Western Governors University Reviews

  • 765 Reviews
  • Salt Lake City (UT)
  • Annual Tuition: $6,670
78% of 765 students said this degree improved their career prospects
71% of 765 students said they would recommend this school to others
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  • Reviewed: 8/26/2010
"As a working parent of 2 children, I had no option to attend traditional school - although I did earn an AA and BS in traditional schools. WGU is accredited and affordable.Yes I found some material to be pointless but I found that in the traditional schools as well. I like working at my own pace -- I have over 15 yrs of work experience and that helped alot, especially because WGU requires ALOT of writing papers and essays.I earned my MA in Educational Studies and had to write my thesis and receieved a great deal of help from my mentor and communities. THE HELP IS THERE if you seek it out!! Yes my last exam took me 4 times to pass but that was due to my lack of effort. You cant blame the school.Are employers going crazy to hire me just because of WGU, no I dont think so. Many dont even know what WGU is or still think online is just "buying" your degree, however many with common sense know that online is a growing option and they are willing to look at WGU and see that they are legit! I am happy I enrolled and was able to complete my degree. Again, all these negative reviews are from people who are prepared for putting forth the effort that is needed. Online doesnt = easy no work degree."
  • Reviewed: 8/21/2010
"There are some pros and cons to this college. The pros are the school is cheap, easy to work around, and overall worth it. On the whole I would recommend this to most people.The only students that should avoide this college are Students with Disabilities. WGU ADA program is lacking. As a Student with Disabilities in writting and math I was very shocked that the ADA office is ran by staff members with no real backround in ADA matters. Most colleges disability services offices will be staff by actual counselors with degrees in phycology. This is not the case at WGU. It seems that they offer some in house training but that is it to the staff members who that pick to run the ADA office. Also ask any disability services office and they we tell you that their role is to advocate for the students, this is not the case here. The staff is unaware of federal laws and seem to make up their own laws as they come up with them. If you are a student with a major disability make sure before you attend that they will provide you with the accommodations you need in writing before you matriculate. This will save you some hardships down the road. Also the be aware that WGU is not willing to improve on accommodation once they have been given. They feel that they are set in stone. So make sure you get what you need the 1st time for all your classes during your current term and the ones that you have yet to take.Good Luck!"
  • Reviewed: 8/9/2010
"Overall, I'm glad I chose WGU. I began my degree program in September, 2008 and expect to finish by the end of October of this year.First, the obvious - you have to have some discipline and a lot of patience. This isn't for everyone, just as the brick-and-mortar college wasn't for me.Difficulty - There seems to be a broad range in difficulty across the different classes. Some seemed exactly right for college level. Others, such as their science, seemed well below what I expected. The materials they provided for study were aimed at a much higher level than the actual exam (which mostly seemed geared towards middle school age group). Others, such as one of the writing courses, seem to set the bar really low in terms of the required passing score. Still, most classes provide an adequate challenge. It's only a few of the basics that I found to be on the easy side.Pacing - Go at your own pace, with a catch. You are likely to find, as I did, that your mentor is very cautious about letting you add courses or start a semester with more than 12 hours or so. Between my mentor's hesitance and my lack of full understanding of the limits placed on students, I didn't get much done the first semester. If I had been allowed to make more decisions about my own course load, I may have been able to finish a semester sooner. Nevertheless, you'll still have way more freedom than you would at a brick-and-mortar school. If I remember right, only one course (the capstone) has a prerequisite. Everything else can be taken in whatever order you see fit.Classes - Every course has an excellent Course of Study, which recommends, in detail, how to approach the material. In most cases, they also provide an estimated amount of time needed for the course. Of course, your background will probably affect the amount of time you use versus what they recommend. For example, the science class (which has been split up since I took it) recommended 13 weeks. I took the test with zero preparation time and made a 93. Conversely, I took longer for my networks class because I had absolutely no experience and barely squeaked by.Interaction - I can't say a lot about this. Every class has its own online community so you can have discussions with fellow students, post questions, etc. I very rarely used this option, preferring to work on my own, but the option is there. You'll have a mentor call every two weeks. These calls can be helpful, or they can be tedious, depending on what's going on at the time. Other than getting my schedule done and adding courses along the way, I found them largely unnecessary. But, I'm the stubborn type who prefers to learn on his own.Speed - WGU has excellent turnaround time for scores (both for homework and exams). Certification exam results, of course, are quick no matter where you go, but I had the results of the last basic class I took by the time I got to my car after the exam. That's a huge improvement over the 3-4 days results for basic classes took when I first started at WGU. As stated, I'm almost done with my degree. Total time to completion should be about 26 months. I only took 13 hours my first semester, 28 in my second, 45 in my third, 22 this semester, and my final 13 hours will start in September. And I managed to do this while working a 40 hour a week job.Closing - For me, this is what really sets WGU apart from other schools. I could not have accomplished so much in so little time at a traditional school."
