Western Governors University Reviews of Bachelor's in Accounting

  • 42 Reviews
  • Salt Lake City (UT)
  • Annual Tuition: $6,670
71% of 42 students said this degree improved their career prospects
64% of 42 students said they would recommend this program to others
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Reviews - Bachelor's in Accounting

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  • Reviewed: 6/22/2017
  • Degree: Accounting
"All in all, great experience. Many of the Accounting courses are extremely challenging, and I feel I learned a ton. My student mentor was involved, helpful, encouraging, and understanding. Some of the course mentors left something to be desired, but when I mentioned one in particular to my student mentor, the school ended up changing the course mentor for the whole class. Satisfied graduate here. Likely to return for my MBA."
  • Reviewed: 6/13/2017
  • Degree: Accounting
"Great school - Challenging and insightful. The mentor program helps you stay on task. The instructors are knowledgeable and extremely helpful. You are able to work at your own pace -speed up and slow down wherever you feel the need to. I highly recommend this school!"
  • Reviewed: 5/31/2017
  • Degree: Accounting
"I love WGU. My Bachelor's in Accounting enabled me to qualify for jobs that I could not apply for with an Associates. I now have a new job that makes $17,000 more. It was great being able to go at my own pace so I could breeze through the subjects I already knew and spend more time on new subjects. The only criticism I have towards WGU is I feel that some of the course mentors were lacking compared to others. Luckily I learn really well with self-study but I think the course mentors having weekly live webinars for all the classes would have been helpful (only some did this). Anyway, I still love WGU and would come back here for my next degree."
  • Reviewed: 5/19/2017
  • Degree: Accounting
"Be prepared for tests riddled with typos and no correct answers. Mentors both student and course are useless and mostly just say read book or do HW and quizzes. HW and quizzes of which at least 80% are not assessment applicable. My student mentor was demeaning and never helped with anything just got in the way with late assessment approvals and excuses hence slowing my progress."
Taylor long
  • Reviewed: 4/16/2017
  • Degree: Accounting
"This is not a school for people who need their hand held. You have to want an education. The price you pay for all the resources available is a steal. AND if you are motivated enough you can take more classes and finish faster at no extra cost. You learn a lot if you actually take the time to apply yourself. The mentors aren't there to instruct, they are there to clarify, so you need to put in the effort to absorb the material. I did 24 units my last term and 27 this term. All I have is the final project. A highly accredited bachelor's degree in under a year for $6000. You've got to want it."
  • Reviewed: 4/4/2017
  • Degree: Accounting
"Great school. I have a learning disability so my doctor recommended WGU he's a Harvard alumnus. You get more than 1 try of every test which I loved. Professors are generally speaking excellent if you have problems with one try another you have access to more than one. I'm coming back here to get my masters in Accounting I enjoyed it so much. The curriculum can be accelerated which is nice. Accounting is very lucrative especially if you get your cpa and other credentials. You have to market yourself well WGU is for people who need a degree to increase earning potential. I started out picking up garbage while I went through college and would be doing that for the rest of my life without a degree. Try to make partner or become a CFO. Very lucrative. Take screenshots of the pre assessment and study the book for answers. The assessment is generally similar to the pre assessment. I went to URI and couldn't graduate the graduation rate was too low. I also flunked out, be thankful you can get or have a degree some of my coworkers are illiterate. I'm looking to buy a condo and lease a Maserati soon. That'll make house # 4. That wouldn't be possible without my WGU degree"
Amy Morrison
  • Reviewed: 11/14/2016
  • Degree: Accounting
"I found WGU deceptive and the caliber of actual content was grossly lacking. I had asked repeatedly and was assured that class content was solid and geared toward understanding, not just on getting a piece of paper (aka degree). I was less interested in the degree and more interested in actually learning accounting. Instead, I found the learning materials extremely dry and old school textbook oriented. I had to search for better learning tools online - fortunately, there are many and they are free. If WGU is getting all this money for its classes, it should be investing in great learning tools and videos, not just e-textbooks and webinars led by cynical teachers. WGU is really just a way to get a rubber stamp degree, mostly for people who already know the subject they're going through the motions with."
