Graduate with less student debt—or none at all1.
By going faster, you save even more.
Personalized, one-on-one faculty support.
Education designed to fit modern life.
99% employer satisfaction with WGU grads2.
A degree that can pay for itself faster3.
Is a bachelor’s or master’s degree on your to-do list this year? March is a great time to look back and recommit to your New Year's resolutions, and thanks to WGU, going back to school is a resolution can keep. Our programs are flexible, supportive, and surprisingly affordable—especially with more than $6 million in scholarships available for new students. We're still accepting applications for the New Year, New You Scholarship—apply by March 31!
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.
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.”
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.
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).
“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
Jordan is an outstanding 1st-grade teacher in Charlotte, North Carolina. She really, really wants to go back to school for her master’s degree so she can become an even more outstanding educator—but still buried in undergraduate student debt, her dream has seemed out of reach.
Jordan was recently an audience member on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, where Ellen and WGU gave her the surprise of a lifetime. The Ellen DeGeneres Show also helped spread the word about WGU's Women in Leadership Scholarship!
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 WGU's Responsible Borrowing Initiative has reduced student debt by more than $400 million since its launch in 2013; average borrowing per WGU student has decreased by 41%. The average student loan amount at WGU is less than half the national average at graduation.
2 In a 2016 Harris Poll survey of 301 employers of WGU graduates, 99% said their WGU grads meet or exceed expectations; 94% said "exceed."
3 Recent WGU grads reported earning, on average, $12,500 more within one to two years of graduation, compared with income prior to enrollment, and by four years after graduation, that salary increase averaged $19,100, compared with the national average of just $6,700. With an average cost of $18,000 for a bachelor’s degree, the return on investment of a WGU degree averages about two years. Source: 2016 Harris Poll Online survey of 1,403 new college graduates nationwide compared with survey of 1,207 WGU graduates.