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  • Cost
    $0-$16,000
  • Programs Pace
    Full-time, Part-time
  • Payment Options
    Upfront, ISA, Financing
  • Programs Available
    Frontend, Full Stack, UX Design, Data Science
Description

Thinkful offers a coding bootcamp in San Francisco with a job guarantee. However, they don’t just hand students a job—they provide a number of resources designed to improve student success, with some programs offering zero-tuition until you land a job. Thinkful offers software engineering, full stack web development, data science, data analytics, and product design courses. Students at Thinkful can choose between flexible, immersive, and nights & weekends schedules. The program has excellent job placement statistics and is rated #1 on Course Report.

Additional Info

The curriculum at Thinkful is intensive, especially in the full-time immersive courses. However, students can count on getting a high-quality education in each of Thinkful’s many San Francisco-based programs. The course curriculum varies between programs, but each features tons of useful technology-related lessons. For example, students in the immersive engineering program learn HTML, JavaScript, jQuery, React, Redux, APIs, data structures, backend development, and much more.

Unlike many other coding bootcamps, the schedules at Thinkful vary widely. Full-time (immersive) courses run all day, with 50 to 60 hours of study each week. This intensive schedule guarantees that students can graduate in about five months and designed to set them up for careers in tech. The engineering nights & weekends course takes a bit longer, given that students only get around 25 hours of learning time per week. In this program, students graduate in about seven months. The flexible programs for full stack web development, data science, data analytics, and product design run for 30 hours per week, and students can graduate in a reasonable amount of time. The primary benefit of the flexible and nights & weekends programs is that students can continue to work and not have to save five months of income to pay for the course.

Thinkful publishes student outcome and job placement statistics. The immersive engineering program created by Thinkful states that 90% of its students became full-time developers after graduating the program. Further, each course details information about graduate income, including salary increase data. For example, students who graduated from Thinkful’s immersive engineering program earned an average $19,613 more than they did before attending the program.

Thinkful’s data science and data analytics flex programs cost $7,990 upfront, and the product design flex course costs $8,500. The full stack flex program is more expensive, at $9,500 upfront. The full-time engineering program costs $16,000 upfront, and the nights + weekends engineering course costs $12,900. The costliest course on the list is the immersive data science course, coming in at $18,500 upfront.

Programs Pace

Full-time, Part-time

Programs Available

Frontend, Full Stack, UX Design, Data Science

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Financing Options

Upfront, ISA, Financing

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  • Anonymous
    November 6, 2019 at 4:35 am

    I just finished Thinkful’s Engineering Immersion full-time program. I went from minimal/no programming experience to building full-stack (frontend, backend, database) in less than 6 months. It was equal parts exciting, difficult, rewarding, and exhausting.

    Not for the faint of heart, but a great way get into web development. I put in an average of 60~70 hrs of work per week.

    I would recommend studying a bit of JavaScript and SQL on FreeCodeCamp to give yourself a bit more time to digest the material.

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  • Anonymous
    November 11, 2019 at 7:18 am

    Note: My experience was with Thinkful’s Engineering Immersion program. There are several tracks within Thinkful, and each is structured slightly differently.

    Deciding to join a boot camp is a very nerve-wracking decision. For me, it was a total career change, so I wanted to minimize my risk as much as possible. I decided to go with Thinkful after seeing that they regularly post their job placement rates online and that they have a job placement guarantee.

    The actual program ended up being extremely challenging. I put in anywhere from 40-70 hours a week, depending on that week’s content. The material is challenging, but the pace felt spot on for what I wanted to get out of it. During the program I always felt pushed, a little overwhelmed at times. As a result, I left the program feeling like my skills were good enough to not only land a job, but to be comfortable in a new role.

    For the Engineering Immersion program you’ll meet with an instructor twice a day to go over the day’s material and check in on everyone’s progress. Then, you’ll pair program with another student until the end of the day. There is always support from the instructors and from mentors. On a typical day, we could have someone helping us within 5-10 minutes if we really got stuck on a tricky concept. Having that support meant that I never felt like I was wasting my time. Twice a week you’ll meet with your mentor to go over anything that you feel like you need help with. Finally, after the course is complete, you’ll be assigned a career coach to help you navigate finding that first job. For me, landing that first gig took just under two months from graduation.

    Thinkful is a challenging, rigorous program. If you’re looking to skate through with minimal effort and start applying to jobs, this probably isn’t the program for you. If you’re looking to build solid foundational skills and put in the time to learn, then Thinkful has the right resources to help you succed.

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  • Anonymous
    November 15, 2019 at 7:42 am

    It’s a very well curated program in data science.

    Pros:
    – Well-rounded curriculum.
    – Deep discussions of topics are available.
    – Very active online community

    Cons:
    – The local community could be more organized and activated.
    – More structure around the capstone projects would be useful
    – More active mentor supervision is needed.

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  • Luis
    November 29, 2019 at 12:00 am

    It has been a really good and challenging experience!

    -Pros –
    It will provide you with good and updated material to get your skills sharp on the language that they are teaching you.
    It is fast paced, it will make time fly and you will be learning a lot really fast.
    It will challenge yourself as a professional, and you will understand the meaning of “detail oriented’.

    -Cons-
    – Why didn’t I start this program earlier? – I ask myself this question almost everyday.

    It may seem overwhelming at the beginning but trust me they will provide you with the tools for your success. Understand that this boot camp is what its name means, it will require of your time to sit down and put the hours in. I currently have a full time job, my afternoons and evenings I have to dedicate to the program in order to stay on meeting my dates.

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  • Becki Blumer
    December 7, 2019 at 10:20 pm

    I am really enjoying working through the Thinkful curriculum, and the support of my Thinkful mentor and the community has really helped me through the process. I am currently a part of the Full Stack Flex program and one thing I really appreciate about this program is the flexibility to be able to get the work done outside of working my day job. The curriculum provides a lot of helpful reading, which I can sometimes do on-the-go, and the way the projects and assignments are structured is super engaging. They have elevated the program even more to include more online community among students as well as some local meet-ups and networking events.

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  • Tyler Barry
    December 9, 2019 at 5:50 am

    I’m just beginning to finish up my Fundamentals Modules for the Product design Track on Thinkful and so far I’m super impressed. I left my full full time job to pursue this and it’s hand down the best investment I’ve made in myself to date. The curriculum is super thorough (which is super helpful to someone with no experience in the field such as myself), and the feedback from the graders is always helpful (unless you pass right away, in which they usually say something that can be summed up in a “job well done”). My mentor is great, and is an awesome match personality wise. Having the two 45 minute one on one sessions each week is a huge perk. I don’t see how anyone could do this well with out them. If you’re hesitant and reading reviews to help make a decision, I say take the jump!

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  • Anonymous
    December 11, 2019 at 7:43 am

    I am a couple of months into Thinkful’s full-stack flex program, and I could not be happier! For me, the most important thing has been my sessions with my mentor. Having one on one time with a seasoned developer is absolutely priceless. The program managers are amazing, they are there to cheer you on and be there for anything you might need. Then, there is the Thinkful Slack community, just open lines of communication and students, alum and support staff helping each other out non-stop. It is clear from day one that Thinkful wants you to succeed and will be there with you every step of the way. This is a top-notch program, and I would recommend it to anyone!

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