Advantages of Online Learning

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 Colleges Online was built to give 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 Colleges Online?

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


Same World-Class Education. Designed for Your Life.

University of Wisconsin Colleges 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

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 Desire2Learn 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 Colleges Online offer the lowest tuition within the UW System ($238 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 Colleges Online makes every effort to ease the transfer of course credits.

Learn Your Way

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 Desire2Learn 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.



UW Colleges Online

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