What's it like for students at WGU?
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California has over 280 colleges and universities, with 1,380,857 students. This is a huge number of students who are anxious to learn and earn their degree. Western Governors University is one of the few fully online universities available to California students. WGU offers over 60 online degree programs in business, education, health, and information technology. These online degree programs lead students to diverse jobs with top companies across California, from MGM to Goldman Sachs. As of October 2019, there are 11,041 WGU students in California, and 16,982 alumni. This huge network of Californians helps you connect with like-minded individuals and students to find success while you're in school, and after you graduate. Discover why out of the hundreds of universities you can choose from, WGU is considered one of the best online colleges in California.
Competency-based education. Our competency-based education program means you can utilize your past knowledge and experience to accelerate through material you know. Once you can prove your mastry of material, you get to move forward, allowing you to graduate faster.
Flexible, online programs. WGU offers fully online programs that are perfect for busy adults. School fits into your schedule so you can continue to work and fulfill your family obligations while earning a degree.
Next Start Date
Start the 1st of any month—as soon as you complete enrollment!
WGU offers start dates on the first of every month, so you don't have to wait to begin. You just have to apply and work with an Enrollment Counselor to get all your transfer credits figured out, and you'll be on your way. Your degree is closer than you think!
L.A. is known as the entertainment capital of the world, filled with cool restaurants and fun entertainment options. But L.A. also boasts more professional services firms than almost anywhere in the country. Additionally, as the population grows older, healthcare is an even more critical industry in L.A. When you pick WGU, you can earn a degree that sets you on a path to join these booming professions. Today is the perfect day to get started on your WGU degree.
San Francisco is not only home to the Golden Gate Bridge but also to a thriving tech and business industry. And it's only expected to keep growing, with the Bay Area being a top location for tech companies and startups. If you live in San Francisco and are considering higher education, WGU could be the perfect option. WGU offers lower education than most California colleges, and the flexibility allows you to earn your degree on your schedule.
If you live in Sacramento and are thinking about going back to school, you should consider WGU. Government industries are most of Sacramento's economy, and a business degree could help you find a career there. Sacramento also has seen recent upticks in technology and healthcare needs, which WGU can also prepare you for. Sacramento is the fastest growing major city in California, and WGU wants you to be prepared to get your dream job there.
If you live in San Diego you can be prepared to join the growing workforce needs by earning a degree. San Diego is seeing booming international trade, manufacturing, and tourism. WGU offers degrees that can help you get involved in any of those sectors. And our flexibility means you can earn your degree while you're on your couch or at the beach. Join the hundreds of other WGU students who are living in San Diego and pursuing higher education.
"WGU came along and allowed me to do the same schooling that I would do at a brick-and-mortar school, but do it on my own time and schedule, and more importantly, at my pace."—Raymond Baker. La Mirada, CA
"At WGU, it feels more like, 'We are here for you. So whenever you're ready, we're ready.'"—Andrea Petty. Manhattan Beach, CA
No matter where you live, WGU tuition is the same. We base our tuition on your program and it is charged per six-month term, not per credit. This helps you know exactly what to expect, and helps us keep costs low. Discover what your tuition will be based on your program choice.
By providing useful information and advice on responsible borrowing before enrollment, keeping tuition low while you’re enrolled, and providing programs that lead to better jobs after graduation, WGU packs a one-two-three punch designed to keep your debt low and your return on investment quick.
Recent WGU grads reported earning, on average, $12,600 more within one to two years of graduation, compared with income prior to enrollment...
...and by four years after graduation, that salary increase averaged $18,400, compared with the national average of just $12,400.
With an average cost of $16,500 for a bachelor’s degree, the return on investment of a WGU degree is about two years.
Tuition at WGU is lower than most other universtiites, traditional or online. We offer low, flat-rate tuition charged per six-months, not per credit. Our competency based educatin also allows you to move through courses more quickly, cutting down your overall cost. And on top of our low-rate tuition, we offer finacial aid options to help provide affordable ways to earn your degree.
