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Course Report

250 Top FREE Coursera Courses of All Time

A list of Coursera’s 250 most popular free online courses. Combined, they’ve gathered over 84M enrollments.

Top Free Courses of All Time

Coursera, founded in the heyday of the MOOC hype, is one of the world’s largest online course providers and boasts an active catalog of over 5,800 courses.

Boosted by the momentum provided by the pandemic to online education companies, Coursera went public in March, 2021. Class Central’s analysis of Coursera’s IPO filing showed that the company made $293.5M revenue in 2020.  To see how 2020 went for Coursera, read Class Central’s year in review for Coursera.

At one time, Coursera’s courses were completely free. But as time went on and Coursera focused on monetization, graded assignments and certificates were put behind a paywall. Eventually the courses went from free to “free to audit”.

But an investigation by Class Central found that there are still 1,600 courses that are completely free (with the exception of a certificate). If you have trouble signing up for the audit mode, please read our guide on How to Sign up for Coursera Courses for Free.

250 Most Popular FREE Coursera Courses

The Top 250 Coursera courses by enrollment account for 84 million enrollments, with an average of 336k.

Courses from 70 universities are represented in Coursera’s top 250 courses by enrollments. But 75 of those courses are from just 5 universities: Michigan, Duke, Stanford, UC Irvine, and Penn.

Here’s a quick summary of Coursera’s 250 most popular free online courses of all time, based on the number of enrollments:

  • Enrollments range from 134k to 4 million. There are ten courses with over 1 million enrollments.
  • Almost 30% of the courses are in the field of Data Science, Programming, Web Development, Python, Microsoft Excel, Machine Learning, Psychology and Language Learning. The rest are distributed over a variety of domains.
  • Around 225 courses are in English; more than 20 are in Spanish. The rest are in French, Russian, or Portuguese.
  • Combined, they represent thousands of hours of content.

Here are the top 250 free coursera courses, sorted by number of enrollments:

