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Degree: Marketing
Graduation Year: 2015
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I was a business major at WGU, studying Marketing Management. I graduated in 16 months with no prior college experience! All I had was a high school diploma! WGU has really made my dreams come true, always wanting a degree! I have seen some reviews of people saying "oh employers won't like that you graduated college so early because it shows that you 'took the easy way out'" when in reality, graduating early has helped me! They see that I am a hard worker and is very dedicated! Online school is not for everyone though, and college is not for everyone, so please keep that in mind before applying. I had a lot of support and help throughout the whole time and I'm forever happy I went to WGU.

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Degree: Information Technology
Graduation Year: 2011
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You actually have to be smart and pass college level entrance exams to be accepted and attend a real university. WGU is for people seeking a shortcut in life. They may graduate in 6 months with an accredited degree, but try explaining that to any hiring manager, and they'll think your just trying to find the easy way out. One idiot even asked if WGU has PHd program lol.

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Mary - 9 days ago

Oh wow this person sounds bitter and hateful.

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Mary Y - 7 days ago

M Richards are you or were you a student at WGU? I have done both brick and mortar schools in addition to online programs and I disagree that you have to take "entrance" exams for a real school. That is old school. Get with the times. This school may not be perfect, but neither are a lot of "traditional" schools. Again, you get what you put into it. The BSN degree is challenging and informative. There are people that get their papers done for them whether they are at WGU or any other college, people who will cheat at one place will cheat at another. I am a wife, mother, full time RN and this program allows me to move forward in my career, but still be able to function in the real world. I do not cheat as I'm sure a majority of WGU students don't. I can't comment on other degrees at WGU, but the nursing program is great.

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Harry Jonte - 6 days ago

I have two classes left at WGU, it did not take me 6 months, it has taken me 3 years, the same as the state colleges I spoke with, and that is with a BS in Accounting and going for a BS in Computer Science.

Classes are as easy or as hard as expected. I have already completed Calc 1 through 3 at a state college, I cannot imagine how difficult that would be at Strayer. I would have to say that you would really need to put hard work into passing those difficult classes without going to brick and mortar schools so I will have to say to those who do: My hats off to you!

Luckily I am studying computer science which I have a Passion for and I am achieving Industry Certifications as a result.... this is far from a shortcut and it does provide something you can give to an employer besides just a Regionally Accredit College degree, I will also be able to provide about 12 industry certifications.

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Degree: MBA in Management
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I posted a positive review of this University in the past however not this time. I am very upset with WGU because I have come to completely understand that this University over the past few years has become a degree mill. Since graduating from this university in 2011 none of the coursework or materials has changed and now there are many students who are finishing this MBA in 3 to 5 months and four Year Bachelors degrees in 6 months. During the time I attended this University I researched & completed over two dozen 25 to 60 page research papers and completed nearly a hundred quiz modules over an accelerated 18 month period In all totalling over 1000 pages. During this time I was considered an accelerated student in that the program was originally developed to be 24 months. Now what I am seeing disgusts me as students can easily go to websites such as student of fortune-homework market-student lance-likeplum and many many others all over the internet and buy WGU papers on every course and with alittle editing graduate in a ridiculous timeframe. The fact that WGU is not auditing the third party grading system other than with turnitin is very disturbing. I recently have confronted many students in forums on facebook because they were bragging about finishing Masters and Bachelors degrees at WGU in less than 6 months & some in 3 months believe me once confronted and asked how they completed all this writing and tests this quickly they had nothing more to say. WGU I truly wish that I had never attended your University you have taken academic integrity and the value of a degree & tossed it right out the window. It is Universites like this that is making college degrees so common and worthless. I can only compare schools such as this to currency counterfiters the more degrees out there such as these the more worthless all others become. I know I will receive negative feedback from current students and perhaps faculty because no one wants to hear this however I have to let others know how worthless these degrees are becoming because WGU and other online schools will not change thier cirricullum and do such a poor job securing academic integrity. In the research that I have carried out I can tell any prospective student to forget about attending online colleges because the value of your degree as compared to a traditional school at any Job interview is worthless.

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cristina - 16 days ago

hi, I have 2 questions for you... The first time you did an online course we*re you satisfied? and what do the tell you when you go to a job interview, why is the degree worthless?

