In this study, we demonstrate a platform for reprogramming somatic cells with high efficiency in the absence of exogenous reprogramming factors. Sustained laterally confined growth of cells on micropatterned substrates results in sequential changes to the nucleus and chromatin with each cell division, leading to the progressive erasure of lineage specific characteristics and incorporation of pluripotency. After 10 days of confined growth, the cells exhibit stemness and have multilineage differentiation potential. Our observation highlights a previously unknown role of mechanical constraints in nuclear reprogramming. Our method provides a unique approach to greatly improve stem cell technologies for developing patient specific disease models and regenerative medicine.