Academic Earth


Want a free Ivy league education? Check out the incredible free online learning resources from Academic Earth. Online lectures from Harvard, Yale, Stanford, MIT and over 20 other schools.

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Academic Earth was launched on the premise that everyone deserves access to a world-class education. In 2009, we built the first collection of free online college courses from the world’s top universities. The world of open education has exploded since then, so today our curated lists of online courses are hand selected by our staff to show you the very best offerings by subject area. We also make sure there is something for everyone: whether you want to explore a new topic or advance in your current field, we bring the amazing world of academia to you for free.

In 2008, Richard Ludlow, Chris Bruner, and Liam Pisano, founded Academic Earth with the mission of giving everyone on earth access to a world-class education. Backed by an angel investor group, including four Yale professors, Honest Tea founder Barry Nalebuff, and Pulitzer Prize winner Daniel Yergin, Academic Earth stood instrumental in the online learning revolution.

Recognizing the critical role of the Internet in supporting their mission, the founders set out to develop an interactive web-based platform for users to actively engage with free online education resources from the world’s top universities. The site continues to evolve in response to rapidly changing educational technology.

In 2012, Academic Earth was acquired by, a leader in consumer driven-content strategy with a strong online presence in higher education. Under the new ownership, Academic Earth gains the expertise and resources invaluable to refining its learning platform while better connecting users with premier, web-based educational content.

Academic Earth holds true to its original mission of giving everyone access to a world-class education.

Academic Earth is headquartered in Houston, TX.


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Harvard University, founded in 1636, is America's oldest Ivy League university. Located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Harvard consists of an undergraduate program, the College, as well as 13 other graduate level schools and institutes offering top-ranked programs in fields such as Medicine, Business, and Law. Notable alumni include former U.S. president Franklin Delano Roosevelt, poet Robert Frost, architect Frank Gehry, songwriter Leonard Bernstein, and comedian Conan O'Brien.


The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), founded in 1861, is located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and is one of the foremost U.S. institutions in science and technology. It is comprised of five schools and one college, including the renowned School of Engineering and Sloan School of Management, offering Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctorate degrees. Notable alumni include Ben Bernanke, Chairman of the Federal Reserve, Benjamin Netanyahu, prime minister of Israel, and American astronaut "Buzz" Aldrin.



One of the world's leading universities, Stanford was founded in 1885 in what is now Stanford, California. It is comprised of seven schools, four of which are devoted exclusively to graduate education. Stanford's most renowned programs include the Graduate School of Business, Law School, School of Engineering, and School of Medicine. Notable alumni include author John Steinbeck, Supreme Court Justice William Rehnquist, and Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page.




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