Enrollment Consultant Adam Wolf Discusses Benefits of Walsh

We all have busy lives and many responsibilities that occupy our time and, for many of us, COVID-19 has only added to our challenges. In addition to time constraints, the challenge of how to afford college is also a primary factor in preventing the pursuit of a degree. Here are some questions and issues I often discuss with students:

1.      What can a degree do for me and my career?

2.      Is a college degree worth it?

Why Get a College Degree?

The primary benefits of a degree should be to enhance career opportunities and personal growth potential through the absorption and understanding of relevant information. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, an average of 62% of people over the age of 25 were employed in 2019, however, only 53-61% of high school graduates were employed. Students with some college education ranged from 63-70% employed, and people with a bachelor’s degree or higher ranged between 72-77%. Additionally, the unemployment rate for college graduates is 2% versus 3.8% for high school graduates.

The world is a global society. In order to stay competitive in the global market, we must be intellectually competitive. The U.S. Census Bureau indicates that nearly half of the non-domestic individuals who came to the U.S. in the past decade have a college degree. While we love to see international students coming in and hope that the number continues to rise, U.S. students are lagging behind their international peers. On average, U.S.-born students are 5% less likely to have a bachelor’s degree than even naturalized U.S. citizens.

Why Get a Degree from Walsh?

Practical and personal learning that is applicable to your career.

Walsh is focused on helping students get the education they need to stay competitive and succeed in their careers. Class sizes are small so students receive more personal attention and one-on-one interactions. Teaching is focused on rigorous academic theory combined with practical application that will be used in the workplace. This is reinforced by the fact that a majority of faculty are working professionals, meaning they are teaching what they are practicing day to day in their fields.

Combine this with lifetime Career Services and professional opportunities (including career fairs, internship/mentorship opportunities, career coaching, resume and cover letter writing, a large/filtered job database, employer partnerships, on-campus recruiting and interviewing, and professional presentations) and you quickly see how Walsh provides students access to resources to enable the skills they need to be successful. In fact, on average, over 97% of Walsh students are employed (within 10-18 months after graduation) with most gaining employment in their field of choice before graduation.

Study around your schedule.

When it comes to time, Walsh values your commitment and works around your schedule. Most in-person classes (or virtual synchronous classes during COVID) start at about 6 p.m. and online courses allow you to work on your own time. In addition to 100% online degrees, Walsh offers several other course delivery methods:

  • Virtual synchronous classes allow you to attend class from your workplace or home through a free Zoom Pro account.
  • Virtual hybrid classes allow you to attend in person or virtually via Zoom.
  • 2+2 hybrid classes allow you to receive material for two hours in class and two hours online each week.
  • Blended classes don’t meet every week, so there is more opportunity to do your work from home.

These multi-modal learning styles, along with advising to help you set year-round registration schedules, make it easier to find the time to study. On the note of expediency, Walsh offers a FastTrack pathway that can allow you to complete an associate degree, bachelor’s degree, and master’s degree is as little as five years.

Affordable and accessible education

Finally, college can be expensive. Walsh is an upper division, transfer-friendly college, so students at the undergraduate level can transfer up to 90 credits from a community college (or other regionally-accredited school), saving tens of thousands of dollars on tuition versus going to a four-year school right out of high school. But, that is just the tip of the iceberg!

Walsh offers competitive tuition rates along with financial aid in the form of loans, grants, and scholarships. (New scholarship opportunities are also available through RaiseMe.) To simplify things further, Financial Aid Self-Service is available, as well as personal assistance for those who prefer to work directly with a financial aid advisor. Students can also apply for all available Walsh scholarships with a single application instead of applying for them one by one. Payment plans are available and tuition is not required to be paid in full until well after the semester starts.

As someone who is pursuing my Master of Business Administration at Walsh, I can also testify to the quality of education I am receiving and feel confident that a Walsh degree will help me with my career.

Adam Wolf is an enrollment consultant at Walsh.

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