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 2015 IPEDS Graduation Rates for 8/1/2008 through 10/31/2008 cohort

 Enrolled First-time UndergraduateEnrolled First-time Undergraduate to Graduate in 150% time allowed% Enrolled First-time Undergraduate
TOTALS 47880 17%
Male 226 26 12%
Female 252 54 21%
American Indian or Alaska Native 7 0 0%
Asian 16 0 0%
Black, non-Hispanic 74 5 7%
Hispanic/Latino 32 2 6%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander 0 0 0%
Non-resident Alien 0 0 0%
Other or Unknown 26 4 15%
Two or More Races 10 3 30%
White, non-Hispanic 313 66 21%

8/1/2008 through 10/31/2008 First-time Undergraduate cohort who:

Received a Federal Pell Grant 90
Received a subsidized Stafford Loan who did not receive a Pell Grant 46
Received neither a Pell Grant or a Subsidized Loan 16

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 73%
(based on Fall 2013 first-time, full-time, undergraduate degree-seeking students retained through Fall 2014)

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.

2003-2014 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:

Certification1,094
Doctorate 211
Endorsement31
Law57
Master's9,720
Medical79
Other131
Post Baccalaureate2
Second Bachelor's216
Specialist3
Blank12,756
Total24,300

Source data: National Student Clearinghouse Subsequent Enrollment and Graduation Survey

Approximately 13.4% of students who completed a bachelor’s degree from WGU between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014, went on to complete a graduate or professional program at WGU. These students enrolled in the following colleges:

College of Health Professions1154 students
College of Business1023 students
Teachers College
   Masters
   Endorsement
   Post-Baccalaureate
799 students
761
30
8
College of Information Technology290 students

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