  1. Machine Learning from Stanford University ★★★★★(374)
  2. The Science of Well-Being from Yale University ★★★★★(25)
  3. Learning How to Learn: Powerful mental tools to help you master tough subjects from University of California, San Diego ★★★★★(19403)
  4. Programming for Everybody (Getting Started with Python) from University of Michigan ★★★★★(31743)
  5. English for Career Development from University of Pennsylvania ★★★★☆(24)
  6. COVID-19 Contact Tracing from Johns Hopkins University ★★★★★(12)
  7. Successful Negotiation: Essential Strategies and Skills from University of Michigan ★★★★★(15)
  8. First Step Korean from Yonsei University ★★★★★(124)
  9. Financial Markets from Yale University ★★★★☆(34)
  10. Chinese for Beginners from Peking University ★★★★☆(57)
  11. Neural Networks and Deep Learning from deeplearning.ai ★★★★★(15)
  12. Algorithms, Part I from Princeton University ★★★★★(59)
  13. Technical Support Fundamentals from Google ★★★☆☆(8)
  14. Python Data Structures from University of Michigan ★★★★★(12231)
  15. Speak English Professionally: In Person, Online & On the Phone from Georgia Institute of Technology ★★★★☆(7)
  16. Introduction to Psychology from Yale University ★★★★★(13)
  17. Write Professional Emails in English from Georgia Institute of Technology ★★★☆☆(3)
  18. AI For Everyone from deeplearning.ai ★★★★★(6)
  19. The Data Scientist’s Toolbox from Johns Hopkins University ★★★☆☆(166)
  20. R Programming from Johns Hopkins University ★★★☆☆(245)
  21. Introduction to Data Science in Python from University of Michigan ★★☆☆☆(46)
  22. Grammar and Punctuation from University of California, Irvine ★★★★☆(32)
  23. Excel Skills for Business: Essentials from Macquarie University ★★★★☆(6)
  24. Stanford Introduction to Food and Health from Stanford University ★★★★☆(42)
  25. HTML, CSS, and Javascript for Web Developers from Johns Hopkins University ★★★★★(19)
  26. Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Technologies from Princeton University ★★★★☆(26)
  27. Buddhism and Modern Psychology from Princeton University ★★★★★(29)
  28. Fundamentals of Graphic Design from California Institute of the Arts ★★★★☆(20)
  29. Introduction to Philosophy from University of Edinburgh ★★★★☆(73)
  30. Google Cloud Fundamentals: Core Infrastructure from Google ★★★★☆(6)
  31. Using Python to Access Web Data from University of Michigan ★★★★★(4328)
  32. Marketing in a Digital World from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ★★★★★(169)
  33. What is Data Science? from IBM ★★★☆☆(3)
  34. Social Psychology from Wesleyan University ★★★★★(83)
  35. Programming Foundations with JavaScript, HTML and CSS from Duke University ★★★★☆(11)
  36. Finanzas personales from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
  37. Child Nutrition and Cooking from Stanford University ★★★★☆(31)
  38. Introduction to HTML5 from University of Michigan ★★★★☆(47)
  39. A Life of Happiness and Fulfillment from Indian School of Business ★★★★★(503)
  40. Improving Deep Neural Networks: Hyperparameter Tuning, Regularization and Optimization from deeplearning.ai ★★★★★(3)
  41. Introduction to Programming with MATLAB from Vanderbilt University ★★★★★(207)
  42. Primeros Auxilios Psicológicos (PAP) from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Autonomous University of Barcelona) ★★★★★(1)
  43. Algorithmic Toolbox from University of California, San Diego ★★★★☆(23)
  44. Work Smarter, Not Harder: Time Management for Personal & Professional Productivity from University of California, Irvine ★★★★☆(42)
  45. Crash Course on Python from Google
  46. Psychological First Aid from Johns Hopkins University ★★★★☆(49)
  47. Modern Art & Ideas from The Museum of Modern Art ★★★★★(5)
  48. Indigenous Canada from University of Alberta ★★★★☆(8)
  49. Introduction to Negotiation: A Strategic Playbook for Becoming a Principled and Persuasive Negotiator from Yale University ★★★★★(13)
  50. Using Databases with Python from University of Michigan ★★★★★(3428)
  51. Financial Engineering and Risk Management Part I from Columbia University ★★★★☆(12)
  52. Seeing Through Photographs from The Museum of Modern Art ★★★★☆(4)
  53. Convolutional Neural Networks from deeplearning.ai ★★★★★(8)
