Your Quick Guide to Admission and Enrollment
Earning your degree can not only open the door to increased earning potential, it can change families and communities for generations. From admission to graduation, we’re here to help you every step of the way.
The admission process is simple and straightforward.
- Complete admission form.
- Submit official transcripts through our free transcript service or independently.
- Contact your Enrollment Counselor.
- If desired, complete FAFSA form for financial aid.
(Individual degree programs may have additional admission requirements.)
Next Possible Start
Start dates are the 1st of every month. Meet requirements by the 15th to start next month. Discuss steps and deadlines with your Enrollment Counselor.
Get Your Enrollment Checklist
Prepare yourself to enroll at WGU by downloading your step-by-step guide here.
Student Success IS Our Business–Your Support Starts Now
Helping our students succeed is at the heart of everything we do. If you have any questions about admission or degree programs, or would like help with any part of the process, your Enrollment Counselor is there to provide all the support you need.
From the very beginning, the whole process was very smooth. My enrollment counselors were knowledgeable and helpful. If I did run into any kind of little snag, somebody was always there to help me.”
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WGU is Focused on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion as Part of our University Mission
WGU’s mission is to help as many people as possible obtain the quality education they desire. We recognize every individual has talent and potential, but not every individual has the same access to opportunity. Our goal is to help as many students as possible reach their educational goals and use their talent to change their lives, regardless of race, color, nationality, gender, religion, disability, orientation, or age. We know that diversity is crucial to ongoing growth and progress, particularly in higher education. That's why we are determined to make our university inclusive to all types of learners.
General Admissions Criteria
For each student who applies, WGU will evaluate previous academic history to include high school or college coursework and/or work history as required.
Students may also meet admissions requirements by completing the relevant program of study at WGU Academy, a pre-enrollment alternative pathway to regular enrollment at WGU.
Many WGU programs have specific admission requirements. To be considered for enrollment into a bachelor's degree program, applicants must possess a high school diploma or its equivalent. Click on the links below to learn more about specific admission requirements for your degree program.
Submitting Past Transcripts
At WGU we are committed to decreasing the barriers to starting school. That is why we are working with a large group of education institutions to request and gather transcripts for you, free of additional fees and time.
The process is simple—during the application you will:
1. Add in all the information about your previous education institutions.
2. The free transcript service will let you know if any of your institutions do not participate in their program. If an institution does not participate, you will need to request that transcript independently. Currently several thousand institutions do participate in the free transcript service, but there may be some that do not.
3. You will then be asked if you would like to use the free transcript service to gather transcripts from previous institutions.
4. You will check “yes” if you are interested in this service.
5. For participating institutions, your transcripts will be gathered and submitted to WGU with no additional work or cost on your end.
6. If you opt out or have a previous institution that does not participate in the free transcript service, you will need to arrange to have your official transcripts sent to WGU. This can be done electronically or by mail. Plan ahead, because it can take a few weeks to process your request. Transcripts should be submitted by the first day of the month before your intended start date.
Western Governors University
Attn: Transcripts Department
4001 South 700 East, Suite 300
Salt Lake City, UT 84107-2533
Western Governors University,
Student Records 03339400
WGU seeks to ensure that students can engage in WGU coursework using both written and spoken English, as the language of instruction and evaluation at WGU is English. If English is not your native language, you will need to demonstrate English language proficiency.
English language proficiency may be demonstrated by any of the following methods:
- Successfully completing WGU Academy.
- A score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT) of 80 or higher, with all subsections scored at High-Intermediate or above, (when using WGU’s TOEFL iBT code of 3949).
- A score of 6.0 or higher on the IELTS Academic test (International English Language Testing System).
- Obtaining a post-secondary degree from, or successful completion of, at least one year (30 hours) of post-secondary coursework in a degree-program at an accredited United States (U.S.) institution of higher education in which the primary language of instruction and evaluation is English regardless of the post-secondary institution’s location.
- Obtaining a high school diploma from an accredited U.S. high school in which the primary language of instruction is English.
- Having an active teaching license from a U.S. state.
Speak to an Enrollment Counselor to get additional information.
Please note: applicants to Nursing Programs that lead to, or require, nursing licensure may only satisfy the English language proficiency requirement with a passing TOEFL iBT score.
At the present time, WGU is accepting applications only from individuals living in the United States. (The exceptions are U.S. active-duty military personnel and their families at overseas installations and individuals living in Guam, Puerto Rico, or the U.S. Virgin Islands.)
Unfortunately, we have discovered we cannot always guarantee that the educational experience for students living outside the United States will meet our high standards for quality and convenience. It is our expectation that these problems will be solved in future years. An Enrollment Counselor has more information about which areas are eligible to submit applications.
Applicants who have completed coursework outside of the United States must provide one copy of official transcripts or certified true copies with official English translation of all documents. Applicants are responsible for submitting transcripts that have been evaluated for U.S. equivalence. Click here for more information about international transfer credit evaluation.
If you attended a college that no longer exists, you may be able to get transcripts from a state agency, such as a Department of Consumer Affairs or Department of Higher Education. If the college was taken over by another school, check with the current school. You can also submit any unofficial copies of transcripts or course records you may have, although we can’t promise that you will be able to waive any WGU requirements.
Yes. You may talk to an Enrollment Counselor without paying the application fee, but the fee must be paid before you can be admitted. The application fee helps defray our costs associated with admissions, transcript collection, enrolling students, etc. Note: It is against federal regulations to use financial aid for an application fee.
Have more questions? More information can be found by speaking with an Enrollment Counselor.
Join Students Like You
Whether you’re the first in your family to go to college, live in a rural area, or want to move ahead in your career, you are not alone. At WGU, our goal is put a quality education within reach for as many people as possible. And with nearly 130,000 students from all 50 states, you’re sure to meet other students who understand where you’re coming from.
"WGU endeavors to be the most inclusive university in the world."
WGU's Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
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Connect with Student Communities
Once you enroll, you’ll be able to connect with a wide range of student groups and communities, including groups of students working on the same course as you. Many WGU grads say connecting with other students made a huge difference in their success.
Submitting Past Transcripts
If you have prior college experience, official transcripts can be gathered via our free transcript service, or should be sent directly from the previous institution via secure electronic channels or be mailed directly from the previous institution.
Computer System Requirements
Because WGU programs are hosted online, students must possess or have access to a computer and internet access that meet certain technological requirements.