Western Governors University Reviews

  • 740 Reviews
  • Salt Lake City (UT)
  • Annual Tuition: $6,670
78% of 740 students said this degree improved their career prospects
72% of 740 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Richard Anderseen
  • Reviewed: 11/16/2022
  • Degree: Digital Marketing
"Avoid this "University" its pass or fail, that should be the first clue. Almost anyone can be accepted clue number two, No instructors but mentors that should be clue three. Clue four, good luck with their credits at other schools! National accreditation without the corresponding weight of the University but third party testers. You too can spend college level money for what amounts to paying for study and a "mentor" who may or may not be as smart as you. Lets not mention the promises! We got the stars, we got the moon, we got the sun! We got you covered! Yeah, Right. Incompetent is the first thing that comes to mind when it comes to doing paperwork. I had my advisor tell me they are weeks behind because of a Tik Tok trend so everyone else suffers. Thanks I appreciate that you are liars and can't follow through on a time line. Avoid this place."
Jo
  • Reviewed: 11/12/2022
  • Degree: Healthcare Administration
"This might be a good choice if your undergrad was in the same field, but don't go this route if you are changing careers. The proctoring process is frustrating. The accessibility issues are frustrating, the assistance from professors can be nearly nonexistent. I will finish the Masters Program, but I wish that I had gone to another university."
Lianna
  • Reviewed: 10/28/2022
  • Degree: Business
"I am always surprised when I see "bad" WGU reviews because my experience was so great! I YOU must keep your self accountable. All of my exams were proctored which is another reason why I pushed my self to learn material. I had a program mentor (as we all do) and it is recommended you meet with your mentor often. All of my course instructors were very responsive and always met with me via phone when I needed to talk through a concept or anything class related. Super happy with WGU."
Joseph B.
  • Reviewed: 10/26/2022
  • Degree: Special Education
"WGU is probably one of the most Narcissistically ran universities that I have ever had the misfortune to become aware of. They talk a good game. Pay for the semester, and you can achieve credit for as many courses as you are able to complete before the semester ends. They DO NOT accept credit for many courses that are nationally accredited (despite most universities having equivalent transfers). They want you to spend that money! If you enroll with an education that prepares you for the WHOLE of your degree, and can navigate the labyrinth of testing/grading companies they hire, then WGU is for you. (These testers are only required to show an Associate's Degree, even if it is wholly unrelated to the material they are grading, and are not required to understand the material you are now explaining to them through a 20 page essay). If you expect to be given any small amount of education, whatsoever, and to be tested on that material in a fair way and by someone that remotely understands the material you will want to start running, as fast and far as you can. You are given no education, WHATSOEVER! You are expected to learn and understand all the material by yourself, even if the material is provided through the use of excerpts from multiple books and in a fashion the is neither cohesive, nor uniform. And, if you think that a teacher/professor will be available to help you understand even the smallest bit of that material, think again. WGU does not provide a teacher for your course, only an employee to ensure you paying your tuition. Don't believe me? IT IS AGAIN WGU POLICY FOR ANYONE TO HELP YOU UNDERSTAND THE MATERIAL!!! They are limited and only ALLOWED to direct you to read your material again. Example (True Sorry): I was lucky to have had a previously excellent education before attending WGU, but unlucky to have chosen WGU because of moving out of state (and this, not able to transfer 80% of my credits). This allowed me to quickly progress through my bachelor's degree. I was able to complete nearly all of my Elementary Education courses in roughly 20 months. I was in my last semester before I started my Student Teaching (and gaining my degree). I only had 3 courses left (outside of the ones necessary for my Student Teaching). During my time at WGU, I had faced little struggles, and easily soared through my classes (as my previous university had trained my well). The only struggles were dealing with the testing company and having been put with a grader on occasion that couldn't pour urine from a boot if the instructions written in the heel. (You learn to just deal with them). Of those 3 courses, I struggled with the last assessment on one of them. I felt that I understood the material extremely well. Even working teachers had told me that I was explaining it better than