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Graduate with less student debt—or none at all1.
By going faster, you save even more.

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Online college education to fit modern life.

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98% employer satisfaction with WGU grads2.
A degree that can pay for itself faster3.

Go back to school - WGU now offering $750,000 in Back to School Scholarships to new students

Back to School Scholarships worth $2,000 each—apply by Sept. 30.

Whether you started a bachelor’s degree but didn’t finish, or you’re ready to add a master’s degree to your résumé, the time is right to go back to school. Our surprisingly low tuition, flexible online path to your degree, and personalized faculty support make WGU the right back-to-school choice. Apply now for a Back to School Scholarship.

Accredited. Recognized. Respected.

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The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities first accredited WGU in 2003 and reaffirmed our accreditation in 2016, noting WGU's “institution-wide focus on helping students succeed.” NWCCU provides accreditation for major institutions like the University of Washington, University of Oregon, Gonzaga University, University of Utah, and Brigham Young University, to name a few.

Regarded Best Value School by University Research & Review Regarded Best Value School by University Research & Review

University Research & Review has named WGU a Best Value School four years running, saying: “Every adult considering enrolling in an online degree program should take a close look at WGU, one of the most innovative schools we’ve seen. This is a school for those who are focused on attaining a respected credential and are willing to dive in and go get it.”

NCATE (CAEP) Accredited Teacher Preparation Degrees NCATE (CAEP) Accredited Teacher Preparation Degrees

WGU's Teachers College degree programs are accredited by NCATE (CAEP), the premier specialized accrediting body for teacher preparation recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. It accredits colleges of education that produce more than two-thirds of the nation’s new teacher graduates annually.

Nursing Degrees accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, CCNE Nursing Degrees accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, CCNE

The bachelor’s and master’s nursing degree programs at WGU are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791).

WGU's College of Business programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), a leading specialized accreditation association for business education. ACBSP accredits business, accounting, and business-related programs at the associate, baccalaureate, master, and doctorate degree levels worldwide.

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“I’m impressed by the results in places like Western Governors University. Its low-cost online programs rely on competency-based progression, not class time or credit hours.”

—Bill Gates, Microsoft Founder

WGU is recognized for its surprisingly affordable, high-quality online college degree programs.

Ellen DeGeneres gives teacher  Jordan Siragusa $10,000 scholarship from WGU

The fast track to success: Competitive runner sprints to master's degree finish line.

“Running has taught me so many valuable lessons. I was a sprinter. So I like to move quickly. I like to get things done. That’s my mindset."

As a competitive runner who's taken on the challenge of racing Olympic legend Florence "Flo Jo" Griffith-Joyner, Connie Washington knew she had the guts, grit, and self-discipline to be a successful college student—and a leader in business. As a sprinter, she also relished completing a goal as quickly as possible. WGU empowered her to gain the knowledge, skills, and credentials to reach her career goals—and to graduate much faster than she would at a traditional university.

Join 99,243 students across America.

Four online colleges. 60+ flexible degree programs. One highly respected national university.

Our commitment to your success starts with our focus on four high-demand fields: K–12 teaching and education, nursing and healthcare, information technology, and business. Every degree program at WGU is designed to fit a high-growth, highly rewarding career path. Which college fits you?

What degrees does WGU have to offer? View all our online college degree programs.

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Our online college degree programs start on the first of every month, all year long.

No need to wait for spring or fall semester. It's back-to-school time at WGU year-round. Get started by talking to an Enrollment Counselor today, and you'll be on your way to realizing your dream of a bachelor's or master's degree—sooner than you might think!

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¹ Since the launch of WGU's Responsible Borrowing Initiative in 2013, average borrowing per WGU student has decreased by more than 40%. Undergraduate students at WGU graduate with less than half the debt of the national average.
In a 2017 Harris Poll survey of 301 employers of WGU graduates, 98% said their WGU grads meet or exceed expectations; 91% said "exceed."
WGU graduates, on average, increase their annual income by $10,100 within two years of graduation. With an average cost of $15,000 for a bachelor's degree, the average return on investment for a WGU degree is less than two years. Source: 2017 Harris Poll Online survey.