Western Governors University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (421)
I was unemployed for six months and needed to do something so I figured I would look at finishing my degree. I looked at the usual candidates Phionex etc. as well as local options. local options are impacted and would have taken significantly longer. I found WGU shortly after and was interested and decided to make it my choice. The admissions procedure was straightforward and effective.
I got accepted and financial aid done in about 4 weeks and started the next month 2 months after I decided to go back to school. As long as you are willing to put in the work you can do it.
My mentors have been helpful and my advisers have provided a lot of guidance and tips to help out. In short if you are working or not and have a busy schedule as I do with 55-60 hours a week of work and a family this is the best option to help yourself move forward.
I read a lot of reviews and one thing I know is that if you put in the work and ask for help you can do it. It is not spoon fed but you do have to do it on your own and ask for help when you need it. Contact has been good and consistent both by phone and email.
Once again I highly recommend this program at WGU as a legitimate way to help yourself up and into a better position in life.
I have attended a few schools over twenty years. This was the best fit for me. If you need only to be pointed in the right direction to complete a task, this is the place to be. You pay by the term, not by the amount of credits. Take 12 units or 22, the price is the same. So far in my first term I have completed 15 units and on pace to complete over 21.
If you need your hand held every step of the way, need a brick-and-mortar environment (which they have in a few locations) or do not possess the ability to manage time effectively then this might not be right for you. However, If you are self motivated, manage your time efficiently and are research oriented person WGU could be a perfect fit.
I loved WGU. This is a school for people who can learn on their own and want to speed up the process to graduation. To fulfill all requirements, you do have to prove your knowledge, but if you reach out for help, you WILL find it. The student mentors WANT you to graduate. I really felt like everytime I was on the phone or emailing someone that they were behind me 100%.
I am a flight attendant and my schedule is crazy. The way WGU has their courses set up was so perfect. And my mentor could change our scheduled meeting time if I needed to. This school is not for people who NEED homework to learn. This is for someone who can read what they need to and comprehend quickly. I could not have been luckier to find WGU when I did. If I have any regrets it's just that I did not find them sooner! I plan on completing my MBA once I finish my BA next summer.
Even though WGU is classified as a non-profit school, it seems they only care about money. I felt rushed to accept the Academic Activity Verification, not knowing the consequences. Sure they tell you in a round about way via a long computer based orientation process. Seemed like every day I was asked "did you accept it yet?" The day I accepted was the day I was told I now owe.
The curriculum and support was indeed lacking. You have to be completely self reliant and hope that the grading czars approve of your work.
I have completely given up and now that I am past the deadline I owe a full semester tuition. My advice to anyone considering WGU is to really do your homework and consider all options. If you do choose WGU, make sure you have a good home support system.
With everything in life, you get what you pay for...
This school wasn't right for me at all. They are completely hands off and don't have their act together when it comes to what they expect. All details of assignments are vague. Written assignments are scored by rubrics that are interpreted differently according to who's doing the scoring. I had assignments that went back and forth three and four times, with different people wanting different things from it each time. I changed things and then, the next scorer wants it back like it was to begin with. This gets old very fast. It's like playing a guessing game. Submit the work enough times and someone will pass you sooner or later.
It's the fast food approach to education. It doesn't really matter what you've written or learned. I've had lots of online classes that I really liked at the community college level. I'm more of a self learner, so I like the online format. This was a waste of time though. Some may like it, but you learn more about dealing with bureaucracy than you do about the subjects you are studying.
Graduated with BS , getting my MBA now. Best school if you are willing to work hard. If you are lazy , you are going to complain like the previous two fellas here!
While still relatively new to the program (second semester), I can say that the program is quite rigorous. A lot of work (which is good). Nothing soft about this online program at all. The curriculum is contemporary and meets current business needs. I would much rather be in this program than a face-to-face, sit-in-class for three hours program. Good content. Good student services.
The graders have made me a little frustrated from time-to-time. Having 'shadow graders' leaves something to be desired. Not crazy about that concept. But, I do like competency-based learning. Very effective. Much better than inflated 'grades' that mean little. Today's employers want competent employees, not necessarily people that get good grades but know little about practical applications. We actually generate projects and papers that are directly transferable to the workplace. Beats a bunch of test that you'll soon forget.
After reading a few of the most recent reviews I felt like I needed to jump on this discussion in support of WGU. I am a current student working toward my MBA.
My experience has been very positive. The staff are very professional and helpful. The courses are challenging but not overwhelming.
I have taken 6 courses so far, and I have learned a lot. The grading for Grad level is all projects and papers. Once I complete a project I send it in. In a few days I get an email with feedback on what I have done. If it passes yah!! But if not the graders give me feedback on areas I need to strengthen.
Someone mentioned on here that they get papers back with areas that were correct before and not correct the second time. Here is an easy tip.....when you need to do a revision HIGHLIGHT the area that you are revising, this will help the grader and you.
Before applying to this school I looked at many other online schools and they just did not give me the true flexibility that I needed. Many other online classes are classes that are online. They have set days and times to attend. This may sound good in theory, but if you are a busy working person, being hemmed in like that just does not work.
Western Governors University Degree was worthless. Its not accepted anywhere because you don't get grades, you get pass or fail.
Additionally, many jobs will not accept it as a degree even though its accreditation. Also, they changed their program about every other month so their own employees don't know what is going on.
After finishing my degree, their policy changes made it so me and many other people were no longer eligible for their own masters degree.... or any one else's. I now, have to do my bachelors degree over at a school with real grades.
If I would have known everything, or if I could go back and do it again, I never would have gone here. I am so close to graduation and WGU keeps messing things up. They cannot get all departments on the same page. I was supposed to start my last semester on August 1. On the 15th I was told everything had been resolved. It is now the 29th and it wasn't really resolved, and I was forced to either be withdrawn or extend my break another month. Now this will effect my student teaching and everything. Just the last thing in a string of mistakes they have made. The student has to be extremely motivated.
This school just wants your money. Granted, it costs less than most online schools per semester, but they also do not count any credits or classes that you have already taken. I'm on year 6 of full time paid tuition. There is a lot of bad communication. I am on my 5th mentor or "counselor," many of which gave me bad advice. The school does not honor what the mentor says. One mentor told me I had to get a job at a school in order to complete something, so I shifted my entire life around, got a job, and while it was a good experience- it did not help me accomplish anything for school. This school is ever changing.
I took an approved break from school and they did not honor what I had completed before the break. I had to fight tooth and nail, not to have to redo all of my pre-clinical experience. Things change from month to month. Changes are big and small... and no student is exempt from them. I wonder if they will still be considered a valid education.
One thing is true, the graduation rate is pretty low, and those who do graduate deserve praise and honor, because it is next to impossible. UGH... please reconsider going to a more establish school that does not change everything with every blink of the eye.