  • Reviewed: 6/15/2016
  • Degree: Accounting
"Director of Admissions Mr B. is unfair, took 4 Assessment tests-the webpage said I could view my scores after each test but then Admissions deleted that ability so that you get that screen after each test but cannot actually view your results."
  • Reviewed: 5/26/2016
  • Degree: Accounting
"I love WGU! WGU is a non-profit university. They care about QUALITY education, not making money. They ensure you know the material forward and backward. There is no chance of cheating during testing which further displays the integrity and concern on a quality education. I love that I have been able to work at my own pace. No every student who applies will be accepted because they want to make sure WGU is a good fit for you."
Lifelong learner
  • Reviewed: 2/10/2016
  • Degree: Accounting
"I'm 52 years old and a life long learner. I graduated from college 30 years ago and received my MBA 20+ years ago. I had a problem with my student mentor at WGU. Not only did my mentor not help me, my mentor intentionally slowed my pace so it would take longer for me to graduate. BTW, I could teach most of the classes that I took at WGU and I certainly don't need a mentor. I wasn't taking classes because I needed another piece of paper to get a job ( I have the best job / career a person could hope for). When I got close to finishing my third degree, my mentor put the brakes on. I was told that I could not take classes in the 6th month of my term. I searched the Internet and found that MANY people had experienced the same thing. In fact, there are multiple websites that WGU mentors have started to complain about WGU. So, it turns out that WGU is more interested in money than student sucess. It means little to me except that as an advocate for education, I find it disturbing that WGU is just like the other 'online' schools....they want money, not successful graduating students. I would warn anyone to stay away from WGU and go to a real school."
  • Reviewed: 11/25/2015
  • Degree: Accounting
"WGU is a absolutely great school, It took me 2 years to complete my BS in Accounting, I could have finished a lot sooner but I procrastinated on a few things. It was no cake walk by any means. The courses are challenging and provide real life scenarios to the course work. I have re-enrolled for my MBA, now that I know first hand how WGU works I hope to finish in 1.5 years max. I love this school."
Sandra Koch
  • Reviewed: 9/24/2015
  • Degree: Accounting
"The program was well structured, difficult, and taught me discipline. I had been working in the Accounting and Taxation field for many years when I started and completed this program. Finishing the program increased my self-esteem dramatically and prepared me for the MBA program I am now in at CSU, Fresno."
  • Reviewed: 9/8/2015
  • Degree: Accounting
"I must give a counter review - a lot of the students here have been able to complete in much less time than planned. I haven't been that lucky. It's partially my fault, partially my circumstance and partially the fact that I won't blame it on a circumstance. WGU has been known to allow opportunities for students to move along a faster pace if they can sustain. I fully intended to but didn't. But with that, I am still graduating on time. And I cannot be more thankful for that. If I tried traditional brick and mortar (I hate that term), I wouldn't have made it. My circumstances have changed so much during my time that no one could have planned, yet I stayed "on-track" because I worked when I could. This is an amazing opportunity if you come across it. The course mentors and student mentors are there solely for your success. Use them, it took me a couple of semesters to realize their worth. I'd be a lot further ahead if I did sooner."
Dawn G
  • Reviewed: 4/23/2015
  • Degree: Accounting
"This is a fantastic program for students who enjoy working on their own and accelerating as desired. I received my Associates at a brick & mortar school and was chomping at the bit because the pace was incredibly slow. After working all day, it is hard to sit in a classroom and actually learn. The pass/fail is fine if you understand that in order to pass, it's actually a B average. A potential employer could care less what grade you passed college with! These courses are difficult and challenging - not a walk in the park. The beauty of this is that you can take a pre-test before starting the course so that you don't waste time studying parts of the course that you may already be knowledgeable in. Tools are provided to help you along, the course mentors are there if and when you need them. I finished up my Bachelor's in Accounting and am now working on my Masters with this school. I would recommend this school to anyone who can apply themselves without having their hand held the entire time."
P. Allen
  • Reviewed: 12/5/2014
  • Degree: Accounting
"I have tried a few schools, but my experience at Western Governor's University was absolutely THE BEST!!! I just graduated with my B.S. in Accounting and am returning to the school to obtain my Master's in Accounting. Every experience I had with the school from dealing with my mentor to working with the finance department was A-1. Competency based learning isn't for everyone, so some will have negative comments about their experience, but WGU will always have a place in my heart an to me will always be the best."