they could. When asking my course "teacher" for help, I was flat out told that she couldn't teach/explain any of the material to me. I was only to read the material again. WGU has/had a policy where if you fail a single assessment on a course 4 times (which could have 4-8 assessments), you would be kicked out of your degree program completely, and not allowed to retake the course, nor complete your degree. I had this one assessment returned 3 times, and was about to be kicked out of my degree program before my "teacher" called me, and told me that I was to never let anyone know that she was helping me. It was explained to me that the grader for this course (a high level, education course) was a person that only had an Associate's Degree in English Lit, and was confusing what the assessment was testing for. She then explained how this grader mistook the material, which allowed me to easily pass it. So, instead of educating the grader, giving the high level class to someone with an appropriate degree, or even evaluating the accuracy of the grader, they forced the teacher to risk her job by giving me information she wasn't supposed to, and risked other students to losing their degree or misunderstanding high level material in their own degree. TLDR: This is not a real University. 1) WGU does not allow credits to transfer in. 2) All courses are self taught with inadequate material. 3) There are no Professors/Teachers. 4) There is no follow up as to whether their degrees are successful. This "University" was built by a handful of Governors that have no understanding of what is needed in a degree program. All their effort in forming this online, joke of an education was driven by kickbacks, buying votes, and narcissistic and egotistical self praise. (Perhaps, they want to ensure the average American never gains enough education to vote them out of office)."
Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 10/21/2022
  • Degree: Cybersecurity
"I signed up at WGU from all the good reviews. But I guess it depends on the mentor and major. My mentor and instructor were awful. Every week he would ask how's everything and then that's the end of the convo. He also would call an hour after our scheduled time, so it was about a 2 minute convo. No motivational skills at all and the instructor was no help. He sent me quizlets and very useful info 2 months after I failed my first test that could've helped me from the beginning. I ended up withdrawing because I felt lost and had no guidance."
seeshine
  • Reviewed: 10/15/2022
  • Degree: Marketing
"I have attended four brick-and-mortar schools over the years in an attempt to finish my Bachelor’s, and each time I would get frustrated with the slow pace and bureaucracy and “take a break.” I researched WGU obsessively for a few months before applying. They were responsive and applied almost all of my transfer credits, and now I’m a month away from finally having my degree. I have had an amazing experience so far. It’s funny that some people will look down on WGU, yet it’s the only university I’ve attended that requires live exam proctoring with zero notes. My previous schools gave you access to the book or cheat sheet (and these are top-ranking schools). That’s the only part that worried me a bit because I was so used to open book or open note, but it has forced me to really learn and retain the info. Another thing I love is that they let me go at my own pace, so I don’t have to wait 8-12 weeks to take my final exam if I’m ready in 1-2 weeks. I read fast and learn fast and always felt held back at my old schools, so I love that my program mentor supports me moving at the speed I’m comfortable with. Anyway, love it here and I plan on doing my MBA and another BS here when this term is done."
Troy
  • Reviewed: 10/14/2022
  • Degree: Project Management
"At 59 years old I finally took the leap of faith and went back to school. I first started my BS in Cyber Security & Information Assurance I am not going to lie it was an experience I will never forget I liked it so much that I went back and got my Masters in Informstion Technology Management. I have to say I had an excellent experience from enrolment to the instructors and mentors were all top notch. I also won the capdtone award from someone that hated writing I was excited to win that. I just wish they offered a Phd I would go back in a heart beat. I still stay in close contact with my instructors and mentors without them I would not have made it. My experience with WGU was awesome I am a better person as a result. Go night owls..."
Disappointed
  • Reviewed: 9/27/2022
  • Degree: IT Training
"Don't waste your precious time with these fools. The faculty and staff are a complete joke. Think about it.... There's a reason they're not working at a real university. It's a bureaucratic nightmare just trying to start a semester. I literally applied for a term break and they kept charging me for schooling that I wasn't attending. Shysters."
