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Your Ivy League dream can now come true thanks to free online courses. Source: Yana Paskova/Getty Images North America/AFP

Did you know you could access hundreds of courses from Ivy League universities on one platform alone?

Class Central offers 450 free online courses from Brown, Harvard, Cornell, Princeton, Dartmouth, Yale, Columbia and the University of Pennsylvania.

For many, studying at any of these prestigious institutions would be an academic dream come true. Well, now you can make that happen – remotely. 

Here are the free online courses from Ivy League universities, classified according to subjects by Class Central founder Dhawal Shah.

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Computer science studies are in high demand globally – and now you can access several free online courses. Source: Kelly Sikkema/Unsplash

Computer Science (40)

CS50’s Introduction to Computer Science

Algorithms, Part I

Algorithms, Part II

Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Technologies

Machine Learning for Data Science and Analytics

Machine Learning

Artificial Intelligence (AI

Reinforcement Learning

Machine Learning

Software Defined Networking

Computer Architecture

Enabling Technologies for Data Science and Analytics: The Internet of Things

Analysis of Algorithms

Robotics: Perception

Machine Learning: Unsupervised Learning

Animation and CGI Motion

Networks Illustrated: Principles without Calculus

Linux Basics: The Command Line Interface

C Programming: Modular Programming and Memory Management

CS50’s Understanding Technology

CS50’s Computer Science for Business Professionals

CS50’s AP® Computer Science Principles

Algorithm Design and Analysis

HI-FIVE: Health Informatics For Innovation, Value & Enrichment (Administrative/IT Perspective)

HI-FIVE: Health Informatics For Innovation, Value & Enrichment (Clinical Perspective)

Networks: Friends, Money, and Bytes

C Programming: Using Linux Tools and Libraries

C Programming: Pointers and Memory Management

C Programming: Language Foundations

[New] CS50’s Introduction to Artificial Intelligence with Python

CS50 for Lawyers

[New] Robotics: Vision Intelligence and Machine Learning

Data Structures and Software Design

Computational Thinking for Problem Solving

Cryptocurrency and Blockchain: An Introduction to Digital Currencies

HI-FIVE: Health Informatics For Innovation, Value & Enrichment (Social/Peer Perspective)

Computer Science: Algorithms, Theory, and Machines

Computer Science: Programming with a Purpose

C Programming: Advanced Data Types

C Programming: Getting Started

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Data Science (18)

Statistics and R

Statistical Thinking for Data Science and Analytics

Data Science: R Basics

People Analytics

High-Dimensional Data Analysis

Data Science: Visualisation

Data Science: Machine Learning

Case study: DNA methylation data analysis

Causal Diagrams: Draw Your Assumptions Before Your Conclusions

Data Science: Linear Regression

Data Science: Inference and Modeling

Data Science: Probability

Data Science: Wrangling

Data Science: Productivity Tools

Big Data and Education

Principles, Statistical and Computational Tools for Reproducible Data Science

Data Science: Capstone

Data, Models and Decisions in Business Analytics

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Programming (8)

Using Python for Research

CS50’s Web Programming with Python and JavaScript

Programming for the Web with JavaScript

The Computing Technology Inside Your Smartphone

CS50’s Mobile App Development with React Native

CS50’s Introduction to Game Development

Software Development Fundamentals

Quantitative Methods for Biology

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Humanities (81)

Modern & Contemporary American Poetry (“ModPo”)

HOPE: Human Odyssey to Political Existentialism 

Moralities of Everyday Life

Greek and Roman Mythology

Ancient Philosophy: Plato & His Predecessors

Ancient Philosophy: Aristotle and His Successors

China (Part 1): Political and Intellectual Foundations: From the Sage Kings to Confucius and the Legalists

