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C+
Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Professors
    C
  2. Value
    B
  3. Diversity
    NG
  4. Safety
    NG
  5. Student Life
    NG
  6. Location
    NG
Western Governors University is ...
Private not-for-profit
Athletic Division
Athletic Conference
Address
4001 South 700 East Suite 700
Salt Lake City, UT 84107
Website
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Western Governors University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Cost

Net Price
$9,115/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $9,944/ year
  • $30-48k
    $10,357/ year
  • $49-75k
    $10,853/ year
  • $76-110k
    $12,358/ year
  • $110k+
    $13,270/ year
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  • Simple, straightforward student loans with an easy application
  • Flexible repayment options, and strong borrower protections

Academics

Professors
C
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
41:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
70%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.254 responses
89%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.211 responses
86%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.211 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
63,961Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
92%
Pell Grant
36%
Varsity Athletes
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After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$38,800/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
26%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
86%
National
83%

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Western Governors University Reviews

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Western Governors University is a great learning experiment. Mentors help keep you on task weekly. This is a strong self-driven learning experience. If you stay on task, put in the time and effort you can pass it faster than going to school. Rates are affordable! Proctors for testing are great, if you never have taken a test online it’s an experience I would recommend to all and will be a requirement as well. Loads of resources at your fingertips to help you grasp the subjects too. Make going back to school fun, by attending WGU, you won’t be disappointed. You can do it!
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I highly recommend this University to anyone, but especially those who are working full time and looking to go back to college. It is Accredited and Not for Profit. The tuition rates are very affordable, best of all the semesters are 6 month terms, work at your own pace, 1 class at a time. You can go as fast as you like no fee per class, it is per semester. In some cases if a test is required to pass and you are already familiar with the material you can test out!
Do not waste your money elsewhere if you have not checked this out!
I was extremely pleased during my tenure with WGU. Having received two master's degrees from the institution, I had the opportunity to spend a good amount of time working through graduate level coursework. My student mentors were so caring and thoughtful--- my father passed away while I was a student and the university sent me a card to express their condolences. What a beautiful gesture that was on behalf of the school!
As for my courses, I was very pleased with the support I received from my course mentors. They were quick to reply to queries I had regarding course work and revisions.
Granted, in order to attend WGU, it would be helpful to be self-motivated and able to stick to a timeframe you've allotted--- but for most mature adults, hopefully this won't be a struggle.
Rating= two thumbs up [from this full time working mother of five :-) ]