Roger
  • Reviewed: 9/21/2022
  • Degree: Teaching
"The school has not been able to place me for observation minutes that are required. I had to take a 5 month term break and then finally withdraw from the university because they could not get a placement for me. I am in a major city with no shortages of school districts. It is beyond frustrating. I am not a young person and returning to school with a family I need to provide for, so its not optimal and very stressful. It has been 10 months so this is very concerning."
Sharon A Clark
  • Reviewed: 9/13/2022
  • Degree: Elementary Education
"Honest review: started in the BAELED program finished with a degree in BAES (non licensure skipped PCE/DT). Enrolled 2/1/22 graduated 9/2/22. I'm overall satisfied with the program. I completed my associates but all of my credits did not transfer. This was mainly my fault I kept switching between nursing and education at the associates level so while some courses were more advanced than teaching required WGU did not allow me transfer. Let me explain why I was okay with this a regular college make you take a class over a 3 to 4 month period. Even though I was technically taking the class over I knew the information and passed within one week. The CI are like professors helping along the way. For those who didn't recieve help no offense they probably didn't ask. CIs have a calendar to make appointments and a booking link for all CIs (meaning access to multiple professors not just the one assigned to you) I took advantage of this alot usually preferring other professors than the one assigned. The course is laid out so you can access all information up front and fill in your specific gaps of knowledge. No need for group discussions and projects your education is yours and yours alone. I skipped pce and dt because my state has a high need for educators, dt is generally unpaid (not in my state), and it come with too many extra tasks onto of edtpa. I graduated with bachelors have a job and will complete the ppat within my own classroom for a standard certificate through my state alternative route. Which is less stressful than having extra task and a possible extra term to finish dt. Every state alternative route is different so make your best decision. I'm satisfied compared to others because I skipped pce dt. A bachelors in education or any field is a great thing to have. My experience with financial aid upon my switch to baes was one for the books. I was told on four occasions my Pell grant would cover the full tuition. That is not true. I advocated for myself after receiving a nearly 800$ bill to graduate. The fee was removed as the manager learned his team needed more training. But for reference any term of less that 6 cu will incur a fee. Wgu agreeing to work with me is why I'm satisfied as I was given an honest case review by financial aid. There are things I wish wgu told me upfront but as they provide teacher lisscensure they will not help you learn about your state alternative route which might be easier. All states alternative routes are not always easier."
Ashley Flowers
  • Reviewed: 8/5/2022
  • Degree: Human Resources
"This school is completely different than some other online schools in that all your tests are proctored. They can see your computer screen and your desk. That means that to pass any class it is all your own knowledge. I definitely feel like the other schools give online schools a bad rep, but I had studied hard for each and every class and it was just as hard for me as the brick and mortars I attended. The positive for this was I could attend classes in the comfort of my home, and take my tests. Ad a parent to young children this was very important to me. I also appreciate not having to go into debt so much."
Jeffery
  • Reviewed: 8/2/2022
  • Degree: Business Administration
"I attended a brick and mortar school and graduated which was a great experience! Although I wish I had attended WGU first, the affordability is unmatched. I really hope universities follow in WGUs footsteps and create a well designed and affordable education system for all!"
Vicky
  • Reviewed: 7/21/2022
  • Degree: Nursing
"I love that WGU is knowledge-based. My higher education allows me to do what I want to do ~ Teach! And I did not break the bank getting my Masters. I did my research: I looked up their accreditation, cost, and time requirements to complete my degree. Honestly, I couldn't ask for anything better."
N/A
  • Reviewed: 7/17/2022
  • Degree: Nursing
"After getting accepted to the program I am finding things that a clinical field is required 75 hours. I was not told about it during the enrollment process. You are on your own to find your own preceptor and clinical field. If you don t find you lose time and money. They tell you that they help with "resources" which means they will send you the same web links to your email or phone conversation with the same information over and over. Course instructors are of no help at all. A few names to throw are Dahdal, Sauls, and the whole crew. There is no rationale for any of your pre-assessments. Even worse- I found errors that were linked to the same chapter even though the topic was different which required different web links. A perfect maze for the confusion! This college so-called university should disappear and stop making a profit out of students with such a "joke" program. There are no lectures online just some thrown web links to multiple different websites that you must read. If your goal is to acquire ZERO knowledge then go for it."