Visualising Japan (1850s-1930s): Westernisation, Protest, Modernity

Religious Literacy: Traditions and Scriptures

English for Career Development

Literati China: Examinations, Neo-Confucianism, and Later Imperial China

Modern China’s Foundations: The Manchus and the Qing

China’s First Empires and the Rise of Buddhism

English for Journalism

Effective Altruism

Buddhism Through Its Scriptures

Creating Modern China: The Republican Period to the Present

Introduction to Ancient Egypt and Its Civilisation

The Civil War and Reconstruction – 1850-1861: A House Divided

The Civil War and Reconstruction – 1865-1890: The Unfinished Revolution

The Civil War and Reconstruction – 1861 – 1865: A New Birth of Freedom

Masterpieces of World Literature

Cosmopolitan Tang: Aristocratic Culture in China

Shakespeare’s Hamlet: The Ghost

Global China: From the Mongols to the Ming

Invasions, Rebellions, and the Fall of Imperial China

China and Communism

Contemporary China: The People’s Republic, Taiwan, and Hong Kong

Global History Lab

The Ethics of Eating

Christianity Through Its Scriptures

PredictionX: John Snow and the Cholera Outbreak of 1854

Islam Through Its Scriptures

Journey of the Universe: The Unfolding of Life

A Journey through Western Christianity: from Persecuted Faith to Global Religion (200 – 1650) 

American Capitalism: A History

Question Reality! Science, philosophy, and the search for meaning

Bioethics: The Law, Medicine, and Ethics of Reproductive Technologies and Genetics

Books in the Medieval Liturgy

Religion, Conflict and Peace

Shakespeare’s Othello: The Moor

The Ancient Greek Hero

The Medieval Book of Hours: Art and Devotion in the Later Middle Ages

Wonders of Ancient Egypt

Poetry in America: Whitman

Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice: Shylock

Hinduism Through Its Scriptures

Judaism Through Its Scriptures

Ancient Masterpieces of World Literature

The Tabernacle in Word & Image: An Italian Jewish Manuscript Revealed

English for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics

English for Business and Entrepreneurship

Seeking Women’s Rights: Colonial Period to the Civil War

Women Have Always Worked: The US Experience 1700 – 1920

John Milton: Paradise Lost

The American Renaissance: Classic Literature of the 19th Century

Power and Responsibility: Doing Philosophy with Superheroes

Sikhism Through Its Scriptures

Women Making History: Ten Objects, Many Stories

Shakespeare’s Life and Work

Poetry in America: The Poetry of Early New England

Book Sleuthing: The Nineteenth Century

PredictionX: Lost Without Longitude

Introduction to Digital Humanities

China Humanities: The Individual in Chinese Culture

Poetry in America: Whitman

Poetry in America: The Civil War and Its Aftermath

Poetry in America: Modernism

China’s Political and Intellectual Foundations: From Sage Kings to Confucius

Modern Masterpieces of World Literature

[New] Japanese Books: From Manuscript to Print

The Worldview of Thomas Berry: The Flourishing of the Earth Community

Indian & Tibetan River of Buddhism

Women Have Always Worked: The US Experience 1920 – 2016

Fighting for Equality: 1950–2018

Negotiating a Changing World: 1920-1950

Wage Work for Women Citizens: 1870-1920

Writing Case Studies: Science of Delivery

Fantastic Places, Unhuman Humans: Exploring Humanity Through Literature

The Ethics of Memory

Libertarian Free Will: Neuroscientific and Philosophical Evidence

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Business (68)