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Truth1 - 13 days ago

I had many online courses before attending WGU at a state university where you could not buy your way as you actually had to do the work. As far as a job interview the word is out on these online degrees. As far as your last question I have already answered it. Dont believe me just go to one of the websites I mentioned especially Homework Market there for a special price you can find any paper you need for virtually any class at WGU or any of the other online schools. The MBA that I worked very hard for 18 months to complete can be purchased for around $500 dollars. It's very sad to say the least what online education has become. It makes me very upset to see this not just for me but for everyone who has worked very hard for an online education to have it made worthless by these types of websites. The fault rest with the Online Universities as all they would have to do is change the course outlines and material every few months.

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Anton Fernando - 11 days ago

This review does not make sense at all. I am planning to take WGU IT degree. Even though I have an AA degree, still it would take about 3 yrs to complete the BS in IT degree with WGU. Final exams for most of the classes are industry certification exams. How in the world a student completes the BS degree in six months. Why people writes this kind of nonsense?

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Ryan - 11 days ago

I understand your concerns about the time required to complete certain degrees. I completed my first masters in nursing in one semester, but I'm beyond competent and fairly obsessive in my study habits. In retrospect, I wish I'd taken more time. I just wanted to see how quickly I could do it. My current masters in business is requiring the full two years since it isn't may area of expertise. Please remember this is a competency-based school that utilizes a pass/fail system for advancement. Yes, there are papers available online for some of the programs, but WGU is also well aware of that and those papers, even paraphrased, would not likely meet the requirements of any course. WGU really does well to ensure integrity by constantly updating tasks, changing scenario details, and auditing their assessment vendors. I will say that my two WGU masters degrees have been taken very seriously by employers who key in quickly as to whether or not applicants or employees know what they are talking about.

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Emily - 10 days ago

I'm wondering if you've considered the fact that this is a real problem in any online school and even some traditional schools. The internet is not controlled, and anyone can post anything that they want to. I'm seriously considering this school, so despite the facts that you stated, I'm wondering if it is a good fit for me. That being said, would you reccommend this school to someone like me? I am an honest student who does not cheat, and really would take her coursework seriously.

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Anton - 10 days ago

If you have time you may go to a traditional school. There less chances to cheat for students. The purpose of going to on line shcool is not to get a degree by cheating or learn how to cheat. Purpose of going to school is learning. Learn the areas well that you really need while earning a degree so yopu can prove your education. If you go to WGU or any othr online school, you can do that. People who cheat may get into trouble on the job when they perform or even during the interview. Anywhere you go cheaters might be there. We can't make our decisions according to their activities. By the way, I don't know how big is this cheating culture in WGU.

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Devin - 10 days ago

If you could afford to add a new wing on campus you could pay for most degrees :).

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Truth1 - 9 days ago

Ryan I certainly appreciate that you understand my concerns however my question to you is how do you know that WGU is aware of those papers and that they do well to ensure integrity by updating tasks, changing scenario details and auditing their vendors???- I will certainly say this I have spoken to MBA students and reviewed their posts in forums after doing so I will in fact stipulate this! None of the cirricullum has changed in the MBA management and strategy program. I will also address your statement about the papers for sale! In order to complete each writing assessment for the MBA program the student needs the key information that the evaluators are looking for and in fact these papers that are for sale still contain this information because the cirricullum year after year has gone unchanged. In short all you have to do is extract this infromation add it to your rhetoric and your passing the assesment. In purchasing these papers it allows the student to bypass the reading and research hence graduating in a quarter of the time. Now I ask you is this showing compentency? Is the student in fact learning anything? Ryan you further stipulate that your MBA will take you 2 years because it's not your expertise sadly Ryan young adults with no business experience at all are graduating from this program in less than 6 months. I recently confronted a young lady 22 on facebook who stated she did it in 4 months. I do not write this review easily nor is it my intention to bash WGU however something has to be done about this problem and like it or not the responsibility rests with the University. I must ask this- How difficult could it be to change the cirricullum at least once a year? I know it's all about money however would not the cost incurred by doing so be worth making sure the students are actually learning something and that the prior graduates academic integrity be secured? Emily I will not tell you not to choose this or any other online school as that is for you to decide. I would only say this online education because of what I have pointed out has no doubt become a game of cheating and not a process of learning for a large percentage of students. Ask yourself how you would feel after finishing this program through honest hard work and then seeing and hearing what I have pointed out in this discussion. "Trust me it will make you sick at your stomach and very upset"

