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Western Governors University
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Avg. time to find work: Found a job before graduating
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Degree: Mathematics Teacher Education
Graduation Year: 2016
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Personally, I love WGU. I'm almost finished with my first term after transferring from a traditional university. My admissions adviser was there every step of the way to make sure I was completely ready once my term started, my student mentor meets with me every week to make sure I am reaching the goals we set, and my course mentors have always been very helpful and return calls/emails quickly. The classes aren't easy, but you can take a pretest at the beginning of your course so you know what areas you need to spend more time on and can accelerate through the parts you are more knowledgeable in. I am a military spouse so being able to student teach and work on my observations in any state that I am, even if we have to move, is perfect for me. I love the flexibility this school has. If you have extra time one day you can work longer on school and if you need to skip a day you can without consequences. How fast/slow you graduate is completely up to you and how much time and effort you are willing to put in. If you aren't self disciplined it can be very easy to put it off and get behind. This school was ranked #1 for their secondary education program and the school I transferred from was ranked #14. I love everything about this school, I've learned so much and I've had a great experience with it so far. I definitely recommend it for everyone.

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WGU Information Security and Assurance
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Degree: Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance
Graduation Year: 2012
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The WGU Information Security and Assurance program is excellent. When I started the program, I already had 15 years of experience and was gainfully employed in the IT industry. Even with all of my experience, I was very happy to learn many new things from WGU's program. The subject matter was directly relevant to my work. The industry certifications were rigorous and challenging. My colleagues at work were impressed with the subject matter. The information security and assurance program at WGU is the perfect blend of hands-on work and big-picture work.

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not easy but worth it.
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Graduation Year: 2015
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I think WGU is an amazing school with great helpful staff and teachers. I was horrible in algebra until I spent months working with one teacher. She walked me through it never let me accept not having the right answers. WGU is a online school if you aren't self disciplined don't try it, its not easy, but its worth it. I am graduating at the end of the month and already have a job.

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WGU is the real deal - IF you can apply yourself
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Degree: Human Resources
Graduation Year: 2015
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So after reading TONS of reviews about WGU (considering for my MBA) I decided since I just completed my degree that I should jump in. I work in HR, currently holding a VP role at my company. I had completed 4 years of college coursework in various fields prior to coming to WGU but when I got into HR I had nothing specific to that field. I transferred in as many credits as possible. At first, it was an adjustment for me to get used to having weekly calls with my mentor. I can tell you that those calls are the reason I made it through. Not all mentors and students will mesh. I had to request a change to a new one shortly after starting. This school will NOT be for you if you are not a self starter. If you are not someone who will get motivated to get the course work and studying done without someone pressuring you, this will NOT be the place to go. It took me several years due to my hectic schedule, but I just finally finished my Bachelor's degree. I can say without hesitation, that the work that WGU makes you do, in most cases, is significantly harder than that I was asked to do at Community Colleges or other Universities that I have attended. There are no cake walk courses that you can just breeze through. You have to work hard. I am proud to say I got my degree at WGU and I'm proud to say I save a fortune over what others pay. Almost all of the negative reviews point towards the same thing. Either a poor mentor (request a new one) or someone isn't cut out for self study courses. If you need help, there ARE people there to help. YOU have to do the work.

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Tim - 23 days ago

I have no prior college or education beyond high school. Is this school for me? Or is it a transfer school only?

Fantastic school!
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Degree: Secondary Education
Graduation Year: 2013
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Great school, highly recommended! I got a job teaching 1 month after graduating. The courses are tough, and require a lot of time and effort. But it is totally worthwhile. The mentors are there to not only guide you through the program, but act as cheerleaders as well, encouraging you to do your best. I am back at WGU to obtain a Master's degree. Great school for working adults!

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Great School for Focused Individuals
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Degree: Accounting
Graduation Year: 2014
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This is a fantastic program for students who enjoy working on their own and accelerating as desired. I received my Associates at a brick & mortar school and was chomping at the bit because the pace was incredibly slow. After working all day, it is hard to sit in a classroom and actually learn. The pass/fail is fine if you understand that in order to pass, it's actually a B average. A potential employer could care less what grade you passed college with! These courses are difficult and challenging - not a walk in the park. The beauty of this is that you can take a pre-test before starting the course so that you don't waste time studying parts of the course that you may already be knowledgeable in. Tools are provided to help you along, the course mentors are there if and when you need them. I finished up my Bachelor's in Accounting and am now working on my Masters with this school. I would recommend this school to anyone who can apply themselves without having their hand held the entire time.

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Richa Patel - 19 days ago

Do you already work in the field of accounting before getting your bachelor's? If not, did you have trouble finding a job?

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dawn - 18 days ago

I did work in public accounting while obtaining my accounting degree. I changed jobs upon graduating and had several job offers to choose from. I now work in the private industry in the finance dept for a large nonprofit organization. I had offers from an accounting firm, ta hospital and the nonprofit. Accounting skills are in high demand.

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Stefanie - 5 days ago

Did you find your prior work experience assisted you through the program more quickly?

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Dawn Gonsalves - 4 days ago

I feel that my prior work experience definitely helped my through the program more quickly as I had the basic accounting skills and I also owned a business, which helped me with the business courses. I was able to finish up what would have been 2 years at a regular school in about a year, and I am now finishing up my MBA and that will have taken me about 1 1/2 years. I liked how a lot of the work is actual projects that would normally be found in a working environment instead of reading chapters and studying just to pass the test. How much do you actually retain when you are studying just to pass a test? I like hands on training and seeing how to apply the principals being taught.

