We’re With You Each Step of the Way

Earning your degree should be an exciting journey. Whether you want to complete your degree, gain advanced knowledge, make a career change, or you are attending college for the first time – UCCS Online is built to accommodate the individual needs of every student from enrollment to graduation and beyond.

Every student who enrolls at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs Online receives personalized, concierge-level services. Our network of Enrollment Navigators and campus resources help online students thrive while they earn their degree and ensure that their academic experience aligns with their career goals. Upon graduation, the University of Colorado’s vast alumni community and Career Services team help graduates prepare for satisfying careers in their chosen field.

Enrollment Navigators

The UCCS Online Enrollment Navigators are here to answer your questions, provide guidance, and assist you as you start your journey. Whether you need help getting ready to return to school, have questions about the application process and admissions requirementsfinancial aid, or anything else – the UCCS Online Navigators are here to help you get acquainted with the University of Colorado and your online degree program, along with connecting you to academic advising, career development centers, veteran and military student services, and anything else you might need from the university in order to excel.

Academic Advising

As a University of Colorado Colorado Springs online student, you’ll have access to academic advising that will help you throughout your student journey. Advising is available to help you select majors, minors, and courses and track your academic progress until graduation. The advising team can also connect you to opportunities outside the classroom that stimulate intellectual and professional growth.

Learn more about what is available from Academic Advising or schedule an appointment here

Transfer Credit Resources

We are happy to accept transfer credits for any student who has earned them from a regionally accredited university, community college, or private institution. Whether you attended school in-person or online, as an undergraduate or as a graduate student, there’s a chance you could complete your degree faster by transferring credits.

Every transfer student is unique and every UCCS Online program has its own standards for the maximum total number of transfer credits — generally 60 to 90 — that can be applied toward a bachelor’s degree. If you’re looking to earn a master’s or Ph.D., it’s important to note that graduate programs typically have more limited transfer options than undergraduate programs. In some cases, credits earned more than 10 years ago have been accepted toward an undergraduate degree. Graduate-level transfer credits, however, must have been earned no more than five years ago.

UCCS Online Student Resources

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Tutoring Support

UCCS Online students will enjoy round-the-clock access to online tutoring services, ensuring that they receive the necessary support tailored to accommodate their demanding schedules. Learn more about Brainfuse tutoring support.

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Free Mental Health and Wellbeing Support

The TELUS Health Student Support app is a free, confidential mental health and wellbeing support service that gives students 24/7 access to mental health services nationwide.

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Career Services

The T. Rowe Price Career and Innovation Center offers online services for undergraduate, graduate students, and alumni with their career needs. Services include interview skills, creating/reviewing resumes,  job/internship opportunities, and virtual career events to connect you with employers. Hours are Monday through Friday 8am to 5pm MT.

The Auraria Library is open to every CU Online student.

Kraemer Family Library

As an online student, the library will be a key resource for you to rely on. You may find that you need a journal article, an eBook, or another resource to support your studies, or you may be conducting research on a particular topic for one of your classes and need to review the available literature. 

Every CU Online student has access to the Online Writing Center.

Online Writing Center

The Writing Center offers daytime and evening consultation services for students looking to improve their skills and knowledge. The Writing Center offers two appointment time lengths to better serve the needs of all students; 25 minutes and 50 minutes and requires an appointment that can be scheduled through the Writing Center website.

Student technology resources are available to all CU Online students.

Technology Support

As an online student, you may find that you need occasional assistance with the technology and systems that are available to you. The Office of Information Technology is a great place to start and familiarize yourself with the support systems and technology resources that are in place for you.

You will learn online using the Canvas Learning Management System.


All of your courses and their supporting materials will be accessed through Canvas, a Learning Management System (LMS). If you have questions about how Canvas supports online learning, coursework or any of our programs, contact our Enrollment Team at 719-255-8227.

Our CU Online student support team is here to help.

Disability Services

The Disability Services Office is the designated office that maintains disability-related records, determines eligibility for academic accommodations, determines reasonable accommodations and develops plans for the provision of such accommodations for students attending the university. Our staff encourages academically qualified students with disabilities to utilize all the appropriate accommodations.

There are support resources for active duty and veteran students.

Veteran and Military Affairs

UCCS is military-friendly and committed to providing service members and their families with a high-quality education that caters to their distinct needs. The Veteran and Military Affairs Office supports veterans and all military-affiliated students.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Is UCCS Online accredited?

Yes. All online degree programs offered by UCCS Online are accredited by the same body that accredits all institutions in the University of Colorado system: The North Central Association of Colleges and Schools Higher Learning Commission (NCA-HCL).

Is an online degree from the University of Colorado reputable?

Since 1913, the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools Higher Learning Commission (NCA-HCL) has accredited all institutions in the CU system. The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the NCA is one of six regional accrediting agencies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Regional agencies provide accreditation at an institution level.

Will my degree mention that it was earned online?

The University of Colorado does not offer separate in-person and online academic degrees; they are the same, including the coursework and on many occasions the faculty, regardless of which delivery mode you choose for completion.

