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Average CU completed in 6 months WGU

PSouz7PSouz7 Member Posts: 39 ■■□□□□□□□□
I start with WGU April first (NA track), I transferred in 34 CUs and I am planning on having the remaining 88 finished no later than 2 years from when i start which is only 22 CU for 6 months, which I feel like most people on the forums are able to finish a lot more than that, so hopefully I can finish in 3 terms.

but anyways, I was looking to hear from people how many CUs they're normally able to finish in a term

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    tjb122982tjb122982 Member Posts: 255 ■■■□□□□□□□
    I don't know if this helps or not, my friend completed almost 2 terms of worth of courses in 1 term. However, he is working one of their education programs, not IT.
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    joemysteriojoemysterio Member Posts: 152
    My first class is the CIW web foundations. I'm half way through it after a week, reading through all of the study material. I didn't get to do anything over the weekend though because I worked almost 20 hours of OT so had no chance. I feel i'm progressing slow when compared to everyone doing a million CUs per term. but oh well!
    Current goals: CCNA/CCNP
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    PSouz7PSouz7 Member Posts: 39 ■■□□□□□□□□
    You just started 10 days ago! I'm sure you'll get more than the minimum 12 CU WGU requires done by the time your term is over
    Are you doing the NA track?
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    zidianzidian Member Posts: 132
    I'm in my 3rd term. I did 26 my first term, 15 my second term and I've completed 21 so far in my third term. I will have at least 25 completed this term. I'll graduate next term, my fourth, with either 3 or 4 classes left to complete.

    I could have done more in all of my terms. I wasted at least 6 weeks my first term, 8 weeks my second term and 4 weeks, so far, this term. This term may end up being about 6 weeks if I complete only the 4 I have left and don't get to do one more. All 7 classes I've completed this term were completed within an 8 week window.

    Hope that helps.
    WGU BS-IT Software | Completed 9/30/2014
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    PSouz7PSouz7 Member Posts: 39 ■■□□□□□□□□
    That's awesome!
    that's very close to the same pace I will be trying for, except I am going to space it out to make sure I always finish at least 18 each term, so I get the full time GI Bill benefits.

    have you enjoyed your experience with WGU so far?
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    zidianzidian Member Posts: 132
    PSouz7 wrote: »
    have you enjoyed your experience with WGU so far?

    It's the best college I've gone to I think. I completed an AA at a community college and tried a couple other online schools before I found WGU.
    WGU BS-IT Software | Completed 9/30/2014
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    tycar86tycar86 Member Posts: 34 ■■□□□□□□□□
    I finished with 67 CUs in year while working 40-50 hrs/week: 35 CUs completed first term and 32 the second term. I usually studied 15-20 hrs/week and I took about a month off of school total for vacations/breaks, etc. I came in with the A+ and almost no work experience, so most of the material was new to me. All of the CIW and most of the MTA courses can be knocked out in a couple weeks each. I spent a couple months completing the Java courses, so plan for that if you don't have any programming experience. I can't speak for most of the gen ed classes because I transferred in an AA.

    I would say 22/term should be a piece of cake as long as you stay focused. The best thing I did was write down my study schedule and plan everything else (except work) around it. Try to keep consistent in your study habits and that will help you stay on track.

    Good luck. I'm sure you'll do well. And thanks for your service.
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    W StewartW Stewart Member Posts: 794 ■■■■□□□□□□
    I've got about 31 CUs loaded for this semester and am working on the last 3 with 2 months left in this term. I could probably knock these three credits out tonight but I'll probably spread it out over today and tomorrow so I don't overwork myself. The certification exams can take a lot longer if it's something you don't have experience in so most people would recommend getting the general IT degree.
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    PSouz7PSouz7 Member Posts: 39 ■■□□□□□□□□
    tycar86 wrote: »
    I finished with 67 CUs in year while working 40-50 hrs/week: 35 CUs completed first term and 32 the second term. I usually studied 15-20 hrs/week and I took about a month off of school total for vacations/breaks, etc. I came in with the A+ and almost no work experience, so most of the material was new to me. All of the CIW and most of the MTA courses can be knocked out in a couple weeks each. I spent a couple months completing the Java courses, so plan for that if you don't have any programming experience. I can't speak for most of the gen ed classes because I transferred in an AA.

