Western Governors University

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2022 Undergraduate Tuition
$7,404
3.38% growth from 2021
2022 Average Net Price
$9,207
After Financial Aid
2019 Default Rate
0.794%
on Student Loans
2022 Enrolled Students
156,935
100% Full-Time
2022 Graduation Rate
48.8%
60 Graduates

About

Western Governors University is a higher education institution located in Salt Lake County, UT. In 2022, the most popular Bachelors Degree concentrations at Western Governors University were Registered Nursing (8,503 degrees awarded), General Business Administration & Management (2,594 degrees), and Elementary Education & Teaching (1,802 degrees).

In 2022, 43,908 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Western Governors University. 68.8% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 31.2% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (28,400 degrees), 7.38 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (3,846 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Western Governors University is $7,404, which is $−16,592 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($23,996).

Costs

In 2022, the median undergraduate tuition at Western Governors University is $7,404, which is $−16,592 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($23,996).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $9,207.

In 2022, 38% of undergraduate students attending Western Governors University received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 44% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Tuition Costs

$7,404
2022 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2022, the cost of tuition at Western Governors University was $7,404. The cost of tuition at Western Governors University is $−16,592 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($23,996).

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Average Net Price

$9,207
2022 Value
10.9%
1 Year Growth

In 2022 Western Governors University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $9,207. Between 2021 and 2022, the average net price of Western Governors University grew by 10.9%.

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Other Student Expenses

$6,000
Room and Board
$200
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Western Governors University was of $6,000 in 2022. The cost of room and board did not change between 2021 and 2022.

During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $200. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid by Income Level

38%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
44%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

38% of undergraduate students at Western Governors University received financial aid through grants or loans in 2022. This represents a growth of 0% with respect to 2021, when 38% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
0.794%
2019 Default Rate
253
Number of Defaults

In 2019 the default rate for borrower's at Western Governors University was 0.794%, which represents 253 out of the 31873 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Enrollment

Western Governors University had a total enrollment of 156,935 students in 2022. The full-time enrollment at Western Governors University is 156,935 students and the part-time enrollment is 0. This means that 100% of students enrolled at Western Governors University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Western Governors University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 59.5% White, 12.5% Hispanic or Latino, 11.1% Black or African American, 3.95% Asian, 3.02% Two or More Races, 1.07% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.484% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Western Governors University in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (35.9%), followed by White Male (22.6%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (7.6%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (45.5%), followed by White Male (16.7%) and Black or African American Female (7.75%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

100%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Western Governors University in 2022, both undergraduate and graduate, is 156,935 students. The full-time enrollment at Western Governors University is 156,935 and the part-time enrollment is 0. This means that 100% of students enrolled at Western Governors University are enrolled full-time compared with 67.6% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

65%
2022 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Western Governors University was 65%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Masters Colleges and Universities (73%), Western Governors University had a retention rate lower than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    93,418 enrolled students
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    19,551 enrolled students
  3. Black or African American
    17,422 enrolled students

The enrolled student population at Western Governors University is 59.5% White, 12.5% Hispanic or Latino, 11.1% Black or African American, 3.95% Asian, 3.02% Two or More Races, 1.07% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.484% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Masters Colleges and Universities is 51.2% White, 17.3% Hispanic or Latino, and 13% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 13,104 students (8.35%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2022, 16,472 more women than men received degrees from Western Governors University. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Western Governors University is white (28,400 degrees awarded). There were 7.38 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (3846 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Western Governors University is Registered Nursing (8,503 degrees awarded), followed by General Business Administration & Management (2,594 degrees) and Elementary Education & Teaching (1,802 degrees).

In 2022,  the most specialized majors across all degree types at Western Governors University, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Education (12,454 degrees awarded), Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (6,023 degrees), and Health (14,686 degrees).

Common Jobs by Major

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Western Governors University are Elementary & middle school teachers (1,727,209 people), Registered nurses (1,520,089 people), Accountants & auditors (1,075,309 people), Other managers (875,876 people), and Software developers (677,982 people).