Introduction to Marketing

Introduction to Financial Accounting

Introduction to Operations Management

Financial Markets

Introduction to Corporate Finance

Customer Analytics

Viral Marketing and How to Craft Contagious Content

The Global Financial Crisis

Financial Engineering and Risk Management Part I

Entrepreneurship 2: Launching your Start-Up

Operations Analytics

Introduction to Spreadsheets and Models

Accounting Analytics

Entrepreneurship 1: Developing the Opportunity

More Introduction to Financial Accounting

Fundamentals of Quantitative Modeling

Entrepreneurship 3: Growth Strategies

Entrepreneurship 4: Financing and Profitability

Social Impact Strategy: Tools for Entrepreneurs and Innovators

Analytics in Python

Improving Your Business Through a Culture of Health

Introducción a las Finanzas Corporativas

Arts and Culture Strategy

Financial Engineering and Risk Management Part II

Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economies

Decision-Making and Scenarios

Introducción al Marketing


Construction Project Management

Introduction to Global Hospitality Management

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR): A Strategic Approach

Financial Acumen for Non-Financial Managers

Introducción a la Contabilidad Financiera

Leading the Life You Want

Global Trends for Business and Society

市场营销概论 (中文版)

Construction Finance

Construction Cost Estimating and Cost Control

Construction Scheduling

Entrepreneurship and Healthcare in Emerging Economies

Launching Breakthrough Technologies

Modeling Risk and Realities

What is Corruption: Anti-Corruption and Compliance

What is Compliance?

Management Fundamentals

Building High-Performing Teams

Creating a Team Culture of Continuous Learning

Effective Compliance Programs

Application of AI, InsurTech, and Real Estate Technology

Managing Social and Human Capital

Lending, Crowdfunding, and Modern Investing

FinTech: Foundations, Payments, and Regulations





Introducción a la Gestión de Operaciones

Optimising Diversity on Teams

The Power of Team Culture

Marketing Analytics

Demand and Supply Analytics

Free Cash Flow Analysis

Introduction to Corporate Finance

Connected Strategy Capstone

Retail Fundamentals

Omnichannel Strategy and Management

Developing Breakthrough Innovations with the Three Box Solution

Executing Breakthrough Innovations with the Three Box Solution

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Art & Design (20)


Introduction to Classical Music

Design: Creation of Artifacts in Society

Roman Architecture

18th-Century Opera: Handel & Mozart

The Architectural Imagination

Hollywood: History, Industry, Art

First Nights – Beethoven’s 9th Symphony and the 19th Century Orchestra

First Nights – Handel’s Messiah and Baroque Oratorio

Reinventing the Piano

First Nights – Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo and the Birth of Opera

First Nights – Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring: Modernism, Ballet, and Riots

First Nights – Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique and Program Music in the 19th Century

Introduction to Italian Opera

19th-Century Opera: Meyerbeer, Wagner, & Verdi

Exposing Digital Photography

Pyramids of Giza: Ancient Egyptian Art and Archaeology

Music and Social Action

Age of Cathedrals

Introduction to German Opera

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Science (31)

Vital Signs: Understanding What the Body Is Telling Us

Best Practices for Biomedical Research Data Management (HE)

Fundamentals of Neuroscience, Part 1: The Electrical Properties of the Neuron

Science & Cooking: From Haute Cuisine to Soft Matter Science (part 1)

Principles of Biochemistry

Fundamentals of Neuroscience, Part 2: Neurons and Networks

Introduction to Environmental Science

Super-Earths and Life

Shark MOOC 2020

Relativity and Astrophysics

Imagining Other Earths

The Quantum World

The Climate-Energy Challenge

Introduction to Bioconductor: Annotation and Analysis of Genomes and Genomic Assays

Case Studies in Functional Genomics

Cell Biology: Mitochondria

The Health Effects of Climate Change

Fundamentals of Neuroscience, Part 3: The Brain

MalariaX: Defeating Malaria from the Genes to the Globe

Science & Cooking: From Haute Cuisine to Soft Matter Science (physics)

Backyard Meteorology: The Science of Weather

High-performance Computing for Reproducible Genomics

Philosophy of Science

Journey Conversations: Weaving Knowledge and Action

Introduction to Climate Change and Health

宇宙之旅:对话 (Journey of the Universe: Weaving Knowledge and Action)

Thomas Berry的世界观:地球社区的繁荣 (The Worldview of Thomas Berry: The Flourishing of the Earth Community)

