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Degree: Business and Personal/Financial Services Marketing Operations
Graduation Year: 2011
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I did not finish at this school due to their lack of student support or help. Their entire school is just plain useless. The units from this school do not transfer to most school in the USA. The concelors are more concerned with their "numbers" then actually helping you with your work. When I got pregnant and needed a little more help I was met with extreme problems; like it was a problem for them that I had gotten pregnant.

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Degree: Education, Other
Graduation Year: 2015
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My experience has been positive, though I agree with other reviewers that WGU is not for everyone. College isn't for everyone, either, but if you are considering an online program it is probably important to note some of the differences between virtual and brick-and-mortar venues. Each has its pros and cons, many of which have been tallied in other posts so I won't repeat them. I would, however, like to add value to this thread by commenting on the nature of WGU's programs as being "competency-based." This is an important element and it took two master's degrees for me to really appreciate it. In 2013, I began and completed an MSN. I did this in one semester by reading, writing, taking tests, and studying 8 to 12 hours most days. I don't recommend this, as it's fairly obsessive, exhausting, and has side effects like ending personal relationships. My point being that it can be done, but it takes a lot of focus, self-motivation, and established competencies in the field of study. After completing my MSN, I began an MBA program. I no longer had 8 or more hours a day to devote to school, but I still put in the recommended 15 to 20 hours a week. It has taken me the full two years to complete the MBA on this schedule, but my background and competencies were in patient care and not business... so this makes sense. Having completed an associates, two bachelors, and a clinical doctorate at brick-and-mortar schools, and now two masters degrees online, I will say that I consider the online venue slightly superior. The education seems equivalent and I don't have to travel or circle for parking. You do indeed get out of it what you put in, but ask yourself what you want out of a degree. If you intend to network, then brick-and-mortar may be better with Ivy league being ideal. If you just want knowledge, then the Internet is likely all you need. I will also say that WGU, while excellent, has all the bureaucracy of any other university. That being said, I would absolutely recommend it if you have the time, motivation, and skill set to succeed.

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Degree: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other
Graduation Year: 2016
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WGU provides quality mentoring, a variety of tools to match your learning style and quality education. I would highly recommend it to friends, family and colleagues. I feel that it is money well-spent and will continue on my learning quest in this format.

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Degree: Information Technology
Graduation Year: 2013
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WGU helped me get my Bsc. in IT without going to a brick and mortar college. At that time I had 3 children, working full time and my wife was also working full time and I could not attend a brick and mortar college. The degree helped me to get a better paying job before I graduated and after graduation it also helped me get a promotion. Just like any other college you will find one or two things you might not like but in general I liked the school and they are constantly improving the way they do business.

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Degree: Management
Graduation Year: 2015
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This particular degree is a new one offered from WGU, I believe I may be one of the first to obtain it. I have to say my entire experience with WGU has been stellar. You get out of the classes what you put into them; because it's online, it's self-paced. Don't do the work, you won't get the education it's that simple. My Student Mentor, an assigned person that stays with you throughout the whole degree was wonderful. She was knowledgeable and if she didn't have the answer she found out and let me know in a day or two. When I was in a hurry, she was in a hurry too. My classes were very relevant, timely and I did struggle through a few of them. The course mentor's were more than happy to help me when I was having difficulty. The statistics class was terribly hard for me, but the instructors took lots of personal time on the phone to help me understand the concepts. My entire experience was positive. The one and only thing that was not perfect was the cost of the tassel! They contract those kinds of things out and the company charged twice as much for shipping as the cost of the tassel! The program was scheduled to be for 24 months, but I did it in 11 months to the day, so you can go as fast as you want. My total for my Master's was $7000.00. I did not have to buy a single book, everything, including the camera for taking tests was provided. All in all, a very good experience.

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Deidra - 10 days ago

When you indicate your degree was management. Was this humane resource management?? I am interested in this degree but I don't have the experience of all the knowledge so I am nervous about the compentesy based testing I have heard about. What is your input about that?

