LIFE Takes You to the Next Level

You've already started down the path toward your future. Your educational experiences, academic background and general life status may differ from the traditional path. For students on a non-traditional educational path, the Learning Institute for Fulfillment and Engagement (LIFE) program is a great option. LIFE is for adult learners aged 23 or older and who have at least three years of work experience. The LIFE program's hybrid design better fits into your life whether you are seeking your bachelor's or master's degree. Earn up to 27 credits per year taking one course at a time.

LIFE is student-centered, with small class sizes, and instruction by industry practitioners, supported with personalized academic advising.

Flexible Start Dates

Take one five-week session at a time with class held in the evenings once per week for three hours. Nine sessions are offered year-round so you can start anytime.

Meet your Admission Counselor

Credit Transfers

We evaluate and transfer all of your previous credits from other accredited colleges and universities and work with you to design a plan to guide you toward graduation.

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Student Support

You'll find a variety of services to support your LIFE education at the UD campus and at our sites across the country, including learning support, free childcare/childcare reimbursement, and on-campus/site parking.

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Find a Location that Works for You


Dubuque, Iowa

2000 University Avenue
Dubuque, IA 52001


Cedar Rapids, Iowa

296 Blairs Ferry Road NE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402


Meridian, Idaho

3071 E. Franklin Road
Parkway Plaza Building Suite 204
Meridian, ID 83642


Get to know our LIFE - Adult Accelerated Degrees team.

2023-2024 LIFE Academic Year Calendar

Summer 2024

  • Session 7: 4/22/24 to 5/23/24
  • Session 8: 5/28/24 to 6/27/24
  • Session 9: 7/8/24 to 8/8/24

2024-2025 LIFE Academic Year Calendar

Fall 2024

  • Session 1: 8/20/24 to 9/19/24
  • Session 2: 9/23/24 to 10/24/24
  • Session 3: 10/28/24 to 12/5/24 (no classes the week of Thanksgiving, 11/25-11/29)

Spring 2025

  • Session 4: 1/6/25 to 2/6/25
  • Session 5: 2/10/25 to 3/20/25 (no classes the week of Spring Break, 3/3-3/7)
  • Session 6: 3/24/25 to 4/24/25

Summer 2025

  • Session 7: 4/29/25 to 5/29/25
  • Session 8: 6/2/25 to 7/3/25
  • Session 9: 7/14/25 to 8/14/25


  • UD closed Presidents Day, 2/17/25 - LIFE has classes
  • Spring Break - 3/3/25 to 3/7/25
  • Easter - 4/20/25
  • Commencement Dates - 12/12/24 and 4/26/25

We're Here to Help with Your Investment

A degree is an important investment, and we're here to help. As a LIFE student you are eligible for federal financial aid programs to help offset costs. We also offer a 10 percent tuition discount through our EdAssist partnership for employees of participating employers.