The Benefits of a Flexible Education Experience

Many college students today are working adults. They may be older, employed full-time, attending school part-time, and could be raising families while earning their degrees. In fact, this study found that approximately 70 percent of undergraduate students fit these demographics.

Students who are working adults have different needs than a traditional student who enters college right out of high school, attends full time, may be living in a dormitory, pledging a fraternity or sorority, and is still claimed as a dependent. Students who are further into their careers need school to fit into their busy lives.

The key? Flexibility.

As an upper division only institution, all of Walsh’s undergraduate students transfer here after completing their first two years of college at another school. In fact, Walsh is the only private, nonprofit, upper division college or university in the country. We have been serving nontraditional students since our founding in 1922.

There are many ways Walsh breaks the traditions of higher education and academia to offer flexibility to students:

  1. Flexible attendance options allow students to choose to attend 100% online, in person, in remote synchronous mode in our dynamic connected classrooms, or a combination.
  2. We’ve partnered with community colleges for more than 50 years and have a reputation for providing a smooth and personal transfer experience.
  3. Walsh accepts up to 91 credits from a community college or four-year school
  4. Our faculty have decades of industry experience and teach curriculum that blends academic theory and practical application to prepare students with the knowledge and skills they will need in their careers.

Semester Structure

Another way Walsh is not your typical business school is in our semester structure. A traditional college or university offers two 15-week terms and may offer a limited number of accelerated spring and/or summer courses. At Walsh, semesters are 11 weeks long and run four times each year in the fall, winter, spring, and summer.

This semester structure offers a number of advantages for students:

  • Faculty develop concise curriculum combining academic theory with the most current and relevant industry knowledge.
  • Attending year-round can help students earn their degrees faster.
  • Four term start dates allow students to start at any point throughout the year.
  • Four semesters of equal length means students can take fewer courses each term and still stay on track with their academic program.
  • Students are less likely to lose academic momentum with continuous learning.

The way Walsh structures its semesters is a huge benefit for students who want to finish their program quickly.

Catherine Raker, MST '19


Many Walsh students are balancing school with work and other priorities. They need the ability to schedule school efficiently into their busy lives. Registration is open year-round so students can plan their entire academic year in advance.

A variety of course formats help students find the best fit for their schedules and individual learning styles.

  • Virtual course are 100% asynchronous with no classroom assigned or scheduled class days and times. Virtual courses are ideal for students who want school to fit into their schedule – not the other way around.
  • Virtual synchronous courses combine asynchronous and synchronous elements. There is no classroom assigned, but students attend virtually at the same time on the same day each week.
  • Virtual hybrid courses also combine asynchronous and synchronous elements. There is a classroom assigned with a faculty member present. Students may choose to attend synchronously via Zoom or in person in our dynamic connected classrooms on a scheduled day at a scheduled time. The technology in the connected classrooms allow seamless interaction between faculty, in-person, and remote students.

My virtual classes give me the flexibility to listen to lectures and do my coursework on my own time. I can listen to material more than one, or while commuting. It's very convenient.

Joel Haio, accounting student


It may seem daunting to take classes year-round, but Walsh students have access to resources needed to be successful both inside and outside of the classroom. Support services including academic advising, lifetime career services, and free tutoring are available in person or virtually via Zoom meeting.

The Walsh Navigate Student app makes it easy to schedule advising appointments, form study groups to stay on top of coursework, and receive updates on important events or upcoming deadlines.

The decision to pursue a degree is significant, especially for students with many competing priorities. A flexible educational experience can be the key to success.

Discover if Walsh is right for you.

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