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WGU Tennessee Reaches 3,000 Enrolled Students in Three Years

News Brief - 10/10/16

Nonprofit university announces new scholarships to celebrate milestones

NASHVILLE — WGU Tennessee — a nonprofit, online university launched as one of the initiatives in Gov. Bill Haslam’s Drive to 55 effort — has reached 3,000 enrolled students after its third full year in the state.

To celebrate reaching the goal, the state-endorsed university has created the “Good Things Come in Threes” scholarship. Up to 10 scholarships of $3,000 will be offered to students across Tennessee who want to earn a bachelor’s or master’s degree from WGU Tennessee.

“Reaching 3,000 enrolled students in just three years is a major milestone for WGU Tennessee, and I’d like to thank every member of the WGU Tennessee team for helping us get there,” said Dr. Kimberly K. Estep, WGU Tennessee chancellor. “While we celebrate this tremendous growth since our launch, we are also aware that many more Tennessee adults will need to access higher education in order to achieve their goals.”

WGU Tennessee has reached several milestones in its first three years, including:

  • Achieving more than 350 percent growth statewide
  • Awarding its 1,600th degree in Tennessee
  • Forming more than 50 partnerships with companies and institutions across the state, including partnerships with all 13 of Tennessee’s community colleges
  • Awarding more than $950,000 in scholarships

Watch an announcement video, featuring WGU Tennessee advisory board members and footage from the recent commencement ceremony: https://youtu.be/E6Ud8QnaoKk

In addition to these accomplishments, WGU Tennessee has stayed true to its student-focused principles: providing a flexible and affordable option to working adults who want to return to school. In eight years, WGU has not raised its tuition of roughly $3,000 per semester — making it unique among higher education institutions in Tennessee.

“Our commitment to Tennesseans is as strong today as it was three years ago when we opened,” Estep said. “That mission will continue for another three years, 3,000 more students, and far beyond.”

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