WGU Student Population Map, April 30 2011

From coast to coast, north to south, there are WGU students earning their online degrees in every American state – as well as a few territories and overseas. That’s the beauty of an online university: no boundaries, no geographical limitations, no need to be in a specific place at a specific time.

The latest student population map demonstrates that breadth. Just take Washington and Florida, for example: Two of the top 10 states in terms of total WGU students, at complete opposite ends of the country. No matter what region of the country you’re in, you could very well bump into WGU students any day and every day, without ever knowing it.

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But when a student body is spread far and wide, how do WGU students tap into that diverse network of colleagues and make the most of their college experience? Without a campus, where do you gather?

Here are just a few ideas:

  • Social networks. The WGU Facebook page, LinkedIn group, and Twitter feed are constantly abuzz with students, alumni, staff, and fans sharing ideas, advice, tips, and encouragement – whether you’re looking for students in your town or state, in your degree program, in your career field, or sharing any other interest or situation.
  • Host an event. Did you know WGU’s Alumni & Career Services can help you host a networking event in your town? Old-fashioned face-to-face networking is always rewarding, even when you never share a classroom with your schoolmates.
  • Share ideas, online and on the phone. Alumni & Career Services also hosts a weekly Career Café webinar series that brings students together to hear tips and advice on career development, and the WGU Job Club is a biweekly phone conversation focused on helping WGU students and alumni who are seeking employment.
  • Study groups, graduation parties, happy hours, and more. Once you start to build a network of local WGU friends, make sure your get-togethers are a good mix of work and play. Have fun, make new friends, and grow academically and professionally, all at the same time!

What would you do to build a nationwide campus? Leave your ideas in the comments.

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