Western Governors University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (397)
Great school for people who are self motivated and goal oriented. I have attended WGU for the past year and I have not had a single negative experience. Mentors are very responsive if help is requested and a proactive when the notice you are struggling with a course . The courses in the degree programs are comprehensive and challenging. I would, and have, recommended this school to my friends/family.
Overall, WGU is a great school that has the benefits of an "at your pace" class setting with flexibility and financially affordable degrees. My biggest complaint is the lack of rigor for most of the courses. With the requiring pass rate at 60% for the majority of the courses, and without a grade system to hold students accountable or push them to gain adequate knowledge pertaining to a course, it is easy to skate by in the classes. For some that may be seen as a benefit but for others that want to have trust in what other peers are gaining from classes (especially when those are learning nursing/medical fields), it seems lacking.
This school was so much better than I expected. I loved how you actually had to prove you can apply the knowledge you learned. It was more rigorous than I expected but it made me a better teacher. My student mentor was always there to guide me through my degree plan and the course mentors helped me through my courses.
I've been working as a teaching assistant in special education for 9 years. Finally decided to become a special education teacher. Since I didn't even have an Associate degree, I knew it would be a long road since I would need to get a bachelor degree as well as go through a credential program. I transferred my credits to WGU. I needed to complete 137 credit units to earn my bachelor degree which had the credential program wrapped inside. While working full time, I worked on my degree program in the evenings and during summer break at school. I was able to complete 47 credit units in each of my first two terms, and 43 credit units in my final term. At $3000 per 6 month term, I wanted to get as much out of each term as possible. I was fortunate enough to receive the "Excellence in Education" scholarship which paid $1000 per term towards my tuition. I was able to "fast track" my degree by using my extensive knowledge and experience to pass many classes quickly. Still, I had to write research papers, multiple lesson plans, case studies. I took praxis tests in special education and behavioral emotional difficulties as well as general education. I had to complete the California Teacher Performance Assessment as well as pass the CSET test for California. I had to study class videos and analyze teacher performances. I had to observe in classrooms for 60 hours. I had to do demonstration teaching under the supervision of not only a clinical supervisor, but the host teacher. I had my weekly student mentor phone calls which were amazing in terms of practical support as well as emotional support. When the chance to reduce the weekly mentor calls presented itself I declined, simply because I enjoyed having my own personal cheerleader/secretary who could keep me motivated on track, and organized. Any time an assignment was returned for corrections, the feedback was usually very clear and concise on what revisions needed to be made. Any time I was did not understand the expectations, an email to one of the course mentors cleared up any misunderstanding I had. It was a lot of hard work, I kid you not. The provided support kept me from getting overwhelmed, because it can be overwhelming. This week, I finish my student teaching and will be graduating shortly thereafter. I've already received several offers and inquiries about my availability to begin working in January. For me WGU was the only way to go, and I can't speak highly enough about the education and support I received.
Western Govenors University is an excellent school. It seemed designed for me in that I do not live near a University that offers an MBA and uprooting to be near one did not seem to me to be a financially viable option. The course of study is challenging and requires a commitment on the your part to complete. You will work with a student mentor that will call you regularly and ensure your progress. This student mentor will have a degree at least equivalent to the one you are seeking. We set weekly goals and the follow-up calls were to review progress toward these goals and set new goals for the next week. This worked well for me, but if you struggle with organization, there are tools available to help provide structure for those less organized with their time and commitments. Course mentors are available to help you through any difficulties you may experience in the course work. Course mentors are PhDs in the field they are teaching. I found them to be outstanding in every way, very knowledgeable, eager to help and very available. The school is not a paper mill, it does not accept everyone that applies, but if you have experience in your field and appropriate documentation, you should be fine. Someone with good experience in their chosen field may be able to advance rapidly through the degree program. Competence based education through online learning is genius in that it provides a high quality education at a reduced cost. Tuition at WGU is fixed with no hidden costs - including your books (provided online). You get six months to complete as much as possible, so acceleration is up to you. It is possible all student mentors are good at their jobs, but mine was particularly excellent. Always going the extra mile, he made arrangements for me to speak to course mentors, introducing me and providing background before I spoke to them and helped me navigate through the very robust learning platform. He also, gently and effectively, kept me on task. Coursework itself is quite excellent, provided by experienced educators, often from other schools who take time to teach at WGU. My courses included a class taught by a professor at UCLA, one from UNLV, another from UofU and my favorite class was taught by a BYU professor. There are two types of exams, Objective (question and answer exams), and Performance (you write a paper or complete a project). Objective exams are uniquely proctored online so there is no need to go to a testing center. The exam material is challenging and will thoroughly test your competence. My background in IT, finance, and accounting did help and may have provided me an edge in these exams, but my most difficult courses were Statistics, and the IT related courses. WGU provides excellent learning resources for research purposes and other skilled resources such as a writing center that provides great help for grammar and citations. I enjoyed my experience at WGU. I seem to enjoy learning more than I did years ago. The experience gave everything context and I saw the value of what I was learning immediately. It is a competitive program and I highly recommend it.
You really have to be self motivated and a good knowledge base of what you are studying. Independence is a must and wgu is very flexible. Some times I took months off in between terms due to finishing early. Mentor phone calls are a pain but can be set to bi-weekly instead of once a week. I highly recommend this university for working individuals who can focus on online classes I would recommend this for someone right out of high school with little to no job experience.
WGU is an amazing price and a great program. I was challenged and able to work at my pace to complete my degree. The course mentors and student mentors work very hard to help you achieve your goals. The program was rigorous but worth the effort, I was able to pass all state assessments and course work requirements for my teaching endorsements.
I have been enrolled fro just a few months. I find the school refreshing after the disaster known as University of Phoenix. I have attended 3 different colleges over the years, and WGU, so far, has been the best experience. Folks who are complaining about format, admissions, and other things, are probably as much to blame as the school. WGU is designed for people to further their career in disciplines they already work in. It is not a "hold your hand" school like many others. For me, personally, this works. Maybe other students require something different. I like the work at your own pace. I completed my first class in just 4 weeks. If you complete all assigned classes for one term, pull some classes up from the next term. Graduate faster, cheaper. The degree seems to be accepted in my industry. I know many recruiters (some who graduated from WGU) who told me the BSMGT I am working on would be accepted as a bona-fide business degree. In short, it is not traditional, which may make it more difficult for some, perfect for others. There are many choices out their. Educate yourself to what will work best, for you.
Outstanding program! I really appreciated that the school is fully certified and transferable, if I wanted to go get my masters at the local state university it would be no problem. I liked coming out of the program with a lot of certifications. The pricing structure was a model that should be adopted by all schools, it really encourages focus.
My biggest dislike of this kind of school system, is that well it is suppose to be work at your own pace. Yet the resources are not there for you to fully learn unless you want to participate in chat groups with other students. I consistently find myself, not knowing why they didn't add deprecation into an equation when the previous example did. Yet if I want to find out, here lets schedule 15 minutes, 3 days from now. Forcing you to either give up asking, or to move on and simply swallow not understanding what is happening until you have already built a foundation on something you don't really get to find out why later. I also feel there is a huge inconsistency in the videos and resources for different courses. Also along my several years attending they have lowered the standards of testing and course coverage because it was to difficult for students.