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General Assembly

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Since 2011, General Assembly has transformed tens of thousands of careers with their coding, data science and UX bootcamps. They provide courses in today’s most in-demand skills. When you learn with GA, you get award-winning curriculum, expert instructors, a global community of 70,000-plus full- and part-time alumni, career results from leading-edge tech courses, with mentorship each step of the way.

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Pros

  • Scholarships available
  • Post-grad hiring network
  • Rolling admissions

Cons

  • Employment not guaranteed
  • More expensive than self-study

Bottom Line

General Assembly classes, workshops and events are available online and around the world. Motivated students can learn skills needed to break into tech industries or enroll in career development programs.

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…It was important to me to gain the technical knowledge for my new career, but it was even more important to have support and guidance through the transition… They stuck with me w...

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It's hard to put into words how much the staff and instructors at General Assembly care about their pedagogy and the welfare of their students. It is VERY challenging, but also ve...

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General Assembly programs

Full-time and part-time General Assembly programs for business, coding, design, data, marketing and product management are available online or at one of the 20 General Assembly campuses around the globe. All General Assembly courses are taught by leading industry experts who provide hands-on learning experiences for their students.

On-campus class sizes are capped at 25 students and online courses can have up to 30 students. The average student-teach ratio is 8:1 on General Assembly campuses. In addition to education opportunities for individuals, General Assembly also provides business solution services like talent acquisition and upskilling existing staff for corporations.

  • General Assembly full-time programs: Full-time, immersive courses at General Assembly include software engineering, user experience design, data science and digital marketing. Full-time students at General Assembly get access to a dedicated career coach, job-search prep and real-world learning, plus networking opportunities.
  • General Assembly part-time programs: Part-time courses are offered for user experience (UX) design, data analytics, data science, digital marketing, product management, visual design, front-end web development, plus JavaScript, Python and React development. Part-time, accelerated courses are offered on-campus, while self-paced or mentor-guided circuit courses are online.
  • General Assembly online programs: Immersive remote programs are flexible, but still provide students with one-on-one support and coaching.
  • General Assembly classes and workshops: Students can enroll in short-form classes and workshops to learn more about coding, design, data, marketing and product management. Classes and workshops are offered online and at some campuses.
  • General Assembly free events: General Assembly also provides free introductory livestreams on digital marketing, UX design, product management, statistics, data analytics, HTML/CSS and JavaScript.

General Assembly locations

General Assembly sessions are available online and at campuses around the world. Please note, not every program is offered at every General Assembly location:

  • Atlanta
  • Austin
  • Boston
  • Chicago
  • Dallas
  • Denver
  • Los Angeles
  • New York City
  • Providence
  • San Diego
  • San Francisco
  • Seattle
  • Stamford
  • Toronto
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Europe (London)
  • Asia (Singapore)
  • Australia (Melbourne and Sydney)

General Assembly courses

General Assembly offers immersive and non-immersive courses. Immersive courses prepare students for a new career and non-immersive courses help students advance their skills and create portfolios of their work.

General Assembly coding courses

Coding courses with topics like HTML, CSS, Java and other computer programming languages can open up diverse job opportunities in the tech industry. General Assembly coding bootcamps can also be completed on evenings and weekends or as week-long accelerated courses.

Software Engineering Immersive
Students learn foundational education of computer algorithms, data structures and design structures. By the end of the course, students should know how to code webpages using Hypertext Markup Language (HTML), Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), and JavaScript. Course highlights include instructor-led labs and unit projects. Some previous HTML, CSS and JavaScript experience is required.

  • Full-time: 12 weeks
  • Part-time: 24 weeks
  • Location: Online and on-campus
  • Tuition: $13,850–$14,900

Android Development Immersive
Students learn how to develop Android apps through hands-on experience with Java, XML, Android Studio + SDK, Material Design, SQL, HTTP and REST. Course highlights learning how to utilize Google’s Material Design guidelines and third-party APIs and libraries. For the capstone project, students collaborate with their pees to design and implement a Google Play Store-ready app.

  • Full-time: 12 weeks
  • Location: On-campus
  • Tuition: $13,400–$13,450

Front-End Web Development
Students learn the fundamentals of programming with HTML, CSS, JavaScript and jQuery. There are no prerequisites to enroll, and even novice students can get a better understanding of how to implement designs and ideas through web development.

