Who Makes a Good WGU Student?

One student describes a good WGU student as:

"One who is willing to do whatever it takes to make the dream a reality."

WGU is best-suited to the individual who wants to finish faster… and will work hard to do it. There are some traits that are well-suited to the successful WGU student:

Independent and Self-Directed

At WGU, 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 endless support of a dedicated mentor 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.

You’ll have what you need to succeed… you just have to take advantage of it.

Proper Expectations

Just because it’s online doesn’t mean your program is going to be easy. It won’t be easy. You’ll have to work hard—in fact, successful students spend 20 hours or more per 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 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.

Are You WGU?

Are you an independent learner? Although you may not have experienced distance learning before, have you ever taught yourself a special skill, subject, or hobby? If you have, just remember that online learning requires the same kind of commitment.

Take our interactive quiz to help you perform a self-assessment.

Note: WGU offers degrees, not courses. WGU is not a great fit for the part-time student who just wants to take a course or two at a very slow pace.

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