Western Governors University Reviews - Bachelor's in BusinessSee reviews of all programs at Western Governors University
I recently graduated with my Bachelor's in Business Management from WGU Texas. I chose WGU after a close friend completed their undergrad in accounting and moved up the chain at United Airlines almost immediately post-graduation. WGU constantly works to enhance the experience of their diverse student body by continually asking for feedback. I definitely recommend this school to anyone who is on a budget, struggles to attend traditional college/university, does not care for the college experience, likes to adhere to their OWN schedule (instead of following the pace and syllabus of traditional college), and to anyone who has the discipline to self-start and sometimes, self-teach. What I like most about this school is how analogous it is to real life youre given all the tools and resources that you need to succeed and you have to figure it out for yourself (of course, with the guidance of mentors). Key word: guidance. No one will hold your hand or give you the answer keys because we all know if it were that easy, everyone would be doing it. By all means, it is doable, and you're not alone. Online coursework is not easy; every class required reading and studying, and all exams are proctored. I highly recommend WGU to anyone looking to complete their degree with a school that is legit accredited, affordable, and offers a high degree of flexibility.
Very happy with the school and great for my career. Most of the lower reviews are whiners that think a university should hold your hand. This is not one of those schools. Figure it out, get it done, and move on. All the resources are there and YOU have to figure it out. It is not for everyone, but if you are busy, self-motivated, and independent you will do fine. I can't speak for other degrees, but I learned a ton while taking the Business Mang. program. I learned a ton, because I applied myself and choose to.
You CAN NOT transfer ANY business credit to ANY other University for undergrad, so until you graduate you are hostage. IF you graduate then you can explain about WGU, which you will need to do as it seems unknown to employers (Fortune 500). No one understands anything other than credit hours, which WGU does not provide.
This degree requires the student to work. You must pace yourself and have enough self discipline to check login and work without someone providing you a deadline. If that is you, then WGU is the school for you. I completed the program one year ahead of schedule and enjoyed a boost in interview offers and ultimately a management job. Most of my success came from already knowing a lot of the material covered, but I also found the material I did not know easy to learn at my own pace. I am now in the MBA program. Highly recommend this school.
Greetings and salutations, I'm a recent graduate of Western Governors University. An entirely based online school, if you Google cheapest online college WGU will be the first to pop up. That is one reason I selected it, students can also expedite classes. Meaning once they have an understanding of the course or previous knowledge they can take the examination and finish early. Which is a phenomenal feature that WGU offers. The online structure offers convenience and flexibility but it lacks in accountability which you'll find at any online university. One thing I'm worried about is the validity of the degree and the feeling around online universities for being sub par compared to typical sit down classrooms. It is an accredited institution but the judgment is still there. It's a great cost efficient program but from a career aspect I wish that I would have chosen a different route which is why I'm pursuing an MBA now from a local classroom university.
I will first add I completed a fully online degree at my local community college. The setup was traditional, with normal semesters. Each week entailed assignments, sometimes discussions, and a pretty structured online learning environment covering one topic at a time. The end of classes involved taking a multiple choice exam or term paper. Sometimes proctored or using things such as turnitin, etc. I had difficulty finding a reasonably priced school for a bachelors program. I didn't like the setup of most. Example, SNHU and ASU are year-round and require so many courses at a time. I didn't have an issue with the format so much as an issue with the cost. I did not want to incur such a high debt using that format. Obviously, I was sold with WGU's self-paced format and price. Most reviews indicate the courses are relatively "easy"...which I found to be far from true. Wasn't excited about the "mentor" thing but it didn't deter me either. WGU looked like my only option. I will add, I have no issue with motivation....getting on the computer and working on assignments and meeting deadlines. How I missed WGU's "one exam" concept when researching I am not sure. This concept became immediately frustrating. The mentor calls were not helpful with topics you needed help with. Essentially, at WGU, you are given the course, an ebook, and the rest is up to you. You Pass or Fail your one exam. No classes have assignments or study aides. Some have videos. With a full-time working schedule, it wasn't difficult to schedule study time, I was having issues retaining information though. I would study to death, and take the pre-assessments, only to fail because I wasn't focusing on the correct material. Each mentor will tell you only certain areas are important or appear on the exam. I did better with written assignments, but those too would be returned for very miniscule reasons. Literally a missing student ID would be cause for return. The grading was not consistent there. I am also finding the school's overall model to be useless because of this Pass or Fail concept. You have no GPA. Good luck transferirng credits. My peak of frustration came when I failed an assessment by about 2% from the cutoff. I studied immediately my "weak areas", only to be told the mentor had to have a long phone-call with me before "approving" me to take the test again. He was on vacation. My "mentor" couldn't move the process faster. After a long and boring phone-call 2 weeks later, my course mentor wasn't confident I fully understood the material. How he thought this is beyond me. I almost passed the whole course under the watching eyes of particular Indian proctors, so I stand by the fact I understood plenty about the course. The way I studied and understood things was just different from his point of view. I sought help for a few areas to please the guy on outside forums. Finished study questions he assigned me. Only to get an "academic dishonesty" warning from someone because I was discussing the material in outside WGU forums. Really??? Start to finish, this delayed me 1 month and a half working on this one course. It was annoying and frustrating to say the least. I have learned a very expensive lesson. I am only writing because with WGU having a graduation rate in the 20%, I am obviously not the only one who has struggled with this model. I am withdrawing out of pure frustration assuming I will face many more courses like this. I am not learning, if anything I am memorizing a common-core post education style(I have taken many of these same courses and learned far more). I obviously learn best one topic at a time, and in a different online environment. Being given a course and a final test is not sufficient for learning for most. During a time I should be excited to learn and work on school work, I dread every time I log on to this school! Buyer beware
