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Current On-Campus Students

Are Online Flex Courses the Same as UOnline Programs?

No. Online Flex courses offer flexibility to main campus students to fit online classes into their schedule. These classes fill up quickly, so we recommend registering early. Here are some important differences:
  • Online Flex courses are typically listed as Section 90 or 91 on the schedule of classes. Section 290 courses are reserved for UOnline students, who can only take online classes as part of the UOnline Programs.
  • Taking Online Flex courses does not mean you are a part of the UOnline Programs. If you wish to declare into a UOnline Program, read on for more information about the benefits of doing so and how to switch your status.


How Are UOnline Programs Different?

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 (Online Flex). 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 Flex 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 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.
  • Are you using or planning on using the University of Utah employee tuition reduction benefit? UOnline program students are not eligible for the tuition reduction benefit.


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

The annual change window to switch between main campus and UOnline is April 1-June 30.

  1. Change your student status to UOnline by talking to the major advisor for the program you wish to pursue. You can find their contact information on the UOnline page for each program. 
  2. Once you have declared as a UOnline Program student, you will only be able to register for UOnline sections (section number 290, 291, etc.) in the class schedule.
  3. Consult the UOnline undergraduate tuition schedule 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: 7/22/22