Ayn Rand Institute

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The Ayn Rand Institute is a nonprofit organization that promotes Ayn Rand’s philosophies and works. It works to introduce students, educators, policymakers, and lifelong learners to Rand’s novels, to support scholarship and research based on her ideas. It also engages in research and advocacy efforts, applying Rand’s ideas to current issues and seeking to promote her philosophical principles of reason, rational self-interest, and laissez-faire capitalism.


Free Books

To introduce young people to Rand’s writings, ARI offers free classroom sets of her classic novels to teachers. Since 2002, ARI has distributed four million novels, and more than 75,000 teachers have used them as part of the curriculum.

Essay Contests

For more than 30 years, ARI has sponsored student essay contests on Rand’s novels. ARI awards hundreds of prizes in scholarship money for college. Since the contests began, ARI has received more than 407,000 essays.

Colleges and Initiatives

ARI offers educational internships, support for student clubs interested in Rand’s philosophy, and free copies of her books to students active in free-market groups.

ARI Campus

ARI presents interactive multimedia courses on Rand’s life, novels, and philosophy. Anyone around the world with an Internet connection can take part in free educational programming featuring Ayn Rand, Leonard Peikoff and ARI’s writers and speakers.

ARI’s Objectivist Academic Center

OAC offers courses, seminars and career training to future Objectivist intellectuals: the scholars, teachers and writers championing Ayn Rand’s philosophy throughout the culture.