Advantages of Online Education

Whether you are a returning student working toward your degree, a service member looking ahead to the next chapter, or fulfilling requirements for another program, you need a high-quality education that can adjust to your schedule and your life. UW College Courses Online was built to give traditional and nontraditional students like you just that: fully accredited UW courses, world-class UW instructors, extensive student resources – all within the flexibility of an online platform.

Who attends UW College Courses Online?

  • Parents
  • Veterans
  • Returning Students
  • Lifelong Learners
  • Traditional College Students

Same World-Class Education. Designed for Your Life.


University of Wisconsin Instructors

Online courses are taught by the same highly respected, student-focused instructors who teach within our campus classrooms. These subject-matter experts use the same curriculum and course materials, which means every course is backed by UW’s high academic standards and reputation.

Convenience and Flexibility

Online courses allow you to fit study time around the rest of your day, making it a great option for those that need to balance work and family commitments. Through the Canvas system, your course resources are accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, allowing you to read and review lecture notes as often as you want, interact with peers on discussion boards, and send your professor questions at your convenience.

Lower Costs

Not only does UW College Courses Online offer among the lowest tuition within the UW System ($263 per credit), you may also be able to take advantage of financial aid.

Transfer Credits

Whether you are taking online courses to complete a degree with another university or to advance toward a UW degree, UW College Courses Online offers transferable credits to fit your needs.

Learn Your Way

Say goodbye to the traditional lecture hall. Online classes include video, audio, and other supplemental resources that present information in new, engaging ways to enhance your learning experience. All of this is available within the user-friendly Canvas platform, allowing you to access your coursework as often as you need to – whenever it fits in your schedule.

Participate Where You Are

The minute you enroll in online courses, you create your very own campus that goes where you go. No racing to get to class on time. No worries if you move or need to travel for an extended period. As long as you have access to the Internet, your location won’t interrupt your education.

Student-Centered Learning and Interactive Discussions

In an online environment, you are empowered to learn from others in your class. You can present, critique, and comment upon work in a manner not seen in traditional face-to-face classrooms. And because these interactions are written, you can make intelligent and thoughtful contributions on your own time, rather than feel pressured to respond spontaneously in the classroom.

How Online Education Works