Announcing ChatGPT Edu: AI for universities

OpenAI recently announced ChatGPT Edu, a specialised version of ChatGPT built to responsibly deploy AI across universities for students, faculty, researchers, and campus operations.

Powered by GPT-4o, ChatGPT Edu offers advanced reasoning capabilities across text and vision and supports sophisticated tools such as data analysis. This new offering also includes enterprise-level security and controls, making it both powerful and affordable for educational institutions.

OpenAI developed ChatGPT Edu after witnessing the success universities like the University of Oxford, Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, University of Texas at Austin, Arizona State University, and Columbia University in the City of New York experienced with ChatGPT Enterprise.

ChatGPT is already enhancing various tasks across campuses. It provides personalised tutoring for students, reviews resumes, assists researchers in writing grant applications, and helps faculty with grading and feedback. OpenAI’s university partners have found innovative ways to make AI accessible to their communities. Here are a few examples:

Columbia University: Professor Nabila El-Bassel is leading an initiative to integrate AI into community-based strategies to reduce overdose fatalities. Her team built a GPT that analyses and synthesises large datasets to inform interventions, reducing weeks of research work into seconds.

Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania: undergraduates and MBA students in Professor Ethan Mollick’s courses used a GPT trained on course materials to complete their final reflection assignments, reporting that ChatGPT encouraged deeper thinking about their learning.

Arizona State University: Assistant Professor Christiane Reves is developing a custom Language Buddies GPT for students to engage in German conversations suited to their language level while receiving tailored feedback. This GPT helps students build communication skills and saves faculty time on assessments.

To build on these applications, OpenAI designed ChatGPT Edu as an accessible option for universities to scale AI integration on their campuses.

ChatGPT Edu includes:

  • Access to GPT-4o: this model excels in text interpretation, coding, and mathematics
  • Advanced capabilities: these include data analytics, web browsing, and document summarisation
  • Custom GPTs: universities can build and share custom versions of ChatGPT within their workspaces
  • Higher message limits: significantly more than the free version of ChatGPT
  • Improved language capabilities: supports over 50 languages with enhanced quality and speed
  • Robust security and privacy: features include group permissions, SSO, SCIM 1, and GPT management. Conversations and data are not used to train OpenAI models

Kyle Bowen, Deputy CIO at Arizona State University, stated: “Integrating OpenAI’s technology into our educational and operational frameworks accelerates transformation at ASU. We’re collaborating across our community to harness these tools, extending our learnings as a scalable model for other institutions.”

ChatGPT Edu is designed for schools that want to deploy AI broadly to students and their campus communities, ensuring a seamless and secure integration of AI technologies to enhance educational outcomes and operational efficiency.