Established in 2011, General Assembly offers coding bootcamps, workshops, and courses online, on campuses across the U.S., and in Europe, Asia, and Australia. Over 40,000 alumni have graduated from General Assembly bootcamps over the past decade.

General Assembly runs its bootcamps in multiple formats. Students can choose from on-campus and online bootcamp options, as well as part-time and full-time delivery. They can also enroll in immersive and evening courses. Prospective students can enroll in bootcamps covering popular subjects such as software engineering and data science, as well as less commonly found topics like product management and visual design. Additionally, many employers enroll their employees in General Assembly's part-time courses for professional development.

General Assembly offers networking opportunities, mock interview practice, and other career training opportunities for many of its students. The bootcamp also maintains partnerships with over 19,000 companies and organizations, which can give graduates a leg up when searching for employment. In the past, alumni have found jobs at technology giants like Google, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, and Microsoft.

This guide outlines General Assembly bootcamp options and gives insight into the bootcamp's admissions process, financial aid options, and student outcomes.

General Assembly Courses

General Assembly offers immersive programs in three disciplines: software engineering, user experience design, and data science. GA also maintains ten part-time courses, all of which can be taken on-campus or online. Students benefit from instruction taught by teachers who come from distinguished companies, like Google and Amazon, providing real-world insights and experience in their lectures. Each student is also assigned a dedicated career coach to help support their job search.

  • Cost: $3,950
  • Learning Format: In Person, Online
  • Time Commitment: Part Time
  • Length: 10 weeks

General Assembly's data analytics course helps students become proficient in Excel, SQL, and Tableau. Students explore the entire data analytics process, starting with the collection of data and finishing with data visualization.

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  • Cost: $3,950
  • Learning Format: In Person, Online
  • Time Commitment: Part Time
  • Length: 12 weeks

This course introduces students to the field of data science and machine learning, primarily using the programming language Python. The curriculum includes four units: data foundations, working with data, data science modeling, and data science applications. At the end of the program, students complete a final project in which they address a data-related problem and develop a predictive model to solve it.

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  • Cost: $15,950
  • Learning Format: In Person
  • Time Commitment: Full Time
  • Length: 12 weeks

This immersive program is designed for students who understand basic data science concepts and have experience working with Python. The curriculum includes a variety of units, including data science fundamentals, exploratory data analysis, and classical statistical modeling. The program culminates with a capstone project in which students solve a data problem.

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  • Cost: $3,950
  • Learning Format: In Person, Online
  • Time Commitment: Part Time
  • Length: 10 weeks

This course teaches students foundational knowledge in advertising and promotion, as well as how to use digital marketing tools like Google AdWords and Facebook. Course topics include customer insights, social media, paid search, and Google Analytics. At the end of the course, students create a portfolio project that involves an end-to-end marketing campaign.

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  • Cost: $3,950
  • Learning Format: In Person, Online
  • Time Commitment: Part Time
  • Length: 10 weeks

The front-end web development course includes four units: responsive design, HTML/CSS basics, adding interactivity with JavaScript, and advanced concepts in front-end design. Upon finishing the course, students earn a signed certificate of completion.

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  • Cost: $3,950
  • Learning Format: In Person, Online
  • Time Commitment: Part Time
  • Length: 10 weeks

This course teaches students front-end development skills and explores the fundamentals of JavaScript. In addition to Javascript, over the course of four units students learn how to work with HTML, CSS, jQuery, GitHub, APIs, and the Document Object Model.

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  • Cost: $3,950
  • Learning Format: In Person, Online
  • Time Commitment: Part Time
  • Length: 10 weeks

This course explores the entire end-to-end product management process, from product planning to developing a product that aligns with customer needs. Covered topics include customer research, user experience, product planning, and understanding your market. The course culminates in a final project that requires students to develop their own product or feature, which is then shared in the form of a presentation.

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  • Cost: $3,950
  • Learning Format: In Person, Online
  • Time Commitment: Part Time
  • Length: 10 weeks

The Python programming course helps students learn programming fundamentals and how to build an application. Across seven units, students explore a variety of topics, including introduction to web applications, control flow, and object-oriented programming in Python. Students also complete a capstone project in which they build a web or data application that they can eventually display on their portfolio.

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  • Cost: $3,950
  • Learning Format: In Person, Online
  • Time Commitment: Part Time
  • Length: 10 weeks

The React development course is designed for students who have experience working with JavaScript programming, HTML, and the Document Object Model. In this course, students dive into React concepts and learn how to apply them to solve common user interface problems. The curriculum comprises six units and includes topics such as APIs, Heroku, and React Router.

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  • Cost: $14,950
  • Learning Format: In Person
  • Time Commitment: Full Time
  • Length: 12 weeks

The software engineering immersive program helps students become proficient in a variety of in-demand programming languages and frameworks. Over the course of four units, students explore topics in front-end and full-stack development. Throughout this program, students compile a portfolio of projects that can help reinforce their programming proficiencies to potential employers.

