Free Harvard Courses
Free Harvard Courses

Free Harvard Courses

When you hear the name “Harvard” you think of a university with a prestigious reputation for greatness.  Founded in 1636, the Ivy League university has long history of educating high achievers.  With that being said, Harvard University is also known for its strict selection of students. 

Shocking Statistics

Let’s take a look at their admission statistics.  According to Harvard, they received 57,786 applicants.  Out of that large number, only 2,320 applicants were admitted.  This roughly breaks down to only about 4.01% of all applicants being admitted into Harvard University.  Yes, this is discouraging for some, but what if I told you that it is possible to get a taste of what the university offers for free?

What Does This Mean?

Yes, you read right!  I’m here to tell you that Harvard offers some of their courses for free on their website.  Here is what that means:

  • There is no need to apply to the university!
  • You don’t have to be a current admitted student or alumni!
  • You don’t have to pay tuition, books, and fees for a university!
  • Scholarships, grants, and student loans aren’t needed!
  • You don’t have to leave the house!

What is Offered?

There are free Harvard courses for various subjects.  It is up to you to find out what it is that you want to learn about.  When I looked on the Harvard Professional and Lifelong Learning website, I saw courses which covered a wide variety of topics such as introductory computer programming, business, education/teaching, health and medicine, and more.  As for the duration of the courses, some are short while others can span over 12 weeks. 

Harvard University – Professional and Lifelong Learning Website for Free Courses

With some courses you have two options after completing them:

  1. You can take the course just for fun and receive nothing in return except the joy of having knowledge.
  2. You can take the course and pay an additional fee to add a verified certificate after you complete it.  A verified certificate serves as proof that you competed the course. For example,

How Do I Register?

Use the filters on the website to sort through Harvard’s free courses.  Once you have chosen your desired course, you can simply click on the link to learn more about it.  You will be directed to a more detailed course page on edX to register.  Registering is simple when you create an account:

  • Enter your full name
  • Enter your email
  • Create a unique username
  • Create a password for your account

No Strings Attached

In my previous blog post I let everyone know that you no longer have to go the traditional route of enrolling into a college or university in order to learn a new skill or trade.  Taking free online courses through Harvard University and edX is a great opportunity for anyone to learn from the highest ranked Ivy League school in the United States.  The best part is, there are no strings attached. 

It doesn’t matter who you are, what background you have, or if you have taken any college courses before. You are able to learn from some of the best out there.  Now that you know that this opportunity is out there, what will be your next move?

Click here to the Harvard Professional and Lifelong Learning website: https://pll.harvard.edu/

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