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?
- 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.
- The highest degree offered at WGU is the master's degree.
- 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.
Western Governors University Rankings
WGU was not ranked in College Factual's Best Overall Colleges report this year. This may be because not enough data was available.
The following table lists the notable rankings from College Factual that WGU has received.
Notable Undergraduate Rankings for WGU
|Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students||247|
|Best Colleges for Diversity||289|
|Best Colleges for Veterans||345|
Where Is Western Governors University?
Contact details for WGU are given below.
|Address:||4001 South 700 East Suite 700, Salt Lake City, UT 84107|
How Do I Get Into WGU?
You can apply to WGU online at: wwwforms.wgu.edu/wgu/app/app_step0
Can I Afford Western Governors University?
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
Of the 72,385 full-time undergraduates at WGU, 36% are male and 64% are female.
The racial-ethnic breakdown of Western Governors University students is as follows.
|Race/Ethnicity||Number of Grads|
|Black or African American||6,500|
|Hispanic or Latino||6,914|
Online Learning at Western Governors University
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.
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.
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 Majors
In 2017-2018, Western Governors University awarded 40,422 undergraduate degrees and 27,410 graduate degrees. The table below shows the number of awards for each major.
|Business Administration & Management||0||2,634||4,278||0|
|Computer Information Systems||0||511||279||0|
|Computer Software & Applications||0||38||138||0|
|Curriculum & Instruction||0||0||1,201||0|
|General Sales & Marketing||0||25||0||0|
|Health & Medical Administrative Services||0||705||114||0|
|Human Resource Management||0||740||0||0|
|Instructional Media Design||0||0||1,098||0|
|Management Information Systems||0||573||408||0|
|Teacher Education Grade Specific||0||1,496||235||0|
|Teacher Education Subject Specific||0||291||934||0|
|Teaching English or French||0||0||298||0|
*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.