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Every year, colleges and universities like WGU are required to submit data about our institution and our students to the federal Department of Education. This information is then posted on the federal web site, College Navigator (http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/) where you can search for colleges and compare information. WGU is also required by the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) of 2008, to provide all students and prospective students with specific information about our institution, including the retention and graduate rates on this page.
Retention rate measures the percentage of first-time students who return to WGU to continue their studies the following year.
Entering year-to-second-year retention rate for first-time (full-time) students: 73%
(Sept/2014 – Aug/2015 to Sept/2015 – Aug/2016)
The overall graduation rate is also known as the “Student Right to Know” or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of student who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or certificate within 150% of “normal time” for completing the program in which they are enrolled.
WGU also reports a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.
Note that WGU has less than 1% of the student population which are first-time, full-time students. The majority (99.6%) of our students began their studies at another college or university and are not tracked for this rate. 243 students or .4% were counted as “full-time, first-time” for this reporting timeframe.
WGU Completers whom have continued their Educational Pursuits
In accordance with the Higher Education Act (HEA) of 1965, as amended, WGU must make available information regarding the types of Graduate and Professional education pursuits in which graduates of WGU’s four-year degree programs have enrolled.
Forty-four percent of WGU’s four-year degree program graduates (51,021) between July 1, 1998 and May 18, 2017 went on to complete a Graduate or Professional program. (Source data: National Student Clearinghouse Subsequent Enrollment and Graduation Survey)
WGU Baccalaureate to Graduate Program
WGU’s four-year degree program graduates who continued with WGU and earned a graduate degree.
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