  • Reviewed: 7/23/2010
"I'm about to complete my 2nd term at WGU and have been very pleased. I work full time and I HAVE to have a full time income. WGU allows me to do this without sacrificing time with my family or my job. There is absolutely no way I could get my degree without WGU.I've read a lot of reviews concerning the testing. "Tests don't reflect the course of study". My response is this: IT'S COMPENTENCY BASED! If you have any critical thinking skills whatsoever, you will be just fine.The cut scores on a lot of the assessments are 53%! The tests are designed not to simply test you on memorizing the course of study. Instead, they are designed to make you actually think about what you have learned while going through the course of study, and then apply it when choosing an answer to a question.I would definitely recommend this school to anyone looking to earn a degree. Two terms in, I am very happy with the experience."
  • Reviewed: 7/21/2010
"My experience at Western Governors University was mostly positive. Like with anything, there are always things that can be improved but the school sends out a survey that allows students the opportunity to make suggestions on how to better things and I saw improvement from these surveys.I just graduated with my BS in Marketing Management and i am very happy with what I learned, how I was able to learn it and the cost per semester.I would recommend WGU to anyone looking for a degree program that allows self paced learning at an affordable cost."
  • Reviewed: 7/13/2010
"If you're a teacher, you know that the only real way to move up on the salary scale is to get a master's degree, and where you get your master's degree doesn't really matter, as long as it's from an accredited institution.WGU fills the bill as well as any bricks-and-mortar university, and for a lot less money. No, it's not a life-changing educational experience, but I plenty of friends and colleagues who have done traditional master's degrees, and their programs weren't that great either. It's just another hoop you need to jump through.This has not been a perfect experience by any measure. I've had way too many "right hand doesn't know what the left hand is doing" experiences at WGU, probably because none of the people I deal with (course mentors, my own personal mentor, graders, etc.) actually work together.I get the impression that they only lay eyes on each other once or twice a year, and they clearly don't spend a whole lot of time talking to each other on the phone or by email.There's a lot of runaround--one person can tell you about this but not that, and the person who can tell you about that can't explain why another thing is happening, and nobody can tell you anything about why you didn't pass your assessment other than "go back to the course of study and review the reading."For each course, there's a Course of Study with assignments to follow (many of which you never turn in, so if you can figure out which ones will actually be useful and which ones are busy work, you can save yourself a lot of time). There's also a set of required tasks in Taskstream, which is the work that actually gets graded, and I agree with other reviewers that the quality of the grading is hit-and-miss.The Course of Study and the Taskstream assignments often don't align, probably because they're written by different people who didn't bother to talk to each other, so I have spent a fair amount of time trying to find out exactly what I'm supposed to do. Judging from the comments in the student communities, my experience is not uncommon.Also, there's recently been a staff shake-up that seems to have resulted in lots of people being let go. In my case, my capstone chair is gone, which is unfortunate but would have been more of a problem if I'd been farther along in my research project and had to change chairs in the middle; one of my course mentors who was incapable of giving clear information is also gone, and good riddance!This all sounds pretty negative, but I still recommend WGU for the master's in education program. It certainly hasn't been a perfect experience, but in the end, I will finish the program more quickly than I would at a traditional university, for a lot less money, and I've had a lot more flexibility than I would have had in a traditional program."
