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 for the next three trimesters are open now.
Because early cohorts are providing valuable feedback to improve the program for future students, we waived tuition for our first three cohorts (January 2019, May 2019, and September 2019 start dates), and will do the same for our fourth cohort (starting in January 2020).
For all future classes, tuition will be based on the number of courses you take per trimester. Each course costs $1,000, and the full two-year degree has twelve courses. Thus, the total program cost is $12,000. Once Foundry College has received accreditation, Foundry students will qualify for need-based financial aid, which 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). Once we achieve accreditation, we will reach out to all students to help identify 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.
The Foundry College program is unique, both in its content and its structure. Our courses are arranged into a coordinated sequence, each building on the previous course. These courses all are designed to work together to help students get a better job (if they so desire), grow in their job, and have skills to work in a job that is unlikely to be automated in the foreseeable future. No other college has such a program. As such, transfer credits will be limited and subject to specific requirements. We expect to be able to share more details by the end of the year.
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 January 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—just $6,000 per year for a full course load or $1000 per course.
Classes are held for 90 minutes two times per week. The time will be the same every week. For the First Class (starting in January 2019), we will finalize class times based on student input during the admissions process. Details will be available soon.
Although we have designed a two-year program, the time it takes to complete your degree will depend upon your personal course load. A “full” load would include six courses per year for a total of twelve courses for the full program.
You can take between 1 to 3 courses at a time, and you have the flexibility to take time off between courses. Each course lasts for 15 weeks.
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. All course material will be available online during class to keep program costs to a minimum.
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, we will have financial aid experts to help you navigate financial aid and other tuition payment options. Once Foundry has received accreditation, students will qualify for need-based financial aid that can come from a variety of public and private sources. Once we achieve accreditation, we will reach out to all students to help identify financial aid options.
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.
Orientation: week of April 29, 2019
Classes begin: week of May 6, 2019
Classes end: week of August 12, 2019
Holidays (no class):
May 27 and 28 (Memorial Day)
July 3 and 4 (Independence Day)
Orientation: week of August 26, 2019
Classes begin: week of September 2, 2019
Classes end: week of December 16, 2019
Holidays (no class):
September 2 and 3
October 14 and 15
November 11 and 12
November 27 and 28
Orientation: week of January 6, 2020
Classes begin: week of January 13, 2020
Classes end: week of April 20, 2020
Holidays (no class):
January 20 and 21
(Martin Luther King Jr. Day)
February 17 and 18
(George Washington's Birthday)
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. We also help you secure internships during the program, matching your skills and goals with jobs in our employer network.
Foundry College works with employers in several important ways. First, we connect them to our students, providing them a pipeline to fill internships and 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 cannot guarantee you a job, the skills you will develop at Foundry will position you to get a good job and grow in it. To support job placement, we connect students with internships, offer free 1:1 academic and career coaching, and establish relationships with employers to ensure that your resume is seen and taken seriously.