Western Governors University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (410)
I am an older student. I found WGU courses to be difficult, but well worth the time and effort. Because I work full-time, I had to schedule my school time carefully and remain organized. The main benefit - I really learned new information. The courses challenged me and my views on teaching. The price is amazing. I did not interact much with other students, but that was my choice. There was plenty of opportunity to do so. The overall experience has been great.
I have be attending WGU for 2 years and I absolutely love it. I have completed my BSN and now finishing the MSN program. It is non profit, reasonably priced and they are VERY student oriented. They go above and beyond to help their students- from the student mentor, course mentor, financial aid, tech support, the 24/7 librarian, free gifts in the mail for referring, protocor people and of course taskstream people.
Also the WGU communities are AWESOME, so much help from your peers and the teachers. I cannot say enough great things about the school and I'm proud to be a WGU Alumni and soon finish my Masters. The only thing is, if you are not a self driven person or you are one of those people that need to have short simple deadlines, this is not for you. I'm a self learner and self motivated that’s why this works so well for me. When you first start the program it is a little difficult to navigate, but once you understand all the programs terminology and when to go where, it is much smoother. Took me about a month or so to really figure it all out.
Also, WGUs graduation cermeony is unbeliveably nice, they really go big :) Another thing, most of the books are online for free through the elibrary, which saves you huge! If you are a go getter and don't need four walls and a desk to learn, this is the online school to attend. And yes they are FULLY accredited.
I started the MBA program and the first classes were easy, I thought it will be a piece of cake. As I continued, I have to admit it is challenging, and I learned a lot. My husband who has a MBA degree from one of the best schools in the country had to help me couple of times, and after he read the course material,(he also did not believe in online college education), he admitted that the learning material is rigorous and challenging and he changed his opinion about WGU. If you are looking for an easy degree, this won't be one for sure. I can really only recommend the school.
Overall a quality education. I like the flexiblity of going as fast or slow in a class as I want. I also like the real world aspect of the school.
Most of the material was great, however some of it was rather bogus. Bottom line, a good school for a great price that allows a student to learn at their own pace.
I am currently doing the MBA from Afghanistan. The key to WGU is to you have to answer the tasks how the instructor wants you to answer or they will kick it back over and over again. It's pretty much a joke. I wouldn't recommend anyone going to this school since it appears some instructors just want to prolong your educationl. Probably to secure their own jobs.
As a returning student with 20+ years work experience (10 in management) I was seeking a quality education that a)was accredited; b)could be completed while working and c)was affordable. WGU has exceeded my expectations in all of these and more.
I'm graduating soon and I'm happy to say this has been an amazing experience from start to finish. I don't believe WGU is for everyone but if you're prepared to work, are self-motivated, and are seeking a quality degree, WGU is definitely worth exploring. All schools have positives and negatives so do your homework and make sure WGU is a fit for your personal situation. If you're not prepared to put in the work, aren't a self-starter, or prefer classroom based learning, don't choose WGU. You will fail.
I personally cannot recommend it enough however. I tell everyone I know about the school and know several other working adults that are currently enrolled as well. Good luck in your search for online schools (if that's what you're looking for). I'd definitely recommend that WGU receive consideration when evaluating programs/schools.
Nurses work 12 hour shifts but don't have regular (set) days off, so doing an online program made the most sense. I researched schools, and chose this based on accreditation and tuition. I don't regret it a bit! Overall, it is a good program.
The only thing that I thought was lacking when I first began, was support in writing papers. Nursing school was all math and science, so I didn't have a lot of experience. But, they started a "center for writing excellence" a little while back, so really, I can't say that this school lacks anything, now. I highly recommend it. The price was incredible!!
I did a very thorough investigation of the online college landscape before selecting WGU. I wanted a good price, regional accreditation and the freedom to progress at my own pace. I did not want to have to correspond daily with other class mates. I earned 114 credits and my BA in IT management in 6 months. The experience was so good that I went on and gained my MBA in IT management, also in 6 months.
I worked very hard, but my full-time job did not suffer. It cost me about $6400 for a BA and MBA combined. This saved me years and tens of thousands of dollars. I do not consider myself great at math or writing, but the presentation of the material was such that I did not need to seek the help of course mentors and I could figure out what I needed on my own.
I would highly recommend the school and if your experience is even half as good as mine you will save a lot of time and money.
I graduated this year w/ a BS in Business Management from WGU. I’ve read all kinds of reviews before I chose WGU and always vowed to do one, once (if) I graduated. Well I did, and here it is.
