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About UOnline

Juggling school, work, family, and social obligations can be challenging. With UOnline, you can get the degree you need on the schedule you want.

The Strength of the University of Utah

As a UOnline student, you have the whole university behind you, with access to advisors and libraries and more.

Founded in 1850, the University of Utah ranks as one of the top 70 research universities in the world. As a preeminent research and teaching university with national and global reach, we provide unique opportunities for educational, personal and professional growth.

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How UOnline Programs Work 

Once you are admitted as a UOnline student, you can complete UOnline-approved degrees entirely online. 

  • UOnline Programs are accredited and accepted the same as on-campus offerings.
  • Classes are taught by the same faculty and instructors as on-campus courses.
  • Classes follow the standard semester schedule.
  • Classes do not have a required meeting time or place. You access class media, readings, discussions, and assignments over the internet through your computer or mobile device.  
  • You can still ask questions, build connections with classmates, and virtually access university services like advisors. 
  • You take any required exams supervised by a proctor either in person or online.

Want to see what an online course is like? Review our sample course to get a feel for the online learning environment (Canvas).


Frequently Asked Questions

Almost anyone who qualifies for admission to the University of Utah can declare into an eligible UOnline program

  • Students outside of Utah: UOnline Programs are approved for delivery to residents in all U.S. states and territories. Check our State Authorization page for details about your state. At this time we are not enrolling students physically residing in countries outside of the United States into UOnline Programs. 
  • Current on-campus students: If you would like to start taking all of your courses online, please talk to your advisor about changing your status to UOnline. You will not be able to take on-campus courses as a UOnline student.

The following people CANNOT enroll in UOnline Programs:

  • High school students. UOnline courses cannot be taken as concurrent enrollment or summer classes.
  • International students on an F-1 visa. You must take most of your classes on campus to fulfill visa requirements. You may take a limited number of online credits per semester as an on-campus student.

Online learning takes self-discipline and careful attention to managing time and deadlines. You are responsible for making sure you keep up with class topics and turn in assignments. While many online classes involve group projects and students often form virtual study groups, much of your study, readings, lecture, and assignments will be done on your own. Use the Online Readiness Questionnaire to quickly determine if you are prepared to succeed in an online class. You can also talk to your adviser before you decide.

As a UOnline student, you have access to academic advising, career services, tutoring, the writing center, and online library resources. Because you will not be on campus, you do not have access to the student life center, football games, and transit passes. 

As a declared UOnline Programs student, you will only see online classes and cannot register for on-campus classes.

Online courses follow the regular semester schedule, just like our on-campus classes. They start the first day of the semester and end 16 weeks later. These courses are not like an independent study program where you can take 9-12 months to complete the material and information. 

You will often have exams, such as a midterm or a final, which need to be completed within specific timeframes. All coursework and its corresponding timeframe are outlined on a syllabus you can access electronically. 

Our exam services will help you find an approved proctor in your area. We also have virtual proctoring. You can take a test from the convenience of your own home if you have a web camera and an appropriate environment and internet connection for the exam. The exam session will be recorded or otherwise supervised by your instructor. 

Yes! Our advisors are very familiar with working with students that are not close to the campus. You can meet via phone call or through virtual video appointments. All of our UOnline Programs Academic Advisors are very responsive to emails as well. You can find their contact info on each program's page: https://online.utah.edu/ug-programs/index.php.

You must apply and be admitted to the University in order to participate in any UOnline Program. Declaring as a UOnline Programs student means that you intend to take all of your courses online to complete your degree. If you want to take both on-campus and online courses, you will need to apply as an on-campus student.

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Once you have been admitted, you will need to pay an enrollment deposit, complete the online orientation, and meet with an academic advisor before you can register for classes. You’ll want to refer to the academic calendar and class schedules here.

Applications submitted with all the required documentation after the final deadline will be processed and considered on a space-available basis. Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible as the University could close applications without notice after the final deadline.

Yes. If you want to take the course for credit, you need to apply to the University as a non-degree seeking student. You can apply through this link: http://admissions.utah.edu/apply/

Yes! If you have taken any courses after high school at a college or university, you will fill out the Transfer Student application. However, if you have fewer than 30 credit hours you will need to submit your official college and high school transcript as well as your ACT or SAT scores.

  • Test credits (AP, IB, CLEP, Language, etc.) do not apply toward the 30-credit requirement.
  • Concurrent enrollment will also not be included in the 30-credit requirement unless you have attended another college or university for at least one semester after high school graduation.
  • The 30 required hours need to be completed at the time of application.

If you have taken college courses in Utah or at BYU-Idaho, see our Articulation Guides for which credits will transfer to the U. This guide is specific for the University of Utah and identifies articulated courses; it does not indicate how these courses might apply to a major and/or institution graduation requirements. Please reference our Getting Ready Guides for more information about how courses transfer into a specific major.

Yes. You must have transcripts from every institution you have previously attended, even if it was for just one course. You must also have official transcripts sent from the institution to our Office of Admissions directly. You cannot be the one to send them over. 

Yes! UOnline Programs students qualify for the same types of financial aid as on-campus students. For more information, visit the Financial Aid website.

This worksheet outlines the general education and bachelor's degree requirements. Talk to your advisor about the requirements for your major.

Yes! Visit the Veterans Support Center for more information.

Please visit this website for information about how to contact admissions, advising, and more.

 

Last Updated: 8/30/21