Academic Progress


Western Governors University Promise: We help our students achieve their dreams for a degree and career success by providing a personal, flexible, and affordable education based upon real-world competencies. 


WGU takes an active interest in students' progress through their academic programs and requires students to make measurable advancement toward completion of their degree program each term. With this in mind, the University has established the following policies:


On-Time Progress (OTP):  Students completing a minimum of twelve (12) competency units (CUs) at the undergraduate level, and eight (8) competency units at the graduate level, are considered to be making on-time progress toward graduation.


Lack of Progress:  Within a term, undergraduate students who complete less than three (3) competency units, and graduate students who complete less than two (2) competency units, will be administratively withdrawn from the university at the end of the term. Additionally, students who are readmitted to the University and fail to complete the minimum requirements described above will be administratively withdrawn at the end of the term and will not be eligible for readmission.


A student may appeal an administrative withdrawal for lack of academic progress by writing to the Registrar’s office (, clearly stating the reasons they failed to make academic progress, and what they will do to ensure success if allowed to re-enroll. A student who is administratively withdrawn for lack of academic progress may also appeal for readmission after six (6) months from the date of withdrawal. Readmission is not guaranteed and is determined according to readmission standards (see Readmission Following Withdrawal).


If you have questions regarding student policies, please contact:

Natalie Murray
Vice President, Student Experience



Article Number: 20396, 2654


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