  • Part-time: 10 weeks
  • Location: Online and on-campus
  • Tuition: $3,850–$3,900

HTML, CSS and Web Design Circuit
This introductory course is for students to learn the basics of functional website design using HTML and CSS. Course highlights include a unit on responsive design and mobile-first principles, weekly exercises and design critiques.

  • Part-time: 10 weeks
  • Location: Online only
  • Tuition: $1,250

JavaScript Circuit
Beginner-level students can learn how to create dynamic, interactive user experiences with JavaScript. By the end of the course, students also have basic understandings of DOM, jQuery, APIs and JSON.

  • Part-time: 10 weeks
  • Location: Online only
  • Tuition: $1,250

JavaScript Development
Intermediate students can develop their front-end skills using JavaScript, jQuery, Git and GitHub, and the command line. For the final project of the course, students create a modern web application using industry best practices.  

  • Part-time: 10 weeks
  • Location: Online and on-campus
  • Tuition: $3,850–$3,900

React Development
Students begin with React fundamentals, such as rendering components and passing props, and then learn how to build multi-page web applications using React Router, plus how to host a React app on Heroku.

  • Part-time: 1 or 10 weeks
  • Location: Online and on-campus
  • Tuition: $3,850–$3,900

Python Programming
Students are introduced to the fundamentals of Python programming. Course highlights include how to add scripting, modules and APIs to Python programs. No previous coding experience is required.

  • Part-time: 1 or 10 weeks
  • Location: Online and on-campus
  • Tuition: $3,850–$3,900
General Assembly UX design courses

General Assembly’s UX and design courses are best for graphic or print designers who want to transition into digital, or product managers who want to learn how to make their websites more user-friendly. Entrepreneurs may also be encouraged to apply if they are looking to build out a user experience around their business ideas.

User Experience Design Circuit
Students learn the fundamentals of UX design, including placement and layout design, wireframing and prototyping. By the end of the course, students can produce full documentation deliverables and clickable prototypes.

  • Part-time: 1 or 6 weeks
  • Location: Online only
  • Tuition: $850

User Experience Design
The course begins with an introduction to UX and design thinking, then students learn about user research and hi-fidelity prototyping. Students are expected to analyze and critique their classmates’ designs.

  • Part-time: 1 or 10 weeks
  • Location: Online and on-campus
  • Tuition: $3,850–$3,900

User Experience Design Immersive
Students learn how to design the behavior of digital products to support user goals and gain experience by collaborating with designers and programmers to create polished, functional products and prototypes.

  • Full-time: 10 weeks
  • Location: On-campus
  • Tuition: $13,850–$14,850

Visual design
This introductory design course teaches the theories, skills and tools needed to design web products and mobile apps with industry-standard tools like Photoshop and Illustrator.

  • Part-time: 1 or 8 weeks
  • Location: Online and on-campus
  • Tuition: $2,700–$2,750
General Assembly data courses

Students can learn SQL, Python, predictive modeling and more to prepare them for careers in data analysis or digital marketing. Data science and data marketing courses are available to full-time and part-time students, online or on-campus.

Data Analytics
Students learn how to analyze, interpret and present data with Excel, SQL and Tableau. Recommended for digital marketers, sales managers, analysts and others who want to use data to make better business decisions.

  • Part-time: 1 or 10 weeks
  • Location: Online and on-campus
  • Tuition: $3,850–$3,900

Data Analytics Circuit
An introductory course for those who want to learn how to collect, analyze and leverage data more effectively. Students learn about the spectrum of data sources, statistical methods and data narrative.

  • Part-time: 10 weeks
  • Location: Online only
  • Tuition: $1,250

Data Science
Data science combines computer science, business and statistics. Students learn how to perform exploratory data analysis with tools like Python and the command line, how to contribute as part of a data science team and how to communicate data-driven information to a general audience.

  • Part-time: 10 weeks
  • Location: Online and on-campus
  • Tuition: $3,850–$3,900

Data Science Immersive
Course begins with how to collect and aggregate data for analyses, then students learn how to use the Python programming language to perform visual and statistical data analysis. The second half of the course is about data modeling, visualization and presentation. Students must have a strong mathematical foundation and basic familiarity with programming to enroll.

  • Full-time: 12 weeks
  • Location: On-campus
  • Tuition: $15,850–$15,900
General Assembly marketing courses

Students can learn how to drive sales in a digital landscape in part-time, self-paced or short-form digital marketing courses, classes and online workshops. General Assembly marketing courses are available online and on-campus for full- and part-time students.

