What's it like for students at WGU?
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Tennessee is home to 86 colleges and universities and 224,745 students. Many of these students could greatly benefit from flexible, affordable options for their degree. Which is where WGU comes in. WGU offers over 60 online degree programs in business, education, health, and information technology. These online degree programs lead students to diverse jobs within top organizations, from government agencies to private businesses, schools, hospitals, and more. As of March 2021, there are 4,216 WGU students in Tennessee and 6,838 alumni. This large network of students could be key to helping you make connections and find your dream job. WGU is here to help you get the degree, and make the connections you need to get the career you've been waiting for. Discover why out of all the universities you can choose from, WGU is considered one of the best online colleges in Tennessee.
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 mastery 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!
WGU offers a specific and unique state-affiliation with Tennessee to help residents complete their degree, and to meet workforce needs in the state. This affiliation means that WGU Tennessee is the official WGU option for students living in Tennessee, and offers them specific opportunities within the state. Learn more about your specific opportunities as a WGU Tennessee student.
Nashville is known for music, but there are a wide variety of blooming industries in this beautiful metropolis. Professional and financial services, healthcare, and education are all thriving as the population and music industry in Nashville grow. WGU can help you get the right degree that could be key to working in a business involved with the music industry, or landing a job as a nurse or teacher in this growing city. WGU can help you get the perfect career in Nashville.
Manufacturing for agriculture and for healthcare are two of the top industries in Memphis. These industries require business, healthcare, and IT professionals to help them succeed. WGU offers plenty of degree programs that could set you up for one of these careers. Don't wait any more, take a chance on WGU and propel yourself into one of the blooming industries in Memphis.
"WGU is for the regular person. It’s for somebody who’s got a job, that needs the degree to get to the next level, it’s for somebody who has a family, which was me. I didn’t go to traditional college and finish the way I wanted to, so I was given a chance to go to a college where it was affordable, it worked with my schedule as a dad and as a full-time employee, and I still got it done."—Raymond Baker
"My biggest fear before I started at WGU was that it would take too much time away from my family. But because it was so flexible, I was able to work around my family's schedule and my work schedule to be able to complete my degree without it being a big burden on my family."—Elizabeth Martin
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.
Tuition at WGU is lower than most other universities, traditional or online. We offer low, flat-rate tuition charged per six-months, not per credit. Our competency-based education also allows you to move through courses more quickly, cutting down your overall cost. And on top of our low-rate tuition, we offer financial 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
To access the application in the Scholarship Portal, you will need your MyWGU student portal credentials, which will be sent to you shortly after Step 1.
NOTE: You are eligible to apply for scholarships 90 days before and up to 30 days after starting a degree program.
Check status of your application in the Scholarship Portal.
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 Tennessee cities, schools, and businesses that can offer tuition assistance or reimbursement. Discover if your Tennessee 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 several Tennessee 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 Tennessee 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
Educational Leadership – M.S.
Other Education Programs
Educational Studies – B.A.
Health Information Management – B.S. (from the College of Health Professions)
Information Technology Management – B.S. Business Administration (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 Administration (from the College of Business)
Nursing – Family Nurse Practitioner (BSN to MSN) – M.S. (Available in select states)
Nursing – Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (BSN to MSN) – M.S. (Available in select states)
MBA Healthcare Management (from the College of Business)