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Dataquest vs DataCamp vs Udacity: Prices, topics, and details

Hi, I’m Olga! I have years of experience in data science, most recently at eBay. Now I work as an industry mentor at Pathrise, helping data scientists land great jobs through technical workshops and 1-on-1s. Check out my article where I compare Dataquest vs DataCamp vs Udacity.

Similarities and differences between Dataquest, DataCamp, and Udacity

Dataquest, DataCamp, and Udacity are all popular online resources for learning data science. Udacity teaches other topics along with data.


  • Users can take self-paced data science classes online. 
  • Dataquest, DataCamp, and Udacity offer individual courses and in-depth tracks that teach data analysis with R and Python. 
  • Aspiring data scientists can take courses that cover the fundamentals, while current data scientists can pursue more advanced topics such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, and data visualization. 
  • Their curricula are project-based, which means that students leave the program with a handful of portfolio-worthy projects. 


  • Udacity offers a number of courses and programs in data science, as well as artificial intelligence, programming, autonomous systems, cloud computing, and business.
  • DataCamp & Dataquest only have courses that fall under the data science umbrella.
  • Dataquest premium subscribers and those who participate in a Udacity Nanodegree program receive resume reviews, 1-on-1 career coaching, and support on other aspects of the job search. 
  • DataCamp courses are the best option for people who want to learn data science from scratch, whereas Dataquest and Udacity offer a wide range of courses for people who have some background in SQL, R, and Python. 
  • While Dataquest allows people to complete assignments in the web browser, DataCamp and Udacity provide full interactive online learning platforms. 
  • Dataquest students start working on projects right away, while DataCamp and Udacity students must first complete recorded lectures, quizzes, and other assignments.

Topics offered on Dataquest, DataCamp, and Udacity

Dataquest, DataCamp, and Udacity offer individual courses and in-depth tracks that teach the following topics and much more:

  • R
  • Python
  • SQL
  • Data engineering 
  • Programming
  • Data visualization
  • Machine learning
  • Probability 
  • Statistics

In addition to their data science offerings, Udacity has courses in the following subjects: 

  • Artificial intelligence
  • Programming
  • Autonomous systems
  • Cloud computing
  • Business 
  • Digital marketing
  • Product design
  • Software engineering 
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Prices for Dataquest, DataCamp, and Udacity

Dataquest and DataCamp use a subscription-based model, with 3 tiers of pricing: Free, Basic, and Premium. Udacity allows people to make monthly payments for the nanodegree program or 1-time payments for individual courses. 

With Dataquest, the free option comes with the first two courses in any in-depth track and 60+ data science lessons. At $29/month, the Basic plan grants subscribers access to all of the courses in the Data Analyst in Python and Data Analyst in R paths, portfolio-worthy hands-on projects, and community support. The Premium option, which costs $49 paid monthly or $399 paid annually, includes the same features as the Basic plan, along with resume reviews, career coaching, and additional projects & courses. 

DataCamp offers a free option that enables users to complete the first modules in the Python and Data Science with R career tracks, 100+ coding challenges, 7 projects, and more. The price for the Basic option is $25/month; users receive access to 44 additional courses, the full Python and R career tracks, and community support. The Premium plan, which runs $250 per year, comes with 311 courses, 39 skill tracks, 11 career tracks, 500+ coding challenges, 70+ guided projects, and more. 

With Udacity, the introduction classes to most of their tracks are free. Besides these free resources, Udacity offers individual courses and in-depth tracks known as nanodegrees, which cost $199-$399 per month. Those who are interested in the data science nanodegree program, for instance, can pay $399 per month (pay as you go), though Udacity frequently offers discounts and bundle packages. 

Ratings and reviews of Dataquest, DataCamp, and Udacity

In general, online reviews of Dataquest are positive. People benefited from the hands-on curriculum and the program’s “learn by doing” philosophy. Most users said that the curriculum was interesting and those who were new to coding felt that the program was especially helpful. But, others were disappointed that Dataquest offered learning materials that were text based, as opposed to recorded lectures. 

