Western Governors University Reviews - Bachelor's in BusinessSee reviews of all programs at Western Governors University
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.
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.
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!
This school has been the best online post secondary education program I have participated in. It took enrolling/withdrawaling from 4 different online colleges to feel comfortable with using WGU to finish my degree. The classes are difficult, but rightfully so. You get out of it what you put into it. My mentor is awesome she helps keep me accountable and on schedule, and she also tells me the best ways to complete each individual classes. The exams are challenging, as to be expected with a program that is based on competency. It has taken me less than a week to complete some, and up to a couple months to complete others. I love the pass/fail system it takes a lot of pressure off of you. It is sad to read a few of these one star comments, but if you notice, they are all from the RN programs and they all pretty much say the same thing, so dont take them seriously. The cost is the lowest you will find for QUALITY education. Like everything, you get what you give. Thank you WGU for allowing me to finally pursue my goals
Just graduated WGU a day ago. I found the overall experience great. I'm not sure if the others reviews dealt with unhelpful people along the way, or perhaps they didn't understand the material. I didn't accelerate anything and took the full 4 years to complete. The initial registration took a bit of time, but after that it was easy. My mentor was awesome. Yes, weekly calls the first term and biweekly after that. She helped me stay on track, as I tend to procrastinate. I had many resources for each class to help me pass. From their online material to their course mentors, and webinars. The course mentors always went above and beyond for me. This is more help than I ever received at a brick and mortar school. Financial aid did take a little more information than normal, I believe maybe because they are a non-profit school, but it wasn't that difficult to manage. Overall, I had a positive experience and would recommend it to others looking to take college courses at their own pace.