Not Worth It At All
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Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2013
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It's been two years since graduating from WGU and I have yet to secure a job in the field that my degree is in. To make matters worse, they started offering IT certifications two years into my program, yet didn't offer them to me. Funny thing is, I found out by showing some friends of mine who were prospective students, the WGU website. When I contacted them to inquire about why I wasn't offered these certifications, I got the run around, then they stopped returning my calls and e-mails. I have since started taking certification courses to fill in the educational gaps that my WGU education should have filled. I keep a folder of all the emails that I received from Western Governors University during that time with all of the various excuses. Now, when people ask me about my experience with the school, I show them the folder, show them my student loan debt, and explain that I am still working in the same field that I was working in when I started school. Then I let them decide if its worth the money. It was bad enough that they didn't accept most of the units I had from my A.A. degree from a previous college when I started, but all they had to do was add the certifications to my program, since I was still attending and racking up loan debt. I'd probably be working in my degree field by now if they did. They obviously knew the degree was lacking something, or they wouldn't have added the certifications. This is my W.G.U. experience.

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Rob - 28 days ago

So it's the University's fault you haven't got the job you wanted? You never stated that the reason was the name of the college you went to. Nor is it the school's fault that you have student loans, that was your choice. And for that matter, if you did go to a regular brick/motar school, you loan bills would be a lot higher.

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M.D. - 26 days ago

Well Rob, that was my experience with WGU, not yours or anybody else's. There is a certain expectation one has when they pay for an education, such as "getting a job in the field". I have never had a problem getting a job in any field I have ever worked in, which has ranged from installing propulsion units on trains to working as an orthopedic tech in a hospital, so yes, I do have expectations of better opportunities when I pay for an education. If you don't understand that, its fine, but keep your response to yourself. You sound like a WGU employee anyway.

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Lily Sue Morgan - 23 days ago

My experience with this school was very poor and early on into the course. I was in a Mathematics program for elementary teaching, K-6. When I saw the teacher on-line teaching with an opaque projector (out of use in any public school for the last 25 years), I withdrew my registration and pursuit. I then decided that the best education, mayber you pay more (excluding the living expenses), but not much, for the quality of interaction from an experienced instructor. There is no substitute for learning from experienced people. I would not have my music expertice without learning from a teacher who had studied in Paris.

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Gregory - 6 days ago

I am a WGU Health Informatics (healthcare IT). I was offered a job during my PPE (internship) at an above average rate for starting IT jobs in South Carolina. WGU students have a higher employment rate than brick and mortar schools, look it up. My degree also changed some during the course of it. This is a natural progress of things. Your only legitimate complaint is that you had a crappy mentor because they gave you a runaround. However, from your ramblings this is hard to judge because you clearly lack basic knowledge of life and have a clear desire to blame your woes on others. As stated before me. School cost money, you saved by going to WGU. Jobs are not given out like candy to people with degrees. You still have to sell yourself. I would not hire someone with your mentality, nor would many others as you can see from your lack of employment. I truly hope you realize the reality of this, though I am doubtful. Best regards.

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Devan - 6 days ago

I saw this exact same review in the 1 or 2 star section (slips my mind which). It was attributed to a different person. This is the second time I have seen this kind of thing on WGU's review page. Interesting

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Degree: Information Technology
Graduation Year: 2014
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The program is tough but well worth it in the end. You get a lot of certifications that help advance your career. Do not let anyone tell you that certifications do not matter. They do in the IT world. WGU incorporating them into the programs are great. The weekly phone calls with your program mentor can be annoying if you are an advanced learner but if you procrastinate or feel you are getting behind, they can be a real asset. I have graduated with my BSIT and now reenrolled for my MSIT - ISA degree with them. The course mentors are great but I feel email and phone contact should be exteneded to maybe a webex type of interaction. WGU learning is more solo work so if you like working in group type events, this might not be for you.

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Niecey - 22 days ago

I was curious about how WGU actually pays for the certs. Do they give credit to a testing center or what? I'm interested in the IT program. Also, when they go over your transcripts do they give you a run down of efficient options if you are between two different majors? I have more credits for my business major (concentration in info. systems) than actual computer science/IT courses, and the point is I really would LOVE to do the general IT program but I have gotten a bit further with my business major so I'm thinking I could graduate sooner if I just finished w/ business degree. I'm still in the early stages of applying, haven't been enrolled yet. Just curious about these things. Thanks!

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Degree: Special Education
Graduation Year: 2016
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Not what it use to be....I earned my BA and was satisfied back then but not anymore. I have wasted time and money trying to get a Master's Degree. When you have a questions they just bounce you around from person to person. In addition the course work does not benefit you with actual teaching. Don't waste your time and money, go somewhere else. I am seeing about transferring credits now!

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Alma - about 1 month ago

So are you saying that getting your BA wasn't worth it either? Or would that still be something you found beneficial?

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Kris - 15 days ago

Based on your above statement I am assuming that you are studying to become a teacher, is that correct? I too am studying to become as teacher. I got my undergrad degree at a traditional University and am now working on my Masters in Education at WGU. I have been truly satisfied with my experience. I have found the course work to be excellent, and my mentor is awesome. I have been misinformed from time to time, and I have had to read the handbook from cover to cover as well as my state licensure requirements to ensure that I cross all my t's and dot all my i's. I think the key to success is taking responsibility for your own success. You will learn if you apply yourself. You will be successful if you set goals and implement the discipline necessary to achieve those goals!

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Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2017
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Aloha, I currently live on the island of Maui and after attending University of Hawaii for a few semesters I realized that I wanted to attend an online based education. I started this journey at Argosy University Online which was a joke and took a break for a couple months and then extensive research I found Western Governers University. Their enrollment department counselor M.G. was very informative and courteous in helping in my enrollment and am looking forward to finishing up my Bachelors degree in Business Management under this degree plan. -Brandon

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