Coursera Users Statistics


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Report Highlights

  • Coursera reached 82 million registered users in Q1 2021, representing a 5% rise over the previous quarter.
  • Coursera has over 3,000 courses available to its learners and more than 2,800 employees.
  • Coursera provides its learning service to learners across more than 200 universities, non-profit organizations, and businesses.
  • 40% of students study the courses they enroll in till completion.
  • Coursera-gained skills are acknowledged by over 25% of the Fortune 500 companies.
  • The online learning company also had 479 enterprise customers through that period.
  • By the end of 2020, Coursera had awarded over 12,00o degrees to learners.
  • The average cost incurred in acquiring the degrees was $2,000.
  • In 2020, Coursera partnered with more than 150 universities to offer learning services.

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Revenue and Financial Statistics

  • By 2020, Coursera had raised a total of $464 million from a series of funding rounds.
  • Coursera offered its IPO on March 31, 2021, with the shares selling at $33 per unit at the time.
  • Coursera’s latest funding round – series F raised $130 million to reach a valuation of $2.5 billion.
  • The Coursera Plus subscription service costs $59 a month and has over 3,000 courses. The plan comes with a 7-day free trial period.
  • The subscription service also has the option of $399 a year.
  • Coursera’s annual revenue was $95.6 million in 2017. The figure rose to $141.8 million in 2018 and $184.4 million in 2019.
  • Overall, in 2020, Coursera netted $293.5 million, which represented a 59% year-over-year increase in revenue.
  • This amount of revenue was obtained from 77 million registered users from more than 200 major universities.
  • 51% of Coursera’s revenue was obtained from countries outside of the US.
  • Coursera reported a loss of $66.8 million in 2020.
  • The platform recorded $12 million in revenue in Q1 2021 from 13,493 enrolments into degree programs.

Coursera for Campus

  • Coursera for Campus was introduced in October 2019 and now offers more than 4,000 courses to learners.
  • As of March 2021, the Coursera offering had seen more than 10,000 institutional clients sign up.
  • By the end of 2020, Coursera for Campus had served 2.4 million learners across 3,700 campuses.
  • In 2020, Coursera for Campus saw 530,000 campus students grow their skills to an advanced or intermediary level.

Coursera for Government

  • Coursera for Government partnered with 325 government agencies last year.
  • The partnership led to 725,000 government learners receiving training.
  • 78,000 government learners gained growth in skills to reach an intermediary of advanced level.
  • 91% of the learners involved reported a positive impact in outcomes after the completion of their training.

Coursera for Business and Coursera for Enterprise

  • Learners can access 4,000+ courses via Coursera for business. The Team Plan is offered at $400/user each year. Read our Coursera review.
  • In 2020, Coursera worked with 2,300 enterprise institutions to serve 550,000 learners.
  • Just over 90% of the enterprise learners reported positive outcomes in their careers.
  • 110,000 enterprise learners raised their skill levels to either advanced or intermediate levels.
  • Companies that collaborate with Coursera report saving $1.12 million in recruitment costs every year.
  • 83% of all the learners who completed enterprise coursework described an improvement in their productivity at work.
  • The companies also report that as a consequence, they use 40% fewer resources to train 94% more employees.
  • The firms also save on time used in training by 46%.
  • The companies training their employees via Coursera reported a 748% return on investment (ROI) within three years.

Coursera User Offerings

  • Coursera offers over 1000 guided projects that last less than two hours at an average cost of $9.99.
  • By the close of the year 2020, Coursera offered over 5,500 university courses.
  • There are more than 4,600 Courses available where learners gain knowledge in 4 and 6 weeks at prices not exceeding $99.
  • For $39 – $99 per month, learners can partake in over 500 specializations to gain job-relevant skills in 3 to 6 months.
  • Coursera offers 25+ professional certificates that cost between $39 and $99 per month for a period lasting 3 to 6 months.
  • Learners can gain 15 or more MasterTrack certificates at Coursera for a sum of $2,000 to $6,000. The certificate duration is between 3 months and 12 months.
  • There are 25+ fully online bachelor’s or master’s degrees that can be obtained at the cost of $9,000 to $45,000.

Coursera Reputation and Quality Education

  • 93% of Coursera learners say they would recommend the platform to their friends.
  • The average rating of courses on Coursera is 4.7 out of 5.
  • 99% of enrollments on Coursera rate the online course provider higher than 4.0 out of 5.
  • 79% of Coursera learners have rated it 5-star.
  • Three out of four learners who enroll on Coursera go on to sign up for another course.
  • 87% of the learners on Coursera report benefits when they seek to pursue new career paths.
  • 78% of learners become more confident after going through Coursera courses.
  • 92% of learners intending to boost their education report benefits such as increased readiness for an exam.

Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic

  • Coursera’s partners recorded a 40 to 50 % rise in revenue over the first two financial quarters in 2020.
  • Coursera saw a 450% increase in the number of enrollments in 2020.
  • Coursera launched its campus response initiative in March 2020, impacting 10,000 departments, universities, and schools.
  • 7 million learners benefitted from the program clocking up to 32 million learning hours.
  • 80,000 Coursera employees received free training via the Employee Resilience Initiative throughout the pandemic in 2020.
  • Over 2020, Coursera added 1,500 new courses and 900 new guided projects across several relevant skills.
  • Coursera also launched a Covid-19 Contact Tracing training course in collaboration with Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Bloomberg Philanthropies, with the course reaching 750,000 learners.
  • The training course was available in three languages and was completed by 340,000 learners.
  • The training course also logged 3 million learning hours.
  • Coursera launched ‘Science Matters: Let’s Talk About COVID-19’ as a joint program with Imperial College London, reaching 260,000 learners.
  • Coursera reached 109,000 learners on its ‘Mind Control: Managing Your Mental Health During COVID-19’ program in collaboration with the University of Toronto.
  • 107,000 learners accessed the ‘Fighting COVID-19 with Epidemiology Teach-Out’ course.

An alternative to Coursera is Udemy.


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