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I was accepted and started my first class on the 15th of the month before my start date. Being allowed to start early was a positive thing with this school. The customer care was really helpful. I dropped the program not long after starting and before my start date. This is my reasoning: There were 4 smaller assignments and 2 large detailed assignment. The only resources provided were 2 small articles giving an overview healthcare innovations (machines and monitoring techniques) and STIs, a 30-page document written by the school, and a literature review. All of these documents were outdated, and the document written by the school have horrible flow, had many grammar and spelling mistakes, and overall not helpful. The literature review was biased towards the authors previous writings. All of the documents were extremely outdated. THE ONLY RESOURCES PROVIDED FOR AN ENTIRE CLASS COVERING 6 ASSIGNMENTS WERE 4 OUTDATED DOCUMENTS!! That was a waste. I read all of the documents and looked over the assignments, and I realized the material was not sufficient and the assignments were busy work made to look involved and scholarly. Cheap tuition apparently equals cheap resources.
I LOVE WGU! It's not easy and takes a tremendous amount of self-discipline. I appreciate my mentor tons. She and I talked once a week at up to now, where I'm nearing the end and don't need as much support. She was pragmatic, clear, motivating, and supportive. But all the work comes from the student. This requires a lot of stick with it ness and hard work. But you can get a degree with less financial hardship! That's great! I would suggest a "team" of people who you know are also doing the program. It helps motivate when a friend just turned in a paper or when they feel bad with you when you are slogging through a tough assignment. It's definitely isolating if you don't proactively find ways to connect with other Owls. Or, you may like the isolated approach. I am REALLY looking forward to completing the program in December. I will finish in a year. It's been tough with full time work as a teacher and being a mom, but I'm so glad I did it! Thank you, WGU, for being awesome!
I think it's funny reading some of these reviews from students who came from ITT Technical University. When I enrolled it was right around the time ITT go shut down and I remember my advisor telling me all about some of these students and what they expected WGU to be. Well a couple years later I've graduated and what can I say about WGU? Unlike ITT or many other illegitimate schools it is very much a legitimate university that is accredited to the same level and by the same bodies as many other respected public universities and is non-profit. I also had years of experience as a Senior Information Systems Engineer and I still found many of the courses to be quite challenging and rigorous. WGU is no joke and if you expect to just go to WGU and slack off to get a degree you've come to the wrong place. It is very self-driven and self-paced, so if you're not a motivated person -- it will not work for you. Overall I would highly recommend WGU to anyone looking for a flexible, affordable, and respectable degree program that will give you entirely valid skills for the workforce.
This school only sees you as a dollar sign, my enrollment counselor did not keep in touch with me nor did he help to guide me through the waters. I had to figure out for myself what was going on with my enrollment. They want you to go to their sister program so they can earn more money. I wouldn't send my dog to the school
Wgu does not care about students walking across the stage and being proud of what they have achieved. I called the student services about the graduation ceremony and they told me that they would choose where the most students graduate and not care for other students that may have to drive 2-8 hours on the road to attend it. This is crazy and now I may never walked across the stage because WGU is selfish and just money hoarders. I would go somewhere else that respects students walking across the stage. Go to h***, WGU.
I'm giving this a 0 star review because the entrance counselor I had at the beginning gave me false information about financial aid and ultimately wasted my time. 0 stars because the financial aid is a joke and won't let you take out student loans in order to go to school and live life. Waste of time applying to this school. The people working there should be on the same page and give out the same information instead of everyone saying something different.
Ok where do I start. I am a current student. 5 starts because its online and I will have a teaching license. Now to the ZERO STARS. You are not a customer in their eyes. They talk to you like a child. I recieved my AA from a local community college and to get my bachelors it will take me 3 years at WGU. If you have common sense you know why that is frustrating. They call you every week to check on you which I hate. Every class is laid out differently and the material, videos, secrets, etc are never in the same place. The textbook is easy to find but the easy to use materials are very hard to dig around for. This school is a joke. If anyone tells me that they earned there degree or it was hard I would probably laugh in their face. They Proctor site they use it inconsistent and the proctors dont speak english. Sometimes you have to have nothing on your table and have the curtains shut and sit in the dark. Other times they dont care and don't check anything.... if you pass every assessment this school is fine. But if you fail its hell. They make you talk to a course instructor that never has availability and they won't approve the next test until you talk to them. You cant even talk to a dean or manager because it does not exsist. Every college has a dean with an open door policy. Not WGU. They dint have a dean. When I told a manager I was considering changing schools because of my situation she said do what you feel you need to. Are you serious!?!?! Most school says oh that's not nessecary. They want your business and your money. Not wgu. If they have ti be nice and cater to you they would rather you go somewhere else and be someone else problem. Between my husband and I (we both gi here) we pay 12,000 a year. Is it worth it. Not is you want to feel like a customer. But if you want an easy laughable school go for it. 8 regret my decision in going here. But none of my credits transfer so I'm stuck.they offer all kinds of help until you actually need help or need to hurry and get a class done for time reasons. Then they do absolutely nothing. They send you generic scripted emails that have no personality or info on your personal situation. They just send you a generic email with there policy. I'm tired of it
When I decided to attend WGU to complete my Bachelor's I pretty jumped in both feet first on an whim. I applied, sent everything in, had funding set up and was ready to start courses in less than a month. I already had an associate's so I had nearly half my classes finished. At first, I hated meeting with my mentor every week (first term), but... I soon found I only hated it because she kept me accountable. She was kind and always listened, but I didn't find our calls very helpful. The month after, I found out that I was pregnant with our second child. Quite a surprise and not ideal timing. I didn't begin to find out calls as helpful until my second term. The newness wore off, I was working full time, taking care of my family and was entering my last trimester in my already complicated pregnancy. I quickly found I needed my mentor. She became a source of encouragement when I thought I couldn't continue. She was not pushy, but was so motivational and just there for me. Being an adult, working full + time, raising a family with home chores and more is exhausting. Add going to school full time (and then some) and it can become quickly overwhelming. There were about three classes throughout all of mine that I felt were too much information for an introductory course. WGU already reviewed and changed one of them. They do listen. If you are motivated and really want the degree, this works.
WGU is an exemplary University. I have achieved so far 3 degrees (one bachelors and 2 masters) from this university. They are technologically very savvy, when it comes to online education. They are truly a best fit for all the full time employees, who wishes to pursue their degree online. On that same note, they are definitely for students who are self motivated and with good study ethics.They are extremely reasonable on their fee structure and you have the ability to advance at your earliest pace. I was able to finish my masters in nursing within less than 6 months, and my MBA less than 1 year. I am just disappointed that they don't have any doctorate program in nursing. Their education is superior, just because the student can advance faster, does not mean the education is any easier. Because of WGU, I am able to excel in my career. The mentors, whether it be student mentors or course mentors, they are extremely helpful and understanding. They are never condescending or short with the student. I recommend this University for everyone that are dedicated, self motivated, and has good study ethics. Thank You WGU, Please consider Doctorate programs.
Transferring to WGU after ITT shut down was one of the biggest blunders of my academic career. I was intrigued by the competency model and distance learning. Unfortunately, I did not realize the impact that it would have in the staff. I spent a year and a half at this school trying to make it work. There were no readily available teacher to assist me in any of my classes. If I was finally graced with an answer from a teacher it was 2-3 weeks later. I was forced to withdraw from many classes due to this. I have reported WGU to the Department of Education for taking financial aid money and not providing an adequate education. I do not recommend this school to anyone!