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Why CU Online?

Recognized for Excellence in Higher Education

The University of Colorado is a pioneer in distance education. Since offering our first online courses in 1996, CU Online has evolved to deliver engaging, high-quality, and fully online degree programs to the people of Colorado and the United States.

Highly ranked online degree programs from the University of Colorado


Increasing Access for Learners of All Types

Today, CU Online offers the same world-class undergraduategraduatedoctorate, and certificate programs available on-campus at CU Boulder, CU Colorado Springs, CU Denver, and CU Anschutz. Whether you're an adult learner, a working professional, new to college, or someone who just needs the flexibility to earn a degree in a way that fits your lifestyle – CU Online is designed for you. 

We are committed to empowering you through education. If you want to learn and are ready to earn a high-quality degree that can help you build a better life and a lasting career, you can find an affordable online degree program that meets your needs at CU Online.

Programs that Build the Skills Employers Demand

CU Online degree programs are designed with your success in mind. From engaging faculty and collaborative classmates to a focus on delivering the latest knowledge, skills, and abilities to students, our online programs can help you meet your personal, professional, and academic goals. 

Learn from Educational Leaders and Industry Professionals

CU Online features the same faculty and curriculum as on our four campuses. This means that you will learn from and interact with active industry professionals, leaders, researchers, and subject matter experts who are currently shaping their areas of expertise. Throughout our programs, you will work alongside and collaborate with a diverse range of faculty and classmates from different personal and professional backgrounds. Our faculty are committed to your success. During the program, you will ask questions, get feedback, and build your knowledge directly through experiential learning and first-hand interactions.

Earn a degree

Earn a Degree
from the
University of Colorado

CU Online students receive the same degree – and diploma – as students that complete a program on one of our campuses. It is the same curriculum and the same world-class CU faculty delivering an education that can transform your career and your future.

Engaging technologies

Engaging Technologies
and the
Freedom to Learn

CU Online courses are delivered using Canvas, a Learning Management System (LMS), that will keep you organized and allow you to collaborate easily with your instructors and classmates. This allows you to access your course material, assignments, lectures, and quizzes from almost any location.

Earn a Degree on Your Schedule

Gain the Flexibility to Earn a Degree
on Your Schedule

Asynchronous courses provide you with the flexibility needed to balance academics along with your personal and professional responsibilities. That means you can access courses on your time and are not required to be in front of your computer on a certain day and time.

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Degrees Designed
for the Real World

If you are a working professional, a parent, a military veteran, a first-time college student, a transfer student, a graduate student or living in a remote area – CU Online could be the perfect choice for you.

Students earning their degree with CU Online are engaged by our curriculum and connected to their fellow students and instructors. Our online students come from diverse backgrounds but have a common goal: earning a quality degree that can propel their future. CU Online provides a variety of tools to make online learning fun, collaborative, and available to everyone.

Accreditation and Authorization

The Higher Learning Commission (HLC)

The Higher Learning Commission is a regional accreditation agency that accredits degree-granting colleges and universities that are based in a 19-state region of the United States. Regional accreditation validates the quality of an institution as a whole and evaluates multiple aspects of an institution, including its academic offerings, governance and administration, mission, finances, and resources. HLC’s institutional accreditation includes all degree levels as well as onsite and online offerings. Institutions of higher education in the United States may also seek accreditation through national or specialized accreditation agencies. National accreditation associations, like regional accreditors, accredit the institution as a whole. Specialized accreditation agencies accredit programs, departments or schools within a college or university.

Regional accreditation agencies are recognized by the U.S. Department of Education to accredit degree-granting colleges and universities. There are six regions of the United States that regional agencies oversee. The regional accreditation agencies have similar standards for accrediting colleges and universities.

The University of Colorado is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA)

The following information explains the University of Colorado's status with regard to offering online education to students located outside of Colorado. 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.

In Spring 2015, the University of Colorado Boulder became an official member of the National Council of State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) and began participating in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA). A “State authorization reciprocity agreement” is an agreement between two or more States that authorizes an institution located and legally authorized in a State covered by the agreement to provide postsecondary education through distance education (online) or correspondence courses to students in other States covered by the agreement.

Please view our document on State authorization for Online Education as well as the complaint process by state.

National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements

AACSB International

The Leeds School of Business at CU Boulder, the College of Business at CU Colorado Springs, and the Business School at CU Denver all possess AACSB accreditation at both undergraduate and graduate levels. AACSB accreditation entails a meticulous internal review and evaluation process. During this review period, the school must develop and implement a mission-driven plan to satisfy 21 quality standards relating to faculty qualification, strategic management of resources, and interactions of faculty and students. Other key measures include a commitment to continuous improvement and achievement of learning goals in degree programs.

AACSB Accredited

The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

Officially recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accreditation agency, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) is an autonomous accrediting agency, contributing to the improvement of the public's health. CCNE ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate, and residency programs in nursing.

CCNE serves the public interest by assessing and identifying programs that engage in effective educational practices. As a voluntary, self-regulatory process, CCNE accreditation supports and encourages continuing self-assessment by nursing programs and supports continuing growth and improvement of collegiate professional education and nurse residency programs.

CCNE Accreditation