WGU is Focused on Student and Graduate Success
When choosing a university, it is important to know that you will learn the things you need to know to be successful in your career. We are focused on your learning and your ultimate success—we believe those two elements go hand-in-hand. We have a large network of students and graduates who are demonstrating this very success in their careers and daily lives. It's valuable for you to see how a WGU degree is changing their lives and impacting their future as you get started on your own education journey.
NSSE is a national survey that measures student engagement. In 2019, the NSSE polled 294,507 students from 531 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:
74% of WGU students rate the quality of their interactions with faculty as very good or excellent. That's 18 percentage points higher than the national average!
"How would you evaluate your entire educational experience at this institution?" WGU students rated their experience 10 points higher than the national average, at 95% satisfaction!
80% of WGU students say their experience has contributed to their knowledge and skills—11 points higher than the national average!
WGU students reported being more challenged by their courses to do their best work, at a rate 17 points higher than the national average.
WGU graduates boast degrees that prepare them to succeed in their careers. The data below, from a 2019 survey of 300 employers of WGU graduates by Harris Poll, prove it:
97% of employers said WGU graduates meet or exceed expectations.
96% said they would hire another WGU graduate.
Prepared for the job.
97% said that their WGU graduates were well-prepared for their jobs.
WGU graduates are happy with their education:
- 97% of WGU graduates reported that they would recommend WGU to others, compared with 82% nationally.
- 85% of WGU graduates were satisfied with their overall experience, compared with 75% nationally.
Impressive average salary increases:
- WGU graduates reported an average increase on income of $11,800 within two years of graduation, compared with salary pre-enrollment.
- Four years after graduation, the average increase was $20,300, significantly higher than the national average of $8,200.
Source: 2019 Harris Poll survey of 1,437 new college graduates nationwide compared with survey of 1,247 WGU graduates.
All of our degree programs are carefully chosen with employment and success in mind. Our special model of online learning is designed for the working adult, and our commitment to keep costs down means better ROI for our graduates.