Western Governors University Reviews of Bachelor's in Information Technology

  • 43 Reviews
  • Salt Lake City (UT)
  • Annual Tuition: $6,670
84% of 43 students said this degree improved their career prospects
74% of 43 students said they would recommend this program to others
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Reviews - Bachelor's in Information Technology

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Steven
  • Reviewed: 2/5/2019
  • Degree: Information Technology
  • Graduation Year: 2018
"WGU being online and competency based was amazing for me. I tried to go to a brick-and-mortar school in 2011 and it just wasn't for me, I dropped out halfway through the semester because endless homework assignments and picky teachers and pointless reports and such all the time. WGU is straight-forward - study, learn, test. You can take tests right away if you know a topic ( lower algebra, for instance ) or are given a myriad of resources to study with ( pluralsight subscription for life, I believe! ) The IT degree was certification-heavy and was a big reason I chose this school and degree. A+, Network+, Security+ and such are definitely entry-level certifications that are often held in higher esteem than a degree alone is ( DoD contracts require sec+ or higher, for instance ) I didn't need much help in a lot of the classes, but when I did, course mentors could be reached by email and phone quite often. They don't hold your hand, and if you're just not putting in the effort they're not there to make up that difference - But they definitely point you in the right direction and are helpful enough for me to give them a good rating as well. Overall loved this experience. Graduated in October 2018, was offered a job in January 2018 ( 25k+ to my salary! ) P.S. - A lot of the negative reviews seem to be from people that don't appreciate the format, the lack of hand-holding, or just can't competently handle admissions processes and such - This school is not for everyone. If you're motivated, willing to put in a lot of work, and push through anything - do it! If you feel you need a little more support, can't focus your efforts, and want a real person in front of you, don't do it."
Stephen
  • Reviewed: 1/28/2019
  • Degree: Information Technology
  • Graduation Year: 2019
"It's funny how this website says 'Grad Reports' and yet there's a ton of review of people that didn't graduate from here simply trying to give it one star. Well, needless to say, don't listen to the non-graduates... being salty because you couldn't hack it doesn't give you a right to down on the thing you couldn't do well in. Grow up people. That being said, I love WGU. My program manager was helpful and insightful, motivating me to get my degree faster than I would have if I hadn't had her or went to a brick and mortar university. I did have my Associates degree from another (brick and mortar) college before I got here, so perhaps I was a bit more motivated than others to finish. And I will say, if you're motivated and don't need to be baby-sat through your degree (ie you're a functioning adult) you'll do well here. The classes were fairly straight forward, all of them having every article of information you could need online at your fingertips, so you didn't need to provide your own textbook. They all had what they called 'cohorts' as well, which are lectures either given live or through recordings, you have a choice to do either. Homework is provided through the coursework, and you can work at your own pace through that as well. Then you either have a Practical Assessment or a Test in order to finish the class. PAs tend to be either 5-20 page essays (depending on subject and material covered) or more of a short answer style all in APA format. I found all Course Instructors helpful when reached out to, and I reccomend that if you're struggling you reach out to them early and often. They will help guide your learning process and give you insights on how certain things work if you're confused. There's also a writing center that helps you with your formatting and writing skills. For those of you that are worried about accrediation, unlike other online schools, Western Governers University is accredited just like prestigious brick and mortar schools are, regionally (remember regional is better than national when it comes to accrediation) WGU is accredited through the same organization that accredits niversity of Washington, University of Oregon, Gonzaga University, University of Utah, University of Idaho, and Brigham Young University, to name just a few. Basically, while you're going to a smaller university (like some of us have locally) you have the weight of that accreditation behind it. I literally tell everyone I know about WGU, due to it's excellent class format, the pricing plans, and the ability to accelerate your learning if you already have some experience in the subject. It has absolutely been my best decision, education wise, to become a Night Owl. WGU Rocks!"
Taylor
  • Reviewed: 9/15/2018
  • Degree: Information Technology
  • Graduation Year: 2018
"I think it's funny reading some of these reviews from students who came from ITT Technical University. When I enrolled it was right around the time ITT go shut down and I remember my advisor telling me all about some of these students and what they expected WGU to be. Well a couple years later I've graduated and what can I say about WGU? Unlike ITT or many other illegitimate schools it is very much a legitimate university that is accredited to the same level and by the same bodies as many other respected public universities and is non-profit. I also had years of experience as a Senior Information Systems Engineer and I still found many of the courses to be quite challenging and rigorous. WGU is no joke and if you expect to just go to WGU and slack off to get a degree you've come to the wrong place. It is very self-driven and self-paced, so if you're not a motivated person -- it will not work for you. Overall I would highly recommend WGU to anyone looking for a flexible, affordable, and respectable degree program that will give you entirely valid skills for the workforce."
James
  • Reviewed: 9/6/2018
  • Degree: Information Technology
  • Graduation Year: 2019
"This school only sees you as a dollar sign, my enrollment counselor did not keep in touch with me nor did he help to guide me through the waters. I had to figure out for myself what was going on with my enrollment. They want you to go to their sister program so they can earn more money. I wouldn't send my dog to the school"
SW
  • Reviewed: 6/21/2018
  • Degree: Information Technology
  • Graduation Year: 2018
"I am currently trying to enroll. My enrollment specialist is the worst fit for her job that I have encountered. She doesn't seem to have much of an idea what she's doing when I ask questions, she ums a lot and takes a very long time to look up information. She also has no idea what to say when the caller doesn't stick to her "script" of stock answers. I was told I didn't pass one of the readiness assessments and I would have to take it again. There are 4, so I asked which one? She said she has no idea, the system doesn't tell them that, I just have to take all 4 tests over again. So if I have no idea which test I did poorly on, how am I supposed to brush up for the retake??"
