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A review of University of Arizona Bootcamps

Hi, I’m Elle! I work as a product designer at Getaround and as an industry mentor here at Pathrise. I help our fellows land great jobs in product design through technical workshops and 1-on-1s. Check out my review of University of Arizona Bootcamps.

What does University of Arizona Bootcamps do?

University of Arizona Bootcamps offers part-time and full-time courses to aspiring web developers, UX/UI designers, and data analysts. No prior experience is necessary, but all students must complete self-paced pre-work before beginning a bootcamp. While both remote and on-campus options are usually available, all courses are currently remote in response to Covid-19.

Web dev

The 12-week full-time web development course teaches students the skills they need to launch a career as a full stack web developer. It meets Monday through Friday from 10am to 2:30pm. In addition, students are responsible for homework and project work outside of class. On the other hand, the 24-week part-time web dev program meets two weekdays per week from 6:30pm to 9:30pm and on Saturdays from 10am to 2pm. The curriculum includes live lectures, hands-on workshops, and projects. Students build full stack web apps using HTML, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery, Node.js, and React.Js. Plus, the curriculum also covers responsive design, Heroku, Git, MySQL, MongoDB, and more.

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Data analytics

The part-time data analytics course lasts 24 weeks and teaches students all the skills they need to land entry level data science jobs. The course meets two weekdays per week from 6:30pm to 9:30pm and on Saturdays from 10am to 2pm with some work outside of class. Students learn to analyze and visualize data using Excel, Python, JavaScript, Tableau, SQL databases, and other data tools. Throughout the program, students build projects based on real-world datasets.

UX/UI design

Students in the 24-week part-time UX/UI design course meet two weekdays per week from 6:30pm to 9:30pm and on Saturdays from 10am to 2pm. In addition, they are responsible for 10 hours of work outside of class every week. The course teaches students design principles, HTML/CSS, Adobe, Sketch, InVision, JavaScript, Bootstrap, Git/GitHub, and much more. Moreover, students prototype and iterate their own designs to build user interfaces and user experience projects. The course culminates in a final group project. Then, they can add this work to their portfolios to help them become a UX designer.

All University of Arizona bootcamps include career services. Students participate in portfolio reviews, resume workshops, and mock interviews. Career coaches also work 1-on-1 with students to prepare them for the job search. 

Who is University of Arizona Bootcamps for?

People with little to no experience in web development, UX/UI design, or data analytics could benefit from University of Arizona’s bootcamps as they transition into these fields. In addition, the program is especially helpful for those based in Arizona.

What does University of Arizona Bootcamps cost? How much work is involved?

Tuition for University of Arizona’s full-time web development course is $12,495. However, the part-time data science, UX/UI design, and web dev courses are all $9,995. In addition, students who register early or pay upfront receive a discount. Monthly payment plans are available and University of Arizona alumni get a $500 scholarship.

The admissions process begins with a short application form or a call to the admissions office. Next, candidates participate in a behavioral interview over the phone. Finally, select candidates move on to a critical thinking and problem-solving assessment. No coding or technical experience is required.

Ratings and reviews

University of Arizona Bootcamps have received mixed reviews. They hold a 4.76/5 star rating on Course Report, where grads rave about the supportive instructor team and the hands-on learning. One of the top reviews valued the course’s personalized support, impressed that instructors are “open and available for questions and support every step along the way.” Although this grad felt the bootcamp was “an amazing experience” she also warned that “this program is very challenging” and that it “moves at a fast pace.”

Similarly, another grad also felt that the “bootcamp requires a lot of effort” but felt that the courses “provide lots of support with teacher assistants, tutoring, excellent instructors and a very good curriculum.” However, the top review was disappointed that their “class was very rushed” and only rated job support 1/5 stars.

While University of Arizona Bootcamps have been praised by media like ABC News, they only hold a 1.9 star rating on Switchup. One review appreciated that the career coach helped them “tighten my resume and online presence”, but other students were frustrated by a messy curriculum and a “lack of instructional system design.” Likewise, some students on Reddit felt the bootcamp was helpful, but one grad felt it only helps students who “need your hand held through everything” and was disappointed by the curriculum. The student also warned that “It is sponsored by University of Arizona, but is actually run by Trilogy Education Services” and did not feel like Trilogy’s management was up to snuff.

Overall, students seem satisfied with the course’s personalized support and project-based learning, though some would have liked a more relaxed pace and a more organized curriculum.

