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WGU North Carolina FAQs

What is WGU North Carolina?
Created through a partnership between the State of North Carolina and nonprofit Western Governors University, WGU North Carolina is an online, competency-based university offering affordable, high-quality degree programs for working adults in the state.

Why is the state establishing WGU North Carolina?
Establishing WGU North Carolina adds affordable capacity to the state’s higher education system. Currently, there are more than 1.6 million North Carolina residents who have completed some college but have no degree. A trained and educated workforce is vital to the state’s economy, and WGU North Carolina provides another high-quality option for adults who wish to complete a bachelor’s or master’s degree in high-demand areas such as K–12 teacher education, healthcare, business, and information technology. WGU North Carolina addresses the needs of busy adults who, due to work and family obligations, may not be able to attend a more traditional brick-and-mortar university.

How is WGU North Carolina being established?
The establishment of WGU North Carolina was authorized by the North Carolina General Assembly and Governor in October of 2015. The State of North Carolina appropriated $2 million for the startup of WGU North Carolina, with an additional $5 million raised from private sources, including Strada Education Network, Golden LEAF Foundation, and private donor Dell Loy Hansen. After startup, WGU North Carolina will be self-sustaining on tuition and will require no ongoing state funding.

Are WGU North Carolina students eligible for financial aid?
Like all WGU students, those living in North Carolina are eligible for federal financial aid. In addition, many scholarship opportunities are available—last year WGU awarded more than $12 million in need-based scholarships nationwide.

Is WGU North Carolina accredited?
WGU North Carolina operates under the accreditation of Western Governors University, which is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Degrees will be granted under WGU’s current accreditation.

How is WGU North Carolina governed?
A wholly controlled subsidiary of Western Governors University, WGU North Carolina is led by North Carolina-based Chancellor Catherine Truitt. (See Chancellor bio for more information). WGU North Carolina operates under the guidance of an Advisory Board that will include corporate, community, and education leaders from the state.

Where is WGU North Carolina located?
WGU North Carolina’s offices are located at 4242 Six Forks Road, Suite 1550, in Raleigh. However, because WGU North Carolina is an online university, students live throughout the state, accessing their coursework and working with faculty remotely.

Does WGU, a national university open to residents of all 50 states, already have students in North Carolina?
Yes, there are currently more than 1,100 students in the state, and more than 2,000 North Carolinians have already graduated from WGU.

If WGU was already available to North Carolina residents, why establish WGU North Carolina?
The establishment of WGU North Carolina allows us to dedicate resources to increasing statewide awareness of the university and its programs, thereby expanding access to high-quality higher education throughout the state. In addition, a state-endorsed, locally based university enhances credibility among students and employers.

When will North Carolina residents be able to enroll in WGU North Carolina?
WGU North Carolina expects to begin enrolling students November 1.

If you are interested in writing about WGU North Carolina or would like to interview a WGU North Carolina representative, please contact:

Noelle Motley
Public Relations Manager
757-814-7178
noelle.motley@wgu.edu

Chancellor Catherine Truitt's Biography

WGU Facts

  • WGU is a nonprofit, online university established in 1997 by 19 U.S. governors to expand affordable access to higher education.
  • In 20 years, WGU has grown as a national university with more than 95,000 students in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, as well as military service personnel working overseas.
  • WGU offers more than 60 online, competency-based degree programs in the high-demand career fields of business, information technology, K–12 teacher education, and health professions, including nursing.
  • WGU’s online, competency-based model is designed for busy adults who must balance work, family, and financial obligations. It allows them to set their own study schedules and move quickly through material they already know so they can focus on what they still need to learn.
  • WGU faculty members serve as mentors, working one-on-one with students to guide them through their coursework and support their learning.
  • WGU’s degree programs are developed in collaboration with representatives from relevant industries and academia and are reviewed regularly to ensure that they are up-to-date and relevant.
  • WGU’s undergraduate tuition is about $6,500 per year for most programs. It is charged at a flat rate.
  • Terms at WGU are six months long, and students may begin on the first day of any month.

WGU North Carolina Student Snapshot (As of Sept. 26, 2017)

To date, WGU has awarded 2,007 degrees to North Carolinians in the following colleges:

  • College of Health Professions and Nursing – 648
  • Teachers College – 603
  • College of Business – 508
  • College of Information Technology – 248

WGU North Carolina currently serves more than 1,100 students in 89 counties in the state.
75% of active students are classified as underserved in one of four categories:

  • 43% represent the first generation in their family to attend college.
  • 30% are ethnic minorities.
  • 24% are classified as low income.
  • 23% live in rural areas.

89% are 26 years of age or older.

The average age of students is 37 years old; the youngest student is 18 years old; the oldest is 67 years old.

63% are female; 37% are male.

73% of students are employed full-time; 11% of students are employed part-time.

10% of students are veterans of the military, 4% are military spouses or dependents, and 3% are on active duty.

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