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2U Overview
Lanham, MD
1001 to 5000 employees
Company - Public (TWOU)
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
For over a decade, 2U, Inc. (Nasdaq: TWOU) has been a trusted brand steward and the partner of choice to the world’s top universities in navigating the complexities of bringing the best of themselves into the digital age.

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Mission: Eliminate the back row in education #NoBackRow

Glassdoor Awards

Best Places to Work: 2015 (#27), 2014 (#17)

Top CEOs: 2015 (#15), 2014 (#5)

Company Updates

  • Interested in learning more about our mission and culture? Watch this video:

    2U, Inc. Culture

    Uploaded by 2U on 2018-05-25.

  • Our CTO James Kenigsberg sat down with Ryan Carson on the Change Wave podcast to talk about 2U, technology, online education and valet parking (we weren’t expecting that one either!) Take a listen: #NoBackRow

    James Kenigsberg

    James Kenigsberg is the founding chief technology officer (CTO) at 2U, Inc., a global leader in education technology that partners with great universities to build, deliver, and support world-class online graduate programs and certificates at scale.

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2U – Why Work For Us?


2U Inc. partners with leading colleges and universities to deliver the world’s best online degree programs so students every- where can reach their full potential. Our cloud-based software-as-a-service platform provides schools with the comprehensive operating infrastructure they need to attract, enroll, educate, support and graduate students globally.

Our Approach 
At 2U, one idea guides everything we do: No Back Row®. Blending live online classes, dynamic course content and real-world experiences, our approach gives students the opportunity to realize their full potential. We work with our university partners to ensure every student can experience the best possible education for the brightest possible future.


  • Immersive Course Content: The programs we support feature live, online classes that are grounded in group discussion and collaborative conversation. In order to facilitate robust class discussions, students engage in immersive course content between live classes. From documentary-style lessons to video case studies to interactive learning tools, course content is designed to raise questions, describe theories and inspire ideas for later discussion.

  • Live Classes: The programs we help develop are delivered online, but they are not like any other online learning experience. Class sessions are held on a live video platform and are led by university faculty members. All classes are intentionally kept small — an average of no more than 15 students — to facilitate close collaboration and engaging discussions.

  • Real-World Experiences: Practice-based learning is a cornerstone of every program. From nursing field experiences to LL.M. summer immersions, all programs have a real-life, in-person learning requirement. Why? We believe practical, real-world experiences enrich classroom learning, but also that some disciplines simply cannot be taught without in-person, hands-on experiences.

  • Social Engagement: By design, programs foster strong social engagement between students and faculty. Our unique online campus and live classes bring learning and social engagement together on a web-based platform and in-person experiences offer students the opportunity to meet, network and learn together.

  • Dedicated Support Services: High-quality student and faculty support is a hallmark of our service offering. We strive to make the transition from a traditional, on-campus setting to an online learning setting as seamless as possible — for both students and faculty. Our faculty support begins the moment we begin to work with a university, working closely with teaching professors. Support for students begins when they inquire about a program and continues throughout their program.

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    "Amazing company! Lucky to be a part of it!"

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    The list is too long of the many reasons why 2U is a solid company. I think everyone can agree the number one reason is the people! Everyone is beyond friendly and nice no matter what department you are in. Growth potential is amazing whether it’s within your department or to another. The benefits are outstanding and that includes PTO and all of the holidays including a week off during winter holiday! They make it their mission to make it a positive fun happy place to be and I can honestly say I love going to work everyday!


    None at all. I feel fortunate to be a part of the rocket ship.

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2U Interviews



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    Anonymous Employee in Landover, MD
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    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at 2U (Landover, MD) in September 2016.


    The process took about two weeks total. One phone screen interview with a recruiter, one phone interview with a manager, one in-person interview with a director, manager, and two senior members of the team, and one written sample. I have read comments about the phone interview process with the recruiter having a poor connection. I did have this problem as well, but it was only the initial screen interview. I am not sure if it's because of the recording technology that they use or what, but it was very difficult to hear.

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2U Awards & Accolades

  • Top Workplace, The Denver Post, 2018
  • Forbes 30 Under 30, Forbes, 2017
  • Top CEO, Institutional Investor Magazine, 2017
  • Top Workplace, The Washington Post, 2017
  • The World's 50 Most Innovative Companies, Fast Company, 2017
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Pledges & Certifications

Pay Equality Pledge

Committed to paying equitably for equal work & experience

Tech Hiring Commitment

Helping to train, hire and promote more technology workers

Diversity Commitment

Has programs that support a diverse and inclusive workforce

Pledge to Thrive

Taking steps to prioritize employee well-being

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