University of the People (UoPeople) is the Education Revolution. We are the first non-profit, tuition-free, American, accredited, online university. Dedicated to opening access to higher education globally, UoPeople is designed to help qualified high school graduates overcome financial, geographic, political, and personal constraints keeping them from collegiate studies. UNESCO estimates that by the year 2025, there will be nearly 100 million young people seeking seats in universities that don’t exist. UoPeople believes that access to higher education is a basic right which promotes world peace and global economic development.
The University offers associate and bachelor’s degree programs in Business Administration, Computer Science, and Health Science as well as master’s degree programs in Business Administration and Education. UoPeople was founded in 2009 and accredited in February 2014. University of the People in Arabic was launched in 2020, offering an Associate Degree in Business Administration, while at the same time providing Arabic-speaking students intensive English-language courses. Today, there are more than 75,000 students from more than 200 countries and territories. Over 6,000 of these students are refugees.
UoPeople is directed by President Shai Reshef, and by distinguished international boards of trustees and advisors. Its President’s Council is led by current and former leadership from several of the world’s foremost institutions, including: John Sexton, NYU; George Rupp, Columbia University; Catharine Bond Hill, Vassar College; Nicholas Dirks, UC Berkeley; Suzanne Fortier, McGill University; Haifa Jamal Al-Lail, Effat University; Judith Shapiro, Barnard College; and Nobel Laureate Torsten N. Wiesel, The Rockefeller University. More than 23,000 professionals have volunteered for UoPeople, including those filling key UoPeople leadership positions.
UoPeople has collaborations with Harvard Business School Online, NYU, UC Berkeley, the University of Edinburgh, Effat University, Long Island University and McGill University. 92% of UoPeople graduates are employed, including at such companies as Amazon, Apple, Dell, Deloitte, IBM, Microsoft, and JP Morgan, and institutions such as the UN and the World Bank.
UoPeople is supported by the generosity of individuals and foundations, including the Gates, Hewlett, and Ford Foundations, Fondation Hoffmann, and more. UoPeople has been covered by the New York Times, BBC, NPR, Times Higher Education, US News and World Report, and more. President Reshef’s TED Talk and Nas Daily interview about the University have 30 million views combined.
UoPeople is building a sustainable new model for higher education, in which students are asked to pay only a $120 assessment fee at the end of each course ($240 in the MBA). A four-year bachelor’s degree is only $4,860. For students who might find even these modest fees prohibitive, UoPeople offers a variety of scholarships, to fulfill the part of its mission that no qualified student will be left behind for financial reasons.