DataCamp reviews are much more mixed. Users felt that it was hard to learn how to code on their own, as much of the code was already written for them by DataCamp. Others complained that the lessons were too text heavy and failed to provide sufficient step-by-step guidance. And while reviewers felt that DataCamp was a useful introduction to key data science concepts, most users encouraged people to use a learning platform that was more hands-on, as well as contribute to open source projects on GitHub, in order to advance their data science skills.

Udacity reviews are also mixed. While Udacity used to receive a large number of positive reviews, some people have pointed out that the quality has slipped as the program has expanded. Many wished that they had more 1-on-1 sessions with their instructors, as well as more support with their assignments. Others were disappointed with how difficult it was to get in touch with their instructors. 

Alternatives to Dataquest, DataCamp, and Udacity

Besides Dataquest, DataCamp, and Udacity, there are quite a few alternative tools and bootcamps for learning data science, including: 

  • 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 data science, software engineering, UX design, digital marketing, product management, and more. Read more about General Assembly in our review.
  • Other options, Flatiron School, Lambda School, Galvanize, and Thinkful have tracks in data science, as well as other subjects.
  • Women, GNC people, and trans people can check out CodeOp, which has courses in web dev, data, and product management.
  • An alternative to DataCamp and Dataquest, Promotable, K2 Data Science, and Divergence Academy are bootcamps that teach people the necessary skills to land a job as a data scientist from scratch.
  • Aspiring data scientists with graduate degrees in data-centric fields can check out The Data Incubator and Insight.
  • Similarly, 365 Data Science is a low-cost and low commitment option to learn data fundamentals.
  • Metis has part-time introduction courses as well as onsite & online bootcamp options. Learn more about Metis in our review.
  • If you prefer in-person classes, check out Magnimind or Principal Analytics Prep, which have full-time and part-time data science courses.
More alternatives
  • People interested in Python data science and web development bootcamps can consider Coding Temple and RMOTR.
  • In the same vein, FourthBrain has part-time, online machine learning courses.
  • edX is one of the most popular online learning platforms. They have courses from top universities like Harvard and MIT as well as big tech companies like Microsoft. Learn more about edX in our review.
  • A good alternative to Udacity is Springboard, an online learning platform with courses in data science, product design, and more. Learn more about how Springboard can help you in our program review.
  • 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.
  • Finally, Coursera and Udemy are online learning platforms with hundreds of courses covering a wide range of topics, including data science.

How do Dataquest, DataCamp, and Udacity compare to Pathrise?

Dataquest, DataCamp, and Udacity are online learning tools that can help current and aspiring data scientists brush up on the basics or advance their current skills. While DataCamp is aimed at beginners, Dataquest and Udacity help people to develop the necessary skills to land a job as a data scientist in tech. Aspiring software engineers, developers, growth marketers, product managers, and UX designers can benefit from Udacity as well. 

Job-seekers in the Pathrise program should have some background in their field of interest so that they can fully participate in our technical workshops and pair programming sessions, where we provide a curriculum that prepares people for the questions that they will likely encounter in their technical interviews. We currently offer tracks in data science, software engineering, digital marketing, product design, and product, strategy, & ops. 

A full service organization, Pathrise helps data scientists land the best job possible. Our mentors have years of experience on both sides of the hiring table and work 1-on-1 with fellows on every component of the job search, including resume & LinkedIn optimization, portfolio building, cold emailing, behavioral interviewing, and salary negotiation. 

Pathrise is a career accelerator that works with students and professionals 1-on-1 so they can land their dream job in tech. With our tips and guidance, we’ve seen our fellows interview scores double.

If you are interested in working 1-on-1 with any of our mentors to optimize your job search, become a Pathrise fellow. 

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Alex MacPherson

Hi I'm Alex! Since graduating from UC Berkeley in 2019, I have worked on the growth team for Pathrise helping job seekers hone their skills to land their dream role through curated content on interview prep, resume building and more.

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