Intro to Financial Accounting (Beta)

  • Earn 3 transferable credits
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  • Includes everything you need

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  • Earn 3 transferable credits
  • 100% online and Zoom-free
  • Includes everything you need
Time Best Inventions 2020
  • College Credits

  • Fun + Flexible

  • Affordable


“Numbers tell amazing stories, and if you have the tools to pull out those stories, it’s like a superpower.”  - Professor Kelly Richmond Pope

Outlier’s Intro to Financial Accounting is unlike any numbers-based course you’ve ever taken: you’ll use true crime tales to decode accounting practices that lie at the heart of every business, and learn powerful financial tools to see the story and balance the books on your own.

If you’re a business owner, CEO, manager—or anyone who’s ever overseen a budget—this course is a guaranteed game-changer. 

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Kelly Richmond Pope, Ph.D.  is dedicated to telling compelling stories that underlie seemingly straightforward balance sheets. She is a professor in the School of Accountancy at DePaul University, and has a lifetime of real-world experience as a licensed certified public accountant (CPA), as well as  in the forensic accounting practice at KPMG, LLP on anti-money laundering, insurance fraud, and fraud risk management projects. 

A gifted storyteller, Kelly has been published in leading academic journals,, and The Washington post, and has produced and directed award-winning documentaries about fraud and white-collar crime.

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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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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).

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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


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What you’ll learn

This course covers all the basic principles and latest Financial Accounting topics you’ll need for college credit (and then some—see the syllabus for a complete list), plus:

  • Why the FBI used accountants—not informants—to bring down Al Capone

  • What happened when someone stole $53M through accounting fraud and spent it all on horses

  • How to predict a company’s financial future using accounting

  • Why knowing about the money gives you all the power

  • How to balance the books of any organization, large or small

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 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.

    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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