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How Are UOnline Programs Different?

You can sign up for some or all online classes to provide flexibility in your class schedule, but that does not automatically enroll you as a UOnline Program student. UOnline Programs differ from traditional on-campus programs in several important ways.

  • Student Status: Any U student can sign up for one or more online classes. UOnline undergraduate program students must be formally declared to a qualifying UOnline undergraduate program for at least one year.
  • Location: UOnline Programs are designed to be completed entirely online. Scheduled interactive video classes through Zoom are not UOnline courses. UOnline Programs students cannot take any classes on campus.
  • Schedule: UOnline classes follow the standard semester schedule but do not have a set meeting time. Students can view recorded lectures and complete most class activities at any time of day.
  • Resources: UOnline students have access to academic advising, career services, tutoring, the writing center, and online library resources. Because they are not on campus, they cannot access many resources available through the Ucard, such as the student life center, football games, and transit passes. 
  • Cost: On-campus students taking an online course pay regular tuition rates and a modest online fee that enables supporting services for our online offerings. UOnline undergraduate programs have a different tuition that is the same for in-state tuition and out-of-state students. Most UOnline graduate programs charge the same tuition as the on-campus program. 


Should I Change to UOnline?

UOnline programs can be a great choice, but they may not be right for everyone. Consider the following before you decide:

  • Do you still want to take some classes on campus? UOnline students cannot register for any on-campus courses. If you want to mix on-campus and online courses, you can register for online sections as an on-campus student. 
  • Is your desired major available as a qualifying UOnline Program? See our list of approved undergraduate and graduate programs. If you are in a different major but have already completed most of your coursework, talk to your advisor about whether you would be able to finish your degree through a UOnline Program.
  • Are you ready to learn online? Some people work best on their own schedule, while others like the structure of a set class time to keep them on track. Take an online readiness questionnaire to see if you're a good fit for online classes.
  • Are you a freshman? Freshmen cannot start their University experience with UOnline. You need to complete at least one semester as an on-campus student.


If I Want to Be in a UOnline Program, How Do I Make the Switch?

  1. Talk to your advisor to change your student status to be enrolled in a UOnline Program.
  2. Once you have declared as a UOnline Program student, you will only see UOnline options in the class schedule.
  3. Consult the tuition estimator to understand the cost differences in switching to a UOnline Program.
  4. If you are receiving financial aid or a scholarship, meet with a Financial Aid consultant to understand how changing might impact your aid.
Last Updated: 8/30/21