C+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  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

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
$8,667/ year
National
$15,403
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $8,572/ year
  • $30-48k
    $9,542/ year
  • $49-75k
    $10,401/ year
  • $76-110k
    $12,241/ year
  • $110k+
    $13,270/ year

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.210 responses
86%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.210 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
54,735Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
93%
Pell Grant
62%
Varsity Athletes
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After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$38,800/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
14%
National
48%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
86%
National
83%

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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 :-) ]
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This university has been a godsend! You work through courses at your pace, which has allowed me to finish 7 courses so far since July. You can accelerate ridiculously and finish faster. I should be able to graduate in less than a year and a half with IT certs included in my tuition.

Tuition is flat rate and book fees are included. There is a ton of help available when you need it and you never feel alone. This is the perfect uni for me. There are plenty of degrees available in health, IT and education. Undergrad and grad.
WGU has been a life-saver! I went to James Madison University for 4+ years but I didn't graduate. I loved JMU but I wasn't great at deciding what I wanted to do with my life. I took time off and moved out of the area. When I was ready to go back to school, I decided to look into an online school.

WGU appealed to me because of their accreditation and affordability. My mentors have been amazing. The classes are hard but not impossible. You can use what you have learned in everyday life and apply it to your classes. I recommend it to anyone looking to expand their skill set.