The Best Free Online Course From The Top 20 Universities

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  • Some best schools in the world have free online courses on edX, Coursera, and FutureLearn.
  • Below, you can find each university’s most popular online course, based on enrollment.
  • Schools include Harvard, MIT, Stanford, Princeton, Yale, UC Berkeley, Columbia, etc.

Whether you’re looking forward to attending a Yale lecture or sampling a University of Michigan class before applying to graduate school, online learning offers a convenient way to explore your interests or gain valuable new skills.

On online learning platforms like edX, Coursera, and FutureLearn, you can take thousands of online courses from accredited universities, many of which are completely free. 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 free online courses from the top 20 universities, as ranked by US News. (Note: University of California, Los Angeles and University of California, San Francisco do not offer online courses through these platforms, so they do not appear on this list.)

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).

The most popular online course among the top 20 colleges: