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Today’s WGU Washington student body is quite diverse. WGU Washington has students in every part of the state and serves active-duty military personnel and their spouses at overseas military installations. The average age of the WGU Washington student is about 37 with an age range from the 20s to the 60s.
WGU Washington students come from urban, suburban, and rural areas. Most are working full-time or part-time jobs while they are students. Most students who are pursuing a bachelor’s degree already have some college experience.
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Independent and Self-Directed
At WGU Washington, there are no classrooms or professors in the traditional sense. You are in large part in control of your education. Your success is not dependent on others.
That said, you’re not left to your own devices. You’ll have the support of dedicated mentors who will make sure you have access to the resources you need to successfully complete your program. You’ll be connected with fellow students through chat rooms, message boards, and online learning communities.
Willing to Work Hard
Just because it's online doesn't mean your program is going to be easy. You'll have to work hard—in fact, successful students spend about 20 hours a week on average on their studies. You'll be more likely to succeed if you realize in advance that your program will be challenging.
Committed to Success
From WGU Washington you can expect a degree that’s relevant to your career, tuition that’s affordable, flexibility that fits your lifestyle, and a strong support system to help you get and stay on track.
But we can’t do it alone. We ask for your commitment in return. A commitment to work hard. Put in the hours that are needed. Stay focused. Keep at it. And ask for help when you need it.
"I'm a working adult with a full-time job who was looking for a meaningful degree from a reputable organization. I wanted an education, not just an expensive piece of paper. WGU turned out to be the perfect choice for me."
Bradford Bright, WGU Washington IT Student
"This was not easy. In fact, the program was every bit as rigorous as advertised. My days often began in the office by 6:30, reading and studying until 8:00, with more readings in the evenings, papers on the weekends. Every holiday, every vacation day during the course of my curriculum was sacrificed for the greater goal of earning my MBA. Finally I completed my capstone course and in the very same week I began my new role as director of contract servicing for Sallie Mae in central Washington."
Jody Sloan, WGU Washington MBA graduate
WGU graduates have done well in their careers following graduation. Many graduates tell us that they have received promotions, salary increases, or additional responsibilities such as leadership roles following completion of their degree programs. Just as importantly, WGU graduates and students report that they begin using their new skills and knowledge significantly even while they are students. But perhaps the best indicator of graduate success is our employer case study. Learn more about student success and performance data.
Yes. As a student, you will have access to a student portal that will connect you with online learning communities. These communities are designed to give you the communication and connectivity you need to be a successful student. While your communications will “be at a distance,” you will have ample opportunity to interact with other students through email, message boards, blogs, and other venues such as the online learning communities. Oftentimes WGU students tell us their sense of being “connected” is greater at WGU than their previous college experiences. Read what our students tell us.
You can also learn more about the learning communities through the WGU Academic Experience.
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