  • Reviewed: 9/14/2014
  • Degree: Accounting
"WGU is basically a way for people to get a degree without having to do all that messy school work. I can't quite comprehend the people who have said the program is hard; for me it was just a matter of doing a few hours of work a week and I managed to finish about 100 credits in three semesters (1 1/2 years). Several of the courses you can pass by passing a single multiple-choice test. If you're good at figuring out tests, you can easily get through those classes by skimming through the textbook, getting a basic understanding of the material, and sometimes just guessing. Other courses are passed by doing a handful of assignments. I don't think I had a single class that required more than, say, 10 hours of work to finish these assignments. The assignments I turned in were almost never rejected by the graders. If they were rejected, it was only for minor corrections that took a few minutes. The final capstone project (that was supposedly 9 credits) took me all of a week to complete. So the college saves you money by not employing professors. They have "course mentors" who are basically useless. Each class has a message board where students can post questions, and the course mentors theoretically give them assistance. I never used them for help because I never needed it, but a few times I would respond to other students' questions because the mentors would completely ignore them and not give any help, and I just felt bad for the students who were struggling. Despite what WGU claims, the degree does not seem to be taken seriously by employers. I never got anywhere near a position related to my degree; I had maybe one interview for an accounting clerk job which I didn't get. I eventually just gave up trying to get an accounting job. I will give my degree one bit of praise: I was able to get into graduate school (a real school, not WGU) with it. Though I suspect that my application was approved despite my degree, not because of it. (It's not an accounting program, for what it's worth.) I saw one review on here that stated the person had received a master's degree in three months. Others have finished a bachelor's degree in one semester (six months). I have to ask: do you really think that getting a degree in that short period of time means anything? There's no way that you could have learned anything substantive in a few months. WGU is part of the problem with higher education in this country - institutions granting degrees without actually teaching anything devalues the legitimate education that is pursued by people at universities with actual professors. WGU is at least better than the for-profit online schools like University of Phoenix, in that it costs students a lot less money to get a degree that isn't worth the paper it's printed on. But that's a very low bar."
Katelyn Edwards
  • Reviewed: 8/6/2014
  • Degree: Accounting
"WGU made it possible for me to work full time, study for the degree I've dreamed of and still be able to take care of my family responsibilities. On top of all that, my school costs are way lower than a brick and mortar school and I have access to amazing mentors to help guide me through every course if needed and I can go at my pace."
  • Reviewed: 8/3/2014
  • Degree: Accounting
"I love this school! It is perfect for highly motivated, independent learners. You are able to go as quickly or as slowly as you like. The value cannot be beaten. The annual tuition has not increased in YEARS. The flat fee is great as a motivator to learn as much as possible in as little time as possible because students are charged per term, not per credit or per course. I liked the challenge of pushing myself to see how many classes I could complete within a 6 month term. I am also proud of the quality of the courses. The text books and expected learning outcomes are the same as those of any brick-and-mortar state college/university. The learning resources are abundant and there is always someone to ask for help if you get stuck. Academic integrity is taken very seriously at WGU. Exams are proctored via live webcam and they WILL stop your exam if they even think they see something suspicious. I can't say enough great things about WGU. I am a cheerleader for them for life because they have made such a huge difference in my life."
Virginia Goodman
  • Reviewed: 7/25/2014
  • Degree: Accounting
"It is simple if you are a procrastinator or have had problems with online classes, this school is not for you. I am somewhat of a procrastinator and that made it harder than it should have been. My mentor is AMAZING! If you can I would request John Shumway. I have seen some reviews that call your mentor a cheerleader and I would say they are that and many more things. I have someone to answer to, which helps me stay on track. He is always positive, helpful and honest. This was perfect for me and if I could do it over again, I would definitely want John as my mentor and finishing faster. Course mentors will help you with your issues as long as you can explain in detail what your are having a hard time. You also need to keep up on announcements."
Business and Accounting
  • Reviewed: 6/18/2014
  • Degree: Accounting
"In WGU a student will get out of the program only as much as they put in. I can work at my pace and achieve great things."