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Top Udemy instructors

Who are the top Udemy instructors?  I am sure this question must have come into your head many times. Read this post in full to see all the top Udemy names!

Udemy has 20,000+ worldwide course creators or instructors on its online learning & teaching marketplace. These instructors teach 1000+ topics to the learners in various different languages (Predominantly English).

Udemy hosts approximately 55,000 online courses. Around 20 million students are enrolled in these courses from all over the world. There is a teacher for everyone no matter which industry or field you belong to.

With these astounding numbers it becomes very important to see the top Udemy instructors who are the difference makers. So, to do the needful, our research team sat down and came up with a list that you should consider reading!

Top Udemy instructors with 100K+ students

  1. John Purcell
  2. Rob Percival
  3. Phil Ebiner
  4. Ermin Kreponic
  5. Jose Portilla
  6. Laurence Svekis
  7. Ben Tristem
  8. Ryan Kroonenburg
  9. Dr. Chad Neuman
  10. Chris Haroun
  11. Anthony Alicea
  12. Chris Bryant
  13. Vanessa Van Edwards
  14. Todd Mecleod

John Purcell Profile Link

Udemy's Top Instructor is John Purcell

Software trainer John Purcell is the number 1 instructor on Udemy at the moment,  his numbers are simply outstanding.  He has a total of 1102,448 students enrolled in 12 different courses.

Mr. Purcell has 75k+ reviews from all the 12 courses he has listed so far.  Even with such large amount of reviews,  he has been able to maintain a great overall feedback score 4.4 out of 5.

The most enrolled course for John has been,  Java Tutorial for Complete Beginners (View here), the course is free to enroll and is the most enrolled course on Udemy. There are ~796,000 students enrolled in the course, the average feedback score for the course is 4.4 from 30k plus ratings.

These numbers really speak for John and he richly deserves the number 1 spot on our list.

Rob Percival: Profile Link

Rob percival top udemy instrucrtor

Rob Percival is the number #2 Udemy  instructor on our list, his numbers are very high.  As of today, he has 23 online courses that garnered him 822,769 students. He’s been maintaining his average rating 4.6/5  from total 102, 588 reviews received.

Mr. Percival has several best selling courses listed on udemy but the most enrolled course which has made him the  number  2  instructor on our list is, The Complete Web Developer Course 2.0 (Link).  This course has 150,000+ students enrolled till date.

Phil Ebiner: Profile Link

Top udemy instructor

Mr. Ebiner is at number #3 spot on our list, he’s just behind Rob Percival with staggering 524,385 students. Phil has a total of 77 online courses listed on Udemy, his average feedback score is 4.5/5 from total 40,266 reviews.

His best selling course has been Photography Masterclass: Your Complete Guide to Photography (Link). This course has single handedly brought him close to 156,000+ enrollments to this day.

Ermin Kreponic: Profile Link

Ermin kreponic top udemy teacher

Ermin Kreponic is at #4 on our list, his numbers speak for himself. With 460,306 total students enrolled in his 17 different courses, he definitely deserves a 2nd place on our list.  Ermin has an average 4.3/5 rating from overall 34,000+ total ratings.

The instructor is in our list because of his several best selling courses. The one which is the most enrolled course for Kreponic is: The Complete Ethical Hacking Course-Beginner to Advanced (Link). There are whopping 233,657 students enrolled in this course to this date. With this upward trend the course going to get even more students in coming days.

Jose Portilla: Profile Link

Jose Portilla top instructor udemy

Jose Portilla is at #5 in our list of top udemy instructors with total 419,668 students. He has 12 courses listed, his average rating from 90,036 total ratings is 4.5/5. Based on his numbers, we can easily say, he’s of the top performing instructors on Udemy.

Data Scientist, Jose Portilla also has several best selling courses, but the one which is the most enrolled is, Complete Python Bootcamp: Go from zero to hero in Python (Link). To this day the course has 224,000+ enrollments.

Laurence Svekis: Profile Link

Laurence Savekis top udemy instructor

Laurence Svekis with 18+ years of web development experience under his belt is the new #6 Instructor on our list. He has a total of 388,468 students enrolled in total 194 courses. He’s also one of the very few instructors who has listed more than 100 courses on Udemy. Laurence maintains 4.3/5 as feedback score from total 18000+ reviews received.

The most enrolled course of Svekis has been: The Ultimate Web Developer How To Guide (View here). There are 48,000+ plus students enrolled in this course. The average feedback of the course is 4.3 from total 863 ratings received. 

Ben Tristem: Profile Link

Ben Tristem top udemy instructor

Ben Tristem is #7 in our list with total 5 courses on  Udemy platform. His strength is 339,299 students and average rating 4.7/5 from total 56,415 ratings as of today.  His yearly earnings must be huge with these numbers.

