Maintaining an online course catalogue provides a searchable resource for students and potential students, offering them insight into areas of study and the types of classes that your school, college or university provides. Create your own online course catalog by following these steps.

Step 1.

Decide what type of course catalog you want to provide for your students. Some educational institutions provide a course catalog that is searchable, where a student chooses an area of study from a drop-down box and then hits "Search," while others choose a simple PDF online course catalog for student review.

Step 2.

Determine the length of time you want your course catalog to cover. Most schools provide a course catalog for either a year or by trimester, quarter or semester.

Step 3.

Make a list of courses that you will offer if you do not already have a printed publication. Include the dates that you will offer the courses, the instructor, course summary and semester or credit hours for course completion. Note whether the courses are online or can only be taken in person. This can reduce telephone calls to your admissions office asking questions about specific courses.

Step 4.

Create a cover page that includes the institution’s name and a logo, while indicating it is a course catalog.

Step 5.

Format the course list based on the area of study, such as English, History or other areas. Formatting the course information for the catalog will help students search through the guide without difficulty.

Step 6.

Add links as needed to university information, registration data or information on the instructor teaching a course.

Step 7.

Create a table of contents to match the course catalog so that it is easily accessible and outlines the content provided in the online course catalog.

Step 8.

Edit the copy prior to publishing the course catalog to ensure that it is free from spelling, grammatical and content areas.

Step 9.

Publish the course catalog online. Make sure that everything on the site is working well.

Step 10.

Update the courses when changes are made and be sure to update the dates or terms on a regular basis.


If you choose to have a course catalog in PDF format, make sure that there is a note on the area to download the file and explain if you will require Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Publishing a course catalog online provides a cost-effective method to communicate with students.


Your college or university may consider including a disclaimer in your course catalog that states that course times, instructors and descriptions may change.