    I would say 22/term should be a piece of cake as long as you stay focused. The best thing I did was write down my study schedule and plan everything else (except work) around it. Try to keep consistent in your study habits and that will help you stay on track.

    Good luck. I'm sure you'll do well. And thanks for your service.
    was the CIW JavaScript Specialist cert what you studied a couple months on?
    I am hoping I can do it as quickly as you and W Stewart, if I finished 30 CU a term I would finish in 3 terms.
    But I have a feeling MCSA Server and CCNA will take too long to finish the degree in 3 terms, but even 4 terms wont be bad, and I am going to make sure I do that

    thanks for the advice, I am going to try to stay organized about studying.
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    PSouz7PSouz7 Member Posts: 39 ■■□□□□□□□□
    zidian wrote: »
    It's the best college I've gone to I think. I completed an AA at a community college and tried a couple other online schools before I found WGU.

    awesome, I went to a community college before, but this will be my first online only college, I'm glad I found it before trying other ones.
    W Stewart wrote: »
    I've got about 31 CUs loaded for this semester and am working on the last 3 with 2 months left in this term. I could probably knock these three credits out tonight but I'll probably spread it out over today and tomorrow so I don't overwork myself. The certification exams can take a lot longer if it's something you don't have experience in so most people would recommend getting the general IT degree.

    that's awesome you completed 31 CUs in 4 months!
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    tycar86tycar86 Member Posts: 34 ■■□□□□□□□□
    W Stewart wrote: »
    I've got about 31 CUs loaded for this semester and am working on the last 3 with 2 months left in this term. I could probably knock these three credits out tonight but I'll probably spread it out over today and tomorrow so I don't overwork myself. The certification exams can take a lot longer if it's something you don't have experience in so most people would recommend getting the general IT degree.

    Sorry, I overlooked that you are doing NA track. I did general. It looks like you don't have to do the Java courses, but I'm sure the CCNA and MCSA Server more than make up for that in study time.
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    PSouz7PSouz7 Member Posts: 39 ■■□□□□□□□□
    tycar86 wrote: »
    Sorry, I overlooked that you are doing NA track. I did general. It looks like you don't have to do the Java courses, but I'm sure the CCNA and MCSA Server more than make up for that in study time.

    hopefully they aren't too much more time consuming than Java.

    Did your WGU degree open doors once you completed it?
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    nerdinhidingnerdinhiding Member Posts: 61 ■■□□□□□□□□
    43CUs in term one and 22CUs in term 2 (done).
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    PSouz7PSouz7 Member Posts: 39 ■■□□□□□□□□
    that's pretty awesome, what major did you do?
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    swildswild Member Posts: 828
    I did 60 CUs in my one term at WGU but I feel that is about double the average. I really feel that I wasted several weeks in that term as well and just barely finished my last class before the deadline. I was also working 40 hours a week for the whole term but had plenty of downtime to study.If you challenge yourself, you can achieve anything.
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    joemysteriojoemysterio Member Posts: 152
    PSouz7 wrote: »
    You just started 10 days ago! I'm sure you'll get more than the minimum 12 CU WGU requires done by the time your term is over
    Are you doing the NA track?
    If referring to me, I am doing the NA track. I hope I can do more than the 13 CUs my mentor is making me do for my first term.
    Current goals: CCNA/CCNP
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    Danielm7Danielm7 Member Posts: 2,310 ■■■■■■■■□□
    They always make you do the minimum to start, if you finish them quickly they'll allow you to add more. It's bad if they allow you to add 45 CUs on your first term and you finish 15.
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    mataimatai Member Posts: 232 ■■■□□□□□□□
    21 first term but that was at least two months slacking.

    Second term will be 16 but that includes Security+, CCENT, CCNA, CCNA Security, Linux+.

