Frequently Asked Questions

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What is Princeton Online?

Princeton Online is the home for open courses offered through Princeton University's initiative in online education. The non-credit, open courses listed here are available for free to anyone with an internet connection. Since 2012, almost two million people have taken one of our MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses). 

Where can I take Princeton Online's courses?

We offer courses on the Coursera, edX, NovoEd and Kadenze platforms. For more information about where you can enroll in a particular course, look at the course descriptions under the "Open Courses" tab.

What is an online course? 

An online course is a web-based course that you can access through your computer, your cellphone or other mobile device. Our courses consist of video lectures, assignments and online discussions, but beyond that, they vary greatly in terms of content, length, and level of difficulty. 

When can I take a Princeton Online course?

It depends. Some of our courses are self-paced, which means that they are offered continuously and have no specific end date. You can work through these courses at your own pace. Some of our courses are session-based, which means that they have specific  beginning and end dates. You will find a list of our current courses under the "Our Courses" tab. 

Can I receive Princeton credit by taking one of your online courses?

No certificates, statements of accomplishment, or other credentials are offered in connection with our open, online courses. Enrollment in our open courses does not affirm that the learner is enrolled as a student at Princeton and does not confer a Princeton University grade, course credit or degree.

Why does Princeton University offer open, online courses?

As part of the University's initiative in online education, our open course offerings support several goals:

  • to experiment and learn from creating learning experiences at worldwide scale 
  • to make higher education accessible for professional development and lifelong learning for people around the world
  • to enrich education at Princeton by opening campus courses to the diverse perspectives of learners worldwide 
  • to provide faculty and colleagues in other institutions with material for research that can promote innovative teaching and learning