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Ranking Category
#7275 of 14,131 In the World
#1970 of 2,597 In North America
#1879 of 2,496 In the United States
#165 of 249 In California
#5 of 7 In Pasadena

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Acceptance rate
Avg. cost to attend
$1,634 /y
Aid receiving
Male:Female Ratio
Highest Degree
Master's degree

University of the People Acceptance rate and admissions statistics

University of the People has an acceptance rate of 100% and is among the 23% of the easiest universities to gain admission to in the United States. The university reports the admission statistics without distinguishing between local and international students.

56,292 enrolled exclusively in distance education.

Admissions requirements

The University of the People has an open admission policy (non-competitive). The only requirement is a certificate of attendance or a highschool diploma or a General Educational Development certificate.

Enrollment demographics by race or ethnicity

Race or Ethnicity unknown 50205 (89%)
White 2375 (4%)
Black or African American 1572 (3%)
Hispanic 1100 (2%)
Asian 769 (1%)
Two or more races 160 (0.3%)
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 44 (0.1%)
American Indian or Alaska Native 32 (0.1%)

Costs per year: Tuition, Housing, Fees

The average net cost to attend University of the People is $1,634 per year, calculated as the sum of the average cost of tuition, room and board, books, and supplies, reduced by the amount of average financial aid received.

The final cost of attendance varies for each student based on household income, residency, program, and other factors.

Net average cost to attend
Average aid awarded
Students receiving aid

Tuition and fees

Fee in-district $1,200$2,400
Fee in-state $1,200$2,400
Fee out-of-state $1,200$2,400

University of the People majors

University of the People has granted 445 bachelor's degrees across 3 programs and 690 master's across 4 programs. Below is a table with majors that lead to degrees at University of the People.

Major Associate Bachelor Master
Business Administration and Management, General 69 214 532
Computer and Information Sciences, General 80 212
Secondary Education and Teaching 66
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other 66
Public Health, General 16 19
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels 26
Grand Total 165 445 690

University of the People has a graduation rate of 23%, which is among the 7% lowest for universities in the US.

Total Men Women
Graduation rate 23% 21% 28%
  • Full-time retention rate - 66%
  • Part-time retention rate - 57%

Notable alumni

  1. Justin Anthony Knapp

    Justin Anthony Knapp
    Born in
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    1982-.. (age 41)
    Enrolled in the University of the People
    Studied in 2022
    writerWiktionariandelivery driverbibliographerWikimedian

    Justin Anthony Knapp, also known by his online moniker Koavf, is an American Wikipedia user who was the first person to contribute more than one million edits to Wikipedia. As of September 2021, Knapp has made over 2.1 million edits on English Wikipedia. He was ranked No. 1 among the most active Wikipedia contributors of all time from April 18, 2012, to November 1, 2015, when he was surpassed by Steven Pruitt.

General info

Total FTE staff 33
Carnegie classification Not applicable, not in Carnegie universe (not accredited or nondegree-granting)

Location and contacts

Address 595 E Colorado Blvd Suite 623
Pasadena, California, 91101
United States
City population 139,000
Phone 6262648880