College Algebra

Courses as low as

$400

$2400

Pay monthly

$23 / mo

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

    Earn 3 credits transferable to your school of choice

  • Fun + Flexible

    Interactive experience built by game designers

  • Affordable

    80% less expensive than traditional college

Course
Overview

Whether you just need a refresher, or Algebra is a prerequisite for what’s next, this groundbreaking course offers a whole new interactive, science-backed method to teach age-old mathematical concepts. 

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 will blow your mind while breaking concepts down into simple building blocks that are easy to understand.

Brilliant
Instructors

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

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*.

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 (12 days from start for 14-week courses, and 3 days from start for 7-week intensive courses).

Compare courses

Traditional course Outlier College Algebra

Cost Per Course

$2,400 on average

Cost Per Course

$400 or $23/month

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

Frequently asked questions

  • They’re $400 per course, for now. We’re committed to keeping costs low for students, but can’t guarantee this introductory price forever, so if you want to enjoy the world’s best online courses for 80% less than the average IRL college course, enroll ASAP!

    We’ve also recently partnered with Klarna to make Outlier even more affordable: now you can split your payment over 18 months, with 0% interest (that’s on us), meaning you can take an Outlier course for as low as $23 per month. 

    We’re proud to cover any student’s interest as part of our commitment to make education more accessible and fight student debt.

  • Yes, you can be anywhere in the universe with wifi, a laptop or desktop computer (tablets, Chromebook and cell phones do not meet our requirements) 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 15-week courses, and 3 days from start for 7-week intensive courses). For more information on refunds please refer to our Refund Policy.

  • 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. 

    Audit Path is ideal for: 
    -High school students who are looking to add sparkle to their college applications, or learn more about a subject, but wish to 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.

    Audit Path includes:

    -Lifetime access. Your course will never expire.

    -Access to all course materials (except midterms and final exams).

    -Access to our Student Success team to ensure you’re still reaching your learning goals.

    Audit Path makes you exempt from the following:

    -Quizzes (though Auditing students can still participate) 

    -Midterm finals/grade

    -Final exams/grade

    If Auditing sounds right for you, after registering for your course, simply email us at success@outlier.org and let us know you’d like to go the Audit path. Note: You must contact us with this request before the drop deadline for your course.

  • 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.

  • In order to avoid putting students solely at the mercy of cold, unfeeling robots, Outlier uses a hybrid approach to proctor exams, with both AI proctoring software and human review to ensure the academic integrity of our students while also avoiding false negatives. Our AI software only flags *possible* breaches of academic integrity. Then, the Outlier team reviews by hand each and every possible problem flagged by the software to make a determination. To learn more, read our Academic Integrity Policy. If you have further questions, the team at hello@outlier.org is always standing by to help.

  • 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.

  • 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. Be sure to pick the right Outlier courses for both your ability and your long-term goals.

  • 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 delicious, calorie-free ice cream and 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.