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My degree was in Management and Leadership. There was one class on Managing Human Capital that was focused on Human Resources and that is the one class I actually tested out of. I personally have lots of work experience (I am 53) so it was pretty basic stuff for me to test out of it. Every other class I took that had a test, I was given all the information I needed to pass the test in my class work. Information was not only written chapters but videos, slide shows and audio so it worked for all learning styles. Hope this helped! And good luck!

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Deidra - 8 days ago

Thank you for your input. I am so nervous about going back but want to so badly. I have heard such mixed reviews and am afraid it's all "teach your self". It's nice to know that the information will be available I just have to study. I am good with studying and working hard. I work full time but have great time management. I think I just need to make that last step and go for it. If you don't mind I have another question...I hear that ones you have a degree program that courses sometimes gets changed and can be a headache. Did you have any issues like that?

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Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2013
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Personally I think WGU is a waste of time and money. It's a gimmick to entice people who can't qualify for a real public college nor afford a for profit school with the idea that they will 'Graduate' sooner and will quickly start making more money. It's a complete joke. I 'graduate' in 2013 with a BS and I mean B.S degree and it has done absolutely nothing for me. Instead I took WGU off my resume and i believe that that's helped me with job inquiries. This competency nonsense is a total scheme. The clases are a joke. They're not even clases, more like correspondance courses were you read a chapter, scribble some nonsence to take up space and meet taskstreams minimum requirements and that's it. It's onto the next course. Also they send you to a testing center to get certifications were all you have to do is memorize the questions and answers online , then wallah take the test. I think all the hype around WGU is that people nor the media that supports this crap will admit that the only reason why WGU has become so popular is because it's accredited and people will eventually receive their fake, worthless shelf filler diploma in the mail which will actually not end up meaning anyting not event the paper it's printed on and they can check the 'College Degree' check box when they fill out job applications.. I regret spending `10k on this so called university. Should have went to Devry or even UOP is more reputable. Also check out Bellevue, since they actually have real classes. Also let me add that the course mentors are completely worthless. All they do is send you links to look up crap on google. Heck I can do that myself.

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Victoria Grant - 25 days ago

As a recent graduate of the WGU MBA program, I completely disagree with this review. Clearly, this individual must have struggled with their program and is not willing to share the entirely of what occurred. The WGU MBA program is an excellent and demanding program which requires the ability to demonstrate that you have spent the time truly learning the material, otherwise you cannot pass the course. It is a great benefit that the assignment graders through Task Stream are not directly connected with students, as instructors at brick and mortar institutions are, because this eliminates all of the gamesmanship and bias that can occur based on the personal interactions between student and professor. The Task Stream graders maintain a strict standard for all assignments that requires students to work very hard in order to pass. Students who are not self-motivated, self-disciplined, and focused should not enroll at WGU. Perhaps, this individual is one of those students who does better in a structured, instructor-led environment in which personal relationships can influence their success in each class.

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miguel - 25 days ago

I have had nothing but success with my bachelors degree in Business (Project Management) from WGU. Anyone who claims that it did nothing for them just didn't grasp what learning is about. I went from earning $67k/yr to $113k/yr upon graduation. Removing a degree from one's resume never helps. My mentor has helped me every step of the way. I think schools are only as good as its students. This school is accredited both Nationally and Regionally. Whenever I see a review that appears so hateful and written under a fake name I tend to wonder, who wrote this? Devry? UOP? Bellevue? Anyways, I am halfway now through my MBA program and I am already being groomed for a VP position managing all of IT, from Infrastructure to Development. All thanks to WGU.

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Ryan Vanmatre - 25 days ago

Sounds like you are describing college in general. Many degrees today don't help except for the fact you have one.