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Thomas - 8 days ago

Dude, you are drinking your own bath water. There are some bad students that exploit the system, but that's hardly solely a WGU issue. Doesn't matter what institution, it happens. The people that are quickly moving through programs either study their butts off or have a high level of understanding of the subject matter. WGU updates the course material constantly and and tunes it to job market specs. All of your "research" in forums and Facebook encounters? C'mon man. Sounds like you are a little salty for what ever reason and would much rather blame the University, than admit your job skills are weak. The fact is, you get what you put in. If anyone is devaluing degrees its whiny finger pointers like you! You can gain skills from WGU, it's your level of performance on the job homie. If you are that dependent on your degree to get a job, sounds to me you didn't get all you could out of your time spent at WGU. That's on you, not WGU!

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Truth1 - 7 days ago

Instead of going to WGU Thomas maybe you should go back to high school for and english and grammar course. Seriously DUDE from your poor grammar and spelling you obviously don't have the intelligence to be in college. I have earned a Juris Doctorate since my time at WGU so believe me in my $60K a year salary I can honestly say my job skills are fine. I however feel sorry for you Homie because with your poor writing skills and your fake degree you might and I emphasize might land a job at Wal-Mart or Burger King as a shift leader that's about it. The issue most certainly is a WGU problem as it is with all other online colleges.

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Thomas - 7 days ago

You can insult me all that you want, I wrote that review after a very fun pub-crawl and I sent it from my phone while I was a bit inebriated. I get that under these circumstances I supported the points in your bs review. So, please excuse my poor drunk typing skills. Please do not judge WGU by my poor decision to review while drunk.

That being said, that fact that you think that $60K/Yr is something to brag about explains everything I need to know about you. I would do a little more career research before you start waving that grain of rice around thinking it’s something more.

Assuming that your breakdown of my working skills leaves me the limited options of working at Wal-Mart and Burger King; I could still increase my skills and improve my life, but you will always be you. You will always be a hater, You’re a bitter dude because you know the people that should love you merely tolerate you out of a false sense of obligation. Go think about your life man, relax, have some fun and stop trolling because your life sucks!

Having Anger Toward Everyone Reaching Success.

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Valerie - 7 days ago

Truth 1. I was shocked to read your review. How do you know this to be true? I looked at a few of the websites. They advertise HW help. I am probably naive, but it seems like people are getting paid to help with HW. Didn't see anything that stipulated WGU specific papers. IDK, it seems very scary. My son was thinking about attending there. They are accredited now, do you think this could cause them to lose acredidation in the future?

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Lisa99 - 7 days ago

I am a 2012 graduate of this MBA program and I totally agree with the assertion in regards to the papers for sale. I will also agree that the course material has not changed. I will not agree that this is a worthless degree for the students who in fact do the work. I also will point out that cheating at WGU has become a widespread problem over the past few years. I attended WGU from 2010 to 2012 during that time seeing a student graduate from the program in a year or less was considered an exceptional accomplishment only portrayed by subject matter scholars in thier fields. In saying that it appears that is no longer the case as it is clearly becoming the norm at WGU for students to graduate in unreal timeframes that are just not logical. 6 months for a Bachelors degree? thats just plain crazy and I will say this to finish this MBA program as I am seeing from many students in under 6 months is not credible there is an enormous I mean an enormous amount of writing. Sure you can bypass the quizzes and modules however the time it actually takes to research and write all the subject matter in 6 months or less is very very rare indeed. Valerie I don't know where your looking but papers and materials are for sale in regards to WGU courses all over the internet try typing in the course code like jgt2. Sad but true people!

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Truth1 - 6 days ago

https://www.google.com/url?q=http://www.homeworkmarket.com/content/utah-symphony-and-utah-opera-merger-proposal

http://www.homeworkmarket.com/content/mba-training

http://www.homeworkmarket.com/content/wgu-jht-task-1-and-task-2-strategic-management-0

