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IPEDS ID: 433387
OPE ID: 03339400
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Western Governors University
All programs offered completely via Distance education
4001 South 700 East Suite 700, Salt Lake City, Utah 84107
General information:  (801) 274-3280
Website:  www.wgu.edu
Type:  4-year, Private not-for-profit
Awards offered:  Bachelor's degree
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Master's degree
Campus setting:  Suburb: Large
Campus housing:  No
Student population:  98,627 (72,385 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  41 to 1
Admissionswww.wgu.edu/admissions/requirements.asp
Apply Onlinewwwforms.wgu.edu/wgu/app/app_step0
Financial Aidwww.wgu.edu/tuition_financial_aid/financial_aid_application.asp
Net Price Calculatorwww.wgu.edu/tuition_financial_aid/net_price_calculator
Tuition Policies for Servicemembers and Veteranswww.wgu.edu/tuition_financial_aid/veterans
Disability Serviceswww.wgu.edu/wgu/ada_form
Mission Statement
  The principal mission of Western Governors University is to improve quality and expand access to post-secondary educational opportunities by providing a means for individuals to learn independent of time or place and to earn competency-based degrees and other credentials that are credible to both academic institutions and employers.
Carnegie Classification
Master's Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs
Religious Affiliation
Not applicable
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
3% or less
Special Learning Opportunities
Teacher certification
Distance education – undergraduate programs offered
Distance education – graduate programs offered
Student Services
Academic/career counseling service
Credit Accepted
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2017Full timePart time
Total faculty2,298796
Instructional2,298796
Research and public service00
Total graduate assistants-0
Instructional-0
Research-0
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2014-20152015-20162016-20172017-2018% change 2016-2017 to 2017-2018
Tuition and fees$6,070$6,070$6,070$6,0700.0%
Books and supplies$200$200$200$2000.0%
Living arrangement
Off Campus
Room and board$6,000$6,000$6,000$6,0000.0%
Other$1,000$1,000$1,000$1,0000.0%
Off Campus with Family
Other$1,700$1,700$700$7000.0%
Total Expenses2014-20152015-20162016-20172017-2018% change 2016-2017 to 2017-2018
Off Campus$13,270$13,270$13,270$13,2700.0%
Off Campus with Family$7,970$7,970$6,970$6,9700.0%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2017-2018
Tuition$6,500
Fees$290
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment planX
Other alternative tuition plan
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2016-2017
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid120,60732%$79,845,874$3,875
Pell grants18,75729%$71,119,061$3,792
Federal student loans29,41546%$114,217,723$3,883
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid received, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.
  • Western Governors University did not enroll any first-time students in Fall 2016. Almost all (approx. 99%+) of the students at Western Governors University have prior postsecondary enrollments.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
  • This institution did not admit full-time first-time undergraduate-level students in 2016-2017, therefore net price information was not reported.
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Fall 2017
Total enrollment98,627
Undergraduate enrollment72,385
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment71,356
Graduate enrollment26,242
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 100%
Part-time: 0%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 36%
Female: 64%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 1%
Asian: 3%
Black or African American: 9%
Hispanic/Latino: 10%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 1%
White: 71%
Two or more races: 3%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 2%
Non-resident alien: 0%
Undergraduate Student Age
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 9%
25 and over: 91%
Age unknown: 0%
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 100%
Part-time: 0%
Undergraduate Distance Education StatusGraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 100%
Enrolled in some distance education: 0%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 0%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 100%
Enrolled in some distance education: 0%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 0%
Undergraduate application fee (2017-2018): $65
  • Admissions data not available.
Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in 2011-12
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 38%
Transfer-out rate: 19%
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rates

Bachelor’s degree graduation rates measure the percentage of entering students beginning their studies full-time and are planning to get a bachelor’s degree and who complete their degree program within a specified amount of time.

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Bachelor's degree rate:
[Began in 2009-10]
4-year: 7%
6-year: 14%
8-year: 24%
[Began in 2011-12]
4-year: 29%
6-year: 38%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time and Began in 2009-10 or 2011-12
  • Western Governors University mainly serves non-traditional students; adults who are currently employed and have attended other postsecondary institutions. The average age of our undergraduate students is 37 years old.
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
Male: 33%
Female: 41%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in 2011-12 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
Asian: 50%
Black or African American: 25%
Hispanic/Latino: 20%
White: 42%
Two or more races: 100%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 0%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in 2011-12 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
  • Interpret data with caution. Western Governors University mainly serves non-traditional students; adults who are currently employed and have attended other post-secondary institutions. The average age of our undergraduate students is 37 years old.
