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Western Governors University
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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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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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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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Honest experience with this school and program
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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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Looking to transfer
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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 - 4 days ago

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

Just Started WGU, Off To Great Start
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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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perfect for me, not for everyone.
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Degree: Marketing
Graduation Year: 2015
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WGU is not for everyone, but it has been exceptional for me. I have spent 30 years in my field, and so I have moved quickly through the program. It will not take me a full year to complete my degree. I have not "coasted" and there are no gifts. It is a challenging program. The biggest weakness is their math department. Their Algebra course make me consider quitting, it was so awful! But the rest of the courses have been great. I have learned some more advanced concepts in subjects I already know, and don't have to waste time and money on concepts I already know intimately. A coworker just today was ranting about a for profit school that cost her $65,000. THAT is a scam. WGU will cost me $3-6000 and I will have a better education. WGU is a PUBLIC university, it is non-profit. They have nothing to gain by scamming people, or being a "degree mill". But WGU really is not for everyone. It takes a lot of self direction, and a certain ability to put the pieces together on your own. Mentors are there to assist you, but often they refer a student back to the relevant material first, and will tutor a student after a second request. Not everyone will succeed at WGU, it is different, know that fact going in. WGU has been a perfect fit for me. I have found it just as challenging as traditional schools I attended, without all the bull, or expense.

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josh wilcott - 14 days ago

Its actually private..

My experience so far after 2 terms
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Degree: Small Business Management
Graduation Year: 2016
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I transferred from a community college (didn't earn Associates). Most classes were accepted. Only non-degree related courses weren't transferred. I just finished my 2nd term for the Bachelors in Business Management. I really enjoy this school. I work 48 hrs a week, have a 6 year old daughter, and own a house. Due to my schedule traditional schools weren't realistic options. This format is great for me. I have my regular counselor that I speak with weekly. Her role is essentially to support, motivate, plan my curriculum, and help me navigate through the several resources available to me. I'm the type of person that doesn't need much outside support so our conversations are short, but whenever I do have a question she is able to answer it. She also responds to emails in a timely manner. Every course also has several mentors associated with the course. These are the mentors that help with your studying. They have previously recorded content, usually powerpoint presentations, covering every module of the course. They also offer live webinars and cohorts. The text book is also there if you wish to just read it yourself. I usually utilize the powerpoint presentations and the text book. It has worked well for me. These mentors send emails offering there services. It's up to the student to utilize them. The courses that require tasks use a third party called taskstream. The assignment is submitted and graded in taskstream. I feel they are very thorough when grading, which I like. When I did my first task I thought I did a good job, but I had it sent back with comments. For the most part I did a good job, but there was one section that they wanted me to improve on. I can see people being annoyed by that but I personally like it because I feel a great satisfaction when I submit a task and it meets there high standards. A course will usually have two tasks. A task is broken down into about 6 or 7 sections. Each section is graded on a scale of 1 unacceptable - 4 exemplary. There is no way you pass the task if you have less than 3 on any section. You can have all 4 and one 2 and you won't pass. When a course requires a test you use a third party called Proctor U. A proctor monitors you via web cam. Before you take the exam you have to show id, answer security questions to further validate your identity, and use the camera to scan the room you are in so that they know that no one else is there with you. It seems a little over the top but I appreciate the thoroughness. I haven't failed an exam but my toughest one was the last one I took this morning. It was Integrated Sciences. I thought this course was pretty cool because it contained aspects of physics, chemistry, biology, astronomy, and earth sciences. It focus on how all of these sciences connected, such as gravitational, magnetic, and electrical force, weather on rocks, photosynthesis, ecosystems, planet formation, stars, nuclear fusion, and so much more. I really enjoyed that course. There were over 50 videos because there was so much content. The exam had 65 questions but it was actually over 100 because many questions had different questions within them. Sorry for the long post, I'm just very excited and happy with the program. I hope others enjoy it as much as I do.

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Awesome Education for Self Starters and Indepen...
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Degree: Small Business Management
Graduation Year: 2015
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First, I have to say that Western Governors is not for everybody. Because of the nature of online learning, you must be a self starter and able to learn on your own. While there are many options available for you to get additional help, this program really requires a lot of self teaching. Also, the reviews I have seen here in regards to the student mentors have been completely opposite of my experience. My student mentor has been great! When she sees that I have passed a final she sends me an email of congratulations even in the middle of the night! I am very appreciative of her help and consistency. She calls every week right on schedule and pushes me to finish ahead of my schedule. Now that I have gotten that out, I'll share some more about my experience. I attended a brick and mortar college to earn my associates several years ago, and I can say without a doubt that I have learned more in this program than I did in the previous school I attended. I also have found that the information that I have learned has been very valuable in my current profession and I have been able to have strong, competent discussions with others incorporating the knowledge that I have gained through my degree program. I have even had conversations with other college grads who didn't learn some of the concepts that I have had to tackle. I researched several colleges before choosing WGU and spoke with their representatives. I also spoke with other WGU graduates before making my decision. One of the best things about WGU is their policy of not making you re-learn concepts that you already know. Although I did not have a full formal education, I have held some high positions in several companies and had to teach myself much of what was required for me to complete my job duties. Because of this, many of the concepts in my program I already knew and was able to move directly to the finals and pass the classes. I greatly appreciate this because sitting in a classroom and listening to a lecture on things I already knew would have been a huge waste of time for me. I haven't graduated yet, but will be shortly and am very excited to do so. To sum this all up I just want to re-state; if you are a self starter and have the motivation to read textbooks and learn on your own and at your own pace, you will enjoy WGU. If you are not and need more personal time to grasp concepts then WGU may not be the place for you.

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