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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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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50 New York teens will win full college scholarship for getting a COVID-19 shot, Cuomo says

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New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo

  • New York has offered teenagers a chance to win a full state college scholarship if they get a COVID-19 shot.
  • The scholarship adds to a growing list of incentives for New Yorkers to get vaccinated.
  • New York’s vaccination rate is slowing, and young people are the least vaccinated group.
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that 50 teenagers living in the state could win a full scholarship to any state college or university if they get a first shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine from Thursday.

The “Get a Shot to Make Your Future” prize draw would allow parents of vaccinated 12 to 17-year-olds to add their child’s names to a raffle. State officials would randomly pick ten names every week for five weeks, Cuomo said at a press conference Wednesday.

The scholarship adds to the list of incentives state officials are using to boost vaccine uptake. Last week, Cuomo unveiled a new “Vax and Scratch” program, which would give people $20 scratch-off lottery tickets for a $5 million cash prize. He announced a two-day free pass to any state park for vaccinated New Yorkers on Monday.

Winners of the prize draw would receive up to five years’ worth of funds to cover tuition, books, and room and board for those enrolling in an undergraduate or approved bachelor’s degree program, Cuomo said.

Cuomo said it was open to all vaccinated 12 to 17-year-olds.

New York state also offers the Excelsior Scholarship, which covers tuition costs for students whose parents make $125,000 or less per year.

Cuomo said the state needed to “get creative” to encourage more New Yorkers to get their shot, amid slowing demand.

“Vaccination rates across the state are beginning to slow and our greatest need is with young New Yorkers who make up a large percent of positive cases and have the lowest vaccination percentage in the state,” Cuomo said at the press conference.

As of Wednesday, 46% of New York residents are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and 55% have received at least one dose, according to a New York Times database.

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

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  • E-learning platforms Coursera, edX, and FutureLearn let you take classes from top colleges for free.
  • Paid options give 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. These schools are renowned for their rigorous academic programs, world-renowned 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 everyone. Their free and low-priced courses are taught by instructors from the best universities and academic institutions around the world, allowing anyone to advance their education, pursue new professional goals, or audit a class for fun. It means you can browse unlimited free online courses from schools like Harvard, MIT, Princeton, Yale, Columbia, UPenn, 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 or resume.

A decade ago, you wouldn’t have been able to easily take classes from these top-ranking schools. Now, you can. We rounded up the Coursera, edX, and FutureLearn courses from each of the 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

Browse all courses from Princeton University on edX here

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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Cord cutting and unbundling caused a massive shakeup in the TV industry. The same type of change is coming to colleges.

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College students are starting to depend more on a range of different entities to meet their needs.

  • Similar to how the cable TV industry was unbundled into options like Netflix and Hulu, students in higher education are starting to depend more on a range of different entities to meet their needs.
  • As time goes on, more young people will choose to forego traditional higher education and instead pull together a quick set of credentialed skills that can help them land a job. 
  • In addition to unbundling academics, universites will start to unbundle amenities and services like healthcare and career services to better meet the varied needs of students. 
  • Adam Weinberg is the president of Denison University in Granville, Ohio.
  • This is an opinion column. The thoughts expressed are those of the author. 
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For decades, the pay TV industry functioned mostly unchanged. Consumers paid for a service package based on how many channels they wished to watch. They then watched content on a single kind of device – a television.

This paradigm is gone. Now consumers pick among a range of content providers like Netflix and Hulu. They may also purchase traditional cable TV packages, or they may purchase channels a la carte. In effect, consumers are unbundling and rebundling their entertainment offerings to suit what they want and can afford. And they are consuming content from a wide range of devices. 

A similar process is taking hold in higher education. Students are starting to depend more on a range of different entities to meet their needs. Viewed the right way, this is an opportunity for universities to better serve students and for students to have more control over their education.

Education 2.0

One of the strengths of US higher education is the range of institutions that can meet a myriad of student needs. 

As time goes on, more young people will choose to forego traditional higher education and instead pull together a quick set of credentialed skills that can help them land a job. They will then acquire more education as they need it over time to build a career.

Much of this will continue to be delivered by community and technical colleges, but more will come from new players in the market, such as Google’s Career Certificates and tech bootcamps like Kenzie Academy

Master programs will also be unbundled. Students rarely need most of what these programs provide, and they often overpay for them. Students will find that LinkedIn Learning, IDEOU, and Pathstream create quicker and cheaper pathways to upskilling. Others will move into this space, including universities that will continue to bite-size their master’s programs into quick upskilling programs. Harvard Business School Online’s short certified courses are one example.

The opportunity ahead

None of this means that the traditional four-year undergraduate residential college is going away – but it will unbundle in interesting ways.

Over the decades, colleges have provided more amenities and services at mixed quality. At larger universities, students often pay for amenities and services they don’t want or can’t access, whereas smaller colleges lack the size and resources to provide the range of amenities and services students need and want. New entrants are now moving into these spaces, which will level the playing field and benefit students. Here are four examples:

Healthcare will increasingly be provided by tele-heath organizations like TimelyMD or Doctor on Demand which can connect students to a wider range of health professionals 24/7. Students may stop paying universities a healthcare fee but will pay an outside provider directly.

Financial aid may still come through the university, but from different kinds of agreements being developed by companies like Better Future Forward, Vemo or College Ave.

Career services, which remain underfunded at most universities, will be provided from multiple entities. Students will find it easier to get internships through entities like Riipen and we will see more efforts like The Denison University Launch Lab, which seeks to be a resource for any liberal arts student who needs career support.

Alumni may bypass their alma mater to connect with fellow alumni through other platforms. For decades universities have owned their alumni lists, but by aggregating data available on social media platforms, a new entrant could create a more up-to-date alumni database and make it easier for alumni to access and use. LinkedIn has already opened this door.

On the academic side, more students are collecting academic credits from a range of institutions. They need ways to aggregate credits into a degree. In the future, a student might get a degree from a university system, rather than a particular university. Or a new kind of entity will figure out how to award degrees through aggregation of credits, experiences and competencies. Platforms like Transferology will help in this process.

Even faculty will unbundle, relying less on their college’s learning management system and the campus (or any) bookstore. Instead, they will work directly with companies like Top Hat to develop their courses on standalone platforms. We may see faculty who develop courses on these kinds of platforms sell to or deliver them in partnership with multiple universities.

From unbundling to rebundling

Just like cable TV consumers, we will see students rebundle offerings to create their own unique college experience. They will find what they want and need from a variety of universities and entities, and many will be able to do this at a reduced cost. 

Universities will experience this process in different ways, depending upon where they sit in the higher education landscape. Struggling institutions will be threatened by new entrants that seek to replicate what they do, but they will also find opportunities to develop new kinds of partnerships that allow them to pivot and reimagine their future.  

More prestigious colleges and universities will find a lot of upside. They will have opportunities to reimagine how they meet students’ needs. This may allow them to focus more on their core purpose – the academic enterprise and the student experience. It will also generate revenue for institutions that can be creative.  

In other words, smart institutions will focus with precision on who they serve and what those students need and want. They will be self-reflective on what they do well and where they want to devote institutional resources. They will use a combination of unbundling and rebundling to better meet the needs of the students they serve.  

Adam Weinberg is the president of Denison University in Granville, Ohio.

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