Stanford Offering Free Education Again

University plans to put its most popular computer science classes online in January.

Stanford University

Last Fall, Stanford University tried an experiment in free education.

The elite university put its most popular computer sciences classes online and free to the public. The demand was so high that the university is doing it again.

"Both in the United States and elsewhere, many people simply do not have access to a high-quality education.  By putting out this initial set of courses, we hope to teach some of the latest computing technologies to anyone who wants to learn it – for free," Andrew Ng, an associate professor of computer science who taught an online machine learning course, said last fall.

Starting in January, Stanford will offer seven computer science courses and two entrepreneurship classes for the public's consumption.

Registration is free and only takes a few minutes. Each class will be taught entirely online, meaning there will be no text books to purchase and no set class times.

Students will get weekly assignments and an occasional quiz.

A list of the classes being offered is below, and for more information, visit the

  • Computer Science 101
  • Machine Learning
  • Software as a Service
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Natural Language Processing
  • Game Theory
  • Probabilistic Graphical Models
  • Cryptography
  • The Lean Launchpad
  • Technology Entrepreneurship
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