edX Statistics

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Launched in 2012, edX has quickly become a major provider of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs).

We’ve compiled a carefully curated list of the top edX statistics and facts from recent and credible sources.

You’ll find edX statistics on:

– The company itself

– Funding and valuation

– edX courses

So let’s get to it.

Top edX statistics

  • edX was founded in 2012 after a partnership was formed between MIT and Harvard
  • edX currently offers 3K+ courses across 30 subjects
  • In 2020, edX attracted 10 million new users and became one of the world’s top-1000 websites
  • During the pandemic edX gained 10x more new registered learners and saw a 15x increase in course enrollments
  • edX’s estimated annual revenue is currently $106.1M per year
  • 155,000 learners from 162 countries enrolled in edX’s first course – MIT Circuits and Electronics 
  • It would take an MIT professor over 35 years to teach this many students in person
  • As of September 2019, the MIT Circuits and Electronics course had reached nearly 500,000 learners 
  • Most courses are free, but many offer a fee-based completion certificate in the $100 to $200 range 
  • edX hit the 1M students benchmark in 2013 meaning it was one-thousandth of the way to its goal of educating one billion people 
  • By the end of 2020, edX had around 35M registered learners and 110M enrollments 

Wondering how edX compares against its competitors? See statistics on: MasterClass, Coursera, Udemy and Skillshare.

Company

  1. edX was formed in 2012 by scientists from MIT and Harvard
  2. edX is currently led by CEO and Founder Anant Agarwal and is headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts 
  3. In 2020, edX added 13 new partners, including Stanford, Cambridge, and Google. (Class Central)
  4. As of December 2020 it had a total of 133 partners (Class Central)
  5. More than 160 institutions offer or plan to offer courses on the edX website and the platform has 16K instructors (edX Media Kit)
  6. edX currently offers 3K+ courses across 30 subjects (edX Media Kit)
  7. As of April 2021 it had 500 employees (LinkedIn)

edX and the Pandemic

  1. In 2020, edX attracted 10 million new users and became one of the world’s top-1000 websites (Class Central)
  2. Most of these new users joined following the implementation of Covid lockdown  measures around the globe (Class Central)
  3. During the pandemic edX gained 10x more new registered learners and saw a 15x increase in course enrollments (edX Media Kit)
  4. In December 2020, edX’s most popular course was Mechanical Ventilation for COVID-19 from Harvard University with around 300K enrollments (Class Central)
  5. Courses relating to Covid-19 featured twice in edX’s top 10 courses of 2020 (Class Central)
  6. In response to the Pandemic, edX launched a $10M scholarship fund to increase access to education. It received 15k applications in the first hour of launching (2021 Impact Report)
  7. In the face of the resulting global education crisis edX created: Online Campus. It enables universities to maintain learning continuity and expand their online programs with ready-made courses. It saw more than 400K+ enrollments by April 2021 (2021 Impact Report)

Financials

  1. Revenue between 2016 and 2018 (the last year for which figures were available) more than doubled from $15M to $37M (Class Central)
  2. edX’s estimated annual revenue is currently $106.1M per year (Growjo)

Courses

  1. 155,000 learners from 162 countries enrolled in edX’s first courseMIT Circuits and Electronics (2020 Impact Report)
  2. It would take an MIT professor over 35 years to teach this many students in person.  (2020 Impact Report)
  3. As of September 2019, the MIT Circuits and Electronics course had reached nearly 500,000 learners (2020 Impact Report)
  4. Most courses are free, but many offer a fee-based completion certificate in the $100 to $200 range (ZDNet)
  5. In 2015, for the first time learners earned college credit for MOOCs on edX, 190K certificates in credit eligible courses were awarded (2020 Impact Report)
  6. In 2016, edX introduced 56 MicroMasters programs and 109 Professional Certificate programs (2020 Impact Report)
  7. Over 80% of participants in these programs report positive career outcomes (2020 Impact Report)
  8. 3 million students have pursued or are currently pursuing a MicroMasters program certificate (2020 Impact Report)
  9. A MicroMasters program is worth 25% to 50% of a traditional Master’s degree at a fraction of the cost (2020 Impact Report)
  10. As of December 2020, edX offered 385 microcredentials of 5 different types, including the MicroBachelors launched in 2020 (Class Central)
  11. Typically these programs cover 25% to 50% of a university degree curriculum and sometimes offer credits towards the full degree (Business Insider)
  12. edX currently offers 8 MicroBachelors from 5 different universities
  13. In 2018 edX announced nine online master’s degree programs from top ranked institutions at a fraction of the cost, in 3 cases under $10,000
  14. Georgia Institute of Technology offers a Masters in Cybersecurity for $3,300 per year — incredibly cheap for an accredited masters from such a renowned school (ZDNet)
  15. The number of Master’s Degrees offered by edX between 2017 and 2020 increased from 1 to 13 (Class Central)
  16. The number of courses offered by edX between 2016-2020 increased from 1,290 to 3,090, a growth of 240% (Class Central)
  17. edX announced around 700 online courses in 2020 (Class Central)
  18. In 2020, edX also launched paid online courses under the edX for Business banner. These courses have a fixed schedule, are 4 to 6 weeks long, and are priced between $999 and $3,599 (Class Central)
  19. As of December 2020, there were five such Executive Education programs (Class Central)
  20. edX for Business has reached 1K companies, 100K learners and seen 300k enrollments (Class Central)
  21. Courses relating to AI featured twice in edX’s top 10 courses of 2020 (Class Central)
  22. By April 2021, 39M hours of video content had been consumed on the edX platform and 2.1M verified course certificates issued (2021 Impact Report)

Customers

  1. edX hit the 1M students benchmark in 2013 meaning it was one-thousandth of the way to its goal of educating one billion people (Harvard Crimson)
  2. By the end of 2020, edX had around 35M registered learners and 110M enrollments (edX Media Kit)
  3. 85K learners are engaged in learning content every day (edX Media Kit)
  4. Of all the companies that are using edX, 20% are small (<50 employees), 32% are medium-sized and 45% are large (>1000 employees) (Enlyft)
  5. 48% of edX customers are in the US and 8% are in India (Enlyft)
  6. Of all the customers that are using edX, 39% are small (<$50M), 11% are medium-sized and 40% are large (>$1000M) (Enlyft)
  7. Looking at edX customers by industry, Higher Education (24%), Computer Software (16%) and Education Management (12%) are the largest segments (Enlyft)

edX on the Web

  1. edX.org receives nearly 18M visits to its website per month (Similarweb)
  2. The US (18.73%), India (6.24%) and Mexico (4.45%) drive the most traffic to the site (Similarweb)
  3. The volume of traffic to Australia has been increasing by over 60%  (Similarweb)
  4. edX entered the top 1000 websites in 2020 (ClassCentral)

Frequently asked questions

When did edX launch?

MIT developed an online platform for offering MOOCs (MITx), which was renamed edX when a partnership with Harvard was formed in 2012. 

How many courses does edX offer?

edX currently offers 3K+ courses across 30 subjects

How many customers does edX have?

By the end of 2020, edX had around 35M registered learners and 110M enrolments.

How many partners does edX have?

As of December 2020 it had a total of 133 partners, more than 30 of these were university partners

Sources

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