College Algebra

  • Earn 3 transferable credits
  • 100% online and Zoom-free
  • Includes everything you need

Courses as low as $400

Original price: $2400

Monthly payment option available

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Benefits

  • College Credits

  • Fun + Flexible

  • Affordable

Course
Overview

At Outlier, we know math can be scary, so we’ve designed a course that works for “not math people” and mathletes alike. This course breaks concepts down into simple building blocks that are easy to understand, and will show you everyday math tricks that will blow your mind.

Note: If you’re deciding between this course or Precalculus, it comes down to your goals & preferred pace: College Algebra does not include trigonometry, so it has a more relaxed pace and is great for fulfilling a math prereq. If you plan to take Calculus or go into STEM or Business disciplines, Precalculus is the better choice. You can always reach out to hello@outlier.org with any questions.

Brilliant
Instructors

Outlier’s College Algebra course is taught by Kelsey Houston-Edwards, a charismatic instructor who’s renowned for her ability to clearly communicate complicated concepts, including for shows like PBS' Infinite Series.

Our guest lecturer, Po-Shen Loh, is a popular math YouTuber and professor at Carnegie-Mellon who has a knack for connecting math with everyday life in the most unexpected ways.

How it
works

Sign up for our 14-week for-credit term. Audit track also available if you’re not seeking credits.

Enjoy on-demand movie-quality video lectures, and enhance your learning with fun active learning materials.

When it’s time for exams, open windows fit around your schedule. Upon completion (congrats!) you’ll earn 3 transferable college credits.

Dedicated
Support

Hit a snag on the site? Have a burning question? We’ve got you covered.

Our dedicated Student Success team is available to assist you—and push you—to help you pass with flying colors.

And, if you do all the work but do not pass, we will offer a full refund*.

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Most schools accept credits transferred from University of Pittsburgh

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Full refund if you do the work and 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 (14 days from start for 14-week courses, and 7 days from start for 7-week intensive courses).

Designed to be flexible

Outlier’s immersive, asynchronous courses are built to fit into your life, no matter your schedule.

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Traditional course Outlier College Algebra

Cost Per Course

$2,400 on average

Cost Per Course

$400 with monthly payment option

Credits

Usually 3-4 credits from your school

Credits

3 transferable credits

Risk

Pay full price after the drop deadline

Risk

Full refund if you do the work but don't pass

Format

In-person or Zoom

Format

Interactive and 100% online (Zoom-free)

Free Tutoring

No

Free Tutoring

Yes

Lectures

Specific time and place

Lectures

On demand, anywhere

Exams

Specific hour

Exams

Flexible window

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What you’ll learn

This course covers all the College Algebra principles you’ll need for college credit (and then some—see the syllabus for a complete list), plus:

  • The best way to work with a calculator

  • How many times you can fold a piece of paper in half (and why)

  • How a fly invented geometry (kinda)

  • How to understand cryptocurrency growth using multiplicative factors

  • How to see algebra at work in your dinner menu

Frequently asked questions

  • We recommend students have earned at least a high school diploma, GED, or equivalent. You must be 13 or older and willing to commit yourself academically to enroll in our courses. Students attempting Outlier courses should be ready for the academic rigor of college-level coursework.

    In addition, students will need Wi-Fi and a laptop or desktop computer (tablets, Chromebook and cell phones do not meet our requirements) to complete the course.

  • When you Audit an Outlier course, it simply means you’re taking the course without the expectation of earning credits or impacting your college transcript. You will not receive a grade, a transcript, nor credits, and will not be participating in exams.

    The Audit Path is ideal for:

    -High school students who are looking to add sparkle to their college applications, or who wish to learn more about a subject, but avoid the burden of impacting their permanent records.

    -Lifelong learners who want to take a serious course but aren’t interested in receiving grades or college credits.


    Learn more about our audit option in the Help Center.

  • Tutoring sessions will be scheduled to maximize compatibility with students’ schedules and availability. Exams and writing assignments (when applicable) 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.

  • If you have a request for reasonable disability accommodations, contact success@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.

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