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

  • 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.
  • 28% are ethnic minorities.
  • 12% are active military, veterans, or military family members.
  • 73% of students receive financial aid.
  • 40% of undergraduates receive Pell Grants.


Employer Satisfaction

2015 Survey of 305 Employers by Harris Poll

  • 100% said that their WGU graduates were prepared for their jobs.
  • 98% said that WGU graduates meet or exceed expectations
  • 92% said WGU graduates exceed expectations.
  • 93% rated the job performance of WGU graduates as excellent or very good.
  • 94% of employers rated the “soft skills” of WGU grads as equal to or better than those of graduates from other institutions.

WGU alumni report higher levels of engagement at work—21% higher than the national average. —WGU-Gallup 2015 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.