University of the People Continues as Usual During Covid-19


[Pasadena, CA. April 2, 2020] – During the global pandemic of COVID-19, University of the People (UoPeople) has been able to continue all normal operations seamlessly. As a fully online university operating for over a decade, UoPeople has not been affected by disruption and continues to provide quality education to students regardless of circumstances.  


“We find ourselves in an unprecedented time, where the global coronavirus pandemic has generated widespread panic, anxiety, and disruption. However, our courses, operations, and support have remained uninterrupted,” said Shai Reshef, President of University of the People.  “We hope that by continuing our courses ‘as usual,’ we have been able to provide some normalcy and comfort for our students in a time that is anything but normal.”


University of the People has seen a spike in applications since fears of the coronavirus have taken off, from students whose schools may have shut down, or who may have lost their jobs, or who may have been stuck in a lockdown. Because UoPeople has the infrastructure in place to continue smoothly, the university has been fully prepared for any additional influx of students affected by these concerns.


“University of the People’s mission is to ensure that all qualified students are able to pursue higher education, and we happy to continue this work without any disruptions, even with the rest of the world shutting down,” said President Reshef. “I am appreciative of all of our volunteers, instructors, and employees who make it possible for teaching and learning to continue.”


About University of the People

University of the People (UoPeople) is the Education Revolution. It is the first non-profit, tuition-free, American accredited online university. Currently there are 44,000 students from over 200 countries and territories. Designed to open access to higher education globally, UoPeople helps qualified high school graduates overcome financial, geographic, political, and personal constraints keeping them from collegiate studies. The University offers associate and bachelor’s degree programs in business administration, computer science, and health science, as well as an MBA and M.Ed. program. Graduates of UoPeople can be found working at such companies as Deloitte, Amazon, Apple, Pfizer, Microsoft, and Wells Fargo. UoPeople partners with New York University (NYU), University of California (UC) Berkeley, and The University of Edinburgh and is supported by foundations such as The Gates Foundation, Ford Foundation, and Hewlett Foundation. Learn more at




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