40 hours a week outside of class working on the assignments. It was worth it. Don't quit! It doesn't get easier but you do get used to it.
4) Ask for help and help others. Web development is more than just technology; its also about communication and teamwork. There will be some things that don't make sense to you and that's fine; ask one of your classmates who does. Same goes the other direction; help others when you can. You can create some very strong and lasting relationships with this course so take advantage of it. Also, nobody likes an a-hole who doesn't help others when they can.
5) Don't stop once you've graduated. You will never stop learning and the only way you're going to one day get that dream job is to work hard and get good. I spent 50% of my time job searching, 30% working on my portfolio, and the last 20% on diving deeper into a technology. Don't make the mistake of spending 3 months learning and working hard just to stop and let it all slip away.
Overall/TLDR (4.75 stars):
Worth it. I quit my job to devote 40+ hours a week for 3 months to learn web development and change careers. I would do it all over again. They have an excellent curriculum with the UT's blessing, awesome instructors who understand how to help you learn, and amazing job assistance that give you more than enough tools to find your first job. It doesn't teach you everything; it only teaches you enough to know where your deeper learning needs to start. It may be like drinking from a fire hose but you get used to it. You get out what you put in and when you put in all you've got, you get a great coding boot camp.
Response From: Brett Payne of UT Austin Boot CampsTitle: Student Success ManagerTuesday, Dec 05 2017Congratulations on completing the program, Aaron! We're glad that you chose our course to help you in acquiring the in-demand skills for web development.
We really appreciate you taking the time to leave us your feedback. The student experience is our top priority, and understanding what guidance and support our students need during their boot camp journey is an important part of our efforts to continually improve our processes.
It's excellent to hear that you enjoyed our curriculum and that your instructors and TAs provided you with the instruction and assistance you needed to grasp these valuable new skills. It's also terrific that you were able to take advantage of the career services we offer. We're thrilled to hear that you found them to be so helpful.
Thank you for sharing your detailed insights for future students, these are all excellent words of advice for those who are looking to join our program. We hope you're proud of all the hard work you put into completing this course. We're cheering you on as you move forward in your career.
- Life Changing Career Move- 10/26/2017Jacob W. • Software Developer • Graduate • Course: Full Stack Flex - Part-Time (Austin) • Campus: Austin • Verified via GitHub
I applied for the UT Coding Bootcamp over a year ago because I wanted a career move, something that would be intellectually challenging and would constantly involve problem solving. I figured development would be a good move and being fresh out of college it was looking like I would have to go back to school for another 2 years to get a bachelor's or master's in computer science. That is when I stumbled upon the "educational bootcamp" world. After looking at a few other bootcamp schools, I decided on the UT Coding Bootcamp because of its brand name recognition, it was highly recommended to me by one of my mentors and its 6 month part-time program allowed me to work full-time during it so that I could afford it.
The class was wonderful. The instructors and TAs were helpful and kind and I made some good friends in the class as well. A bit of advice to those looking into taking the course: you get out what you put in. This isn't a normal classroom setting. You aren't working for the grade, you are working to learn and that is what is important. People take the class for various reasons, most (I believe) take it because they are looking to jump start their career in either web or software development. If this is you, then I suggest taking full advantage of the career services. That includes various things such as having guest speakers from companies come in and speak a little bit about the industry and what they do. There are mock-interviews and guidance for building out your resume. All which were perfect for someone like me who has little experience putting myself out there in the professional world.
The most important advice I could give to someone who goes through with the class is to take advantage of the career services that takes over after the class ends. You will be able to coordinate with your career director over slack on a daily basis and have weekly web conferences. The career director was essential in helping me land a job as she used her resources to assist many of my applications with internal or external referrals. Also, she would gladly answer my meticulous questions like "How should I word this thank you email?" and "How can I make my resume A+ quality?" Job searching is an emotional rollercoaster and it's nice to have someone to lean on with a bunch of knowledge in that domain.
Response From: Brett Payne of UT Austin Boot CampsTitle: Student Success ManagerFriday, Oct 27 2017Hi Jacob,
Congratulations on completing the program! It makes us so proud to hear that your instructors, TAs, and Career Director were so helpful to you during your boot camp journey because we know that guidance and support are vital to helping our students learn valuable new skills in web development. We commend you for making excellent use of the resources provided to you during the program, and it is excellent to hear that our career services have had such a positive impact on your job search process.
We're so glad that you had a positive experience with our program, and we really appreciate you taking the time to provide your feedback and insights from this course. We're wishing you continued success as you move forward in your career.
- Best decision I made!- 10/8/2017Kim J. • Junior Web Designer • Graduate • Course: Full Stack Flex - Part-Time (Houston) • Campus: Houston • Verified via GitHub
I graduated from UT’s Houston Coding Bootcamp in August 2017 and landed a job as a Junior Web Designer shorty after. I wanted to transition more into development and still wanted to keep my full-time job. I saw that UT’s Houston Coding Bootcamp program offered evening part-time classes, you will graduate in 6 months, be taught by developers who work in the field and they assist with job placement. I liked that the program came from a top rank university (The University of Texas – Austin) because I would receive the best education.
