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Mission-driven. Student-centric. Nonprofit.

A North Carolina university created to help you succeed.

WGU North Carolina was established in 2017 as a partnership between Western Governors University and the state of North Carolina with a unique mission to help North Carolina residents obtain a quality education. When WGU was established in 1997, the founding governors realized that technology, the internet, and a new model of competency-based education could transform higher education by creating new opportunities for working adults.

The mission of WGU North Carolina is to expand access to affordable higher education for North Carolina residents through online, competency-based programs that address key workforce needs.

Who we are.

WGU North Carolina is a partnership between the state of North Carolina and nationally recognized Western Governors University. WGU North Carolina offers more than 60 bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the high-demand fields of business, IT, teacher education, and healthcare. WGU now serves more than 3,300 students in North Carolina and has awarded degrees to almost 3,200 North Carolina residents.

Our promise.

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.

As an online university, WGU North Carolina provides faculty support throughout your program—meaning your goals become our goals.

Satisfied students, successful grads: It's our mission.

As a nonprofit, Western Governors University is driven by a mission, not by shareholders. That mission just happens to be creating success stories like these:

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Grad Success

An accredited university that fosters successful grads.

When it comes to choosing a university, accreditation is crucial. Our regional accreditation (the gold standard in American higher education) assures you of the quality and transferability of our degree programs—and our additional program-specific accreditations add to our respect in the industries our alumni work in.

NWCCU University Accreditation
CCNE Accredited
ACBSP Accredited Programs
NCATE Teacher Preparation Accreditation

Learn about the accreditations and accolades WGU has earned.

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WGU pioneered competency-based learning—and it's redefining higher education.

Our parent university was 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 people the opportunity to build their careers and better lives by finally finishing that bachelor's or master's degree they need to achieve their goals.


Focused on learning.

Focused on learning.

A competency-based degree is earned by proving knowledge, not logging hours in class.

Surprisingly affordable

Surprisingly affordable.

WGU is one of the best values in education. Low tuition, and save even more when you accelerate.

Worth the effort.

Worth the effort.

Master career-relevant skills and knowledge for better opportunities, respect, and ROI.

See how different is good.

Competency-Based Education
"WGU is about fundamental change in the way higher education is delivered. It's right, it's real, and it's efficient. It's what higher education will require to succeed in the future." Michael O. Leavitt,
Former U.S. Secretary of Health & Human Services
Former Governor of Utah

Respect and recognition.

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. Western Governors University 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.

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CCNE accredited
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CAHIIM Accredited Program
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Cyberwatch consortium member
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FAST Company logo
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Top military institution

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Recognition and accolades

Supporting students is our faculty's #1 job.

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 fields in which they instruct. They know their industries, and their knowledge is more than just academic: It’s practical.

Unlike most universities, where faculty members wear many hats, WGU’s faculty is 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.

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WGU and WGU North Carolina in the news.

The Atlantic magazine celebrates colleges without classes, names WGU as pioneer

The Atlantic celebrates "A College without Classes."

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.

Read the Atlantic article.

WGU's uniquely supportive mentor program helps students succeed, becomes a model for other universities

A high-quality alternative to traditional education.

"Competency-based bachelor’s degree programs offer an alternative for nontraditional students who may not have the time or resources to complete a four-year program yet still desire a rigorous, meaningful education."

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LinkedIn article highlights how education probably still remains the single biggest catalyst for people to change their life and that centers back to our purpose: to change the lives of individuals and families

WGU's uniquely supportive faculty model scores high.

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."

Read the Chronicle article.

2018 Annual Report

See what kind of marks we received, how we compare, and how we began our third decade.

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Four colleges, one university.

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.