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Five Facts About UoPeople That Will Blow Your Mind

Updated: June 19, 2024 | Published: January 8, 2019

Updated: June 19, 2024

Published: January 8, 2019

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Did you know that online education was already a thing even before the pandemic caused a massive shift to online education? Indeed, 45.6% of students were already undertaking their graduate courses online by 2018. How do we know all of that, though? Because University of the People is a fully accredited online American tuition-free university and a pioneer in the field of online education. But that’s not the only thing that makes University of the People stand out. Here are five facts about UoPeople that will blow your mind. 

1. A Tuition-Free Model 

The average American student can use close to $30,000 on tuition fees. That excludes living and transport expenses. It makes the US one of the most expensive countries to acquire higher education. 

So you may be wondering, “how does a university with a tuition-free model pay its staff!” A little clarification: a tuition-free model doesn’t mean zero tuition fees.  

At UoPeople, however, there are only two types of fees to cover: 

  1. A $60 application fee (non-refundable)
  2. Assessment fees ($100 per course for undergraduates and $200 per course for graduates)

How does that work out for the typical degree program? Here’s the breakdown below: 

  • Associate Degrees will cost $2060 
  • Bachelor’s Degrees- $4060 
  • Master’s Business Administration–$2,460 
  • Master’s Education (M. Ed.)–$2,660 

We also understand that people’s financial abilities vary, and some may struggle to cover the above fees. In case that happens, several options exist to offer students a reprieve. 

Also, we have scholarship opportunities available to deserving students. You must have completed the admission process and provided details to qualify for the scholarships. 

Below are some of the scholarships available for students: 

  • The Myanmar Scholarship Fund 
  • The Vietnamese Scholarship Fund 
  • Botari Women’s Scholarship Fund 

Another cool fact about UoPeople you’ll love is that you don’t have to pay all the fees upfront like in most other universities. You can pay the fees once you complete the course rather than on commencing. UoPeople is committed to transforming the collective intelligence of people worldwide. Lowering the costs of gaining knowledge is one way we at UoPeople are doing that. 

In Founder and President Shai Reshef’s words, UoPeople is changing education “from being a privilege for the few to a basic right, affordable and accessible for all.” Here’s more information on how this is being accomplished from his TED Talk, which has amassed over 6 million views and counting.

2. UoPeople Has a High Rate of Graduate Employment

For most people, going to college is about gaining knowledge that could easily land them a good job. Having a bachelor’s degree boosts someone’s employability by a whopping 86%. 

That’s why we only have programs that increase our graduates’ employment rate. Our four programs are highly in demand to ensure as high an employment rate as possible for our more than 18,500 potential graduates from over 200 countries. 

A projected 8 %  increase in management jobs from 2021 to 2026 means our graduates won’t struggle for jobs much. The same applies to education and health science degree programs. 

Similarly, Computer Science has one of the highest employment rates, with 61% of graduates practicing in the field. 

While acquiring knowledge and skills in each of the above programs boosts the chances of employment, the curriculum also matters. University of the People collaborates with experts from the relevant fields to draw up practical curriculums that will equip our graduates with all they need to succeed in their respective fields. 

We also partner with different corporations to further boost employment options for our graduates. Our most notable example here is the partnership with Microsoft. 

3. UoPeople Has Students from At least 200 Countries

The good thing about offering online courses is that anyone anywhere can join. Unlike the traditional educational approach, you don’t need to be in a specific place to learn. Our online approach has seen us enroll students from over 200 countries and territories. We don’t need 200 UoPeople locations for e-learning to happen. 

Equal, accessible education means anyone from anywhere worldwide can enroll in a course at University of the People. 

Thanks to initiatives such as the Scholarship for Syrian Refugee and Clinton Global Initiative, we have managed this diverse global number. Both initiatives have allowed refugee students from Syria and Haiti to enroll and learn at University of the People. 

4. We Have No Physical Campuses Because Everything Is Online

If your goal is to learn entirely from the comfort of your home, the UoPeople is where you need to be. This is one fact about UoPeople that has given us recognition worldwide. Although we have 22 global UoPeople locations in Brazil, Canada, Mexico, Nigeria, Japan, and other countries, we have no physical campuses because everything is online. All students need to start is an Internet connection and a smartphone, a tablet, or a computer.  

Only assessments need you to have anything other than a mobile device. That makes studying highly flexible to cater to our increasingly flexible world. If you can work remotely, then you can also learn remotely! 

5. A Qualitative, Quantitative Approach That Boosts UoPeople Degree Value

The learning approach at UoPeople is a pedagogical model utilizing collaborative learning. Different student groups review each other’s work and grade it following set guidelines. Qualified instructors and lecturers oversee this to ensure high-quality learning. With over 7000 volunteers from top universities, the curriculum is whole and ensures student employability. 

Volunteers offer mentorship, host discussion groups, and organize and review learning materials. They also provide students with valuable networking opportunities critical to helping them navigate the job market. 

Peer-to-peer discussion assignments ensure each student gets a fresh perspective on their course. This qualitative and quantitative approach fosters enjoyable collaborative learning spaces and boosts UoPeople’s degree value. 

Transforming the Education Sector One Student at a Time

Knowledge is power, and University of the People is committed to ensuring everyone has access to this power. Our initiative has received recognition from the highest power levels, from the White House to the Vatican. As you might have learned from the facts about UoPeople, we are committed to keeping our programs tuition-free and accredited. That will allow us to offer the vast majority of the global population the power to change their lives. 

University of the People’s mission and values continue to be recognized and rewarded by places like the White House to meetings with the Pope. Global ambassadors like Olympian Simone Biles and social entrepreneurs like Nas Daily have taken notice and helped to spread the word.

Our mission is to ensure everyone gets a fair shot at changing their lives through accredited, high-employability degree programs. Visit our website to see the degree programs you can apply for and enjoy learning in a flexible environment. 

At UoPeople, our blog writers are thinkers, researchers, and experts dedicated to curating articles relevant to our mission: making higher education accessible to everyone.