• ... engaging and beautifully-produced online courses that earn students real college credit.”

  • ... accessible college classes at a fraction of the cost.”

  • ... making distance learning as good as the real thing.”

Students deserve better.

  • Pay 80% less per course
  • Earn transferable college credits
  • Access the best instructors, on-demand
  • Full refund if you don’t pass*
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Cost per course

$2,400 on average

Cost per course



3-5 credits from your school


3 transferable credits from University of Pittsburgh


Pay full price after the drop deadline


Full refund if you don’t pass*


In-person, Zoom, or pre-recorded lectures


Immersive, interactive digital experience


1 per class


Multiple per class


Specific time and place


On-demand, anywhere


Specific hour


Flexible window

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Dr. Tim Chartier Ph.D.

Davidson College

Immersive Courses

Cinema-quality video, interactive learning exercises, and the most engaging instructors from schools like Yale, NYU, Cornell, and MIT.

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Dr. Hannah Fry Ph.D.

University College London

Purposefully Affordable

Our mission is to increase access to quality education and reduce student debt.

Each course costs just $400 ($2,000 less than the US average).

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We are proud to offer 1000 frontline workers free tuition (worth $400) for an Outlier course of their choice. The simple application takes minutes, so apply today!

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  • Rachel B.

    Rachel B.

    Intro to Psychology

    “I love that I can do the work when it is most convenient for me.”

  • Daniel M.

    Daniel M.

    Intro to Psychology

    “Overall very slick. Good learning flow, from lectures, to active learning to quizzes. Makes for a good learning experience.”

  • Lexi T.

    Lexi T.

    Calculus I

    “Everyone is responsive, accommodating, and friendly.”

Transferable credits from a top 60 school

Earn credits from acclaimed University of Pittsburgh for maximum transferability

Full refund if you don’t pass

If you’ve put in the time and effort to do all the work for a course but do not receive a passing grade, that’s on us and you will receive a full refund. You may also exit the course before the drop deadline to receive a full refund (12 days from start for 14-week courses, and 3 days from start for 7-week intensive courses).

Frequently Asked Questions

  • $400 per course, for now. Our goal is to reduce the cost of college and reduce student debt, but there are many factors to consider as we plan for 2020 and beyond. TLDR: if you want the introductory price of $400, enroll asap!

  • Yes, you can be anywhere in the universe (with wifi) and you'll be able to complete the course.

  • If you've put in the time and effort to do all the work for the course but do not receive a passing grade, that's on us and you will receive a full refund! You may also exit the course before the drop deadline to receive a full refund (12 days from start for 14-week courses, and 3 days from start for 7-week intensive courses). For more information on refunds please refer to our Refund Policy.

  • Tutoring sessions will be scheduled to maximize compatibility with students’ schedules and availability. Exams are each open to take for a set window of time (usually several days); however, all other course materials are available to you from the time the course opens through the end of the final exam window.

  • We are excited to be partnering with the University of Pittsburgh for our courses. Upon successful completion, you will receive 3 college semester credits from the University of Pittsburgh, transferrable to other colleges and universities subject to review and approval by the receiving institution.

    When you transfer your credits, it will come as an official transcript from the University of Pittsburgh for Fundamentals of Calculus I (MATH 6210) and Introduction to Psychology (PSY 6010).

    Not sure how to approve your credits or where to start? We’ve created a Transfer Credit Tool Kit for each step you would need to complete when approving and transferring your credits (checklist included).

    Once you've completed the course, you may request a transcript from the University of Pittsburgh and they will send an official E-Transcript to your school of choice.

  • We have technology built into our courses that allows us to prevent academic dishonesty and detect it if it occurs.

  • Yes, we welcome international students from most countries, subject to certain limited restrictions under U.S. trade law.

  • Outlier is currently offering 1,000 scholarships for frontline workers who are staying on the job during the  COVID-19 pandemic. Recipients get a free Outlier course of their choice, redeemable until November 19, 2022 (two years from the scholarship’s launch). 

    This scholarship is available for the first 1,000 eligible applicants who complete a simple questionnaire and short video submission.

    Learn more here.

  • If you have a request for reasonable disability accommodations, contact support@outlier.org. Please include specifics regarding the accommodation you are seeking. Additionally, if you have a disability accommodations letter from a school you are currently attending, you may send that to us as well.

    Outlier is committed to ensuring that learners with accessibility needs have equal opportunity to succeed in our courses.

  • Early on in the process of designing Outlier, we found that many students use their laptops late at night, and don’t feel like staring into a lightbulb. Too much white in the background of videos and active learning would be fatiguing and unpleasant. We also think it’s pretty neat that we decided to do this before Apple shifted everything to dark mode.

  • Unlike most things that sound too good to be true, this is for real — $400 for 3 college credits that you can transfer to your school of choice. Our team has been working tirelessly to build a product that will make world-class education more equitable and more accessible, and change the way people define excellent education.

  • “Beta” is how we designate the first few real-world cohorts of any new course we launch. The course and materials have been created to our exacting quality standards, but like any good course are improved and modified with each class that goes through it to adjust to the student base. A “beta” period gives us the chance to tinker with pacing, improve the clarity, and fine-tune our Student Support for the course. It also lets you know that we welcome any and all feedback from you and you may find your requests swiftly applied. Your Outlier Beta course will still get you the same outcomes & credits as any other Outlier course, plus maybe a little extra attention from our Student Success team as they learn about how the course is working and if there’s anything we can do to make it better.