The University of the People (UoPeople) is a non-profit private, distance education university. University of the People was launched by educational entrepreneur Shai Reshef in January 2009. Although the university has no campus due to its online distance learning nature, it uses a shared office in California as an office of admission.

The first UoPeople students began classes in September 2009, studying for associate and bachelor’s degrees in business administration and computer science. At that time, the school had no accreditation and did not charge any fees or tuition.

 In February 2014 UoPeople received accreditation from the Distance Education Accrediting Commission. The Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a recognized accrediting agency.

The Distance Education Accrediting Commission is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). In addition, UoPeople has been recognized as a Candidate for Accreditation by WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). For more details, see our Accreditation page.

Why the University Of The People


UoPeople doesn’t charge for online college courses, course materials, or annual enrollment. Pay our minimal fees as you go, never upfront.

UoPeople is a 100% online college. Control your schedule by studying anytime and anywhere you want – at home, work, or even on the move.

UoPeople is an accredited, American online University. Our academic leadership includes scholars from top universities around the world.


Our classes are small and every student has a Program Advisor from their first day of classes all the way until graduation.


With students from more than 200 countries and territories, you’ll learn skills to help you thrive in the global business world.


We’re the leader in 100% online education, with more than 12 years of experience serving students around the world.

University of the People Academic Programs

UoPeople matches your ambition to help you meet your goals. UoPeople programs are American-accredited, 100% online, and affordable so you can graduate debt-free with the knowledge you need to become an industry leader.

Master’s Degree Programs

Gain specialized professional and leadership skills to take your career to the next level with an advanced degree.

Bachelor’s Degree Programs

Take charge of your future with a quality degree program developed by industry leaders to equip you for real-world success.

Business Administration

Health Science

Computer Science

Associate’s Degree Programs

Expand your knowledge with essential skills to enter a variety of fast-growing fields.

Business Administration

Health Science

Computer Science

Non-Degree Programs

Sharpen your skill set and showcase your expertise to stand out in a competitive job market – quickly.

Business Administration

Health Science

Computer Science

English as a Second Language

How To Apply UoPeople’s

UoPeople’s online application is easy, quick, and simple. With a few short steps and by providing basic information, you can begin the journey to your new future. 

In the UoPeople Admissions Application, you will be asked to provide:

Basic information such as name, address, and date of birth.

Education history information, such as high school or Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) name, location, and completion dates. If you are an Undergraduate applicant and unable to provide this, click here.

English proficiency–completion and score, if relevant.

One-time non-refundable Application Fee.

To start, apply on our website at and provide us with some basic information about what degree you want to study and your current level of education. You will then be directed to our payment page where you can pay the $60 application fee. This minimal cost helps us continue our mission to provide a tuition-free, high-quality education for all. You will then get an email with login details to access the UoPeople portal.