University of the People has shown its success numerous times throughout the years — as the first accredited, tuition-free online university we have been able to successfully show our great strides.


We have brought greater opportunities on a yearly basis to our students and future students world-wide—building greater access to higher education through our reputable method and educational structure.

Since its launch in 2009, University of the People has taken great strides as the world’s first non-profit, tuition-free, accredited, online academic institution. Founder & President Shai Reshef has also been widely recognized for his contribution to higher education.

The first UoPeople student transfers to UC Berkeley

Our first Uopeople associate degree graduate was accepted to transfer to complete her Bachelor’s degree at UC Berkeley.

University of the People receives reaccreditation

UoPeople continues to show the high quality of its degree programs through it reaccreditation with the DEAC.

University of the People now accepts transfer credits

A great opportunity for students who have completed courses at other institutions. The ability to transfer credits may enable students to graduate faster.

UoPeople Admitted Over 4,000 Students - June 2016

Over 4,000 students from over 180 countries were admitted to University of the People. 

JUNE 2016
University of California Berkeley Partners with UoPeople - April 2016

UC Berkeley partners with UoPeople to accept applications from top qualified UoPeople Associate’s degree graduates to transfer to complete a Bachelor’s degree at Berkeley.  

APRIL 2016
World's First Tuition-Free, Accreditied Online MBA - March 2016

UoPeople launches world’s first tuition-free, accredited online MBA.

MARCH 2016
UoPeople Launches First Health Science Program - March 2016

UoPeople launches first Health Science program – with a major in Community and Public Health at the Associate’s and Bachelor’s Degree levels.

MARCH 2016
President Shai Reshef Awarded Prince’s Prize - January 2016

President Shai Reshef awarded Prince’s Prize for Innovative Philanthropy by HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco. 

UoPeople Announced its Emergency Refugee Initiative - Fall 2015

In response to the crisis in Syria, UoPeople commits to accepting at least 500 refugees (mainly from Syria) with scholarships to pursue associate’s and bachelor’s degrees. 

FALL 2015
UoPeople President Shai Reshef Presents at TED, March 2014

President Shai Reshef presented a TED Talk on the need for tuition-free higher education to open the gates for all qualified individuals.

MARCH 2014
UoPeople President Reshef presents at TED

UoPeople President Reshef presents at TED

UoPeople Receives Accreditation From the DEAC - February 2014

UoPeople receives accreditation from the Distance Education Accrediting Commission, a U.S. Department of Education authorized accrediting agency.

President Shai Reshef Awarded FastCompany's Most Creative People Award - December 2013

President Shai Reshef was featured in FastCompany’s Most Creative People.

MARCH 2013
President Shai Reshef Awarded an RSA Fellowship - December 2013

President Shai Reshef was awarded to the British Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) fellowship.

Microsoft 4Africa Partners with UoPeople - August 2013

Microsoft 4Africa announced a scholarship program to give 1,000 students from Africa scholarships to study at UoPeople.

UoPeople at the White House! - February 2013

President Shai Reshef was invited to the White House on behalf of the University and innovative education model.

UoPeople Introduces Womens Scholarship Fund - Hewlett-Packard Pledges $200,000 to Educate 100 Women - July 2012

HP was the first corporation to the fund, sponsoring Associate degrees for 100 women.

1,000,000 Support UoPeople on Facebook! - June 2012

More than a million people have voiced their support of opening the gates to higher education by joining UoPeople on Facebook.

Presidents of Oxford, NYU, GYU and More Unite Behind UoPeople as Members of a New Council - May 2012

UoPeople Presidents Council has leadership from top universities around the world.

President Shai Reshef Nominated in Wired Magazine's "50 People Changing the World" - February 2012

President Shai Reshef has “revolutionized higher education” – Wired Magazine

NYU Collaborates With UoPeople to Accept Students to NYU Abu Dhabi - June 2011

UoPeople students identified for admission to one of the most selective institutions worldwide.

HP Opens Research Internships to UoPeople Students - June 2011

HP announced the launching a research internship program with University of the People to help prepare UoPeople students for the world economy.

Partnering for a Technology Center in Ramallah - November 2011

The technology center will be building upon and enhancing the technology infrastructure of the University of the People.

Haiti Project Commences - November 2010

In November, Shai Reshef traveled to Haiti to officially launch UoPeople’s CGI Commitment to provide 250 Haitians with the opportunity to access higher education.

HuffPost Game Changer - September 2010

Shai Reshef attended the Washington Ideas Forum 2010, an annual event hosted by The Atlantic, the Aspen Institute and Newseum.

Clinton Global Initiative Grants Membership - August 2010

Shai Reshef, on behalf of University of the People, became a member of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) in August 2010.

University of the People Rings NASDAQ Closing Bell - August 2010

In August 2010, the non-profit organization was invited by the for-profit world to ring the closing bell.

President Shai Reshef Inducted into International Ashoka Fellowship - January 2010

In recognition of his revolutionary venture, Shai Reshef was elected an Ashoka Fellow in December 2009.

Law School Information Society Project Partners with University of the People - September 2009

Yale ISP expanded its program in digital education with this research partnership.

Classes Commence - September 2009

At the UNDESA-GAID Global Forum Mexico, President Shai Reshef announced inaugural UoPeople class of 177 students from 49 countries.

Fast Company Names Shai Reshef to Its List of the 100 Most Creative People in Business - May 2009

Fast Company named President Shai Reshef as one of its 100 Most Creative People in Business.

United Nations Welcomes Shai Reshef and University of the People - May 2009

The United Nations GAID named President Shai Reshef to its High-level Panel of Advisers.

University of the People Launches - January 2009

Reshef announces pioneering initiative at the DLD Conference in Munich, Germany, in January 2009 in front of 300 innovators in education, Internet and design.