Western Governors University Reviews - Bachelor's in Business

3.81 out of 5 stars
(63 Reviews)
72% of 63 students said this degree improved their career prospects
78% of 63 students said they would recommend this program to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars
Amanda Lynn - 2/9/2017
Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2015
"WGU was a great stepping stone. The course work was challenging and the teachers were more than happy to help. Since I attended online, the schedule was very flexible. The best part about this University was the flat fee for 6 months of tuition. I was able to take as many classes as I wanted and the fee was the same, all book were included. I really enjoyed attending Western Governors University and would recommend it for any self-motivated learner."
4.8 out of 5 stars
So Far, So Good!! - 11/17/2016
Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2017
"I have been enrolled fro just a few months. I find the school refreshing after the disaster known as University of Phoenix. I have attended 3 different colleges over the years, and WGU, so far, has been the best experience. Folks who are complaining about format, admissions, and other things, are probably as much to blame as the school. WGU is designed for people to further their career in disciplines they already work in. It is not a "hold your hand" school like many others. For me, personally, this works. Maybe other students require something different. I like the work at your own pace. I completed my first class in just 4 weeks. If you complete all assigned classes for one term, pull some classes up from the next term. Graduate faster, cheaper. The degree seems to be accepted in my industry. I know many recruiters (some who graduated from WGU) who told me the BSMGT I am working on would be accepted as a bona-fide business degree. In short, it is not traditional, which may make it more difficult for some, perfect for others. There are many choices out their. Educate yourself to what will work best, for you."
2.9 out of 5 stars
Larissa Castillo - 11/15/2016
Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2017
"My biggest dislike of this kind of school system, is that well it is suppose to be work at your own pace. Yet the resources are not there for you to fully learn unless you want to participate in chat groups with other students. I consistently find myself, not knowing why they didn't add deprecation into an equation when the previous example did. Yet if I want to find out, here lets schedule 15 minutes, 3 days from now. Forcing you to either give up asking, or to move on and simply swallow not understanding what is happening until you have already built a foundation on something you don't really get to find out why later. I also feel there is a huge inconsistency in the videos and resources for different courses. Also along my several years attending they have lowered the standards of testing and course coverage because it was to difficult for students."
5.0 out of 5 stars
For The Self Starters Out There - 9/30/2016
Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2016
"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."
5.0 out of 5 stars
BCV - 9/26/2016
Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2015
"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."
1.6 out of 5 stars
Ace - 9/6/2016
Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2017
"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."
4.8 out of 5 stars
Jeremy - 8/22/2016
Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2016
"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."
3.3 out of 5 stars
Thomas Rogers - 8/22/2016
Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2016
"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."
1.1 out of 5 stars
Nicole S. - 8/8/2016
Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2018
"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"
3.8 out of 5 stars
Sam - 7/6/2016
Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2017
"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."