Western Governors University Reviews
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I am very pleased with WGU. I spent 4 years at a traditional university and got nothing from it. It was just not for me. Now at WGU I am almost done and start my in-classroom student teaching in September. When I was searching for schools I looked at everything and WGU seemed like they had everything I needed right in front of me. There was no guessing or assuming what I would need to complete my degree and the best part is the acceleration of the program. When I began, my projected graduation date was January 2017 and I was able to cut two years off of that and will now be graduating in Jan 2015. Traditional schools make that near impossible. The other thing I love is the tuition price. This school year (12 months) I will pay $6,070. That is $10,000 less than I was paying at the out-of-state university I was previously attending. That number also does not change if more classes are added. The more classes completed in a 6 month term the less each class costs. Traditional schools have a price per credit unit so if more classes are added the more tuition costs. I have been able to work full time during my time at WGU which would not have been possible if I was attending a traditional university. Because there is no classroom time, there are no teachers, but instead there are course mentors. They are experts in their field and are always willing to help. My chemistry mentor is friendly, knowledgeable, and has answered any questions I have had. I guess the real teacher is yourself. WGU gives you everything you need to complete your degree, you just need to take the time and have dedication to teach yourself. All in all, I love WGU and the opportunity it has given me to chase my dream.
I needed to earn my BSN, but was working a full-time, irregular schedule. This is an innovative school that allowed me to earn my BSN in a year for under $5000.00. Their format is very organized and user friendly, and the support from the student mentors and course mentors is phenomenal. This school has CCNE and regional accreditation; it is not a diploma mill. The work is not easy. I had to take biochemistry, had to write numerous papers for the other classes, and did 90+ clinical hours for my community health class. What I've learned has actually come in useful on the job.
All WGU wants is your money. They pro-long your experience so you can pay for another term. Don't ever take a term break!!! They tell you it won't effect your financial aid status or graduation date...WRONG! I have many years of experience and find most of the tasks laughable. My colleagues always ask what ridiculous task I'm working on. Whom ever makes these tasks up, clearly hasn't been in the classroom for a long time or ever. My favorite so far is design a playground and make sure it's culturally appropriate. For who? I can't even list all the nationalities we have at our school. Do you have to be a certain color to use a swing? Come on, really? I can't wait to finally finish. I have to wait a year after the original date I was given when I started. I've always completed my terms and all the work. I feel like it is a scam. Now I'm told I have to take a break again, because WGU only lets you do DT in Sept and Jan, well I could of been ready this Jan if I my mentor lined things up better and I was given better advice. I would never recommend this school again. I'm sorry to those I did when I first started in 2011. I regret going to this school. I wasted my time and money. Love to get out of here, but feel trapped. Other schools probably wouldn't take WGU credits.
This is the worst college I have ever seen, first you have to jump through so many hoops just to do your work, then if it does not pass their on line review, you have "dumb it down" to make you papers upload. Most of the classes are almost impossible to pass "proctoring" and of course they always offer help but guess what no one can or wants to. I had a paper I was having trouble pass the check to see if it was copied for a entire month I fought with mentors teachers, etc, to find out it was the fault of the teacher that opened it to look at it so it showed in their system that it was her paper instead of mine so it showed a 99 percent copy and it took a act of god to get it fixed for 30 days. Then the proctor, first they break in all the time to have you turn this way to turn that way, what are we 10, we have degrees already but they treat you like you are in some government hush test taking. I at first thought this was going to be great, but they find ways to continue your paying on and on so when it is going to take you 18 months it means 36. I would never never recommend this college to anyone in fact all the nurses at my hospital know about this and decided not to attend, don't let the cheap price fool you. JE
I have been in the WGU teaching program for two full terms, with a goal of dual license in Special Ed and Elementary Ed. I LOVE the self-paced study and testing. I also love that you are not required a bunch of busy work like other online programs (things like: post in the discussion feed on three different student's introduction)<
I am almost done completing my Masters in Nursing. I have found this program to be a great fit for me. The assignments are rigorous and the material is very relevant and timely. There is no easy pass in this program- my undergraduate is from the University of Michigan so I have experience with a competitive prestigious brick and mortar school, and I can tell you that this is no diploma mill but a rigorous fully accredited program - I have had to revise most of my assignments- and feel I am learning a great deal.
