StraighterLine.com is a website that allows you to earn college credits at thousands of colleges with their online, self-paced college courses, with nearly 40 courses in Sciences, Humanities, English, Math and Business.
Members must first sign up to take courses from StraighterLine, then apply to a partner college where you will be able to transfer the course/courses for credit. StraighterLine has a list of partner colleges that will automatically accept transfers for full credit, or you can check into another college of interest to insure that credits will transfer.
The website states that courses are evaluated and recommended by The American Council on Education’s College credit recommendation service (ACE credit).
Membership at StraighterLine has 3 price options: $99/month plus $39 for every course started, $399 per course, or freshman year of college for $999. This includes free live, on demand instruction but students have to purchase books separately.
If you enroll in StraighterLine for $99/month you can take as many 3-4 credit hour classes that you want. You will be automatically billed once per month but can cancel at any time. If you chose the $399 option you will have six months to complete each course.
27 ‘StraighterLine’ Reviews
I am taking a Macroeconomics course. As others have stated, questions on the test are briefly touched on in the course material. I know all the definitions and book examples and am still stumped on questions that are only briefly touched on in the book and online tutorial. I have a 3.98 from a state university in two degrees. I am dumbfounded by the methods Straighterline and Saylor U use to test their students. I would rather take an essay test or write a paper than sort through the bizarre and unexplained multiple choice questions that are posed in the tests, so that I have the ability to explain the reasoning for my answers. Wow. I am truly baffled by how courses are designed and tested.
Straighterline should be avoided
It seems like a scam, they continue to charge your corporate credit card while providing no service.
Find a better more reputable alternative.
Stay far away from this company!!! They lie to your face and then after they have your money, they screw you over. They told me that the majority of the content was in video format (Lie #1). They told me that I would get 100% tutoring and accommodations with my learning disability (Lie #2). They told me that the course and membership were fully refundable within 30 days (Lie #3).
Due to the fact that I was required to upload a photo of my lab kit serial number and my order form, they called that "doing work" in the course. The reality is that they do not "unlock" the course until you do this step. Only after that, do you actually see the material. So they found a way to say that they offer a refund and then installed a catch that keeps you from seeing the material until you "do some work" (that work being not the course itself, but only verifying the kit you had purchased).
They told me, a visual learner, that "most of our courses are 50-60% in video format". This is a flat out lie!! 100% of the course was in text that was poorly written and poorly formatted. It looked like they scraped the internet for various texts that do not flow together. The only videos I saw were advertisements for the lab company. Yes, Ads inside the course!
They are required to make a reasonable accommodation to persons with disabilities by federal law, but this is another scam. They did not provide the accommodation that I required and that was provided at every other school I had attended. Their excuse is "This is a self-study course". Well, that is the same as telling a person in a wheelchair that "sorry our building has stairs, deal with it". That is illegal and unethical.
They are only out for one thing, ripping you off! Stay far away from this loser of a company!!!
Good choice for potential WGU students
Straighterline has a partnership with WGU and in fact, is recommended by WGU.
I have an application in at WGU, but it's waiting on FAFSA verification, which should take a good 4 to 5 weeks in my case because of issues with the IRS.
So meanwhile, I decided to enroll at Straighterline because I can knock out a few General Education credits while I'm waiting.
Now that I am reviewing straighterline, I am about 50% done with Business Statistics.
I bought the eTextbook which was a little over $100, I bought the course for $49, and I'll take at least one month at $99, and maybe it'll be two.
Straighterline is for self-learners, there is no way around it. They supply links to textbook reading. They have their own lesson plan as well.
You have to work through all the assignments in the books and the practice. You cannot simply read them. There are a lot of formulas and you need to have practice using them.
Frankly it's a lot of work, but the Straighterline service is great, I can have additional credits already completed before I begin my work at WGU. The more credits I can transfer in, the shorter my time at WGU , since WGU charges per semester, if you can go there one semester less, you've saved a lot of money.
shut me out but never read their emails first.......
I was hit in the head with a fan yes a fan but my eyes are so swollen I can not see a thing I had just signed up for two classes with straighterline before this happened... I paid and when I explained my eye sight was messed up they offered a refund for the classes but not the monthly fee... I figured I will just hang in and do the best I can...I emailed them this but I have been locked out of all my classes so I lost big time and am disabled.....so it really hurts...So unfair...
Overcharged with no refund
Straighterline.com is another degree mill in disguise. Their classes do not transfer. Straighterline kept charging my credit card even after I cancelled the classes. The one class that I did take did not transfer. The government should close straighterline down.
Excellent way to get credit fast
Straighterline is an excellent resource if you have some prior knowledge in the course you are taking. I took Prep Algebra as a refresher and than Algebra because my previous Algebra had expired. Because I used it as a refresher, I got through each in 1 months time. During my time with them I was constantly receiving coupons for free or reduced courses.
Usually starting costs are the price if the course- 49.00, a monthly fee of 99.00, and the cost if a book which can usually be found used online for less then 100.00. No other college course will cost you less then 250.00. If you think you can finish the course quickly it is well worth it and very inexpensive. If you think it is going to take you more then 3 months to finish a course you may as well take it at a regular college because you will get killed with the 99.00 a month fee. This program is only inexpensive if you can get through it quickly. If used this way it's a huge benefit.
I'm currently taking there intro to algebra course. I watch the lessons several times each and read and study all reading assignments several times. When I go to take there test there's about 5 questions out of 12 on material that wasn't covered anywhere in the lesson. So I'm very frustrated I do very well on the material that's covered but it's a guessing game on the other questions, and half the time I can't find any reference about the question in the index of the book to look up the information on how to figure out the problem.
Courses that involve lots of math should state that math is a prerequesite.
I started the chemistry course. I got through the first few chapters @ attempted the first graded test. None of the test questions seemed to be based on ANYTHING I read in those first few chapters and more than half of the questions seemed to involved complicated math equations. As a returning adult student who has not done ANY math in years, I was not prepared to take this course. The course advertised that there are no prerequisites. It should state that a minimum knowledge of college algebra is a necessary requirement to pass this course. Needles to say, I called my advisor this morning and asked to withdraw from the course. It was too late to get my money back, but I am allowed to switch to a different course. Any advise out there? Perhaps business or something, nothing that comes with math. Something based on terminology. I read the reviews on microbiology, and was smart enough to withdraw from that one too. Perhaps I'll take my sciences at the local community college, I have friends in nursing programs that passed their chemistry that did very little math and could still pass the course if they got all the math questions wrong. This might be a great course for a pre-med student, or somebody studying to become an engineer, a high school or college teacher or for some other career that involves the need to actually be good at math. But, for someone who wants to be a nurse, a therapist, or an elementary teacher does not need courses that are this involved. Most community colleges gear their students towards courses that more accurately fit there career needs.