The world’s most student-centric university.
Here at WGU, we believe that talent is universal—even if opportunity isn’t. Higher education is the best way to bridge that gap, but traditional higher ed wasn't built for the realities facing many of today’s students. So we created a university focused on expanding access to education around the country. We've innovated with students in mind, giving them the flexibility and freedom they need to succeed in today’s workplace.
We’re the first university where all bachelor’s and master’s degrees are competency-based, with online courses designed in partnership with leading employers. We’re nonprofit, driven entirely by a mission to serve students—in fact, it’s right there in our name. We’re called Western Governors University because we were created by a group of U.S. governors, an innovative solution to their states’ demand for high-quality, outcomes-oriented higher education.
We help our students achieve their dreams for a degree and career success by providing a personal, flexible, and affordable education based on real-world competencies.
WGU exists to change lives. By bridging the gap between talent and opportunity, we make it possible for today’s worker to also be today’s learner—and tomorrow’s success story. Stories like these:
See what kind of marks we received, how we compare, and how we began our third decade.
When it comes to choosing a university, accreditation is crucial. Our regional accreditation (the gold standard in higher education) assures you of the quality and transferability of our degree programs. Additional program-specific accreditations add to our respect in the industries where our alumni work.
We were designed to break the mold of traditional higher education with something new, something innovative: something that harnesses technology to teach in new ways, focuses on measuring learning rather than time, and provides more Americans the opportunity to build their careers and better their lives by finally finishing that bachelor's or master's degree they need to achieve their goals.
"WGU gives students the ability to really assemble the complete package, from the subject matter to the specific skills to the certification that gives employers confidence when they're making a hiring decision." Brad Smith
President and Chief Legal Officer, Microsoft
One important measure of a degree’s value is the reputation of the university where it was earned. When employers, industry leaders, and academic experts hold your alma mater in high esteem, your degree benefits from the added clout of their endorsement. WGU is a pioneer in higher education for the 21st century, and the organizations below—along with many others—have taken notice. Click or tap the logos to reveal more.
1st exclusively online university with teacher licensure programs accredited by National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.
Recognized nine times by the United States Distance Learning Association for our contribution to distance learning.
Nursing programs accredited by Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791).
Teacher-prep programs ranked in top 1% for quality and #1 best value by National Council on Teacher Quality.
Health informatics program accredited by Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education.
The teacher licensure programs offered through the WGU Teachers College have been awarded full accreditation by the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP) through June 30, 2026.
"Students go at own pace at school without boundaries."
Member of National Cyberwatch Center, a collaboration to build strong cybersecurity programs.
Pioneer of competency-based education, designed to "better prepare students for the working world," national magazine says.
Highlighted on news program’s segment "What Works," celebrating WGU’s affordability, flexibility, and employment outcomes.
"Let's not waste anyone's time or money...It's essentially the motto of WGU."
Teaching degree program recommended as one of "10 great things to do with $10,000 now" by national magazine.
"An affordable degree? You’re not dreaming."
"Based on student and employer feedback, Western Governors graduates are doing well, getting jobs and promotions based on their degrees."
One of 50 most innovative companies, according to national business and media magazine.
Highlighted as example of "what works" in higher education by presidential report on post-secondary training.
Students find WGU "an ideal solution" and "a bargain," national magazine says.
Recipient of the 2020-2021 Military Friendly® Schools Designation—our 10th consecutive year to receive this recognition.
Our faculty members have one focus: the individual student. Your needs, your questions, your goals. Instead of spending their time lecturing, they spend their time helping you learn the material and reach full competency.
Our faculty members are seasoned professionals in the online courses they instruct. They know their industries, and their knowledge is more than just academic: It’s practical.
As one of the best online colleges, WGU’s faculty don't wear many hats, and structured in a way that allows them to really focus on student success. Program Mentors instruct students throughout their programs. Course Instructors are subject-matter experts on specific topics. Curriculum development, assessment evaluation, and other faculty roles are handled by other specialized faculty members.
Competency-based education is changing the way students think about education in the 21st century—and WGU pioneered it more than two decades ago. The Atlantic takes a look at how this innovation is improving opportunities for more students.
The Chronicle of Higher Education examines WGU's track record of extraordinarily high marks for providing students with personalized faculty support and the way WGU "connects students and mentors with surprising success."
"Disruptive innovation" is all about rethinking the way we've always done things—and offering something better. LinkedIn observes that WGU is doing that in the higher education industry by "helping people disrupt themselves."
All of our degree programs are carefully chosen with employment and success in mind. Our special model of online learning is designed for the working adult, and our commitment to keep costs down means better ROI for our graduates.