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Golden Gate University's new online, associate degree program, Degrees+ powered by Outlier, redesigns online college to minimize cost, maximize value, and modernize the experience to help students move forward, faster. The program is a 100% online, career-focused, academic program designed to prepare students for in-demand, entry-level roles in tech in as few as 19 months. With our new associate degrees in Applied Computing, Liberal Studies, or Business Administration, you’ll gain a strong, practical foundation and master important career skills. Plus, you’ll earn a resume-building career certificate from a top tech company—all for less than 1/3 the national college tuition average. Whether you want to level up, change careers, or save money and time on your path to a bachelor’s degree, GGU's Degrees+ powered by Outlier can help you get there.

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About Outlier — Winner of TIME Best Inventions 2020, Outlier.org has helped thousands of students discover a new approach to online learning, while saving up to 80% on college tuition. With evidence-based learning tools built by game designers and immersive, cinematic video, Outlier courses are delivering unprecedented results in the online higher ed space.

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Frequently Asked Questions


Golden Gate University's Degrees+, powered by Outlier, online education is accredited by WASC Senior Colleges and Universities Commission. Virtual courses are taught by the same faculty and are held to the same rigorous academic standards as courses offered in traditional classroom settings.

How are online courses offered?

Online courses are asynchronous. Students will experience cinematic on-demand lectures, interactive learning tools, and coaching to help keep you moving forward. Learning takes place on students' own schedules, with lectures and course materials available 24/7, plus weeklong exam windows.

Is Outlier an official partner of GGU for online programs?

Yes, Outlier is an official partner for GGU's online programs. For questions related to admissions, scholarships, and programs, the Outlier team is able to provide the best support.

What can I expect from Golden Gate University's Degrees+ programs powered by Outlier?

Golden Gate University prepares individuals to lead and serve by providing high quality, practice based educational programs as a nonprofit institution in an innovative and challenging learning environment that embraces professional ethics and diversity. We have been a leader in online education for nearly three decades. Within two years, Degrees+ students are expected to earn an accredited associate degree as well as a career certification to boost your resume. GGU's Degrees+ AA graduates will join GGU's 68,000-strong alumni network, which includes career services and other alumni benefits.

What is the admission process?

Think applying to college will be hard? Think again. Outlier and GGU are dedicated to removing barriers to higher ed, so there are no testing requirements, no application essays, and no interviews. Applying is simple. Head to outlier.org, fill out an application, and then apply for financial aid using the FAFSA website.

Am I a candidate for Golden Gate University's Degrees+ programs?

The Degrees+ program is open to students residing in nearly all states within the United States. Golden Gate University is not authorized to offer online courses to students residing in Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Georgia, Maryland, Minnesota, New Mexico, Rhode Island, Washington D.C., or Wisconsin. We recommend students have earned at least a high school diploma, GED, or equivalent. You must be 13 or older and willing to commit yourself academically to enroll in our courses. Students attempting Degrees+ courses should be ready for the academic rigor of college-level coursework. Be sure to pick the right courses for both your ability and your long-term goals.

What are the programs offered by Golden Gate University's Degrees+ powered by Outlier?

There are three Degrees+ programs available from Golden Gate University and Outlier: Associate of Arts in Liberal Studies, Associate of Arts in Business Administration, and Associate of Arts in Applied Computing.

How can I learn more and enroll?

Enrolling now for Spring 2023. Classes start January 11, 2023. Get started today!