  54. Introductory Human Physiology from Duke University ★★★★☆(29)
  55. Introduction to Psychology from University of Toronto ★★★★★(26)
  56. Mindshift: Break Through Obstacles to Learning and Discover Your Hidden Potential from McMaster University ★★★★★(6592)
  57. Foundations: Data, Data, Everywhere from Google ★★★★★(1)
  58. Contabilidad para no contadores from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
  59. Introduction to Mathematical Thinking from Stanford University ★★★★☆(52)
  60. Initiating and Planning Projects from University of California, Irvine ★★★★☆(19)
  61. Competitive Strategy from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München ★★★★★(22)
  62. Design Thinking for Innovation from University of Virginia ★★★★★(5)
  63. Project Management: The Basics for Success from University of California, Irvine ★★★★☆(25)
  64. Étudier en France: French Intermediate course B1-B2 from École Polytechnique ★★★★★(4)
  65. The Bits and Bytes of Computer Networking from Google ★★★★★(2)
  66. Game Theory from Stanford University ★★★★☆(34)
  67. Structuring Machine Learning Projects from deeplearning.ai ★★★★★(3)
  68. Machine Learning Foundations: A Case Study Approach from University of Washington ★★★★☆(40)
  69. SQL for Data Science from University of California, Davis ★★★★☆(4)
  70. English for Business and Entrepreneurship from University of Pennsylvania ★★★★★(7)
  71. Cryptography I from Stanford University ★★★★★(53)
  72. Python for Data Science, AI & Development from IBM ★★★☆☆(2)
  73. English Composition I from Duke University ★★★☆☆(19)
  74. Build Your First Android App (Project-Centered Course) from École Centrale Paris ★★★★☆(5)
  75. Mastering Data Analysis in Excel from Duke University ★★☆☆☆(26)
  76. Learn to Speak Korean 1 from Yonsei University ★★★★★(12)
  77. Sequence Models from deeplearning.ai ★★★★★(4)
  78. Aprendiendo a aprender: Poderosas herramientas mentales con las que podrás dominar temas difíciles (Learning How to Learn) from University of California, San Diego ★★★★★(8)
  79. Introduction to Marketing from University of Pennsylvania ★★★★☆(73)
  80. Data Science Math Skills from Duke University ★★★★☆(10)
  81. Java Programming: Solving Problems with Software from Duke University ★★★☆☆(15)
  82. Marketing Analytics from University of Virginia ★★★★☆(12)
  83. Think Again I: How to Understand Arguments from Duke University ★★★★☆(11)
  84. Science of Exercise from University of Colorado Boulder ★★★★★(4)
  85. Guitar for Beginners from Berklee College of Music ★★★★★(21)
  86. Python Basics from University of Michigan ★★★★☆(1)
  87. Positive Psychology from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ★★★★☆(28)
  88. Introduction to Big Data from University of California, San Diego ★★★☆☆(35)
  89. Camino a la Excelencia en Gestión de Proyectos from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
  90. Introduction to the Internet of Things and Embedded Systems from University of California, Irvine ★★★★☆(12)
  91. Vital Signs: Understanding What the Body Is Telling Us from University of Pennsylvania ★★★★★(49)
  92. Introduction to TensorFlow for Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Deep Learning from deeplearning.ai ★★★★★(1)
  93. Writing in the Sciences from Stanford University ★★★★★(12)
  94. Fundamentals of Music Theory from University of Edinburgh ★★★★☆(23)
  95. Mathematics for Machine Learning: Linear Algebra from Imperial College London ★★★☆☆(8)
  96. Learn to Program: The Fundamentals from University of Toronto ★★★★★(108)
  97. Fundamentos de Excel para Negocios from Universidad Austral ★★★★★(1)
  98. Aprender from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México ★★★★★(106)
  99. Medical Neuroscience from Duke University ★★★★★(46)
  100. Introduction to Financial Accounting from University of Pennsylvania ★★★★★(65)
  101. Business Metrics for Data-Driven Companies from Duke University ★★★★☆(8)
  102. AWS Fundamentals: Going Cloud-Native from Amazon Web Services ★★★★☆(1)
  103. Foundations of Project Management from Google
  104. The Strategy of Content Marketing from University of California, Davis ★★★★☆(8)
  105. Fashion as Design from The Museum of Modern Art ★★★★★(4)
  106. Object Oriented Programming in Java from University of California, San Diego ★★★★★(16)
