College Writing I (Beta)

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

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Monthly payment option available

Time Best Inventions 2020
  • College Credits

  • Fun + Flexible

  • Affordable


We live in a world of words—that express and communicate something of ourselves, that convince and entertain us, that define and transform who we are. This course will help you discover this world, and empower you to make your mark.  

In this cutting-edge course, you’ll develop a priceless “writing toolbox”, which will help you succeed wherever life takes you.

Join the charismatic and passionate Professor John Kaag as he interviews celebrated writers to share unique perspectives and writing secrets you won’t find anywhere else.

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Dr. John Kaag is the Professor and Chair of Philosophy at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell and Miller Scholar at the Santa Fe Institute. Hand-picked for his passion and charismatic teaching style, and fresh off of his inspiring teaching turn in Outlier’s Intro to Philosophy course, he’s your perfect ambassador to the world of academic writing.

For added perspective, Dr. Kaag will be joined throughout the course by 6 guest lecturers who are all celebrated writers in their own right, including journalists, authors, editors, radio hosts, and playwrights.

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How It

This course is available as a 14-week term.

Enjoy cinematic video lessons (our CEO co-founded MasterClass).

Enhance your learning with gorgeous interactive textbooks based on evidence-based active learning principles.

When it is time for exams, open windows are designed to fit around your schedule.

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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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Transferable credits from a top 60 school

Most schools accept credits transferred from University of Pittsburgh

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Give $75, Get $75.

School is better with friends. You get $75 off. They get $75 off. (Study buddies for the win.)

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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).

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Traditional course Outlier College Writing I

Cost Per Course


Cost Per Course

$400 with monthly payment option


Usually 3-4 credits from your school


3 transferrable credits


Pay full price after the drop deadline


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


In-person or Zoom


Interactive and 100% online (Zoom-free)


1 per class


World-class guest lecturers


Specific time and place


On-demand, anywhere


Specific hour


Flexible window

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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.

  • Exams and writing assignments (when applicable) are each open to take for a set window of time (usually several days).

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

  • We are thrilled to launch new courses every year across a wide variety of subjects. 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. After we move off of waitlist, we designate the first few real-world cohorts of any new course we launch as “Beta.” This “Beta” period gives us the chance to tinker with pacing, improve clarity, and fine-tune our support resources 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. And rest assured, we will still get you the same outcomes & credits as any other Outlier course.

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