University of the People

Feb 2, 2014
So I just finished my first year and thought I'd share my experience.

I started university last year (I'm 50 now) and it's tuition free (meaning you pay for the test, each are $100, so after 4 years it'll only cost $4000 if you don't fail a test), universal (meaning anyone that can speak English), and they have two degree programs, computer science and business administration. It's 100% online and accredited with the U.S. Department of Education. It's called University of the People. They call themselves U-0-People as in "You Owe People". Here's how I found them and why they exists:

It's not easy, and it will take you four years, but I've learned so much in my first year. I really enjoy it. There is a lot of research you have to do, a lot of reading, and a lot of writing. With me being older, it takes me a bit longer and I'm a perfectionist, so I spend too much time on every task. I have a full-time job so I only work on evenings and weekends. Just last month they started accepting credits from other schools, so I might get to finish earlier than 4 full years. I've not yet submitted my ancient credits so I'm not sure what they'll take. Each term is 9 weeks long with 2 weeks between them making it 5 terms a year. I take two classes per term. After your 4th term you can take 3 classes if you want.

Most of my classmates are other countries. All but one of my instructors were from outside the USA. I've had a Greek, Italian, Israeli, French, Nigerian, South African, Chinese, Korean, and USA instructors.

I don't get anything for sharing this information (besides you don't know me personally). Even if you're not out for a degree, having the constraints to accomplish the work, propels you to learn. I highly recommend it, if not for anything more than taking a single class every now and again to keep the space between the ears alive. :)