First, the reason I chose WGU was Accreditation. They are the only on-line school, that I found at the time, which is ‘regionally accredited’. That is the one that matters-I found. National accreditation from the US Gov’t, (distance learning etc) and other minor associations are not cutting it for me. So all these ‘online’ schools say they are accredited – but check it out…see what agency provides the accreditation and who else is accredited in that association etc. This matters! On-line college has a stigma already (and yes, it’s getting better as people become educated), but if you choose a school that isn’t regionally accredited – you’re two behind.
Next, This college is not for people with no work experience in the field you want to get a degree in. This university is really designed for that person who has been working for some years in a field..and is being held back because of no degree. If you are young and want to go from public H.S. education to Bachelors…I’d recommend something else. You CAN do WGU…but it will take a lot of time in my opinion. – You need to be motivated and goal oriented. I fight procrastination, and I think I could have finished sooner (took me 2yrs, 4mos from zero to full B.S.), but full time work, wife, life, etc… You need to dedicate no less than say 15 hrs a week to studying. Maybe more, maybe less, but not too much less.
Classes are thick – often the class (just like brick and mortar schools – which I did attend for a while) is based around one text book…and the final is on THE ENTIRE BOOK…so, what I read about ‘easy’ classes were false. There are some classes which use multiple text books (upper level) and depending on your retention capability/ study habits can be challenging. Some classes were easier (English lit) and some were very difficult if you don’t have any pre-exposure to them (higher end business classes).
There are two methods of evaluation. Finals (exams) and course work (projects). Some classes have a final you take at the end. This is usually 50-80 questions, proctored (at your local testing center usually at college or university) or in some cases you can get a bio-metric webcam and do them from home. At first, I was thinking ‘man, testing at home…i can just have an answer sheet.? – uh no….the bio cam reads your eyes, has a huge view area (not what is shown on your screen) and is physically monitored by someone in a testing center (i.e. they watch you). I even a final stop mid-way through and had to call because they need me to ‘pan’ the camera etc…So, any thoughts of ‘cheating’ (not that I was or wanted to) – you can forget it.
Personally, it was nerve racking – so I preferred taking them in person at my local university. The test were very conceptual – not memorization. I’d say 15% were ‘facts’ etc..and 85% were concepts.. so you really have to ‘know’ the material! After the first couple of Finals..i really had to change the way I studied. But you really learn a lot this way.
Then there are projects - Papers (out the wazo) APA style…for business classes there were a lot of project type stuff to do, and a lot of real world (I thought) items to complete – project management projects, H.R. memos, writing policies, corporate compliance statutes..all sorts of stuff. It was pretty educational and practical.
You are provided with e-books, online learning sites, access to university (U of Michigan, Utah State, etc) and other resources…but I found that those plus Wikipedia, youtube, etc..really make all kinds of information available to you. Some courses have videos of teachers lecturing, some have actual lectures that you can dial-into (webex, etc) - so however you learn, they meet it there.
There are two primary points of contacts…a personal mentor who you talk to once a week, once every other week,etc, depending on how you progress. And a course mentor - who basically is the professor for that course. I have never had a problem with either. The course mentor was always available to me via e-mail and phone call when i needed. These aren’t just academics…they all had decades of real world experience in their fields (for the particular classes in the course of study..e.g., business, or IT, etc..). If I had a question, or just didn’t ‘get it’…I never was left hanging. The personal mentor keeps you on task…keeps you focused, and really guides you through the program. Iike all humans, I’m sure some are better than others…but mine was proficient. WGU has a good policy, if you and your mentor are not ‘clicking’ they can address it.
I was unsure about this whole ‘competency’ based approach v. classroom time. But it’s great – if I had to take a freshman class about say how to use a stapler in the business world…and I’ve got years of stapler experience..i’d go to the professor and ask if I can just take the final and ‘CLEP’ or test out…why sit (and pay) for eight weeks of stuff you know already? Prove you know it…and if you really do- move on. There were some classes that I thought I’d test out of early – but when I took an ‘assessment’ test to see if I knew what they were going to teach me…nope..had to do the class. Others, I was able to due to my work experience. Bottom line, it works..it’s efficient, and is a good evaluator of your true knowledge.
So that’s it in a nutshell –you pay for a six month term and attack as much as you can. Go as fast or as slow as you want – this affects your tuition total (i.e., more classes you take in six months, the better)…but the bottom line is – get an education, not a ‘diploma’. You get out of WGU what you put into WGU (just like life). I highly recommend WGU for those in the workforce…at a certain level of leadership or management, but no degree due to life….this is your route. I would be open to answering any questions.
P.S. this review was written quickly- I’m not going to edit it fully, so if there is a typo, or sentence structure is jacked..it’s not a ‘result of WGU’s education’ – it’s me, I’m just a fast writer and I’m on a 5hr energy right now…
I've been attending WGU since June of 2010. I am completely happy with the program I've chosen, the mentors, and the school overall.
I'll return to share more details in the future. But, I LOVE WGU!!