Precalculus (Beta)

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

Course cost

$400

$2400

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Course
Overview

After taking Precalculus with Outlier, you’ll never look at numbers the same way again. 

This groundbreaking, cinematic course (from the co-founder of MasterClass) is the perfect gateway to math’s more advanced realms, whether you’re fulfilling a pre-req, getting ready for post-secondary math courses, or just need a refresher before diving into the deep end of Calculus. 

Regardless of your reason, our passionate instructors will take you on a riveting ride that is sure to leave you with both a mastery of math’s building blocks and a profound new appreciation for an age-old discipline. 

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Brilliant
Instructors

Outlier’s Precalculus 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. 

Hand-picked from dozens of candidates, we selected them for their passion for numbers, and their uncanny ability to bring big mathematical concepts to life.

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How It
Works

Sign up for a 14-week or 7-week term (for-credit). Audit track also available if you’re not seeking credits. 

Enjoy movie-quality video lectures, and enhance your learning with beautiful 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.

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

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Traditional course Outlier Precalculus

Cost Per Course

$2400 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 basic Precalculus principles you’ll need for college credit (and then some—see the syllabus for a complete list), plus:

  • How to escape the atmosphere using ancient Babylonian math

  • How to make graphs with the world's most famous plumber

  • How the Order of Operations can save you on social media

  • How a record player can teach you sine and cosine

  • The secret math of Whisper Chambers

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.

  • 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.

  • Tutoring sessions will be scheduled to maximize compatibility with students’ schedules and availability. Exams are each open to take within a weeklong window, but all other course materials are available to you from the time the course opens through the end of the final exam window.

  • We are excited to be partnering with the University of Pittsburgh for our course credits. Upon successful completion, you will receive 3 college semester credits from the University of Pittsburgh, transferrable to other colleges and universities subject to review and approval by the receiving institution. When you transfer your credits, it will come as an official transcript from the University of Pittsburgh for Fundamentals of Calculus I (MATH 6210) and Introduction to Psychology (PSY 6010).

    Please check with your school's registrar on the process for getting outside coursework pre-approved or transferred. If you need a copy of the syllabus or any other supporting documents from Outlier, you can email info@outlier.org and we'll be happy to get you what you need.

    Once you've completed the course, you may request a transcript from the University of Pittsburgh and they will send an official E-Transcript to your school of choice.

  • We have technology built into our courses that allows us to prevent academic dishonesty and detect it if it occurs.

  • Yes, we welcome international students from most countries, subject to certain limited restrictions under U.S. trade law.

  • Currently, we  don’t offer or accept traditional financial aid, but we do offer scholarship programs. 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.

  • 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.

  • “Beta” is how we designate the first few real-world cohorts of any new course we launch. 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. A “beta” period gives us the chance to tinker with pacing, improve the clarity, and fine-tune our Student Support 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. Your Outlier Beta course will still get you the same outcomes & credits as any other Outlier course, plus maybe a little extra attention from our Student Success team as they learn about how the course is working and if there’s anything we can do to make it better.