WGU Career & Professional Development
WGU Students and Alumni
Career success is based on what you know and what you can do. In that same spirit, WGU's ultimate focus ensures students possess the knowledge and skills needed to succeed.
110,534+ Full Time Students in 2018.
128,000+ Graduates in all 50 states and around the world.
36 is the average student age, student ages range from 17 to 77.
71% of students are classified as underserved.
41% are first-generation college students.
24% are ethnic minorities.
12% are active military, veterans, or military family members.
62% of students receive financial aid.
38% of undergraduates receive Pell Grants.
WGU is the pioneer and leader in competency-based education, a truly innovative approach to learning. Students earn degrees through demonstration of skills and knowledge in required subject areas through a series of carefully designed assessments. Students take tests, write papers, and complete assignments. But rather than focus on seat time or credit hours, we make sure students graduate as a highly competent professional.
What makes competency-based education different?
- Measures learning rather than time.
- Competencies—what students need to learn and know—are developed in collaboration with key employers.
- Learning is self-paced, modular, and technology-based.
- Faculty work with students one-on-one, from the day they enroll until the day they graduate.
- Students demonstrate what they know and spend their study time focusing on what they still need to learn.
- Learning is measured through assessments: objective tests, projects, papers, and presentations.
- Business Owners: 500+
- Directors: 2,400+
- Managers: 5,400+
- Teachers: 10,000+
- C-Suite Executives: 300+
- Registered Nurses: 7,000+
- Chief Nursing Officers: 100+
Based on a 2018 survey of 300 employers of WGU graduates by Harris Poll Online:
94% said they would hire another WGU Graduate.
87% rated the job performance of WGU graduates as "excellent" or "very good."
97% said WGU graduates "meet" or "exceed" expectations.
97% said WGU graduates were prepared for their jobs.
93% rate the "soft skills" of WGU grads as "equal to" or "better than" grads from other institutions.
"WGU alumni are nearly twice as likely as graduates from other U.S. universities to be thriving in all elements of well-being— purpose, social, financial, community, and physical."—Gallup 2017 Report
“WGU grads are well prepared and make a difference in Tennessee-based companies like ours, and in our state’s larger economy.”— John Ingram Chairman, Ingram Industries, INC. 2017
“By working with employers to align its curriculum with workforce needs, WGU is able to equip students with the skills they need to succeed in the workplace.”—Governor Bill Haslam State of Tennessee, 2017