Shannon
  • Reviewed: 7/16/2022
  • Degree: Business
"The WGU university is one of the largest private accredited online colleges in America. So you will see reviews from all walks of life, but only a few types can succeed in this college as it requires effective time management and analytical skills. I have five years of experience in my field; 70% of my classes would have been a struggle if I didn't. This University will be an excellent choice if you are a "significant!!!" self-starter, a good test taker, or at least can deal with difficulties as they arise and not let negative thoughts impact your education. Suppose you are looking to get in without much trouble and want constant hand holding. This University is not for you! You are 100% expected to be proactive on everything, and I repeat everything. You have to analyze the materials that are given to you carefully, and you have to research classes and stay active within the online community of students. For those still wondering, I strongly suggest looking at Linkedin alumni, joining online groups, and seeing for yourself. I am forever thankful that I am a student in this college; it has given me opportunities I could not imagine having."
mel
  • Reviewed: 6/15/2022
  • Degree: Education
"The school at first seemed perfect for me! I am a single mother of two kids. I am a substitute teacher for three years now. I have done grading, and I have done lesson planning. I have done team meetings. I have worked in the self containment room for months with my job and I have learned everything I know from on the job training. My dream career is to be a teacher. I have finished one term so far. I should have believed all of those other review's. They were ALL CORRECT! There's hundreds of pages of reading to do and hours and hours of studying and lesson's. You think that your going to do GREAT!! Then they send you to EXAMITIES to take all of your test's. NONE OF THE QUESTION'S HAS TO DO WITH ANY OF YOUR READING! NOTHING YOU STUDY WILL HELP YOU WITH THESE TEST'S! ALL YOU CAN DO IS KEEP TRYING AND TRYING TO PASS.. AND AFTER THEY HAVE TAKEN ALL OF YOUR TIME AND MONEY... and you realize that you have nothing left! So after all that TIME you spend reading and studying was all a WASTE. You cannot ask your teacher's for help, they will just keep sending you more "practice test's and questions" THAT HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH EXAMITIES TEST QUESTION'S OR YOUR CLASS! You have "3 chances" to pass the test before you have to pay FOR MORE CHANCES! So if your RICH and you have YEARS AND YEARS of your life to waste GUESSING what to do... Then WGU is for you! NOT for hard working single parents who want to better their lives and better your kids lives. They take all your money and time until you run out and you can no longer keep going any more. That is WGU! NO ONE GRADUATES! EVERYONE PAYS AND PAYS! ALL FOR NOTHING! The only help you get is from someone who keeps calling you telling you you gotta keep trying and paying more time and more money! You got this!! That is all they'll do for you. SAVE YOUR SELF!! GO ANYWHERE ELSE!! THIS IS JUST A HUGE WASTE OF YOUR TIME AND MONEY AND YOUR SKILL'S! They have taken EVERYTHING from me! All of my money... year's of my life. All for NOTHING because I can not afford to continue anymore. I am broke, out of student loan's that paid for all of my time studying and reading endless websites with links to other websites that goes on and on forever! Literally! WGU STOLE MY FUTURE AND THAT OF MY KIDS FUTURE'S THAT I HAD PLANNED FOR THEM. There is no way I can afford the STUDENT TEACHING HOURS and being out of work for that long. I wish I HAD NEVER EVER CAME HERE! And I already HAD MY ASSOCIATES TRANSFER DEGREE! I am familiar with ONLINE school and I loved it! I did it all online before at my previous school and I got good grades! WGU has turned ONLINE learning into a huge MESS. WAY BETTER OFF AT ANY BRICK AND MORTER SCHOOL! Well.. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED! Good luck!"
