Our admissions process is designed to be simple and free of cost. Foundry College provides an accessible two-year college education for all interested students who apply and complete the admission process—regardless of test scores or previous grades. Unlike most colleges, we require no standardized test scores, high school or college transcripts, or application fees. We ask for basic personal information to track your application, that you share your personal and professional goals via three short writing prompts, and that you take an online assessment to help us ensure that you are set up with the right type and level of support.
Please find our application page here. Online applications are processed as they come in, as part of a rolling admissions cycle.
Tuition is free while Foundry College is working toward accreditation.
Once Foundry College has received accreditation, tuition costs will be $1,000 per required course ($12,000 for the full Foundry College curriculum)—and need-based financial aid will be available. Financial aid can come from a variety of public and private sources in the form of grants (which do not need to be repaid) or low-cost loans (which do need to be repaid). We will work proactively with all of our students to ensure that they are able to identify and access appropriate financial aid options.
Foundry College is open to all those 18 years or older who are U.S. Citizens, Green Card holders, or have an authorized status (such as DACA) allowing them to study in the United States.
Foundry College’s general education and business major courses are designed to work together to help students get a better job or grow in their current job, and have skills to work in a job that is unlikely to be automated in the foreseeable future. Because these courses are unique in their content and structure, we do not accept transfer credits for general education and business major requirements.
We do accept transfer credits to fulfill our elective requirements. These credits can come from a variety of sources, including other colleges and universities. Students will need to transfer in at least 24 elective credits to graduate with an associate’s degree.
Foundry College does not require any of the expensive standardized tests required by many colleges. Instead, we have one free online assessments to help us ensure that you are set up with the right type and level of support during the program.
Yes, you can apply now and enroll in specific courses closer to the date.
Our goal is to admit all students who are serious about wanting to develop future-proof skills. For applicants beginning courses in May 2020, we plan to admit all students who complete the full admissions process.
No, you do not need a high school diploma or GED to attend Foundry College.
Several aspects of the Foundry College program make it the best option for working adults to learn “future-proof” skills and knowledge so they can thrive in the workforce. First, we teach students the skills that employers are looking for—providing them with a pathway to a better job or job mobility in their current company. Second, our learning approach combines the most effective aspects of active learning and a contained classroom to be both broadly accessible and effective. Third, we provide a high-value education at an affordable price—Foundry College’s 12 required courses cost just $1000 per course, and students can transfer credits from prior college experience to fulfill elective requirements at no additional cost.
Classes are held for 90 minutes two times per week during late afternoon and evening hours. The time will be the same every week. You can view the class schedule for the current trimester on our Schedules & Policies page.
The time it takes to complete your degree will depend on your personal course load. If you complete a full load of courses (2 per trimester), you’ll finish the general education and business major requirements (12 courses) in two years. Depending on how many transfer credits you already have, you may need additional time to complete the elective requirements.
You can take between 1 and 3 required courses at a time, as long as you meet the prerequisites. Each of these courses lasts for 15 weeks. Elective requirements can be completed on your own schedule.
We have chosen our faculty based on their ability to teach you future-proof skills that will help you grow and succeed in a job. All Foundry faculty members hold doctoral degrees, and have substantial experience in the fields they teach.
Foundry’s technical requirements are basic. Students can use any computer with a camera and microphone and an internet connection. Software requirements are also minimal; Foundry uses online software that is available for free to students. Some public libraries and community centers restrict the use of microphones and speakers on shared computers; if you plan to join classes from a public computer, check with your provider in advance about any restrictions.
We will have consultants available to assist with technical problems; if you have technical difficulties, all you will need to do is send a text from your phone and our consultants will do their best to help. In the worst case, all classes are recorded, and you can watch the recording once your issue is resolved.
Find out more about Foundry College’s curriculum and courses.
You will not need to purchase any textbooks for the 12 required courses taken through Foundry College. All course material will be available online during class to keep program costs to a minimum.
You may have additional costs to complete elective requirements; however, since electives can be taken through your program of choice (and many students will be able to meet elective requirements by transferring previous college credits) these costs can easily be adjusted to fit your budget.
Your experience at Foundry College is designed to support your learning and overall success in the program. We’ve created student support services geared toward working adults with busy schedules, including free 1:1 personalized coaching every other week, free peer mentoring if you need it, and a student community. Learn more about our student support offerings.
Outside of class, you will have access to free academic mentoring if you need additional help.
Yes — once Foundry College has received accreditation, we will have financial aid experts to help you navigate financial aid and other tuition payment options. Financial aid will be available from a variety of public and private sources in the form of grants (which do not need to be repaid) or low-cost loans (which do need to be repaid).
Foundry is a mastery-based program, and you’ll need to demonstrate your understanding of key skills and knowledge after each class. Each class includes quizzes to cover important material, and you will need to pass the quizzes to demonstrate capability. Outside of class, you will have access to academic tutors and personal coaches to meet with you 1:1, and you can use these resources for extra support as-needed.
If you miss a class, you will need to watch the recording of the lecture portion of class; there are no live makeup classes. You will need to pass one quiz per class session to move on to the next class. Although you can take quizzes outside of class, passing will be easier if you attend class and take part in live breakout sessions.
A copy of our Winter (January) 2020 trimester Course Schedule and Academic Calendar for 2020, with information about trimester holidays, are available on our Schedules & Policies page.
Foundry College was designed to help working adults get and grow in a job. Our curriculum directly addresses the skills and knowledge that employers seek today, and that will be difficult to automate in the foreseeable future. These future-proof skills include critical thinking, creative problem solving, effective communication, and good judgment.
Foundry College works with employers in several important ways. First, we connect them to our students, providing them a pipeline to fill open positions. Second, we allow them to sponsor their high-potential employees to attend Foundry College, so they can up-skill their existing workforce. Finally, we offer partnership opportunities so employers can provide feedback on program development. Learn more about employer partnerships.
Foundry works with employers across industries, with a focus on three functional areas (sales and customer service management, healthcare management, and systems and service management) within those industries. We focus on organizations that are distributed widely across the United States, and that are projected to experience rapid growth in manager-level job opportunities in the near future
Although Foundry College cannot guarantee you a job, the skills you develop will provide you with the types of skills and knowledge that will help you to get a good job and grow in it. To support job placement, we provide free 1:1 personal and career coaching, and we establish relationships with employers to ensure that your resume is seen and taken seriously.