Celebrating 50,000 Future Success Stories with a Look Back

Last month, we celebrated a new milestone in our mission to provide access to high-quality education for more Americans: For the first time, we surpassed 50,000 currently enrolled students.

50,000 students in 50 states. 50,000 future success stories—and counting.

It's hard to get perspective on what that number means—on the countless individuals, families, employers, and industries that will benefit from the bachelor’s and master’s degrees that these hard-working, nontraditional students will earn, the competencies they will master, the skills and knowledge they will accumulate.

We figured one way to get a little perspective would be to take a look at the successes that our more than 40,000 graduates have achieved. Take a look!

Just a few highlights:

  • Higher incremental learning than graduates from 89% of other institutions. That means that what our graduates know after graduating, when compared to what they knew before enrolling at WGU, is significantly higher—more proof that competency-based learning is an efficient way to pack more punch in your study time and get more bang for your buck. (No wonder we were recently named the nation's best value in online education.)
  • Exceptionally happy employers. A survey of employers who have hired WGU graduates found that 99% say their WGU grads meet or exceed their expectations—and 96% say "exceed"!
  • Higher salaries. A 2013 study found that WGU graduates who had earned their degrees between 2010 and 2012 had already averaged $9,000 in increased salaries as compared to what they were making before enrolling at WGU. Graduates from 2006–2009 reported an average increase of $18,600.
  • Great jobs. WGU graduates hold positions of authority and responsibility with employers ranging from the U.S. Navy and Army to Adobe Systems to Facebook, Coca-Cola North America Group to JP Morgan Chase & Co., Cedars-Sinai Medical Center to Veterans Memorial Hospital, to school districts and educational institutions nationwide—just to name a few.

Are you a WGU graduate? Tell us your success stories in the comments below. Are you a student or prospective student? What dreams are you hoping to make real with your WGU degree? Let us know!

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