Inspired by History

Onyx University is inspired by the long and storied legacies of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities that originally began as Normal (teacher training) schools, such as Fisk University, Hampton University, and Tuskegee University.
Like these pioneering institutions, Onyx University is committed to providing a high-quality education and practical training experience to our learners. Our approach to education emphasizes the importance of connected networks and real-world problem-solving. 
Onyx University understands the importance of providing opportunities for students to learn, grow, and succeed, just like these HBCUs did in the past and still do today. We are inspired to excellence from their histories and bring this opportunity to all students.

Building The Next Great Black-Owned University

Our unique approach, which combines traditional academic rigor with innovative industry partnerships and a focus on 21st century skills, sets Onyx University apart as a pioneering Black-owned institution poised to be a leader in the future of higher education.


"It's time for higher education to once again become a pathway to prosperity."

Chris Kelly (CK) - Onyx Originator

Our Mission

The Onyx mission is to provide a place to create top quality digital education for all people around the world, making it easy for everyone to learn and teach. 
We want to help people learn what they want and solve problems on their own. It's important for building a good society. 
We use technology to make learning better and more accessible for everyone.

Our Vision

Excellence for Everyone

We believe that there's not just one way to be successful. Everyone should have the chance to learn new skills and make a life they love.

Driven by Experience

We bring together the best of the past and modernize the traditional methods. Everything we do is based on research and what we've learned.

Opportunities for All

We need new places to teach that put learners first and use technology to help. We are fast, motivated, independent, and looking towards the future.

Our Values



We aim to give the best education to everyone in our network from both ourselves and our partners.



We aim to use the best technology to provide chances for our network to learn and grow.



We aim to use technology to support and fight for the success of all learners all over the world.

Our Principles

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Continuous Learning

Learners have different needs that go beyond what's usually taught in a classroom, during a school year, and within the school system. Learners don't fit into the usual age, location, and other categories anymore, so the usual way of teaching isn't working well.

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Self-Directed Learning

Learners want education that's important to their lives, not just something they have to do. Their goals, ways of learning, resources, and interests change fast and schools are struggling to keep up. 

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Self-Determined Learning

Learners are discovering that they can teach themselves. There's a lot of information available now, but it can be hard to know what's true and what's not. Standards for what's good information is changing and learners have to figure out what's best for them. They are becoming more in charge of what they learn and how they learn it.

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New Learners

The way we learn has changed a lot because of what happened since 2020. We want to help schools and other places that teach keep up with the new way we learn. We help them break through old ways that prevent them from embracing the new ways of learning.

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Educational Quality

People are asking for education to be better and more reliable, this is a good thing because it makes people want to do their best. But the rules for what makes good education haven't kept up with the times. 

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Academic Stewardship

Education needs to be taken care of better than it is now. The way we learn affects our ability to be successful in life. People are expecting schools and other places that teach, to show that they are giving a good return on the money and time invested by the learner.

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Digital Education

There are two different ways that online education is improving. Some are working on making their classes better online, while others are working on making the technology better. Both are important for making a good online learning experience. 

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Open Knowledge Access

The way people share and get knowledge has been the same for a long time but it's not working anymore. Now, many research papers are not read and textbooks are very expensive. With the new ways of sharing information online, it's easier for people to find and learn from more information.

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Researcher-Practitioner Divide

Before, people who did research and people who used it in real life were separate, but now, we are changing our way of thinking and are making research more useful for everyday life. 

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Project-Based Assessment

More and more people are realizing that learning by working on projects is better. This is good for everyone involved, like school leaders, teachers, and students. School leaders can innovate, teachers have a better way to teach, and students have proof of what they have learned.

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Mastery-Based Structure

Mastery is becoming popular again, it's focus on individual achievement, self-reflection, showing capability, and independent verification, it's seen in co-ops, apprenticeships, and many more ways.

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Personalized Curricula

Learners are starting to learn on their own and not relying on traditional schools. They are using more online classes, resources and organizations to do so. However, most of these don't have a clear path to follow or a full curriculum. Learners need to learn how to make their own curriculum to make sure they are learning what they need to reach their goals.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who owns Onyx University?

    Onyx University is owned by Onyx Education, Inc. CK, Onyx's Originator, was originally inspired by the legacy of Tuskegee University. His inspiration grew after learning about how many more HBCUs trace their starting stories to being Normal (teacher training) schools and how they have grown over time. This is his goal for Onyx University. 

  • Who can attend Onyx University?

    Onyx University is open to all learners who qualify.

  • What does Onyx University stand for?

    Onyx University stands for our learners to thrive in the world of Education 3.0 and achieve their dreams through the power of personalized learning, technology-enhanced networks, and an abundant approach to life's opportunities.

  • Does Onyx University have any religious or political affiliations?


Programs & Plans

  • Is Onyx University open and running?

    Not yet, we are building Onyx University from the ground up. We are beginning with our institute for educator training, online learning community, and college prep academy prior to providing full degree programs.

  • What is the projected timeline for Onyx University to be fully functional?

    We anticipate accepting our first degree-seeking class in 2026. Our educator institute and learning community will open in 2023, and our college prep academy will open by 2025.

  • What types of degrees and programs will Onyx University offer?

    Onyx University will begin with a College of Education with K-12, Service, Business, Technology, and International specialization categories to represent the contexts that education takes place. Learners will complete a capstone project directly relevant to their interests and specific goals. After establishing this first program we will expand to providing additional majors, specializations, and colleges over time. Our unique approach to personalization and curriculum design means that each learner's journey will provide opportunities for those coming after to pursue new pathways. Please see here for more information about our curriculum.

  • Will Onyx University be providing an in-person or online experience?

    Online components will be involved in every learning experience at Onyx. We aim to provide in-person learning experiences in the United States with international components as well. Our goal is to provide a hybrid, cross-border educational experience.

  • Will Onyx University pursue accreditation?


  • Will Onyx University receive public funding?

    We are not pursuing public funding at this time, but this might change in the future.

  • What is Onyx University's planned tuition model?

    We are targeting $10,000/year as the full financial obligation from our learners, inclusive of all fees and so on. Our learners will work throughout their time at Onyx University, and the majority will be involved in entrepreneurial pursuits with some starting ventures for potential investment upon graduation. It is our goal that by enrolling in Onyx University all learners will have opportunities that lead to earning more than $10,000/year each year after their Freshman year until graduation - and beginning in their Freshman year for students who enroll in the College Prep Academy.

  • What will Onyx University's admissions process be like?

    We will have a direct admissions process that is similar to conventional holistic application procedures, but our main admissions process will be through enrolling in our College Prep Academy to engage with learning in the Onyx Education Network for one year before starting formal enrollment in an Onyx University degree program.

Getting Involved

  • How can I support Onyx University?

    The best ways to support Onyx University is to join the Onyx Global learning community, invest in Onyx Education, Inc., or share your thoughts and experiences regarding Onyx with your network. You can find information about joining Onyx Global by clicking here, and about investing in Onyx Education, Inc. by clicking here.

  • How can I partner with Onyx University?

    Please contact us through the form below, at the Onyx Global learning community, or through one of Onyx Education, Inc.'s investment channels.

  • How can I work with Onyx University?

    Please see the Work with Onyx page on our website. We are not hiring for paid positions at the moment, but are actively seeking Founding Framers to advise on Onyx University's development and Academic Engineers (requires certification from Onyx Institute) to help us build.

Onyx University is being built by Onyx Education

The Education 3.0 Company