http://www.homeworkmarket.com/content/jgt2-decision-analysis

https://www.studentlance.com/search?s=WGU+MBA

https://www.studentlance.com/search?s=WGU+Financial+analysis

https://www.studentlance.com/search?s=WGU+Decision+analysis

https://www.studentlance.com/search?s=WGU+Strategic+Management

https://www.studentlance.com/search?s=WGU+Risk+Management

https://www.studentlance.com/search?s=WGU+Organizational+Management

https://www.studentlance.com/solution/wgu-capstone-jkt-task3

Heres a few links for your enjoyment believe me these papers are not hard to find as they are spread all over the internet like a plague. I also wish to say to Thomas that I really must have hit a nerve for you to respond in the manner you have if you can dish it out sir expect to get it in return!!! However it takes real pond scum to insult someones family do yourself a favor and get yourself into rehab. I appreciate your honesty Lisa! I will not respond to anymore feedback as it seems this site is full of WGU loyalists who just do not like reading the reality of how easy it has become for students to cheat thier way through WGU.

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Ryan - 5 days ago

Responses to questions -

1. I had conversations with my two enrollment counselors and my mentor regarding papers for sale and what the WGU was doing about it. Granted, that isn't first hand knowledge, but I'm pretty confident in these sources. There was also some mention of this topic in the WGU Community chat rooms. Again, not first hand knowledge, but encouraging nonetheless.

2. An associate of mine procured one of the online papers for Decision Support and reported that several of the decisions had changed. I assert that if someone can read a paper and correctly supplement their own conclusions that learning is probably occurring. Maybe not, but that is my current stance.

3. The MBA program now incorporates proctored exams for most classes, meaning the papers alone will not produce graduates. Given the changes noted in course content and conclusions, the online papers might be pretty close to worthless.

4. I've pursued several of the websites noted above and was immediately messaged by individuals assuring me they could write my papers and do my homework. However, their English was so poor that even if I wanted to cheat, I probably wouldn't have a non-native English speaker do it.

5. All Universities tend to monitor social media, blogs, and any other occurrence of their name on the Internet. I know this, because that is one of my jobs. As such, scathing comments often result in improvements. So, nice work! :)

6. The main reason I wished I had taken more time to complete my first masters at WGU is because it's always a little awkward explaining how I blew through a degree in one semester. New employers don't tend to believe the competency piece. Current employers love it, as it saves them money. Either way, two years is much more credible.

I learned an interesting truth in the MBA program at WGU. I'm not in competition with anyone else. My MBA from WGU will stand alone on my resume and open doors my other degrees could not. If another candidate for a job I am applying for managed to skate through WGU, or any other university, by compromising their integrity (cheating), that may become evident at the interview when financial questions are posed. And if they can answer those questions as well as I can, or better despite having cheated, then they know the material. If someone wants to cheat and they get away with it, then points for style. It doesn't make my MBA any less valuable. It just isn't my style. I'd rather learn the material. I may not get a job at Amazon, who prefers MBAs from "top tier" schools, but that's ok. Again, any online learning format requires some intense self-discipline and motivation. It isn't for everyone, but I love it.

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Truth1 - 4 days ago

I very much appreciate the response Ryan and after reviewing the current updates to the website it appears that WGU is now taking the appropriate steps to curve cheating. I am very happy to see the changes in the cirriculum in the MBA program as the proctored assessments will ensure that learning is in fact taking place. The current changes in cirriculum will certainly go along way to ensure academic integrity and I am very pleased to see that this is happening. In closing you can not blame me for being dismayed for what I have been seeing prior to these changes and I must add the changes that I am seeing certainly reestablishes my confidence in WGU as a reputable institution for learning.

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Curious - 3 days ago

I wonder why people are so concerned about what other people are doing to obtain their degree? I really don't care if someone cheated to obtain their degree. What concerns me is, will this place supply me with the knowledge to do the job I will use my degree for? To spend so much time worrying about what is going on with other people, will leave you missing out on your own life. I need my own life to change with this degree, not what others do with theirs. So, does this school provide me with what I should know when I define myself as a competent employee within my field?

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Batgirl - 3 days ago

I am currently getting my MBA from WGU and have absolutely no idea what you are talking about. Anyone who can finish this degree in a few months is full of BS. I too have written numerous papers - some almost 40 pages long. I too have taken hundreds of quizzes at the end of course modules. I know there are people at WGU who just want to go as fast as they can through the program, but the curriculum seems to catch them - especially when they reach financial management and the statistics classes. This is my 3rd degree and I have also taken numerous online continuing education classes prior to starting at WGU. I love what I'm learning at this school and I feel as though it is preparing me for the next phase of my career. Like any university, you get out of it what you put into it. I know people who cheated their way through huge, well-known brick and mortar universities and sell clothes at JCP today. HR people and C-level managers know a BSer when they meet one.