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Carol - 24 days ago

I am contemplating getting my advanced degree at WGU, and find your comments too biased to be anything other than sour grapes. I have a degree, graduated with high honors, and now have an excellent job. I am not dumb, nor do I want it "easy." I do have a family to support, thus my consideration of online education. What you get out of something is in direct portion to what YOU put in to it. I can only assume this was true for you. Sad.

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JM29T - 24 days ago

That's the problem with WGU, it's TOO easy to get a degree. All you have to do is coast along, fill in the blanks, maybe write a couple 2-3 page essays, which if taskstream returns, then all you do is go over it and correct the mis-spelling, grammar and resubmit it. After 3 tries, they seem to eventually give up and pass the assignment. WGU is craap, and I don't care about you fan boys out there that 'LOVE WGU' only because you're guaranteed a degree. Heck wait until you start applying for jobs and you have to explain what WGU is and about CBE education and they'll be like 'WHAT HUH'. And by the way WGU touts their tuition as 'ONLY' 2800 a month for six months, but i don't know about you but blowing away 6K for correspondence courses is a lot of money. State colleges cost nowhere near that and you get a real education. Also community colleges are much cheaper. And yeah, i'm sure most people attend WGU just fill in the 'space' were a college degree is required, because actually trying to learn anything doesn't require much research, just access to google and youtube.

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Candymom - 20 days ago

I totally disagree with the original comment. In fact, if you read the comment, you will notice several errors. (clases, "were" as opposed to where, "wallah" as opposed to viola). Maybe the reason you think your "BS" degree is worthless is because you do not possess the minimum requirements for the job.

I recently graduated and have been extremely pleased with my student mentor. She stayed with me the whole way and encouraged me. She even went above and beyond the job of a mentor and called me on her cell phone (not WGU phone).

Please do not pay attention to the original comment from JM29T - that person is a joke!!

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Mike Wood - 19 days ago

the self study, self directed work load of WGU is well done and well thought out. you get out of it exactly what you put in it. my leadership was impressed with the curriculum and I shared papers etc...and they were impressed with the depth of knowledge required to successfully complete tasks. the mentors, at least mine, were awesome and worked hard to keep me on task. highly recommended

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Omar B - 19 days ago

WGU is totally self-directed. You get as much or as little out of it as you want, not unlike a brick and mortar school. "Cs get degrees," and whatnot. If you chose to do a quick spell-check on your paper revisions instead of digging deeper for your own enlightenment, that's your prerogative. You complain about $2800 a term for as many classes as you can finish, but study anywhere else these days and you'll get absolutely fleeced. I was at Arizona State Online paying $6000 for 12 units. I couldn't take more per term because I couldn't afford it, and my degree was going to be drawn out as well. At a community college in my state gets me about 13-14 units for $2800. I'm at 19 already with time to spare. Anything borrowed has to be repaid, so yeah price matters a lot.

Your frustration seems to stem from a serious misunderstanding of today's job market. A person with a recent Bachelor's from anywhere will seldom find anything other than entry-level work, and even those are incredibly competitive.

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CD - 18 days ago

I disagree with the initial statement. I am just about to complete my Masters Degree in nursing education and it has already helped me to go further in my career. The classes are definitely self directed, of which, I have acquired so much more knowledge and understanding with in my career. It is not the same as going to a brick and mortar school, which I found refreshing. WGU is one of the most reasonably priced on-line educations you can receive, including the traditional track.

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LVS - 14 days ago

Completely disagree with this assessment. WGU is designed primarily for people who are willing to put in the time to really earn a degree. If the poster actually managed to get away with less than solid work, then s/he was extraordinarily lucky. I'm working on a Master's degree and the work is quite challenging. BTW, I graduated at the top of my undergraduate class -really- and would likely have been accepted anywhere. I chose WGU because I cared about becoming COMPETENT in my chosen field. Perhaps the poster failed to understand the concept of a competencies-based system vs. an A-F grading system.

