About WGU: Students and Alumni

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A diverse, successful student population

Today’s WGU student body is quite diverse. WGU has students in all 50 states and serves active-duty military personnel and their spouses at overseas military installations. The average age of the WGU student is about 36 with an age range from the 20s to the 60s.

WGU students come from urban, suburban, and rural areas. Most are working full-time or part-time jobs while they are students. Most students who are pursuing a bachelor’s degree already have some college experience.

Learn more about who makes a good WGU student.

Student Population Map

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About WGU Graduates

Western Governors University graduated its first student, with a Master of Arts in Learning and Technology, in November of 2000. Since then, WGU has grown dramatically and now graduates over 10,000 students each year in over 50 degree programs.

WGU surveys its graduates to assess the impact of their degrees on their lives and careers. The online university also surveys employers for their assessments of WGU graduates and the impact these graduates have in their workforces. Surveys and individual case studies also allow WGU to continually improve its degree programs.

Read our Student Success and Performance Data for our latest studies. You can also read and watch what graduates and students say about their WGU experiences.

WGU Alumni Association

If you are a member of the WGU alumni, you may visit the alumni community website at alumni.wgu.edu.

You can also obtain WGU apparel at the WGU online merchandise store.

Contact information:
Director of Alumni
(801) 274-3280 ext. 2085

Additional Information

The Myths about Online Learning
Even though online learning is growing dramatically and becoming more and more accepted among employers and academia, there are still opinions—really, myths—about online education that linger in some people’s minds.

Learn more about what others sometimes worry about.


Questions & Answers

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Are WGU graduates doing well in their careers?

WGU graduates have done well in their careers following graduation. Many graduates tell us that they have received promotions, salary increases, or additional responsibilities such as leadership roles following completion of their degree programs. Just as importantly, WGU graduates and students report that they begin using their new skills and knowledge significantly even while they are students. But perhaps the best indicator of graduate success is our employer case study. Learn more about student success and performance data.

Will I interact with other students?

Yes. As a student, you will have access to a student portal that will connect you with online learning communities. These communities are designed to give you the communication and connectivity you need to be a successful student. While your communications will “be at a distance,” you will have ample opportunity to interact with other students through email, message boards, blogs, and other venues such as the online learning communities. Oftentimes WGU students tell us their sense of being “connected” is greater at WGU than their previous college experiences. Read what our students tell us.

You can also learn more about the learning communities through the WGU Academic Experience.