Western Governors University

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2019 Undergraduate Tuition
$6,380
0% growth from 2018
2019 Average Net Price
$7,785
After Financial Aid
2017 Student Loan
4.15%
Default Rate
2019 Enrolled Students
136,139
100% Full-Time
2018 Graduation Rate
28.8%
15 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 (9,573 degrees awarded), General Business Administration & Management (2,634 degrees), and Elementary Education & Teaching (1,494 degrees).

In 2019, 34,132 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Western Governors University. 70.7% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 29.3% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (25,655 degrees), 10 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (2560 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Western Governors University is $6,380, which is $−15,646 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,027).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Western Governors University is $6,380, which is $−15,646 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,027).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $7,785.

In 2019, 37% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 47% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$6,380
2019 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2019, the cost of tuition at Western Governors University was $6,380. The cost of tuition at Western Governors University is $−15,646 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,027).

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Average Net Price

$7,785
2019 Value

In 2019 Western Governors University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $7,785. Between 2018 and 2019, the average net price of Western Governors University grew by 0%.

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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 2019. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $200. The cost of room and board did not change between 2018 and 2019. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

37%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
47%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

37% of undergraduate students at Western Governors University received grants or loans in 2019. This represents a growth of 12.1% with respect to 2018, when 33% 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.
4.15%
2017 Default Rate
922
Number of Defaults

In 2017 the default rate for borrower's at Western Governors University was 4.15%, which represents 922 out of the 22204 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 136,139 students. The full-time enrollment at Western Governors University is 136,139 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 67.5% White, 9.89% Hispanic or Latino, 9.64% Black or African American, 3.58% Asian, 3.01% Two or More Races, 0.662% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.525% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Western Governors University in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (43.5%), followed by White Male (24.2%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (6.41%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (47.5%), followed by White Male (19.5%) and Black or African American Female (7.65%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

100%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Western Governors University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 136,139 students. The full-time enrollment at Western Governors University is 136,139 and the part-time enrollment is 0. This means that 100% of students enrolled at Western Governors University are enrolled full-time compared with 69.2% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

73%
2019 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 73%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Masters Colleges and Universities (74%), Western Governors University had a retention rate lower than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    91,883
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    13,460
  3. Black or African American
    13,124

The enrolled student population at Western Governors University is 67.5% White, 9.89% Hispanic or Latino, 9.64% Black or African American, 3.58% Asian, 3.01% Two or More Races, 0.662% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.525% 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 53.3% White, 16% Hispanic or Latino, and 12.9% 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, 6,926 students (5.09%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2019, 14140 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 (25,655 degrees awarded). There were 10 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (2560 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Western Governors University is Registered Nursing (9,573 degrees awarded), followed by General Business Administration & Management (2,634 degrees) and Elementary Education & Teaching (1,494 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 (7,609 degrees awarded), Health (13,651 degrees), and Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (2,930 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 (1,601,250 people), Registered nurses (1,478,508 people), Accountants & auditors (1,021,105 people), Other managers (858,116 people), and Software developers (640,875 people).

The most specialized majors at Western Governors University are Education (7,609 degrees awarded), Health (13,651 degrees), Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (2,930 degrees), and Business (9,942 degrees).

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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, Magnetic resonance imaging technologists, Physicians, Architectural & engineering managers, and Actuaries

The most specialized majors at Western Governors University are Education (7,609 degrees awarded), Health (13,651 degrees), Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (2,930 degrees), and Business (9,942 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 (3,241,427 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (1,819,340 people), Computer Systems Design (1,014,151 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (672,804 people), and Banking & related activities (557,528 people).

The most specialized majors at Western Governors University are Education (7,609 degrees awarded), Health (13,651 degrees), Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (2,930 degrees), and Business (9,942 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. 9573 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 2634 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 1494 degree-majorss awarded

In 2019, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Western Governors University was Registered Nursing with 9573 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

9,996
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2019
24,136
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2019

In 2019, 9,996 degrees were awarded to men at Western Governors University, which is 0.414 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (24,136).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2019, 2397 degrees were awarded to men at Western Governors University in General Business Administration & Management, which is 1.07 times more than the 2238 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2019, 8570 degrees were awarded to women at Western Governors University in Registered Nursing, which is 8.54 times more than the 1003 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

29%
100% Completion Time
38%
150% Completion Time

In 2019, 29% of students graduating from Western Governors University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 38% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 48% 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.
White Male
Highest Graduation Rate (46.7%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Western Governors University is Male and White (46.7% graduation rate). Across all Masters Colleges and Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (69.1%).

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
    25,655 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    2,560 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American
    2,292 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Western Governors University is white (25,655 degrees awarded). There were 10 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (2560 degrees).

3.07% of degree recipients (1,047 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic
  1. White Female
    18,416 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    7,239 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Female
    1,737 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Western Governors University is white female (18,416 degrees awarded). There were 2.54 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (7,239 degrees).

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Operations

Western Governors University has an endowment valued at nearly $N/A, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $13.3M (NaNM%), compared to the 4.44% average return ($1.71M on $38.5M) across all Masters Colleges and Universities.

In 2019, Western Governors University had a total salary expenditure of $739M. Western Governors University employs 2,919 No academic ranks, 0 N/A, and 0 N/A. Most academics at Western Governors University are Female No academic ranks (2,189), Male No academic ranks(730), and N/A (0).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Western Governors University are: Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services, with 668 employees, Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media, with 651 employees, and Management with 475 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$N/A
2019 Endowment
0%
growth from 2018

Western Governors University has an endowment valued at about $N/A, as of the end of the 2019 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. $118k - Federal
  2. $0 - State
  3. $0 - Local

As of 2019, Western Governors University received $118k 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

$364M
2019 Salaries
16.3%
growth from 2018

In 2019, Western Governors University paid a median of $364M in salaries, which represents 49.2% of their overall expenditure ($739M) and a 16.3% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 23.5% growth from 2017 and a 28.6% growth from 2016.

The median for similar Masters Colleges and Universities is 34.1M (40.6% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$184M
Instructional Salaries
2,919
Number of Employees

In 2019, Western Governors University paid a total of $184M to 2,919 employees working as instructors, which represents 50.6% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $11.2M (32.7%) for similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

No academic rank
Most Common Instructor
2919 Employees
Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
668 Employees

In 2019, the most common positions for instructional staff at Western Governors University were No academic rank with 2,919 employees; false with 0 employees; and false with 0 employees.

In 2019, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Western Governors University were Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 668 employees; Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 651 employees; and Management with 475 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 2019, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Western Governors University was Female No academic rank with 2,189 employees, Male No academic rank with 730 employees, and false with 0 employees.

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