  107. Applied Machine Learning in Python from University of Michigan ★★★★☆(6)
  108. Basic Statistics from University of Amsterdam ★★★★☆(12)
  109. Introduction to Personal Branding from University of Virginia ★★★★☆(15)
  110. Algorithms, Part II from Princeton University ★★★★★(21)
  111. Introduction to Probability and Data with R from Duke University ★★★★☆(6)
  112. Álgebra básica from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
  113. Operating Systems and You: Becoming a Power User from Google ★★☆☆☆(2)
  114. Robótica from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México ★★☆☆☆(2)
  115. Front-End Web UI Frameworks and Tools: Bootstrap 4 from The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
  116. Excel Skills for Business: Intermediate I from Macquarie University
  117. Tools for Data Science from IBM ★☆☆☆☆(3)
  118. Machine Learning with Python from IBM ★★★★★(2)
  119. Customer Analytics from University of Pennsylvania ★★★☆☆(16)
  120. Understanding Research Methods from University of London International Programmes ★★★★☆(15)
  121. How Things Work: An Introduction to Physics from University of Virginia ★★★★★(28)
  122. Fundamentals of Project Planning and Management from University of Virginia ★★★★☆(28)
  123. Cameras, Exposure, and Photography from Michigan State University ★★★★☆(6)
  124. C++ For C Programmers, Part A from University of California, Santa Cruz ★★★☆☆(25)
  125. Viral Marketing and How to Craft Contagious Content from University of Pennsylvania ★★★★☆(27)
  126. Introduction to User Experience Design from Georgia Institute of Technology ★★★☆☆(3)
  127. Google Cloud Big Data and Machine Learning Fundamentals from Google Cloud ★★★☆☆(3)
  128. Cómo hacer una tesis from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México ★★★★☆(1)
  129. Foundations of User Experience (UX) Design from Google
  130. Gestión Empresarial Exitosa para Pymes from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
  131. Brand Management: Aligning Business, Brand and Behaviour from University of London International Programmes ★★★★★(2)
  132. Code Yourself! An Introduction to Programming from University of Edinburgh ★★★★☆(12)
  133. Creative Problem Solving from University of Minnesota ★★★☆☆(19)
  134. Databases and SQL for Data Science with Python from IBM ★★☆☆☆(1)
  135. Understanding the Brain: The Neurobiology of Everyday Life from The University of Chicago ★★★★★(28)
  136. Introduction to Data Analysis Using Excel from Rice University ★★★☆☆(2)
  137. Capstone: Retrieving, Processing, and Visualizing Data with Python from University of Michigan ★★★☆☆(5)
  138. Introduction to Google SEO from University of California, Davis ★★★★☆(6)
  139. Introduction to Classical Music from Yale University ★★★★★(26)
  140. Introduction to Engineering Mechanics from Georgia Institute of Technology ★★★★★(168)
  141. Data Analysis with Python from IBM ★★★★☆(1)
  142. De-Mystifying Mindfulness from Leiden University ★★★★★(90)
  143. Data Structures from University of California, San Diego ★★★★☆(13)
  144. System Administration and IT Infrastructure Services from Google ★★★★☆(3)
  145. Creative Writing: The Craft of Plot from Wesleyan University ★★★★☆(17)
  146. Functional Programming Principles in Scala from École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne ★★★★★(66)
  147. How to Write a Resume (Project-Centered Course) from State University of New York ★★★★☆(13)
  148. An Introduction to Interactive Programming in Python (Part 1) from Rice University ★★★★★(3305)
  149. Introduction to Public Speaking from University of Washington ★★★★☆(13)
  150. Tricky American English Pronunciation from University of California, Irvine ★★★★☆(15)
  151. Greek and Roman Mythology from University of Pennsylvania ★★★★★(21)
  152. Python Programming: A Concise Introduction from Wesleyan University ★★★★☆(5)
  153. Getting and Cleaning Data from Johns Hopkins University ★★★☆☆(57)
  154. Nutrición y obesidad: control de sobrepeso from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México ★★★★★(1)
  155. Data Visualization and Communication with Tableau from Duke University ★★★★☆(9)
  156. Ser más creativos from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México ★★★★☆(2)