Digital Marketing Circuit
Students get hands-on experience on how to plan, execute, measure and optimize marketing campaigns across various media platforms. Course highlights include paid advertising, search engine optimization, content marketing and social media.

  • Part-time: 5 weeks
  • Location: Online only
  • Tuition: $750

Digital Marketing
Students with a foundational understanding of marketing can learn how to better utilize Facebook Ads, Google AdWords, Google Analytics and conduct SEO research across digital channels. Digital Marketing course highlights include how to design and execute a comprehensive marketing plan.

  • Part-time: 1 or 10 weeks
  • Location: Online and on-campus
  • Tuition: $3,850–$3,900
General Assembly product management courses

Project managers are responsible for the success of digital products, a crucial role in tech companies. General Assembly product management students learn the skills necessary to set visions and strategies in tech industries in part-time courses.

Product Management
Students learn how to navigate product cycles, develop metrics, evaluate statistics and more. Course highlights include wireframing, basic prototyping and Agile development. By the end of the course, students should be able to utilize industry research methods and speak confidently with developers about technical constraints.

  • Part-time: 1 or 10 weeks
  • Location: Online and on-campus
  • Tuition: $3,850–$3,900

General Assembly cost

General Assembly course cost ranges from $750–$15,950 depending on the topic and length of the class. General Assembly accepts check, bank wire, credit and debit cards, and Paypal for tuition and fee payments. After a minimum down payment is submitted to secure your spot in a course, you can choose to pay in installments.

ProgramsCourse lengthTotal cost
Full-time10–12 weeks$13,500–$15,950
Part-time1–10 weeks$750–$3,950
Workshops3–6 hours$99–$250
Events2–4 hoursFree

General Assembly admissions

All General Assembly courses are offered on a rolling basis with an admissions deadline of 24 hours before the first class meeting. To apply for a part-time General Assembly course, you simply need to complete an online application and have a phone interview with an admissions representative. For full-time or immersive courses, the application process is more involved.

  1. Submit a General Assembly application online.
  2. If selected, a General Assembly admissions specialist will evaluate your experience and goals during a phone interview.
  3. If applying for a full-time or immersive course, you must complete an admissions assessment to ensure you’re prepared for the curriculum. Some applicants might need to submit their previous work at this time.
  4. Full-time applicants then interview with an alumnus or instructor to determine if the program is a good fit. Some applicants might be asked to submit a readiness assessment or document their pre-requisite experiences.
  5. Once you meet all requirements, a General Assembly admissions representative will confirm your admission approval.
  6. Approved applicants must make a deposit payment to secure their course, and full tuition must be paid before the end of a course to receive a certificate of completion.

General Assembly scholarships

General Assembly scholarships are available for low-income adults and those who are part of underrepresented communities in tech. General Assembly also works with financing partners to provide loan options for some students. Through the Catalyst Program, some students are eligible to enroll in immersive courses at no up-front cost, then pay back their tuition in monthly installments after they get a job.


See Her Excel Scholarship
The See Her Excel Scholarship awards $1,500 to women studying software engineering and data science.

Social Impact programs
General Assembly partners with nonprofits, governments and companies to provide low-income adults access to courses.

Employer sponsorship
Nearly half of General Assembly part-time students get tuition reimbursement through their employers.

Is General Assembly worth it?

The General Assembly price could be worth it if you’re determined to learn a new coding, design, data, marketing or product management skillset, but need some flexibility — part-time and full-time courses are available online and at 20 campuses. Overall, General Assembly boasts over 35,000 global alumni, 250 expert instructors and 2,500 hiring partners. Still, future employment is not guaranteed and students will get out of the courses what they put into them, whether it’s a General Assembly coding bootcamp or an online circuit for short-form digital marketing.

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Rated with 3 stars
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Original review: Sept. 19, 2021

This review is for the the 9k full stack software engineer by GA in London. Really hard review. I will split it into sectors so you can decide yourselves if it is a good or a bad course as I am not sure what it was yet....

1. Course itself - (10/10). Nice, up-to-date course, well structured with tutors that had a very nice chemistry between them and they knew what they were talking about. Charlotte was the lead one and I think it was the best tutor I had in my life. Really struggling to think of a better one I had. And had many.

2. Management - (5/10). In the end of the course I tried to talk to them about the job support and the ignored me. Amateurs at least.

