College Hack: Go To Yale University for Free


If you are like me, you are a lifetime learner and enjoy learning and expanding your mind and knowledge.

I actually loved college! I won’t lie, nursing school was stressful and overwhelming at times, but overall I enjoyed going to lectures, studying in the library and just having the ability to learn whatever I wanted!

However, as we all know, college can cost a pretty penny. Otherwise, I would probably still be a college student at the age of 30.


So, here’s one of my college hacks!


I figured out how to take courses at the prestigious Yale University for free.

It’s called Open Yale. And, it is completely free!



A Welcome From Diana E. E. Kleiner
Founding Director and Principal Investigator

“We welcome you to explore Open Yale Courses where you can discover a wide range of timely and timeless topics taught by Yale professors, each with a unique perspective and an individual interpretation of a particular field of study. We hope the lectures and other course materials, which reflect the values of a Yale liberal arts education, inspire your own critical thinking and creative imagination. We greatly appreciate your enthusiastic response to this initiative and hope you will stay in touch!”


Yale University launched Open Yale Courses (OYC) in December of 2007 because it believed that leading universities should make an important contribution to expanding access to educational resources. People from 228 different countries from around the world have downloaded and watched these courses through iTunes U and YouTube.


Open Yale Courses provides 100% free and open access to a wide selection of introductory courses taught by distinguished teachers and scholars at Yale University.


All lectures were recorded in the Yale College classroom and are available in video, audio, and text transcript formats. However, no course credit, degrees, or certificate are available or offered through OYC.


Even though I still miss out on the actual experience of attending live lectures and the interaction with faculty and students there are many benefits with this free education platform:

  • I love that I don’t have to buy an expensive textbook that will be considered outdated by the time the class is over because another edition has been released.
  • I don’t have to attend lectures on certain days of the week. I can download and watch/listen to the courses on my own time and at my own pace.
  • There’s no homework, assignments, tests, exams, essays, term papers or final exams to take or complete.
  • Have I mentioned that it is all completely FREE!


Your Turn: What do you think about open access, free education?