What happened to Mount Olive University in Washington?

WASHINGTON, NC (WNCT) — If you regularly drive between Beaufort County and Pitt County, you might be familiar with the sign for Mount Olive University in Washington on the highway. 264.

The Mount Olive satellite site in Washington opened in 2005 and celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2015. But the building has been vacant for a few years.

9OYS has contacted UMO to inquire about the status of the satellite campus. WBU Director of Public Relations Rhonda Jessup responded with this statement:

“The educational landscape for mature and graduate students has changed. The creation of new software, cloud computing, and easy access to technology for almost all Americans have made online education a preference for students. With a forward-thinking approach, Mount Olive University has designed online programs to be accessible and supportive of our mature students who have competing commitments. Due to the success of our online programs, in the fall of 2019 we closed all of our satellite sites. Now students have the option and flexibility to complete their studies at home, at a local Starbucks, during lunch breaks at work, or from anywhere at any time. While many universities offer online programs, UMO has a proven track record in training working adults, which has led to our continued success.

Mount Olive’s main campus is located approximately 80 miles from Washington.

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