Western Governors University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (350)
Reading these reviews, I see many students that were not equipped to master this program. I am currently in my last term at WGU and l have had more support than the two previous brick and mortar colleges I have attended. I know exactly what is expected of me and I can either choose to procrastinate (which I have at times) or take it upon myself to accelerate and succeed. Complaining that you can't find something on the portal? It's super user-friendly. ASK QUESTIONS! Stay on top of your e-mail. Attend all the webinars and cohorts if you can't figure it out. The incompetent should not attend a competency based college.
I am currently progressing through the MBA Healthcare degree. Overall, I have enjoyed the program (approximately 70% complete). The coursework is good and I have been challenged by the papers and tests. Honestly my only complaint is the mentor program. My mentor is pretty incompetent, is confused on almost every one of our calls (she never recalls information, what we are following up on, etc). I really dislike the requirement of weekly update calls with a mentor; can be moved to bi-weekly after first term but still dislike it. I am 32 and in a professional position in my career. I do not need required reoccurring calls with an incompetent mentor! Program has threatened to move me to an "inactive" status TWICE because my mentor cannot schedule / plan calls.
I earned my undergraduate degree from an accredited brick & mortar school in 2013. When I looked at finishing my MBA there it was $35,000 + with little flexibility. WGU was half the price and I can honestly say it was a far better educational experience. It is a very well organized and supportive school that doesn't overcharge for a mediocre education. I highly recommend this school to anyone who wants a high quality education for half the price. this school is going to continue to grow while other schools struggle to survive. Thanks WGU!!!
Great school, challenging and rewarding experience. I got a raise at work and I'm pursuing a MSN with them. Their mentors are excellent as long as you reach out to them. The writing center of excellence is a great resource. Your writing mentors have PHDs and publish books; beyond my expectations. It saved me a lot of money and I make as such as my colleagues who went to traditional schools and now owe over 50,000.00$
Great school, challenging and rewarding experience. I got a raise at work and I'm pursuing a MSN with them. Their mentors are excellent as long as you reach out to them. The writing center of excellence is a great resource. Your writing mentors have PHDs and publish books; beyond my expectations. It saved me a lot of money and make as such as my colleagues who went to traditional schools and now owe over 50,000.00$
Having earned my Undergraduate and Graduate Degrees from WGU, I admit that at times I felt that the material was limited. However, the fact was that there was a plethora of information and guidance available. It was I, who was expecting the program to be like a Brick and Mortar program, which offer a great deal more hand holding. I think that a previous review summed it up best "It is a GREAT program for the mature student". Another review nailed it by stating "you should expect out of it, what you put into it". I consider myself highly motivated and reworded by self excellence, to that end WGU far and above delivered!
This is a great school for mature people that have good communication and computer skills. The competency-based model saved me countless hours of classroom time. If you are the type of person that doesn't require someone to force you to do your work, and you want to learn content vs. just getting a diploma, this is a great school for you. I have already applied much of the content I learned to real-world situations.
The school and curricula are excellent. I have had no issues with the actual courses and once I began actually completing course work all the administration of my enrollment went well. I would warn before and during enrollment individuals have no access to the majority of the available courses and no access to audit degree plans except through an advisor. This makes selecting a degree plan an act of faith. It takes some digging, but audits are provided if the right person is asked the right question. Financial aid is not easily deciphered either. Enrollment councilors or advisors are not inclined to provide any objective or knowledgeable information pertaining to even the most basic financial aid inquires. Direct all questions or concerns over funding directly to the financial aid. Press for additional information and expect only the exact information requested. It took over fifteen individual conversations for me obtain a full description of the tuition disbursement schedule and refund process. Due to misinformation and omissions concerning financial aid my refund was delayed almost two weeks. As a first semester student with WGU all disbursements are delayed until the 30th day of your first course after enrollment. Funds are further restricted to a two stage disbursement during each semester. Pell grant is released the first day of your enrolled course (after the first semester at WGU). Loans subsidized or unsubsidized are released fifteen days later. This does not take into account holidays or any other unforeseen delays. Being enrolled in courses is not the final trigger for disbursements. A minimum of 12 cu (credit hours or credit units) must accepted within the enrolled degree plan. A student mentor helps chose courses to be taken during the current semester. As a student it is your responsibility accept these 12 cu to complete enrollment in the given courses. Failing to complete this process will delay disbursement as I found out the hard way. Overall the school is excellent. However, believe there is room for more transparency both before and after initial enrollment. The ability to complete courses through competency exams is an excellent opportunity to accelerate a degree program. The tuition is very competitive. The convenience of online courses is very liberating after being confined to a campus for 18 months. I would recommend WGU to anyone with the discipline to work independently and keep motivated to complete any degree plan. For my money it has been the best educational investment have ever made.
What you should expect from WGU's education model is nothing more than what you put into it. This program is not for a person that wants to be spoon fed information to regurgitated for a test at some point. With WGU you have to be able to prove competency, this is done with detailed papers and passing professional tests (such as teacher licensing). As a teacher now of a year, WGU over-prepares you for the education world, I had more in depth pedagogy knowledge and knowledge about academic laws than the students that came from the local traditional 4 year institutions and even more than some of the 3-4 year seasoned teachers. Mentors help guide you to find information for yourself, they do not show you on a chalkboard. This is a self-guided learning process, that gives you time (6 months) to prove you can master the class. If you do not have the ability to think for yourself, discipline your own learning, can take criticism and make corrections, you might consider a more expensive route.
I absolutely loved my time at WGU. The mentors were helpful, easy to get in contact with and support was there time and time again. I did the degree for my employer requiring it for Magnet status. I have since been able to move to a management role. I would recommend this school to anyone looking to complete there BSN. I cannot speak in regards to the other programs.