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  • Cost: $3,950
  • Learning Format: In Person, Online
  • Time Commitment: Part Time
  • Length: 10 weeks

This course focuses on theoretical frameworks and practical applications surrounding product design. Course topics include wireframes, prototypes, project demo and critique, usability testing, and feature prioritization. The course culminates with a final project in which students design a new product or redesign an existing one.

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  • Cost: $14,950
  • Learning Format: In Person
  • Time Commitment: Full Time
  • Length: 12 weeks

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  • Cost: $14,950
  • Learning Format: Online
  • Time Commitment: Full Time
  • Length: 12 weeks

This immersive program teaches students concepts in user research and visual design. The curriculum includes six units and topics in UX and UI foundations, design iteration and development, and working with a product team. As designers frequently work with product managers and developers, this program also helps students develop the interpersonal skills needed to pitch products and plan design sprints.

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  • Cost: $2,800
  • Learning Format: In Person, Online
  • Time Commitment: Part Time
  • Length: 8 weeks

General Assembly's visual design course explores the digital product creation process, including how to conduct initial research, how to design digital layouts, and ways to create a digital design solution. The curriculum includes typography, imagery, and responsive grids and UI patterns. This course also includes a final project that requires students to design a responsive webpage.

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General Assembly Admissions Process

After prospective students fill out the initial application, they speak to an admissions representative to determine whether a General Assembly bootcamp is a good fit for their goals. Applicants for the full-time, immersive courses also must take an assessment.

That said, General Assembly accepts complete beginners without any coding experience. These courses often require pre-work covering basic programming skills to prepare incoming students for success.

General Assembly Payment Options

General Assembly bootcamps often come with multiple financing options. You can read about these options below, but note that some of these options may only be available for select program options.

Employer Sponsorship

Many students who enroll in a General Assembly bootcamp for professional development can access tuition reimbursement from their employers. In fact, the bootcamp reports that 45% of its part-time students participate in this employer sponsorship option.

GI Bill

Veterans can also take advantage of GI Bill funding if they enroll in a full-time, immersive program in software engineering, user experience design, or data science.

Income Share Agreement

General Assembly also offers an income share agreement for full-time courses, called the "Catalyst Program." Under this plan, bootcamp students pay nothing upfront. Instead, they begin paying back their tuition (paying a percentage of their paycheck for a certain amount of time) once they land a job with an annual salary exceeding $40,000.

Installments

General Assembly allows students to pay in installments over the course of their studies. The bootcamp offers different payment increments depending on the program.

Loans

General Assembly has partnerships with several loan providers that focus on providing loans specifically to bootcamp students. Payback installments may be as low as $206 per month.

Scholarships

General Assembly's Social Impact programs provide financial assistance to low-income students from communities that are underrepresented in the technology industry. For example, women may apply for the See Her Excel $1,500 tuition discount, which can be used to help pay for software engineering and data science immersive bootcamps.

Upfront

Bootcamp students who pay the full tuition bill upfront receive a $450 discount for immersive courses and a $250 discount on other courses.

General Assembly Student Outcomes

Bootcamps frequently publish data about student outcomes on their websites. Keep in mind, though, that prospective students should read bootcamp-provided data with a degree of wariness. Without a third-party audit, it's hard to tell if bootcamps are only providing data that puts them in the best light. You can always contact the bootcamp to ask for more information about how they collect and analyze their data.

General Assembly publishes an annual outcomes report reviewed by KPMG, a "Big Four" accounting firm. The data in the chart below is taken from this report.

General Assembly Student Outcomes
  • Outcomes From: Data Science Immersive, User Experience Design Immersive, and Web Development Immersive Programs
  • Reporting Period: January 1, 2018 - March 31, 2019

Graduation Rate
86%

Employment Rate
After One Year

91%

Average Starting Salary
Not Reported

The report also includes several other key data points:

  • Immersive course alumni saw an average increase of 106% in their salaries within five years of graduating.
  • About 68% of immersive course graduates made back the cost of tuition within a year of graduating.
  • Approximately 84% of immersive graduates reported being happier in their careers a year after finishing the program.

Note that these data points refer only to graduates of full-time, immersive courses. Prospective students interested in outcomes for part-time programs should contact General Assembly directly.

Frequently Asked Questions About General Assembly

What is General Assembly?

General Assembly is a coding school offering bootcamps and courses in programming and other tech skills like data analysis, digital marketing, and user experience design. General Assembly bootcamps can be found online and at campuses all over the world.

Is General Assembly worth it?

The cost of a General Assembly bootcamp may seem steep, but for students who find well-paying jobs after graduation it can prove a worthwhile investment.

Is General Assembly hard to get into?

General Assembly considers prospective students without any programming background, but it does evaluate whether applicants to the immersive programs are adequately prepared for their rigor.

Is General Assembly free?

General Assembly's full-time, immersive bootcamps cost $14,950-$15,950, while part-time courses cost $2,800-$3,950. However, General Assembly does offer free learning resources covering coding, data, design, product management, digital marketing, and career search skills. These resources include livestreams, web-based courses, ebooks, and an email series.

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