WGU is focused on student and graduate success.
When choosing a university, it is important to know that you will learn the things you need to know to be successful in your career. At WGU, we are focused on your learning. At WGU, we're focused on your success.
NSSE is a national survey that measures student engagement. In 2017, the NSSE polled 517,000 students from more than 725 institutions in the U.S. and Canada—including more-traditional online and brick-and-mortar schools—asking them to rate their experiences. Students gave WGU the highest scores possible at levels well above the national average in the following areas:
72% of WGU students rate the quality of their interactions with faculty as very good or excellent. That's 16 percentage points higher than the national average!
"How would you evaluate your entire educational experience at this institution?" WGU students rated their experience 6 points higher than the national average, at 92% satisfaction!
78% of WGU students say their experience has contributed to their knowledge and skills—11 points higher than the national average!
WGU students reported being more challenged by their courses to do their best work, at a rate 16 points higher than the national average.
WGU graduates boast degrees that prepare them to succeed in their careers. The data below, from a 2017 survey of 301 employers of WGU graduates by Harris Poll and the 2017 National Study of Student Engagement, prove it:
98% of employers said WGU graduates meet or exceed expectations; 91% said WGU graduates exceed expectations.
97% said they would hire another WGU graduate.
Ready for work:
100% said that their WGU graduates were well-prepared for their jobs.
WGU curriculum is career-relevant:
- 82% of WGU graduates reported that the majority of competencies they learned in their programs related directly to their work, compared with 65% nationally.
- 89% of WGU graduates were employed in their degree field, compared with 84% nationally.
Impressive average salary increases:
- WGU graduates reported an average increase on income of $10,100 within two years of graduation, compared with salary pre-enrollment.
- Four years after graduation, the average increase was $21,200, significantly higher than the national average of $12,000.
Source: 2017 Harris Poll Online survey of 1,405 new college graduates nationwide compared with survey of 867 WGU graduates.
All of our degree programs are carefully chosen with employment and success in mind. Our special model of online learning is designed for the working adult, and our commitment to keep costs down means better ROI for our graduates.