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Western Governors University
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Avg. time to find work: Found a job before graduating
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Average reviewer salary: $54,375

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Great school all around
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Degree: Education/Teaching of Individuals in Secondary Special Education Programs
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I am very pleased with WGU. I spent 4 years at a traditional university and got nothing from it. It was just not for me. Now at WGU I am almost done and start my in-classroom student teaching in September. When I was searching for schools I looked at everything and WGU seemed like they had everything I needed right in front of me. There was no guessing or assuming what I would need to complete my degree and the best part is the acceleration of the program. When I began, my projected graduation date was January 2017 and I was able to cut two years off of that and will now be graduating in Jan 2015. Traditional schools make that near impossible. The other thing I love is the tuition price. This school year (12 months) I will pay $6,070. That is $10,000 less than I was paying at the out-of-state university I was previously attending. That number also does not change if more classes are added. The more classes completed in a 6 month term the less each class costs. Traditional schools have a price per credit unit so if more classes are added the more tuition costs. I have been able to work full time during my time at WGU which would not have been possible if I was attending a traditional university. Because there is no classroom time, there are no teachers, but instead there are course mentors. They are experts in their field and are always willing to help. My chemistry mentor is friendly, knowledgeable, and has answered any questions I have had. I guess the real teacher is yourself. WGU gives you everything you need to complete your degree, you just need to take the time and have dedication to teach yourself. All in all, I love WGU and the opportunity it has given me to chase my dream.

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Innovative school for full time workers
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Degree: Nursing Practice
Graduation Year: 2013
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I needed to earn my BSN, but was working a full-time, irregular schedule. This is an innovative school that allowed me to earn my BSN in a year for under $5000.00. Their format is very organized and user friendly, and the support from the student mentors and course mentors is phenomenal. This school has CCNE and regional accreditation; it is not a diploma mill. The work is not easy. I had to take biochemistry, had to write numerous papers for the other classes, and did 90+ clinical hours for my community health class. What I've learned has actually come in useful on the job.

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Crystal - 5 months ago

Were you a nurse before you started the BSN program? I'm considering starting the pre-licensure program in January and I wanted to know if its worth my time. I've been a EMT for 4 years and before that worked as a Tech at some of the top hospitals in Texas.

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Lena - 5 months ago

I had the same question as C. Were you a nurse before starting this program? RN-BSN?

I too am looking into the pre-license class.......it's so much more affordable then any other program.

C. have you spoken to this school already?

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Crystal - 5 months ago

I have, and it sounds like a good program and basically you get out of it what you put into it.

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M - 26 days ago

Of course this person was a nurse before starting this program. There is absolutely no way you could earn your BSN without already being a licensed nurse in only a year.

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M - 26 days ago

Of course this person was a nurse before starting this program. There is absolutely no way you could earn your BSN without already being a licensed nurse in only a year.

Horrible school
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Degree: Education/Teaching of Individuals in Early Childhood Special Education Programs
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All WGU wants is your money. They pro-long your experience so you can pay for another term. Don't ever take a term break!!! They tell you it won't effect your financial aid status or graduation date...WRONG! I have many years of experience and find most of the tasks laughable. My colleagues always ask what ridiculous task I'm working on. Whom ever makes these tasks up, clearly hasn't been in the classroom for a long time or ever. My favorite so far is design a playground and make sure it's culturally appropriate. For who? I can't even list all the nationalities we have at our school. Do you have to be a certain color to use a swing? Come on, really? I can't wait to finally finish. I have to wait a year after the original date I was given when I started. I've always completed my terms and all the work. I feel like it is a scam. Now I'm told I have to take a break again, because WGU only lets you do DT in Sept and Jan, well I could of been ready this Jan if I my mentor lined things up better and I was given better advice. I would never recommend this school again. I'm sorry to those I did when I first started in 2011. I regret going to this school. I wasted my time and money. Love to get out of here, but feel trapped. Other schools probably wouldn't take WGU credits.

