With the increasing popularity of online learning, many universities are putting their resources online, making them available to anyone with an internet connection. These free online courses might not offer you college credit or make you eligible to get your degree from a particular university, but they do allow you to learn more about subjects that interest you without paying anything out of pocket. Here are 10 top universities offering free online courses that you can take from home.
1) University of California, Berkeley
Founded in 1868, UC Berkeley is the oldest institution of higher education in the state of California. As one of the original eight campuses of the University of California system, Berkeley was also the first school to prohibit discrimination based on race or gender.
2) The University of Texas System
The University of Texas System is a system of universities, some public and some private, in the state of Texas. The system was created with congressional approval when lawmakers passed the Higher Education Act of 1965. There are currently six institutions that make up the University of Texas System: UT Austin, UT Dallas, UT San Antonio, UT El Paso, UT Permian Basin and UT Brownsville.
3) Yale University
Yale University is one of the top universities in the United States. They offer several free online courses, as well as degrees that can be earned completely online. With over 15,000 students enrolled worldwide, this prestigious university offers both undergraduate and graduate programs through its School of Management, Yale College, and other notable academic schools. Students at Yale are exposed to a great deal of diversity both inside and outside the classroom which encourages an atmosphere where everyone’s voice is heard.
4) Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is among the most prestigious and competitive universities in the world. MIT’s motto, Mens et Manus – Latin for Mind and Hand – captures their philosophy that knowledge without action is useless. The university offers a wide range of bachelor’s degrees, PhDs, and professional degrees in engineering and architecture, science and mathematics, humanities, economics, linguistics and cognitive science, management as well as other interdisciplinary fields.
5) Stanford University
Stanford University is a private research university founded in 1891. The school offers undergraduate and graduate programs, as well as continuing education, through its eight schools and college. Courses are offered via its online database. Nearly half of the students enrolled at Stanford University come from outside the United States, representing 120 countries and 54 states in the US. The language of instruction at Stanford is English.
6) The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
UNC at Chapel Hill has long been a well-respected institution for its wide range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs, ranking as the best public university in the country by U.S. News & World Report (since 2011). The university’s public dedication to education has been continuous since it was founded in 1789, first as a seminary, then a boys’ academy, and finally establishing itself as an official university in 1831.
7) University of Michigan Ann Arbor
Each semester, the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor offers 600 undergraduate and graduate courses online. With all that to choose from, you’re sure to find a class that fits your interests. If you need help connecting to the school’s Wi-Fi, or taking your first test on Blackboard, there’s a 24/7 student tech support service just for that.
8) The State University of New York College at Geneseo
Founded in 1836, the State University of New York College at Geneseo is ranked by US News and World Report as one of the top regional universities in the North. The college’s academic quality and diversity are reflected in its recognition on this list of 10 schools that offer free online courses.
9) Harvard Extension School
Harvard Extension School’s free online courses have a reputation for providing students with Ivy League-caliber coursework without the Harvard price tag. The school offers more than 100 courses to choose from, taught by professors at Harvard University. Whether you’re curious about statistics or looking to brush up on your French, you’ll find something interesting and helpful in the Harvard Extension catalogue. Students can take these courses as quickly or slowly as they want (most are self-paced), and most require no registration fees.
10) Carnegie Mellon University
Carnegie Mellon University is a private research university founded in 1900 by Andrew Carnegie, an industrialist. The institution educates people in arts and sciences, engineering, business, public policy and the humanities.