Education is one of the most powerful drivers of change and upward mobility. At 2U, we empower forward-thinking universities to reimagine education, ensuring that students everywhere can dream bigger, reach their highest potential and fulfill their aspirations through life-changing educational experiences. We help universities become the best possible digital versions of themselves so they can offer more students than ever access to transformative education.
2U was founded in 2008 when a small team began working on one big idea: to build online degree programs as good as, or better than, traditional on-campus programs at top universities.
In the early days, our work was met with skepticism. It was believed then — and some believe it still — that an online program could never match the quality of education delivered on campus.
At the same time, a story began to unfold, one that foretold the decline, and ultimately, the irrelevance of the American university. At 2U, we believed — and still believe — that while higher education is changing rapidly, universities that embrace the power of technology will uphold their missions and continue to grow at a scale never imagined. We also believe great universities can and will continue to be the single most important catalyst for societal change.
Our partners are creating a future where online students have the same rights and responsibilities as their on-campus counterparts. We succeed because, at our core, we believe in this future, from our executives to our marketing managers to our support counselors. Every 2U employee is united, with our university partners, in fulfilling the promise of education.
One idea guides everything we do at 2U: No Back Row®, the idea that every person counts; each person is and feels included; and when we each lean in and do our part, we are better individually and collectively. This philosophy is fundamental to the learning experiences 2U creates with our partners and is at the core of the company we are building. The eight guiding principles that drive our corporate culture derive from No Back Row, as does our work with our university partners and with one another. Discover No Back Row >
The 2U Platform
Through our integrated Platform, a fusion of cloud-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) technology and technology-enabled services, 2U provides schools with the comprehensive operating infrastructure they need to attract, enroll, educate and support students globally. See how we do it >
2U and our partner universities believe that online education can produce life-changing outcomes for students and the communities they touch. Together, we are redefining how a great university can measure success. Learn about 2U's Impact >