The WGU Student Experience Is Different on Purpose–It’s Built Around You
Everyone learns differently. And that’s why WGU works to tailor the entire student experience around you. Whether it’s your schedule, support, or resources, our goal is to be ready with everything you need on the path to more opportunities.
WGU is Endeavoring to be the Most Inclusive University in the World
Talent and perseverance are everywhere, but opportunity is not. We’re aiming to change that by actively seeking ways to progress and improve. We believe everyone deserves access to a quality education that empowers them to improve their quality of life and give back to their community. At WGU, you can feel confident that we’ll support you no matter your race, sexual orientation, or life circumstances.
You will be expected to maintain regular communication with your Program Mentor while enrolled at WGU.
During a student's first term, the Program Mentor and student meet once each week by phone for a substantive discussion about engaging learning resources and assessments until the student achieves on-time progress (OTP).
After the first term, for students who meet and maintain on-time progress (OTP), the Program Mentor and student meet at least once every two weeks by phone for a substantive discussion about engaging learning resources and assessments.
For students on financial aid warning, probation, or termination, the Program Mentor and student meet at least once each week by phone for a substantive discussion about engaging learning resources and assessments until the student achieves OTP.
WGU offers flexible pacing, meaning you can move through courses at a pace that meets your learning style and knowledge level. Students can go as fast as they can but not as slowly. Students are required to complete a minimum number of competency units per term to meet on-time progress. However, if you choose to study at 3 am daily, that we can accommodate.
Your personal progress will be determined by the extent of your transfer units, your time commitment, and your determination to proceed at a faster rate. Traditionally, without an associate’s degree or equivalent, it will take 2 to 2.5 years. Master's degree programs are designed to be completed within 2 years. However, we work on a competency-based model, which gives you credit for passing assessments and proving you can perform a task or understand a course of study proficiently.
An accredited online college offers the same valuable and respected degrees that an on-campus college offers. The main difference is that online colleges offer you flexibility in your program. For example, you don't have to go to campus and sit in a classroom. You can move faster through courses. You are largely independent in your education. These are benefits that help many students pursue degrees who may not be able to attend an on-campus college.
It depends on the type of degree and online school you choose. Some online bachelor's degree programs will take 4+ years, and some online master's degrees will take 2+ years.
However, WGU is designed to help students accelerate their online degrees. Our unique education model allows students to move through courses as quickly as they can master the material. This means that, on average, students finish bachelor's degree programs in three years or less, and master's degree programs in 18 months or less.
Source: WGU internal data
Clinical and Student Teaching Support
Several WGU healthcare and nursing or teaching degrees require in-person, hands-on experience in the form of clinical or student teaching. WGU helps you prepare and arrange your clinical or student teaching experience to make it as smooth and seamless as possible. Your success is our goal, so we help you every step of the way. We work with hospitals and schools in your area to help you set up your hands-on experience.