Western Governors University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (463)
I have read several reviews of WGU that are just not true. The primary complaint seems to be directed towards getting assistance. First, I have had no difficulty getting assistance from the class or course mentors. I have also went outside the school to various websites to gain further insight, that is initiative. Most of the complaints seem to come from folks who could not pass the course work. Look, it is tough. The exams are not open book. You must have absorbed the material, or you will fail. At least 15 - 20 hours a week are required to successfully navigate this school. If you need more contact, then a brick and mortar would probably be best. I am over 50 years old, a high school drop-out, and obtained my AA in Business from University of Phoenix. WGU is a better school, all around. It just shows that if I can do this, ANYONE can. I am a Production Manager for a large manufacturing facility. I have actually learned a lot of skills from this course that I apply now, and will continue to do so. Again, this school is not for everyone. They tell you that up front. Not everyone will have a pleasurable experience, that is true. But, if you apply yourself and maintain discipline, this could be a great school that will assist you in your career.
This is not a school for people who need their hand held. You have to want an education. The price you pay for all the resources available is a steal. AND if you are motivated enough you can take more classes and finish faster at no extra cost. You learn a lot if you actually take the time to apply yourself. The mentors aren't there to instruct, they are there to clarify, so you need to put in the effort to absorb the material. I did 24 units my last term and 27 this term. All I have is the final project. A highly accredited bachelor's degree in under a year for $6000. You've got to want it.
Finishing up my first semester at WGU, I've experienced several classes and now the pressure to finish that last class for the 6 month semester ends. It is very invigorating. The mentors have been significantly better than I could have imagined. Very informative in DIRECTING your studies and strategies for completing each class. They have been very helpful when you get stuck or buried in detail on a subject. If you can self-motivate, this is the school for you. I've finished 15 hours this first semester and should be able to knock at least one semester off the 2-year program. I have learned a tremendous amount about business in my first semester. It is well worth the cost and effort!
Great school. I have a learning disability so my doctor recommended WGU he's a Harvard alumnus. You get more than 1 try of every test which I loved. Professors are generally speaking excellent if you have problems with one try another you have access to more than one. I'm coming back here to get my masters in Accounting I enjoyed it so much. The curriculum can be accelerated which is nice. Accounting is very lucrative especially if you get your cpa and other credentials. You have to market yourself well WGU is for people who need a degree to increase earning potential. I started out picking up garbage while I went through college and would be doing that for the rest of my life without a degree. Try to make partner or become a CFO. Very lucrative. Take screenshots of the pre assessment and study the book for answers. The assessment is generally similar to the pre assessment. I went to URI and couldn't graduate the graduation rate was too low. I also flunked out, be thankful you can get or have a degree some of my coworkers are illiterate. I'm looking to buy a condo and lease a Maserati soon. That'll make house # 4. That wouldn't be possible without my WGU degree
If you know all the classes and just need to do a little studying and then take the tests, this is the school for you. If you every...and I mean EVER...need any help with a class; you are screwed. They don.t help anyone. They never helped me. I hate this school so much now and will never go to another school because of this. This school is the epitome of what is wrong with American Education. It focuses on crap you will never need and does nothing to "teach". The graduation rate is something like 14% for a 4 year undergrad and 7% for a Masters. Save your time and money.
I usually do not write reviews.....for ANYTHING, however after reading some of the negative reviews I had to put in my 2 cents worth. I did lots of research on where to go after I received my AA. This was my third attempt at college, not because I was lazy or stupid, but because life happened. I had promotions at work making it impossible to continue my studies, I got married and had kids, and struggled to try to finish an AA. I always felt odd about being at school, because I had so much life and business experience, that I felt so much of the material was a review and waste of my time. I also had a tough time being able to commit to being in 1 place at the same time every week. What I loved about this school was that I could prove I knew the subject matter by testing, and then receive credit for the understanding of the material. I scored very high on the 2 external certifications they had me take, in fact I received the 3rd highest score in the nation on my Society for Human Resource Managers Assurance of Learning exam. I only used provided material for those certifications, no external websites or study guides. I am a very independent learner, and don't need much help or guidance. What i did need was flexibility, and this school gave me that in spades. I could do a weeks worth of review on my day off, or after work, or do exams while any normal school would be closed down for the night. My mentor gave me good direction, and provided the accountability I needed on the weeks that I didn't get work done. Shoot I didn't even do any work for nearly a month one semester because of work but was still able to finish the classes during my own time frame. If you have special needs, or have to be taught by someone else directly, then I can not provide you insight because that is not how I learn. If you work well independently, and need a highly flexible, very affordable option to get your degree then go to Western Governors University.
Cash grab - that's all they are about. They all say that they are there to help you, but whenever you need help, they say there is nothing they can do. They charge you money every semester to take money to pay for tuition. In the nursing program, there is only 1 mentor for 99 students. She is useless and you have to talk with her weekly and get threatening emails from her if you don't. They do not unlock your classes on the first day of each semester, so you start off behind schedule, but they take your money on the first day. Highly unsatisfied!!!
After 20+ years as an RN and many years of internal debate, I finally decided to go back to school. I chose WGU because of the self-pace and very reasonable cost. I started and completed the entire Master's program in 18 weeks. (That's not a typo). I am very self-motivated and basically committed 6-7 days per week including evenings and most of the weekends in order to get it done so fast. It was not easy and I learned a great deal. However, much of my experience/employment was applicable and I was easily able to relate to the assignments. My Student Mentor, Clarissa, was awesome. The Course Mentors were helpful with anything I needed. The Cohort (live classes) were excellent and definitely offered clarity on where to study and focus and gave opportunity to ask questions. The program was very time consuming but heck, 18 weeks of pain, dedication, and tremendous focus and I'm DONE. I absolutely LOVED this program and highly recommend it. I also have 3 children, a hubby, and also had many personal project going on at the same time and still was able to complete the program that fast. Zero dollars out of pocket for me as my employer reimburses up to $5k per year to employees for furthering their education. Woo hoo!!!
WGU is a great school so long as you are a self-starter, motivated and can learn without an instructor spelling out every topic for you. You are required to have weekly meetings with a course mentor (academic advisor) but these normally take 10-20 minutes and are at the same set time every week. Each course you take has mentors that are specific to that course that will assist you if you need it. The school has countless webinars and cohorts to assist you through each course. Some of these are live with the ability to ask questions and some are recorded from previous live sessions. For each course you are given the course material for you to learn and when you finish you either take an exam or submit a written assessment. There are no other assignments, so your final assessment is what decides if you pass/fail. As with any school there are rules you have to abide by. Since this in online they are a bit different than most are accustomed to. You have to maintain 12 credit hours a semester (this is tough but I managed it with two jobs and a family), you have to keep in contact with your student mentor and you have a limited number of attempts on your course assessments. If you can follow pretty simple rules and not make excuses for failing to follow them the experience is pleasant. Overall if you can learn mostly on your own and can follow some simple rules then this school is awesome. The cost is reasonable and the education is good. Don't get swayed away by the negative reviews of disgruntled students.
Started the application process for a degree with this school. Nothing but ineptitude from all levels. The financial aid department has you fill out undergraduate paperwork for a graduate degree. The transcript review department states that they will take a maximum of 10 business days, taking over 14 business days instead. The academic advisers state that you need courses that don't exist, refuse to apologize for delays and simply state "this isn't my problem, go talk to someone else" and send you to voicemail. So glad I found out the atrocities of this school before giving them any money (application was free). This is a terrible school, a terrible program, and you should go literally anywhere else.