Western Governors University Reviews

96% of users found this page helpful Was this page helpful?
Western Governors University
241 Reviews
77%
Recommend This School
85%
Degree Improved Career
Degree Usefulness
Instruction Quality
Financial Services
Alumni Employment
Avg. time to find work: Found a job before graduating
% career related to degree: 91%
Average reviewer salary: $55,075

Others Who Viewed This College Also Viewed

Others Who Viewed This College Also Viewed

Student Reviews

Review By
Degree: Nursing Education
Graduation Year: 2013
Would You Recommend This College?
Did this Degree Help Your Career?
General ImpressionReviews_blue_dotReviews_blue_dotReviews_blue_dotReviews_blue_dotReviews_blue_dot
Quality of InstructionReviews_blue_dotReviews_blue_dotReviews_blue_dotReviews_blue_dotReviews_blue_dot
Financial Aid ServicesReviews_blue_dotReviews_blue_dotReviews_blue_dotReviews_blue_dotReviews_blue_dot
Degree Program SatisfactionReviews_blue_dotReviews_blue_dotReviews_blue_dotReviews_blue_dotReviews_blue_dot

Affordable, flexible, self-paced, accredited, perfect university for working adults looking to further their education!

1 Comment
0
Timothy Dalhart - 2 days ago

This review sounds like an advertisement. Marketing much?

Affordable School & I Really Learned!
-
Degree: Human Resources Management and Services, Other
Graduation Year: 2014
Would You Recommend This College?
Did this Degree Help Your Career?
General ImpressionReviews_blue_dotReviews_blue_dotReviews_blue_dotReviews_blue_dotReviews_blue_dot
Quality of InstructionReviews_blue_dotReviews_blue_dotReviews_blue_dotReviews_blue_dotReviews_blue_dot
Financial Aid ServicesReviews_blue_dotReviews_blue_dotReviews_blue_dotReviews_blue_dotReviews_blue_dot
Degree Program SatisfactionReviews_blue_dotReviews_blue_dotReviews_blue_dotReviews_blue_dotReviews_blue_dot

After obtaining a BS Business Human Resourcemanagement - it has opened my career up to other opportunities. In addition the certifications are highly regarded by employers. I liked it so much Iam back at WGU for the MBA program.

0 Comments
Western Governors University Business Degree
-
Degree: Small Business Administration/Management
Graduation Year: 2016
Would You Recommend This College?
Did this Degree Help Your Career?
General ImpressionReviews_blue_dotReviews_blue_dotReviews_blue_dotReviews_blue_dotReviews_blue_dot
Quality of InstructionReviews_blue_dotReviews_blue_dotReviews_blue_dotReviews_blue_dotReviews_blue_dot
Financial Aid ServicesReviews_blue_dotReviews_blue_dotReviews_blue_dotReviews_blue_dotReviews_blue_dot
Degree Program SatisfactionReviews_blue_dotReviews_blue_dotReviews_blue_dotReviews_blue_dotReviews_blue_dot

BACKGROUND: Previously attended two nationally ranked highly recognized traditional state universities as a full-time on-campus student. Initially concerned about attending any on-line school due to being uncertain about quality of education. Now attending WGU as on-line undergraduate business student. WGU MODEL: Business program at WGU is top notch and easily competes with quality of education from traditional business programs. WGU online model is centered on student demonstrating competency in their field of study by completing online objective assessment / exam for each course. Student completes online objective assessment while being monitored live by a third-party proctor via web cam with audio. WGU KEY STRENGTHS: 1) Students are required to complete minimum of 12 credit hours per semester and pay only a single flat rate regardless of how many more additional courses are completed within the semester - in other words, once student has successfully completed the objective assessment / exam they can jump right into completing another course within the same semester for no additional cost! 2) There's no required homework - seriously! Students are given the material and resources needed to prepare for completing the objective exam / assessment and are given the freedom to self-determine what learning strategy / schedule best fits their needs. Another way to think about is, WGU doesn't worry about assigning homework because at the end of the day it's up to the student to prove they know the material by successfully completing the objective exam. 3) WGU gives each student a specific mentor to provide regular guidance and support (sometimes includes a needed kick in the butt), and the same person (mentor) stays with the student throughout their entire degree program. Mentor is someone who is also a professional within the student's chosen field - typically has at least MBA in addition to having real world experience. 4) WGU is cheap compared to other 4 year accredited universities (full time student typically pays $3,000 per semester). Overall WGU provides high quality education, provides the student greater flexibility on scheduling, and is cheaper than most other 4 year accredited universities. Would highly recommend Western Governors University to anyone. Overall