Mr. Tristem is the instructor of one of most enrolled Udemy Courses: Learn to Code by Making Games – Complete C# Unity Developer (Link). This course has close to 219,000+ enrollments which is massive compared to any other udemy course.

Ryan Kroonenburg: Profile link


Ryan Kroonenburg also makes into our list at #8 with total 282,553 students enrolled in his 15 different learning classes. His total ratings for all his courses is 4.5/5 after 85,000+ ratings. Considering the numbers, his earnings should also be in millions.

Mr. Kroonenburg has been instrumental in teaching students cloud computing, his best selling and the most enrolled course has been, AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate 2018 (Link). This course has a total of 233,000+ students enrolled till now.

Dr. Chad Neuman: Profile Link

Dr. Chad Neuman to instructor udemy

Dr. Chad Neuman is Professor/Designer/Developer ad a Photographer, he’s currently at #9 spot in our list with a total of 258,502 students.

Chad has 11 courses listed on Udemy, his overall feedback score is 4.5/5 from total 9000+ ratings received till date.  The most enrolled course for Chad Neuman has been: Photoshop Beginners Mastery: Zero to Hero in Photoshop (View here). Record 163,000+ students are learning from this course. Its currently one of the most enrolled courses on udemy.

Chris Haroun: Profile Link

Prof. Chris Haroun top teacher udemy

Number #10 on our list is the instructor of a very popular and award winning online course An Entire MBA in 1 Course (Link) Professor Chis Haroun. He is undoubtedly one of the top ten teachers on Udemy. He has created 43 courses, total 230,050 students are enrolled in his courses. His average feedback score is 4.4/5 from total 28,138 ratings.

An Entire MBA in 1 Course has been the most enrolled course for the professor with 141,000+ students enrolled.

Anthony Alicea: Profile Link

Anthony Alicea best udemy teacher

At number #11 is Anthony Alicea,  he’s a software developer, architect and UX designer. Alicea has total 7 courses on Udemy. There are 173,143 students learning from his courses. The average rating of his courses is 4.7/5 from total  51,419 reviews.

Anthony Alicea  has three best selling courses each getting him 50K students. Out of the three the most enrolled course for Alicea to this day has been, JavaScript: Understanding the Weird Parts (Link), close to 97,000+ students enrolled in this course.

Chris Bryant: Profile link

Chris bryant top instructor uemy

Chris Bryant is at #12  in our list of top Udemy Instructors with a total of 164,385 students as of today. He has listed 13 courses on Udemy, his average rating for these courses is 4.6/7 from total 21,322 reviews. With these numbers he seals his spot in our list of top online instructors.

The most enrolled course of Chris Bryant has been, CCNA 2017 200-125 Video Boot Camp (Link). The course has brought in 63,000+ subscribers for the instructor and it makes him one of the best selling instructors for computer networking courses on Udemy.

Vanessa Van Edwards: Profile Link

Udemy instructor Vanessa van edwards

Vanessa Van Edwards is an Author and Behavioral Investigator, with a total of 161,539 students in her 7 udemy courses. She stands at #13 in our list.  Overall feedback score of Vanessa is 4.5/5 from 16,012 ratings in total.

Her top course which puts her in the list is: 7 Scientifically Proven Steps to Increase Your Influence (View here).  There are 109,831 students learning from this course! The course has 4.5 as feedback score from total 8045 reviews.

Todd Mcleod: Profile Link

Todd McLeod best udemy instructor

Todd Mcleod is at #14 on our list of top udemy teachers. The instructor has a total of 142,377 students enrolled until today.  He has listed 13 courses on Udemy, average rating of his courses is 4.5/5 from total 14,301 feedbacks.

Mr. Mcleod brings in a lot of experience to his courses. The most enrolled and best selling course for Todd McLeod has been, Microsoft Excel – From Beginner to Expert in 6 Hours (Link). This course has fetched him 74,079 students till date.


We have done our research to find these names for top instructors/teachers on Udemy. If you are an instructor who deserves to be on this list please let us know. Email us directly or reach us via contact us page.

The numbers mentioned in this post are as per the time we wrote this post, we will update these number once or twice at the end of every month.

The stats  for these instructors were last updated on : 16th of January 2017


While researching we came across profiles that look like agencies or are a group of instructors.  We have not listed them in this list as we only chose the instructors who are on their own.  We might do another post on top agencies or groups teaching on Udemy in future.

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P.S: We missed John Purcell’s profile the first time we published this article. We thank Mike from Wheeler Media (Twitter@mikewheelermedia) for correcting us.