Document and Entity Information
9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2015
Oct. 22, 2015
Document and Entity Information    
Entity Registrant Name 2U, Inc.  
Entity Central Index Key 0001459417  
Document Type 10-Q  
Document Period End Date Sep. 30, 2015  
Amendment Flag false  
Current Fiscal Year End Date --12-31  
Entity Current Reporting Status Yes  
Entity Filer Category Non-accelerated Filer  
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding   45,576,318
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2015  
Document Fiscal Period Focus Q3