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WTU is authorized by the Washington student achievement council (the council) and meets the requirements and minimum educational standards established for degree-granting institutions under the Degree-Granting Institutions Act. This authorization is subject to periodic review and authorizes WTU to offer specific degree programs. The council may be contacted for a list of currently authorized programs. Authorization by the council does not carry with it an endorsement by the council of the institution or its programs. Any person desiring information about the requirements of the act or the applicability of those requirements to the institution may contact the council at P.O. Box 43430, Olympia, Washington 98504-3430 or by email at

Accreditation and Transferability of Credits

WTU is not accredited by an accrediting association recognized by the United States Department of Education and the Washington student achievement council. WTU has been granted a temporary waiver from Washington state's accreditation requirement based on submission of a plan for accreditation.

You should make certain that your attendance at the University will meet your educational goals. The transferability of credits earned at WTU is at the discretion of the receiving college, university, or other educational institution. Students considering transferring to any institution should not assume that credits earned in any program of study at WTU will be accepted by the receiving institution. Similarly, the ability of a degree, certificate, diploma, or other academic credential earned at WTU to satisfy an admission requirement of another institution is at the discretion of the receiving institution. To minimize the risk of having to repeat coursework, students should contact the receiving institution in advance for evaluation and determination of transferability of credits and/or acceptability of degrees, diplomas, or certificates earned.

Graduation and Retention

Graduation Rates

Graduation rate is the percentage of WTU's students who complete their program within 150% of the published time for the program. For our 18 month degree-completion program, entering students who complete within 27 months are counted as on-time graduates.

2018 Cohort On-Time Graduation Rate: 53%

Persistence Rates

Most universities measure Retention rates - the percentage of first-time, first-year undergraduate students who continue at that school the next year. As WTU offers degree-completion programs, we do not enrol first year undergraduate students and so this measure does not apply. Instead we measure Persistence Rates, students who continue with us from the first full year of the program into the next. Persistence demonstrates WTU’s ability to teach and provide the support services necessary for students to progress through to graduation. Students who persist are developing and exhibiting coping mechanisms that can be relevant to career success, and therefore our mission at WTU.

2020 Persistence Rate: 50%

Placement and Benefit Rates

Within 6 months of graduation, students are asked to report whether their WTU degree provided benefit in securing a position or promotion and whether it is providing benefits in carrying out the position’s responsibilities.

2020 Placement Rate: 66% in a direct or related field or continuing education

Self-reported Benefit: 75% (includes those reporting benefit to work performance in unrelated fields)