Western Governors University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (410)
The first thing I want to point out is that WGU is not for everyone. You have to be a self-starter, and you have to want to push yourself. Competency based units is an amazing concept. I take a pre-assessment and once I pass that I get to take my final for the objective exams. If you treat this school as a full-time job which some students do, you have the opportunity to go from no credits to your BA is around a year and a half. The other awesome thing about WGU is that you pay per semester, if I can pass 15 classes in one term, there is no additional cost.
For people who don't understand the mentor program, I have one mentor who calls me every Thursday to check on my progress and help push me to reach my goals. You also have a course mentor for every class, if you get stuck you let the course mentor know, and they respond very quickly to your request. I can tell you that in my first three months at WGU, I have racked up 35 credits, and that is working 8-10 hours a day studying. I find it nice that you can test from your home for most finals, obviously through webcam proxy.
The classes that have performance-based testing, you hand in the assignment, and a grader will not only grade your paper, they will tell you what is missing if anything is missing from the assignment. This is nice because most of my papers if they get sent back needing revisions, I know what I need to fix and quickly make the adjustments and send the assignment right back into be graded again. The cost of your education will be far less than other universities, and you will be able to accelerate if you have the time and are willing to put in the effort. This school was the best decision that I have ever made, and I encourage anyone who is looking at colleges to give WGU a shot.
Their course of study does not follow a specific order, the instructions on tasks (test or graded material) are vague, they claim many resources, but the resources have little use, Course mentors are not permitted to aid the students, and any problems brought to their attention is swept under a rug.... they tell you to go elsewhere....
Contacting the Board members is impossible... operators and student services try to reroute you every place else.
If you have money and time to waste... WGU is the place for you... all the hype of the certs are useless because if and when you need help... you are on your own.
Students considering WGU should not expect to sail through with no hiccups. This is a challenging program which requires hours of dedication and hard work.
WGU provides course mentors (read: professors) who are as dedicated to your education as you are... WGU also provides a student mentor who works with you throughout your entire tenure at WGU. I now consider my mentor a friend.
I completed my degree in Secondary Chemistry Education and had a job at a local school district BEFORE I graduated. I believe my education prepared me for my career as a high school teacher.
What you put in is what you get out:
WGU is unique in that simply regurgitating information is not always enough. At other schools as long as you meet requirements there is no encouragement or motivation to go beyond the basics. At WGU the more you put into your degree program the more you benefit from it.
WGU is ever evolving. This can be good in the long run, but frustrating in the short term. If you choose WGU be prepared for some frustration. Remember... this is a means to an end.
Would I recommend WGU? Yes. Yes. Yes. In fact, I have several friends and relatives who have chosen to go to WGU on my recommendation. Also, I am beginning my masters program there on May 1.
WGU has been right there every step of the way!! The curriculum is competency-based and accredited by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). Take the plunge - you won't regret it!
I will make this short and sweet....I just finished my BSN and LOVED this school. I learned a ton and always could count on plenty of support.
You get superior value for your money.
Very polite personnel, prompt services, positive interaction with instructors and classmates. They strive hard and offer the best online learning tools available. The course work is such that by the time you are done, you will know that you have learned and the confidence of what you know attracts employers, like it did for me.
I love WGU. I received my associate degree in Healthcare Administration from University of Phoenix online and although it is a good school, I don't feel like I learned much, just did a lot of book work. I am now doing my Bachelor in Health Informatics at WGU. Besides they are more affordable, the system set up is incredible. Minimum of 12 units in 6 months... one course at a time with all of the learning resources, including mentors a phone call away, it is just better for me.
I feel like I am learning the material and do not feel pressured. The work is hard but apply yourself you will do great! The main thing that sold me on WGU was it is competency based so you know you will learn the material... not just earn units.
I enrolled at WGU in August, 2010. Enrollment was a somewhat painless process. One negative about the enrollment process is that they are so overwhelmed, that they heavily depend on canned responses. However, one major positive that offsets that is that they do NOT engage in hard selling/pressure tactics. Once I enrolled, I had a wonderful mentor that had called me once every week to see how I was doing in my classes.
I was able to knock out my remaining general education requirements in seven months and eleven months later, I had fulfilled my IT certification requirements to obtain my Bachelor's of Science degree in Information Technology--Network Design and Management. I am now enrolled in graduate school which is in my home state of New Jersey, and I am very proud to hang my degree on my wall. I can't wait to hang my MS degree up within the next couple of years.
Student Services is excellent. If there is ever ANY problem that you need handled, your student mentor and/or Student Services will take care of it for you immediately. Also, the coursework is 100% legitimate...if it is not passing, you will not go through until you pass. You are given up to four attempts to pass for a Taskstream task (it never went more than two for some tasks for me...usually some dumb oversight on my part...lol) The certification exams I had to pass were done because it dealt with my current field. Forced me to really study for those.
Bottom line...you will EARN a degree at WGU, and not be handed one. The writing skills that you will pick up for writing capstones will be used later for graduate study (I'm so far getting As in my classes....hoping to finish up strong!) I 100% recommend WGU to anyone needing a degree who is a working adult and professional.
I am extremely happy with my choice of enrolling in Western Governors University. I started my program at WGU on February 1st 2012. I have attended other colleges both online and brick-and-mortar alike so I will attempt to provide fair comparisons to each.
Tuition: This is what initially drew me to WGU. At $3,000 per 6 month term, it is hard to beat. Add to that the fact that you can take as many classes as you want during that 6 month period. This helps to accelerate your program and keep your tuition costs down.
Thanks to this setup, I am accelerating at a very rapid pace. This is not because the classes are not challenging. This is because I study more than 30 hours a week to make sure I pass the assessments and complete the assignments in record time. I am motivated to study as often as I can because I know that I can get on from one course to the next without having to wait 16 weeks to progress.
Support: There is always someone to help you find the resources you need. My student mentor is phenomenal when it comes to getting IT issues squared away, getting in contact with course mentors and the like. My mentor is also one of my biggest cheerleaders. Each course has a mentor as well. These mentors provide support if your study materials leave you with more questions.
Credibility: The course modules apply to academic theories as well as real-world business issues. The assessments are designed to test students for both theory-based and reality-based knowledge. The exams are proctored live online to ensure academic integrity without forcing students to drive all over the place to be tested. The textbooks and evaluation methods are the same ones used at brick-and-mortar universities all over the country. My mother attends a state university in Maryland, one sister graduated from a state university in NJ and the other graduated from a state university in Florida. We all have to write papers using APA formatting. We all use text books published by Prentice Hall, Pearson, McGraw-Hill, Harper-Collins and Harcourt Brace. We all submit writing assignments through TurnItIn to make sure we do not unintentionally plagiarize. We all have papers to write, tests to take, classmates to interact with, projects to develop.
Accreditation: WGU is regionally accredited. This is important because I intend to go on to graduate school. Graduate schools and employers look for candidates with degrees from regionally accredited colleges and universities.
I am looking forward to graduation, but I am also enjoying every minute of learning while attending WGU.
I have only been at WGU for a month and have experienced multiple system outages. The website is down as we speak so I am wasting a day of work making no progress towards my degree. WGU uses Adobe connect to record lessons, but they let their subscription expire so that doesn't work even when the site is up. DO NOT enroll. You will be frustrated beyond belief.