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Western Governors University Overview

Western Governors University is a private not-for-profit institution situated in Salt Lake City, Utah. Salt Lake City is a good match for students who enjoy the safety and convenience of the suburbs.

What Is Western Governors University Known For?

20,211 Undergraduate Awards
  • The 4% student loan default rate at WGU is better than the national rate of 10.1%. That's a good sign that you may be able to pay off student loans easier than your peers at other schools can.
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the master's degree is the highest award a student can attain at WGU.
  • In 2017-2018, 77% of the faculty were full-time.
  • A student who earns a bachelor's degree from WGU makes roughly $41,900 a year. This is 3% more than their peers from other colleges and universities.

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Western Governors University Rankings

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

WGU has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Most Popular Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Most Popular Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Most Popular Online Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#41 Most Popular Online Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#80 Most Popular Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at WGU.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Value Computer & Information Sciences Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#7 Best Computer Programming Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#11 Best Management Information Systems Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#14 Best Information Technology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#30 Best Human Resource Management Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#68 Best Health Professions Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#77 Best Marketing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#94 Best Business, Management & Marketing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#100 Best Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#119 Best Business Administration & Management Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards WGU has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#7 Best Nursing Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#8 Best Health Professions Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#9 Best Education Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#33 Best Computer & Information Sciences Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#89 Best Business, Management & Marketing Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#204 Best Healthcare Schools Healthcare Degree Search

Where Is Western Governors University?

Location of Western Governors University

Contact details for WGU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 4001 South 700 East Suite 700, Salt Lake City, UT 84107
Phone: 801-274-3280

How Do I Get Into WGU?

You can apply to WGU online at:

As long as you submit the requested materials to Western Governors University when applying, you shouldn't have to worry about getting in since the school has an open admissions policy.

Can I Afford Western Governors University?

4.2% Loan Default Rate

The student loan default rate at WGU is 4.2%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Western Governors University Undergraduate Student Diversity

98,630 Full-Time Undergraduates
64% Women
27% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are also 37,509 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 98,630 full-time undergraduates at WGU, 36% are male and 64% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  WGU

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Western Governors University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of WGU Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 3,255
Black or African American 9,131
Hispanic or Latino 10,373
White 66,779
International Students 94
Other Races/Ethnicities 8,998

Online Learning at Western Governors University

121,437 Took All Classes Online
121,437 Took At Least One Class Online
20.4% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 30 bachelor’s degree and 29 master’s degree programs available online at WGU. In 2017-2018, 121,437 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at WGU has changed over the last few years.


This school is the most popular in Utah for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of WGU

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Western Governors University was 20.4%. This is the #65 largest growth rate of all schools that are mostly online. This refers to all students at WGU regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of WGU majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Accounting 21%
Business Administration & Management 27%
Business, Management & Marketing 26%
Computer & Information Sciences 28%
Computer Information Systems 30%
Computer Programming 13%
Computer Software & Applications 69%
Curriculum & Instruction 25%
Education 24%
Educational Administration 17%
Educational Assessment 39%
Health & Medical Administrative Services 47%
Health Professions 12%
Human Resource Management 31%
Information Technology 25%
Instructional Media Design 42%
Management Information Systems 15%
Marketing 43%
Nursing 11%
Special Education 25%
Teacher Education Grade Specific 21%
Teacher Education Subject Specific 6%
Teaching English or French 35%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at WGU ranks compared to all other mostly online schools that offer a specific major.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Educational Assessment #1
General Sales & Marketing #2
Medical Illustration & Informatics #2
Teaching English or French #3
Computer Software & Applications #3
Special Education #5
Curriculum & Instruction #5
Management Information Systems #5
Teacher Education Subject Specific #5
Computer Programming #5
Marketing #9
Instructional Media Design #10
Finance & Financial Management #10
Computer Information Systems #14
Teacher Education Grade Specific #15
Nursing #18
Educational Administration #18
Human Resource Management #18
Information Technology #18
Computer & Information Sciences #21
Accounting #21
Education #25
Health & Medical Administrative Services #26
Business Administration & Management #34
Health Professions #38
Business, Management & Marketing #39

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Western Governors University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s TOTAL
Nursing 9,573 0 3,259 12,832
Business Administration & Management 2,634 0 4,278 6,912
Teacher Education Grade Specific 1,496 42 235 1,773
Information Technology 1,073 0 497 1,570
Teacher Education Subject Specific 291 33 934 1,258
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 1,201 1,201
Instructional Media Design 0 0 1,098 1,098
Special Education 645 0 363 1,008
Management Information Systems 573 0 408 981
Health & Medical Administrative Services 705 0 114 819
Accounting 603 0 192 795
Computer Information Systems 511 0 279 790
Human Resource Management 740 0 0 740
Marketing 489 0 0 489
Educational Administration 0 95 394 489
Educational Assessment 421 0 17 438
Computer Programming 378 0 0 378
Teaching English or French 0 46 298 344
Computer Software & Applications 38 0 138 176
General Sales & Marketing 25 0 0 25
Computer Science 16 0 0 16
Finance & Financial Management 0 0 0 0
Computer Systems Networking 0 0 0 0
Medical Illustration & Informatics 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 20,211 216 13,705 34,132


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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