Climate Adaptation for Human Health

宇宙之旅:展现生命 (Journey of the Universe: The Unfolding of Life)

Communicating Climate Change and Health

Bipedalism: The Science of Upright Walking

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Social Sciences (79)


Constitutional Interpretation

An Introduction to American Law

Moral Foundations of Politics 

The Age of Sustainable Development

Paradoxes of War

Contract Law: From Trust to Promise to Contract

America’s Written Constitution

The Science of Well-Being

Tangible Things: Discovering History Through Artworks, Artifacts, Scientific Specimens, and the Stuff Around You

Designing Cities

Introduction to Key Constitutional Concepts and Supreme Court Cases

Microeconomics: The Power of Markets

Civil Liberties

Global History of Capitalism

Revolutionary Ideas: Utility, Justice, Equality, Freedom

A Law Student’s Toolkit

Making and Meaning in the Medieval Manuscript

Monasteries, Schools, and Notaries, Part 1: Reading the Late Medieval Marseille Archive

Positive Psychology: Resilience Skills

America’s Unwritten Constitution

JuryX: Deliberations for Social Change

Monasteries, Schools, and Notaries, Part 2: Introduction to the Transitional Gothic Script

The History of Medieval Medicine Through Jewish Manuscripts

Introduction to Psychology 

Economics of Money and Banking

Making Government Work in Hard Places

Networks, Crowds and Markets

Wiretaps to Big Data

Central Challenges of American National Security, Strategy, and the Press

PredictionX: Omens, Oracles & Prophecies

Scrolls in the Age of the Book

The History of the Book in 17th and 18th Century Europe

Print and Manuscript in Western Europe, Asia and the Middle East (1450-1650)

Intellectual Property Law and Policy: Part 1

Social Norms, Social Change II

Microeconomics: When Markets Fail


English for Media Literacy

Positive Psychology: Applications and Interventions

Social Norms, Social Change I

Network Dynamics of Social Behavior

Intellectual Property Law and Policy: Part 2

Positive Psychology: Martin E. P. Seligman’s Visionary Science

Revolutionary Ideas: Borders, Elections, Constitutions, Prisons

Everyday Parenting: The ABCs of Child Rearing

Global Muckraking: Investigative Journalism and Global Media

Risk & Return

Reclaiming Broken Places: Introduction to Civic Ecology

Child Protection: Children’s Rights in Theory and Practice

US Public Policy: Social, Economic, and Foreign Policies

American Government: Constitutional Foundations

Citizen Politics in America: Public Opinion, Elections, Interest Groups, and the Media

US Political Institutions: Congress, Presidency, Courts, and Bureaucracy

CitiesX: The Past, Present and Future of Urban Life

Creating an Effective Child Welfare System

Intellectual Property in the Healthcare Industry

Privacy Law and HIPAA

Introduction to Intellectual Property

Trademark Law

Copyright Law

Patent Law

Privacy Law and Data Protection

Positive Psychology: Character, Grit and Research Methods

Exploring Renewable Energy Schemes

Positive Psychology Specialisation Project: Design Your Life for Well-being

The Top 10 Social Issues for the First 100 Days

American Contract Law II

American Contract Law I

Poverty & Population: How Demographics Shape Policy

Health, Housing, and Educational Services

Social Services for Families, Seniors and Those with Disabilities

US Social Services Compared

US Social Services: Where did they come from?