Alternatives to University of Arizona Bootcamps

If you decide not to enroll in University of Arizona Bootcamps, there are a number of alternative bootcamps and resources that can help aspiring web developers, data analysts, and data scientists.

  • The full-time tech bootcamp Kenzie Academy offers in-person and online courses in 2 tracks: software engineering & UX design with front-end engineering. Like University of Arizona Bootcamps, Kenzie Academy features a hands-on curriculum with mentoring. Learn more about Kenzie Academy in our review.
  • Likewise, aspiring web developers can also look into CodeX Academy, a self-paced coding bootcamp with 1-on-1 mentorship opportunities. Learn more about CodeX Academy in our review.
  • You can also check out Bubble no-code bootcamps to learn how to make products without coding. Learn more about Bubble in our review.
  • One of the most well-rated bootcamps is General Assembly. They offer full-time, part-time, and 1-day courses on a variety of topics like UX/UI design, data science, and software engineering. Read more about General Assembly in our review.
  • Aspiring designers can check out Designlab, a tech bootcamp that teaches students all the skills needed to launch a career as a UX designer. Read more about Designlab in our review.
  • Similarly, students interested in online self-guided or instructor-led product design courses can look into DesignerUp. Learn more about DesignerUp in our review.
  • UC Berkeley Bootcamps offers courses managed by the same parent company as University of Arizona. Their pace and curriculum are similar, with the same project-based learning style and 1-on-1 mentoring.
  • The popular bootcamp BrainStation has tracks in  UX/UI design, data science, and more. Like University of Arizona Bootcamps, BrainStation focuses on hands-on project learning.
More alternatives
  • Students seeking introductory data analytics courses can look into Metis. Their data bootcamps feature a project-based curriculum with both on-site and remote options. Learn more about Metis in our review.
  • Similarly, Coding Dojo can be a good option for those looking to start a career in data science or software engineering. Their data courses focus on the fundamentals and skills needed to land an entry level data analyst role.
  • The online learning program Data Science Dream Job is a self-paced data science program that includes projects and instruction. If you don’t have experience, consider the Menon Labs fellowship.
  • In addition, students seeking lower-cost web development and UX/UI courses can consider Simplilearn and Learn UX. While these programs may not have the same level of support as more intensive bootcamps like University of Arizona, they offer hundreds of courses to help students launch tech careers.
  • Students on a budget should check out Udemy, which has thousands of self-paced video courses on web dev, cybersecurity, data analysis, and much more. Classes are only about $10 each.
  • Similarly, Codecademy is one of the most popular coding programs online. They provide free courses on many different programming languages. They also offer membership options ranging from $20 to $40 per month for more course options and greater support. Learn more about Codecademy in our review.
  • The massive online learning platform edX hosts courses from top universities like Harvard and MIT, plus big tech companies like Microsoft. Students can choose to learn the fundamentals or dive deeper into specific topics, like web design or web development. Learn more about edX in our review.
  • Finally, the online educational resources Udacity and Springboard offer courses in web dev, UX design, data analytics, and many other technical subjects. Learn more about Udacity and Springboard in our reviews.

How does University of Arizona Bootcamps compare to Pathrise?

University of Arizona Bootcamps offers courses for people interested in starting a career as a web developer, UX/UI designer, or data analyst. While an interest in tech is recommended, most students in the program start from scratch. Pathrise job-seekers should already have some background in their field to get the most out of the technical interview training. 

While University of Arizona prepares students for the job search, Pathrise helps with all phases of the job search including resume & portfolio building, cold emailing & reverse recruiting strategies, behavioral interview preparation, salary negotiation, and more. Our experienced mentors have already helped 1,000+ people land great jobs through our workshops and personalized 1-on-1 sessions.

Our flexible program features 2-4 hours of group sessions per week and fellows can schedule 1-on-1 sessions as needed. All of our sessions are live and recorded, so fellows can review previous material and catch up whenever they want. The Pathrise income share agreement (ISA) means fellows don’t pay until they land a job they love and start working and we never require upfront payments or deposits.

Pathrise is a career accelerator that optimizes the job search through 1-on-1 mentorship and personalized training. Fellows in our program see their interview scores double and their application responses triple. If you are interested in working with any of our mentors to land your dream job faster, join Pathrise. 

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Elle Chun

Elle Chun is an experienced Design professional helping Pathrise fellows to ace their technical interviews and succeed in their next design role.

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