Because your professional success is our goal. If you’re seriously considering an
online degree program, you want high-quality academic content that’s relevant to
your career, tuition that’s affordable, flexibility that fits your lifestyle, and
a strong support system to help you stay on track. These are the critical attributes
of WGU as a nonprofit university founded by the governors of 19 U.S. states to
expand educational access for the working adult.
Why is "competency-based" important?
The "competency-based" approach benefits you in two ways. First, you know you’re
being trained to be competent in your field. You want high-quality academic content
that’s relevant to your career. We make sure you know your stuff. Second, the approach
lets you advance as quickly as you can demonstrate your competence through our rigorous
assessments. It really is a "Show me what you know" approach that lets you take
advantage of knowledge you already possess. You can use this knowledge, work hard
in your program, and accelerate your time to completion. You could save both time
and money. An Enrollment Counselor can explain this approach further.
What is WGU’s Mission Statement?
"The principal mission of Western Governors University is to improve quality and
expand access to post-secondary educational opportunities by providing a means for
individuals to learn independent of time and place and to earn competency-based
degrees and other credentials that are credible to both academic institutions and
What is WGU’s Promise Statement?
"We help our students achieve their dreams for a degree and career success by providing
a personal, flexible, and affordable education based on real world competencies."
Find out why Fast Company calls WGU one of the world's 50 most-innovative companies, CNN says we're "a school without boundaries," and major news outlets from NPR to Bloomberg BusinessWeek are touting WGU's "potential to transform the higher education industry."
"The dreams of 19 governors have become [WGU Grad Angie Gonzalez's] dream fulfilled." — Tom Costello
NBC Nightly News
Dr. Samuel H. Smith, President Emeritus, Washington State University
"I'm impressed by the results in places like Western Governors University. Its low-cost online programs rely on competency-based progression, not class time or credit hours. It uses external assessments to evaluate student proficiency."