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Western Governors University
224 Reviews
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Avg. time to find work: Found a job before graduating
% career related to degree: 93%
Average reviewer salary: $56,038

Western Governors University's Top-Rated Degree Programs

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Nursing Average Rating
Percent Employed 100% Average Time to Hire --- Average Salary $74,375 % Degree Helped Career 79%
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Percent Employed 89% Average Time to Hire --- Average Salary $45,000 % Degree Helped Career 75%
MBA Average Rating
Percent Employed 100% Average Time to Hire --- Average Salary $68,333 % Degree Helped Career 88%

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Degree: Accounting
Graduation Year: 2013
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To prospective students considering Western Governors University (WGU), I hope that my review provides an objective view to assist with your decision. Western Governors University is a higher education innovator that focuses on post-secondary education for working adults and prospective college students with prior credits but no degree completion. The competency based education is the new model of higher education for the 21st Century, as it addresses the higher demand for higher education while simultaneously addressing the problem of rising tuition. If you are a working professional who is truly disciplined and an independent learner, that needs a regionally accredited degree in a format that allows for ultimate flexibility and degree acquisition cost control, I would consider WGU. Many working professionals, myself included, came to WGU with a career outline already in place and just needed to "check off the box" in terms of having high quality regionally accredited degrees on our Resumes, LinkedIn profiles, Biographies, etc. A degree from WGU is of efficient quality considering their regional accreditation, numerous awards, quality marketplace reputation, association with over 19 State Governors, and mirrored State Institutions in Indiana, Missouri, Tennessee, Texas and Washington. Not to mention, attending WGU allows you to take part in competency based education which from the news media to the White House all agree, is the future of higher education as a whole in America.

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Degree: Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Assistant/Aide
Graduation Year: 2014
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Completed MSN-Leadership and Management program while working as a full-time Director of a MST dept. in a year span. Don't let the time frame fool you as this program was demanding and challenging. The reason I was interested in completing my MSN program through WGU was the fact that you can accelerate through the program and the financial aspect was manageable without taking loans. Although I serve as a Director in a hospital as previously mentioned, I learned a great deal through this program. I highly recommend this University and I plan on taking the path for the MBA-Healthcare Management after I take a couple of months break to rest as I was very dedicated over the past year completing my MSN.

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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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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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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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So are your teaching now? Did your state accept your degree?

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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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