  157. IT Security: Defense against the digital dark arts from Google ★★★☆☆(2)
  158. Dog Emotion and Cognition from Duke University ★★★★☆(19)
  159. Java for Android from Vanderbilt University ★☆☆☆☆(1)
  160. Advanced Writing from University of California, Irvine ★★★★☆(8)
  161. Getting Started with Essay Writing from University of California, Irvine ★★★★☆(14)
  162. Introducción a Data Science: Programación Estadística con R from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México ★★★★☆(2)
  163. Positive Psychiatry and Mental Health from The University of Sydney ★★★★★(22)
  164. Introducción a la programación en Python I: Aprendiendo a programar con Python from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile ★★★★★(2)
  165. Management of Fashion and Luxury Companies from Università Bocconi ★★★★★(2)
  166. Getting Started with AWS Machine Learning from Amazon Web Services ★★★★☆(12)
  167. Creative Thinking: Techniques and Tools for Success from Imperial College London ★★★★★(14)
  168. Effective Problem-Solving and Decision-Making from University of California, Irvine ★★★★☆(12)
  169. Divide and Conquer, Sorting and Searching, and Randomized Algorithms from Stanford University ★★★★★(67)
  170. Introduction to Logic from Stanford University ★★★☆☆(20)
  171. A Crash Course in Data Science from Johns Hopkins University ★★★★☆(23)
  172. Influencing People from University of Michigan ★★★★☆(7)
  173. Astronomy: Exploring Time and Space from University of Arizona ★★★★★(21)
  174. Introduction to Web Development from University of California, Davis ★★★★☆(3)
  175. English for Journalism from University of Pennsylvania ★★★★☆(14)
  176. How To Create a Website in a Weekend! (Project-Centered Course) from State University of New York ★★★★☆(6)
  177. Aprendendo a aprender: ferramentas mentais poderosas para ajudá-lo a dominar assuntos difíceis (em Português) [Learning How to Learn] from University of California, San Diego ★★★★☆(5)
  178. Introduction to Electronics from Georgia Institute of Technology ★★★★☆(6)
  179. Responsive Website Basics: Code with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript from University of London International Programmes ★★★★☆(26)
  180. Epidemiology: The Basic Science of Public Health from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ★★★★☆(27)
  181. Model Thinking from University of Michigan ★★★★★(66)
  182. Managing Big Data with MySQL from Duke University ★★★★☆(6)
  183. Computer Architecture from Princeton University ★★★★☆(6)
  184. Mind Control: Managing Your Mental Health During COVID-19 from University of Toronto ★★★★★(9)
  185. Introdução à Ciência da Computação com Python Parte 1 from Universidade de São Paulo ★★★★★(1)
  186. High-Impact Business Writing from University of California, Irvine ★★★☆☆(8)
  187. Introduction to the Biology of Cancer from Johns Hopkins University ★★★★☆(9)
  188. Moral Foundations of Politics from Yale University ★★★★☆(15)
  189. The Modern World, Part One: Global History from 1760 to 1910 from University of Virginia ★★★★★(25)
  190. Cybersecurity and Its Ten Domains from University System of Georgia ★★★☆☆(9)
  191. Introduction to Deep Learning from Higher School of Economics ★★★☆☆(3)
  192. Spanish Vocabulary: Meeting People from University of California, Davis ★★★☆☆(1)
  193. The Addicted Brain from Emory University ★★★★☆(24)
  194. The Arduino Platform and C Programming from University of California, Irvine ★★★☆☆(12)
  195. Introduction to Corporate Finance from Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania ★★★★☆(20)
  196. Introduction to Cybersecurity Tools & Cyber Attacks from IBM ★★★☆☆(2)
  197. Finance for Non-Financial Professionals from University of California, Irvine ★★★★☆(13)
  198. Introduction to CSS3 from University of Michigan ★★★★★(13)
  199. Business English: Networking from University of Washington ★★★★★(1)
  200. Competencias digitales. Herramientas de ofimática (Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point) from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Autonomous University of Barcelona) ★★★★★(3)
  201. Programming Fundamentals from Duke University
  202. Supply Chain Logistics from Rutgers University ★★★★☆(5)
