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Education stocks

Ready to invest in the school and learning industry? Consider these 11 stocks.

The best education stocks depend on your portfolio and investment goals — while volatility can be ideal for day traders, long-term investors will want to look to stocks with steadier gains over time.

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Sign up with an online broker or platform to invest in one of more of these education stocks.
  1. Compare share trading platforms. If you're a beginner, look for a platform with low commissions, expert ratings and investment tools to track your portfolio. Use our comparison table to narrow down top brokers by fees and bonuses.
  2. Open and fund your brokerage account. Complete an application with your personal and financial details, like your ID and bank information. Fund your account with a bank transfer, credit card or debit card.
  3. Search for the stock you're interested in. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol, like CHGG or GSX. Research its history to confirm it's a solid investment against your financial goals.
  4. Purchase now or later. Invest in the school and learning industry today with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until the stock reaches your desired price. To spread out your purchase, look into dollar-cost averaging, which smooths out buying at consistent intervals and amounts.
  5. Decide on how many to buy. Weigh your budget against a diversified portfolio that can minimize risk through the market's ups and downs. You may be able to buy fractional shares, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of an education company. Optimize your portfolio by tracking how your stock — and even the school and learning sector as a whole — performs with an eye on the long term. You may be eligible for dividends and shareholder voting rights on directors and management that can affect your stock.

Compare education stocks

We round up a selection of stocks in or related to the school and learning industry, weighting the list more heavily towards popular mid- and large-cap US stocks.

1. Chegg (CHGG)

Chegg, Inc. operates direct-to-student learning platform that supports students on their journey from high school to college and into their career with tools designed to help them to learn their course materials, succeed in their classes, and save money on required materials. The company offers Chegg Services, which include subscription services; and required materials that comprise its print textbooks and eTextbooks.

Chegg stock opened the day at $88.00 after a previous close of $84.22. The latest price was $90.16 (25 minute delay). Chegg is listed on the NYSE, has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD644.3 million and employs 2,431 staff.

  • Market capitalization: $12,517,885,952
  • P/E ratio: 8406
  • PEG ratio: 1.9471

2. GSX Techedu (GSX)

GSX Techedu Inc. , a technology-driven education company, provides online K-12 after-school tutoring services in the People's Republic of China. Its K-12 after-school tutoring courses cover various K-12 academic subjects, including mathematics, English, Chinese, physics, chemistry, biology, history, geography, and political science.

GSX Techedu stock opened the day at $81.39 after a previous close of $81.00. The latest price was $81.14 (25 minute delay). GSX Techedu is listed on the NYSE.

  • Market capitalization: $17,526,163,456
  • P/E ratio: 307.0126

3. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Company (HMHC)

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Company, a learning company, provides curriculum, supplemental, intervention solutions, and professional learning services worldwide. The company operates in two segments, Education and HMH Books & Media. The Education segment provides educational products, technology platforms, and services, including print and digital content in the form of textbooks, digital courseware, instructional aids, educational assessment, and intervention solutions for students.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Company stock opened the day at $6.61 after a previous close of $6.61. The latest price was $6.78 (25 minute delay). Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Company is listed on the NASDAQ, has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$1 billion and employs 2,600 staff.

  • Market capitalization: $949,204,480
  • PEG ratio: -1.33

4. Stride (LRN)

Stride, Inc. , a technology-based education company, provides proprietary and third-party online curriculum, software systems, and educational services to facilitate individualized learning for students primarily in kindergarten through 12th grade (K-12) in the United States and internationally. The company offers managed public school programs, which offer an integrated package of systems, services, products, and professional services that K12 administers to support an online or blended public school, including administrative support, information technology and provisioning, academic support, curriculum, learning systems, and instructional services.

Stride stock opened the day at $25.30 after a previous close of $24.84. The latest price was $26.19 (25 minute delay). Stride is listed on the NYSE, has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$1.3 billion and employs 4,950 staff.

  • Market capitalization: $1,307,150,592
  • P/E ratio: 25.6072
  • PEG ratio: 1.1307

5. American Public Education (APEI)

American Public Education, Inc. , together with its subsidiaries, provides online and campus-based postsecondary education. The company operates in two segments, American Public Education and Hondros College of Nursing.

American Public Education stock opened the day at $30.24 after a previous close of $30.32. The latest price was $32.23 (25 minute delay). American Public Education is listed on the NASDAQ, has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$321.8 million and employs 1,464 staff.

