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Western Governors University is a private not-for-profit institution situated in Salt Lake City, Utah. Salt Lake City is considered a suburb and offers tranquility and safety near the excitement of a city center.

2,853 Undergraduate Degrees
4,756 Graduate Degrees

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Western Governors University Rankings

WGU holds the #2 spot on the Best Colleges in Utah ranking.

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

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

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Most Popular Teaching Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Most Popular Online Teaching Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Most Popular Teaching Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#10 Most Popular Online Teaching Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#15 Most Popular Teaching 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 Educational Assessment Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Most Popular Teacher Education Grade Specific Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Most Popular Educational Assessment Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best Value Teaching English or French Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best Value Teacher Education Subject Specific Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best Value Special Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#6 Best Value Teacher Education Grade Specific Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#7 Best Value Instructional Media Design Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#17 Best Value Curriculum & Instruction Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#22 Best Value Educational Administration Master’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
#6 Best Special Education Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#6 Best Education Colleges for Non-Traditional Students College Factual
#7 Best Teacher Education Subject Specific Colleges for Non-Traditional Students College Factual
#9 Best Education Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#11 Best Teacher Education Subject Specific Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#61 Best Teacher Education Grade Specific Colleges for Veterans College Factual

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
Website: www.wgu.edu
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/wgu.edu
Twitter: http://twitter.com/wgu

How Do I Get Into WGU?

You can apply to WGU online at: wwwforms.wgu.edu/wgu/app/app_step0

Western Governors University has an open admissions policy. This means that the school accepts all applicants assuming that they meet very basic requirements, such as having a high school diploma or equivalent.

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.

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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 #30 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
Biology Education 20%
Curriculum & Instruction 25%
Curriculum & Instruction 25%
Earth Science Teacher Education 43%
Educational Administration 17%
Educational Assessment 39%
Educational/Instructional Technology 42%
Elementary Education 21%
English & Language Arts Education 37%
General Educational Leadership & Administration 17%
General Special Education 25%
Instructional Media Design 42%
Learning Sciences 39%
Mathematics Education 9%
Physics Education 40%
Special Education 25%
Teacher Education Grade Specific 21%
Teacher Education Subject Specific 6%
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor 35%
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
Environmental Education #1
Biology Education #1
Social Science Teacher Education #1
English & Language Arts Education #1
Educational Assessment #1
Learning Sciences #1
Physics Education #1
Earth Science Teacher Education #1
Chemistry Education #1
Mathematics Education #2
Science Education #2
General Special Education #3
Teaching English or French #3
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor #3
Elementary Education #4
Teacher Education Subject Specific #5
Special Education #5
Curriculum & Instruction #5
Curriculum & Instruction #5
Early Childhood Education #10
Educational/Instructional Technology #10
Instructional Media Design #10
General Educational Leadership & Administration #14
Teacher Education Grade Specific #15
Educational Administration #18

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 Teaching Concentrations

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

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s TOTAL
Elementary Education 1,494 42 235 1,771
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 1,201 1,201
Educational/Instructional Technology 0 0 1,098 1,098
General Special Education 645 0 363 1,008
Mathematics Education 158 6 478 642
General Educational Leadership & Administration 0 95 394 489
Learning Sciences 421 0 17 438
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor 0 46 298 344
Science Education 18 12 159 189
Biology Education 80 0 50 130
English & Language Arts Education 0 0 82 82
Social Science Teacher Education 0 15 56 71
Physics Education 11 0 51 62
Earth Science Teacher Education 12 0 35 47
Chemistry Education 12 0 23 35
Early Childhood Education 2 0 0 2
Environmental Education 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 2,853 216 4,540 7,609

References

*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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