The United States Sports Academy now offers bachelor’s students a less expensive and quicker way to complete their required general education courses.

Students coming out of high school or starting college for the first time, who want to earn their bachleor’s degree in sports from the Academy, can take the 12 necessary general education classes online at StraighterLine.

General education online courses from StraighterLine now accepted in Academy's bachelor's degree programs.

As a Partner College with StraighterLine, the courses will automatically transfer to the Academy into its bachelor’s degrees in Sports Management, Sports Coaching, Sports Studies and Strength and Conditioning.

“We are very excited about this new, low-cost option that allows bachelor’s students to get to the Academy by taking general education classes with StraighterLine,” said Dr. Tim Foley, the Academy’s Dean of Student Services. “StraighterLine’s courses are online, similar to the Academy’s programs, where students can work at their own pace.”

StraighterLine general education courses, which are recommended by the American Council on Education (ACE) and accepted for transfer by the Academy are: Accounting I, English I, English II, College Algebra, Computer Science, Intro to Communications, Intro to Nutrition, Intro to Psychology, Intro to Sociology, Principles of Management, U.S. History I, and U.S. History II.

StraighterLine’s online courses are self-paced, flexible and convenient, and offer a quicker and less expensive alternative to attend the Academy. Whether you’re a new student or a transfer student who takes StraighterLine’s 12 general education courses, the Academy will waive its $50 application fee.

The Academy, known as “America’s Sports University,” has been a leader in sports education for more than 40 years. The university, which is regionally accredited at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels, added an upper-division bachelor’s degree to its programs in 2004. Since then, the sports university has aided hundreds of college students in completing their bachelor’s degrees.

For more traditional students, the Academy announced earlier this summer its partnership with Alabama Southern Community College. ASCC students can now seamlessly earn a bachelor’s in Sports Management from the Academy after earning their associates degree.

The schools agreed to establish a so-called 2+2 program. It allows students at the multi-campus community college in southwest Alabama to take two years of study that will prepare them to attend the Academy. Once they earn an associate’s degree, students can then enroll in the Academy’s bachelor’s program in Sports Management and get their degree in as little as two years.

To learn more about the Academy’s partnerships with StraighterLine and ASCC, call 251-626-3303, email or visit this StraighterLine website.