Western Governors University

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4001 S. 700 E Suite 700

Salt Lake City, UT 84107-2533

Phone: (801) 274-3280
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Western Governors University is a private institution that was founded in 1996. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 31,353 and its setting is urban. It utilizes a continuous-based academic calendar. Its tuition and fees are $6,070 (2013-14).

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WGU is the only online, fully-accredited, competency-based university. WGU is a private, non-profit university that was created by 19 US governors and incorporated in 1997. It is supported by more than 20 leading corporations and foundations, including AT&T, Dell, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, HCA, HP, Microsoft, Quest, Simmons Media Group and Zions Bank. The first students enrolled in 1999. WGU offers bachelor's and master's degrees in information technology, business, teacher education, and healthcare, including nursing.
WGU is the only university to be accredited by four regional accrediting organizations (February 2003); and received approval for Candidacy for NCATE Accreditation for its Teachers College in just its third year of operation (2005). WGU received full unconditional accreditation for 5 years in October 2006, becoming the first online university ever to receive this prestigious accreditation. WGU has grown from 500 students in February 2003 to more than 24,000 students in March 2011.
WGU is the only university in the country that grants degrees based on demonstrated competency, measuring learning rather than time or class credits. The mission statement: The principal mission of WGU 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 that are credible to both academic institutions and employers. WGU was instrumental in creating the demonstration project for distance learning included in the 1998 Reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, and WGU was the only institution named in that congressional legislation. Because of the work of WGU, Congress opened up financial aid for distance learning for online institutions generally. Also, competency-based education programs, only available at WGU, were approved as eligible for federal financial aid. WGU also won competency-based education approval for VA benefits (GI bill), Department of Defense tuition assistance, and corporate tuition reimbursement programs.
WGU was named a top military-friendly school by Military Advanced Education for five consecutive years.
WGU's College of Health Professions offers bachelor's and master's level nursing education programs, including a new B.S. in Nursing leading to RN licensure, as well as a B.S. in Health Informatics. WGU's B.S. in Health Informatics was accredited in 2011 by the Commission of Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education.The accreditation, which is granted after extensive reviews based on industry-developed standards, helps increase certification eligibility and job marketability for graduates of WGU's Health Informatics program.

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School type private
Year founded 1996
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar continuous
Setting urban
2012 Endowment N/A


When applying to Western Governors University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. The application fee at Western Governors University is $65.

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Academic Life

The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 81.8 percent.

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4-year graduation rate 21%
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Student Life

Western Governors University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 31,353, with a gender distribution of 41.4 percent male students and 58.6 percent female students.

Total enrollment 41,369
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Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association N/A

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Campus Info & Services

Western Governors University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring and placement service.

Students who have cars on campus N/A
Health insurance offered No

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Paying for School

At Western Governors University, 68.2 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $4,238.

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Tuition and fees $6,070 (2013-14)
Room and board N/A
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