Western Governors University

Location
Salt Lake City, UT
Student Size
147,866
College Type
Private University
Acceptance Rate
%
Student To Faculty Ratio
42:1

About Our College

WGU was officially founded in 1997 in the United States by the governors of 19 U.S. states.[7] It was first proposed by then-governor of Utah Mike Leavitt at the annual meeting of the Western Governors Association in June 1995. It was formally proposed the following November, and in June 1996 each signing state governor committed $100,000 toward the launch of the new competency-based university. While the seed money was provided from government sources, the school was to be established as a self-supporting private, nonprofit institution. In January 1997, 13 governors were on hand to sign the articles of incorporation formally beginning the new university.

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