• We're making digital education more affordable, accessible, and innovative.

    Welcome to Arist, the SMS university.


    Why SMS?


  • SMS is the future of education.

    Studies conducted by Stanford University, Jadara University, Penn State, and Accenture all show that text messages keep students interested, engaged, and generally better at learning and retention.


    Why? Texts break down and condense information, leaving only the most important and relevant content. They also meet students where they're at: on their phones.


    Working with professors at Babson College and USC, Arist launched the world's first text message course in May 2018. We're pioneering a more relevant and novel approach to learning for students of all kinds.


    Arist is launching a full set of courses (and our new platform) later this fall. Learn more about our story.

  • Make learning a habit.

    Daily texts from the smartest people in the world, accessible to anyone.

    One text per day

    Students receive just one 918-character text every morning. It's a simple, efficient, and fun way to learn. Over 90% of students loved their Arist experience.

    30 days

    Courses run around 30 days, and succinctly cover the contents of an average semester-long college course. The best part? No tests or homework.

    An $8 course

    The average cost of one college lecture is $140. Arist lets students access the knowledge bases of top universities for the price of lunch.

  • Try Arist for free: text Arist to (480) 462-7478

  • Teach a course.

    We're looking for brilliant and knowledgeable professors, faculty members, and PhD candidates to teach their dream courses on the only learning platform that's universally accessible.

  • An excerpt from a past Arist course.

    Get a sense of our Entrepreneurship course, developed with USC and Babson College.

    Explaining blockchain.

    Imagine a large auditorium filled with hundreds of people who all have clipboards.


    One person goes up to the front, leans into a microphone, and says: “My name is Riley and I am going to pay Michael 5 bitcoin.” Now, everybody writes down that Riley paid Michael 5 bitcoin on their clipboards.


    Change every person in this scenario into a computer, and that’s what blockchain is. It’s millions of computers recording who paid who what, thus making it incredibly difficult to fake a payment or make up a transaction that simply didn’t happen.


    Now, this doesn’t seem that groundbreaking, but what’s important is that this system is super reliable and totally decentralized. This means anywhere you have records, data, or certifications, you can make them nearly impossible to fake without trusting a central organization, like the government, to keep them for you.

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