Skip to content Skip to Live Chat

2016 WGU Year in Review

Dec 30, 2016

It seems like every year is better than the last here at WGU, and with all of the growth we have seen in 2016, this year was spectacular!

The university has seen several accomplishments and milestones throughout the year, but as always, the biggest accomplishment of all has been the number of graduates that have joined our alumni community, along with those of you who are working hard to finish up your degree programs to begin a new career or open up new opportunities in your current fields.

We love to hear your stories and share them wherever and whenever possible, and that will always be a priority. We would also like to take a quick look back on the top stories and news of the year for the university as a whole.

1 – In the 2016 calendar year, 18,000 night owls graduated (taking our alumni total over 73,000), over 42,000 new students started their first term, and more than 77,000 WGU students are currently working on a degree program.

2 – No tuition increase for the 8th year in a row!

3 – WGU was named a “Best Value School” for the third consecutive year.

4 – Four new degree programs were launched: M.S. Nursing - Nursing Informatics, M.S. Data Analytics, B.S. Data Management/Data Analytics, M.S. Cyber Security and Information Assurance.

5 – WGU made recommendations for responsible borrowing as part of our responsible borrowing initiative, and our students responded. These efforts were recognized and WGU received a WOW award in Minneapolis, and an Exemplary Model Award at the American Associate of University Administrators annual conference in Texas.  

6 – WGU’s Alumni team launched Sage Talks, a lecture series intended to provide personal and professional development, inspiration, and continuing education opportunities for WGU students, graduates, and the larger community.

7 – The WGU Library expanded its collection for students to include several popular and scholarly magazines, such as The Atlantic, Forbes, and Fast Company.

8 – WGU was named a top school by Military Advanced Education for the 9th Consecutive Year.

9 – We welcomed Scott Pulsipher, WGU’s new president in April. Learn more about him here.

10 – WGU continues to be recognized by national media.

We wish you the best of luck in your 2017 endeavors and hope that you know that we are here to support you 100% throughout your academic journey, and beyond! Your success is our success, and we look forward to celebrating all year long.

Recommended Articles

Take a look at other articles from WGU. Our articles feature information on a wide variety of subjects, written with the help of subject matter experts and researchers who are well-versed in their industries. This allows us to provide articles with interesting, relevant, and accurate information.