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Western Governors University
202 Reviews
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Average reviewer salary: $58,000

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Nursing Average Rating
Percent Employed 100% Average Time to Hire --- Average Salary $69,167 % Degree Helped Career 75%
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Percent Employed 83% Average Time to Hire --- Average Salary $47,500 % Degree Helped Career 80%
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Percent Employed 100% Average Time to Hire --- Average Salary $56,667 % Degree Helped Career 71%

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The Perfect School For The Motivated and Ambitious
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Degree: Accounting
Graduation Year: 2014
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It is simple if you are a procrastinator or have had problems with online classes, this school is not for you. I am somewhat of a procrastinator and that made it harder than it should have been. My mentor is AMAZING! If you can I would request John Shumway. I have seen some reviews that call your mentor a cheerleader and I would say they are that and many more things. I have someone to answer to, which helps me stay on track. He is always positive, helpful and honest. This was perfect for me and if I could do it over again, I would definitely want John as my mentor and finishing faster. Course mentors will help you with your issues as long as you can explain in detail what your are having a hard time. You also need to keep up on announcements.

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Great option for 2nd chance students who can co...
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Degree: Instrumentation Technology/Technician
Graduation Year: 2011
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My experience at Western Governor's was very positive. An on-line degree program is not for everyone. But, for myself, I was already working in the IT industry and am an adult learner. The information and experience I gained from my courses and capstone project had a direct impact on my real world work projects. My mentor was instrumental in keeping me on track and graduating on time. Without his help I may not have ever graduated. I graduated a month late. I already had an associates agree at a community college. My degree has helped my career and is worth every bit of effort I put in to it.

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Real World Experience
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Degree: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other
Graduation Year: 2014
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Having attended both traditional brick and mortar college to obtain my AS and now WGU for my BS I can say WGU does a great job of preparing students for the real world. At work I do not have the option to have someone walk me through problem solving. When I have a project or issue I have to find the answer quickly and put the information together in a package that will be easily understood and accepted. The is classes at WGU prepare students for this type of work. No one is going to hold your hand and tell you how it should be. The information is presented to you and it is up to you to decipher and interpret it. My degree has filled in the gaps of my experience and education and made me a much more rounded individual. I use some of my new skills on a daily basis. I highly recommend WGU to anyone who is motivated and disciplined.

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Learing ends when frustration begins!
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Degree: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other
Graduation Year: 2014
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After finishing my degree program in March of this year, and waiting to write a review of WGU after a few months, I can honestly give the closest to an objective review of my experience here I can. I found the almost the entire program to an experience that was frustrating and torturous! This university's program is basically for people who are working or, perhaps, not really ready for the full university experience. I'm a reasonably intelligent person and found this education with "training wheels" limited and stultifying. While in community college, I discovered that I had a knack for writing. Almost every paper I received after grading were marked with comments of: "well written", "good research", and "interesting perspective." I love writing so much that I even took three journalism classes and wrote for the school paper. That love of writing was nearly ruined by WGU and the inane writing style you must adopt to pass papers and classes. This is done because all papers are graded by a third party and not by any kind of instructor. The people who grade your paper are looking for key words and phrases and not the serious content of your paper. I found out that I had to devolve my writing style to the ninth grade high school level and fill my papers with bulleted points and simple sentences made to be scanned easily by some disinterested person sitting six states away from me. I call this "assembly line" writing and it very nearly bored me to tears. And then there's the reading, there is so much duplication, I wonder if the people who decide what you read has actually read what they want you to read. For more than one class I had to read as much as twenty chapters from two books to prepare for a test. I have no problem with reading, but when there are five overlapping chapters between the two books. I certainly would have gotten through the reading quicker if I were not reading several duplicated chapters of information presented slightly differently. Lastly, the people in the Financial Aid office are only slightly nicer SEPTA train conductor or the Einsatzgruppen!

