College Foundation

Start your path to a degree with the College Foundation Certificate. Designed to be flexible around a busy schedule, it de-risks college by helping you complete needed prerequisites while also exploring majors and earning credits. All for 86% less than traditional college.

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  • 4 courses

    4 cohort-based courses designed to be fun. Includes a student community and free tutoring for math courses.

  • Start today

    Join Standard 14-week courses or 7-week Intensives. Minimum time commitment of 10 hours/week.

  • Flexible schedule

    Designed to fit busy lifestyles with on-demand lectures and materials available 24/7.

The world's best college on-ramp

Outlier’s College Foundation is designed to be the next step on your path to a college degree or career advancement. You’ll explore majors while earning 12 transferable credits from renowned University of Pittsburgh.

This certificate is flexible for busy schedules and open to all (no application required). Experience online college reinvented to be fun and engaging. Everything you need is included for 86% less than traditional college.

Specifically designed for:

  • Busy people looking for an on-ramp to a college degree
  • Students considering returning to college
  • Students who are undecided and exploring different fields
  • Working adults who want to bolster their resume
  • Students considering an undergraduate degree in liberal arts, science, or mathematics
  • Students who prefer self-study
Intro to Psychology Instructor | Monica Thieu, Ph.D. Candidate | Columbia University

By the numbers

  • 75%

    Percentage of US students who change their major. Save time and money with this certificate.

    The Mentor

  • $2.8 million

    Average Bachelor’s degree lifetime earnings increase from high school diploma.

    Georgetown University

  • 12

    Number of transferable credits you'll earn from the University of Pittsburgh, which apply to most majors

Transferable credits from a top 60 School

Earn 12 credits from acclaimed University of Pittsburgh for maximum transferability

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Payment options

  • Certificate Cost

    Purposefully Affordable

    Take an additional 15% off our individual courses, which are already 80% less than the average college cost.

    $1360
    $9600
  • 0% interest

    Monthly Payment Option

    Use Klarna to pay over 18 months with no interest or fees. Outlier is proud to cover student interest fees.

    $76/month
  • Employer

    Tuition Reimbursement

    Check with your company. Many employers fully cover Outlier courses and certificates.

    Free

Included courses

Award-winning courses taught by engaging & approachable instructors from the world’s best schools.

College Foundation details

  • 4 award-winning courses, available in 14-week Standard cohorts or 7-week Intensives

  • Minimum weekly commitment: 10-15 hours for Standard cohorts, 20-30 for Intensives

  • Full course refund if you do all the work and don’t pass

What you’ll get

  • 12 transferable college credits from a Top 60 US college (University of Pittsburgh)
  • Shareable Outlier Certificate of Completion
  • World-class instructors from institutions like Columbia, Yale, NYU, and NASA.
  • Free tutoring and support for Precalculus
  • All course materials included; no expensive textbooks to buy or surprise costs
  • $8240 in savings compared with traditional college
  • Risk-free Refund Guarantee

Meet your instructors

Instructors teaching College Foundation courses are hand-picked for their deep expertise as well as their ability to communicate ideas clearly and charismatically—you may even find yourself binge-watching their lectures.

  • Kelsey Houston-Edwards, Ph.D.

    UNIVERSITY OF TÜBINGEN

  • Po-Shen Loh, Ph.D.

    CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY

  • Hakeem Oluseyi, Ph.D.

    FLORIDA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

  • Jackie Faherty, Ph.D.

    AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY

  • David Grinspoon, Ph.D.

    PLANETARY SCIENCE INSTITUTE

  • Michelle Thaller, Ph.D.

    NASA

  • Homa Zarghamee Ph.D.

    BARNARD COLLEGE

  • Simon D. Halliday Ph.D.

    UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL

  • Suresh Naidu Ph.D.

    COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY

  • Rajiv Sethi Ph.D.

    BARNARD COLLEGE

  • Cristina Tello Trillo Ph.D.

