Graduate with less student debt—or none at all1.
By going faster, you save even more.
Personalized, one-on-one faculty support.
Online college education to fit modern life.
98% employer satisfaction with WGU grads2.
A degree that can pay for itself faster3.
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.
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.”
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.”
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.
The bachelor’s and master’s nursing degree programs at WGU are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 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 worldwide.
“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
“I remember being in a class one day and the teacher told me, ‘You’re just not going to amount to anything—ever—in life.”
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Find out how he did it—and read about 10 other highly successful people you've probably heard of who were once told, "You're not good enough."
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?
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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!
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.
2 In a 2017 Harris Poll survey of 301 employers of WGU graduates, 98% said their WGU grads meet or exceed expectations; 91% said "exceed."
3 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.