    I think the CUs don't really correlate to the amount of work. CCNA is 3CU, Project+ is 6CU.
    Current: CISM, CISA, CISSP, SSCP, GCIH, GCWN, C|EH, VCP5-DCV, VCP5-DT, CCNA Sec, CCNA R&S, CCENT, NPP, CASP, CSA+, Security+, Linux+, Network+, Project+, A+, ITIL v3 F, MCSA Server 2012 (70-410, 70-411, 74-409), 98-349, 98-361, 1D0-610, 1D0-541, 1D0-520
    In Progress: ​Not sure...
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    PSouz7PSouz7 Member Posts: 39 ■■□□□□□□□□
    swild wrote: »
    I did 60 CUs in my one term at WGU but I feel that is about double the average. I really feel that I wasted several weeks in that term as well and just barely finished my last class before the deadline. I was also working 40 hours a week for the whole term but had plenty of downtime to study.If you challenge yourself, you can achieve anything.

    That's awesome, I hope I can even do half that!
    If referring to me, I am doing the NA track. I hope I can do more than the 13 CUs my mentor is making me do for my first term.
    awesome to "meet" another NA track student.
    I'm sure you'll get more than 13 done, did they let you pick your classes? I'm hoping I can do ccent and ccna as my first 2 classes
    I want to get ccna on my resume as quickly as possible
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    PSouz7PSouz7 Member Posts: 39 ■■□□□□□□□□
    matai wrote: »
    21 first term but that was at least two months slacking.

    Second term will be 16 but that includes Security+, CCENT, CCNA, CCNA Security, Linux+.

    I think the CUs don't really correlate to the amount of work. CCNA is 3CU, Project+ is 6CU.

    It does seem like project+ is worth a lot, but that's fine with me should be 6 CUs that isn't terribly time consuming
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    Flat4ForLifeFlat4ForLife Member Posts: 16 ■□□□□□□□□□
    PSouz7 wrote: »
    I'm sure you'll get more than 13 done, did they let you pick your classes? I'm hoping I can do ccent and ccna as my first 2 classes
    I want to get ccna on my resume as quickly as possible

    First off, congrats on doing WGU I just started this month myself on the security track. About your question, I really don't think they will let you hop into that for your first two classes. While you are able to do classes that are "higher" before, I would imagine those two would be toward the middle or end since they are the bigger certs that you get, require a lot of info, and they want you to have some pre reqs for them. If they will let you though, then thats awesome!

    Side note, thanks for your service! (USAF myself)
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    PSouz7PSouz7 Member Posts: 39 ■■□□□□□□□□
    First off, congrats on doing WGU I just started this month myself on the security track. About your question, I really don't think they will let you hop into that for your first two classes. While you are able to do classes that are "higher" before, I would imagine those two would be toward the middle or end since they are the bigger certs that you get, require a lot of info, and they want you to have some pre reqs for them. If they will let you though, then thats awesome!

    Side note, thanks for your service! (USAF myself)
    thank you too, I'm Cyber Transport in the ANG.
    I just got finished with tech school in January which gave me a decent amount of knowledge that will be useful when studying for CCENT and CCNA, that's the main reason why I want to do those first.
    I have 48 credits from the CCAF and not a single one transferred in to WGU.
    Hopefully I can convince my mentor to let me take those classes first. They have the final say correct?
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    Danielm7Danielm7 Member Posts: 2,310 ■■■■■■■■□□
    PSouz7 wrote: »
    Hopefully I can convince my mentor to let me take those classes first. They have the final say correct?

    Yes, just ask. I'm not aware of a rule that says you need to take any specific class first. I did the A+ first just because I had a lot of experience and I knew I could do it quickly then went for all the Cisco material. I've never been told there are pre-reqs for any WGU class if it's in your degree plan.
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    MSP-ITMSP-IT Member Posts: 752 ■■■□□□□□□□
    IT Security program here. When it's all said and done, I'll be at 17, 22, 18, 43 for my first, second, third, and final semesters at WGU. This will have been maintained during full-time employment.
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    PSouz7PSouz7 Member Posts: 39 ■■□□□□□□□□
    Danielm7 wrote: »
    Yes, just ask. I'm not aware of a rule that says you need to take any specific class first. I did the A+ first just because I had a lot of experience and I knew I could do it quickly then went for all the Cisco material. I've never been told there are pre-reqs for any WGU class if it's in your degree plan.