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Greedy nor recommended college Westerg govenor ...
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Degree: Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Assistant/Aide
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This is the worst college I have ever seen, first you have to jump through so many hoops just to do your work, then if it does not pass their on line review, you have "dumb it down" to make you papers upload. Most of the classes are almost impossible to pass "proctoring" and of course they always offer help but guess what no one can or wants to. I had a paper I was having trouble pass the check to see if it was copied for a entire month I fought with mentors teachers, etc, to find out it was the fault of the teacher that opened it to look at it so it showed in their system that it was her paper instead of mine so it showed a 99 percent copy and it took a act of god to get it fixed for 30 days. Then the proctor, first they break in all the time to have you turn this way to turn that way, what are we 10, we have degrees already but they treat you like you are in some government hush test taking. I at first thought this was going to be great, but they find ways to continue your paying on and on so when it is going to take you 18 months it means 36. I would never never recommend this college to anyone in fact all the nurses at my hospital know about this and decided not to attend, don't let the cheap price fool you. JE

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M - 26 days ago

I think the reason you had trouble passing the classes in a timely fashion may be your lack of command of the English language. Your post was filled with spelling, grammar, and punctuation mistakes. I know in order to complete this degree you must have passed a college level English class or two, but you may want to take another remedial class to improve those skills. Not only would it help to improve your grades on papers, projects, etc., but it would help you communicate better with course mentors and in online forums such as this.

Jump in! It's great at WGU.
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Degree: Special Education and Teaching, General
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I have been in the WGU teaching program for two full terms, with a goal of dual license in Special Ed and Elementary Ed. I LOVE the self-paced study and testing. I also love that you are not required a bunch of busy work like other online programs (things like: post in the discussion feed on three different student's introduction)<

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Great School
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Degree: Management Science
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Great mentor relations as well as usability of information to what is current in the work place.

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A rigorous masters program for nurses
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Degree: Nursing Education
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I am almost done completing my Masters in Nursing. I have found this program to be a great fit for me. The assignments are rigorous and the material is very relevant and timely. There is no easy pass in this program- my undergraduate is from the University of Michigan so I have experience with a competitive prestigious brick and mortar school, and I can tell you that this is no diploma mill but a rigorous fully accredited program - I have had to revise most of my assignments- and feel I am learning a great deal.

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Best. School. Ever
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Degree: Curriculum and Instruction
Graduation Year: 2013
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I received my Bachelors from WGU in 2011 and loved the experience so much I returned for my Masters. I just graduated in September and am so bummed they don't offer a doctoral program. My mentors were awesome; supportive and always available. Cost of tuition is affordable and curriculum was relevant to my work experience. I took what I learned and was able to immediately put it into action. Love this place!

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Fantastic, affordable school!
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Degree: Special Education and Teaching, Other
Graduation Year: 2013
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I highly recommend WGU! I was a teenage mother with a dream of being a Special Education teacher. I had a newborn child and was unable to attend the traditional college, so I found WGU. 4 years later I graduated from WGU with my Bachelor's in Special Education. I immediately found a teaching job that I love. I recently started back at WGU for my Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction. My husband and sister-in-law are also WGU students and they too love it. You have to be self-motivated because it is so convenient that you could procrastinate. The mentors are so helpful and caring, and you can't beat the tuition!

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Kristen - 2 months ago

What state are you located in? Any problem with an transferring licensing? Did they seem to mind that there were no grade point averages

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Degree: Elementary Education and Teaching
Graduation Year: 2013
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After reading some of the very negative reviews about WGU I thought I should put in my 2 cents worth. My overall experience with WGU was extremely positive. (That is not to say that it was easy or that there weren't times that I was pulling my hair out trying to figure out what was desired for certain assignments.) I had previously completed 4 years at a brick and mortar school before deciding education was the path for me. By this time I was 26 working full time and had a daughter on the way. I was able to accelerate my program and finish everything in 18 months. This saved me a substantial amount of money over staying at my brick and mortar school. I was also able to work full time and still be at home in the evenings. I was extremely busy with a new baby, working, and studying but I managed. My student teaching experience was smooth and I was offered a job at the school before the completion of my student teaching. I was able to finish out the school year as a teacher which was awesome. Then I received a job offer for a very competitive school in Wyoming. I was one of 580 applications for 1 job. (this is not to boast but merely my experience getting jobs with a WGU degree) I will start work on a WGU masters degree next year in Administration. There are at least 2 administrators in my district who received their Masters from WGU and landed administrative jobs. When starting WGU my primary concern was: Would a WGU degree put me behind other applicants when job hunting? Well I can honestly saw nothing but good has come from my WGU experience. I have recommended WGU to many friends and will continue to do so.

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Megamomma - 25 days ago

Thank you for commenting on your experience as far as getting hired as a teacher with an WGU degree. That is the field I am considering and I am very concerned about hiring outcomes, given the pass/fail grades.

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