Protecting Children in Humanitarian Settings

Freedom of Expression in the Age of Globalisation

Freedom of Expression and Information in the Time of Globalisation: Foundational Course

Freedom of Expression and Information in the Time of Globalisation: Advanced Course

Structuring Successful Business Deals

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Health & Medicine (34)

Buddhism and Modern Psychology 

Humanitarian Response to Conflict and Disaster

Introduction to Breast Cancer

Introduction to Dental Medicine

Improving Global Health: Focusing on Quality and Safety

Going Out on a Limb: Anatomy of the Upper Limb

The Science and Politics of the GMO

United States Health Policy

AnatomyX: Musculoskeletal Cases

Fundamentals of Clinical Trials

Anatomy of the Chest, Abdomen, and Pelvis

Readings in Global Health

Global Health Case Studies From a Biosocial Perspective

Prescription Drug Regulation, Cost, and Access: Current Controversies in Context

Health and Society

The Opioid Crisis in America

Health Care Innovation

Essentials of Global Health

Innovating in Health Care

Lessons from Ebola: Preventing the Next Pandemic

Practical Improvement Science in Health Care: A Roadmap for Getting Results

Strengthening Community Health Worker Programs

US Health Law Fundamentals

Comparative Health Systems

The Economics of Health Care Delivery

The Oral Cavity: Portal to Health and Disease

Feeding the World

Addiction Treatment: Clinical Skills for Healthcare Providers

Traitement antirétroviral pour lutter contre le VIH : mise en œuvre de l’approche « traiter tout le monde »

Soins infirmiers en VIH pédiatrique

Pediatric HIV Nursing

Fighting HIV with Antiretroviral Therapy: Implementing the Treat-All Approach

Artful Medicine

Beyond Medical Histories: Gaining Insight from Patient Stories

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Engineering (15)

The Art of Structural Engineering: Vaults

Robotics: Aerial Robotics

The Art of Structural Engineering: Bridges

Robotics: Computational Motion Planning

Energy Within Environmental Constraints

Robotics: Mobility

[New] Robotics: Kinematics and Mathematical Foundations


A Hands-on Introduction to Engineering Simulations

The Engineering of Structures Around Us

Robotics: Estimation and Learning

MOS Transistors

[New] Robotics: Dynamics and Control

[New] Robotics: Locomotion Engineering

Introduction to Engineering and Design

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Education & Teaching (21)

Leaders of Learning

Applying to US Universities

American Education Reform: History, Policy, Practice

Saving Schools Mini-Course 1: History and Politics of US Education

Saving Schools, Mini-Course 3: Accountability and National Standards

Saving Schools Mini-Course 4: School Choice

Introduction to Family Engagement in Education

Saving Schools, Mini-Course 2: Teacher Policies

Saving Schools

Orchestrating Whole Classroom Discussion

How to Apply to College

Introduction to Online and Blended Teaching

The Science of Learning – What Every Teacher Should Know

Analytics in Course Design: Leveraging Canvas Data (HE)

Introduction to Data Wise: A Collaborative Process to Improve Learning & Teaching

Understanding Classroom Interaction

Innovating Instruction: Reimagining Teaching with Technology

Attaining Higher Education

University Studies for Student Veterans

Inclusive Teaching: Supporting All Students in the College Classroom

Teaching & Learning in the Diverse Classroom

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Mathematics (15)

Introduction to Linear Models and Matrix Algebra

Calculus: Single Variable Part 1 – Functions

Fat Chance: Probability from the Ground Up

Calculus: Single Variable Part 3 – Integration

Calculus: Single Variable Part 2 – Differentiation

Statistical Inference and Modeling for High-throughput Experiments

Calculus: Single Variable Part 4 – Applications

Analytic Combinatorics

A Crash Course in Causality: Inferring Causal Effects from Observational Data

Calculus Applied!

Introduction to Probability

Single Variable Calculus

Single Variable Calculus

Causal Inference

Causal Inference 2

Personal Development (6)

Introduction to Negotiation: A Strategic Playbook for Becoming a Principled and Persuasive Negotiator


Improving Communication Skills

Rhetoric: The Art of Persuasive Writing and Public Speaking

مقدمة عن التفاوض: دليل استراتيجي لتصبح مُفاوضًا ذا مبادئ ومُقنعًا

Find Your Calling: Career Transition Principles for Returning Veterans

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