0 Comments
Run from this place!!!
-
Degree: English Language and Literature/Letters, Other
Graduation Year: 2006
Would You Recommend This College?
Did this Degree Help Your Career?
General ImpressionReviews_blue_dotReviews_grey_dotReviews_grey_dotReviews_grey_dotReviews_grey_dot
Quality of InstructionReviews_blue_dotReviews_grey_dotReviews_grey_dotReviews_grey_dotReviews_grey_dot
Financial Aid ServicesReviews_blue_dotReviews_grey_dotReviews_grey_dotReviews_grey_dotReviews_grey_dot
Degree Program SatisfactionReviews_blue_dotReviews_grey_dotReviews_grey_dotReviews_grey_dotReviews_grey_dot

I went to this school believing all the reviews about how a higher level degree would aid a person in obtaining a better position, as well as how much the school actually instructs their students. Every review was 100% wrong! The mentors at this school, and I use the term loosely, do not interact with the students on a level consistent with real learning. They are there to answer questions (if they ever respond at all) and collect a pay check - nothing more! Upon obtaining my degree, I found that it was useless, because all the educational institutions I submitted applications to disavowed my higher degree due to the fact that it was obtained via an online institution and not a true brick-and-mortar type. When I contacted Western Governors about this they replied with the following statement - "Our institution cannot be responsible for the assessment process of other businesses, be they educational or private." With that, I deduced that Western Governors University is not in the business of educating people. They are there to make money - another for-profit pseudo-educational business - nothing more! My advice is to steer clear of this place, as well as every other for-profit higher educational system and look for the traditional learning establishment. You and your career will be better for it!

9 Comments
0
Brenda Redinger - 23 days ago

There are so many online learning programs that are utilized that I doubt an employer would disregard a degree earned at such an institution. I am completing my bachelors degree at the University of Phoenix online and I intend to pursue a masters at WGU. For a person like myself who is self-motivated this is a perfect fit. U of P requires posting comments so many days a week, which to me is just busy work. They also require team assignments which are a complete waste of time. I really appreciate the program WGU has which is self-directed.

1
Review-author
Mobile-original-poster
Boru1953 - 23 days ago

Brenda,

I agree with you regarding University of Phoenix and their method of teaching. U of P is one of those schools that is truly a waste of time, for they are there to make money - not educate students!

Having said that, self-directed learning is a wonderful thing, but interacting with oneself does not further your learning on all levels and in many diversified ways. The best and truest form of the educational process demands interaction with others (not U of P's idea of education), which allows one to express him or herself in the company of other students.

When a person utilizes self-learning as his or her only mode of education, he or she tends to overlook those areas that are either too difficult or uninteresting. Therefore, his or her education is lacking. Interaction, in the Socratic sense, does not allow this to happen.

WGU is "not" a Socratic institution of learning and cannot be hailed in any sense as a real educational institution!

Regardless, I wish you well with all your educational pursuits!

2
Brenda - 21 days ago

I do not believe that it is necessary to interact with others in order to learn. As far as overlooking those areas that are too difficult or uninteresting, how could this be when there are educational requirements? If I had it my way, I would never take a math class. However, this is a requirement for a bachelors degree (it was for me anyway). Also, I am in no way saying that U of P is a complete waste of time. I am just saying that for me, team assignments served no purpose other than to drive me crazy because there are so many lazy people out there who will just let others do all the work. I can and have, learned much from reading books on my own and writing research papers. I do not need to interact with other people in an educational environment. I am going to school for a higher degree in nursing and I work with doctors who teach me so much everyday. If I need to interact with people and learn more, I can do it at work. This is why WGU is great for people who are already working and want to further their careers.

-7
Boru1953 - 21 days ago

Brenda,

If you believe that WGU and the University of Phoenix has been of value to you, then Brava! I wish you well on your life's journey. However, thousands upon thousands of people do not believe so, nor have they benefited from either institution. This is precisely because the vast majority of people do not learn properly from self-directed learning. Learning demands guidance and neither WGU nor University of Phoenix does so.

Most people require interaction in order to make their learning complete. You have stated that you learn from the doctors you interact with "everyday," which proves that you need interaction in order to make your learning complete. Without it, your WGU experience would be much less satisfying, albeit incomplete. I am positive that you get more instruction/learning from your medical colleagues than you receive from your self-directed learning.

No matter how you feel, the educational field demands the Socratic approach to learning and teaching. Without it, the student, whether the self-directed type or the vast majority of learners who require interaction, will learn less and quite possibly incorrectly. This has been proven time and time again in every true institution of learning, whether on the elementary, secondary, or higher level of learning, from the pre-school environment to the halls of Oxford University.

