Retention and Graduation Rates

Graduation Rates

In accordance with the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) of 1965, as amended, each postsecondary educational institution must publish information regarding graduation rates as defined by the National Center for Education Statistics. This graduation measure includes only undergraduate degree-seeking students that have never attended another institution of higher learning and graduate within 150 percent of normal time to completion. Data are collected on the number of students entering the institution as full-time, first-time, degree-seeking undergraduate students in a particular cohort year. Graduation rates are disaggregated by race/ethnicity, gender, and federal financial aid grant or loan funds. At WGU most students enter with prior college experience; hence, the data in this chart represents only a small fraction of WGU’s student body.

Graduation Rates

As of Spring 2016 IPEDS Graduation Rates for 8/1/2009 through 10/31/2009 cohort

 Enrolled First-time UndergraduateEnrolled First-time Undergraduate to Completer in 150% time allowed% Enrolled First-time Undergraduate
TOTALS 24334 14%
Male 104 18 17%
Female 139 16 12%
American Indian or Alaska Native 2 1 0.8%
Asian 7 2 2.9%
Black, non-Hispanic 38 2 15.6%
Hispanic/Latino 14 3 5.8%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander 0 0 0%
Non-resident Alien 0 0 0%
Other or Unknown 16 0 6.6%
Two or More Races 4 0 1.6%
White, non-Hispanic 162 26 66.7%

9/1/2008 through 8/31/2009 First-time Undergraduate cohort who:

Received a Federal Pell Grant 402
Received a subsidized Stafford Loan who did not receive a Pell Grant 181
Received neither a Pell Grant nor a Subsidized Loan 35

Retention Rate

In accordance with the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) of 1965, as amended, each postsecondary educational institution must publish information regarding the retention rate as defined by the National Center for Educational Statistics. This retention measure includes only first-time, full-time, undergraduate degree-seeking students. At WGU most students enter with prior college experience; hence, the data in this chart represents only a small fraction of WGU’s student body.

First-time, full-time undergraduate student retention rate is 74%
(based on Fall 2014 first-time, full-time, undergraduate degree-seeking students retained through Fall 2015)

Types of Education in which Graduates Enroll

In accordance with the Higher Education Act (HEA) of 1965, as amended, WGU must make available information regarding the types of graduate and professional education in which graduates of the university’s four-year degree programs enrolled.

2003-2016 Four-Year Degree Recipients

Types of graduate and professional education in which graduates of WGU’s four-year degree programs enroll or are planning to enroll.

Certification4,336
Doctorate 3,368
Endorsement35
Law169
Master's17,669
Medical119
Other150
Post Baccalaureate30
Second Bachelor's514
Specialist3
Blank1,130
Total27,523

Source data: National Student Clearinghouse Subsequent Enrollment and Graduation Survey

Approximately 11.5% of students who completed a bachelor’s degree from WGU between July 1, 2003 and June 30, 2016 went on to complete a graduate or professional program at WGU. These students enrolled in the following colleges:

College of Health Professions1,157 students
College of Business1,422 students
Teachers College
   Masters
   Endorsement
   Post-Baccalaureate
940 students
898
34
8
College of Information Technology366 students

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