Western Governors University Reviews

  • 689 Reviews
  • Salt Lake City (UT)
  • Annual Tuition: $6,670
78% of 689 students said this degree improved their career prospects
74% of 689 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Jared
  • Reviewed: 2/15/2021
  • Degree: Cybersecurity
  • Graduation Year: 2019
"Prenote: I was working as an IT Desktop Support agent and wanted to get into security and advance my career. I was making $48000 doing it back in 2015. Here it is 2021, have my Bachelors degree in Cybersecurity, have a lot of WGU sponsored certificates and am working as a so-called Security Analyst making $49,920. They say the skills don't warrant any more money and that it's just an online degree like U of Phoenix. I thought going to WGU would help me in some way to get a good paying job, to get out of that help desk IT role you get basically get out of high school. I was wrong. I graduated in 2019 with my Bachelor's in Cybersecurity and basically got re-type-casted as an online degree earner, who wants to work call center or driving jobs and am stuck under $50k a year because nobody trusts the degree and companies are only open to contracts with garbage benefits. I do get interviews here and there, but the majority of the time, all the requirements I match 100% and more but, they always find someone "Who more closely fits what they are looking for." How is that possible if I match 100%? Whenever I do interviews, they always ask, "What do they even teach you in those courses because in the real world none of that matters." I wasted my time doing these, when I was able to get certifications that employers look at like, "Who cares?" All that money to be labeled a "Certified Nobody with no skills." I let a few of them lapse already because they don't matter, anywhere."
Kalli
  • Reviewed: 1/30/2021
  • Degree: Education
  • Graduation Year: 2018
"I have 10 years in education as an aide/secretary/substitute. I finally decided late in 2017 to go for my teaching degree. I had 3 mentors, had to get licensed in Utah and my home state, but I finished 79 hours in 15 months (include student teaching) and working full time. I am dual certified in Special education and Elementary education. I passed my state teaching exams first try, math by 1 point (my weakness). I went to an online school years before and dropped out, it was crazy. WGU had quirks. I hear quirks about our local colleges. I recommend WGU. Be adamant about things, ask questions up front. I had no issues with financial aid, took out loans, not sorry for it. I landed a teaching job the day I graduated! Can't make it up, had a district waiting on me. I've had numerous job interviews in rural USA and no one bats an eye when I speak of WGU. I know some people may have issues. I'm looking at grad school now online but not sure if it's worth it for me personally. Do your homework. Ask hard questions at the beginning. Don't let anyone badger you into something."
Paul
  • Reviewed: 1/25/2021
  • Degree: Nursing
  • Graduation Year: 2020
"Honestly, I have many reasons that I would not recommend WGU to individuals seeking an advanced degree in nursing. First, the program claims to provide constructive credit for your work and prior education, but that is not true for nursing education. I was already working in nursing education and had completed the course work on my Doctorate of Education, and WGU did not provide me one hour of credit. The only credit I think is possible is maybe to an NP for the physical exam class. So, basically, be prepared to pay for the full program. If you are an independent learner, the mentor will ignore you and not provide you with the information you need, especially when it benefits the program. For example, I was not told that I needed to submit the final two classes several months before the term ended to ensure that all the corrections were completed in time. The term ended on October 31st, and I took a week of leave to complete the last two courses. After my submission, I was locked out of the submissions until I enrolled for another semester. I contacted the instructor, and she inquired why I did not file for an extension. When I told her that I was not aware that I needed to, I figured that my submission would be graded once I submitted the paper before the end of the term. I also reached out to my mentor and asked why she did not make me aware of the extension process and needed to turn it in early to ensure it was completely graded even though I had emailed her earlier in the month, letting her know that I was working on the final paper. She basically responded that since I had not communicated with her every week, she did not feel the need to inform me. Finally, I had to pay over 2,000 dollars to be part-time my final term to have the program grade my final submission. Then when I finally got my final grade on December 25th it took WGU almost another month to get my final transcript and diploma to me. I have much more to say about WGU but time and space do not permit. My suggestion is to find another online university that is more open to getting a degree. I know I wish I had."
Christopher Lewis
  • Reviewed: 1/17/2021
  • Degree: MBA
  • Graduation Year: 2021
""Wow". WGU has been a great ride. I recommend this school to anyone who wants to push their limits and fulfill their dreams. I was able to complete the program in one term. That doesn't mean it was easy, it fully tested my knowledge and abilities. This is the working person's degree program."
