2U, INC. Among HCM Top 500

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2U, INC. Strengths, Domain Expertise, and Key Differentiators

For more than a decade, 2U, a global leader in education technology, has been a trusted partner and brand steward of great universities. 2U build, deliver, and support more than 435 digital and in-person educational offerings, including graduate degrees, professional certificates, Trilogy-powered boot camps, and GetSmarter short courses. Together with its partners, 2U has positively transformed the lives of more than 245,000 students and lifelong learners.

2U, INC. Recent Developments

In early November, the company received the approvals from the Massachusetts Attorney General and the Massachusetts Supreme Court required in connection with the edX acquisition. The acquisition is expected to close in mid-November.

In November 2021, the company borrowed an additional $100 million under its existing senior secured Term Loan B. The incremental borrowings have an original issue discount of 2%. Except to provide for the incurrence of the incremental loan, the terms of the credit agreement were not materially changed.

2U, INC. Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) Activities

In June 2018, 2U acquired CritiqueIt, Inc., creator of a market-leading digital annotation tool. The CritiqueIt technology facilitates more dynamic engagement among students and faculty by allowing any piece of content, including documents, images, videos, presentations, and audio files, to be annotated in real-time.

2U, INC. Customers in ARTW Customer Database

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2U, INC. Overview

Ownership: - TWOU: Nasdaq

Number of Employees: 3772

Functional Market: Learning and Development,

Key Verticals: Education,

2U, INC. Key Cloud and HCM Applications

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2U, INC. HCM and Cloud HCM Applications Revenues, $M:

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2U, INC. Revenue Breakdown by Type:

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2U, INC. Direct vs Indirect sales

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2U, INC. Customers - Breakdown by Geo, Size, Vertical and Product

List of Verified 2U, INC. Customers

No. of 2U, INC. Customers: 230

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No. of 2U, INC. Cloud HCM Customers: 230

No. of 2U, INC. Cloud HCM Subscribers: 275000

As the parent company of edX, a leading global online learning platform, 2U provides over 40 million learners with access to world-class education in partnership with more than 230 colleges, universities, and corporations. 2U build, deliver, and support more than 3,500 digital and in-person educational offerings, including graduate degrees, undergraduate degrees, professional certificates, boot camps, and short courses, across the career curriculum continuum. Together with its university clients, 2U have positively transformed the lives of more than 200,000 students.

2U, INC. Market Opportunities, M&A and Geo Expansions

In June 2021, 2U made a strategic agreement with education assistance benefits manager Guild Education. The same year, 2U purchased massive open online course (MOOC) provider edX for $800 million cash. Also in June, Netflix and 2U announced an expansion of their boot camps for Talladega College, St. Edward’s University, Marymount University, and Edward Waters College. In October 2021, Valerie Jarrett resigned from the 2U Board. In November, a Wall Street Journal expose found that 2U often used aggressive means to recruit students for the University of Southern California masters in social work and that "USC social-work graduates who took out federal loans borrowed a median $112,000. Half of them were earning $52,000 or less annually two years later."

Before the start of the 2020-2021 academic year, Boston, Massachusetts-based Simmons University delivered hundreds of courses online in order to cope with the COVID-19 crisis. The expanded agreement with Simmons also provided for the creation of additional degree programs aimed at non-traditional students, with lower tuition than in-person programs. Simmons received services from 2U on a revenue-share basis.

2U is revolutionizing higher education by collaborating with leading universities to take their degrees online. To support collaboration and learning, the company’s technology platform has to be able to cache data that grows exponentially as students communicate with instructors and with each other. 2U designed its technology and technology-enabled services to use data processing, storage capabilities and other services provided by AWS. Currently, 2U online learning platform and certain of its front-end and back-end technology and services are run on AWS. Given this, along with the fact that 2U cannot easily switch its AWS operations to another cloud provider, any disruption of, or interference with its use of, AWS would impact 2U operations.

In July 2017, 2U acquired GetSmarter (incorporated as Get Educated International Proprietary Limited), a leader in collaborating with universities to offer premium online short courses to working professionals. GetSmarter powers engaging online short courses in partnership with some of the world’s most renowned higher education institutions, including the University of Cambridge; the London School of Economics; Harvard University’s strategic online learning initiative, HarvardX; the University of Chicago; Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); and Africa’s top three universities: University of Cape Town, University of the Witwatersrand and University of Stellenbosch Business School.

2U, INC. Risks and Challenges

Because 2U shares revenues with its client universities, the model can only work by ensuring a maximum number of enrolled students as well as their course completion rates. Given the limited history of 2U, neither factor has been fully tested in a volatile online education marketplace that has seen its share of casualty. Some for-profit online universities have been hurt by threats of government withdrawal of funding by cutting back on student loans made available for such classes. Corinthian Colleges ended up filing for bankruptcy in May 2015. 2U does not fall into that category, but its heavy dependence on a handful of marquee universities carries certain risks as well.

2U, INC. Ecosystem, Partners, Resellers and SI

2U now has 8 offices across 3 continents and a global portfolio of 33 university partners offering over 50 graduate programs and over 80 short courses.

In the summer of 2019, 2U partnered with the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), to deliver 2U's first online undergraduate degree program: a Bachelor of Science in Data Science and Business Analytics. This partnership marks 2U's entry into the global undergraduate degree market.

Among its partners are American University, Baylor University, Emerson College, The George Washington University, Georgetown University, Harvard University, London School of Economics and Political Science, Northwestern Univerity, University of Oxford and many others.

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