UA Online 101
What’s it like to be a UA Online student? More flexible than in-person classes, but not easier. You’ll engage with course content, professors and other students in innovative ways.
Try out just a few in the UA Online 101 sample course below.
Your Education, Your Experience
As you saw above, your online learning experience goes beyond your laptop. UA Online is dedicated to providing opportunities to apply what you’re learning outside the digital classroom, which is why we engage students in hands-on projects that let you to fully realize how you’ll use these skills in the future.
Before you get started, here are a few things that will be expected of you as an online student:
- Participate in each course 3–5 days a week.
- Collaborate with others to complete projects.
- Use and explore new technologies.
- Meet minimum UA standards.
- Complete assignments on time.
- Effectively communicate in writing.
- Have reliable access to a computer and the internet.
Questions? We have Answers.
OK, but how do UA Online classes really work?
Much like the sample course. You’ll engage with peers and faculty, complete assignments, and participate in discussions using a course management system. Some courses can be completed at your own pace while others have scheduled online discussions. Many feature opportunities for hands-on learning experiences, but all are 100% online.
Will I need to attend an orientation?
Orientation for UA Online students is offered online. You are strongly encouraged to complete your orientation soon after you’ve been admitted to ensure the best possible start to your education.
Is there a difference between a UA Online and a University of Arizona degree?
No. Degrees earned through UA Online are University of Arizona degrees. Your UA diploma will be exactly the same whether you complete classes on campus or online.
How much does it cost to attend UA Online?
Specific tuition amounts vary, and mandatory fees may apply. For more information, check out our Cost and Aid page or review the cost per unit of each degree on the appropriate program page.
Will I need to travel to Tucson?
No. UA Online students are always welcome on main campus but are never required to visit. Online students who wish to take face-to-face classes can transfer seamlessly between the two campuses.
How can I contact my professor and order textbooks?
Upon enrollment, you’ll receive contact information from your professors, and you can request hardcopy course materials using our Booklist feature. Many courses also rely on digital resources.
I am only interested in a specific course through UA Online; am I able to just take that?
For students wishing to take a specific course, there may be opportunities in our Non-Degree Seeking programs or at one of the other UA campuses.
Can I get a transcript of my UA Online coursework?
Yes. Upon completion of a UA Online course, a student may request a transcript from the Office of the Registrar.
How do I order textbooks?
The required textbooks for your online courses are listed on your Booklist on UAccess. The price comparison tool, also on your Booklist, will help you save money by determining the right medium for your books. By purchasing your textbooks at the UA BookStores, you can save up to 70% over new by selecting used, rental, or e-books! Shipping hardcopy books is available for a standard cost.