And some food for thought, those "educational requirements" you speak of - they are modified for the self-directed learner. The demands are lessened because of the lack of student interaction in the virtual learning environment. I know full well of whence I speak, for I have been directly privy to the creation of several of them at the University of Phoenix (as well as other online learning institutions), having been one of their instructions for a short period of time. I left because of those lackluster requirements! I did not wish to associate further with a company that cared naught for its students, but for the money it seized from them!

In closing, I do not wish to continue this inconsequential conversation, as you seem to be pleased with your education and would, I am sure, argue this ad infinitum.

I wish you well!

10
Michael Anselmi - 20 days ago

Your posts has some valid points that I feel need to be represented in a more objective fashion.

1. WGU is a Not for Profit school.

2. WGU is accredited by the same institutions that the most prestigious schools are.

3. WGU degrees may or may not be as accepted at traditional brick and mortar schools. I don't have any real info on this. Remember that WGU is a fairly new school that threatens to undermine traditional universities. It is to their interest to cast aspersions as to the quality and/or validity of a WGU education. All other sources indicate that WGU provides a quality education, specially taking into consideration cost.

4. I would recommend WGU only for the following demographic: 30+ year old independent learners. If you expect a lot of hand holding, WGU is NOT for you.

5. I have attended WGU and other universities. WGU compares very favorably with other reputable universities. For me, it rates number 1 when factoring cost and convenience. No other university that I'm familiar with comes close.

5
Brenda - 20 days ago

This is why online learning is for people who have JOBS and interact with other people on a regular basis! I have learned a lot in my self-directed classes, and I continue to learn. I do a lot of self-directed learning in my career. When I study for certification exams I do not have an instructor holding my hand, nor am I interacting with other people. I am told what I need to study, what is required of me to know a nurse in a particular field, and I study the material. My father was a self-directed learner and became extremely proficient in mathematics this way. An intelligent person does not require constant interaction with others in order to learn.

2
Jonathan Harrison - 19 days ago

I am currently attending the school for an MBA certification. My background is Bachelors in Chemistry, Bachelors in Creative Writing with a minor in history from Texas A&M University.

I would still give my experience a toss up to WGU. Unlike a lot of the comments, I agree with the type of learning WGU offers. Self-taught learning is the way most adults learn due to our own hubris...it simply takes a level of dedication and drive. In fact, although I am sure not all WGU mentor's are created equal, I have had fair relationships with mine during my stint. I engaged more with the mentor than I ever did with a TA or professor at TAMU during my 5 years and 2 degrees.

Regardless, you have to look at what the individual seeks to get form this university. I would not recommend in any shape or form, using this university as the primary source of undergraduate education without significant career focused backing i.e. company paying for education or offering promotion. As someone who is now hiring people with more education than I currently possess, it more about the work experience than where they went to college. So for the people expecting to get a job simply because of an education, this is not the 70s...everyone has a degree now-a-days.

7
JoAnne - 19 days ago

I went to WGU. I graduated from the RN, BSN program in 2014. I can tell you my education at WGU was top notch. All my classmates have landed great jobs right out of school. This would be my third degree. The first to were in brick and mortar schools. I can tell you I learn so much more from WGU then any other school. I was confident in the studies that I scheduled the NCLEX as soon as they would let me. I passed the first time!!!! Now I have a great job. This type of school is not for everyone. I did have lots of hands on experience. As a matter of fact I did more then most students. All the hospitals I did my rotation were more then happy to take me. I don't regret my experiences at WGU. I'm happy I went through them.

0
Jeffrey - 16 days ago

WGU has great programs for adults who are willing to work. It is not a for-profit university; it is a not-for-profit, with state support from many different states. It requires a lot of work, but there are student mentors for each student and a course mentor for every course. They will meet with you every week at a minimum and more often if you wish. Additionally, there is a Student Service Center, librarians, a Student Success Committee and lots of IT support. You can pick up the phone at almost any time and get help if you wish; there is online help as well. Now they even have student cohorts for those who wish to have even more interaction with the faculty.

The best part is the lack of busy work and ridiculous group assignments. You are only tested on the competencies of the course, not “homework” assignments. Most of the students who fail do not realize this is a real degree and requires real time and effort on their part.

Full disclosure: I am both an employee and a student at WGU. I am not an official representative of the school and my comments are my own opinion, not that of the school.