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John - 2 days ago

Truth1 what do you do for a living? I'm sorry, but in the real world, with people with real experience and intelligence, a college degree is just a piece of paper. I don't mean to be rude, but its people like you that make it hard for qualified individuals to get jobs based on experience. A bachelors degree, today, is worth what a high school diploma was 30 years ago. This is what is single handedly wiping out the middle class, and causing what will soon be a national debt crisis. I'm sorry it took you so long to get this piece of paper, but you don't learn anything until you get into the work force and gain some real experience. College is a means to an end, not the solution you believe it is. I am a college graduate (from a traditional school with a 3.89 GPA) and all I got was that piece of paper and $40,000 in debt.

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Kris - 2 days ago

I have 3 friends that have completed the WGU Master's in teaching in 3 months. Is this because they are super knowledgeable and experienced in their field?No. My traditional-university Masters took 2.5 years to complete, and I had more experience with teaching than my friends. These 3 month degrees can't be worth much.

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John - 1 day ago

Well Kris, maybe you went part time... 2.5 years for a masters in a field you are in a field your in is a long time. Going 1 day every other Saturday got me an MBA in 18 months.

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Kris - about 10 hours ago

John I am guessing you did some kind of exec. MBA program. A solid Masters from a traditional University is a full 18 months - 2 years. I also completed a Masters thesis on the way to my PhD, so that added 6 months. For these TEACHERS to get an online Masters degree during their summer break (3 months !) is troublesome. Where is the face to face with master teachers? When was there dialogue from professionals in the teaching field ? Who did they meet with to talk about current issues in education and find the latest research applications? I'm sorry, but I will not hire someone with a Masters from WGU. There are very few decent University's that will accept it.

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Well Ryan it appears from the new comments that you should go back and inform your superiors at WGU that they better change the cirriculum in the other programs as well!

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Good for those who can work independently and are confident with technology. Able to continue a full time job.

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I enjoyed my time at WGU I received my BS in IT Network Design and Management. This school is not for everyone, if your not a self starter you will no do well at this school. If you have a hard time learning information by yourself, by reading books and watching videos good luck! But if this doesn't describe you, and your in the field that your getting your degree in this is the right school. I finished my degree in one year(I have never been to college before starting WGU). I saved a lot of time and money by going to this school. I truly believe this is the future of learning, a self pace program that you can show off your ambition and determination.

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I enjoyed my time at WGU I received my BS in IT Network Design and Management. This school is not for everyone, if your not a self starter you will no do well at this school. If you have a hard time learning information by yourself, by reading books and watching videos good luck! But if this doesn't describe you, and your in the field that your getting your degree in this is the right school. I finished my degree in one year(I have never been to college before starting WGU). I saved a lot of time and money by going to this school. I truly believe this is the future of learning, a self pace program that you can show off your ambition and determination.

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Ashley - 18 days ago

I am very interested in this school. I have just completed an Associates degree at DeVry and not only did it cost me a fortune, but it wasn't very flexible or educational.

I want to get my teaching degree and this seems like a great plan as I work full time, have a toddler and 1 on the way.

Is there anyway, you could recommend me for the free application waiver. my email is ashleywahn@gmail.com

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Shannon - 18 days ago

I was curious as to how you finished your BS in one year? I am a single mother and need to get a better job for my family and have been pursuing a BS in IT-Security. It would be amazing not to have to take 4 years to complete it.

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Well WGU is self pace if you have more time to spend on classes the fast it goes. Plus if you have some certification you automatically pass some classes because the requirement to pass the class is to get the cert. Personal I have a good amount of certs so I pass 9 class right away. Plus I have been working as a system administrator for over 10 years so passing to tech classes went quick for me. I did have to do all my core course though and I spent about 40 hours a week doing school. I also had a full time job and I'm a single father with two kids. So it was hard, but worth it.

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Like everyone else, I did tons of research before deciding on WGU for my BSN in Nursing. My HR department at the hospital where I work also researched it before allowing me to use their employee tuition assistance program. My mentor was wonderful and if it wasn't for her, I don't know if I would have finished, You definitely need to be self motivated to work, be a wife and mother and still stay on top of your studies. But I am happy to say that as of yesterday, I am finished! I was so happy with this school that I am considering continuing with them for my Masters. I attended community college for my Associates degree and did several classes with other well known brick and mortar schools, these classes were every bit as challenging and I loved the acceleration option. College is all about self-learning, and WGU provided an excellent experience for me.

