Brigham Young University (BYU) has an excellent Independent Study program where a great number of online university courses are offered. It’s a good start for recently graduated high school students who might want to test-drive college classes before enrolling at a school. And if you find yourself crunched for time or don’t have an opportunity to go to a college campus for classes, BYU might be right for you.
BYU Independent Study states that it
“is a nonprofit online educational program that offers more than 550 online courses—university, high school, middle school, and free noncredit courses—to students throughout the United States and in over 90 foreign countries. Enrollment is open to anyone, anytime of the year, with a full year to complete most courses. We are continually developing more courses in our portfolio, so it is important to check our online catalog for the most up-to-date course listing.”
Furthermore, they are a fully accredited institution, as stated by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). BYU’s
“accreditation sources are reciprocal with other regional accreditation agencies, meaning that earned credits through BYU Independent Study are generally transferable to other educational institutions.”
Additionally, one of the most frequently asked questions is, “What’s tuition?” Since you are able to take one—or more—classes at a time, have a full year as opposed to a semester to complete a course, and are taking classes online and at your own pace, it seems like a great deal. University courses are around $163 a unit, with each class averaging about 3 units a piece. This comes to around a total of $489 a course.
For more detailed information, please refer to the General Frequently Asked Questions page.
And if you proceed to the LIST, you will be able to get an overview of the classes available. The course types cover NEW Instructor Guided, NEW Online, and Paper/Online.