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WGU seeks to admit individuals who have the capacity and determination to complete a rigorous online degree program…and graduate. The admission process is designed to help you and the university reach an informed decision about your likelihood of success.
At WGU, we want you to graduate, not just enroll. Consequently, not every applicant is admitted because not every individual is a good "fit" for WGU's programs and competency-based, online academic model.
The key criteria considered by WGU when making an admission decision:
Depending upon your program of interest, other specific admission requirements may also apply.
To be considered for admission to WGU, you must meet the following minimum requirements, although completing these requirements does not guarantee admission:
Many programs have specific admissions requirements. Click on the one of the links below to learn more about these program-specific admissions requirements:
Since WGU does not require entrance exams such as the SAT, ACT, GRE, or GMAT, incoming undergraduate students who do not have college experience may be required to successfully pass the WGU Collegiate Readiness Assessment. This online test helps determine your readiness for collegiate-level study in an online environment that relies heavily upon writing ability. This test is required for the following:
Your Enrollment Counselor will inform you of when you’re able to take the test once you have applied for admission.
(Those entering an undergraduate teacher licensure program may need to meet additional requirements. Learn about Teachers College admissions requirements.)
Because we want you to succeed and graduate, it’s in your interest (and ours) to make sure you know the challenges you will face when you become a student. An open, honest dialogue with your Enrollment Counselor should focus on your background, time commitment, previous college experience, and other factors that will help determine your likelihood of succeeding and graduating from WGU, which, after all, is our shared goal.
WGU offers degrees, not classes. Instead of semesters at which time many students begin (or continue their programs), WGU starts new students at the beginning of each month, which launches a new "term."
A "term" at WGU is six months in length. The six months that make up your term are based on when you begin your program. (For example, if you begin your program March 1st, your first term lasts from March 1st to August 31st. Your second term would begin September 1st.)
Tuition is billed at a flat rate every term. You pay for the
time, not by credit hour or by course. Learn more about tuition rates and terms.
WGU's enrollment process is continuous, simple, and relatively straightforward. Click here for a step-by-step checklist of what to do and expect during the admissions process. Speak to an Enrollment Counselor who can guide you through the steps to applying, getting accepted, and beginning your degree program.
Required transcripts should be sent via secure electronic channels or mailed directly from the sending institution to:
Western Governors University,
Student Records 03339400
Western Governors University
Attn: Transcripts Department
4001 South 700 East, Suite 700
Salt Lake City, UT 84107
Click here to learn more about requesting and submitting transcripts
Because WGU delivers coursework directly online, students are required to possess or have access to computers and internet access that meet certain technological requirements. Click here to learn more about these computer system requirements.
WGU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, disability, or age in regards to admissions, programs, student services, or employment. Read more.
As a WGU student, you will be expected to communicate clearly in writing and during
conversations with your mentor and WGU staff. If English is not your native language,
you will need to submit proof of a qualifying score on the internet-based Test of
English as a Foreign Language Test (TOEFL iBT). WGU requires a qualifying score
of 80 or higher. WGU’s TOEFL code is 3949. Speak to an Enrollment
Counselor to get additional information. (For more information specifically
on the TOEFL, visit the TOEFL website.)
At the present time, WGU is accepting applications only from individuals living in
the United States and select geographical areas of Canada. (The exceptions are U.S.
active-duty military personnel and their families at overseas installations and
individuals living in Guam, Puerto Rico, or the U.S. Virgin Islands.)
Unfortunately, we have discovered we cannot always guarantee that the educational
experience for students living outside the United States will meet our high standards
for quality and convenience. It is our expectation that these problems will be solved
in future years. An Enrollment Counselor has more
information about which areas are eligible to submit applications.
If you attended a college that no longer exists, you may be able to get transcripts
from a state agency, such as a Department of Consumer Affairs or Department of Higher
Education. If the college was taken over by another school, check with the current
school. You can also submit any unofficial copies of transcripts or course records
you may have, although we can’t promise that you will be able to waive any WGU requirements.
Yes. You may talk to an Enrollment Counselor without
paying the application fee, but the fee must be paid before you can be admitted.
The application fee helps defray our costs associated with admissions, transcript
collection, enrolling students, etc. Note: It is against federal regulations to
use financial aid for an application fee.
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."
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