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Savannah - 13 days ago

Thanks your review helped a lot. I was thinking about applying and wondering if you could refer me so that my application fee is waved. My email is Sharris3901@gmail.com

Thanks!

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Lisa - 4 days ago

Can you tell me your mentors name? I really want to be successful at this program do if love to have a great mentor. How long did it take you to complete the program?

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Amesha - 1 day ago

Hello where are u from i just want to make sure it would accepted in the state i live in before going through with it online school makes me nervous

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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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mark - 30 days ago

My big question is, is just how did you get pregnant? :))

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Gina - 21 days ago

What type of help did you need that you didn't get? I just got my MBA in Healthcare Management and had plenty of support and resources available. I needed a month off between terms to take a family vacation and start a new job and my Mentor helped me with that. That said, the student still has to do the work. No one will do the work for you. Was the problem that you weren't making progress and had nothing to do with your pregnancy?

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Paloma Ortiz - 17 days ago

I have to disagree. I'm currently a young student that has fallen on hard times due to an unplanned pregnancy, and my mentor has been more than understanding. He reccomended i take a couple months of break, which I think is a wonderful idea so that I can get back on my feet. Wgu has been very supportive, and you get what you put into it. After my break, I can just get started again, and if I feel ready before the break is over, I can restart. I know the flexibility and courses of this school fits almost anybody, but you definitely have to be a self starter.

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Corinne - 16 days ago

I'm glad not everyone had my experience but i wrote this review help other people decide for themselves, not to be attacked by other students.

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Gina - 15 days ago

I did not intend for my comment to be an attack. I do think your review would be more helpful to future students if you provided more details about the type of help you needed that the school didn't provide.

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JJ - 4 days ago

You sound whiny and biased. This does not sound like an objective review to caution prospective students. It sounds like you feel you were slighted and want payback. I've been attending WGU for 3 years and have received nothing short of stellar support.

The others here don't sound like they're attacking you. BUT I DEFINITELY AM. Stop blaming others for your lack of success, but after all isn't that why you're where you are in the first place? Failure to take responsibility?

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Corinne - 3 days ago

JJ this is my opinion and my experience, your opinion on my life and experience is not what is up for review. If you feel WGU is a good school and you have had a great experience there then write a review to that affect. There is no need to attack me. You don't know me or my life so keep your opinions to yourself. I have actually filed with the BBB and with for discrimination with another company.

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JJ - 2 days ago

Incorrect. ANYTIME you put ANYTHING online, it is always up for review. Otherwise keep your mouth shut. When you post online, you're inviting whatever may come your way.

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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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Savannah - 13 days ago

Thanks your review helped a lot. I was thinking about applying and wondering if you could refer me so that my application fee is waved. My email is Sharris3901@gmail.com

Thanks!

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Ryan Hosken - 11 days ago

I'd be happy to refer you... let me just try to recall how I do that.

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Angie - 6 days ago

Would you be willing to speak with me personally by phone?

I am heavily considering this route for my teaching degree. However, Ive already been accepted at an amazing University here in Texas and before giving that option up I really would like to speak with someone who has already gone this route.

If so, I will provide you my email address if when you respond so that I can send you my phone number.

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Ryan - 5 days ago

Certainly, but it will have to be once I return to the States, probably later in August. I have to admit while I looked briefly into an MED degree, I know nothing about the Teaching College, how it performs, what its specific policies are, et cetera. It might be more productive to discuss options with one or more of the enrollment counselors at WGU. They can refer amongst themselves and many of them are enrolled in the programs for which they advise. That being said, I can certainly chat in the near future.

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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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Savannah - 13 days ago

Thanks your review helped a lot. I was thinking about applying and wondering if you could refer me so that my application fee is waved. My email is Sharris3901@gmail.com

Thanks!

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Jeanette Fiore - 12 days ago

Savannah,

You are welcome to use my name. I know that you will be thrilled with your experience. If you want me to refer you directly, please pm me on Facebook with your info. I'm very pleased that my comment helped you. Have a great day!

Jeanette Fiore

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