  • Market capitalization: $622,307,776
  • P/E ratio: 26.664
  • PEG ratio: 1.3196

6. Grand Canyon Education (LOPE)

Grand Canyon Education, Inc. provides education services to colleges and universities in the United States. The company's technology services include learning management system, internal administration, infrastructure, and support services; academic services comprises program and curriculum, faculty and related training and development, class scheduling, and skills and simulation lab sites; and counseling services and support include admission, financial aid, and field experience counseling services.

Grand Canyon Education stock opened the day at $103.40 after a previous close of $102.53. The latest price was $105.56 (25 minute delay). Grand Canyon Education is listed on the NASDAQ, has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$844.1 million and employs 3,650 staff.

  • Market capitalization: $5,310,790,144
  • P/E ratio: 20.789
  • PEG ratio: 0.9283

7. 2U (TWOU)

2U, Inc. operates as an education technology company in the United States, Hong Kong, South Africa, and the United Kingdom. The company operates in two segments, Degree Program and Alternative Credential.

2U stock opened the day at $39.16 after a previous close of $37.20. The latest price was $39.10 (25 minute delay). 2U is listed on the NASDAQ, has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$774.5 million and employs 3,772 staff.

  • Market capitalization: $2,888,363,520
  • PEG ratio: -20.23

8. Adtalem Global Education (ATGE)

Adtalem Global Education Inc. provides educational services worldwide. It operates through two segments, Medical and Healthcare and Financial Services.

Adtalem Global Education stock opened the day at $39.28 after a previous close of $39.27. The latest price was $39.78 (25 minute delay). Adtalem Global Education is listed on the NYSE, has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$1.1 billion and employs 3,939 staff.

  • Market capitalization: $2,000,627,072
  • P/E ratio: 5.9174
  • PEG ratio: 0.7833

9. TAL Education Group (TAL)

TAL Education Group provides K-12 after-school tutoring services in the People's Republic of China. The company offers tutoring services to K-12 students covering various academic subjects, including mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, history, geography, political science, English, and Chinese. It also provides tutoring services primarily through small classes under the Xueersi, Mobby, and Firstleap brand names; personalized premium services under Izhikang name.

TAL Education Group stock opened the day at $69.79 after a previous close of $66.94. The latest price was $68.92 (25 minute delay). TAL Education Group is listed on the NYSE, has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$4 billion and employs 45,271 staff.

  • Market capitalization: $40,586,162,176
  • P/E ratio: 1853.6584
  • PEG ratio: 1.84

10. Zoom Video Communications (ZM)

Zoom Video Communications, Inc. provides a video-first communications platform in the Americas, the Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. The company offers Zoom Meetings that offers HD video, voice, chat, and content sharing through mobile devices, desktops, laptops, telephones, and conference room systems; Zoom Phone, an enterprise cloud phone system that provides secure call routing, call queuing, call detail reports, call recording, call quality monitoring, voicemail, switch to video, and other services, as well as inbound and outbound calling services; and Zoom Chat enables to share messages, images, audio files, and content in desktop, laptop, tablet, and mobile devices for meeting and phone customers.

Zoom Video Communications stock opened the day at $317.01 after a previous close of $321.78. The latest price was $322.76 (25 minute delay). Zoom Video Communications is listed on the NASDAQ, has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$2.7 billion and employs 4,422 staff.

  • Market capitalization: $96,934,428,672
  • P/E ratio: 146.5497
  • PEG ratio: 5.2351

11. New Oriental Education-and-Technology Group (EDU)

New Oriental Education & Technology Group Inc. provides private educational services under the New Oriental brand in the People's Republic of China. It operates through K-12 AST, Test Preparation and Other Courses; and Others segments.

New Oriental Education-and-Technology Group stock opened the day at $169.93 after a previous close of $159.76. The latest price was $165.04 (25 minute delay). New Oriental Education-and-Technology Group is listed on the NYSE, has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$3.6 billion and employs 69,438 staff.

  • Market capitalization: $27,226,560,512
  • P/E ratio: 67.7966
  • PEG ratio: 1.3979

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Bottom line

While it’s possible to turn a profit investing in education stocks, keep in mind that — like any investment — education stocks are not immune to risk. These stocks are subject to fluctuating conditions — both in the market and in the school and learning industry, so carefully vet your picks before you invest. And if you’re new to investing, or if it’s been awhile since you’ve taken a critical look at your investing accounts, compare brokers to make sure you’re getting the best features in your trading account.

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