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%

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)

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