65 free online courses from the best US colleges, including Harvard, MIT, Princeton, Yale, and more

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  • Coursera, edX, and FutureLearn let you take classes from top colleges for free.
  • Paid options grant access to certificates of completion, feedback, and even final grades.
  • Course topics vary widely, from business and programming to writing and medicine.

Every year, US News & Reports releases its ranking of the top universities in the country. The schools included in the rankings are renowned for their rigorous academic programs, high-profile faculty members, and beautiful campuses. But they’re not easy to get into, nor are they affordable without scholarships.

Thankfully, online learning platforms like Coursera, edX, and FutureLearn are increasing access to high-quality education for anyone with a computer and internet access. The sites’ free and low-priced courses are taught by instructors from the best universities and academic institutions around the world, so anyone can advance their education, pursue new professional goals, or audit a class for fun.

You can browse unlimited free online courses from schools like Harvard, MIT, Princeton, Yale, Columbia, Stanford, Johns Hopkins, NYU, Duke, and The University of Michigan, or pay a fee to earn a certificate of completion that you can display on your LinkedIn profile or resume.

We rounded up the Coursera, edX, and FutureLearn courses from each of the top schools so you can skip directly to your favorite university or browse all that each has to offer.

Note: The following list includes archived courses on edX. They are designated with an asterisk (*).

65 free online classes from the top universities in the country:

1: Princeton University

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Two students walk around the Princeton University campus in New Jersey, November 16, 2013.

Browse all courses from Princeton University on Coursera here

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2: Harvard University

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3: Columbia University

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4: MIT

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4 (tie): Yale University

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6: Stanford University

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6 (tie): The University of Chicago

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8: The University of Pennsylvania

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9 (tie): The California Institute of Technology (Caltech)

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9 (tie): Johns Hopkins University

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9 (tie): Northwestern University

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12: Duke University

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Browse all courses from Duke University on Coursera here

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