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WGU is a great school!
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Degree: Information Technology
Graduation Year: 2014
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WGU is for people who are driven. This is not a school for someone who expects to be spoon fed, the course mentors are there for you if you need help or are struggling to understand concepts, but you must be the type of person who is willing to ask for help, then do the work required! If you are a self driven, motivated learner and have some years of experience in your field, this is the right school for you. As you finish your classes in IT, you must pass the corresponding IT certification, which is very import in the Information Technology field to get hired. Obtaining this degree has helped me compete for the best and highest paying jobs in my field because now I have a BS in IT along with all the certification required to land the jobs I am applying for! In addition, you cannot beat the cost of tuition @ approx $6000 per year, and all your IT certifications are paid for as part of your course of study.

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Excellent Choice!
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Degree: Education, Other
Graduation Year: 2013
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Great staff who are there to help in any possible. It helps to be self-motivated but they motivate you as well. I loved my program & I really miss it after graduating.

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Happy with WGU
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Degree: Information Technology
Graduation Year: 2008
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Obtaining a BS in IT provided the open door to a federal job with the DoD. My performance at work and technical skills are much better than peers who graduated from highly ranked state and private brick/mortar universities. My salary more than doubled, and I've been promoted several times. My degree from WGU was 1/3 the cost of other schools I was looking at, and the online environment allowed me to work at my own pace.

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WGU worth the money
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Degree: Accounting
Graduation Year: 2015
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In WGU a student will get out of the program only as much as they put in. I can work at my pace and achieve great things.

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MY WGU experience
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Degree: Organizational Leadership
Graduation Year: 2014
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I just wanted to say that WGU has been a great experience for me. It has offered me a graduate program that is affordable and credited.I could never afford to get my MSN any other way, the cost will be twice as much at least. Yes, WGU is a lot of work. Yes, you will work on your own, but you have mentors and Capstone Evaluators who work with you and guide you along the way. You get exactly what you put into it. The program is very doable. It has helped me developed the ability to work independently. Yes, you will do a lot of writing, but if you follow the rubric for each course, you will succeed. I have finished my MSN in 13 months. I highly recommend WGU to everyone.

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Hardly Mastering Anything
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Degree: Nursing Education
Graduation Year: 2015
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Currently I am in the BSN program and it's a total waste of time and money. The "course mentors" (teachers/instructors) are usually 20-30 something years old and have spent the majority of their short lives in degree programs with little to no work experience to have as a reference point. So far, it has been a disappointing experience dealing with a bunch of kids calling themselves "course mentors" that are masquerading as experienced RN's. I think I was expecting something much more out of this program than what was delivered. But since I'm already thousands of dollars in to this and no where else to go, I basically just need to hold my nose and finish this "program". The bigger issue is there is a real danger in the sense that most facilities are now buying in to the "requiring BSN's" nonsense. The danger is evident when these newly minted 20 something year old RN's with a "Masters" degree in nursing starts taking care of critical patients. I have witnessed more than one bad outcome from these young kids. The old proverb, knowledge does not equate to experience...........that applies here. It truly frightens me to know that this is the trend education is going. To have a bunch of kids teaching and they don't even have grey hair yet was laughable when I was in my 20's. When I was in my 20's and 30's you were selected by people who had a masters degree because they had truly mastered the field. When you received your masters degree it meant something to you because you had been recognized by other well respected people in the field as having matured and grown as an apprentice to have a skill set that was unique to a select few. With that skill set came a huge responsibility to your field and to the next generation. These young people have no idea of the impact this is having on the future of education and the next generation to come. When I see a these young people walking around hospitals with MSN on their name badge all I can do is shake my head and think of how cheap that word actually has become. With a computer, a pair of pajamas and money you to can become a "Master"

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It is unfortunate that you have had a negative experience. I graduated from the BSN program 2 years ago, after being an RN for 30 years! It was one of the best things I have done personally and professionally. I could not speak more positively of WGU and the services that I had access to there. My daughter just completed her Master's of education there and also had a wonderful experience. I attended my daughter's graduation in Salt Lake City this past weekend and met some of the mentors in both the nursing and education programs. my observation was most were in their 40's or 50's. WGU may not be for everyone, but certainly gave me an affordable, flexible way to earn my degree and advance my career!

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Katharine White - 7 days ago

I am looking into this school. I really want high level nurses being my mentors

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