Online Classes

University of North Carolina Online offers comprehensive information on more than 190 online programs in 22 fields of study offered by the 16 constituent universities of one of the world’s most prestigious university systems.

Students wanting to take courses through the UNC Online initiative should review the relevant policies and deadlines below governing participation. Once students have determined they meet the requirements for participation, they may search for available courses being offered by each UNC institution for a given term.

Please Note: The process to register for a UNC Online course is all online - there is no paper application. Students must meet the required guidelines and follow the steps above to take an online course at another UNC institution.

Steps to Request Approval

Once a course is identified, students should follow the following steps to request approval:

  1. Login using your home campus credentials as directed. The login link is located in the top right corner of the Search for Courses page.
  2. Search for the course(s) in which you are interested.
  3. Select Register under the appropriate course prefix and number.
  4. Select Add to Basket.
  5. Review the items in your basket for accuracy and make any needed adjustments.
  6. Select Register for Courses.
  7. Follow remaining instructions to complete your request.

Policies for UNC Asheville Students Participating in the UNC-Online Program

The following policies govern the participation of all UNC Asheville students electing to participate in the UNC Online program. Please Note: For all purposes, the home institution is the institution where the student is seeking a degree and from where the degree will be awarded. The visited institution is the institution where the student will take the online course(s).

  1. Student must be an undergraduate, degree-seeking student, or a post-baccalaureate student seeking teacher licensure or a second degree.  Part-time students NOT seeking a degree may also request permission to participate in this program.
  2. Student must be currently enrolled as a full-time student at UNC Asheville when requesting permission for the Fall or Spring semesters. Part-time students must be enrolled in at least one course at UNC Asheville and NOT receiving Financial Aid. Current students requesting permission for the summer do not have to be enrolled in a course at UNC Asheville unless they are requesting financial aid.
  3. Students must be in good academic standing and making satisfactory academic progress as outlined in the Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy. Students on academic warning or on academic appeal of suspension or dismissal are NOT eligible to take a course(s) through the UNC Online program.
  4. Students may take up to two (2) courses each term through the UNC Online program. The maximum total enrollment (at UNC Asheville and the visited institution) for the fall or spring semester cannot exceed 18 hours. The maximum total enrollment (at UNC Asheville and the visited institution) cannot exceed 10 hours for the summer.
  5. Students are limited to a maximum of eight (8) courses through the UNC Online program per undergraduate degree.
  6. Course(s) taken through UNC Online cannot be offered at UNC Asheville within the same semester. Requests to take a course through UNC Online will be reviewed based on transfer policies and established equivalencies. If the equivalent course is being offered at UNC Asheville during the same semester, permission will not be given.
  7. Students must be eligible to earn credit at UNC Asheville for the course(s) to be taken at the visited institution. Students may not take courses for which they already have credit. Students may not repeat courses at the visited institution if they earned poor or failing grades on the equivalent courses at UNC Asheville.
  8. Courses taken must be credit bearing – no audits. Audits do NOT count in the calculation of full-time status at UNC Asheville, and permission will not be granted for a student to take a course at the visited institution as an audit.
  9. Credit from the visited institution will be considered transferable as long as a grade of C or higher is earned in the course(s) taken at the visited institution. Please Note: Transfer credit counts in a student’s attempted and earned hours, but does NOT factor into the student’s GPA. Courses in which the student earns a C- or below at the visited institution will not transfer back to UNC Asheville and therefore, no credit will be awarded.
  10. Student must follow the drop/add/withdrawal schedules and the refund schedule of the visited institution.
  11. Student will be charged by the visited institution. Student is responsible for payment in full of those charges based on the visited institution’s payment schedule, regardless of any pending financial aid to be awarded by UNC Asheville.
  12. The Financial Aid Office at UNC Asheville determines eligibility for financial aid. Financial aid is awarded, disbursed and accounted for by the Financial Aid Office at UNC Asheville. Students should apply for financial aid solely through the Financial Aid Office at UNC Asheville. Failure to comply with this policy could jeopardize the student’s eligibility to receive future financial aid funds, and/or require repayment of funds received for attendance at the visited institution.
  13. Courses taken through the UNC Online program will count as part of the student's last 30 hours of enrollment for residency purposes with the following exceptions:
    • Student cannot participate during the semester in which they are scheduled to graduate.
    • Courses to satisfy major competencies must be taken at UNC Asheville. Students may not take these courses at other institutions.

For more information, visit UNC Online.

Policies for Students Visiting UNC Asheville through the UNC-Online Program

The following policies govern the participation of all students electing to participate in the UNC-Online program and take a course through UNC Asheville. Please Note: For all purposes, the home institution is the institution where the student is seeking a degree and from where the degree will be awarded. The visited institution is the institution where the student will take the online course(s). For purposes of this document, the visited institution refers to UNC Asheville.

  1. Student must submit the Inter-Institutional Approval Request form for UNC Asheville by the stated deadline. If the date falls on a holiday or other non-business day, the application will be accepted on the next business day.
    • To take a course in the Fall semester, request must be received by: Aug. 1
    • To take a course in the Spring semester, request must be received by: Dec. 1
    • To take a course in the Summer term, request must be received by: May 1
  2. Student must be eligible to enroll at UNC Asheville according to the policies of their home institution.
  3. Student will receive a bill from UNC Asheville listing the charges due. The student is responsible for payment of all charges in full by the due date regardless of any pending Financial Aid to be received at their home institution.
  4. Student is subject to the same refund schedule as all UNC Asheville students should they decide to drop or withdrawal from a course. Please refer to the refund schedule for more information at UNCA Cost of Attending.
  5. Student is subject to the same drop/add/withdrawal schedule as all UNC Asheville students. For a listing of those dates, please refer to the UNC Asheville Academic Calendar.

For more information, visit UNC-Online.