Edumacated
  • Reviewed: 1/9/2021
  • Degree: Nursing
  • Graduation Year: 2021
"This school is a joke! WGU is for true online learners who want NO instruction, which can be great.... But the annoying part is they make it mandatory to speak with your course instructor (so they can justify paying them I guess). When you get on the phone with them, they sit there in silence and act like the call is a big bother to them until they finally say, "So, do you have any questions?" Why make the call mandatory if they have nothing to offer the student? Once in a while you will have a paper returned for revision, which you also need to reach out to your instructor before you can re-submit. Same story. You ask them to review the paper, they tell you it looks good, yet the paper still gets returned for another revision. The course instructors are useless. They should make the people who grade the papers be the instructors since apparently they know more than the so called instructors."
WGUMBA ALUM
  • Reviewed: 12/30/2020
  • Degree: MBA
  • Graduation Year: 2020
"Great non profit school that really is flexible to those who work. No pre set times at all! Also can accelerate as fast your as slow as you want. Cant beat the price for a regionally accredited school especially if you are a go getter. Overall very happy with my education. I think with the global pandemic online education will only become more and more normalized."
Hope
  • Reviewed: 12/28/2020
  • Degree: Mathematics
  • Graduation Year: 2020
"I think attending WGU was one of the best decisions I've ever made. I attended a brick & mortar school years ago, but life happened and I didn't get my degree. I had 90 credits at my old school and WGU only accepted 17 of them. But that was okay. Why? Because I was able to knock out 2 classes per month and earn my Bachelors degree at WGU in only 1.5 years. The classes were an average level of challenge and I felt as if I learned a lot during my journey. Dealing with the financial aid department was super easy and I appreciated the support that I received from my program mentor. My program mentor encouraged me to push myself, he always believed in me and he gave great advice. The only con I can think of is: I wish they offered more majors! Despite that, I look forward to returning to WGU someday in the future to get a Masters or perhaps a second Bachelors degree (this time it would be in computer science). After all, at only $3300 per term, I feel like the degrees are truly affordable."
Aspen
  • Reviewed: 12/21/2020
  • Degree: Education
  • Graduation Year: 2021
"I wish I had never had anything to do with this place. They are hard to work with and when is comes time to get your student teaching assignment they are extremely inflexible and can and will place you in a school that is 75 miles from your home. The website is poorly designed and hard to navigate and you have to put up with constant long phone calls that could have easily been emails. Do yourself a favor and find another school."
Emily
  • Reviewed: 11/17/2020
  • Degree: Teaching
  • Graduation Year: 2021
"I have never been so disappointed. WGU says that they offer flexibility, but they have not helped me with COVID constraints. I am supposed to student teach next semester. I have completed absolutely everything required for student teaching, except the results for one exam are going to be 11 days late because of the proctor site having a higher demand right now. Due to this SINGLE delay in results, they won't let me student teach. My mentor is horrible at communicating as well, and I feel like she never tells me important information or helpful tips."
Diane F.
  • Reviewed: 11/10/2020
  • Degree: MBA in Healthcare Management
  • Graduation Year: 2019
"I was excited to venture into a new growth opportunity, developing key aspects of management in the healthcare vein. I worked on and off in mental health and medical care for 20 years under a BS Human Services Management, which served me quite well and was required by my organizations. I started the MBA Healthcare Management program Oct 2018, graduated Dec 2019, commencement Feb 2020. I was applying for jobs in management by Sept 2019. The only downfall I have experienced is a lack of job placement. It is the end of 2020, and I STILL have not landed a position related to healthcare management that was procured as a result of the MBA degree. So, I have a student loan to pay back but no increase in pay. In fact, I have been told by more than one organization that the Administrative Fellowships are the best way to gain placement, but they have to be started within the time frame of the organization's desire (usually during 2nd term of MBA program, or within 6 months of graduating, and all of the fellowships are designed around a traditional school calendar). Since I graduated in December, and typical graduations take place in May, I was outside of the deadline. Job placement has been difficult. EVERY organization seeks experience over education, or places a heavier weight on real life experience. You can see proof of this in job descriptions where you are now told the years of experience that equate to a particular degree. So, I would recommend gaining experience while earning the MBA, or you may find yourself with a degree for which you are proud, but also a degree that brings nothing firm to the table. WGU career placement is non-existent, in case you were hoping the stats were high. Good Luck! Graduating was my greatest achievement besides my children, but it did not land me a job. I would make sure that you pursue experience over a degree, if you can only do one of them."