A new kind of university for Washington: online and designed for 21st-century careersand 21st-century lifestyles
WGU Washington is an online, competency-based university designed to expand access to higher education for Washington residents. In 2011, the Washington State Legislature created WGU Washington in partnership with nationally recognized Western Governors University.
The state’s highly educated population has been a driving factor in Washington’s economic growth over the past few decades, and ongoing educational opportunity will only become more crucial for the estimated 67% of all jobs statewide that will require some postsecondary education by 2018. More and more Washingtonians will need to earn their bachelor’s and master’s degreesincluding busy adults who already have jobs, families, and lifestyles that make a traditional university setting unrealistic.
Recognizing these facts, WGU Washington’s principal goal is to open doors to higher education for adult learners through:
- Access to quality education. As an online, state-endorsed university that provides residents access to nationally recognized degree programs, WGU Washington makes a college degree a real possibility for more Washingtonians.
- Career-focused bachelor's and master's degrees. WGU Washington’s rigorous degree programs are in the fields of business, information technology, K–12 education, and health professions (including nursing)highly in-demand fields that represent the present and future of Washington’s economy.
- Affordable tuition. A nonprofit university, WGU Washington’s tuition is among the lowest in the state.
- Flexible online degree programs. At WGU Washington, you will leverage the power of online and technology-based learning with the prove-it-and-move-on approach of competency-based education to study and advance at your pace, balancing school, work, family, and life obligations.