Ivy League schools are generally viewed as some of the most prestigious, and are ranked among the best universities worldwide. The eight colleges that are considered to be in the Ivy League are Brown, Harvard, Cornell, Princeton, Dartmouth, Yale, and Columbia universities, and the University of Pennsylvania.
All eight universities place in the top fifteen of the U.S. News and World Report 2017 national university rankings.
These Ivy League schools are also highly selective and very difficult to get into. But the good news is that all these universities now offer free online courses across multiple MOOC platforms.
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Below, we’re featuring some of the most highly rated (and our favorite!) MOOCs taught by Ivy League schools.
How does Bitcoin work? What makes Bitcoin different? How secure are your Bitcoins? How anonymous are Bitcoin users? What determines the price of Bitcoins? Can cryptocurrencies be regulated? What might the future hold? After this course, you’ll know everything you need to be able to separate fact from fiction when reading claims about Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Bookmark | ★★★★☆ (10 ratings)
Justice, one of the most famous courses taught at Harvard college, is an introduction to moral and political philosophy, offering an opportunity to discuss contemporary dilemmas and controversies. Bookmark | ★★★★★ (26 ratings)
Moralities of Everyday Life Yale University, via Coursera
How can we explain kindness and cruelty? Where does our sense of right and wrong come from? Why do people so often disagree about moral issues? This course explores the psychological foundations of our moral lives. Bookmark | ★★★★★ (30 ratings)
This is CS50x, Harvard University’s introduction to the intellectual enterprises of computer science and the art of programming for majors and non-majors alike, with or without prior programming experience. An entry-level course taught by David J. Malan, CS50x teaches students how to think algorithmically and solve problems efficiently. Bookmark | ★★★★★ (52 ratings)
Vital Signs: Understanding What the Body Is Telling Us University of Pennsylvania, via Coursera
The vital signs — heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature, respiration rate, and pain — communicate important information about the physiological status of the human body. In this six-part course we explore the anatomy and physiology underlying the vital signs so that you will develop a systematic, integrated understanding of how the body functions. Bookmark | ★★★★★ (33 ratings)
Gamification University of Pennsylvania, via Coursera
Learn the mechanisms of gamification, why it has such tremendous potential, and how to use it effectively. Bookmark | ★★★★☆ (51 ratings)
Algorithms, Part I Princeton University, via Coursera
Learn information that every serious programmer needs to know about algorithms and data structures. Bookmark | ★★★★☆ (47 ratings)
Introduction to Marketing University of Pennsylvania, via Coursera
Taught by three of Wharton’s top faculty in the marketing department, consistently ranked as the #1 marketing department in the world, this course covers three core topics in customer loyalty: branding, customer centricity, and practical, go-to-market strategies. Bookmark | ★★★★☆ (47 ratings)
Buddhism and Modern Psychology Princeton University, via Coursera This course will examine how Buddhism is faring under this scrutiny. Are neuroscientists starting to understand how meditation “works”? Would such an understanding validate meditation — or might physical explanations of meditation undermine the spiritual significance attributed to it? And how are some of the basic Buddhist claims about the human mind holding up? We’ll pay special attention to some highly counterintuitive doctrines: Bookmark | ★★★★☆ (18 ratings)
The Architectural Imagination Harvard University, via edX
Learn fundamental principles of architecture — as an academic subject or a professional career — from a study of history’s important buildings. Bookmark