WGU is Focused on Student and Graduate Success

Knowing that the university you attend is accredited, 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.

WGU Grads Get the Jobs They Want and Are More Engaged at Work

A 2016 Gallup-Purdue Index, which compared 2,700 WGU graduate responses against national data, found that WGU grads are more engaged at work and reported better overall well-being than the national average. According to the study:

  • 81%: The employment rate for WGU alumni who have graduated within the last five years, vs. the national average of 74%.
  • +15%: WGU graduates are more likely to be engaged employees—engagement at work among WGU alumni is 15% higher than the national average.
  • 73%: WGU grads say their university experience was worth the cost, vs. just 38% nationally.
  • 2x: WGU alumni are nearly twice as likely as graduates of other institutions to be thriving in all five elements of well-being: purpose, social, financial, community, and physical.
  • 2x: WGU alumni are almost twice as likely to be emotionally attached to their university than alumni from other types of universities—proof that personal connections are possible in distance learning.

View the 2016 WGU Gallup-Purdue Alumni Report here.


WGU Alumni Population Map

July 3, 2017 - Total Alumni Population: 86,925

(hover over the states to view populations)

KEY - Number of WGU Alumni in State

  • 3,000+

  • 1,000-2,999

  • 500-999

  • 200-499

  • 1-199

  • Armed Forces - 207

  • Guam - 17

  • Puerto Rico - 17

  • Virgin Islands - 16

  • International - 277

  • Washington, D.C. - 47

WGU Performance in 2016 National Study of Student Engagement (NSSE)

NSSE is a national survey that measures student engagement. In 2016, the NSSE polled 322,000 students from more than 560 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:

Employer Acceptance

WGU students graduate with degrees that prepare them to succeed in their careers.

Employer Satisfaction

Source: 2016 survey of 301 employers of WGU graduates by Harris Poll

  • 99% said that WGU graduates meet or exceed expectations; 94% said WGU graduates exceed expectations.

  • 98% said they would hire another WGU graduate.

  • 93% rated WGU graduates’ job performance as very good or excellent.

  • 100% said that their WGU graduates were prepared for their jobs.

Graduates report that the majority of competencies learned in college related directly to their work.

In a 2016 Harris Poll Online survey of 1,207 WGU graduates:

  • 78% of WGU graduates reported that the majority of competencies learned in college related directly to their work.
  • 87% of WGU graduates were employed in their degree field.

Employed WGU graduates report a net increase in annual income, compared with income prior to enrollment.

In a 2016 Harris Poll Online survey of 1,207 WGU graduates:

  • WGU graduates reported an average increase on income of $12,500 within two years of graduation.
  • Within four years, the average reported salary increase of working WGU graduates was $19,100, significantly higher than the national average of $6,700.

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