Western Governors University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (463)
Excellent school. The mentor's really help you move along and ensure you pass each course. I just graduated (2017) with a degree in MBA IT. I also used my Post 911 GI Bill and had no issues in payments (one of the reasons I chose this school; had good financial aid reviews).
WGU was a great stepping stone. The course work was challenging and the teachers were more than happy to help. Since I attended online, the schedule was very flexible. The best part about this University was the flat fee for 6 months of tuition. I was able to take as many classes as I wanted and the fee was the same, all book were included. I really enjoyed attending Western Governors University and would recommend it for any self-motivated learner.
YOUR CREDITS AT WGU FOR THE MOST PART, WILL NOT BE RECOGNIZED BY MOST UNIVERSITIES. Example, lower level electives are 50-70% ok to transfer from WGU, but all major courses will be given zero credit. SO please understand unlike any other university, you can never leave and go to another school unless you are OK with starting over and paying again.
If your self-motivated with decent reading comprehension this is the school for you. You work at your own pace and can complete a degree as quickly as your able to digest the material. If your expecting hand holding or someone to read the material to you go somewhere else as you will fail at WGU.
Western Governors University was an excellent school to obtain my BA in Educational Studies. The student and teacher mentors there are very hands on and provide ample assistance in obtaining your goals. It is a convenient way to do school for the young, new student all the way to the working full time parent kind of student. The school as a whole is very pleasant to work with including the financial aid department, admissions, and student records. Their website is user-friendly and I can find the documents that I need with little effort, and all of their online documents and processes are streamlined and easy to use. In addition to a wonderful undergraduate experience, they have a wonderful alumni program with access to a plethora of wonderful benefits. I very highly recommend this school!
I graduated from WGU with a MBA in Information Technology. I received a technical bachelor degree from the University of Washington. Having gone through the experience of getting a degree from a traditional college and then one from an online university, I have to say WGU is not for everyone. WGU is a school for people who are very self motivated and don't need much hand holding. The course is also not easy. I will be honest, it took me 2.5 years to get my MBA IT degree and that is because I had to take Financial Analysis and Strategic Management twice. Financial Analysis in my opinion was the hardest class in the entire program and it kicked my butt. If you can pass that class you can pass any of the other classes. Would I recommend WGU to folks? No I wouldn't since most people want the full college experience. If you only care about the education and forgo the parties/social life that accompany the true college experience, then you should give WGU a chance. It won't be easy but for sure you'll learn a lot. Also WGU don't have the branding compared to elite schools, so if you care about that then the school isn't for you. Lastly, from my personal experience (which I hope is just me) I didn't really see much of an impact to my salary or career growth after getting my MBA from WGU. I hope I am the exception not the norm.
Awesome. Learn way more than at a traditional university school. I have been to both. Learning approach is a lot more focused on what I will carry into my professional career. Flexible and affordable. Thankful to have come across this college. Will continue to go for my masters here.
I love WGU! I enjoyed that I was able to pass some courses very quickly because I had experience in that area. This allowed me to focus more on the courses I wasn't as familiar with. When I met challenges in courses, I was able to easily find the answers I needed, usually within course chatter. My student mentor was extremely responsive. I have loved talking to her frequently and am going to miss our chats. She kept me on track, as it was sometimes easy to procrastinate. You really need to be very self-motivated to be successful, as your only deadline to complete everything is the last day of the term. I liked that I could do things as my scheduled allowed, and not when it is convenient for the instructors. I could do everything overnight. The learning materials were easy to use. Simple to turn in assignments. Never had a problem with taking tests. I recommend WGU to all of my nursing friends looking to further their education. Haven't had a single problem in a year and a half.
This program has great potential, however please make sure you get a mentor that communicates with you. Mine had me on the wrong version of a test twice and when it was realized the university did not give me extra retakes for the exam. She also failed to mention the school's policy on how many times you can attempt a test despite my asking her. Then when I called to withdrawal from the university because of the situation, she told me I would get a refund, but was mistaken about the policy and when I called in to get my refund from the school I was told that "she knew better than that" and "couldn't have told me that". This came out to around $600. As long as you don't trust anyone at the school and look up all of the information yourself, you will probably be fine, but don't expect to get good use of your money by communicating with anyone at the university. Also, while they offer many cohorts and webinars, their harder courses don't offer any supplemental help aside from the text, so make sure to be good at self teaching yourself for an exam that has very vague parameters on what to study. I highly recommend you switch mentors if you have the mentor E.W. as she caused me to have a very bad experience at this university.
I graduated in 2014 with my BAIS degree here and went right back to get my masters in learning and technology. This was by far the most rigorous college I attended and felt prepared for my current teaching profession. You have to be self motivated and push through. The papers that are done have to be perfect to be accepted as they are graded with a rubric that you cannot miss points on (some allow 3/4 points). I had to work for my degrees which I could not say about the other colleges I went to.