If I hear one more Silicon Valley type gush over a computer science graduate from CMU, MIT, or Stanford, I’m going to puke. Yes, yes, I’m sure these are mighty dandy nice schools, but you’re letting the stench of superiority and shallow whiff of superficial judgement pollute my airways.

The fantastic thing about programmers is that we don’t have to give a fuck about where they were trained because we have something much better available: We can look at what they actually do! We don’t need the indirection of pedigree to guess at their skills, we can look at their code and know it.

Here’s a list of the top tier schools that helped shape the fine band of programmers we employ at 37signals:

  • Lawrence University
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Brock University
  • Washtenaw Community College
  • California Institute of Technology
  • Copenhagen Business School
  • Brigham Young University