Michael
  • Reviewed: 6/10/2022
  • Degree: Accounting
"If you are just trying to check a box for education, WGU is probably a great choice. I felt that the instructors were pretty much doing this as their side gig and also did not find them very helpful when I had questions. They just seemed like maybe I was taking too much of their energy with an occasional question or need. It always cracked me up how they would not help me, but would tell me that if I needed anything else to be sure and contact them. Overall, pretty lame. The last straw was just the horrible customer service that I have seen there over the last year or so. Taking tests was difficult for me because I could never understand the proctors...they were from India and their accents overrode their understandability. Sure, the tuition is cheap and the books are 140 a term which is a bargain. In this case, you do really get what you pay for, though. WGU will always say they want your opinion, but they really don't care about it. I would fill out their questionnaires with the lowest possible scores and would never hear back for any further input. I just did not feel heard at WGU and did not feel that anyone really went out of their way to really listen to constructive criticism. I probably could have just ignored all of that, but it interfered with the whole student experience and kind of ruined it for me. Hopefully this helps in some way. Again, if you can just ignore all of the horrible customer service and having to explain/do things many times to get something done and just need a box checked for your education, WGU is probably a good cheap and quick alternative! Definitely not for me! Also, important to note...my last University and Community College experiences over the years were excellent, so not really a chronic complainer. Their bar was just much higher than this institution's bar was. Again, hope this helps!"
Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 6/6/2022
  • Degree: Organizational Leadership
"I'm doing this because I simply wanted to give prospective students additional insight into what to expect upon graduation from WGU. This is most suited to those with work experience already as the degree from WGU will help check the box in a resume under the education. Another reason for the advantage with work experience is that due to the competency credits being awarded, those with expertise in the area can get the courses done quicker than others with less to no experience. Due to the cheap tuition per term, most students are driven to finish the program in one year as each term is six months, and in each term, you can complete as many classes as you want. One area where WGU is really lacking is the evaluation of their credit as any transfer of their completed credits will be B's, leading to a maximum GPA of 3.0. This can hurt those wanting to transfer into another school to get merit scholarships or those wanting to advance their education even more into a doctoral degree. The latter is evident as other providers of online education, including Old Dominion and Valdosta State, require a minimum GPA of 3.25 to be admitted into their program in the first place, so attending WGU will almost guarantee that you have no spot in a doctoral program afterwards unless you manage to really convince them somehow."
Bea
  • Reviewed: 6/3/2022
  • Degree: Nursing
"WGU does not communicate pertinent information clearly to students, and it is unacceptable. Completing my bsn will be a benefit to me as a professional, however, I would advise others to seek a different school. There has been a significant change to a class that takes place in the last term, which changed the requirement to now include shadowing a nurse for 60 hours. (First of all...I am a nurse. That is pointless.) Previous to this the requirement was much more flexible. The biggest problem is not even that the class changed dramatically from what I was told during my enrollment and when I was deciding on a program. The biggest problem is that I have never been notified by the university itself of the changes. I found out in a student group on facebook a few months ago. The changes are in full effect, and to this day the school has not respected its students enough to notify them of the changes so that they can plan accordingly. Everyone who does not know from social media will find out by surprise when they go to open the class and this is unprofessional and disrespectful. WGU has this kind of mentality towards students- so buyer beware."
Kari Muckermann
  • Reviewed: 5/31/2022
  • Degree: Nursing
"This is by far one of the worst schools. I absolutely would not recommend this school to anyone. What the school is good for is if you have a lot of time you could potentially complete this program very quickly and cheaply. You won't learn much by doing this, but that is the main benefit of using this program. Otherwise the school is worthless. The learning is 100% online and supposedly guided. However you won't find things you need for assessments and exams to be anywhere within the course learning modules. The grading is poor at best and inconsistent. When you graduate, if you would like to transfer your credits, a credit is worth a b letter grade as a transfer. However, it will nitpick your paper apart for the smallest things. If you submit a paper last minute they will return it to you just so that you have to pay for the course again the next semester. I've turned the exact same paper that didn't pass one semester in the next semester and it passed with no issues. The last paper of my program was returned to me for five grammar errors in a 60 page paper. Not really sure how that's not at least worth a b. This school is a joke."