​This degree is for adults who want to accelerate their progress through applied experience and individual attention, with a focus of study based on personal or professional goals.

Students meet degree requirements by documenting learning from experience  as well as through transfer and SNL courses.

Working with a faculty mentor and an expert in their focus area, students assess their prior learning and develop an individualized plan to meet their goals. Some students focus on topics of personal interest, such as memoir writing. Most students focus on developing knowledge and skills directly related to their current or future careers. Being able to tailor their learning to specific work-related goals provides students with unique opportunities to integrate lifelong, liberal and work-related learning.

The degree is earned after satisfying 50 requirements, written as statements describing competence. Certain competencies are met by specific courses or projects; others can be satisfied by relevant transfer courses or learning from experience.

SNL courses are offered in downtown Chicago, Naperville, Oak Forest and near O'Hare, as well as Online.​

Active Duty Servicemembers, Reservists and National Guardsmen

The School for New Learning is an active member of the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) Consortium and operates within the SOC policies and residence requirement parameters in its Individual Focus Area undergraduate degrees. Servicemembers can design degree programs in any area of interest and complete their requirements through a combination of on campus or online learning, documentation of relevant experience and independent study. Academic residency can be completed at any time while enrolled and does not exceed 25% of the academic requirements. SNL programs exempt from SOC participation include the BA in Computing, BA in General Business, BA in Early Childhood Development, and Degree Completion Majors in Applied Behavioral Sciences and Leadership.​