University of the People

Cause Area

  • Education & Literacy
  • Employment


225 S. Lake Ave. Suite 300Pasadena, CA 91101 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

University of the People (UoPeople) is a non-profit organization devoted to providing universal access to quality, online post-secondary education to qualified students.

The vision of University of the People is grounded in the belief that universal access to education is a key ingredient in the promotion of world peace and global economic development.

The mission and vision are guided by the University's four core values:


University of the People is based on the belief that education at a minimal cost is a basic right for all suitable applicants, not just for a privileged few. The University opens the gates of higher education to qualified students anywhere in the world by offering its programs through distance learning and by making this opportunity affordable.


University of the People creates an inclusive community by making its academic programs, educational services, and employment opportunities available to all qualified individuals from all over the world, and by providing learning opportunities that engage students and faculty from diverse backgrounds.


University of the People grounds its institutional culture grounded in candor, transparency and best professional practices, and expects all students, faculty, staff, and administrators to uphold the highest standards of personal integrity, honesty and responsibility. Additionally, the University expects its students to take responsibility of their education, and to pursue their studies diligently and with seriousness of purpose.


University of the People provides a high-quality online academic experience, suitable in its scope and depth to the challenges of the 21st century. The University assesses and evaluates all aspects of its academic model on an ongoing basis.


University of the People (UoPeople) is the world's first tuition-free online academic institution dedicated to the global advancement and democratization of higher education. The high-quality low-cost global educational model embraces the worldwide presence of the Internet and dropping technology costs to bring university-level studies within reach of millions of people across the world. With the support of respected academics, humanitarians and other visionaries, the UoPeople student body represents a new wave in global education.


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