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Access no-cost gen ed courses through Sophia

What is Sophia?

Sophia is an affiliate of Strayer University and offers online gen ed, college-level courses you can start anytime. Once you complete a Sophia course, your transcript will automatically be sent to Strayer on your behalf. Completing your gen eds through Sophia can significantly reduce the cost of earning a bachelor’s degree at Strayer.

Get started

  1. Find a Strayer program that aligns with your career goals
  2. Apply to Strayer
  3. Complete your general education courses through Sophia
  4. Transfer and save

Choose your program

Strayer’s undergraduate degree programs include:

  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting
  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Management
  • Bachelor of Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Science in Information Technology

Earn your gen eds on your terms

As a Strayer student, you can choose how to take care of your gen ed requirements with courses from Strayer or our affiliate, Sophia Learning. See how the course types compare and choose what works for you.

Gen eds for your Strayer degree

Sophia’s gen ed courses provide the fundamentals to help you pursue your goals. Browse our list of recommended courses for each program and take up to two courses at a time. The more you complete, the more you can save.

Frequently asked questions

Sophia is designed with your busy life in mind. Check out these frequently asked questions to learn more about Sophia and how it works. 

How do Sophia courses work?

Sophia courses are self-paced, and you can start at any time. There are no textbooks or other course materials required. Everything you need is included in the online course. Courses are designed to be completed within 60 days. Once you finish a course, Sophia automatically transfers the credit to Strayer.

How many Sophia courses can I take at one time, and where do I register?

You can register for any or all of the 30 gen ed courses offered through Sophia and take up to two courses at a time. However, there’s a limit to the amount of credit you can transfer into your associate or bachelor's degree program at Strayer. Students in Strayer's associate degree programs can transfer a maximum of 63 credit hours. Students in Strayer's bachelor's degree programs can transfer a maximum of 126 credit hours.

Will Sophia courses count toward my overall GPA?

Eligible students can transfer Sophia courses to Strayer for gen ed credit. However, there’s no associated grade, and Sophia courses don’t factor into a student’s grade point average at Strayer.

Do Sophia courses earn Graduation Fund credits?

No. Sophia courses don’t count toward Graduation Fund savings requirements.

Can I take Sophia courses and Strayer courses at the same time?

Yes. Sophia courses are self-paced and have flexible start dates, so you can take Sophia courses alongside your Strayer courses. But Sophia courses won’t count toward your financial aid eligibility or your GPA.

Will Sophia courses impact my financial aid?

No. Your financial aid package doesn’t take Sophia courses into consideration. To be considered for a direct loan, you must take a minimum of two undergraduate courses at Strayer in a given quarter.


Does Sophia credit transfer to Strayer automatically?

Sophia will automatically send your transcript to Strayer. It typically takes a few days for the credit to post. You’ll receive an email notifying you when the credit has posted. You may also check the status in iCampus. Go to the left-hand navigation menu, click "Academic" and then "Transfer Credit Request Status" to look for Sophia transfer credit.

Strayer Graduation Fund

For every three Strayer courses you pass, earn one on us, tuition-free, to be redeemed at the end of your program, with the Strayer Graduation Fund. Eligible bachelor’s and master’s students are automatically enrolled.

*Eligibility requirements and other details

  • Books, supplies, and other fees apply.
  • Developmental courses (08X/090/091), transfer credits, courses completed prior to readmission, and courses passed by placement exam are excluded from this program and do not count toward earning tuition awards. Fund must be redeemed for final courses leading to the completion of a bachelor’s or master’s degree. Successful completion means earning the grade required by the curriculum as outlined in the Strayer University catalog.
  • New or returning students enrolling in bachelor’s or master’s degrees (graduate students must be enrolled on or after summer 2020 quarter) are eligible. Some groups of students may not be eligible including, but not limited to: students enrolled in a non-degree program, certificate program, associate program, or JWMI program, any Strayer University employee (and employees of any of its affiliates or Strategic Education, Inc.) and their dependents, adjunct faculty and their dependents, or students enrolled through Degrees@Work.
  • Unless specified in another offer’s eligibility rules, you cannot combine the Graduation Fund with additional offers. Some of the offers that the Graduation Fund cannot be combined with include, but are not limited to: the Supplemental Assistance scholarship, the Experienced Student Completion scholarship, the Law Enforcement Tuition Assistance program, the Complete@Strayer Community College program, and the $10,000 and $20,000 Bachelor’s Transfer Tuition Cap offers.
  • Tuition credit is earned only after successfully completing courses and will be lost if you do not take courses for two consecutive quarters.
  • Students already receiving scholarship aid from Strayer University may not be eligible.
  • Students receiving tuition assistance from their employers through agreements with Strayer University may not be eligible.