Nashville Software School Review

Started in 2012, the nonprofit organization Nashville Software School offers coding bootcamps for those hoping to start careers in web development, web design, data analytics, and data science. Full-time bootcamps take six months to complete, while part-time options take twelve.

Bootcamp graduates have gone on to work for companies like Aspire Health, Eventbrite, the Tennessee Department of Transportation, and Vanderbilt University. With strong ties to the Nashville community and more than 300 local employers hiring grads, 90% of Nashville Software School students stay in the Middle Tennessee area after they complete their bootcamp.

Nashville Software School Overview

Location: Nashville

Technical Disciplines: Data Analytics, Data Science, UX/UI Design, Web Development

Payment Options: Deferred Tuition Plan, Installments, Loans, Upfront

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Nashville Software School Courses

Nashville Software School offers bootcamps in four tracks of study: web development, front-end web design/development, data analytics, and data science. Students can follow either a part-time or full-time schedule.

Before the start of each bootcamp, students must complete the assigned pre-work course, which takes 4-6 weeks. In addition to traditional coursework, students benefit from professional development training including mentorship from local tech professionals.

Data Analytics

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  • Cost: $7,500
  • Learning Format: In Person
  • Time Commitment: Full Time, Part Time
  • Length: 14 weeks (Full Time), 24 weeks (Part Time)

The data analytics bootcamp teaches students to use tools such as Excel, Python, SQL, Tableau, and Power BI. Students learn through real-world examples from local companies across different industries, including healthcare and digital marketing. This bootcamp also teaches students how to visually display their findings and data through presentations and reports.

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Data Science

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  • Cost: $12,500
  • Learning Format: In Person
  • Time Commitment: Part Time
  • Length: 38 weeks

This part-time program provides students training in statistics, research, data processing, and software engineering. Students learn Python, machine learning, and natural language processing. In addition to technical coursework, students participate in career preparation, including resume building, interview practice, and employer networking.

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Front-End Web Designer/Developer

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  • Cost: $12,500
  • Learning Format: In Person
  • Time Commitment: Full Time
  • Length: 24 weeks

This six-month bootcamp prepares students for work in front-end design and development, and includes training in user experience, user interface, and browser coding. Students learn wireframing and prototyping along with responsive design. The bootcamp culminates with a capstone project wherein students showcase their skills in coding, testing, and deploying apps.

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Web Development

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  • Cost: $12,500
  • Learning Format: In Person
  • Time Commitment: Full Time, Part Time
  • Length: 24 weeks (Full Time), 12 months (Part Time)

This web development bootcamp prepares students to become full-stack developers through immersive training in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. Students also learn object-oriented programming, SQL, Python, and Ruby. The program includes lectures, demonstrations, and group and individual projects.

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Nashville Software School Admissions Process

Prospective students can apply to a Nashville Software School bootcamp 5-6 months before the bootcamp starts. The application window closes 8-10 weeks before the start of the bootcamp.

Selected applicants meet with Nashville Software School staff for an interview. For every 2-3 applications received, the bootcamp admits one student.

The bootcamp requires no previous experience for applicants to the web development program. However, the Nashville Software School recommends students spend some time reviewing the fundamentals of coding, as this will help them better understand their level of knowledge and interest.

Students must take a foundations course as pre-work before the start of bootcamp. This 4-6 week online course covers the fundamentals of coding and common coding vocabulary.

Nashville Software School Payment Options

The Nashville Software School offers multiple payment options, including deferred tuition, financing, and upfront payment.

Deferred Tuition Plan

Through their Nashville Opportunity Tuition plan, a hybrid scholarship and deferred tuition plan, students with great financial need qualify for a one-time $2,400 scholarship and pay only $1,500 upfront.

Students pay the remainder of the $8,000 once they graduate and gain employment. If the student does not graduate or can't find a job, the bootcamp writes off the balance.


Students can also choose to pay the $5,000 initial deposit to secure their spot, followed by a 50% tuition payment on the first day of class; the rest of tuition must be paid by the bootcamp's halfway point.


The Nashville Software School works with Ascent Funding and Climb Credit to provide loans to bootcamp students. Depending on which bootcamp you attend, the minimum deposit for each loan falls between $1,500-$2,500.


If a student makes full tuition payment before the first day of the bootcamp, they receive a $500 discount.

Nashville Software School Student Outcomes

The Nashville Software School had a job placement rate of 94% in 2018-2019, with a median starting salary of $60,000 for bootcamp graduates in the second half of 2019.

Bootcamp coursework is designed with Nashville and Middle Tennessee in mind, and students graduate trained to meet the needs of local companies. In fact, 90% of graduates stay in the area upon bootcamp completion. These graduates have gone on to work for more than 300 local companies.

Nashville Software School Student Outcomes

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Frequently Asked Questions About Nashville Software School

What is Nashville Software School?

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The Nashville Software School is a coding bootcamp offering four tracks of study: web development, front-end web design and development, data analytics, and data science. The nonprofit is based in Nashville, Tennessee, and has more than 1,300 alumni.

Is Nashville Software School worth it?

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The price of Nashville Software School's web development bootcamp is close to the average bootcamp cost of around $13,580. The bootcamp includes career support to help students network, build their resume, and enter the job market. Prospective students should consider their career goals, learning needs, and budget when deciding whether a bootcamp will be worth it for them.

Is Nashville Software School hard to get into?

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The Nashville Software School accepts one student for every 2-3 applicants and requires no previous tech experience. Students come from a variety of backgrounds, such as journalism, biochemistry, and music.

Is Nashville Software School free?

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Nashville Software School's bootcamps start at $7,500. For those who don't want to attend one of the intensive bootcamps, the Nashville Software School has shorter, 3-week introductory programs and professional development courses.

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