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Rank Ranking
#7123 of 14,131 In the World
#1878 of 2,597 In North America
#1789 of 2,496 In the United States
#149 of 249 In California
#5 of 7 In Pasadena

Quick Review

Acceptance rate
Avg. cost to attend
$1,488 /y
Aid receiving
Male:Female Ratio
Highest Degree
Master's degree

University of the People Acceptance rate and Admissions statistics

43,722 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 by race or ethnicity

Race or Ethnicity unknown 24922 (57%)
Black or African American 5985 (14%)
White 5697 (13%)
Asian 4602 (11%)
Hispanic 2227 (5%)
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 153 (0.4%)
American Indian or Alaska Native 65 (0.1%)
Two or more races 12 (0%)

Costs per year: Tuition, Housing, Fees

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

Major Associate's degree Bachelor's Master's
Business Administration and Management, General 115 90 359
Computer and Information Sciences, General 139 64
Public Health, General 33 10
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other 5
Secondary Education and Teaching 2
Grand Total 287 164 366
Total Men Women
Graduation rate 23% 26% 17%
  • Full-time retention rate - 61%
  • Part-time retention rate - 83%

Notable alumni

  1. Justin Knapp

    Justin Knapp
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    1982-.. (age 40)
    Enrolled in the University of the People
    Studied in 2022
    bibliographerdelivery driverWiktionarianwriterWikimedian

    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 24
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