Revolutionary New Online Undergraduate Education Program Opens Spring 2014 Enrollment

Semester Online™ Expands to offer 19 Courses from
Growing List of Prestigious Schools

LANDOVER, MD – October 1, 2013 – Semester Online, a first-of-its-kind program offering rigorous, for-credit undergraduate online courses has opened enrollment for 19 courses in its spring 2014 catalog. Through a consortium of prestigious colleges and universities including Boston College, Brandeis University, Emory University, Northwestern University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Trinity College Dublin, The University of Melbourne, University of Notre Dame, Wake Forest University and Washington University in St. Louis, Semester Online is designed to match the quality of an on-campus experience, giving top students worldwide access to the best online for-credit college classes available.

For the 2014 spring semester, nine new courses including Critical Earth Issues, Introduction to Bioethics and The Hebrew Bible/Old Testament: Then and Now, join the already robust curriculum including courses like How to Rule the World and Baseball and American Culture, among others.  A complete list of Semester Online courses offered for the spring can be viewed at www.semesteronline.org.

"The fall pilot of Semester Online has been a successful start for this groundbreaking online education program with more than 100 students enrolled across 10 courses.  Beginning today, undergraduate students around the globe can apply for our spring 2014 courses, including new offerings led by faculty from Brandeis University and Wake Forest University,” said Andrew Hermalyn, executive vice president and general manager of Semester Online at 2U, Inc. "The expansion of Semester Online's course offerings demonstrates the speed at which the program is growing, as we provide more students the opportunity to participate in this unique academic experience with live online classes of fewer than twenty students per class, led by renowned professors from the nation's best undergraduate institutions."

Spring 2014 Courses
The spring 2014 courses include a selection of courses offered in the fall 2013 semester along with new courses from Semester Online’s expanding consortium of prestigious colleges and universities, all of which are ranked among the Top 35 in the U.S. News & World Report’s recently released Annual Best Colleges List. (Courses listed below with an asterisk are new for spring 2014.)

Boston College

  • How to Rule the World
  • The War that Never Ends

Brandeis University

  • Psychological and Socio-Cultural Perspectives on Health *
  • The Hebrew Bible/Old Testament: Then and Now *

Emory University

  • Baseball and American Culture
  • Drugs and Behavior
  • Power, Politics and Religion in America

Northwestern University

  • Differential Equations for Engineers and Scientists *
  • Electronics Out of the Box *

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

  • Introductory Finance *
  • Marketing: Core Concepts and Tools *
  • Strategic Management *
  • Financial Accounting and Reporting
  • Leading and Managing: An Introduction to Organizational Behavior

Trinity College Dublin

  • Ireland in Rebellion, 1798-1916

The University of Melbourne

  • Classical Mythology

University of Notre Dame

  • Shakespeare and Film

Wake Forest University

  • Introduction to Bioethics *

Washington University in St. Louis

  • Critical Earth Issues *
  • Introduction to Psychology *
  • Environmental and Energy Policies

The complete list of Semester Online courses can be found at semesteronline.org. Semester Online is now accepting applications from students who are currently enrolled in a four-year, regionally accredited institution, and in good academic standing. The deadline for application is Monday, December 23, 2013 with an early deadline of Friday, November 22, 2013.

About Semester Online
Semester Online is the first-of-its-kind program to offer for-credit undergraduate courses through top-tier universities that includes Boston College, Brandeis University, Emory University, Northwestern University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Notre Dame, Wake Forest University, and Washington University in St. Louis. In partnership with 2U, Semester Online offers rigorous, online, for-credit courses to college students from anywhere in the world. For more information, please visit semesteronline.org.

About 2U, Inc.
2U, Inc., is revolutionizing higher education by developing the world’s best online educational experiences in partnership with leading universities. Founded in 2008 by a team of education veterans, 2U provides universities with the technology, infrastructural support, and capital they need to transform on-campus programs into state-of-the-art web-based programs. 2U’s partner programs deliver unparalleled student retention, satisfaction, and outcomes.

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Shirley Chow, 2U, Inc.
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