Hassle-free, supportive admissions
WGU seeks to admit individuals who have the capacity and determination to complete a rigorous WGU degree program…and graduate. The admission process is designed to help you and the university reach an informed decision about your likelihood of success.
At WGU we want you to graduate, not just enroll. Consequently, not every applicant is admitted because not every individual is a good “fit” for WGU’s programs and competency-based, online academic model.
The following criteria are considered by WGU when making an admission decision:
- Your interview(s) with a WGU Enrollment Counselor
- Your prior college experience and work experience
- Your results from the WGU Collegiate Readiness Assessment
- The time commitment you can make to your studies
Depending upon your program of interest, other specific admission requirements may also apply.
General Admissions Requirements
To be considered for admission to WGU, you must meet the following minimum requirements, although completing these requirements does not guarantee admission:
For Undergraduate Programs
- Apply for admission
- Have earned a high school diploma or GED
- Submit official transcripts of all prior academic work completed at community colleges, colleges, or universities you’ve attended.
- Must be at least 16 years of age
- Meet any program-specific admissions requirements (see below)
- Interview with a WGU Enrollment Counselor to determine “fit” with WGU’s expectations
Program-Specific Admissions Requirements
Many programs have specific admissions requirements. Click on the one of the links below to learn more about these program-specific admissions requirements:
State-Specific Admissions Requirements
Some states have additional requirements that have to be met by WGU students residing in said states.
Note: Because of District of Columbia regulations that require distance education schools to maintain a campus or local facility, WGU cannot currently enroll students who live in the District of Columbia.
WGU Collegiate Readiness Assessment
Since WGU does not require entrance exams such as the SAT, ACT, GRE, or GMAT, incoming undergraduate students who do not have college experience may be required to successfully pass the WGU Collegiate Readiness Assessment. This online test helps determine your readiness for collegiate-level study in an online environment that relies heavily upon writing ability. This test is required for the following:
- Students entering Business or Teachers College bachelor’s degree programs who do not possess an AA or AS degree
- Students entering a WGU IT bachelor’s degree program who do not possess one of the IT certifications that WGU recognizes for competency credit. See more about transferrable IT certifications.
Your Enrollment Counselor will inform you of when you’re able to take the test once you have applied for admission.
(Those entering a teacher licensure program may need to meet additional requirements. Learn about Teachers College admissions requirements.)
Your Interview with a WGU Enrollment Counselor
Because we want you to succeed and graduate, it’s in your interest (and ours) to make sure you know the challenges you will face when you become a student. An open, honest dialogue with your Enrollment Counselor should focus on your background, time commitment, previous college experience, and other factors that will help determine your likelihood of succeeding and graduating from WGU, which, after all, is our shared goal.
Programs Begin the First of Every Month
WGU offers degrees, not classes. Instead of semesters at which time many students begin (or continue their programs), WGU starts new students at the beginning of each month, which launches a new "term."
A "term" at WGU is six months in length. The six months that make up your term are based on when you begin your program. (For example, if you begin your program March 1st, your first term lasts from March 1st to August 31st. Your second term would begin September 1st.)
Tuition is billed at a flat rate every term. You pay for the time, not by credit hour or by course. Learn more about tuition rates and terms.
Hassle-Free Enrollment (and Checklist)
WGU’s enrollment process is continuous, simple, and relatively straightforward. Click here for a step-by-step checklist of what to do and expect during the admissions process. Speak to an Enrollment Counselor who can guide you through the steps to applying, getting accepted, and beginning your degree program.
Sending in Transcripts
Required transcripts should be mailed directly from the sending institution to:
Western Governors University
4001 South 700 East, Suite 700
Salt Lake City, UT 84107
Nondiscrimination and Equal Opportunity Policies
WGU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, disability, or age in regards to admissions, programs, student services, or employment. Read more.