A. Diaz
  • Reviewed: 7/6/2010
"I had attended two years at WGU. My experience was horrible. My first mentor left and gave no goodbyes or reasons. My second mentor said the schools policies were not similiar to her own and she felt their intentions were not in the students best welfare.I was ready to quit when I was reassigned a very nice mentor. She tried to help me get around the financial aide suspension, she felt it wasn't my fault with having two mentors and all. Anyway I was finally re-instated but- by the time that happened I lost semester time.I was never able to recover, and I couldn't receive the help I needed. It is true they have tons of evaluators, if you submit something today and it fails wait a week and resubmit-I guarantee it will pass. Very one sided and bias school, do not waste your time or money.."
  • Reviewed: 6/27/2010
"After reading these unhappy reviews, I cannot help but think that my experience is completely contrary. Whereas people stated that the school is not interested in a student's success and that WGU is only interested in making money, let me say that they are wrong.My mentor has been nothing but supportive, knowledgeable, and encouraged me to work. The thing with this school is that you get what you put in. If you are motivated and enjoy applying knowledge, rather than simply regurgitating it, this school is for you.The fact of the matter is that to succeed, your level of committment will determine your success. By working hard, seeking out answers, and applying yourself, this program will be worthwhile. If you want someone to tell you what to write, and what to think this program is not for you.I am nearly done with my MBA and will recommend this program to anyone that asks."
  • Reviewed: 6/16/2010
"WGU isn't a traditional school. It has a unique model that fits a variety of lifestyles, but requires a great deal of self-motivation to succeed.At its core, its a series of study guides (courses), a series of learning resources (books, videos, online text, etc), a mentor (counselor), and course mentors (course counselors), who guide you through a self taught, standardized degree plan.Barriers to your education the school handily removes are the logistics of delivering an education to you (no classes to attend), and the finances to fund your education (through grants and loans).You supply the rest. You can capitalize on your own learning style, your drive to succeed, and your previous knowledge.My average time to study is about 30 hrs per class. I take a pre-test to see where I am at, study those things I don't know, and sit for an exam, write a paper, or complete a project to show mastery of the coursework. If I fail (I havn't yet) I get to learn from my mistakes and try again.Many barriers cropped up once I started. I found I was not studying enough, that I didn't have a good learning space to study in, and thus my performance was sub par. I didn't get anything done in two months, and wasn't any closer to a degree than when I had started.I realized what I would have to change to succeed here, determined what to change, and I've enacted those changes. I have a set study schedule, and I have been able to earn 30 credits in my first term, which isn't over yet. I should graduate with a Bachelors of Science in IT with a security in a bit less than two terms, if I can keep up the pace.The downside is I only get a year of schooling this way. I feel a little like I'm getting ripped off for three years of living the life of a student. I'm considering completing two masters programs. The MBA and Masters in Information Assurance, to make up for it.As for the structure of the school, they take my suggestions seriously. Every employee of the school is given raises and bonuses based on student enrollment, graduation rates, and student satisfaction surveys. They have financial incentives to help me succeed. My mentor is really good too.I have found the grading to be hard and fair. The classes are pass/fail, the GPA is set at 3.0, and psycho-metricians determine what level of competency must be shown to constitute a "B" grade, while most of my upper level classes are passed by earning an industry certification.The general-ed classes are a roughly 1/2 of the program, a few are easy, a few are hard. Some people truly struggle with subjects. Its not possible to pass with a low C in any subject. You "get it" or you don't progress.The upper level classes in my degree program almost always result in a certification. Some of those are easy. They all require study. A+, Network+, Project+, CIW web design & database certs, Microsoft certs, and Cisco certs.Ok... I reread my review and it didn't quite capture the experience. I study 5 hours a day in a coffee shop or a bar. I have a laptop, and I'm either a little wired or a little drunk. I choose my poison based on the subject at hand. I read about 60 pages a minute, and retain most of it... sometimes I listen to headphones.I take a break about every 15-20 minutes to go talk to someone about something not school related at all. Its honestly an incredibly pleasant, easy experience, and it doesn't feel like I'm working at all. When I finish a class I reward myself with a piece of delicious cake. School is making me fat. And smart. It rocks."
