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Udacity vs Springboard: 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 Udacity vs Springboard.

Similarities and differences between Udacity and Springboard

Springboard and Udacity both offer courses in software engineering, data science, UX design, machine learning, data engineering, and data analytics. 

Similarities

  • Both programs are remote, with lots of self-paced online assignments.
  • Students in Udacity’s nanodegree courses and Springboard’s career tracks work 1-on-1 with both industry experts and career coaches.
  • Courses are hands-on and give students the opportunity to build polished project portfolios.
  • Springboard & Udacity grads get a certificate upon completion. 

Differences

  • Springboard offers a job guarantee, which means tuition is refunded if students don’t land a job within 6 months of finishing the program.
  • Udacity offers short workshops and courses on a wider range of tech industry and career topics like technical and behavioral interviewing. Some of these shorter courses are completely unsupervised and self-paced.
  • If you enroll in a Springboard career track, you should expect to work 15-20 hours per week for 6-9 months. Udacity nanodegree courses can range from 3-7 months, but usually require 5-10 hours of work per week.
  • Udacity courses are open to anyone, usually admitting students on a first-come-first-served basis. Springboard requires applicants to fill out a written form, participate in a behavioral interview, and pass technical and cognitive assessments.
  • Springboard’s courses often come from popular bootcamps like Data Camp, Flatiron School, and Lambda School. When Udacity collaborates on a course, it’s usually with big tech companies like Google
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Topics offered by Udacity and Springboard

Both Springboard and Udacity offer courses that cover the following topics and many more:

  • UX design
  • Data science
  • Machine learning
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Software engineering 
  • Data analytics
  • Data science 

However, Udacity also covers:

  • Digital marketing
  • Product management
  • Business and marketing analytics
  • And many more topics

Prices for Udacity and Springboard

Udacity students can take courses ranging from a few days to 7+ months. Many courses, especially the shorter or introductory courses, are free. However, their more popular and comprehensive nanodegree programs range in cost from $599 to $1,199. Students can pay upfront, in monthly installments, or via loans. Nanodegree courses last 4-7 months with 5-10 hours of work per week. 

On the other hand, Springboard’s individual data science and software engineering courses cost $490 and take about 4-6 weeks to complete. Students who follow a career track usually finish in 6-9 months with 15-20 hours of work per week. Career tracks cost $5,900-$8,500, but come with a $490 tuition credit. Students who pay upfront also get a 16% discount.

Ratings and reviews of Udacity and Springboard

Online reviews of Springboard are generally positive. Grads on Reddit appreciated the weekly 1-on-1 mentoring sessions and the hands-on curriculum. In addition, people appreciated that students graduate with “at least two projects in your portfolio.” 

But, some students were frustrated by the career services. One grad warned “Career coaches will just tell you to network and cold call people on LinkedIn, so they don’t really add value.” Other students on Reddit appreciated that they could get project feedback from both a technical mentor and other students through the course message board, and even felt this helped students build their networks. However, one student warned that the UX program “won’t get you a job” right away, even though they did think the course “gives you just enough tools to go out and start getting more experience.”

Springboard’s courses and career tracks hold a 4.6/5 star rating on Course Report, where grads praise the 1-on-1 technical mentoring and hands-on projects. However, some had mixed feelings about the career coaching and the collaborative curriculum. One grad felt “the curriculum is good” but warned people to “be aware it is 90% curated from other sources.”

Udacity holds a 4.62/5 star rating on Switchup. Grads appreciated that even though courses were part-time, they were still hands-on, describing the program as “very practical.” One grad liked that the nanodegrees teach real-world career skills students “can immediately apply in the job search.” However, some reviewers felt Udacity’s recent growth is lowering the quality of their courses.

A grad on Reddit wished students had more 1-on-1 time with mentors. Another grad on G2 was frustrated that students are not able to contact their instructors easily for support. Overall, however, grads seemed satisfied with Udacity’s one and part-time, yet still practical courses.