  • Alternative measures of student success are reported by degree-granting institutions to describe the outcomes of degree/certificate-seeking undergraduate students who are not only first-time, full-time students, but also part-time attending and non-first-time (transfer-in) students. These measures are also reported for students receiving Pell grants and those students that do not receive Pell grants. These measures provide the 8-year award-completion rates by award level (certificates, associate's and bachelor degrees) after entering an institution. For students who did not earn any undergraduate award after 8-years of entry, the enrollment statuses are reported as either still enrolled at the institution, or subsequently transferred out of the institution. Unlike the Graduation Rates data, all reporting institutions must report on their transfer outs regardless if the institution has a mission that provides substantial transfer preparation.
FULL-TIME, FIRST-TIME DEGREE/CERTIFICATE-SEEKING UNDERGRADUATES WHO ENTERED IN 2009-10
Award and enrollment rate:
[All students]
Received a certificate: 0%
Received a Bachelor's degree: 24%
Enrolled at same institution: 7%
Enrolled at different institution: 51%
[Pell]
Received a certificate: 0%
Received a Bachelor's degree: 100%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 0%
[Non-Pell]
Received a certificate: 0%
Received a Bachelor's degree: 24%
Enrolled at same institution: 7%
Enrolled at different institution: 51%
FULL-TIME, NON-FIRST-TIME DEGREE/CERTIFICATE-SEEKING UNDERGRADUATES WHO ENTERED IN 2009-10
Award and enrollment rate:
[All students]
Received a certificate: 2%
Received a Bachelor's degree: 40%
Enrolled at same institution: 2%
Enrolled at different institution: 11%
[Pell]
Received a certificate: 0%
Received a Bachelor's degree: 34%
Enrolled at same institution: 2%
Enrolled at different institution: 12%
[Non-Pell]
Received a certificate: 3%
Received a Bachelor's degree: 43%
Enrolled at same institution: 2%
Enrolled at different institution: 11%
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2016-2017
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramBachelorMasterPostgraduate
Certificate
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
  • d identifies programs and award levels that are offered as a distance education program. For program category totals, d is shown if one or more programs in the category are offered as a distance education program.
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Accounting399d127d-
Business Administration and Management, General1,484d1,179d-
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other-707d-
Finance, General5d--
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General293d--
Information Resources Management-292d-
Management Information Systems, General342d--
Marketing/Marketing Management, General233d--
Organizational Leadership-450d-
Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations, General42d--
Category total2,798d2,755d-
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance486d344d-
Computer Programming, Specific Applications158d--
Computer Programming/Programmer, General61d--
Data Modeling/Warehousing and Database Administration2d4d-
Information Technology487d100d-
Network and System Administration/Administrator181d0d-
Category total1,375d448d-
Education
Biology Teacher Education31d50d-
Chemistry Teacher Education10d25d-
Curriculum and Instruction-519d-
Early Childhood Education and Teaching26d--
Earth Science Teacher Education6d15d-
Educational Leadership and Administration, General-189d113d
Educational/Instructional Technology-427d-
Elementary Education and Teaching785d177d45d
English/Language Arts Teacher Education-8d-
Environmental Education-43d-
Learning Sciences204d10d-
Mathematics Teacher Education111d431d14d
Physics Teacher Education3d28d-
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education8d102d20d
Social Science Teacher Education2d40d27d
Special Education and Teaching, General338d242d-
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor-179d27d
Category total1,524d2,485d246d
Health Professions and Related Programs
Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator128d--
Health/Health Care Administration/Management23d3d-
Medical Informatics60d2d-
Nursing Administration-2,220d-
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse7,179d--
Category total7,390d2,225d-
Grand total13,0877,913246
Services and Programs for Servicemembers and Veterans
Yellow Ribbon Program (officially known as Post-9/11 GI Bill, Yellow Ribbon Program)
Credit for military training
Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families
Recognized student veteran organization
Member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges
Tuition policies specifically for Veterans and Servicemembers
Educational Benefits, 2016-2017
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: 2601
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: 681
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: 1261
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: 288
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: $3,739
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: $3,427
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: $3,312
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: $2,904
RETENTION RATES
RETENTION RATES FOR FIRST-TIME, DEGREE/CERTIFICATE EDUCATION BENEFIT USERS PURSUING BACHELOR'S DEGREES
RETENTION RATES FOR FIRST-TIME, DEGREE/CERTIFICATE EDUCATION BENEFIT USERS PURSUING BACHELOR'S DEGREES
Full-time students: 96%
Part-time students: 91%
Retention rate is the percentage of undergraduate students who began their studies in academic year 2013-14 and returned in academic year 2014-15
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Institutional Accreditation
AgencyPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Distance Education Accrediting Commission6/2/2001 - 12/31/2012Resigned
Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities2/13/2003 -  Accredited
Specialized Accreditation
Agency / ProgramPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels11/19/2008 -  Accredited
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels11/19/2008 -  Accredited
2016 Crime Statistics
  • The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
  • These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see http://ope.ed.gov/security.
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year201420132012
Default rate4.6%4.8%5.0%
Number in default607554374
Number in repayment13,02011,3807,444
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)