I have previous experience in Web Design, but I wanted to understand programming better, learn backend technologies and frameworks that I never used before but heard about. UT’s Houston Bootcamp is intensive and to be successful in this program you need to put 100% effort into your projects and assignments.
The instructors and TAs that I had for my cohort were very knowledgeable, helpful and encouraging. Also, the Career Director and Student Success Manager were supportive of student needs.
If I could give any suggestions for future students planning to attend UT’s Houston Coding Bootcamp, please do the following below:
- Ask questions even if you feel like it’s a stupid question. Your instructors/TAs/fellow students are there to help you.
- When tutoring services becomes available, schedule tutoring every week. Even if you think you understand what you are doing, it doesn’t hurt to use these extra resources.
- Always constantly check the curriculum/syllabus. See what you are going to learn the next week and prepare yourself to study the next subjects in advance.
- Make friends, network and create study groups with your classmates.
- Really give it your all when you are working on your projects/assignments.
- Try to get to know your mentors and ask how you can improve yourself as a developer.
- When you start working on your portfolio website in the beginning, keep updating it. Do not wait until the last few weeks of the Bootcamp to create your portfolio.
- REST/TAKE BREAKS, coding for hours can be stressful.
The things I would suggest for UT’s Houston Coding Bootcamp to improve on is extending the homework deadline for complex projects. I attended 3 classes each week (Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday) and by the time we would get the assignment assigned to us, I really felt like I had 2 days to work on the assignment. This was because we were still covering material in the middle of the week to help do our assignment due on Sunday.
Other than that, I thought my experience at UT’s Houston Coding Bootcamp was great. It was stressful, but the friends you make that have a similar interest in coding make the experiences memorable. Those programming books I bought once before, I can now understand better.
Response From: Michelle Bury of UT Austin Boot CampsTitle: Student Success ManagerMonday, Oct 16 2017Congratulations on your new position as a junior web developer, Kim! We’re thrilled to hear that you had an overall positive experience with this course. We really appreciate you taking the time to leave us a detailed review and providing us with your suggestions because student feedback helps us to improve our program.
It makes us very proud of our team to hear that your instructors, TAs, Student Success Manager and Career Director all demonstrated their dedication to student success by providing you with the guidance and support you needed during your journey. As you said, this program is intensive, so we thank you for sharing your advice for future students, these are very useful insights for those looking to join our program.
We commend you on all of your hard work and success both in and outside of the program. Know that we’re cheering you on in your new position and wish you nothing but the best going forward!
- Great Experience- 8/28/2017Paul D. • Medical Technologist • Student • Course: Full Stack Flex - Part-Time (Austin) • Campus: Austin • Verified via GitHub
If you have no idea where to start in the world of web development, this program is great for teaching you the basics and learning some industry-used technology. The main takeaway is that you get out what you put it. Even if the assignment seems super easy, the amount of effort you put in it will still impact you later in the program. In projects especially, challenge yourself because these will be seen by potential employers.
Don't hesitate to talk to TAs and your instructor. They will help you if you are willing to put in the effort.
If you already know a good deal about web development and the technologies industry uses/may use in the future, this probably isn't for you and may do better with personal research instead.
Response From: Brett Payne of UT Austin Boot CampsTitle: Student Success ManagerFriday, Sep 01 2017Thank you for your review Paul, we’re glad that you feel this program is useful for individuals who are looking to enter the world of web development. As you mention, our students get the most out of this program when they make a real effort in their studies and coursework.
We carefully select our instructors and TAs because we know that providing our students with the support they need is important, so it’s great to hear that you found the instruction staff helpful. Congratulations on completing this program, we wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors.
- Great Experience!- 7/12/2017Eric • Graduate • Course: Full Stack Flex - Part-Time (Austin) • Campus: Austin • Verified via GitHub
I am so glad I chose the UT Coding Bootcamp. I was able to continue working full time with attending class during the week and on the weekends. It was not easy, but very much worth it.
Having a passion for coding, this camp was perfect for me to round out my skills, learn new libraries, and make me more marketable to my employer. We learned the in and outs of the MERN stack, and high level back-end and front-end web developement. I really appreciated finding out the camp changed the course because of local market demands.
At times, I felt like the course didn't dive into the material deep enough. However, that is sort of the point to the Bootcamps, it gives you a solid jumpping off point to do more in less time than you could on your own.
The passion from the teachers and TAs was very encouraging and got me excited to be in class every day. The staff has also been very active at keeping us in the loop and getting us ready for Demo day. I've never felt like there wasn't support available. Everyone is avalible within hours, and very responsive on Slack. Tutors were also availabe for even more help.
I met a lot of people, made a new friends, and have grown my network exponentially! The other cohorts are working on meetups and networking events to meet prior graduates and future students. There is a big sense of community.
Ultimately, I got way more out of the UT Austin Coding Bootcamp than I ever thought. I looked at other camps, but the biggest deciding factor for me was being part of the University of Texas system. Attending class on campus made me feel even more invested in the class, and having UT put their name on the class gave the bootcamp the validity that other bootcamps do not have.
