Western Governors University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (464)
I have been a nurse for a very long time and had no tech experience when beginning this degree. I will also say I am a mature student at 50 years old when I graduated. I have an associate degree in nursing obtained in 1992 after a two year technical nursing program in the Army that allowed me to become a licensed practical nurse. I opted to go to Wgu for the healthcare informatics program because I felt that it gave a very balanced and thorough coverage of the technology and business side of things. I didn't need more clinical background so I opted not to do nursing informatics which I feel limits your career options in comparison to this degree, even though it would have been easier and taken less time for me. This is not an easy program and the selection process is very rigorous, or at least when I began and the program was fairly new. The program had some growing pains and had a few changes along the way as well. As others have mentioned it's not a school for everyone. You definitely need some motivation and not need hand holding. However I feel that is part of what makes this a really good program. Given that most of your final exams are certification exams there's definitely motivation to take your classwork seriously. As a person who has been in the workforce for sometime I valued the ability to study and test on my time . I felt the classes were quite relevant to the job market and gave me a definite leg up and a lot of credibility that I feel I wouldn't have otherwise had without the certifications (that do not cost extra by the way). They are industry gold standard well recognized, (and not inexpensive to take on your own). Overall I feel that the quality of the education at Wgu is what you make of it. If you take advantage of what is offered and work very hard you get a lot of return on your investment. I would say however you need to have a particular personality type to be successful. If you go to Wgu expecting the social experience of a brick and mortar school, again you will likely be disappointed. Overall I had some bumps in the road, but find the program to be more than adequate in preparing me for a multitude of opportunities. I would say my biggest complaint was turning in the performance based competencies and the grading system associated with it. I find it difficult to relate at times with the grading and scoring of the written projects without being able to actually speak to the evaluator. I think that if you were able to speak with someone instead of simply reading comments to make corrections that perhaps it may be a little more effective and you would actually be able to learn more from the project overall. I found that you don't always get the same evaluator for your corrections that were suggested by the previous evaluator. This can be somewhat problematic at times. In summary I would say if you are willing to put the effort in and sincerely work hard and take seriously the amount of time that they tell you you should set aside for your work that Wgu is a fantastic bargain . You must be able to self teach to an extent and reason out problems on your own at times but that's what being a working adult is all about in the long run really . For the cost of the program the quality is amazing. My only real problem is deciding which direction of the many choices I now have to pursue with my career! This brings me to what I feel could be a lot more robust post graduation and career support program, I for one would even pay extra if needed!
I chose Western Governors as we lived overseas and I wanted a degree with a teaching certificate. The flexibility allowed me to care for my family, work full time and attend classes online at my own pace. The faculty and staff (especially my mentor) were crucial to my success at WGU.
Ask yourself do you like to read Do you learn how to do it yourself through youtube or other self help methods Do you need deadlines to complete your work. Are you a self starter. Do you understand technology. Are you on a budget ?If you can answer yes to these WGU is for you. The materials are excellent, working with your mentor is critical,remember they are there to help you navigate WGU. Just like in traditional college some Professors are more approachable than others. Its not easy, but I believe this is the future of education for those not born into money or willing to take on extreme student loans. I would compare WGU to Netflix and Traditional college to blockbuster. At some point traditional college becomes to expensive to operate without large athletic or state funding. Go Owls
I am currently enrolled in the Marketing Management program with WGU. I have attended two other colleges in my lifetime and I really had a hard time working full-time and balancing traditional schooling. This led me to WGU. I cannot speak for everyone, but as I read the reviews I do feel like there is a lot of complaints based on personal performance, rather than the actual experience at WGU. WGU can be frustrating. You are allowed to do as little, or as much as you'd like (assuming you are at least finishing 12 credits per term). Let's be honest, a lot of people (including myself at times) are not self-starters and will not just jump on the computer to do school after working full-time and having a family life.You have to be dedicated and make it a priority. It is not going to be easy. The competency based education model, in my opinion, is fantastic. The classes that I am taking apply directly to my field of work. I do not feel like I am sitting and wasting my time, but rather honing my skills for future and current use in the workplace. My mentor has been amazing. The course mentors have been amazing and completely responsive. Although this is online education, I have never felt alone or unaided. WGU is a perfect school for those who are working full-time and trying to finish their education at their own pace, and their own schedule. I personally do not have a negative thing to say about WGU. Do I love it? NO!!!! I do not love school, but I do find it useful and WGU is perfect for my situation. If I could go back to when I was 18 and graduate from a traditional Ivy League or top-notch Business School, would I? Absolutely! But my situation does not permit that and I am more than happy with my continued success at WGU. If you are committed and willing to work your tail off while maintaining work, life and school balance; you will do great at WGU.
