WGU serves more than 12,000 full-time students in California. More than 70% of WGU students are classified as underserved in one or more categories, including rural residents, low-income learners, first-generation students, and students of color.
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Data from WGU Institutional Research (2020), WGU Student Services (2020), & the College Board (2020).
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"Getting a degree from WGU has helped me feel accomplished. Work-wise, I've gotten several job opportunities, a few promotional opportunities, and a pay raise. I've been able to encourage and inspire others to continue their education."
"I received my Bachelor's degree, teaching credential, and now my Master's degree from WGU. I needed my bachelor's and teaching credentials to be a teacher. However, the Master's in Learning and Technology was the reason I was hired as an online teacher. After working for my current school, I was quickly promoted to a district position, assisting others with technology integration. This degree has opened SO many doors for me."
"Applying to WGU was the best thing I have done for myself! I have no regrets and feel I was well prepared when I entered my own classroom. As with every job, there are the things you have to learn on the job, but I felt that WGU gave me great foundations!"
"I chose WGU because I love the flexible model. I loved the fact that it was online; you can go at your own pace. I always did well when I did things on my own. And I learn better that way."
"WGU has been life changing for me as it is self-paced and I have been able to tackle my teaching degree at more than double the speed of a traditional college. I can advance my career greatly from an Instructional Aid to an Elementary Teacher!"
Vice President of External Relations
Chris Bonnell serves as the Vice President of External Relations for Western Governors University. Chris has decades of experience in higher education external relations with a focus on state and local legislative affairs. Chris is an established public policy leader in the fields of competency-based education and psychology, with a focus on issues of mental health and providing solutions/services. He is also passionate about philanthropic leadership and work that ensures the needs of the community are met in a thoughtful, solution-based manner. Chris holds a law degree from Hamline University School of Law and is a graduate of Concordia College. In his personal life, Chris is passionate about hockey and a board member of the Hobey Baker Memorial Award Foundation, an annual award given to the top National Collegiate Athletic Association men’s ice hockey player.
WGU currently has affiliate partnerships in 10 states and counting with staff dedicated to these specific states, including Ohio, Nevada, Missouri, Texas, Utah, Montana, North Carolina, Tennessee, Washington, and Indiana.
In establishing state-specific WGU affiliates, WGU students become eligible for state scholarships. State affiliations also give students an easier path to transfer local state or community college credits, allowing them to complete their WGU degree more quickly.
The average annual salary increase for a WGU graduate is $21,800 within four years of graduation. That’s almost double the national average. With an average tuition of $7,000 a year, students are typically able to recoup their investment in their education within two years.