Western Governors University Reviews - Bachelor's in BusinessSee reviews of all programs at Western Governors University
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.
As a new college graduate from WGU, I wanted to provide a review on my experience to share with anyone that may be considering attending. WGU was without question, the best educational experience I have had. It is run like a normal business and you are treated as their customer. The work is hard but very complete and relevant. I was able to put my head down and work through 3 years of school in 1.5yr's. I loved my coursework and while some classes are better than others, in general it was very well organized and supported. The course mentors did a great job helping me when I would get stuck and contributed greatly to my accelerated pace. Great experience, great education, great college.
I am currently in WGU BS-HR management and I am expecting to finish summer 2017. I had associate degree that I took 20 yrs ago and I attempted to get info from a couple of different online universities. My issue was always tuition. I could not commit $40000-50000 student loan when I enroll for two years to finish bachelor degree as single mom status. After long time research, I found WGU online and started very smoothly without huge financial commitment upfront. So far I am in 3rd term and I am doing well. This is really not for everyone but perfect for the people like me who have long enough work experience to pour that knowledge into your class. Most helpful part is to take one class at a time. Which university does this way? My friend is trying to finish her bachelor degree from local university, working part time keeping full time student status to keep federal grant. She is having hard time since she has always 3-4 classes to study. Since I have one at time, I can really focus and I even feel I cannot wait to study even I am having busy schedule taking care of children's activity. I cannot believe myself that I have this motivation to study! I have never had that when I was younger and forced to study just to pass the class. As WGU was selected 25th in some innovative company award a couple years ago, this university offers really innovative, motivate way to study. I really recommend this online school if you are seriously try to FINISH your degree.
My experience was top notch overall at WGU. I am a pretty self motivated individual, but there are times when I can also procrastinate. This probably describes most students, and I am definitely a blend. If it were not for the proactive, weekly progress calls with my student mentor, I don't think I would have been as successful at getting through my degree. She was awesome and provided excellent tips and advice.
I don't know if I would have ever finished school it it were not for WGU. After several starts and stops someone recommended WGU. the cost structure was great as it included books. I was able to apply the skills I learned immediately ang got a promotion on my current job before I finished the program. It took dedication but if you are serious this is a great program. I remember thinking I was too old to take 2 years out for school then I realized 2 years would pass anyway so now I have something to show for that time. It's never too late to go back!
After going to a brick and mortar university and not really getting anything out of the classes other than loss of time with my family I decided to try going online for my degree. I tried another online university, which consisted of a lot of busy work (posting in online chats) and impossible to schedule group work and then did some more research and found WGU to be what I was looking for. I was able to work at my own pace and quickly knock out classes that I was competent in and receive extra help in those I was not. Being able to take tests and study in my own schedule made a world of difference. Not only did I earn my degree, I learned new tools that actually help me in my career.
I just started attended WGU and am not happy. I thought that this school offered a great program for me to work independent and I am not finding that to be the case. They need to be more forthcoming in the info they provide BEFORE you enroll and pay the application fee. Apparentlly you are required to have a mentor assigned to you with whom you must meet weekly, regardless of their lack of knowledge about you or your style of learning. I dread the meetings, find them a waste of time and demotivating. My lesson session with the mentor was so frustrating that I have not even been able to focus on my courses, which up until now i have been staying on top of and ahead of schedule. I personaly find it insulting to be hand held by someone who is just "doing their job" reading a script and disregarding what can help the student succeed. I will be withdrawing if WGU requires that i be babysat. I was looking to save money. I will pay the additional cost and attend a college that will treat me like a human and an adult
I just finished with my degree after 4 years of study (life wouldn't allow me to accelerate much). I have to say that I have learned quite a bit. Even in the subjects I have real world experience in. I completed the BS degree with three industry certifications to add to my credentials list. I only had a couple of conflicts with mentors or administrative staff but the issues were rectified immediately. Overall, I would attend for my masters but they do not offer what I want my Masters degree in at this time. If you are disciplined enough to pretty much work at your own pace and keep focused then I completely recommend this School.