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ABOUT WGU STUDENTS & ALUMNI

Career success is based on what you know and what you can do. In that same spirit, WGU's ultimate focus ensures students possess the knowledge and skills needed to succeed.

WGU Student Snapshot

  • 98,000+ WGU Grads in all 50 states in 2017.
  • The average student age is 37,  student ages range from 17 to 77.
  • 71% of students are classified as underserved.
  • 40% are first-generation college students.
  • 29% are ethnic minorities.
  • 11% are active military, veterans, or military family members.
  • 70% of students receive financial aid.
  • 35% of undergraduates receive Pell Grants.

WGU Grads are Succeeding

  • Business Owners: 500+
  • Directors: 2,400+
  • Managers: 5,400+
  • Teachers: 10,000+
  • C-Suite Executives: 300+
  • Registered Nurses: 7,000+
  • Chief Nursing Officers: 100+

WGU Grads are Employed at Top Companies

Adobe • Aetna • Amazon • American Express • American Honda Motor Co., Inc. • American Red Cross • Anthem • Apex Systems, Inc. • Apple • Aramark • AT&T • Bank of America • Banner Health • BioFortis, Inc. • Blue Cross Blue Shield • Boeing • Booz Allen Hamilton • Bose Corporation • Cedars-Sinai • Cigna • Cisco Systems • Coca-Cola • Community Health Network • Dell • Delta Air Lines • DSK Architects • Dyno Nobel • eBay • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University • Ericsson • Expedia, Inc. • Facebook • FedEx Trade Networks • FranklinCovey • General Dynamics Information Technology • Georgia Pacific • Google • Grifols Biomat • Haggen, Inc. • Head Start • HealthPartners • Hewlett Packard • Hospital Corporation of America • Humana • IBM • IM Flash • Intermountain Healthcare • IRS • Jacobs Technology • JetBlue Airways • John Deere • Johns Hopkins • JPMorgan Chase • Kaiser Permanente • Karmak, Inc. • Legacy Health • LexisNexis • Liberty Mutual Insurance • Lincoln Financial Group • Lionbridge Technologies • Lockheed Martin • Mayo Clinic • Memorial Hermann • Meyer Hill Lynch • Microsoft • MultiCare Health System • NASA • National Weather Service • NEA Academy • Nestlé • Nordic Aluminum • Northrop Grumman • Notre Dame • O.C. Tanner • Oracle • PAREXEL • Parkview Health • PeaceHealth • PepsiCo • Pfizer, Inc. • PricewaterhouseCoopers • Productive Data Solutions • Progressive Insurance • Providence Health & Services • Raytheon Company • Salem Health • Samsung • SeaWorld • Shell Oil • Skanska • Sodexo • SolarCity • Sprint • Starbucks • Starwood Hotels • State Farm Insurance • StraighterLine • SunTrust Mortgage • Sylvan Learning Center • Synergy Academies • Tesla Motors • Texas Instruments • The Hartford • The Leona Group • The Nature Conservancy • The Paragon Group, Inc. • The Van Dyke Technology Group • The Walt Disney Company • Tiffany & Co. • Toyota • Transamerica • United Airlines • United Health Group • United States Air Force • United States Army • USAA • Usborne • Valley Health System • Verizon Wireless • Virginia Mason Medical Center • Visa Inc. • Vivint • Websense, Inc. • Wells Fargo • WESCO Distribution • Whole Foods Market • Wilson Electronics • Xerox • Zions Bank

Employer Satisfaction

2017 Survey of 301 Employers by Harris Poll

  • 100% said that their WGU graduates were prepared for their jobs.
  • 97% said they would hire another WGU graduate.
  • 98% said that WGU graduates meet or exceed expectations.
  • 91% said WGU graduates exceed expectations.
  • 91% rated the job performance of WGU graduates as excellent or very good.
  • 94% rated the “soft skills” of WGU grads as equal to or better than those of graduates from other institutions.
  • 90% rated the technical skills of WGU graduates as "excellent" or "very good."
  • 91% are extremely/very satisfied with the WGU graduate as an employee.

"WGU alumni are nearly twice as likely as graduates from other U.S. universities to be thriving in all elements of well-being— purpose, social, financial, community, and physical." —Gallup 2017 Report

“WGU grads are well prepared and make a difference in Tennessee-based companies like ours, and in our state’s larger economy.” −John Ingram Chairman, Ingram Industries, INC. 2017

“By working with employers to align its curriculum with workforce needs, WGU is able to equip students with the skills they need to succeed in the workplace.” −Governor Bill Haslam State of Tennessee, 2017

Looking for more info? View the 2017 WGU Annual Report.

Competency-based Education

WGU is the pioneer and leader in competency-based education, a truly innovative approach to learning. Students earn degrees through demonstration of skills and knowledge in required subject areas through a series of carefully designed assessments. Students take tests, write papers, and complete assignments. But rather than focus on seat time or credit hours, we make sure students graduate as a highly competent professional.

What makes competency-based education different?

  • Measures learning rather than time.
  • Competencies—what students need to learn and know—are developed in collaboration with key employers.
  • Learning is self-paced, modular, and technology-based.
  • Faculty work with students one-on-one, from the day they enroll until the day they graduate.
  • Students demonstrate what they know and spend their study time focusing on what they still need to learn.
  • Learning is measured through assessments: objective tests, projects, papers, and presentations.