21 Best Free Online Courses From Top 21 Universities in 2022

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Whether you want to attend a conference at Yale Where sample a course at the University of Michigan before applying to a graduate schoolonline learning offers a convenient way to explore your interests or learn valuable new skills – often, completely free.

On online learning platforms like edX, Courseraand FutureLearn, you can take thousands of online courses from accredited universities, from fundamentals of computer programming to neuroscience. Most also offer optional paid certificates of completion that you can add to your resume or LinkedIn, or are part of longer programs that can potentially be more affordable alternatives to on-campus learning.

To narrow down all the free options, we’ve outlined the most popular online courses from the top 21 universities, as ranked by US News. We’ve determined popularity based on the highest number of current enrollments and included courses that are part of longer certificate programs (because you can still audit them for free).

(Note: We omitted University of California, Los Angeles and University of California, San Francisco from this list because they do not offer online courses through these platforms.)

The most popular online courses from 21 of the best colleges: