The determined come to WGU—and succeed.
WGU seeks to admit individuals who have the capacity and determination to complete a rigorous WGU degree program … and graduate. The admission process is designed to help you and the university reach an informed decision about your likelihood of success.
“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.” Cindy Krupinski
B.S. Information Technology
WGU offers degrees, not classes. Instead of semesters that start two or three times a year, WGU starts new students at the beginning of each month, which launches a new term for those students.
A term at WGU is six months long. The six months that make up your term are based on when you begin your program. (For example, if you begin your program March 1, your first term lasts from March 1 through August 31. Your second term would begin September 1.)
Tuition is billed at a flat rate every term. You pay for the time, not by credit hour or by course.
Hassle-free enrollment (and checklist).
WGU’s enrollment process is continuous, simple, and relatively straightforward.
Click here for a step-by-step checklist of what to do and expect during the admissions process.
Speak to an Enrollment Counselor who can guide you through the steps to applying, getting accepted, and beginning your degree program.
The following criteria are considered by WGU when making an admission decision:
- Your prior college and work experience.
- Your Readiness Assessment results (if required).
- The time commitment you can make to study.
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.
Depending upon your program of interest, other specific admission requirements may also apply.
To be considered for admission to WGU, you must meet the following minimum requirements, although completing these requirements does not guarantee admission:
To be admitted, you must:
- Have earned a high school diploma or GED
- Submit official transcripts of all prior academic work completed at community colleges, colleges, or universities you’ve attended.
- Be at least 16 years of age
- Meet any program-specific admissions requirements (see below).
To be admitted, you must:
- Submit an official transcript verifying receipt of your bachelor’s degree from a recognized, accredited institution. See Transferring for additional information about submission deadlines, etc.
- Submit official transcripts for all prior college academic work completed
- Must be at least 16 years of age
- Some states have additional requirements that have to be met by WGU students residing in said states.
- Current states with additional requirements include: Florida, California.
Since WGU does not require entrance exams such as the SAT, ACT, GRE, or GMAT, incoming undergraduate students who do not have sufficient college experience may be required to successfully pass the WGU Collegiate Readiness Assessment. This online test helps determine your readiness for collegiate-level study in an online environment that relies heavily upon writing ability.
This test is required for the following:
- Students entering Teachers College bachelor’s degree programs who do not possess an Associate of Arts (A.A.) or Associate of Science (A.S.) degree.
- Students entering College of Business degree programs who do not possess a bachelor's degree or higher.
- Students entering a College of Information Technology bachelor’s degree program who do not possess one of the IT certifications that WGU recognizes for competency credit. See more information about transferrable IT certifications.
- Students entering the B.S. Health Information Management program who do not possess an associate’s degree or an associates of applied science degree in one of the following: Health Information Technology, Health Information Management, Health Information System Technology, Health Information System Management, or Medical Record Technology.
Required transcripts should be sent via secure electronic channels or mailed directly from the sending institution to:
Western Governors University
Attn: Transcripts Department
4001 South 700 East, Suite 300
Salt Lake City, UT 84107-2533
Because WGU delivers coursework directly online, students are required to possess or have access to computers and internet access that meet certain technological requirements.
As a WGU student, you will be expected to communicate clearly in writing and during conversations with your mentor and WGU staff. If English is not your native language, you will need to submit proof of a qualifying score on the internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language Test (TOEFL iBT). WGU requires a qualifying score of 80 or higher. WGU’s TOEFL code is 3949. Speak to an Enrollment Counselor to get additional information. (For more information specifically on the TOEFL, visit the TOEFL website.)
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.