For more than 40 years, the United States Sports Academy has served as a leader in higher education in sports degree programs. The sports university has aided hundreds of college students in completing their bachelor’s degrees.

Now the Academy offers a pathway for college students coming out of high school or starting college for the first time to complete required general education courses, so they can go on to earn a bachelor’s degree from the Academy.

The Academy has become a Partner College with StraighterLine that offers quality online general education college courses at a low cost. StraighterLine’s courses are recommended by the American Council on Education (ACE). They also meet all the requirements for students to then transfer to the Academy and take sports-specific coursework for a bachelor’s degree. 

“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’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.

StraighterLine general education courses accepted for transfer by the Academy include: Accounting I, English I, English II, College Algebra, Computer Science, Intro to Communications, Intro to Nutrition, Intro to Psychology, Intro to Sociology, Personal Fitness & Wellness, U.S. History I, and U.S. History II.

For more traditional students, the Academy announced earlier this summer its partnership with Alabama Southern Community CollegeASCC 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.

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.

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