Western Governors University Reviews

3.77 out of 5 stars
(685 Reviews)
78% of 685 students said this degree improved their career prospects
74% of 685 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

2.0 out of 5 stars
Emily - 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."
2.3 out of 5 stars
Diane F. - 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."
4.6 out of 5 stars
Valerie from Seattle - 10/12/2020
Degree: Business Administration
Graduation Year: 2021
"I began WGU in 2017 after withdrawing from a nursing program at a university in IL. I felt stuck at that point in my life and knew that I needed to go back to school in order to make a living/comfortable wages in the competitive Seattle metro area. I originally began with Business Healthcare Admin, after completing quite a few courses, I wanted to broaden my scope and settled on Business Management. The transition was smooth, my course mentor was able to instruct me with the steps that I needed to take in order to change my degree path. Once in the program, I had to take a few additional courses that were relative to the business management degree, which added about 6 courses in total onto the end of my degree plan. During my time at WGU, financial aid covered a majority of my tuition and it was much more affordable than other 4 year degree programs I could have attended. I chose WGU because I liked the fact that it was all online and I could work at my own pace and attend the online cohorts (lectures) as needed. I never had an issue scheduling an appointment to meet with a course instructor; whether it was 8 am, 12:30 pm, or even 8 pm, they were always extremely helpful, provided supplemental material and helped me focus on my weaknesses to prepare for my test. At one point, I informed my mentor of my "burnout" as I was getting close to the end of my semester and he, as well as my school instructors, consistently reached out to me to make sure that I was staying motivated and getting my class done. I 10/10 recommend this university. I am 3 classes away from graduation and am so thankful for the opportunities that WGU has provided towards my career."
4.3 out of 5 stars
Alyssa - 10/12/2020
Degree: Special Education
Graduation Year: 2021
"First off, this school is not everyone. If you are highly self-motivated and can set deadlines for yourself and stick to them, this is the school for you. If you struggle with that, I would suggest going to a more structured school with due dates. That said, I LOVE WGU! I love that I can take classes at my own pace. I love that I can log on to class when I want to and don't have to follow a set schedule. I can finish a class at 1am, 6am, 3pm or 10pm and there's no problem. I got my AS from a traditional brick & mortar school and thought it was fine, but it was hard to balance work and school. WGU has been great for me because I can work on it in-between customers and basically have permission from my manager to be paid to do school. Scholarships at WGU are practically non-existent (at least in my experience). They do offer some, but they are incredibly hard to come by, especially if you are under 25, even if you receive no financial support whatsoever from a living relative. It's "at your own pace" or competency-based, so it was awesome to be able to review a math concept one day, take the test and pass the next. Many of my generals transferred (29. I was a music major before, so some I knew wouldn't transfer). Because it's competency based, I could finish a class in two days, or I could take two months depending on how well I knew the material and how I felt about my learning. I LOVE that. Especially because that was my greatest frustration during traditional school. I would either get super bored or be struggling to keep up depending on the subject. At WGU, math for me was a breeze. SPED laws were something I really wanted to know and understand, so it took me 1-2 months. The Course Instructors are willing to go over any material you need more help with & some are even willing to give you memorization tips and tricks to help you get through the course faster with greater understanding. I know some people need more human interaction. MANY people already have been working in their field when they come to WGU, so the instructors are used to older learners and sometimes assume you already know what's up. This was a slight challenge to begin with as a couple would go off on applications most see in the field and I'd have to tell them I was a first-time, 20-year-old student that didn't have SPED experience. They definitely dumbed it down for me after that. I definitely called an instructor more than once for clarified instructions. Honestly, if you follow the procedures they give you to be successful, it works great. Mentors can be annoying and mine didn't seem to know who I was or what I was going into for a while which was super frustrating. You can set your call schedule for what you want after the first few months. My first semester I heard from my mentor each week. The second semester it was every other week. This is my third semester and I talk to my mentor on a "as needed" basis because she knows I'm independent. Observations were super nice to be able to visit a local school and see how classes are really run and to talk to people in the field with all of their experience. I was actually more excited to complete my degree after getting to do observations. The Field Placement people are AMAZING!! They were willing to work with me as I was moving and help me get DT placement nearby. The estimated graduation definitely changes according to how much time and effort you put into working on course material and tasks. Granted, everyone