3. Job support - (0/10). When you pay 9k I was expecting they will have a fair amount of tech companies they will be working with them and they will be recruiting from them. That what I was told. However that wasn't the case... When you finish the course you are all alone to find a job. To make things worse I was dropped from the job support course. I paid 9k and they refused to look at my CV... and guess what. I think I am the 1st and only one who found a job from that class so far... People you run the job support are Clowns! They are recruits and have no idea about coding!!!

4. % of employment after you finish course: don't be fooled. They offer you a 2-4 weeks job with them and they count you as you have been employed!! Sneaky!!!! Reality is that you still don't have a job after 2 weeks right?

5. Conclusion: Do I recommend them or not? I am not sure. I didn't like them! But then I found a job because of them... Hard to say!

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Rated with 2 stars
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Original review: Sept. 13, 2021

When I signed up for the General Assembly Data Science Immersive I was told that the Data Science field is very understaffed and therefore companies will hire you for jobs as a Data Scientist even if you don't have the necessary degrees. I was also told that completing this course would get you JOB READY for these jobs. The course is demanding, a lot of hard work goes into it, however, actual Data Science positions require skills that are just impossible to master in only 12 weeks regardless of how much you work towards it. Other positions like Data Engineer and Data Analyst have less requirements but the skills required for those roles are barely touched on in this course as it mainly focuses on Machine Learning which is more Data Scientist specific.

As I expressed these concerns to the school towards the end of the cohort I was told that this was a bit more of a high level course covering a variety of topics in the Data Science field and that one could choose what to delve into deeper from there, this definitely was NOT what was advertised to begin the cohort. So I kind of felt like this was a bit scammy, basically after I'm locked in an income share agreement for the next four years I started to realize that it was not going to make me job ready, and only at that point did they acknowledge that the "job ready based on coursework" line that had been fed to applicants by the recruiters was basically **.

When they sent out the syllabus prior to the cohort it mentioned Hive and Hadoop which we literally did not touch at all during the cohort, we had a brief exposure to Spark and SQL, but only a few days, after which we were considered to have "learned that material". You don't learn SQL in a few days. Honestly the whole thing was more of a collection of surface level instructionals on just about everything that was covered. You do get a significant amount of hands on practice with Machine Learning and Pandas, but other than that this course is just not enough to make you job ready for anything.

The instructional staff was very helpful but I feel like they were also crunched for time and often unable to get things done in the necessary time frame. Things such as uploading videos, grading, etc. took longer than they should have because quite frankly they had too much on their plates. The outcomes program has been the most solid aspect of the course, but ultimately considering the cost of the course it is not enough to justify the price. The course moves at such a fast pace that you really don't have time to make corrections based on feedback. This course is only good for certain people who are trying to become Data Scientists. It would probably be good for the following:

1. People with degrees (usually advanced degrees) in Statistics, Computer Science, etc.
2. People who are already experienced Software Developers but want to transition to Data Science.

3. People who are in other data roles like Data Analyst or Data Engineer who want to become Data Scientists.

Ultimately, this course would more appropriately be named a Machine Learning course as that is the only area of Data Science that it adequately covers. I was probably naive to have believed the recruiters who assured me that only having an Associate's Degree would not make me a bad fit for this course. I have been applying to Data Analyst and Data Scientist positions since finishing the program and have not gotten a single response from a Data Scientist Position, I have gotten a couple interviews for Data Analyst Positions but as of yet nothing has panned out.

My recommendation would be to do another program that focuses on skills more appropriate to Data Analyst or Data Engineering positions. These skills could be taught through a 12 week immersive experience much more adequately than Machine Learning, Neural Networks, and Deep Learning. Data Analyst positions require less demanding educational standards. Data Engineering positions usually require academic backgrounds in between the requirements for Data Analyst and Data Scientist, but the material/technologies required to become a Data Engineer are not as mathematically complex as those required to become a Data Scientist so you would have a better chance at getting hired as a Data Engineer based purely on a demonstrated understanding of the technologies than you would in a Data Scientist role.

I hope this was helpful, if you don't have at least a bachelor's degree DO NOT TAKE THIS COURSE. Even if you have a bachelor's degree don't take it unless your degree is in statistics, math, computer science or something similar. The name General Assembly is NOT necessarily going to help your resume, it will look better than only having done Youtube instructionals and self-study courses like Udemy, but it will not really get you any recognition in the job search. You'd be better of trying to tackle a subject with lower hiring standards like Software Developer, Data Analyst, or maybe even Data Engineer, there are bootcamps for all of those in various schools, but this one just doesn't get you job ready for anything.