Alesha Mckay
  • Reviewed: 6/13/2010
"I am finishing up my 3rd term at WGU. I love this university, although the courses are hard, they r very do able. No university is perfect. I would recommend this school to anyone you like to learn independently!"
Stephanie Kelley
  • Reviewed: 4/22/2010
"I already have an Associates degree in Human Service Management. When I went to enroll in this school after looking at my transcript (GPA 3.2) they were only going to credit me with 32 "units"They said there was no way that they would accept my prior management classes or my writing classes.Why would I (or you) waste your time repeating or paying for work you have already completed?"
Sharon MacGregor
  • Reviewed: 4/6/2010
"Things were going great with this school until I had to do a hands-on project, which would lead to my Master's thesis. I had to do it in a school or workplace, since my workplace would not allow it, i had to do it in a school. Well since I was not a teacher, schools were very hesistant to let me in and teachers were not really overly cooperative....so I didn't get the required response rate that I needed for WGU to count my project. I thought perhaps my mentor could help, but she claimed she was restricted to give students any help in this area, and that she was merely a mentor. I posted on several educational websites and other areas to garner teachers' attention, but didn't get enough response, and unfortunately reached the time limit covered by financial aid and had to take a sabbatical. I took all of my tests with WGU, but wasn't able to complete the hands-on work....so basically wasted 2 years and $20,000. A brick and mortar school would have been more help in getting you into a school to do a program required for you to complete your degree....WGU does not offer that type of help. So unless you are a teacher already....they aren't much help. I am paying on a loan that I got ABSOLUTELY NOTHING for. "
Joy Pendleton
  • Reviewed: 4/2/2010
"I needed to go back to school and get a degree, I decided on teaching and found WGU. Everyone learns in different ways and for me this was the best match out there. I was able to work at my own pace, my mentor worked with me all the way. Everyone from the top right to the lowest employee have been willing to talk to me and assist me in anything I have questions or needed from the college. I started with 21 transfer credits and I was able to receive my BA in education in 14months, I worked hard and was rewarded. Any snags were overcome with help from my mentor or the student serveces dept. I worked hard, and it is hard work, but I made it. After getting my BA I decided to try for my Masters in education. Wow, I thought I worked hard for my BA but being dyslexic I had to work even harder. Again everyone at the University worked just as hard with me. Any and ALL problems were handled in a professional manner. If you feel you do not have a good match with your mentor you can talk to student serveces and get a different on without any hard feelings from the college. They not everyone works well with everyone else.I have both my BA and my Masters in education and am very pleased. I have made life long friends, earned both my degrees and at a resonable price. If you are a good self starter and not afraid of work, this could be the college you are looking for. My son is now attending the IT department and my daughter in half way through the teaching school. They are having the same response from the college as I did.Looking for a great college go for it."
Truth B. Told
  • Reviewed: 3/30/2010
"WGU was a terrible experience from beginning to end. From the first day you're assigned a "mentor" who's supposed to help you along the way. She was nothing but a constant problem. The program (MBA) started off being a lot of work, but worthwhile and challenging enough. I even tested out of classes along the way. Then came many re-writes of papers over and over again for rediculous reasons. Then came the last two exams for the entire program and they were absolutely HELLISH! After all of that time, effort, and money invested I really thought I was going to flunk out. Honestly, I have never failed at anything in my life. It was horrible because I had to take the last two exams SIX times before I passed them. The fees? $60 per exam and you only get 6 chances, so I literally passed the last two exams on the very last allowed attempt. Coincidence? I'm doubting it. Especially since I failed both exams by 1% on my 5th attempt. WGU is a scam and they're responsible for the lowest portion of my life."