Now that you've looked at scholarship requirements and found one to apply for, here are the steps to apply.
To be considered for any WGU scholarships, you must be provisionally accepted as a WGU student. Complete the admissions application and work with your enrollment counselor to move through the admissions process. NOTE: Returning WGU graduates should complete the Returning Graduate Application.Apply to WGU
The general application is required for all WGU scholarships and lets us learn more about you and which scholarships you may be eligible for. To access the application, you will need your MyWGU student portal credentials, which will be sent to you shortly after Step 1. You must complete the application within 90 days of your intended start date.General scholarship application
Based on what you tell us in Step 2, we’ll let you know which scholarships you might be eligible for. Finish up by reviewing the recommended opportunities and completing the supplemental application for each scholarship you’d like to be considered for by logging into the Scholarship Portal. These additional applications need to be submitted within 5 days of submitting the general application.
You may choose to pay for the remaining portion of your degree through federal financial aid (subject to your eligibility). Pell Grants, which do not have to be repaid, are granted based on financial need. Federal Direct Student Loans are available to all students. Subsidized loans, which are dependent on financial need, reduce the interest due on loans.
WGU has partnerships with California cities, schools, and businesses that can offer tuition assistance or reimbursement. Discover if your California business, school, or city has a connection with WGU that can help you make our already-low tuition even more affordable.
WGU has a generous transfer policy that allows you to use your previous schooling for credit towards your degree. We even partner with dozens of California community colleges to help you utilize your associate's degree or other college credits. You can work with your Enrollment Counselor to get your transcripts and discover exactly how your credits will transfer.
There are a few state-specific elements of WGU programs for California students:
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.
WGU offers flexible pacing, meaning you can move through courses at a pace that meets your learning style and knowledge level. Students can go as fast as they can but not as slowly. Students are required to complete a minimum number of competency units per term to meet on-time progress. However, if you choose to study at 3 am daily, that we can accommodate.
WGU has a generous transfer policy. Our transcripts department can accept official copies of transcripts from your previous educational institutions for a course-by-course evaluation that compares the context of your courses to those in our programs, to tell you what is comparable and transferable.
Your personal progress will be determined by the extent of your transfer units, your time commitment, and your determination to proceed at a faster rate. Traditionally, without an associate’s degree or equivalent, it will take 2 to 2.5 years. Master's degree programs are designed to be completed within 2 years. However, we work on a competency-based model, which gives you credit for passing assessments and proving you can perform a task or understand a course of study proficiently.
Yes! If you are able to complete the minimum requirement before your term is over, you can add more courses, with no tuition increase.
WGU is approved to offer federal student aid. You will need to apply using the FAFSA, which is used to determine your eligibility for aid. WGU’s FAFSA school code is 033394.
Yes! WGU is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), the highest form of accreditation.
WGU offers competency-based education. Competency-based learning means our online degrees are based on real-world competencies as opposed to seat time or credit hours. Our focus in on ensuring you possess the skills and knowledge you need to be successful, not whether you’ve attended class or not. If you already have knowledge in an area a course covers, you’ll be able to draw upon this experience to complete assessments faster, ultimately saving you both time and money.
WGU students and alumni have access to career services which include professional development, career exploration, and career planning. WGU also has partner employers who share full-time, part-time, and paid internship opportunities.
We offer degree programs in four in-demand fields. Explore what else is available.
BACHELOR'S WITH LICENSURE
MASTER'S WITH LICENSURE
GRADUATE DEGREES FOR LICENSED TEACHERS
Health Information Management – B.S. (from the College of Health Professions)
Information Technology Management – B.S. Business (from the College of Business)
MBA Information Technology Management (from the College of Business)
Health Information Management – B.S. (from the College of Health Professions)
Master of Health Leadership (from the College of Health Professions)
Data Analytics – M.S. (from the College of Information Technology)
Healthcare Management – B.S. Business (from the College of Business)
MBA Healthcare Management (from the College of Business)