Western Governors University Reviews - Bachelor's in BusinessSee reviews of all programs at Western Governors University
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.
WGU provides quality mentoring, a variety of tools to match your learning style and quality education. I would highly recommend it to friends, family and colleagues. I feel that it is money well-spent and will continue on my learning quest in this format.
Personally I think WGU is a waste of time and money. It's a gimmick to entice people who can't qualify for a real public college nor afford a for profit school with the idea that they will 'Graduate' sooner and will quickly start making more money. It's a complete joke. I 'graduate' in 2013 with a BS and I mean B.S degree and it has done absolutely nothing for me. Instead I took WGU off my resume and i believe that that's helped me with job inquiries. This competency nonsense is a total scheme. The clases are a joke. They're not even clases, more like correspondance courses were you read a chapter, scribble some nonsence to take up space and meet taskstreams minimum requirements and that's it. It's onto the next course. Also they send you to a testing center to get certifications were all you have to do is memorize the questions and answers online , then wallah take the test. I think all the hype around WGU is that people nor the media that supports this crap will admit that the only reason why WGU has become so popular is because it's accredited and people will eventually receive their fake, worthless shelf filler diploma in the mail which will actually not end up meaning anyting not event the paper it's printed on and they can check the 'College Degree' check box when they fill out job applications.. I regret spending `10k on this so called university. Should have went to Devry or even UOP is more reputable. Also check out Bellevue, since they actually have real classes. Also let me add that the course mentors are completely worthless. All they do is send you links to look up crap on google. Heck I can do that myself.
It's been two years since graduating from WGU and I have yet to secure a job in the field that my degree is in. To make matters worse, they started offering IT certifications two years into my program, yet didn't offer them to me. Funny thing is, I found out by showing some friends of mine who were prospective students, the WGU website. When I contacted them to inquire about why I wasn't offered these certifications, I got the run around, then they stopped returning my calls and e-mails. I have since started taking certification courses to fill in the educational gaps that my WGU education should have filled. I keep a folder of all the emails that I received from Western Governors University during that time with all of the various excuses. Now, when people ask me about my experience with the school, I show them the folder, show them my student loan debt, and explain that I am still working in the same field that I was working in when I started school. Then I let them decide if its worth the money. It was bad enough that they didn't accept most of the units I had from my A.A. degree from a previous college when I started, but all they had to do was add the certifications to my program, since I was still attending and racking up loan debt. I'd probably be working in my degree field by now if they did. They obviously knew the degree was lacking something, or they wouldn't have added the certifications. This is my W.G.U. experience.