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[2021] 250 Top Udemy Courses of All Time

A list of Udemy’s 250 most popular online courses. Combined, they’ve gathered over 55 million enrollments.

Udemy Top Courses

Udemy is one of the largest online learning platforms for professional learning. According to the company, they have 35 million registered users. An analysis by Class Central shows they’ve launched over 157,000 courses since 2010.

The pandemic has boosted the fortune of many online providers. Udemy is no exception. In 2020 alone, the company raised $123 million and increased its valuation by over $1 billion. Overall, the company has raised ~$300 million at a valuation over $3 billion.

Class Central also experienced a quarantine boost: of all the people who ever used Class Central, 40% did so for the first time in 2020.

After focusing exclusively on MOOCs or Massive Open Online Courses for the last nine years, we’re ready to expand to other kinds of online courses. As an obvious first step, we decided to look at Udemy.

Udemy By the Numbers

Udemy by the Numbers
Udemy By the Numbers (Jan 2021)

Last year, we formed a remote study group at Class Central, and four of us took an Excel course together. To hone my Excel skills, I decided to analyze Udemy’s active catalog.

I discovered they currently have over 157,000 courses in their catalog — a 60% increase compared to 2019. Complete analysis of Udemy’s catalog can be found here: 157K Courses, 425M Enrollments: Breaking Down Udemy’s Massive Catalog

Combined, these courses have gathered ~425 million enrollments and average 2700 enrollments per course. But what surprised me the most was that the median enrollment was 188. Do Udemy courses satisfy the Pareto 80/20 principle? I found that Udemy’s top-20% courses by enrollment account for 90% of all enrollments.

250 Top Udemy Courses

Here’s a quick summary of Udemy’s top 250 courses based on the number of enrollments:

  • Enrollments range from 120K to 1.5 million. There are two courses with over 1 million enrollments.
  • Combined, they account for ~55 million enrollments, with an average of 223K enrollments.
  • Almost 70% of the courses are in the field of technology.
  • 64% of the courses are paid.

Here are the top 250 courses on Udemy sorted by number of enrollments.

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Dhawal Shah

Dhawal is the CEO of Class Central, the most popular search engine and review site for online courses and MOOCs. He has completed over a dozen MOOCs and has written over 200 articles about the MOOC space, including contributions to TechCrunch, EdSurge, Quartz, and VentureBeat.

Comments 3

  1. arlo

    Thank you so so much. I’m blessed to have stumbled upon this article. Now I have tens of free courses and it’s all because you took the time and effort to share this!

    I can’t appreciate you enough!

    Reply
  2. John Megill

    I found these free courses via Class Central. I am so excited to be part of the Udemy class-mates. This year will be the year for learning online!

    Reply
  3. Diana Agyapomaa Asante

    You people are so generous. There is no excuse for being uneducated, these free online courses are open to everyone who is ever ready to learn. Am very impressed with this initiative. Thanks to those who developed this medium of free and authentic education, thereby making our dreams a reality.

    Reply

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