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WGU's Mission

Bridging the Gap Between Talent and Opportunity

The surest way to opportunity is education. The transformative effect of education impacts individuals, families, and communities to improve social mobility. Our mission is to change lives for the better by creating pathways to opportunity.

“Going back to school wasn't easy, but I knew my WGU degree would open doors I wanted to walk through. Looking back, it was the best choice I could have made.”

—Spencer Wade
WGU Graduate

Making Opportunity Work for Everyone

The promise of higher education is the surest path to opportunity—and it's a promise we intend to keep. 

Our belief in education’s transformative power and our commitment to improving its quality, accessibility, and outcomes compel us to do more. They compel us to invest in endeavors that we hope will transform not only the institution, but also the system of higher education as we strive to make opportunity available for everyone.

WGU is characterized by its flexible learning architecture and multi-dimensional delivery, which allows us to better personalize learning, adapt to changing workforce needs, and provide relevant pathways for an individual’s first and next opportunity. 

Our commitment to measurable student impact will ensure accountability as we innovate through failures and invest for the long term. We won’t rest in our effort to expand equitable access and attainment or in our effort to accelerate the advancement of our mission of creating pathways to opportunity.

Our ambition is to be the world’s most student-centric university; everything we do begins and ends with our students, our alumni, and their families. The success and wellbeing of individuals is at our core. It’s why we exist. It’s why we are committed to changing higher education. This is what it looks like to create pathways of opportunity for everyone: one by one.

Renewing Education's Promise
WGU's deep connection to the workforce helps students advance their careers and see strong return on their education investment.

Reducing Cost
WGU has stripped unnecessary costs from its model and provides a variety of financial aid options so more students can afford a high-quality education. 

Personalized Learning
WGU's unique model and technology enable student success. We meet students where they are and help them get where they want to go. 

Expanding Access
WGU is committed to removing barriers to make higher education possible for all, regardless of their individual circumstances.