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.
129,169+ Full Time Students in 2020.
214,194+ Graduates in all 50 states and around the world.
82% of students work while enrolled.
37 is the average student age, student ages range from 14 to 95.
69% of students are classified as underserved.
39% are first-generation college students.
27% are students of color.
13% are active military, veterans, or military family members.
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 highly competent professionals.
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.
Graduates in 2020 earned degrees in economically and socially crucial fields.
- Cybersecurity: 1,747
- Business: 14,272
- STEM Education: 1,407
- Elementary Education: 7,421
- Special Education: 1,088
- Nursing: 16,600
- Other Healthcare: 2,748
WGU develops transformative relationships with world-class corporations, community colleges, membership-based associations, and alliances to expand access to higher education for their employees, graduates, and memberships and to support their workforce development objectives.—WGU Annual Report 2020
"Now more than ever, expanding educational opportunities is critical to developing our workforce and strengthening the economy. WGU plays an important role for this."—The Honorable Mike Parson, Governor of Missouri (R)
"WGU helps students advance in their careers, earn higher wages, and help strengthen our workforce."—The Honorable Jay Inslee, Governor of Washington (D)