In 1974, NOLS invented the outdoor semester. Now each year 800 students spend a semester at NOLS learning new skills, exploring new ideas, and making new friends while surrounded by wilderness. These 800 students, more than all other outdoor semester programs combined, benefit from more than 40 years of NOLS’ curriculum development and innovation. One of them could be you.
Learn a Variety of Skills
All NOLS semesters are broken into a series of expeditions, called sections. These sections run from two weeks to a month in length and cover a wide variety of outdoor skill areas. They are as varied as your desire to learn. This variety means you’ll leave your NOLS semester with a series of valuable outdoor skills and experience in a number of different environments.
Earn College Credit
Every NOLS course is approved for credit and more than 75 percent of our college-age students take advantage of this option. More than 400 colleges and universities nationwide have accepted NOLS/University of Utah credit, and many more grant their own credit for NOLS courses.