Response From: Brett Payne of UT Austin Boot CampsTitle: Student Success ManagerFriday, Jul 14 2017We’re thrilled to hear that you have enjoyed your boot camp experience, Eric. We believe that the friends and network you gain from the boot camp are a game-changing part of the experience, and we intentionally foster a sense of community. We also curate our curriculum to teach a relevant and well-rounded set of technical skills that students can use to enter the current field of web development, so we’re glad that the program helped you become more marketable. Like you mentioned, our boot camp is designed to teach a wide set of skills in a condensed time period, so more than anything, we teach you how to learn so that you can continue mastering new skills even after graduation.
It’s excellent that our instructors and TAs were able to provide you with the support you needed in order to be successful in our program, congratulations on all of the hard work you put into the course. The student experience is our top priority, so your feedback is greatly appreciated. We are cheering you on as you go forward.
- The Cybersecurity Bootcamp at UT Austin- 4/24/2020Cybersecurity Bootcamp Student • Graduate • Course: Cybersecurity - Part-Time • Campus: AustinAs I went through undergrad as a communications major, I found myself being more and more interested in IT, networking, and security, especially after taking an introductory MIS class. After interviewing for an nnternal audit position at a Fortune 500 company, I found myself leaning more towards more technical analyst job positions, rather than communications facing fields. To help myself transition into a more technical mindset, I hoped to take more MIS and business courses, but UT's academic regulations restricted me from delving into them as much as I wanted to.
Around my senior year, I found the bootcamp online.The bootcamp seemed to put a strong focus on learning the most current technologies and giving students real-life experience instead of focusing strictly on test-taking (unlike most of my undergrad experience). Because of this, you could take away exactly what you wanted to from the bootcamp. If you were interested in Incident Response but hate Forensics, you could spend hours improving on one while putting in the bare minimum learning the other. I felt like it was a worthy investment, so I applied, was accepted, and started in October 2019. I graduated early from UT in December 2019, and continued to take the bootcamp through April 2020 while working a part-time job on the side.
Taking the bootcamp turned out to be a fantastic experience that exposed me to so many things - new technologies, new knowledge of the field, new projects to get on my resume, and a wealth of resources for professional and career development. Eventually, I ended up landing a job in tech/security that I was very happy with, and I'm very satisfied with the bootcamp for helping me on the journey to land that job.
My favorite aspect of the bootcamp was how it sets you up to be in a cycle of learning, taking the learning and applying it to small homework assignments and in-class projects, and then using the projects to help build up your professional profile. I also really enjoyed how the TA's and instructors almost always made themselves available to give their advice and personal insights. The class was small and often felt informal, which was a refreshing, down-to-earth experience. The career services were also structured very nicely in a way that gets you working on your resume, portfolio, LinkedIn, and interviewing skills as you get closer to completing the course.
I'd like to give huge props to Matt Hales, our instructor for the majority of the course, Heather Hans, our career director, and Brett Payne, our student success manager. All three of them stood out to me in terms of providing great personal insight, investing themselves in the success of the students, and being genuinely knowledgable about what they were talking about.
There were a few cons, but they did not outweigh the pros, in my eyes. However, I think they're worth mentioning as feedback. Our schedule changed several times during the first few months of the course, and it was never really documented anywhere, so there were a couple of times where I'd show up to class not really knowing what I was about to learn, which was frustrating. Our first instructor, while a great teacher, sort of abruptly left when he got a new work opportunity, which felt awkward (our new instructor was excellent in taking over and supporting us, however). There aren't true hard deadlines on the homework assignments, so if you're a procrastinator, you might not benefit from the course as much as you could be. The lectures weren't recorded consistently in the first half of the course, so if I wanted to review the demos that our instructor ran in the class for my own reference, I simply couldn't. Additionally, it was sometimes difficult to access other resources, like a solution file for a class activity that simply wasn't where it was supposed to be. Lastly, the feedback you get on homework assignment is very limited, so you have to ask for specific feedback from the teachers if you want it. I don't blame the instuctors for all of these issues, but I do think this is feedback that the bootcamp should use to make sure their students have a smooth experience from beginning to end in future cohorts.
The price of the bootcamp is also hefty, but there are indeed a lot of resources you get to use and keep indefinitely after it's all over. It comes down to how willing you are to put in extra hours studying, documenting your learning, improving your professional materials, and asking questions to your instructors, career advisors, and student success managers. Overall, having landed a job that I'm thrilled to have in a field I knew nothing about 6 months ago, it's easy for me to give the bootcamp a positive review, despite some of the issues I ran into.
Response From: Boot Camp Team of UT Austin Boot CampsTitle: Community TeamMonday, Apr 27 2020Amazing, thank you for your review! We're happy to hear you had a positive student experience and were exposed to so many new technologies. It's great to know you enjoyed the boot camp structure and truly benefited from the support of our entire team. We also have to agree that Matt, Heather, and Brett are all pretty great.
Like you mentioned, your success comes down to your commitment to learning as well as asking questions whenever needed. We appreciate your feedback, as we're always working on optimizing our program offerings and input like yours truly helps us do that.
Congratulations on graduating and landing an exciting new role! We wish you continued success in all your future endeavors.