    U.S. CENSUS BUREAU

  • Spencer Kelly, Ph.D.

    COLGATE UNIVERSITY

  • Monica Thieu, Ph.D. Candidate

    COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY

  • David Pizarro, Ph.D.

    CORNELL UNIVERSITY

  • Marjorie Rhodes, Ph.D.

    NEW YORK UNIVERSITY

  • Jay Van Bavel, Ph.D.

    NEW YORK UNIVERSITY

  • Dan Lerner, M.A.P.P.

    UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA

  • Lawrence Ian Reed, Ph.D.

    NEW YORK UNIVERSITY

  • Alana Conner, Ph.D.

    RESEARCHER AT TWITTER

  • Nnamdi Pole, Ph.D.

    SMITH COLLEGE SCHOOL FOR SOCIAL WORK

  • Abigail Stark, Ph.D. Candidate

    SUFFOLK UNIVERSITY

  • Sasha Reid, Ph.D.

    UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY

  • Paul Bloom, Ph.D.

    YALE UNIVERSITY

Hear from our alumni

  • Kristina B.

    Kristina B.

    “Thank god I found Outlier, which ended up being a third of the price my university would have been. This allowed me to finish my college degree on time.”

  • Outlier Alumnus

    Outlier Alumnus

    “I could not stop watching the videos and doing all the exercises & tests. I'm a total learning nerd, but the design & structure of this course is like nothing I've experienced (even better than Masterclass). And my retention seems to be really high so far :)”

  • Katie A.

    Katie A.

    “I had a wonderful experience with the community, the subject, and my peers. Outlier has an incredible support staff willing to help us with everything from answering queries to clearing subject doubts.”

Frequently asked questions

  • You earn your Outlier Certificate of Completion when you complete all of the courses in your certificate sequence with a passing grade (of 69.5% or higher). All courses must be taken for credit, and not audited, to count towards Certificates.

  • Certificate sequences are designed to fit even the busiest lifestyles, so you can complete them at your own pace, and take up to two years from date of purchase to do so. You can take as many courses as you’d like concurrently, in most cases. That said, some courses must be completed in a particular sequence (e.g. Precalculus must be completed before Calculus I).

  • Great news: If you’ve passed some (or all) of the courses with Outlier, you’re ahead of the game! We’ll count these towards your Certificate, and you’ll receive the discounted certificate price for any remaining courses you’ll need to take to complete your Certificate sequence. Simply reach out to our Student Success team at success@outlier.org and let them know that you plan to enroll in the Certificate and include your previously passed courses, and we’ll send along the discount code and instructions for next steps. Note: For any previously completed courses to count towards a Certificate, they must have been taken for credit, and not audited.

    Additionally, if you’re already confident in your Precalculus skills, you can test out of the Precalculus requirement for any Certificate sequence and head straight to the Calculus I course. To do so, first take the pretest here. If you pass, send a note to our Student Success team and let us know which Certificate you’d like to enroll in. We can be reached at success@outlier.org.

  • The Outlier courses that comprise a Certificate sequence will earn you transferable college credits (3 per course) from the University of Pittsburgh, an accredited top 60 US school. However, our Certificates of Completion are granted solely by Outlier, and aren’t currently accredited. That said, they are shareable on your LinkedIn Profile and resume, and offer proof that you’ve completed—and passed—a sequence of academically rigorous courses with us.

  • As with all Outlier courses, if you've put in the time and effort to do all the work for a course within the Certificate sequence, but do not receive a passing grade, that's on us, and you will receive a full refund for that course! You may also exit courses in your sequence before the drop deadline to receive a full refund (14 days from start for 14-week courses, and 7 days from start for 7-week Intensive courses).

    Additionally, we offer a full refund of the total Certificate price within 6 months of your purchase, so long as vouchers have not been redeemed for course sign-up(s), or you have exited all Certificate courses prior to the drop deadlines.

    For more information on refunds please refer to our Refund Policy.