A new kind of university for Indiana: An online university designed to prepare Hoosiers for 21st century careers

WGU Indiana is an online, competency-based university designed to expand access to higher education for Indiana residents. Established by the state of Indiana in partnership with Western Governors University, WGU Indiana is designed to serve the needs of Indiana citizens. WGU Indiana offers more than 50 accredited bachelor’s and master’s degrees in high-demand career fields.

The principal goal of WGU Indiana is to open doors to higher education for adult learners through:

  • Access to quality education. An online, Indiana-based university, WGU Indiana grants access to nationally recognized degree programs to all Hoosiers who can complete a challenging online program.
  • Career-focused bachelor's and master's degrees. WGU Indiana offers rigorous degree programs in Business, Information Technology, Teacher Education, and Health Professions (including Nursing) that are relevant to the needs of Indiana employers.
  • Affordable tuition. A nonprofit university, WGU Indiana's tuition is among the lowest in the state, comparing very favorably to Indiana's public colleges and universities.
  • Flexible online degree program. At WGU Indiana, you will leverage the power of online learning to make your program as flexible as possible. You'll be able to balance work and family obligations while you complete your studies.

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Accreditation and Recognition

WGU is regionally, NCATE, and CCNE* accredited. WGU is also a USDLA 21st Century Distance Learning Award recipient for its leadership in distance education.

*The bachelor's and master's degree programs at WGU are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791).

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Student and Grad Success

Through competency-based learning, WGU Indiana grads earn a degree that represents proven knowledge. Because they finish their programs having become truly competent in the skills and subjects employers value most, WGU Indiana graduates are ready to excel in their careers. It's why WGU Indiana grads get jobs that more than pay for their education in just a few years.

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A Proven Academic Model from a Nationally Recognized University, Customized for Indiana Residents

WGU Indiana is Indiana's only competency-based university, leveraging a unique approach to education pioneered by our parent institution, Western Governors University (WGU), which was founded by 19 U.S. governors in 1997, including the Governor of Indiana.

As part of a partnership with the state of Indiana, WGU provides the curriculum, learning resources, mentoring, and student services for WGU Indiana.

What this means for WGU Indiana students:

  • Competency-based education model that measures learning, not credit hours. WGU Indiana employs WGU's unique competency-based approach to education. You'll advance in your degree program based on your demonstration of essential skills and knowledge in your chosen field.
  • Superior learning resources. You'll have access to all of WGU's courses of study, online learning modules, electronic textbooks, web-based tutorials, and simulations as you work to complete your program.
  • Affordable flat-rate tuition. At WGU Indiana, you pay a flat-rate tuition, not per credit hour. Unlike traditional colleges and universities, WGU Indiana operates on six-month terms that can begin on the first of any month, rather than semesters. Your own commitment and effort determine how much you can complete during each six-month term, which allows you to shorten your time to completion. Thus, the faster you progress, the lower your total and the more you save.
  • Full accreditation. WGU Indiana degrees are granted under the current accreditation of Western Governors University, which is accredited through the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). Teachers college programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and Nursing bachelor’s and master’s programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791).
  • Personal support from a dedicated mentor. Online doesn't mean alone at WGU Indiana. You'll have the support of a mentor who will be your personal point of contact and your guide throughout your degree. You'll find that you'll actually receive greater support from your mentor than you ever did in a traditional classroom setting.
  • An online community for Indiana students and access to WGU's national student community. You'll also be able to take advantage of WGU's student community and interact with students both within Indiana and from all over the country and abroad.
  • The University of You. At WGU Indiana, we believe everyone has the right to earn a college degree. And we believe the path to that degree should be accessible, flexible and affordable. We believe life experience should count for something, independent learning should be celebrated, and focus and determination rewarded. We believe in you. Read more about The University of You.

An Indiana University on a Mission

WGU Indiana was established early in 2010 as a part of Western Governors University with a unique mission to help Hoosiers obtain a quality education. When WGU was established in 1997, the founding governors — which included the governor of Indiana — realized that technology, the Internet, and a new model of competency-based education could transform higher education by creating new opportunities for working adults.

The mission of WGU Indiana is to open doors for adult learners who need the flexibility and affordability of an Indiana online university to achieve educational and career goals.

WGU's Core Themes

"WGU Indiana gives working Hoosiers a great opportunity to obtain an affordable, accessible, high-quality online degree that meets the highest academic and professional standards." Mitch Daniels,
WGU Indiana Founding Governor
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About WGU Indiana’s Faculty

Student learning is the primary focus of the faculty at WGU Indiana and the parent institution Western Governors University. Because of our unique student-centric, competency-based approach, faculty serve in different roles compared to traditional schools and other online schools. Read more.

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Questions and Answers

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Why would I choose WGU Indiana?

Because your professional success is our goal. If you’re seriously considering an online degree program, you want high-quality academic content that’s relevant to your career, tuition that’s affordable, flexibility that fits your lifestyle, and a strong support system to help you stay on track. These are the critical attributes of WGU (WGU Indiana's parent institution) as a nonprofit university founded by the governors of 19 U.S. states to expand educational access for the working adult.

Why is "competency-based" important?

The "competency-based" approach benefits you in two ways. First, you know you’re being trained to be competent in your field. You want high-quality academic content that’s relevant to your career. We make sure you know your stuff. Second, the approach lets you advance as quickly as you can demonstrate your competence through our rigorous assessments. It really is a "Show me what you know" approach that lets you take advantage of knowledge you already possess. You can use this knowledge, work hard in your program, and accelerate your time to completion. You could save both time and money. An Enrollment Counselor can explain this approach further.

What is WGU’s Mission Statement?

"The principal mission of Western Governors University is to improve quality and expand access to post-secondary educational opportunities by providing a means for individuals to learn independent of time or place and to earn competency-based degrees and other credentials that are credible to both academic institutions and employers."

What is WGU’s Promise Statement?

"We help our students achieve their dreams for a degree and career success by providing a personal, flexible, and affordable education based on real-world competencies."

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