University of the People Opens Academic Year With 44,000 students


[Pasadena, CA. September 3, 2020] – University of the People has opened the new academic year with a massive rise in enrollment – 44,000 students from nearly 200 countries and territories. This substantial increase doubles the 22,000 students who were enrolled the same time last year.


“The University is constantly growing, but the total of 44,000 students we have enrolled for the current term represents a new phenomenon,” said Shai Reshef, President of University of the People. “With the coronavirus impact and unemployment soaring across the world, there are many people who need go back to school to complete their degree or to change their career path in order to improve their chances in finding a job.  We expect to see a continued spike in enrollment and are fully prepared for an additional influx of students.”


“We are proud that we have managed to cut down almost the entire cost of higher education. We will always remain tuition-free, meaning students will never be charged for their educational instruction, course materials, or annual enrollment. All that we ask students to contribute are minimal assessment fees to remain sustainable, and for those who cannot afford even that, we are striving to offer scholarships and grants,” said President Reshef.


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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Carrie Gray, Vice President of Public Relations

University of the People

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