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    Rated with 1 star
    Verified Reviewer
    Original review: Aug. 26, 2021

    It is very expensive and my teacher Annika ** kept of rescheduling classes or not being able to make it, it was very unprofessional and disappointing. Also was not able to secure a job after class ended and there wasn't much support from GA or Annika to help get a job after! I was unfortunate because of my teacher as I was hearing students from other classes having good experiences and being able to get jobs after course. Everyone in my class was disadvantaged and it is proven as no one in my class has a job in what we studied. Extremely unhappy.

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    Rated with 1 star
    Verified Reviewer Verified Buyer
    Original review: Nov. 4, 2020

    Before making my decision to take the course, I reviewed the curriculum heavily. But sadly this is not what was delivered. I signed up for a 12 week course, the instructors thought that it was a 10 week course and only prepared that much. There were units and content that was skipped like UX writing, content strategy, and technical constraints.

    Additionally one the instructors seems highly prejudice, after learning that my background was software engineering, he has more than once told me "engineers have problems with empathy, and I should look at product design instead of UX". This tends to be in response to me expressing concerns that as UX designers are about identifying pain points and solving it we should have more focus on solutions than just wireframes. But even if it was a founded statement in my case, my background as an engineer would be irrelevant to whether I am having problems with understanding the empathy in the situation.

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    Original review: June 26, 2020

    My granddaughter is home schooled and it has done wonders for her. She has a couple of teachers that call her once or twice a week to update her on her work, etc. She spends a few hours on her computer each day. She loves home schooling.

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    Rated with 5 stars
    Verified Reviewer
    Original review: June 20, 2020

    Hi. I'm on a disability support pension I've had a stroke In my head. I'm still recovering. There is is a lot of side effects. I'm very happy with the course. It's very remarkable and helpful. I think you's a wonderful and fulfilled my needs if not it was around years ago. I give you's 10 out of 10. Very pleased with your hard work. It helps moving forward and a great start to life. Thank you. I appreciate your help. Your kindness should be rewarded may God bless you.

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    Rated with 1 star
    Verified Reviewer Verified Buyer
    Original review: May 24, 2019

    I attended the part time 10 weeks course of Data Analytics in GA Sydney in 2017. The instructor was great, very talented and knew his job excellent. My complain is about 2 things: 1- I had a one on one session before enrollment to ensure this course is good for me, and your adviser told me it is, considering the fact that it's a very expensive course (4500$), I wasted all of money! This course was far beyond my knowledge, I could not cope with the topics covered. 2 - I raised this issue in the middle of the course with again another adviser, to let me stop the training, and continue a more basic one, she said NO! it's not possible. So I finished the course, but honestly just wasted my money and time, gained nothing out of this course, so won't recommend you to anyone!

    24 people found this review helpful
    Rated with 5 stars
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    Original review: May 13, 2019

    An entirely new world was opened to me during my 10-week UX Design immersive in Atlanta. My instructor was exceptionally knowledgeable and skilled, and his sense of humor took the edge off my occasional performance anxiety. The industry networking and immersive learning opportunities were pretty unbeatable, too!

    7 people found this review helpful
    Rated with 5 stars
    Verified Reviewer Verified Buyer
    Original review: April 9, 2019

    It's hard to put into words how much the staff and instructors at General Assembly care about their pedagogy and the welfare of their students. It is VERY challenging, but also very rewarding. You get what you put into it. Also, the atmosphere around campus (San Francisco) is top-notch. Very collegial, filled with very smart colleagues that become friends. They'll push you in all the right ways. Strongly recommend!

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    Rated with 2 stars
    Verified Reviewer Verified Buyer
    Original review: March 25, 2019

    While the course itself was useful as an introduction to the field and the instructors were quite good sharing their experience and ideas, the misfit situation of the one off type of course left us out in gaining a real edge in the field. For some of my classmates that were already working in a marketing capacity it may have provided a better experience but it was not helpful for one trying to find his way into a position in marketing or just away from writing code.

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    General Assembly Company Information

    Company Name:
    General Assembly
    Company Type:
    Private
    Year Founded:
    2011
    Address:
    902 Broadway, 4th Floor
    City:
    New York
    State/Province:
    NY
    Postal Code:
    10010
    Country:
    United States
    Website:
    generalassemb.ly