Hi, we're Nexford

A next-generation learning experience you won't find anywhere else.

Learner-centric. Future-focused. Mission-driven.

Nexford University's mission is to enable greater social and economic mobility across the world by providing learners access to a high-quality, affordable, dynamic learning experience 100% online that prepares them for the global workplace.

Born different for you

We believe the world needs a new approach to higher education. Technology disrupts, education lags, students struggle and societies suffer. Born from this problem, we’ve thrown out what doesn’t work and created a modern solution that places learners and their future success at the core. It’s a tech-powered, globally affordable solution – aligned to workplace needs.

Our aim

Nexford is where global citizens learn the skills they need, at the moment they need them most. We help people move forward in their careers – and their lives. We're a Public Benefit Corporation based in Washington DC. Yes, we're for profit, but we prioritize public benefit over profit. Every time.

Nexford aims to demonstrate a more effective way of aligning credentials to the workforce--one that is far better positioned to give any learner, regardless of starting point, an educational foundation for lifelong success. We do this through curricular innovation, leadership in learning analytics and the development of models and tools that enable personalization and impact at scale.

We are a cross-disciplinary team of relentlessly optimistic, ambitiously creative, solution-oriented problem solvers who collaborate to uncover and develop new scalable ways to enable our internal and external partners to consistently drive learner impact using the latest technologies and innovative practices available.

Build skills. Not theory.

Forget theory, develop real skills employers need, in industries with the greatest growth opportunities.  Hit the ground running and stand out from the pack.

With Nexford you get: 

  • A degree that’s more than three letters. Develop valuable skills by working on real world projects  
  • The opportunity to start your program on the first of every month. No need to wait
  • 24/7 support from our faculty, advisors and academic coaches  
  • An American degree licensed by HELC and accredited by CMI and ASIC
  • Access to LinkedIn Learning and Microsoft tools for lifetime learning at no additional cost  
  • The opportunity to join a community of learners from 75+ countries working at companies like Google, EY, GE, KPMG, and HP.

Prepared learners: that's what drives us

Successful Nexford graduates are utterly employable: they're ready to advance in the world of work.


Only 30% of employees have the skills they need to perform their work today.

Source: The Institute for College Access and Success


Two-thirds of American college students graduate with college debt, and that debt now tops $1.2 trillion.

Source: Gartner


Only 40% of US college seniors say college experience helped them in their career.

Source: McGraw-Hill

Join a global community from 75+ countries

A Nexford degree is designed for leaders, not followers. The world is going digital and opportunities are no longer limited by physical borders. Your degree should prepare you for this world, not yesterday’s. It should be fit for purpose, maximize your employability and open up future opportunities.

It's time for a paradigm shift in higher education

We’re seizing the opportunity to progress the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal 4. Our work ensures inclusive and fair quality online education and promotes lifelong learning opportunities for all.

Dynamic programs informed by research

Dynamic programs informed by research

Our mission-driven goals

It’s our aim to become the largest and most affordable American university in the world. We provide learners with:

  • The world is going digital and opportunities are no longer limited by physical borders. Your education should prepare you for this world, not yesterday’s world.
  • Education should be more affordable. You should not be forced into years of debt to earn a quality education.
  • Degrees need to mean more than just letters. Your education should provide you with valuable skills, not just theory.
  • University education is an investment. You should expect a positive return on that investment.
  • Your choice of university should not be limited to where you live. You shouldn’t need to leave friends, family or your job to learn.