This is a great school but beware that you will need to put in a lot of work to complete your classes. With that said WGU provides a lot of support. There are live lectures (called cohorts) for every class, tons of quizzes through most courses, and a large amount of information including online textbooks and computer based training for some courses. Each course has mentors (Professors) with flexible appointments to guide you along. In many cases I was able to schedule appointments on the weekend. In addition to the course mentor, you have a student mentor who acts as your advisor and tracks your degree progress and keeps you informed about the various resources available. Even with all that it still up to you to put in the 20 hours a week needed to make adequate progress. If you are self disciplined and willing to put in the required hours of study time then you will find WGU to be an excellent learning experience.
AWFUL! I am pretty sure they are faking reviews, but here's the deal: If you are hardworking and move too fast through their program, they'll make you waste a whole three months where I cannot take any courses because they want me to enroll in one more semester. Nowhere is it written that I must complete my internship over six months - there is a minimum hour requirement, no time frame. They pull excuses from under rocks if they have to and refuse to engage if you have a complaint by politely redirecting to the same single person, over and over. This university is a scam. Moreover, the courses have readings and assignments that are not aligned, multiple typos on their syllabi, and overall are of poor quality.
This school is the best school in the world. I'm going back now for my THIRD DEGREE!!! I finished my BA in SPED in 2013 and was immediately hired as a teacher. The work is not simple by any means. You cannot just whip something together and expect to pass with papers because everything is graded on a rubric scale meaning you met the standard or you didn't. Everyone needs to understand that you are essentially demonstrating mastery of the subject you are learning. Don't go to this school if you plan to transfer after you completed a few classes. If you are dedicated and want to learn on your own then this school is for you. Its amazing and if you are a full time employee and a parent then this style of school will surely make you happy. Say you can't sleep, then just open up your laptop and get some work done.....it doesn't matter what time of day it is because you can study on your OWN time! I just love WGU and it has completely helped make my dreams come true of becoming a teacher here in California. Don't worry about the negative reviews.....most of them come from people that were not self motivators. GO FOR WGU!!!!!! I DID THREE TIMES!!!!!!
If you are self motivated, driven, and can hold yourself accountable to the work that needs to be done, this university is amazing! You get one on one contact with your mentor who can help keep you motivated and moving forward, the course materials, etc. are all electronic and available online 24/7, their support forums and IT support are amazing. I did my bachelor's with them and just finished my MBA with them and my wife just started her bachelor's with them as well. GREAT SCHOOL.
WGU is a great online university. It wasn't easy for me to get into the degree program. Two of my friends and I applied for it and I only got selected. This proves that the WGU selection criteria is too high. Also, this university is only for the self motivated people. The more efforts you put in the sooner you finish the degree. I would definitely recommend this university to others.
WGU is NOT for everyone. WGU is NOT easy! If you are a WGU student and you don't like your mentor get a new one! In 2010 I graduated from WGU with my B.S. in Business Administration. In 2016 I will graduate with my MBA. Also, I have graduated from the local community college with two Associates Degrees. I have done the brick and mortar thing and I have done the online thing. They both have benefits and drawback. I personally found my work experience to be extremely beneficial to my educational program. If I had little or no work experience WGU would have been much more difficult. Also, it is extremely important that if you are going to attend WGU that you are self motivated. One of the things I really like about WGU is that I have felt like I have been able to apply what I have learned immediately to my work. So if you are a self motivated working professional look to go back to school you should at least consider WGU.