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Christina - 9 days ago

Regarding the original post, all I needed to see was that you would prefer to attend UOP or Devry. Both have been in deep water lately and neither are reputable. I know several people who "got" their degree there because their wife/husband did it for them. So if that is what you are looking for then by all means! Meanwhile, WGU is definitely not for everyone. You have to be disciplined enough to focus on each class. YES some classes are easier than others and I accredit my 10+ years in management to being able to excel in those competency based courses - while others were challenging. In addition, I have never had a course mentor say Google anything. They provided exactly what you need to focus on particular topics within the course you are struggling with. In my opinion, I can say that I have seen several people enroll with little to no work experience and have had a hard time progressing. Maybe it is the lack of life experience, maybe not. All in all, I enjoyed the pricing that included all the materials I needed.

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Not Like JM29T - 8 days ago

I noticed that JM29T only addressed TaskStream. I did my work correctly and never had any of my papers sent back, so I cannot comment on the 3 strikes we pass you policy. Not to mention that TaskStream is not owned by WGU but is a third party vendor solution. I graduated with a degree in IT. I had to go to testing centers and take numerous IT certifications, from CompTIA, Microsoft, Cisco, etc. Nobody can slide through those exams, you either pass them or you fail them. I am just wondering what kind of field JM29T is in. He describes memorizing answers for assessments and then passing them. Right there it tells me that he didn't put the effort to learn the concepts behind those answers. Shortcuts never lead anywhere pleasant and he's seeing the fruits of his labor. I am actually happy that he isn't using WGU on his resume anymore. I would not want to be associated with someone who submits garbage work 3 times and expectst to pass a course, or even worse someone who memorizes answers from who knows where just to pass certifications. Maybe when he attended WGU they didn't have that Ethics course I had to take. Oh and yes I am a fan boy of WGU, my boss paid for my schooling and I recently got promoted on top of it all. One last note, we all attend the school of our choice for various reasons, knocking down a school because one failed at acquiring the necessary knowledge to improve ones career is simply childish. Maybe if someone had spent more time learning instead of school bashing in boards - maybe things would have turned out different. Go Owls!

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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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Averie Crutchfield - 30 days ago

I am very interested in applying to WGU for K-6 Education. Would you be interested in referring me? The only reason I have not applied yet is because I cannot afford the application fee at this exact moment, but I am very anxious to get started. My email is averieanna2010@yahoo.com

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CJ - 25 days ago

I have heard that the tests are only pass/fail. Is that true?

I know that it can't be true for the certification tests because I have taken the A+ and that definitely is not pass/fail.

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Dalton - 24 days ago

Averie, I referred you today! You should be getting a free application waiver :)

CJ, there are two types of classes. Ones with tasks to complete and ones with final exams. The ones with exams is pass/fail, but you have three attempts at the tests. If you miss the cut score you have to wait two weeks to try it again, and you meet with your mentors and make sure you are prepared. I missed my score by one point and had to retake, when I retook it I scored 20 points higher so they definitely make sure you are ready! If you fail 3 times you have to pay for the fourth attempt. The classes with task will have a few task to complete, and the task are basically essays for you to write. They prove that you have learned the material and are usually pretty long and tideous. If something is wrong or missing on your paper then they will send it back for revision. Once everything is correct for that task they will have it done as standards complete, and you will move on to the next task. The certification tests are different, they are done through your state not through the school. So whatever standards your state has for your certification will be what you need to focus on for those.

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Myla - about 21 hours ago

I'm thinking of taking Math Education. How does the "learning" works, especially when it comes to math courses? Does the learning materials explain substantially the content and do the tasks and exams strongly correlate with the lessons. I learn well when given with examples.

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Degree: Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance
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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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tc - 14 days ago

Do you think someone who hasn't worked or learned too much about information security or IT could do this? I know a little bit about computers and have been able to fix all software problems on my PC at home but not enough to work in 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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Degree: Human Resources
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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 - about 1 month ago

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

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Deidra - 10 days ago

I have my associates in generals and really want a degree in HR. However I have never worked in HR before. Will this hurt me with taking these courses??

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