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1 out of 5
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Degree: Business Administration
Graduation Year: 2016

Horrible school. Rude staff. IT idiots. Computer systems never work. Save yourself the time and money and stick with a regular school. The admissions is a joke, with no follow up and nothing but excuses. You would think with all the competition they would care more.

1 out of 5
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Degree: Business Administration and Management, General
Graduation Year: 2016

This school is a joke. They accused me of cheating on a paper and I called them on it asking for proof of receipt since they said I bought the paper and...........NOTHING! They couldn't provide anything and I was still punished with a six month suspension. They made the "hearing" in the middle of the afternoon when AKA online students work !!! Needless to say I got my money back and transferred out. Seems to be a theme from them, as others have said they push back your graduation date to get more money.

1 out of 5
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Degree: Business Administration
Graduation Year: 2016

The school is horrible. Its an online school but the site never works and is always down, The IT department just makes stuff up or are not trained to fix anything. They can never find your entrance information and have a million excuses. Avoid this place at all cost.

5 out of 5
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Degree: Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
Graduation Year: 2016

Not only was it a positive and rewarding experience to get my degree at WGU, they also offer great alumni services. My student mentor was great, the course mentors were helpful when I needed them, and my degree has allowed me to get a better job. It might be hard for some people to do education without hand holding but it was exactly what I needed. I was able to finish on one year and I learned a lot about my field, this is a place where you can learn as much as you want if you are willing to put the effort into it. Being able to fly through a few classes, with my current knowledge, was a huge relief. I'm trying to be partial in my review but it's hard to be when you are so excited. Because WGU also offers scholarships, one of which I received for $500 a term, I was able to finish my Bachelor's for under $5300 including all materials and fees. I intend to return for my Masters.

4 out of 5
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Degree: Information Technology
Graduation Year: 2017

Nothing is wrong with WGU, and no I am not a "plant", whatever that means. I am married, pay my own bills, etc. and attended a 2 year tech school, but never graduated. I have been enrolled at WGU since 2013 and will be graduating in 2017. I had no problems with transferring my credits, even though only about 24 of them transferred out of maybe 46. I am enrolled in the BSIT program and have had about 3 degree plan changes, which isn't a big deal imo. Some courses were dropped and replaced by more relevant ones which I thought was a good thing. WGU is a self-study, self-paced online school where you must be responsible for your time! They have a low graduation rate because people can't handle taking care of themselves. You have to find motivation to work on your classes because there are no teachers to hold your hand. It is taking me the full 4 years to complete my degree, but that's not because I am slacking off, it's because I am a slow learner and try to understand everything before attempting the assessments. If you can find motivation on your own, and not waste your time or are not lazy, I would recommend WGU to you. If you need assistance every step of the way when it comes to learning, then please save yourself the trouble and go to a traditional college, which by the way is much, much, much more expensive. WGU terms are a total of $3035 every 6 months, and you get to add the typical amount of 12-16 "credit hours" worth of classes in each term, BUT if you finish all of your classes quickly, you are allowed to add more classes into your term without paying anything extra as long as you are able to complete them within that term. Many of the classes in the IT Security degree are based on certification exams, mostly CompTIA, and CISCO. Basically if you pass the certification exam then you pass the class. As for the general education classes and the other non-technical classes, you submit tasks (assignments) through a service called taskstream and you get graded based on a rubric that is presented to you for each assignment or objective assessment. There are no homework assignments by the way, only the final assignment and/or test. I have had no problems with task stream in the past, people tend to complain about how long it takes, but they don't give them a fair chance. I always received my results within 2-3 days. One other thing is that you keep in contact with WGU through a student mentor whom calls you every week when you're a new student through your first term, and then calls you every couple weeks depending on a schedule you set with your mentor. Many people complain about this as well, yet I have no clue why. Overall WGU is a great online college that is very affordable. I do recommend this school easily.

4 out of 5
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Degree: MBA
Graduation Year: 2016

If you are wanting the bottom line, then here it is: WGU is a wonderful, progressive approach to higher education; but only for motivated students with related work experience. This concept is very important to understand if you are considering WGU. It's not a bad thing. It just means that WGU's approach caters to a specific type of student. If you have little/no experience in the field of your desired degree, then you may find WGU's competency approach to be difficult. If you are not good at organizing your time or keeping yourself on task, then you may not reap the cost-savings benefit of WGU's flat rate pricing. Personally, I had a great experience with WGU and received a wonderful education. My focus was in business - first with the BSBM program and then with the MBA program. My 6+ years working at various supervisory and project management levels certainly helped me to pull the courses' business concepts together. The coursework was challenging and I retained volumes of knowledge through the process. Sure, I had to commit 12+ hours per week to class work for a few years, but I kept myself on track and finished both programs far ahead of schedule.

4 out of 5
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Degree: MBA
Graduation Year: 2016

If you are wanting the bottom line, then here it is: WGU is a wonderful, progressive approach to higher education; but only for motivated students with related work experience. This concept is very important to understand if you are considering WGU. It's not a bad thing. It just means that WGU's approach caters to a specific type of student. If you have little/no experience in the field of your desired degree, then you may find WGU's competency approach to be difficult. If you are not good at organizing your time or keeping yourself on task, then you may not reap the cost-savings benefit of WGU's flat rate pricing. Personally, I had a great experience with WGU and received a wonderful education. My focus was in business - first with the BSBM program and then with the MBA program. My 6+ years working at various supervisory and project management levels certainly helped me to pull the courses' business concepts together. The coursework was challenging and I retained volumes of knowledge through the process. Sure, I had to commit 12+ hours per week to class work for a few years, but I kept myself on track and finished both programs far ahead of schedule.

5 out of 5
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Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2016

I was able to cut off 9 months because my experience helped me to get through classes I already understood faster. The projects they make you do really prepare you to be a leader and advocate, I have gained so much experience and confidence in the research, project and community health role. One of my projects was used by my work to update a patient care policy. I have learned and gained so much from this program. The concepts align with the standards of magnate status hospitals. At home proctored testing, the online format, and support from course mentors made this program convenient for my lifestyle. Although, you must be extremely self motivated to study and stay on track.

4 out of 5
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Degree: Nursing Administration
Graduation Year: 2016

WGU allowed me to obtain this degree with great flexibility regarding schedule. I could not have graduated from a program with hard deadlines due to my demanding job. I found course mentors to be variable, just like any other school. Some were terrific, others...meh. The content of courses is very similar to what my colleague got at a brick 'n mortar, high profile school here in Michigan, I am very grateful I don't have her loan! It is possible to pass without doing much reading, but I have learned this is true for non-clinical MSN's at other schools too.

4 out of 5
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Degree: MBA in Management
Graduation Year: 2014

I recommend WGU. The school is under rated, the business curriculum, and course work is up to date, and on par. It's not easy however, which probably accounts for the very low MBA graduation rate. Occasionally, a few technical snafu's pop up, but to anyone experienced in business online, they're manageable. I'm now pursuing a PhD.

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