The school and curricula are excellent. I have had no issues with the actual courses and once I began actually completing course work all the administration of my enrollment went well. I would warn before and during enrollment individuals have no access to the majority of the available courses and no access to audit degree plans except through an advisor. This makes selecting a degree plan an act of faith. It takes some digging, but audits are provided if the right person is asked the right question. Financial aid is not easily deciphered either. Enrollment councilors or advisors are not inclined to provide any objective or knowledgeable information pertaining to even the most basic financial aid inquires. Direct all questions or concerns over funding directly to the financial aid. Press for additional information and expect only the exact information requested. It took over fifteen individual conversations for me obtain a full description of the tuition disbursement schedule and refund process. Due to misinformation and omissions concerning financial aid my refund was delayed almost two weeks. As a first semester student with WGU all disbursements are delayed until the 30th day of your first course after enrollment. Funds are further restricted to a two stage disbursement during each semester. Pell grant is released the first day of your enrolled course (after the first semester at WGU). Loans subsidized or unsubsidized are released fifteen days later. This does not take into account holidays or any other unforeseen delays. Being enrolled in courses is not the final trigger for disbursements. A minimum of 12 cu (credit hours or credit units) must accepted within the enrolled degree plan. A student mentor helps chose courses to be taken during the current semester. As a student it is your responsibility accept these 12 cu to complete enrollment in the given courses. Failing to complete this process will delay disbursement as I found out the hard way. Overall the school is excellent. However, believe there is room for more transparency both before and after initial enrollment. The ability to complete courses through competency exams is an excellent opportunity to accelerate a degree program. The tuition is very competitive. The convenience of online courses is very liberating after being confined to a campus for 18 months. I would recommend WGU to anyone with the discipline to work independently and keep motivated to complete any degree plan. For my money it has been the best educational investment have ever made.
This school is a joke. They accused me of cheating on a paper and I called them on it asking for proof of receipt since they said I bought the paper and...........NOTHING! They couldn't provide anything and I was still punished with a six month suspension. They made the "hearing" in the middle of the afternoon when AKA online students work !!! Needless to say I got my money back and transferred out. Seems to be a theme from them, as others have said they push back your graduation date to get more money.
Great school, the program was very up to date and challenging. I learned a ton from attending school here while working as a manager at a Fortune 500 company. The program teaches a lot of rigorous up to date techniques and skills from a lot of the top companies in the world. I would definitely recommend attending school here.
Let me tell you my story since I have read many reviews and none are like mine. I graduated High School in 1997, and only had 10 college credits from my community college. In late 2014 I decided it was time to go back to school. After reading multiple reviews I contacted WGU and requested information. I decided on WGU because of the online program and the cost. They asked me as part of my admission process to take their Academic Assessment. Since it had been many years since I had been in school I won't lie it was hard. The math section was killer but I have never been good at math! They reviewed my score (overall score that does not breakdown your scores to determine what sections you need help in) and explained to me that they were working with 2 other online schools Sophia Pathways and Straighterline to assist students that needed a refresher. They asked me to take a College Algebra I course from either, and then come back and retake the assessment. The only thing with doing this was that you cannot use financial aid to pay for the class ($329), but if you successfully pass the class you get college credit for Algebra I that transfers directly to WGU. I was a little frustrated, but after investigating both Sophia Pathways and Straighterline I went with Sophia Pathways because of the flat fee. With Sophia they give you 60 days to complete the course, and you do it on your time by watching videos and working problems, ending with a final taken online through ProctorU. It was alittle creepy having someone watching you take your exam, but it is done to ensure your work is yours. I successfully passed the course and final and within 3 days WGU had applied my Sophia credit. I retook the assessment and was admitted. I believe the Sophia course prepared me for what online school would be, and while at first I was hesitant I would do it again. I started my first term in Sept. of 2015 and I am about to finish this term at the end of February. To be a WGU student you have to complete a minimum of 13 credits (4-5 classes) a term (6 months). When I first started I kept thinking when is this gonna go bad after reading different online school reviews. So far I have had everything go right! You can do 1 class at a time (suggested at the beginning), and you have a mentor assigned to you that calls you every week to check on you. Teresa ....you are amazing! She's very professional and provides guidance, support, and a nudge when I need it. Each course has a group of mentors that can answer any questions you have. If you read the material and wish to do a web class they offer multiple classes at different times. Your portal is very user friendly and they set you up with an email address you can access through it. The courses are hard at times, but the resource materials are great. WGU has been an awesome experience for me! WGU really wants you to succeed, and they lend so much support and assistance it's unbelievable! Their virtual library with live chat has been a huge help with papers. It has thousands of books on any topic you can think of 24/7, and provides multiple types of citing formats. If you have technical or general questions they have people there to answer your questions till 10pm. Everyone I have dealt with at WGU has been professional, and has kept their promise. To me I feel blessed to have found WGU.