Western Governors University Reviews
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I earned my undergraduate degree from an accredited brick & mortar school in 2013. When I looked at finishing my MBA there it was $35,000 + with little flexibility. WGU was half the price and I can honestly say it was a far better educational experience. It is a very well organized and supportive school that doesn't overcharge for a mediocre education. I highly recommend this school to anyone who wants a high quality education for half the price. this school is going to continue to grow while other schools struggle to survive. Thanks WGU!!!
Great school, challenging and rewarding experience. I got a raise at work and I'm pursuing a MSN with them. Their mentors are excellent as long as you reach out to them. The writing center of excellence is a great resource. Your writing mentors have PHDs and publish books; beyond my expectations. It saved me a lot of money and I make as such as my colleagues who went to traditional schools and now owe over 50,000.00$
Having earned my Undergraduate and Graduate Degrees from WGU, I admit that at times I felt that the material was limited. However, the fact was that there was a plethora of information and guidance available. It was I, who was expecting the program to be like a Brick and Mortar program, which offer a great deal more hand holding. I think that a previous review summed it up best "It is a GREAT program for the mature student". Another review nailed it by stating "you should expect out of it, what you put into it". I consider myself highly motivated and reworded by self excellence, to that end WGU far and above delivered!
This is a great school for mature people that have good communication and computer skills. The competency-based model saved me countless hours of classroom time. If you are the type of person that doesn't require someone to force you to do your work, and you want to learn content vs. just getting a diploma, this is a great school for you. I have already applied much of the content I learned to real-world situations.
The school and curricula are excellent. I have had no issues with the actual courses and once I began actually completing course work all the administration of my enrollment went well. I would warn before and during enrollment individuals have no access to the majority of the available courses and no access to audit degree plans except through an advisor. This makes selecting a degree plan an act of faith. It takes some digging, but audits are provided if the right person is asked the right question. Financial aid is not easily deciphered either. Enrollment councilors or advisors are not inclined to provide any objective or knowledgeable information pertaining to even the most basic financial aid inquires. Direct all questions or concerns over funding directly to the financial aid. Press for additional information and expect only the exact information requested. It took over fifteen individual conversations for me obtain a full description of the tuition disbursement schedule and refund process. Due to misinformation and omissions concerning financial aid my refund was delayed almost two weeks. As a first semester student with WGU all disbursements are delayed until the 30th day of your first course after enrollment. Funds are further restricted to a two stage disbursement during each semester. Pell grant is released the first day of your enrolled course (after the first semester at WGU). Loans subsidized or unsubsidized are released fifteen days later. This does not take into account holidays or any other unforeseen delays. Being enrolled in courses is not the final trigger for disbursements. A minimum of 12 cu (credit hours or credit units) must accepted within the enrolled degree plan. A student mentor helps chose courses to be taken during the current semester. As a student it is your responsibility accept these 12 cu to complete enrollment in the given courses. Failing to complete this process will delay disbursement as I found out the hard way. Overall the school is excellent. However, believe there is room for more transparency both before and after initial enrollment. The ability to complete courses through competency exams is an excellent opportunity to accelerate a degree program. The tuition is very competitive. The convenience of online courses is very liberating after being confined to a campus for 18 months. I would recommend WGU to anyone with the discipline to work independently and keep motivated to complete any degree plan. For my money it has been the best educational investment have ever made.
What you should expect from WGU's education model is nothing more than what you put into it. This program is not for a person that wants to be spoon fed information to regurgitated for a test at some point. With WGU you have to be able to prove competency, this is done with detailed papers and passing professional tests (such as teacher licensing). As a teacher now of a year, WGU over-prepares you for the education world, I had more in depth pedagogy knowledge and knowledge about academic laws than the students that came from the local traditional 4 year institutions and even more than some of the 3-4 year seasoned teachers. Mentors help guide you to find information for yourself, they do not show you on a chalkboard. This is a self-guided learning process, that gives you time (6 months) to prove you can master the class. If you do not have the ability to think for yourself, discipline your own learning, can take criticism and make corrections, you might consider a more expensive route.
I absolutely loved my time at WGU. The mentors were helpful, easy to get in contact with and support was there time and time again. I did the degree for my employer requiring it for Magnet status. I have since been able to move to a management role. I would recommend this school to anyone looking to complete there BSN. I cannot speak in regards to the other programs.
This school has very little to no guidance. They pretty much say here is the outline of the course read the book. They have contradicting information with the books they provide. I have taken many online courses and this is probably the worst. There is very few things to help and guide your studies. No videos, No study guides, pretty much no help. You are on your own with hundreds of pages to read and absolutely no guide with what to hold onto for testing. The only thing I liked about this school was there labs they had great instructors.
My degree plan was fantastic. The courses were organized and the requirements were straightforward. The school really provides everything you need to succeed from Cohorts, study sessions, Q&A sessions, and one-on-one sessions. My mentor was great in providing information on how to go about each class and what worked best for other students. The curriculum was challenging and I've found that I'm already using it in real world projects.
Director of Admissions Mr B. is unfair, took 4 Assessment tests-the webpage said I could view my scores after each test but then Admissions deleted that ability so that you get that screen after each test but cannot actually view your results.