  203. Data Science Methodology from IBM
  204. Inspiring and Motivating Individuals from University of Michigan ★★★★★(8)
  205. Statistical Inference from Johns Hopkins University ★★★☆☆(34)
  206. Database Management Essentials from University of Colorado System ★★★★☆(5)
  207. Interactivity with JavaScript from University of Michigan ★★★★☆(11)
  208. Fundamentos de Finanzas Empresariales from Universidad de los Andes ★★★★★(1)
  209. Miracles of Human Language: An Introduction to Linguistics from Leiden University ★★★★★(78)
  210. Applied Plotting, Charting & Data Representation in Python from University of Michigan ★★☆☆☆(9)
  211. Perfect Tenses and Modals from University of California, Irvine ★★★★★(6)
  212. Introduction to Machine Learning from Duke University ★★★★☆(2)
  213. Cómo hablar bien en público from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Autonomous University of Barcelona)
  214. Sexualidad…mucho más que sexo from Universidad de los Andes ★★★★★(1)
  215. Fundamentals of Quantitative Modeling from University of Pennsylvania ★★★★☆(5)
  216. Preparing to Manage Human Resources from University of Minnesota ★★★★★(109)
  217. English for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics from University of Pennsylvania ★★★★★(11)
  218. C for Everyone: Programming Fundamentals from University of California, Santa Cruz ★★★★☆(3)
  219. Introduction to Data Analytics for Business from University of Colorado Boulder ★★★★★(1)
  220. The Science of Success: What Researchers Know that You Should Know from University of Michigan ★★★★★(20)
  221. Data-driven Decision Making from PwC ★★★☆☆(7)
  222. Visual Elements of User Interface Design from California Institute of the Arts ★★★★★(1)
  223. The Arts and Science of Relationships: Understanding Human Needs from University of Toronto ★★★★☆(5)
  224. Blockchain Basics from University at Buffalo ★★☆☆☆(1)
  225. Econometrics: Methods and Applications from Erasmus University Rotterdam ★★★★☆(7)
  226. Marketing Digital from Universidade de São Paulo
  227. Teach English Now! Foundational Principles from Arizona State University ★★★★★(6)
  228. Science Matters: Let’s Talk About COVID-19 from Imperial College London ★★★★★(6)
  229. An Introduction to American Law from University of Pennsylvania ★★★★★(19)
  230. What Is Contemporary Art? from The Museum of Modern Art ★★★★★(1)
  231. Learning to Teach Online from University of New South Wales ★★★★☆(8)
  232. Negociación exitosa: Estrategias y habilidades esenciales (en español) from University of Michigan
  233. Everyday Parenting: The ABCs of Child Rearing from Yale University ★★★★★(2)
  234. Machine Learning: Regression from University of Washington ★★★★★(20)
  235. Hadoop Platform and Application Framework from University of California, San Diego ★★☆☆☆(25)
  236. Practical Machine Learning from Johns Hopkins University ★★★☆☆(26)
  237. Introduction to Artificial Intelligence (AI) from IBM ★★★★★(1)
  238. Personal & Family Financial Planning from University of Florida ★★★★☆(16)
  239. Excel Skills for Business: Intermediate II from Macquarie University
  240. Private Equity and Venture Capital from Università Bocconi ★★★★☆(5)
  241. Fundamentos de la escritura from Tecnológico de Monterrey
  242. Teamwork Skills: Communicating Effectively in Groups from University of Colorado Boulder ★★★★☆(9)
  243. Основы программирования на Python from Higher School of Economics
  244. Everyday Excel, Part 1 from University of Colorado Boulder
  245. Introduction to International Criminal Law from Case Western Reserve University ★★★★★(11)
  246. Budgeting and Scheduling Projects from University of California, Irvine ★★★★★(11)
  247. Communication Strategies for a Virtual Age from University of Toronto ★★★★★(6)
  248. Essential Google Cloud Infrastructure: Foundation from Google Cloud ★★★★☆(1)
  249. Writing in English at University from Lund University
  250. What is Social? from Northwestern University ★★★★☆(13)

 

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Suparn developed an interest in MOOCs through a project he worked on during his MSc in Artificial Intelligence. He joined Class Central as a Full Stack Engineer.

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