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WGU Missouri Recognized by Military Friendly for the 11th consecutive year

WGU Missouri Recognized by Military Friendly for the 11th consecutive year

St. Louis, Mo. (April 23, 2021) – WGU Missouri, along with parent university Western Governors University (WGU), is pleased to announce it has earned Top Ten status for 2021-2022 by Military Friendly Schools, ranking third in the online/vocational category. This is WGU’s 11th consecutive year receiving a Military Friendly® Schools designation. 

WGU was selected for its continued commitment to offering affordable, flexible, and high-quality degree programs relevant to today’s workforce to veterans and their families. Veterans are typically eligible for benefits that more than cover WGU's low-cost, flat-rate tuition of about $3,500 per six-month term. WGU also offers many scholarship opportunities specifically designed for active-duty military service members, veterans, and their families. WGU's degree programs are approved for VA education benefits under the GI Bill, and for tuition assistance for active-duty, reserve, and National Guard service members. 

WGU’s competency-based learning model is ideal for adult learners—especially military personnel—because it allows students to study and learn on their own schedule and at their own pace. Students can apply what they’ve learned at work, in the service, and in previous courses to move quickly through material they already know, while taking the time they need to focus on what they still need to learn. WGU faculty members work one-on-one with students as mentors, offering individualized instruction, guidance and support. 

“Being recognized by Military Friendly® Schools as one of the top ten schools for veterans for the 11th consecutive year is an amazing honor,” said Dr. Angie Besendorfer, chancellor of WGU Missouri. “With almost 13 percent of our students being military or having military background, we are committed to providing affordable programs that fit their lives and make advancing their careers so much more attainable.” 

Now in its 11th year, the Military Friendly® School's list has come to set the standard for higher education institutions to provide the best opportunities for veterans and their spouses. This prestigious list provides a comprehensive guide for veterans and their families using data sources from federal agencies and proprietary survey information from participating organizations. Institutions earning the Military Friendly® School designation were evaluated using both public data sources and responses from a proprietary survey completed by the school. More than 1,200 schools participated in the 2021–2022 survey, with 747 schools earning the designation. 

For more information about the 2021-2022 Military Friendly  Schools, visit  To learn more about how WGU serves military students, visit

About WGU Missouri  

WGU Missouri is a competency-based, online university created to expand access to higher education for Missouri residents. The university offers more than 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the fields of business, K-12 teacher education, information technology, and health professions, including nursing. WGU Missouri faculty members serve as mentors, working one-on-one with students, offering guidance, support, and individualized instruction.   

Established in 2013 through a partnership with nationally recognized Western Governors University, WGU Missouri is open to all qualified Missouri residents. The university is nonprofit and self-sustaining on flat-rate tuition of about $7,000 per year for most programs.  

Degrees are granted under the accreditation of Western Governors University, which is accredited through the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). Nursing College programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE*), and the Health Informatics program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).  

More information is available at or by calling 855.948.8493.   

*Western Governors University offers nursing programs that are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 5380, Washington DC 20036, 202-877-6791).  

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