Our admissions process is designed to be simple and free of cost. Foundry College provides an accessible college education for all interested students who apply and complete the admission process—regardless of educational background. Unlike most colleges, we require no standardized test scores or application fees. Once you complete our simple online application, where we ask for basic personal information to track your application, you'll be emailed with additional information on how to complete the remaining steps.
Please find our application page here, which outlines the admissions process in further detail.
Tuition is based on the number of courses you take per trimester. Tuition for the courses in the Credentialed Certificate programs is set at $400/course, for a total program tuition of $2,400. A variety of payment options are available.
Foundry College is open to all those 18 years or older who are U.S. Citizens or have an authorized status allowing them to study and work in the United States.
Foundry College’s professional skills and credentialed certificate 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 courses.
Foundry College does not require any of the expensive standardized tests required by many colleges. Instead, we have free online assessments to help us ensure that you are set up with the right type and level of support during the program.
Our goal is to admit all students who are serious about wanting to develop future-ready skills. 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 adults to learn “future-ready” 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.
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 certificate will depend on your personal course load.
Credentialed certificates can be earned in as little as eight months, taking three courses per trimester. The Certificate Program Map will help guide your planning.
You can take between one and three required courses at a time, as long as you meet the prerequisites. Each of these courses lasts for 15 weeks.
We have chosen our faculty based on their ability to teach you future-ready skills that will help you grow and succeed in a job. At Foundry College, every class is designed and taught by an experienced faculty member who holds either a Ph.D. in a relevant field or, for professional credentials courses, an industry expert in that area.
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 required courses taken through Foundry College. 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 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.
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.
Our January 2021 (Winter) 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 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-ready 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 upskill 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.