Western Governors University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (397)
I enrolled in WGU in an HR program since my military experience supported it. After one semester, I realized that I really want to teach, not do HR the rest of my life. The change of major happened seamlessly! You get out of any school what you put in. The first semester, I put in plenty, the second, nothing. After I changed my major, I reallized the only thing hampering my progress now is my full-time job! I may actually stop working for awhile in order to accelerate progress in school. If you are truly a "lifelong learner" and enjoy learning on all fronts, this is the place! You can draw upon your life experiences and prior knowledge and thoroughly enjoy WGU. I'm hoping to be ready to demonstration teach within the next year.
I will finish my degree from Western Governor's University in June. I have had a wonderful experience with the school. The flexibility, price, and curriculum have fit my needs. When I took my Praxis test, I was prepared because of my classes at WGU. I have to say it has not been a spoon fed experience as some have described. In the past, good grades came easy for me. I have had to work very hard to pass some of the objective exams and tasks. However, I would expect no less from an accredited graduate program. I read one post that suggested that if one didn't pass a task the first time, they could just submit the same task, and it would be passed without a problem. I DON'T think so. The graders have been very diligent and consistent. I have submitted numerous papers, and for a few, I actually got them back a third time. We really do learn from our mistakes. The rubrics are there, and the graders do use them. I would definitely recommend WGU to any learner who is serious about getting an online degree.
I graduated last summer with a Bachelor in HR Management.My experience was great. I was a little skeptical at first but when I saw the dedication of my mentor to assist me in any issues, it made me comfortable.
The Pass/Fail I was leary of as well, until I found that in order to receive a Pass at WGU it is a 3.0 grade.
I was well prepared for the PHR exam which I checked with others in the field who discouraged me from taking it as it was "extremely difficult" and I passed. My mentor was always there, helped me through, was flexible and kept me motivated to graduate. I went out to Salt Lake City for the graduation and I was pleasantly surprised and proud to be part of the celebration. I am enrolled now in another online university and I am not having the same experience.I am thinking of dropping out of the masters program. At WGU I could always reach my teacher and other students incase of assignment questions. The University of the Rockies isn't like that at all.I am disappointed as I had such a good educational experience at WGU. I highly recommend WGU!
I am enrolled in the MBA program after having graduated from WGU with a BS in Marketing Management.
The MBA program and WGU in general are intended for working adults who are serious about attaining their educational goals. Anyone who is prepared to dedicate a specific number of hours each week to their studies will have a good chance to be successful.
None of the programs are an easy ride, however one of the benefits for working is that their previous knowledge and experience may allow them to accelerate their studies and complete their program sooner.
The degrees awarded by WGU are credible and although there are certainly better schools, WGU meets a real need and it has achieved the goals of the 19 governors whose vision was the impetus behind the creation of the school. Online learning is more and more accepted every day and I am especially pleased to have found WGU and invested in my future by attending.
I am currently in my last term of the MBA program and have really enjoyed my experience at WGU.
The staff is eager to help and wants you to succeed as much as you do. They are always willing to find the answers to your questions if they can't help you.
But the degree is no walk in the park. You have to be a strong independent learner. You will challenge yourself more than you think but will learn so much in the end.
Found this university to be a refreshing change to the traditional university. They GET what it means to be an adult. The flexibility of the programs are unmatched and the tuition is remarkably low. It truly allows one to go at their own pace. But dang, it was not easy. Very very rigorous program I went through. Truly an independent learning environment so if ur not organized, can't prioritize your time well, like to learn things on your own, and have a good 15 hours a week or more, ur gunna hate it at WGU. The degrees teach the latest skill sets needed in the work place today and the place is accredited up the ying yang. Very very credible! My mentor was very helpful in getting me through. There was a lot of help. But it was still always up to me to get it done. No group projects. AGain, not for everyone but wow it was just great for me. Thanks for letting me put in my two cents.
I have completed half of my MBA degree. From my experience, this is the only regionally accredited online MBA program with such a low price. There is no spoon feeding but there is support to point you in the right direction. I would choose this school again and I look forward to the $20k pay raise with my MBA and my existing ten years of experience.
One thing that comes to mind is don't expect a magical degree to win a corner office job. You need to work hard at brand name companies and network with people get to the interview table. Winning a high paying job is based on your degree level and certifications (35%), your experience (25%), and your personality/ network (18%) (and a few other minor factors). Remember, a degree is only 1/3rd of the way to the summit.
This school is a great school however if you read the reviews here and from other sites you will notice ALL the negative reviews are from people currently enrolled or who've just graduated from there teaching programs.
In my opinion they expected too much hand holding and then got frustrated when things didn't happen as fast as they liked.
Notice there are NO bad reviews from IT or Business degree people - Interesting isn't it!
This means its the students in the teaching programs who are unfairly reviewing or slamming the school.
I found Western Governors University to be an excellent experience. I just earned my BS in Finance last month and learned more than I ever thought possible. I have attended other traditional schools and found the teachers at Western Governors to be in almost every case more easily accessible and knowledgeable as at the other Universities I attended.
Furthermore, TASKSTREAM which is used by Western Governor as the sight which you submit all assignments and then who grades them is not unique to Western Governors. TASKSTREAM is also used by schools such as the University of Vermont, University of Illinois and GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY. Anyone who knows anything knows that George Mason offers an excellent education!
It should also be noted that schools such as George Washington University now offer completely online degrees that are highly respected. Because of Western Governors affiliation with the Western Governors association along with outstanding education, I see a bright and respected future for this University. I should also mention that I have had absolutely NO problem getting into an excellent ABA Law School with my WGU degree.
For those of you complaining, I hope you will at least do a little more research on what you’re complaining about before posting “ambiguous reviews” on this website. Overall, Western Governors is a great school and anyone who can use a computer and has some motivation will complete their program with an average amount of difficulty which should be expected when earning your degree. I was able to complete mine in 10 months and 7 days without transferring any previous credits at about 20 hours per week.
Now, if you are looking for a free handout as it sounds that some of you are, this is not the school for you. I suggest you instead sign up for one of those un-accredited universities that will print you a fake degree for a fee, otherwise, pull up your pants, use your brain and act like a grown up before attempting a college that was designed for real grown-ups.
Without divulging in details, I was able to complete a BS in Finance at WGU in 2009 and in an exceptional time. It was not based on the ease of the work; one needs to be self-motivated and able to understand the not-confusing process of Taskstream etc... I found my mentor to be very helpful, I did not find there to be a push recruiting style and I did not happen to need the financial aid so did not deal with this end of the program. I did find that WGU is what they advertise it to be, self-paced, quality and challenging. For those nay-sayers that cannot grasp the clear instructions of the tasks required or who struggle without direct supervision, don't apply. For those independent of mind and driven either by time, economics or whatever, this university is THE PLACE to get your degree. I am currently considering the MBA program through WGU and will certainly attend within the next six months when my personal economy allows it.