Accelerated Courses


UW College Courses Online offers accelerated courses for students who are interested in completing a course in a time frame that is more convenient for their lifestyle. With accelerated programs, UW College Courses Online takes a traditional fifteen-week course and condenses the material into a three-, seven-, eight-, or ten-week format. The course content is the same; it is just covered in less time.

How much time should I spend each week on my accelerated course?

Because accelerated courses are completed in three, seven, eight, or ten weeks, the amount of content covered each week is significantly increased. As such, students should anticipate spending several hours more per week completing work in an accelerated course than they would in a full-semester, fifteen-week class.

How many accelerated courses can I take in one session?

We recommend no more than two accelerated courses at a time. For students who are also taking traditional fifteen-week courses, we recommend taking one accelerated course.

How often will I need to log in to my course site?

Students taking accelerated courses with UW College Courses Online will be using Canvas to interact with their classmates and instructor, review course materials and objectives, and complete course assignments.  Because of the accelerated nature of these courses, students will need to commit to frequently checking the Canvas site.

How do I order my textbooks?

As with all courses, you can order your textbooks through the UW College Courses Online bookstore. It is important that you have your textbooks by the start of the class in order to fully engage with the accelerated course content.

What resources are available if I am struggling with accelerated learning?

UW College Courses Online offers a wide range of resources for students, including 24/7 tutoring services. For detailed information about these services, visit the Student Services page.

How do I get started?