There will be no difference or indication that your courses are being completed online when it comes to your degree and diploma. It will be the same University of Colorado degree that is earned, whether online or in person.

Will this degree lead to a job?

While earning a degree does not guarantee a job or advancement, the curriculum of all UCCS Online programs has been created to reflect the skills and knowledge employers look for in their employees. In addition, UCCS Online courses are taught by the same University of Colorado professors who teach in-person classes. This ensures that you are receiving the same education and learning experiences as on-campus students. So, whether you are looking to advance in your current career, switch to a new job, or are simply pursuing a degree out of pride, you will learn valuable knowledge, skills, and abilities, many of which are valued by employers in any number of career fields. In addition, some programs provide the opportunity to complete internships (if you choose) and gain valuable professional work experience.

Is online right for me?

Online classes offer many benefits, including the flexibility to work around your schedule. If you are motivated, have strong time management skills, and are able to work independently, online learning may be a great option for you.

What are the differences between online and in-person classes?

Online courses at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs are taught by many of the same professors who teach in-person classes. This ensures that you are receiving the same education and learning experiences as on-campus students. The primary difference is with the delivery format. Your online courses will all be taught in Canvas, the Learning Management System (LMS). You will be responsible for logging in, accessing course content, and completing any requirements of the course. All your coursework will be completed online with support from your professors.

What are the most important skills needed to succeed in online courses?

Time management is one of the key skills needed to succeed in the online learning environment. You are responsible for your schedule and for completing assigned readings and work by set deadlines. Students who can set aside time on their calendars for their studies tend to be the most successful. 

Setting short-term goals that support your overall goal of earning your degree online will help you remain motivated. These short-term goals can be grades that you hope to earn, skills that you hope to obtain, or connections you hope to make. They should be time-limited and support your overall mission of earning an online academic degree at UCCS.

Being able to ask for help is a key component of succeeding online. Since you are not in a physical classroom, it will be up to you to recognize when you need assistance and to reach out to the appropriate contact. Our faculty and staff want to help you meet your academic goals, and asking for help ensures regular communication and understanding.

What is the format of online classes?

The majority of UCCS Online courses are offered in an asynchronous format, which means you can complete work at your own pace. You are not expected to be in front of your computer at a certain time and date, which is the trademark of a synchronous approach. While there will be deadlines for assignments and projects, there are no set class meeting times.

Each unique faculty member chooses which learning elements to include in their class, so assignments range from traditional exams to short essays, to group writing projects. You will typically be required to engage with your online classmates in discussion boards and to be an active member of the course.

What are the undergraduate admissions requirements?

Freshmen Admission Requirements

The strength of coursework and GPA are given the most weight in the review process. Test scores will never hurt an application for students who have strong course work and a competitive GPA, and can only help those who might not, so it is the applicant’s decision about whether or not to provide test scores.

UCCS does not have a minimum GPA or ACT/SAT requirements. At UCCS we will look at a combination of a student’s cumulative weighted GPA, composite ACT or SAT scores, the type of courses taken during high school, such as honors, AP, IB, or college courses, and if there is a trend in grades. For example, a positive grade trend is when grades have improved over four years.  

For more information on the admission process.

Transfer Admission Requirements

To be eligible to transfer to UCCS you must have 24 credit hours of college credit and should have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 from a regionally accredited college (or colleges) to be considered for admission. The Business, Engineering and Architecture programs have different transfer admission requirements. If you do not meet the program transfer admission requirements you could still be considered for admission to the "pre-" program.

You may review the individual UCCS College requirements on our website.

How many courses do I need for an undergraduate degree?

A minimum of 120 credit hours is required to graduate from the University of Colorado with a bachelor’s level degree, which is approximately 40 classes. The number of classes you will be required to take will vary based on your major and whether or not you have transfer credits.

How many courses can I transfer to UCCS Online?

The University of Colorado will transfer in as much credit as possible; however, not all transferable credits will apply towards your degree. The Higher Learning Commission (HLC), which accredits this university, requires that at least 30 of the 120 credits earned for a baccalaureate degree be taken in residence at CU. Students are advised that individual schools/colleges may have higher residency requirements.

If you're looking for more insight into how many of your credits will transfer, contact our enrollment team at 720-386-2041.

How many hours a week should I plan on studying?

How many hours a week you'll need to study will vary between courses as well as between weeks within a single course. A good rule of thumb is a minimum of 10 hours per week, per course. However, we recommend that for a three-credit-hour course you should spend 15-18 hours per week studying.

How are the courses structured?

Courses are designed at the instructor's discretion. They may include writing papers, quizzes, exams, discussions, group projects, etc. Be sure to review the course syllabus on the first day of class so that you are aware of what is expected and upcoming deadlines.

Are there opportunities to interact with my classmates?

Yes, there are many opportunities to meet and interact with your classmates in your courses. You can also set up virtual study groups with classmates as well as collaborate with them on group projects.