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Distance Education And Residential Requirements


The Wright Graduate University learning experience takes place through a hybrid model, which includes both distance education and on-campus residential learning.  
While the distance education components --  weekly assigned readings, discussion posts, and replies to your classmates -- can be completed from anywhere with a computer and an internet connection, the in-residence component of your education has special requirements.

One Weekend In Residence Per Quarter

Residential study sessions occur monthly at our Elkhorn, Wisconsin, campus. The schedule for these sessions is published annually in the Appendix of the catalog. Attendance at residential study sessions is a graded requirement of every WGU course; students must attend at least one residential session per course in person in order to pass the course. 
Residential learning sessions begin Saturday mornings at 7am, when students and faculty dial into a monthly conference call as they make their way to campus. By 9am students convene on campus. Classes run from 9:15am to 6:30pm on Saturday including a lunch break, with dinner time and a movie to follow, which will be discussed the following morning from the perspective of the core disciplines of the University. Students stay overnight on campus and attend class from 7:00am to 3:00pm, again including lunch and a community meeting, and from 3:00 to 3:30pm all students participate in returning the campus to order before departing. 

Two Other Weekends in Class – In Residence or From a Distance

For the other two residential weekends of the quarter, participation is required, but it does not have to be in person, or even while the residential session is taking place. You may  participate live by phone or by webcast with your classmates who are attending the weekend in person and those who are participating remotely, or if you to review audio/ video after the residential weekend and demonstrate understanding of the content, are provided, should a student be unable to attend the full weekend in person. Participation in and/or review of all three residential weekends are graded components of each course; failure to participate or review result in a lowered grade for the course, as indicated in each syllabus.

Computer Requirement

Students are required to have access to a laptop computer and the Internet for all coursework. The computer must meet the following specifications:

  • Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 10 or a Mac with a currently supported operating system
  • Internet capability
  • Soundcard & speakers
  • Current Internet web browser: Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge (only available to Windows 10 users)



WGU provides on-campus housing for participants of the Residential Session weekends. The cost of on-campus accommodations is included with the course tuition and fees. If students choose to stay off campus during residential weekends, they are responsible for the expenses incurred. No refund of tuition is provided to students choosing not to stay on campus.

Lodging is dormitory style with a variety of configurations, from a room with one double bed, to rooms with a set of bunk beds, to open dormitory-style rooms with bunk beds and/or mattresses on the floor. Men and women are housed in separate facilities. Shower and restroom facilities are shared in common areas of these separate facilities.


Students are responsible for transportation to and from the campus. Arriving prior to 8am Saturday and staying past 4:00 pm unless by appointment is prohibited; as the campus is not in operation on Friday evenings, there is no lodging provided prior to the Saturday residential session start. Many students carpool to campus from the Chicago area; the admission office can assist with introductions for ride purposes.


Students are also responsible for their and meals for the weekend. A commercial kitchen with cooler, stove, and microwave are provided for students who wish to bring and prepare their own meals. Additionally, students have the option to order catered lunches and dinners from local restaurants through an online payment system the school provides. Breakfasts are not provided.

Campus Behavior

Rules and regulations that govern the residential weekends are distributed to students upon enrollment. Students that violate the rules and regulations of the campus be required to leave the campus and will not receive academic credit for attending. Students are expected to know the policies and procedures in the University catalog and the safety and security guidelines in the annual consumer information publication to help maintain a positive and uplifting environment where all are free to learn.



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