Adam D’Angelo attended California Institute of Technology, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and a 4.0 grade point average. While in college, he was one of the top 24 finalists in the international Topcoder Collegiate Challenge. He also competed in the Association for Computing Machinery collegiate world programming contest as a member of California Institute of Technology team. His team won a silver medal in 2004 and got a title of North America champions in 2003.
In 2002, D’Angelo won a silver medal in the International Olympiad in Informatics.
Fortune magazine included D'Angelo as runner-up in its 'Smartest people in tech' article.