The Computer Science Education
of the Future

Immersive preparation for the world's most in-demand careers
for as little as $0 until you're hired

A New Model for Higher Education

Lambda School invests in a small number of ambitious individuals by training them for the world's most in-demand careers.

In exchange, Lambda School graduates pay back a small percentage of their salary after they are hired.


Applicants run through a battery of tests and interviews designed to identify those with the greatest aptitude for a highly technical career.


Once students are selected, a small class undergoes live, intensive online training designed to meet the rigorous demands of our hiring partners.

Lambda School Courses

Computer Science Academy

6 months (full-time)
Web & Software Engineering

$0 up-front
+ 17% of salary for 2 yrs

(or $20,000 up-front)

Learn More
Machine Learning & AI Academy

6 months (full-time)
Machine & Deep Learning

$0 up-front
+ 17% of salary for 2 yrs

(or $20,000 up-front)

Learn More

The skills you need, wherever you are

Lambda School is streamed live from Silicon Valley to a small, interactive class located all over the world.

Featuring world-class instructors, cutting edge curriculum, and plenty of one-on-one help, you can attend Lambda School from wherever you happen to be.

Graduate Risk-Free

Only begin paying tuition after you have a job.
Only continue paying while you're making more than $50,000/year.

No more unpayable student loans.

A Risk-Free Career

Once you have a high-paying job, you'll pay back tuition or a percentage of your salary.

Aligned Incentives

We only succeed if you do. We make an investment in you, instead of the other way around.

Classroom Experience

Lambda School's online classroom experience is the same as any physical classroom should be—live students, live instructors, full interaction, pair programming, and frequent code reviews.

World-Class Instructors

Karthik Viswanathan

Karthik previously taught Computer Science at Stanford University, and has worked at companies like Stripe and Mozilla.

Ben Nelson

Ben hails from Hack Reactor and Dev Mountain, as well as iFit, where he was a full stack developer for several years.

Sean Chen

Sean comes from the Applied Math program at UC Berkeley, as well as contracting for NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Ryan Hamblin

Ryan was a senior engineer at several companies, and spent some time at both Dev Mountain and Maker Square (now Hack Reactor).


Top-Down Education

Unlike traditional Computer Science programs, Lambda School teaches computer science principles by programming. Instead of starting with theory, we start by building applications, and add on layers of algorithms, abstraction, computer architecture, and theory to make our applications better.

You'll not only learn the practical skills required to become a software engineer, but how to think abstractly and solve problems from first principles.


Diverse backgrounds, valuable network

The Lambda School application process is blind to gender and race. Our students come from a wide variety of backgrounds, and hail from all over the world.

Lambda School students stay connected long after their class ends, and are always welcome back to audit classes, view archives, and continue learning.

Meet the Students — Current Class


Jiovan Melendez

Jiovan was the second employee and director of product at Scan, which was acquired by Snapchat for $54 million in 2014. He speaks three languages with native fluency.


Latoyya Smith

Before joining Lambda School, Latoyya held a B.S. and an M.S. in Computer Science. After interning at Google, she joined Lambda School to make her theoretical knowledge practical.


Patrick Kennedy

Patrick was the assistant editor for "Cars" and "Ratatouille" at Pixar in addition to having been a bioremediation technician at Forensiclean.


Drew Mueller

Drew traveled the world playing poker professionally during most of his 20s. He joined Lambda School to find a new, more sustainable career.


Top-rated computer science program

Lambda School carries a near-perfect rating on all review sites

4.98 of 5 stars on Course Report

“This is the kind of stuff they should be teaching in schools. Absolute five star course.”

4.95 of 5 stars on SwitchUp

“Phenomenal. The stuff on React alone is worth the price of the full class”

Applications Now Open

Apply Now