Good Experience with some Advice: Watch the Pre...
-
Degree: Education, Other
Graduation Year: 2015
Would You Recommend This College?
Did this Degree Help Your Career?
General ImpressionReviews_blue_dotReviews_blue_dotReviews_blue_dotReviews_blue_dotReviews_grey_dot
Quality of InstructionReviews_blue_dotReviews_blue_dotReviews_blue_dotReviews_blue_dotReviews_grey_dot
Financial Aid ServicesReviews_blue_dotReviews_blue_dotReviews_blue_dotReviews_blue_dotReviews_blue_dot
Degree Program SatisfactionReviews_blue_dotReviews_blue_dotReviews_blue_dotReviews_blue_dotReviews_grey_dot

I have attended the classic brick and mortar schools and this was my first "online" degree. The MBA Degree program involved competency based papers and some group work. The work was not terribly complex but the ability to research, understand, and produce results were all taught through these courses. This has helped me in my career as a manager and has given me a better understanding of what my CIO is looking for. I initially had trouble with a couple financial courses and I found that some of the classes had vague rubrics and caused me some distress. However, my mentor taught me a trick about the courses and what they are asking for and I found that that extremely helpful. I would recommend that before you start any course work or paper watch ALL the videos the course mentors put out on the respective courses. Each video ranged from 10 to 20 minutes but they provided invaluable ideas for completing the work successfully as well as tips on how to tackle the work. (These would include the gotchas) This has saved me countless hours of time and frustration. Over all I found the work challenging but the real challenge was the motivation to find the time and discover the answers to the courses through research, reading, online discussions, talking to mentors, and other professionals. If you are motivated and willing to do your own work this can be a school for you.

0 Comments
I love WGU
-
Degree: Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Graduation Year: 2015
Would You Recommend This College?
General ImpressionReviews_blue_dotReviews_blue_dotReviews_blue_dotReviews_blue_dotReviews_blue_dot
Quality of InstructionReviews_blue_dotReviews_blue_dotReviews_blue_dotReviews_blue_dotReviews_blue_dot
Financial Aid ServicesReviews_blue_dotReviews_blue_dotReviews_blue_dotReviews_blue_dotReviews_grey_dot
Degree Program SatisfactionReviews_blue_dotReviews_blue_dotReviews_blue_dotReviews_blue_dotReviews_blue_dot

I love WGU. I will have my bachelor's degree in about 3 months. The classes are not easy, but the mentors are amazing. They offer tons of webinars and online groups to help you get through courses. You only pay for the semester, not per credit. You can add on classes, finish your degree faster and save money.

3 Comments
0
Bill Ross - 25 days ago

Just checking in...are you planning a job search?...Or, are you interviewing yet? Curious how employers are responding to your degree.

0
KRISTINA ROBINS - 19 days ago

What was the total time from start to graduation?

0
Review-author
Mobile-original-poster
Alison Anderson - 17 days ago

I started June of 2012 and I will be done February of this year. I started off banging out classes, but then my life got insane. Some people have finished in a year. Bill I haven't job serached yet. My sister has her degree from here and it seems to help her.

Very satisfied with the program
-
Degree: Management Science
Graduation Year: 2014
Would You Recommend This College?
Did this Degree Help Your Career?
General ImpressionReviews_blue_dotReviews_blue_dotReviews_blue_dotReviews_blue_dotReviews_blue_dot
Quality of InstructionReviews_blue_dotReviews_blue_dotReviews_blue_dotReviews_blue_dotReviews_blue_dot
Financial Aid ServicesReviews_blue_dotReviews_blue_dotReviews_blue_dotReviews_blue_dotReviews_blue_dot
Degree Program SatisfactionReviews_blue_dotReviews_blue_dotReviews_blue_dotReviews_blue_dotReviews_blue_dot

If you want your education and are driven to achieve, this is a great degree program. The only negative is that if you work and are enrolled, sometimes course mentor hours are not expanded late enough in the evenings or all day on the weekends for assistance, but there are some after hours help. It is easy to get help and you can get as much help as you need.

0 Comments
Western Governors University Is The Best School...
-
Degree: Accounting
Graduation Year: 2014
Would You Recommend This College?
Did this Degree Help Your Career?
General ImpressionReviews_blue_dotReviews_blue_dotReviews_blue_dotReviews_blue_dotReviews_blue_dot
Quality of InstructionReviews_blue_dotReviews_blue_dotReviews_blue_dotReviews_blue_dotReviews_blue_dot
Financial Aid ServicesReviews_blue_dotReviews_blue_dotReviews_blue_dotReviews_blue_dotReviews_blue_dot
Degree Program SatisfactionReviews_blue_dotReviews_blue_dotReviews_blue_dotReviews_blue_dotReviews_blue_dot

I have tried a few schools, but my experience at Western Governor's University was absolutely THE BEST!!! I just graduated with my B.S. in Accounting and am returning to the school to obtain my Master's in Accounting. Every experience I had with the school from dealing with my mentor to working with the finance department was A-1. Competency based learning isn't for everyone, so some will have negative comments about their experience, but WGU will always have a place in my heart an to me will always be the best.

