+ Why is Calculus so scary?
It doesn’t have to be. That’s part of why we made this course. We want to give everyone the best possible chance to enjoy learning calculus, get their credits, and feel confident in their mathematical abilities.
+ Who is this course for?
This course is for anyone that needs or wants to learn calculus. This is a college-level Calculus I course, for which you will receive 3 transferable credits. A high school diploma is required before starting the course, however in the future we hope to offer the course to high school students as well.
It’s suitable for college students that need calculus for their major (or people who may have even failed the course before), recent grads, and anyone else that has an interest in taking a for-credit, world-class calculus course online.
+ Do I need to know anything about Calculus going into this course?
Previous calculus experience is not required! We will teach you calculus, but you should have a good understanding of algebra, geometry, and trigonometry. It’s a bonus if you’ve taken pre-calculus or math analysis, but those aren’t absolutely necessary. You will need to pass a short pretest before you can enroll in the course to make sure you have a mathematical foundation solid enough to allow you to succeed in learning calculus.
+ What do I need to be able to take this course?
A high school diploma, GED or equivalent is needed prior to starting the course, although we hope to be able to offer our courses to a broader audience in the future. You will also be required to pass a short pretest before enrolling in the Calculus I course. You will also need wifi, a laptop or desktop computer with a webcam, microphone, and Google Chrome installed.
+ Is the course completely online?
Yes, you can be anywhere in the universe (with wifi) and you'll be able to complete the course.
+ How much does an Outlier course cost?
$400 per course, for now. Our goal is to reduce the cost of college and reduce student debt, but there are many factors to consider as we plan for 2020 and beyond. TLDR: if you want the introductory price of $400, enroll asap!
+ *What is your refund policy?
+ When are the courses being offered?
Our Fall 2019 beta classes are now full but we are currently enrolling for the Spring 2020 semester. Each course is 14 weeks long and all coursework can be done on your schedule, with the exception of midterms and final which are open for a 1 week window.
+ Are any parts of this course scheduled or timezone sensitive?
Tutoring sessions will be scheduled to maximize compatibility with students’ schedules and availability. Exams are each open to take for a 1 week window so you may take midterms and final anytime during the exam week. However, all other course materials are available to you from the time the course opens through the end of final exam week.
+ Tell me more about these college credits. Where do they come from and how do I transfer them to my school?
We are excited to be partnering with the University of Pittsburgh for our fall course. Upon successful completion, you will receive 3 college credits from the University of Pittsburgh that can be transferred to your school of choice. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we'd be happy to send them to you. Once you've completed the course, transferring credits will be as easy as selecting "Transfer my credits" from the course website, filling out the form, and the University of Pittsburgh will mail an official transcript to your school of choice. We are currently in discussions with several top universities (including Pitt) as potential partners in 2020 and beyond.
+ How do you prevent cheating?
We have technology built into our courses that allows us to prevent academic dishonesty and detect it if it occurs.
+ Do you accept international students?
Yes, international students are welcome to join our courses as long as you have a high school diploma, GED or equivalent and feel comfortable taking courses in English.
+ Do you accept financial aid?
Not yet. However, we hope to in the future, which will make all of our courses even more accessible.
+ Why is everything so dark?
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.
+ What's the catch? How are you able to offer high quality for-credit college courses for a fraction of the cost of most universities?
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.