will be different. I've heard people that finish a class every two weeks. I'm NOT one of those. The average class time is usually 6 weeks. Mine usually varied from 3-8 weeks depending on the course. My first term was started June 1st 2019, so I took breaks to go on vacations, but was still able to complete 25 CUs. 2nd I got 23 done (took large breaks for Thanksgiving and Christmas), 3rd I just finished 29 CU (Competency-based Units=Credits). The further I got into my degree, the easier and less time consuming it became. It started to be more applicable. I was originally told that I wouldn't graduate until November 2022. That was pretty frustrating to see, but watching the time shave off as I worked made it worth it. I will end up graduating in the same time frame as I would have in a brick and mortar school (May 2021), but I was able to take breaks whenever I wanted/needed, get the wedding planning done, work two full-time jobs, and still finish on time, so I'm happy. Plus, COVID-19 doesn't affect almost anything because it was already online to begin with!"
1.0 out of 5 stars
TiredoftheBS - 10/9/2020
Degree: Educational Leadership
Graduation Year: 2020
"This is a great university if you wish to be or are already indoctrinated to such cult ideologies as inherent racism, patriarchy, gender fluidity, toxic masculinity, and violence as an acceptable means of public discourse. If you value feelings over science, subjective assumptions over objective analysis, take pride in being mentally ill/a victim; and abhor values such as: hard work, responsibility, and holding yourself accountable for your actions, this school is for you."
3.7 out of 5 stars
Murphy - 10/7/2020
Degree: Organizational Leadership
Graduation Year: 2020
"Overall WGU was great and I will always be a nightowl. However it is not a 5 star review for a couple of reasons, in the masters program that I took you cannot add specialization or certificates to the degree! The other reason I'm downgrading a star is that with 2 classes left they changed the capstone of my program which created unnecessary stress of obtaining passed courses for the task in the capstone. Had they made the changes earlier in my completion the stress and frantic emails wouldn't have been a part of my experience. Overall I recommend the school especially for accelerators such as myself."
2.0 out of 5 stars
MBrann - 7/19/2020
Degree: MBA in Accounting
Graduation Year: 2020
"This is by far the worst school to gain a degree in accounting. The textbooks, videos, and pre-assessments do not match the final assessments. I have had three course instructors admit this to me and the college itself is unwilling to fix the problem. My mentor -- the advisor for students -- has told me numerous times his accounting students end up spending twice as much time attaining their degrees due to textbook info not matching exams as well as difficulty getting in touch with an accounting course instructor. Basically it works like this: Read the textbook, complete the end chapter quizzes, attend cohorts with an instructor, take a pre-assessment and pass it and then take the final assessment. The only problems are (and WGU openly admits this) the final assessments are not created by the textbook company and the questions are at a CPA Exam level. This is akin to expecting a pre-algebra student to pass a college-algebra final exam with an 80% score. It can be done but I found I had to use outside sources, such as a Washington University professor's online videos to unravel the confusion WGU throws at you. My advice: Avoid WGU at all costs if you want to actually learn, absorb, and use accounting as a professional tool. They may appear to be cheaper in tuition in the short run but they are, by practice, scamming the student into repeated test taking which extends your overall time working for the degree."
4.6 out of 5 stars
Andre - 7/5/2020
Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2020
"My experience at WGU was wonderful. The coursework was challenging yet engaging. You must be motivated for this program to work because one can fail if not. They have always provided resources when I've needed them. If you need guidance 100% of the time and are less motivated, this is not for you. There will be times where you will have to research on your own and people freak out. Don't let it scare you. Theres resources they provide, they just won't always be there right away."
4.3 out of 5 stars
John C - 6/27/2020
Degree: Information Assurance
Graduation Year: 2020
"I finished my MSCSIA with WGU this year and really enjoyed the experience. I agree that the courses can be a bit challenging when writing the necessary papers, but I do believe that the entire curriculum ultimately culminates with the Capstone, so the course comes "full circle" at the end. I wouldn't recommend the program for anyone who isn't motivated for this major, or unable to dedicate the required time to study. The courses aren't too difficult, but all of them are extremely tedious regarding paper submissions. You will absolutely write many, many papers, However, I found the overall program to be very rewarding and believe anyone dedicated enough can complete the degree.."
4.8 out of 5 stars
Gil - 6/24/2020
Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2019
"Excellent education programs for working adults. I taught full-time while completing this program and it wasn't easy, but the effort paid off. The main reason why I enrolled at WGU was to earn academic credits so that I would get pay raises with my employer, and I ended up learning a lot about educational technology too. I would return to WGU again."

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