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A review of NYC Data Science Academy as a data science tool

Hi, I’m Olga! I have years of experience in data science, most recently at eBay and now I work as an industry mentor at Pathrise, helping data scientists land a great role through technical workshops and 1-on-1s.

What does NYC Data Science Academy do?

NYC Data Science Academy (NYCDSA) teaches data science through an immersive on-campus or online bootcamp, short courses, and online training. 

The immersive on-campus or online bootcamp lasts 12 weeks and teaches Python and R with machine learning, data analytics, and data visualization. Students also participate in 4 company-sponsored projects and receive career services.

They recommend committing 20-30 hours per week to successfully finish the part-time bootcamp in 6 months. In this program students will learn beginner and intermediate levels of data science with an option to specialize in big data technologies or deep learning. Students will also learn to build statistical models, linear regression, data classification and visualization using Python, R, Hadoop, Spark, AWS and more. Before the bootcamps start, there are 40 hours of pre-work, which includes an introduction to Python, Python for data analytics, and R for data analytics.

Students can also choose to take courses, rather than the full bootcamps. There is a bootcamp prep course, introductory courses, and mastery courses for data science in R and Python as well as analytics, machine learning, and more. These classes take between 3-4 weeks to complete. They also offer 6-week, part-time courses on-campus in New York City.

Who is NYC Data Science Academy for?

Current and aspiring data scientists can both benefit from the courses and programs offered by NYCDSA. The bootcamp is more focused on people who are looking to start from the very beginning of their data science career, but the mastery and intermediate classes can be helpful for data scientists looking to advance their skills.

What does NYC Data Science Academy cost? How much work is involved?

The courses at NYCDSA are not inexpensive. The bootcamp prep course, which combines 3 courses, costs $5,000. On their own, courses cost between $1,435 and $2,800. The bootcamp costs $17,600 and a $5,000 deposit is required upon acceptance.

The application process consists of two steps: an online written application and a virtual or in-person interview. The written application takes about 1.5 hours and asks about education and working experience. The application ends with short coding challenges.

The second step is a virtual or in-person interview, which goes over why they want to pursue a career in data science and how NYCDSA could be a good fit for your goals. Candidates might also participate in a second in-person interview to see if they are a good technical and cultural fit for the program.

Ratings and reviews

NYCDSA is very highly rated online, where it is on a few top 10 bootcamp lists. Similarly, on CourseReport, they are reviewed well by students who felt like the curriculum was well done and the instructors were experienced. As is the case with most bootcamps, a lot of learning needs to be done behind-the-scenes by the student, including previewing and rewatching lectures in order to fully understand the topics.

When asked about whether or not the program can replace formal education, most people say that having some background in data science is important to success in the program. On their website, NYCDSA explains that if you have no background at all, you should apply at least 6 weeks before so that you have time to learn the basics needed.

Alternatives to New York City Data Science Academy

For aspiring data scientists and those who are looking to continue their education on the subject, there are a fair number of alternatives.

  • Metis has part-time introduction courses as well as onsite and online bootcamp options. Learn more about Metis in our review.
  • You can also consider DataCamp, which offers a variety of courses on topics under the data science umbrella. Students can choose to take courses or enroll in a skill or career track.
  • If you are looking to advance your data science skills through a capstone project (and you have a fair amount of experience), The Data Incubator could be a good option.
  • Coding Temple and RMOTR are Python data science and web development bootcamps, focusing on the fundamentals.
  • You can check out Udacity and Springboard, which are online educational platforms that students can use to brush up on the basics or advance their current tech skills. Read more about Udacity and Springboard in our reviews.
  • Students can also check out Udemy and Coursera, which have 1000 data science resources and tracks.
  • For people looking to find a community of data scientists and projects to work on, Kaggle is a good alternative. They have 19,000 public datasets and 200,000 public notebooks for people who are looking to get started or contribute to data science projects in order to advance their skills or build up their portfolios.
  • One of the most well known bootcamps is General Assembly, which offers full-time, part-time, and 1-day courses on a variety of topics like software engineering, data science, UX design, digital marketing, product management, and more. Read more about General Assembly in our review.
  • The Tech Academy is an online and onsite bootcamp that helps people learn the technical skills necessary to land a job as a (junior) software developer or data scientist.
  • People with experience who are looking to do machine learning projects as they look for jobs can consider SharpestMinds.

For more information on data science resources including costs and reviews, check out our article.

How does New York City Data Science Academy compare to Pathrise?

NYCDSA offers courses for people who are interested in learning how to become a data scientist or people who want to advance their knowledge significantly. At Pathrise, job-seekers should already have a background in the field they are interested in so that they can participate in and fully benefit from our technical workshops, where we provide a more specific curriculum based on what they will see in their interviews.

All of our workshops and sessions at Pathrise are live, as well as recorded, so that job-seekers in our program can review them afterwards and continue learning. Our program is flexible, with only 4 hours of group sessions per week and 1-on-1 sessions that can be scheduled whenever job-seekers need them. In addition, the topics are personalized to work on the skills that people struggle with the most.

Specifically, Pathrise focuses on technical and behavioral interviewing as well as resume and LinkedIn optimization, portfolio building and strengthening, cold email and reverse recruiting lessons, and negotiation templates and guidance. Job-seekers in Pathrise find a job, on average, within 3-5 months of joining the program.

Pathrise is a career accelerator that works with students and professionals 1-on-1 so they can land their dream job in tech. If you want to work with any of our mentors to get help with your technical and behavioral interviews or with any other aspect of the job search, join Pathrise.

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