2U Impact Report 2015

We’re Working With Universities to Break Down Geographic Barriers

The 2U approach is allowing our partner colleges and universities to reach students around the world while offering programs that meet — or even exceed — students’ expectations of engagement and outcomes.

2U is working with our partner colleges and universities to create online degree programs that meet the needs of students everywhere. Together, we consider the job market, on-campus availability and student demand. We then translate traditional curricula and coursework into the world’s best online educational experiences.

Our Partners[1]

Breaking New Ground

We develop online programs hand in hand with our partner institutions to design an online experience that is the same — or even better — as learning in a traditional classroom. Sometimes this means creating programs that do not already exist on campus. In these cases, 2U works closely with partner leadership and faculty to determine the best way to deliver the new program online.

University of California, Berkeley offers their Master of Information and Data Science (MIDS) program exclusively in an online format.

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We launched the MIDS degree because we wanted to make data science education available to students around the world, not just those who could come to Berkeley. In just over one year, we've attracted students from over 20 states and 7 countries in industries ranging from economics to astronomy. We're proud of this and know it wouldn't have been possible without the high-quality, online program we developed with 2U.

Building Dynamic Partnerships

At 2U, we know that graduates from high-quality institutions have an advantage in the job market and in life. We also believe that students everywhere should have access to the best education possible. We choose our partners with this in mind, working with the world’s best colleges and universities to bring the best education to as many students as possible.

Six 2U university partners — Northwestern University, UC Berkeley, Georgetown University, the University of Southern California, Washington University in St. Louis and Yale University — are ranked in the top 25 by U.S. News & World Report[3].

Impact Case Study




The University of Southern California
School of Social Work


Percentage of all social work degrees conferred in the U.S. by USC


Percentage of increase in degrees conferred from 2008–2013

Driving Student Success

2U is committed to ensuring that the programs we enable are successful, so that students who graduate from 2U-powered programs get the best possible outcomes throughout their careers. We work with our university partners to ensure students receive a quality education without sacrificing academic rigor, access to faculty, real-world learning experiences or success after graduation.


Inception-to-date tuition booking as of December 31, 2014


Of students who enroll in 2U-powered programs are either graduated or still enrolled today


USC Rossier Online

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2,155: Number of graduates impacting the field of education



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1,361: Number of graduates impacting the field of social work



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362: Number of graduates impacting the field of nursing



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204: Number of graduates impacting the field of business

Supporting Our Partners

2U and its university partners share in the responsibilities of creating quality online degree programs, allowing universities to focus on what they do best — educating students. While university faculty build curricula and develop coursework, 2U handles content production and technical needs.

With Online Applications

2U facilitates the online application and application management system, which provides a streamlined process for universities to review applicants and determine admissions decisions. The application system allows universities to share applicant information and provides an accessible form experience for students who use assistive technologies or have vision impairments.

With Student Support

2U strives to identify students who need extra support and provides these students with timely communications and assistance to improve retention and outcomes.

With Secure Testing

2U has incorporated security features into the learning management system that allow professors to ensure that their students are completing online tests in an ethical manner.

Integrating Online Students

2U is helping its university partners change education, and that means bringing online students into the larger university community. To do this, universities must do more than provide a top-quality education online; they must also extend their identity to their online students. Students in 2U-powered programs are invited to visit campus, attend university sporting events, shop at the bookstore and graduate on-campus with their peers. These students are proud Tar Heels, Trojans, Hoyas and Colonials, and they proudly support their universities.

USC School of Social Work Graduation

In May 2014, the USC School of Social Work welcomed its largest-ever class of online graduates to campus to attend commencement.

MBA@UNC Class Gift

The first MBA@UNC graduating cohort consisted of 19 students who, at the time, donated the single largest class gift in Kenan-Flagler’s history.

USC Rossier Graduation

In 2014, so many USC Rossier Online students attended the school’s commencement ceremony that the event was moved to a new, larger venue.

This year marks the fifth graduation of our online master’s programs and we are thrilled to welcome the more than 300 students who have traveled to campus from around the country and across the world to commemorate this achievement. It truly represents meaningful progress in USC Rossier’s national and global impact, and speaks volumes to the connectedness our online students feel toward the Trojan Family.

[1] as of March 2015

[2] Apple, the Apple logo, and iPhone are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.

[3] as of March 2015

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