About Us

Arena is an online school that empowers students to live their best life possible. Our one-year FocusDegree program equips students with the in-demand skills for the new economy. As a student you will learn everything you need to know to launch or change your career. There are weekly live classes, facilitated by experienced career coaches, to ensure unbeatable odds that you get to the finish line. At Arena you will not only learn the technical skills to advance your career, but you will also gain the social intelligence to thrive in all areas of your life.

Our Founder

Nicolette Rankin is a social entrepreneur that inspires students to move from never dreaming they could — to start taking action and believing they can. She has been servicing online school for more than 10 years. In 2007, she co-founded Open English, the first online school to guarantee English fluency, which became the largest online school in Latin America with more than 500,000 students and was valued at $350M in 2013. She left Open English to create Next University, an innovative online school for equipping leaders in emerging markets. In her career, she has raised more than $120M in venture capital to make higher education a basic human right. Her hope is that you find the arena where you thrive.

Nicolette Rankin
Founder of Arena Education,
Open English and Next University

Making higher education a human right.

We exist to unlock everyone’s full potential through education.