  • Reviewed: 3/15/2010
"I decided to take my classes at WGU to get my bachelors in Accounting. It is regionally accredited and the tuition costs are not expensive. I wanted to get my degree in two years....they just dont let you advance... I am going to change school, but the loan has to be repaid....You only have to read and read the books,but you dont practice. Definitely, I dont recommend this school.."
  • Reviewed: 2/23/2010
"I enrolled in November with about 60 previous college credits and have had a very positive experience thus far. My mentor has been there every step of the way.I had one goal when I enrolled and that was to graduate as quickly as possible. I've worked in the corporate world for numerous years and feel that I have a good grasp of most business concepts. Through WGU's objective assessment options, I have been able to test out of 5 courses in three months and expect to graduate by the end of the summer.I have yet to participate in any of the learning communities, as I feel that that would only slow me down. It is; however, nice to know that participation is not required but these communities are there if you need them.If you are looking for a traditional educational experience and a lot of guidance, then this may not be the right school for you. If you; however, are looking to accelerate your degree, are a self starter and feel that you can do will with self-guided study, then I would highly recommend WGU."
  • Reviewed: 2/1/2010
"I have been attending WGU for a year and a hlaf. I started form scratch, with only a HS diploma. I have completed 2 yrs of work with this past year and a half. I am now considered a junior, that fast. I have a full time job, and family. I found that all the mentors have been great, with the exception of one. In that case, I kept in close contact with my academic mentor and got through the course. YOu get what you put in on your own merit and schedule. There are no required chats, group work or meetings. They are there if you need them, but are not required. The mentors for the course work, you have acces to them via phone, email or chat- all you have to do is ask. I am extremely happy with my choice to attend WGU!!"
  • Reviewed: 1/26/2010
"I am currently attending WGU so I have to remain anonymous because of the retaliation from the "Evaulation Department." Do not go to this school!! Your grades are at the mercy of "evaluators" who have total control of your work. The evaluators are 'secret' and if you file a complaint about your grades, the evaluators will collude to cover-up their mistakes. Your "Mentor" will not help you, in fact everything at WGU is designed so that you, as a student,can never have direct access to any director.There is no Academic Affairs Dept. It is appalling that this school has accreditation. Utah should be ashamed of itself!!"
Cynthia Balderson
  • Reviewed: 1/14/2010
"I enrolled in WGU in an HR program since my military experience supported it. After one semester, I realized that I really want to teach, not do HR the rest of my life. The change of major happened seamlessly! You get out of any school what you put in. The first semester, I put in plenty, the second, nothing. After I changed my major, I reallized the only thing hampering my progress now is my full-time job! I may actually stop working for awhile in order to accelerate progress in school. If you are truly a "lifelong learner" and enjoy learning on all fronts, this is the place! You can draw upon your life experiences and prior knowledge and thoroughly enjoy WGU. I'm hoping to be ready to demonstration teach within the next year."
Darlene Townsend
  • Reviewed: 11/19/2009
"I will finish my degree from Western Governor's University in June. I have had a wonderful experience with the school. The flexibility, price, and curriculum have fit my needs. When I took my Praxis test, I was prepared because of my classes at WGU. I have to say it has not been a spoon fed experience as some have described. In the past, good grades came easy for me. I have had to work very hard to pass some of the objective exams and tasks. However, I would expect no less from an accredited graduate program. I read one post that suggested that if one didn't pass a task the first time, they could just submit the same task, and it would be passed without a problem. I DON'T think so. The graders have been very diligent and consistent. I have submitted numerous papers, and for a few, I actually got them back a third time. We really do learn from our mistakes. The rubrics are there, and the graders do use them. I would definitely recommend WGU to any learner who is serious about getting an online degree."