Alternatives to Udacity and Springboard

If you decide not to enroll in Springboard or Udacity, you might consider one of the alternatives listed below instead:

  • Aspiring software engineers and UX designers can check out Kenzie Academy, a full-time tech bootcamp that offers in-person and online courses. Learn more about Kenzie Academy in our review. 
  • Other popular software engineering bootcamps include Rithm School, Hack Reactor, Codesmith, and The Software Guild. While these programs may be more intensive than Udacity’s part-time nanodegrees or even Springboard’s career track, students learn software skills very quickly.
  • People who are interested in digital marketing, UX design, sales, or business development can check out GrowthX Academy. Like Udacity’s nanodegrees, their SaaS program includes 1-on-1 mentoring with hands-on assignments.
  • Another online learning platform that offers degree certificates and collaborates on courses is edX. They host courses from top universities like Harvard and MIT as well as big tech companies like Microsoft. Learn more about edX in our review.
  • People on a tight budget can also consider Codecademy, one of the most popular free learning platforms online. They host full self-paced courses on data science and dozens of programming languages for free. Students can upgrade to a $20 to $40 monthly membership for greater course options and support. Learn more about Codecademy in our review.
  • For those seeking a self-paced and remote program, Skillshare can be a good option. They host 19,000+ free and paid courses in a wide variety of tech topics, including web development and UX/UI design.
  • The popular bootcamps Thinkful and Flatiron School both offer programs in software engineering, data science, and other tech fields.
  • You can also check out Bubble no-code bootcamps to learn how to make products without coding. Learn more about Bubble in our review.
More alternatives
  • Students who only want to pay after they land a job can consider coding bootcamps Lambda School, Byte Academy, and Holberton School, which all offer ISAs.
  • Aspiring web developers and software engineers can also look into CodeX Academy, a self-paced coding bootcamp with mentorship opportunities. Learn more about CodeX Academy in our review.
  • BrainStation is a bootcamp with tracks in web development, web design, data science, marketing, and product management. Like Springboard’s career tracks and Udacity’s nanodegree courses, BrainStation features project-based learning and 1-on-1 feedback for students.
  • Metis has intro courses as well as a more in depth bootcamp for experienced data scientists. Learn more about Metis in our program review.
  • For those interested in self-paced data science learning, Data Science Dream Job offers remote, flexible courses for aspiring data analysts and data scientists.
  • One of the companies that collaborates on Springboard’s data courses is DataCamp. This  online resource has over 300 short courses on data science subjects. 
  • If you’re interested in taking an online product design bootcamp with both instructor-led and self-guided options, consider DesignerUp. You can read more about DesignerUp in our review.
  • The online bootcamp Designlab teaches the necessary skills to land an entry-level UX designer job. Take a look at our review of Designlab to see if it meets your needs.
  • Bloc offers online courses in web development and web design. Like Springboard, Bloc’s program emphasizes student support, with lots of instructor feedback and weekly 1-on-1 mentorship meetings.
  • For students seeking self-paced courses on a budget, Simplilearn, Treehouse, and Pluralsight could be worth pursuing. While they may not have the same level of support as Udacity’s nanodegree courses or Springboard’s career tracks, these online programs host hundreds of tech courses to help people launch their careers.

How do Udacity and Springboard compare to Pathrise?

Springboard and Udacity offer courses that teach people the skills they need to launch a new career in tech. While both programs offer part-time courses in UX design, software engineering, machine learning, data analytics, and data science, Udacity covers a much wider range of topics, including digital marketing, business strategy, and more.

Although Springboard requires a technical interview and some Udacity courses are designed for tech professionals, most of their students start with no formal experience. Pathrise fellows should have some background in their chosen field so that they can fully benefit from our industry workshops and 1-on-1 sessions, which often cover challenging technical interview questions. We have tracks in software engineering, product design, data science, digital marketing, sales, product management, strategy, and ops.

As a full service organization, Pathrise helps students and professionals with each stage of their job search. Our mentors have experience on both sides of the hiring table and have helped 700+ people land great jobs. Mentors work with fellows on their resume, LinkedIn, and portfolio optimization,  reverse recruiting and cold emailing, behavioral and technical interview prep, salary negotiation, and much more. 

Both Springboard and Udacity require upfront or fixed payments before or during the course. The Pathrise income share agreement (ISA) is just 9% of the first year’s salary and we never require upfront payments or deposits. 

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, fellows have seen their interview scores double and their application responses triple, landing a job in just 3-5 months on average.

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

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