Western Governors University

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2017 Undergraduate Tuition
$5,780
0% growth from 2016
2016 Student Loan
4.24%
Default Rate
2017 Enrolled Students
98,627
100% Full-Time
2017 Graduation Rate
38.5%
20 Graduates

About

Western Governors University is a higher education institution located in Salt Lake County, UT. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Western Governors University were Registered Nursing (7,179 degrees awarded), General Business Administration & Management (1,484 degrees), and Elementary Education & Teaching (785 degrees).

In 2017, 21,246 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Western Governors University. 70.3% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 29.7% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (16,313 degrees), 11.3 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (1442 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Western Governors University is $5,780, which is $-14,953 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,733).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Western Governors University is $5,780, which is $-14,953 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,733).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $0.

In 2017, 32% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 46% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$5,780
2017 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2017, the cost of tuition at Western Governors University was $5,780. The cost of tuition at Western Governors University is $-14,953 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,733).

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Average Net Price

$0
2017 Value
100%
1 Year Growth

In 2017 Western Governors University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $0. Between 2016 and 2017, the average net price of Western Governors University grew by 100%.

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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 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $200. The cost of room and board did not change between 2016 and 2017. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

32%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
46%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

32% of undergraduate students at Western Governors University received grants or loans in 2017. This represents a decline of 8.57% with respect to 2016, when 35% 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.
4.24%
2016 Default Rate
775
Number of Defaults

In 2016 the default rate for borrower's at Western Governors University was 4.24%, which represents 775 out of the 18286 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 has a total enrollment of 98,627 students. The full-time enrollment at Western Governors University is 98,627 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 71.1% White, 9.46% Black or African American, 8.91% Hispanic or Latino, 3.65% Asian, 3.02% Two or More Races, 0.716% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.61% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Western Governors University in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Female (46.1%), followed by White Male (25.1%) and Black or African American Female (6.04%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Female (48.7%), followed by White Male (22%) and Black or African American Female (7.58%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

100%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Western Governors University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 98,627 students. The full-time enrollment at Western Governors University is 98,627 and the part-time enrollment is 0. This means that 100% of students enrolled at Western Governors University are enrolled full-time compared with 68.6% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

N/A%
N/A 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 N/A%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Masters Colleges and Universities (75%), Western Governors University had a retention rate approximately the same as its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    70,119
  2. Black or African American
    9,329
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    8,792

The enrolled student population at Western Governors University is 71.1% White, 9.46% Black or African American, 8.91% Hispanic or Latino, 3.65% Asian, 3.02% Two or More Races, 0.716% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.61% 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 54.4% White, 15% Hispanic or Latino, and 13.2% 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, 2,403 students (2.44%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2017, 8640 more women than men received degrees from Western Governors University. The majority of degree recipients at Western Governors University are white (16,313 degrees awarded). There were 11.3 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (1442 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Western Governors University is Registered Nursing (7,179 degrees awarded), followed by General Business Administration & Management (1,484 degrees) and Elementary Education & Teaching (785 degrees).

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 (4,255 degrees awarded), Health (9,615 degrees), and Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (1,823 degrees).

Workforce

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 (2,056,394 people), Registered nurses (1,418,230 people), Accountants & auditors (1,137,407 people), Other managers (765,908 people), and Software developers (519,448 people).

The most specialized majors at Western Governors University are Education (4,255 degrees awarded), Health (9,615 degrees), Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (1,823 degrees), and Business (5,553 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Western Governors University are Magnetic resonance imaging technologists, Public relations specialists, Surgeons, Geoscientists and hydrologists, except geographers, and Podiatrists

The most specialized majors at Western Governors University are Education (4,255 degrees awarded), Health (9,615 degrees), Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (1,823 degrees), and Business (5,553 degrees).

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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 (3,238,785 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (1,813,488 people), Computer Systems Design (890,009 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (654,427 people), and Banking & related activities (565,368 people).

The most specialized majors at Western Governors University are Education (4,255 degrees awarded), Health (9,615 degrees), Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (1,823 degrees), and Business (5,553 degrees).

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Degrees

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
  1. 7179 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 1484 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 785 degree-majorss awarded

In 2017, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Western Governors University was Registered Nursing with 7179 degree-majorss awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men
  1. 6,303
  2. 14,943

In 2017, 6,303 degrees were awarded to men at Western Governors University, which is 0.422 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (14,943).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2017, 1450 degrees were awarded to men at Western Governors University in General Business Administration & Management, which is 1.2 times more than the 1213 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2017, 6404 degrees were awarded to women at Western Governors University in Registered Nursing, which is 8.26 times more than the 775 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

7%
100% Completion Time
14%
150% Completion Time

In 2017, 7% of students graduating from Western Governors University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 14% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 24% 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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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Two or More Races Male
Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Western Governors University is Male and Two or More Races (100% graduation rate). Across all Masters Colleges and Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (68.1%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 0% of graduates (0 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    16,313 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    1,442 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    1,313 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Western Governors University is white (16,313 degrees awarded). There were 11.3 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (1442 degrees).

2.61% of degree recipients (554 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic
  1. White Female
    11,643 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    4,670 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American Female
    998 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Western Governors University is white female (11,643 degrees awarded). There were 2.49 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (4,670 degrees).

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Operations

Western Governors University has an endowment valued at nearly $N/A, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $9.78M (NaNM%), compared to the 6.94% average return ($2.3M on $33.1M) across all Masters Colleges and Universities.

In 2017, Western Governors University had a total salary expenditure of $492M. Western Governors University employs 2,298 No academic ranks, 0 N/A, and 0 N/A. Most academics at Western Governors University are Female No academic ranks (1,744), Male No academic ranks(554), and N/A (0).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Western Governors University are: Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media, with 585 employees, Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services, with 563 employees, and Computer, Engineering, and Science with 272 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$N/A
2017 Endowment
0%
growth from 2016

Western Governors University has an endowment valued at about $N/A, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The endowment of Western Governors University stayed 0% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $NaNM approximately the same as 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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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $175k - Federal
  2. $0 - State
  3. $0 - Local

As of 2017, Western Governors University received $175k in grants and contracts from the federal government, $0 from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$253M
2017 Salaries
28.6%
growth from 2016

In 2017, Western Governors University paid a median of $253M in salaries, which represents 51.4% of their overall expenditure ($492M) and a 28.6% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 26.8% growth from 2015 and a 26.2% growth from 2014.

The median for similar Masters Colleges and Universities is 31.4M (40.5% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$137M
Instructional Salaries
2,298
Number of Employees

In 2017, Western Governors University paid a total of $137M to 2,298 employees working as instructors, which represents 54% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $16.8M (34%) for similar Masters Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

No academic rank
Most Common Instructor
2298 Employees
Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
585 Employees

In 2017, the most common positions for instructional staff at Western Governors University were No academic rank with 2,298 employees; false with 0 employees; and false with 0 employees.

In 2017, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Western Governors University were Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 585 employees; Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 563 employees; and Computer, Engineering, and Science with 272 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic
  1. Female No academic rank
  2. Male No academic rank
  3. false

In 2017, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Western Governors University was Female No academic rank with 1,744 employees, Male No academic rank with 554 employees, and false with 0 employees.

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