About CU Online
Leading the Way in Online Education
At the University of Colorado, we are committed to building the future of higher education for students worldwide through accessible, flexible online programs that fit your lifestyle. Since launching our first online course in 1996, CU Online has grown to offer more than 70 fully online degrees and certificates from all four University of Colorado campuses — CU Boulder, CU Colorado Springs, CU Denver, and CU Anschutz Medical Campus. Together, we are united in our mission to make a difference in Colorado and beyond.
Four Campuses, One Mission
University of Colorado Boulder, 1876
As the university’s flagship campus, CU Boulder is known as a leader in academic excellence and research throughout Colorado and around the world. Our CU Boulder online degrees range from business administration to aerospace engineering and are designed to help prepare you for a lifelong career.
University of Colorado Colorado Springs, 1965
Our Colorado Springs campus is a residential academic and research mainstay in southern Colorado. Several of our CU Colorado Springs online programs have partnered with major corporations and federal agencies to provide leading-edge education in areas including cybersecurity, business, and nursing outreach programs for rural areas.
University of Colorado Denver, 1973
CU Denver is one of the nation’s top public urban research institutions, known for its diverse community that inspires collaboration and discovery. As a hub of innovation and a home for nontraditional learners, CU Denver offers a wide range of online degrees and certificate programs that empower working adults to improve their lives.
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, 2006
The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is a globally-recognized health center at the forefront of transformative education, science, medicine, and healthcare. Earning an online degree from CU Anschutz gives you the opportunity to collaborate with professors, practicing clinicians, and researchers for a meaningful, hands-on learning experience.
Accessible Education for Every Learner
We believe that every student should have the opportunity to earn a degree they’re passionate about — regardless of where they live. CU Online brings the same world-class undergraduate, graduate, doctorate, and certificate programs from our campus straight to your home. Whether you’re an adult learner, a career changer, a working parent, or a first-time student, you can earn a life-changing degree that fits into your busy life.
Our flexible courses are thoughtfully designed to make online learning fun, collaborative, and available to everyone. From innovative technologies and hands-on projects to engaging discussions and career-focused coursework, we are committed to empowering you through education.
CU Online students come from diverse backgrounds but have a common goal: earning a high-quality degree that can make a difference in their future. When you’re ready to take the next step toward building a better life and a lasting career, we’re here to help you find an affordable online degree program that meets your goals.
Why Choose CU Online?
All of our degree programs are built to be fully remote, so you can learn from anywhere in the world and take your courses at a time that works for you.
From enrollment, through your courses, and to graduation, you’ll receive the personalized attention and guidance you need to turn your goals into a reality.
As a CU Online student, you’ll be connected to a dynamic network of over 480,000 University of Colorado alumni around the world.
When you earn your degree online, you’ll get the same world-class education and receive the same University of Colorado diploma as our on-campus students.
Build the Skills Employers Demand
Our University of Colorado online degrees are designed with your future in mind. We offer a wide range of fully online degrees and certificates in business, healthcare, education, criminal justice, social science, STEM, and more to help guide your career.
During your CU Online program, you will learn from and interact with active industry professionals, leaders, researchers, and subject-matter experts who are currently shaping their areas of expertise. Through an applied curriculum, collaborative projects, and experiential learning opportunities, you’ll be able to ask questions, get feedback, and build your knowledge alongside a diverse range of faculty and classmates.
Whether you’re looking to advance to a new role, land your dream job, or develop in-demand skills, a CU Online degree can make you more competitive in today’s job market and help you establish your career path.
Accreditation and Authorization
The Higher Learning Commission (HLC)
The Higher Learning Commission of the NCA is one of six regional accrediting agencies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Regional agencies provide accreditation at the institution-wide level, ensuring excellence in higher education across all University of Colorado programs.
The University of Colorado is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org), an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA)
The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) creates a state-level reciprocity process for online and distance education. Institutions participating in SARA are authorized through SARA to deliver online education to students living in other SARA-member states. Additionally, institutions can engage in a limited number of activities related to online and distance education.
Currently, students located in any state may now enroll in all online courses, programs, certificates, or degrees offered by the University of Colorado Boulder, University of Colorado Colorado Springs, University of Colorado Denver, and University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.
The Leeds School of Business, UCCS College of Business, and CU Denver Business School have earned accreditation by AACSB at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. This accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools, with less than five percent of the world’s business programs obtaining AACSB accreditation.
The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
UCCS College of Nursing and Health Sciences and Anschutz Medical Campus College of Nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), the national accreditation agency that ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate and residency programs in nursing.