    awesome, that gives me hope that I'll be able to get the cisco classes out of the way first

    especially considering I already have A+ and Net+

    hopefully I hear from my mentor soon after doing the orientation so I can ask him/her these questions.
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    PSouz7PSouz7 Member Posts: 39 ■■□□□□□□□□
    MSP-IT wrote: »
    IT Security program here. When it's all said and done, I'll be at 17, 22, 18, 43 for my first, second, third, and final semesters at WGU. This will have been maintained during full-time employment.

    nice, 43 in the last term is impressive

    doesn't seem like anyone actually only does the minimum 12 CUs a term, gives me hope I will be able to do the same, while working full time.
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    Flat4ForLifeFlat4ForLife Member Posts: 16 ■□□□□□□□□□
    PSouz7 wrote: »
    thank you too, I'm Cyber Transport in the ANG.
    I just got finished with tech school in January which gave me a decent amount of knowledge that will be useful when studying for CCENT and CCNA, that's the main reason why I want to do those first.
    I have 48 credits from the CCAF and not a single one transferred in to WGU.
    Hopefully I can convince my mentor to let me take those classes first. They have the final say correct?

    While your mentor has a big part of what you take at what time, I'm pretty sure there are people above him/her who actually have the final say. That being said, the mentor still plays a big role in it so I would still ask them for sure.

    On the CCAF part, are you only transferring the classes that came from basic/tech? If so, then yes those will not really do anything for WGU transfer. I completed my CCAF so I was able to transfer in quite a few for the basic classes (math/biology/physics/etc.) but they wouldn't take my dantes tests for the leadership classes so I have to do those anyways. They did take my A+ (which takes care of IT Fundamentals II & III but not I somehow). But your A+/Sec+/Net+ should transfer over (assuming they are in your degree and if it's within last 5 years) so that will knock a few off there. Did you at least get those transferred in?
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    PSouz7PSouz7 Member Posts: 39 ■■□□□□□□□□
    While your mentor has a big part of what you take at what time, I'm pretty sure there are people above him/her who actually have the final say. That being said, the mentor still plays a big role in it so I would still ask them for sure.

    On the CCAF part, are you only transferring the classes that came from basic/tech? If so, then yes those will not really do anything for WGU transfer. I completed my CCAF so I was able to transfer in quite a few for the basic classes (math/biology/physics/etc.) but they wouldn't take my dantes tests for the leadership classes so I have to do those anyways. They did take my A+ (which takes care of IT Fundamentals II & III but not I somehow). But your A+/Sec+/Net+ should transfer over (assuming they are in your degree and if it's within last 5 years) so that will knock a few off there. Did you at least get those transferred in?

    I didn't bother finishing my CCAF degree, I just finished Tech School in January, and would need to wait until at least the summer semester or fall semester to finish it, so instead I decided to just start WGU asap.

    my A+ counted for 8, sec+ for 7 and net+ for 4 CUs, and i had some other college credit that brought me up to 34 credits.

    I'm not terribly worried about WGU gen eds, they don't seem like they will be terribly difficult after reading about how quickly people finish them.

    I will definitely be asking my mentor if I can take the Cisco courses as my first ones. I have probably 2 weeks until I will hear from my mentor, according to my enrollment counselor
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    MSP-ITMSP-IT Member Posts: 752 ■■■□□□□□□□
    PSouz7 wrote: »
    nice, 43 in the last term is impressive

    doesn't seem like anyone actually only does the minimum 12 CUs a term, gives me hope I will be able to do the same, while working full time.

    The only real challenging course in this semester's line-up was the CCNA: Security. I had Christmas break to study for that. The rest were courses I could finish within a week or two.
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    Flat4ForLifeFlat4ForLife Member Posts: 16 ■□□□□□□□□□
    MSP-IT wrote: »
    The only real challenging course in this semester's line-up was the CCNA: Security. I had Christmas break to study for that. The rest were courses I could finish within a week or two.

    If you don't mind me asking, which classes were in your last term? And what was your study method to complete all of those classes? I have read up on here and other sites that people are doing 25-45 credits a semester, and some even upwards of 30+ in a month! I just started and don't even see how this is possible, especially with a full time job. Do you have a lot of background in the classes you were able to do quickly?
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