The most specialized majors at Western Governors University in 2022 are Education (12,454 degrees awarded), Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (6,023 degrees), Health (14,686 degrees), and Business (10,745 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Western Governors University are Surgeons, Physicians, Cardiovascular technologists and technicians, Architectural & engineering managers, and Magnetic resonance imaging technologists

The most specialized majors at Western Governors University are Education (12,454 degrees awarded), Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (6,023 degrees), Health (14,686 degrees), and Business (10,745 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Western Governors University are Elementary & secondary schools (3,292,388 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (1,911,762 people), Computer Systems Design (1,079,414 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (696,380 people), and Banking & related activities (564,291 people).

The most specialized majors at Western Governors University are Education (12,454 degrees awarded), Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (6,023 degrees), Health (14,686 degrees), and Business (10,745 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Western Governors University.
Most Common (2021)
  1. 10,730 degrees awarded
  2. 3,061 degrees awarded
  3. 1,815 degrees awarded

In 2021, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Western Governors University was Registered Nursing with 10,730 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

13,718
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2022
30,190
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2022

In 2022, 13,718 degrees were awarded to men at Western Governors University, which is 0.454 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (30,190).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2022, 2404 degrees were awarded to men at Western Governors University in General Business Administration & Management, which is 0.855 times less than the 2813 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2022, 7562 degrees were awarded to men at Western Governors University in Registered Nursing, which is 8.04 times more than the 941 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

32%
100% Completion Time
47%
150% Completion Time

In 2022, 32% of students graduating from Western Governors University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 47% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 52% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
White Female
Highest Graduation Rate (61.8%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate in 2022 at Western Governors University is Female and White (61.8% graduation rate). Across all Masters Colleges and Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (73.2%).

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    28,400 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    3,846 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American
    3,155 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Western Governors University is white (28,400 degrees awarded). There were 7.38 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (3846 degrees).

11.8% of degree recipients (5,161 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic (2022)
  1. White Female
    19,770 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    8,630 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Female
    2,497 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Western Governors University is white female (19,770 degrees awarded). There were 2.29 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (8630 degrees).

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Operations

Western Governors University has an endowment valued at nearly $82.4k, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of −NaNM (−NaNk%) compared to the 0.773% average return (360k on 46.6M) across all Masters Colleges and Universities.

In 2022, Western Governors University had a total salary expenditure of 1.03B. Western Governors University employs 2,974 No academic ranks. Most academics at Western Governors University are Female No academic rank (2,185), and Male No academic rank (789).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Western Governors University are: Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media, with 838 employees, Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services, with 799 employees, and Management with 734 employees.

Endowment

$82.4k
2022 Endowment
86%
decline from 2021

Western Governors University has an endowment valued at about $82.4k, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The endowment of Western Governors University declined 86% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $46.5M lower than than the median endowment of Masters Colleges and Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Masters Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Salary Expenditure

$481M
2022 Salaries
1.62%
decline from 2021

In 2022, Western Governors University paid a median of $481M in salaries, which represents 46.5% of their overall expenditure ($1.03B) and a 1.62% decline from the previous year.

The median for similar Masters Colleges and Universities is 36.1M (39.6% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$213M
Instructional Salaries
2,974
Number of Employees

In 2022, Western Governors University paid a total of $213M to 2,974 employees working as instructors, which represents 44.3% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $11.3M (31.2%) for similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Occupations by Share

No academic rank
Most Common Instructor
2,974 Employees
Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
838 Employees

In 2022, the most common positions for instructional staff at Western Governors University was No academic rank with 2,974 employees.

In 2022, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Western Governors University were Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 838 employees, Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 799 employees, and Management with 734 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic (2022)
  1. Female No academic rank
  2. Male No academic rank

In 2022, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Western Governors University was Female No academic rank with 2,185 employees, and Male No academic rank with 789 employees.

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