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The Recurse Center is...
We value intrinsic motivation and self-direction, and believe people learn best when they're free to explore their passions and interests.
We're free for everyone. We also offer need-based grants for living expenses for people from traditionally underrepresented groups in programming.
We look for smart, friendly, self-directed, and intellectually curious people who enjoy programming and want to get dramatically better.
We have exceptional residents including Peter Norvig, Jessica McKellar, Yaron Minsky, Leigh Honeywell, David Nolen, Peter Seibel, Nada Amin, and more.
The atmosphere here is friendly and intellectual. We have a gender-balanced environment, and lightweight social rules.
We have a tight-knit community of more than 700 alumni from over 30 countries. Our motto is "never graduate."
Recursers have made significant contributions to dozens of open source projects and started many of their own.
We make money by helping great companies hire our alumni. There's no obligation to take a job if you don't want one.
The Recurse Center is full of the most talented engineers I've ever met, and I've never been in a community so dedicated to learning and supporting each other's growth. It is a place that helped me grow immensely as an engineer and as a person and I cannot recommend it enough. I got to connect with people who informed my entire paradigm of programming and I got to write code that was completely out of my scope before RC.— Samantha, Summer 1, 2015 | New York, NY
The atmosphere of the Recurse Center is one of playful exploration, deep intellectual challenge, and profound respect for each individual as a person and learner. As a self-taught programmer, I always knew there was a lot of computer science I'd missed, but I had never found a way "in." At RC, surrounded by amazingly friendly and helpful peers, I was able to learn completely new approaches to problem-solving, and work on far more difficult and interesting problems than I had ever tackled on my own. I am incredibly grateful to the team for nurturing a community which is so principled, thoughtful, and effective.— Matt, Summer 2, 2014 | Berlin, Germany
RC gave me space and just the right amount of structure to dive deep into a major project and learn broadly about topics I'd never have encountered otherwise. Before my batch started, I had only written academic, scientific code, and I didn't feel like I belonged in the programming community. Now, a week and a half out of my batch, I'm more confident in my coding abilities and I've already contributed to open source!— Liz, Summer 2, 2015 | Chicago, IL
It's hard to summarize something that had as great an impact on me as the Recurse Center did. So when people ask me how it was, I usually just answer "good!" The more complete truth is that it got me actually doing work on project ideas that have been bouncing around for ages, reminded me that I really do enjoy programming, and gave me a fantastic community of people who do as well. If you even suspect you want to go, just do!— Kamal, Fall 1, 2015 | Montreal, Canada
When people ask me to describe RC, all I can think of is a magical programming forest of good smart friendly people learning together – it's sort of unreal in its goodness. I've never felt more comfortable learning and asking questions in any environment, academic or otherwise, and I became a better programmer and person from it.— Amanda, Winter 1, 2014 | New York, NY