0 Comments
Review By
Degree: Education, General
Graduation Year: 0000
Would You Recommend This College?
General ImpressionReviews_blue_dotReviews_grey_dotReviews_grey_dotReviews_grey_dotReviews_grey_dot
Quality of InstructionReviews_blue_dotReviews_grey_dotReviews_grey_dotReviews_grey_dotReviews_grey_dot
Financial Aid ServicesReviews_blue_dotReviews_grey_dotReviews_grey_dotReviews_grey_dotReviews_grey_dot
Degree Program SatisfactionReviews_blue_dotReviews_grey_dotReviews_grey_dotReviews_grey_dotReviews_grey_dot

Stay away!!!! All they do is lie and then put you out right before you are suppose to graduate.

6 Comments
0
Kathy Jackman - about 1 month ago

My daughter is considering attending this school. Could you be more specific about your review? Can you be more specific about what happened? Did you have an expected graduation date? Why did say they "put you out"?

0
James Pfau - about 1 month ago

I find this an excellent school. They work with you to help you learn and pass the assessments. There is a lot of extra training in all areas. My wife has just received her MBA in Healthcare Management. And it is not expensive!!

0
Matthew Wayne - about 1 month ago

I graduated from this college in 2012 and I can assure you that no one "put anyone out." If you fail, it is either because you didn't do the work required or you were cited for academic dishonesty. Although I didn't like everything about WGU, it is a very affordable school and you will have to prove your worth to graduate. But it definitely isn't for those who need their hand held. I graudated with a B.S. in Business Management, if it matters.

0
Brenda Redinger - 23 days ago

This school is clearly for people who are self-motivated and are not afraid to work hard. At any school, you get out of what it what you put into it. I am finishing up at the University of Phoenix, and I can tell you that so many students did the bare minimum to pass. I am sure that they did not learn as much as those who did everything they could to get excellent grades.

-5
Susan - 20 days ago

I'm considering this school. Can you elaborate about your experience? Many people excel with hand holding but others do very well independently.

1
Elaine - 19 days ago

It is rare that one's failure or lack of success is solely contingent upon a single variable. Having said this, the school is a variable and so are you. What are the real reasons that you did not complete your degree at WGU?

Horrible Administration
-
Degree: Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other
Graduation Year: 2016
Would You Recommend This College?
General ImpressionReviews_blue_dotReviews_grey_dotReviews_grey_dotReviews_grey_dotReviews_grey_dot
Quality of InstructionReviews_blue_dotReviews_grey_dotReviews_grey_dotReviews_grey_dotReviews_grey_dot
Financial Aid ServicesReviews_blue_dotReviews_grey_dotReviews_grey_dotReviews_grey_dotReviews_grey_dot
Degree Program SatisfactionReviews_blue_dotReviews_grey_dotReviews_grey_dotReviews_grey_dotReviews_grey_dot

WGU's administration is absolutely awful. It's a nightmare trying to get anything accomplished. The school prides themselves on being different, yet they're just like every other big institution: inefficient and incompetent.

2 Comments
0
Kathy Jackman - about 1 month ago

I see that you're graduation date is 2016, and you just left this comment a month ago. I am wondering, are you continuing at WGU? Did you find a better option? Can you comment specifically on the mentorship aspect of this college? What specifically were you unable to do through administration? Any of this information would be appreciated.

0
Zachary Cummings - about 1 month ago

Yes, inefficiency and incompetency within educational institutions can be prevalent. And it is even found within WGU, but I have just graduated in August and I found that it is really up to the student.... what exactly were you trying to get 'accomplished'?

Others Who Viewed This College Also Viewed

Displaying reviews 1 - 10 of 241 in total
Thank you for your vote! Was this page helpful?
96% of 194 found this page helpful.
Disclaimer: GradReports makes student reviews available via this site. The views expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the views of GradReports. GradReports takes no position with respect to the information or opinions expressed in the user comments/reviews and is not responsible for their content. For additional information, refer to our Review Guidelines.

Our tuition numbers reflect data collected from the National Center for Education Statistics.