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Mission-driven. Student-obsessed. Nonprofit.

A Tennessee university created to help you succeed.

WGU Tennessee was established in 2013 as a partnership between Western Governors University and the state of Tennessee with a unique mission to help Tennesseans 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 Tennessee is to expand access to affordable higher education for Tennessee residents through online, competency-based programs that address key workforce needs.

Who we are.

WGU Tennessee is a partnership between the state of Tennessee and nationally recognized Western Governors University. We offer more than 60 bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the high-demand fields of business, IT, teacher education, and healthcare, and now serves more than 4,200 students in Tennessee and has awarded nearly 4,700 degrees to Tennesseans.

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.

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

As a nonprofit, we're driven by a mission, not by shareholders. And our mission just happens to be creating success stories like these:

Corey Alexander, WGU MBA Graduate, Henderson TN Corey Alexander, WGU MBA Graduate, Henderson TN

"The information and knowledge gained through my MBA program have helped me be a more effective leader in both of my companies and it has helped me to grow them both tremendously in just a short time."

—Corey Alexander, MBA, Henderson TN

View more graduate success data and stories.

Students & Alumni

An accredited university that fosters successful grads.

Accreditation status can give you an indication of a university's general quality and reputation. According to Peterson's, a premier educational resource, by attending a regionally accredited university, you are assured of a basic level of quality in education and services, credits are more likely to be transferrable to other accredited institutions, and your degree is more likely to be recognized and respected by other colleges and employers.

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

Learn more about WGU's accreditation.

Accreditation & Recognition

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.

NCATE logo
CCNE accredited
NCTQ review
CAHIIM Accredited Program
Microsoft IT Academy logo
CNN logo
Cyberwatch consortium member
The Atlantic logo
NBC Nightly News logo
TIME logo
Money logo
MSNBC logo
NPR logo
FAST Company logo
The White House logo
National Journal logo
Top military institution

See what others are saying.

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 Tennessee in the news.

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

WGU Tennessee: growing, expanding access for 6 years.

WGU Tennessee recently celebrated its 6th anniversary and has become one of the largest private, nonprofits in the state.

Read the anniversary news release.

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."

Read the Forbes article.

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.

Get the report

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.