Western Governors University Reviews - Bachelor's in BusinessSee reviews of all programs at Western Governors University
I just graduated from WGU last week. I finally finished my BS in Business Management. I am reading some of the reviews and I have to ask, if someone has had an experience as bad as some of the ones that I've read, what are you looking for? If it's help from instructors, WGU has more than enough instructors in each course. If you had poor communication with anyone at the university, something is seriously wrong. As soon as I enrolled in any class, I would immediately get welcome emails from course mentors wanting to set up time to go over the course or enroll in live cohorts. If you didn't like sitting through live or recorded cohorts, what in the world are you looking for? My interactions with course mentors, when I needed to, were great! When an appointment was made with a course instructor, they would call on minute it was scheduled. Someone complaining about the rubrics? Really, if I had a paper returned, (only twice) is was because I missed the mark on a rubric item, not from being "too creative." I was able go through my program in 14 months. Some classes, admittedly, were a little more clunky than others, but you'll have that anywhere. I treated my time there like having a second job. I left my day job, and went to "work at night." Overall, I really enjoyed my time at WGU. Recommend it to others? Absolutely. You get out, what you put in. Good Luck!
Wow I have never ever had a bad experience with the advisor, but today was awful. Their goal is not listen to you their will tell you what they have memorized. They dont care about your problem or money. Basic thing you cant select your own advisor???? Very bad experience
The instructors were not very engaged with the students. Trying to receive any help outside of your student mentor was impossible. The process for submitting assignments was horrible and made claims to plagiarised work when all was proven to be uniquely created content after a review. The quality of education just was not there. I see that it seems to be a 50/50 split on whether a student has a good experience or a bad one. I would not advise anyone to take this gamble. I moved onto the American Military University to finish my studies and could not be happier.
Finishing up my first term at WGU soon and I have nothing but great things to say about my experience so far. Obviously I still have a ways to go before I graduate, but the courses so far have been challenging in the best possible way. I was skeptical to apply at first because of previous reviews I had read online, but being a mom of 2 who works two full time jobs, I didn't have the luxury of choosing a brick and mortar school to finish my degree and move forward in my career field. Now that my first term is under my belt, I honestly can't see why there are so many negative reviews. Yes, it is self-paced so if you are not motivated or self-sufficient you will probably not succeed. But I have always excelled in school and never had an issue with self-discipline so this program has been pretty ideal to say the least. I am actually accelerating through my coursework faster than I would in any traditional program and expect to be finished with my degree in less than two years, which is amazing considering I started out with less than 25 transferred credits from my community college, which were completed over 5 years ago. And the support I have received from my program mentor and course instructors have been nothing short of consistent and satisfactory. My program mentor, Ann, never misses a weekly check in and makes it a point to reach out when I complete a course milestone, even if it's just to say "congrats" for my accomplishment. It is so refreshing to have someone who actually takes the time to make sure my needs as a student are met and that my accomplishments are recognized, no matter how small they are. The course instructors are equally responsive and helpful. I have received phone calls from my instructors, even without me prompting them, just to check in and see how I was doing with the coursework and see if I had any questions or concerns. Additionally, the resources available are limitless. I have found the library to be extremely useful, especially when writing my 10 page paper for English Comp, and the cohorts are very detailed and help a lot when I need some help understanding certain aspect of course material. The only downfall I have to report on would be the 3rd party proctors for Objective Assessments. They outsource to some company in India and, while I have no problem with the outsourcing factor, the proctors are generally hard to understand and are a little pushy. Other than that, I have had no issues and have passed every single one of my exams and assignments without problems of any kind. I would HIGHLY recommend this school (well, at least this program of study), to anyone who is interested in online education. This has been such a game changer and for the first time I actually look forward to getting my schoolwork done. I am looking forward to continuing this program and will most likely re-enroll with WGU for my Masters once completed. Please take the negative reviews with a grain of salt. Talk to an enrollment counselor and get a feel for the school before making hasty decisions.
WGU rescued me from the hazing system of participation replies, busy work, and worthless classes I suffered through at The University of Phoenix,. At WGU, I moved at my own pace and only paid for classes needed to complete the degree. They truly care about their students as compared to Phoenix - who charge me nearly $1400 per class - with no chance of completing the degree early: unless I paid additional money. My only critique of WGU is they trashed me on the transfer credits, even though I attended a regionally accredited school (only allowed 12 out of 33 credits) was brutal. The good news is they have a flat cost which meant I could take 22 credits per semester, but only pay for 12: that's how I survived the hit on the transfer. Would I recommend WGU? Absolutely I would, because the ability to test out of a class based on a competency exams was priceless. Take my advice, haul a** away from Phoenix - transfer to WGU - and get your degree.
Solid University, truely. The quality of the education for the price is reminiscent of a good level state school, at a substantial discount from that. The professors and support staff, they rock. Now for the Financial Aid: (crafted after reading several reviews, and interacting with them first hand) Absolute garbage. The individuals are unqualified, rude, they administer information that is factually wrong, and they may even be afoul of the regulations. The school itself comes off as a good level state school, Financial Aid comes off like a very low level rural community college's staff.
Avoid if you need weekend or night support. Every bit of staff works bankers hours. They post "office schedules" where they claim to be available until 7 or 8p. They never are. They tell you theres a group mailbox to email if you need help. In my entire tenure, never has anyone responded to that mailbox. Complain and you get a "you can do it" sympathy email and it dies there. You're held to STRICT communication policy. Staff may or may not be there during their posted hours. Especially if its late or weekends. Good for bankers hours, terrible for anything else.
I am currently a student at WGU, and it is the best decision I have made. Is it easy? Heck no! But, with the mounds of support that you have at WGU you definitely stay motivated to keep going. I did not have this in my previous college experience, so this has been a game changer for me. I am really surprised by the negative reviews, because that has definitely not been my experience. If you have a full time job like I do I definitely recommend WGU.
Western Governors University was probably the best decision I have ever made. The flexibility and affordability of this school allowed me to finish my bachelors in two years while working full time. I graduated with loans that amounted to the cost of many B&M colleges for one singular term. I am grateful to not be heavily burdened by debts from this school which was the main reason I feared pursuing an education anywhere else.
WGU gave me the flexibility I needed while trying to balance a full time career and school. The enrollment and financial aid process was virtually stress free! The courses were well organized and allowed me to proceed at a pace comfortable to me. A week after graduation, I began a new career that was double my previous salary. My degree from WGU helped me to reach the earning potential I had been seeking.