I received my Bachelors from WGU in 2011 and loved the experience so much I returned for my Masters. I just graduated in September and am so bummed they don't offer a doctoral program. My mentors were awesome; supportive and always available. Cost of tuition is affordable and curriculum was relevant to my work experience. I took what I learned and was able to immediately put it into action. Love this place!
I highly recommend WGU! I was a teenage mother with a dream of being a Special Education teacher. I had a newborn child and was unable to attend the traditional college, so I found WGU. 4 years later I graduated from WGU with my Bachelor's in Special Education. I immediately found a teaching job that I love. I recently started back at WGU for my Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction. My husband and sister-in-law are also WGU students and they too love it. You have to be self-motivated because it is so convenient that you could procrastinate. The mentors are so helpful and caring, and you can't beat the tuition!
After reading some of the very negative reviews about WGU I thought I should put in my 2 cents worth. My overall experience with WGU was extremely positive. (That is not to say that it was easy or that there weren't times that I was pulling my hair out trying to figure out what was desired for certain assignments.) I had previously completed 4 years at a brick and mortar school before deciding education was the path for me. By this time I was 26 working full time and had a daughter on the way. I was able to accelerate my program and finish everything in 18 months. This saved me a substantial amount of money over staying at my brick and mortar school. I was also able to work full time and still be at home in the evenings. I was extremely busy with a new baby, working, and studying but I managed. My student teaching experience was smooth and I was offered a job at the school before the completion of my student teaching. I was able to finish out the school year as a teacher which was awesome. Then I received a job offer for a very competitive school in Wyoming. I was one of 580 applications for 1 job. (this is not to boast but merely my experience getting jobs with a WGU degree) I will start work on a WGU masters degree next year in Administration. There are at least 2 administrators in my district who received their Masters from WGU and landed administrative jobs. When starting WGU my primary concern was: Would a WGU degree put me behind other applicants when job hunting? Well I can honestly saw nothing but good has come from my WGU experience. I have recommended WGU to many friends and will continue to do so.
I had an existing bachelors, so I initially enrolled into the MA in Teaching. I really wanted to focus on special education, but since I wasn't already licensed, I couldn't enroll in the MA special education program. I decided to get my bachelor's in special education at WGU. I am highly qualified to teach in my county. There is some inclusion, but most of the special education content was limited. It was more about general education and then self-study to complete the praxis content area in the special education content areas. My internship at the elementary level was in an inclusive environment. Then, the second half of my internship at the middle school level was resource, so inclusive as well. I ended up with a teaching position in a self-contained classroom. I have personal experience that made me feel confident in my field as a special education teacher. Then, I returned to WGU for my master's in curriculum and instruction. I was teaching in a classroom where the students were following the elementary integrated curriculum, but the content had to be modified (a lot). I wanted that degree to create and design a curriculum for students in the area of functional life skills. I had an incredible experience with WGU. It's definitely a self-study program, so it's important to be really motivated. I had the same undergraduate mentor for the entire 2 years (since I already had a bachelor's, some of my credits transferred). Then, during my master's program, I had the same mentor for the 2 years. I went part time (not full time). Both mentors were informative, supportive, and encouraging. The program was definitely rigorous for me. I have been researching doctorate programs in special education because I want to teach at the university level and WGU offered a PhD program in my area of interest, I'd sign up for it, too. Financial aid had some glitches, but I was always able to speak to a live person. The taskstream format to submit assignments had clear expectations and the grading system was fair. It was tough...I can't emphasize how much I felt challenged and almost burned out towards the end of my master's program. The grading instructors have no problem sending an assignment back for revision. My weekly calls with my mentor helped me stay on track and feel I wasn't alone, when I really was alone it was nice. I had to go to a testing center because the webcam didn't work with my Mac, but that was fine. Scheduling an exam was not difficult. I wanted to write a review because I'm reading a lot of reviews for the PhD programs that I'm interested in and I felt it was important to share my positive experiences. And, in my county, WGU had an established relationship with the district, so getting an assignment to complete my internship was easier than I expected. The organization at the school is fantastic. I liked the competency based program. I like studying at my own pace. There were communities to connect with others, but I didn't use them much. I didn't have any problems with certification/licensure in my state and district. I'm in Maryland. I love WGU and highly recommend the school of education. I made a great choice and I keep in touch with my mentors. The school really wants to help you succeed if that is what you want for yourself.