D Johnson
  • Reviewed: 6/8/2018
  • Degree: Information Technology
  • Graduation Year: 2019
"The instructors and the courses are fabulous!! However the financial aid department is the worst. They drop the ball and you are left to pick up the pieces and get them back on track. I requested a refund that is normally I was told a 15 day process I am going 45 days and now advised that it will be issued through a 3rd party never heard of that. This my last term with WGU good luck to rest of you stay on top of your account because financial aid will NOT"
Louis S.
  • Reviewed: 1/17/2018
  • Degree: Information Technology
  • Graduation Year: 2015
"Western Governors University is a great school; however, don't expect to just sail through courses. This school is tailored for individuals whom are highly self-motivated, resourceful, and goal oriented. I stand behind WGU 100%, I am so glad I embraced the opportunity to further my education and increase my earning potential."
David H
  • Reviewed: 12/19/2017
  • Degree: Information Technology
  • Graduation Year: 2018
"Like others have mentioned similar situations - I also had years in the IT field, but my lack of a degree was getting in the way of advancement. Comparing them with other regular brick and mortar schools and other online colleges I had attended - WGU is by far the best value and with the "competency based" system you earn industry certifications while you earn credits towards graduation. They do not hand out degrees - some of the certifications are extremely tough. You have a school mentor that is with you throughout and checks in weekly, as well as each class has a mentor to help with the material. Although it is self-paced, you do have a schedule to keep. Getting used to the mentor system took awhile but they really do help!"
J Moody
  • Reviewed: 12/11/2017
  • Degree: Information Technology
  • Graduation Year: 2017
"WGU provides an online and fast paced learning environment. At other colleges, I would become bored with the subjects or be unable to pay for every semester. By saving up enough money for two semesters, I was able to fit double the classes in and complete my degree!"
Great Educational Structure // Superior Staff
  • Reviewed: 11/1/2017
  • Degree: Information Technology
  • Graduation Year: 2020
"Just admitted to WGU and couldn't be more happy about the process. My admission counselor, CJ S, has been awesome. He was very consistent with contact and extremely helpful. Made the process of submitting documentation, taking tests, and completing the admission from a - z very painless. Im excited to begin classes in December!"
V
  • Reviewed: 9/22/2017
  • Degree: Information Technology
  • Graduation Year: 2017
"I never completed registration to get into the program. I have 5 years experience in direct systems and database administration/training as well as all but 4 credits (Capstone project) towards an AAS in Systems and Network Administration (a move made it impossible to complete the capstone) and was told that my lack of programming related on the job experience meant I would not be admitted without obtaining certifications (which, for the record, they advertise as being part of the degree program itself). This place is essentially a degree mill that isn't interested in a student body that needs to expand their skill knowledge, but one that instead just needs the degree for already well established skill sets. If that's what you are looking for it will be a great opportunity for you. Unfortunately - the program itself won't work very well for most people."
Fleeced Student- Dennis O'Mara
  • Reviewed: 6/29/2017
  • Degree: Information Technology
  • Graduation Year: 2019
"Zero value certification (A+ cert) is not relevant to Data Management. I have been DM for 20 years...this ciricullum is a joke. Save your money and find a school that offers value added classes. The student counselor addressed me today in a short, angry manner (K**) when I shared my dissappointment. I felt cheated out of $3000.00 and she stated this was not alot of money. Sorry K**, to a father of a family of 4 children, this is alot of money."
Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 2/24/2017
  • Degree: Information Technology
  • Graduation Year: 2017
"As a professional, I was used to self-study to get individual certifications. The additional benefit to WGU is that most of my certifications that I needed for classes applied to my job. I could not say that for any other university that I had taken classes at over the past 20 years."
Rachael
  • Reviewed: 12/7/2016
  • Degree: Information Technology
  • Graduation Year: 2017
"Great school for people who are self motivated and goal oriented. I have attended WGU for the past year and I have not had a single negative experience. Mentors are very responsive if help is requested and a proactive when the notice you are struggling with a course . The courses in the degree programs are comprehensive and challenging. I would, and have, recommended this school to my friends/family."
imatech
  • Reviewed: 11/16/2016
  • Degree: Information Technology
  • Graduation Year: 2012
"Outstanding program! I really appreciated that the school is fully certified and transferable, if I wanted to go get my masters at the local state university it would be no problem. I liked coming out of the program with a lot of certifications. The pricing structure was a model that should be adopted by all schools, it really encourages focus."
Annoyed
  • Reviewed: 10/18/2016
  • Degree: Information Technology
  • Graduation Year: 2017
"This is a terrible school. If you know everything and just need to take a test then you are going to do okay. If you EVER have a question about anything you can forget it. If you ever need help you will be told: "Sign up and take the class at another university and then trade it in here for credit." "CLEP it." "Take DDST/DANTES." "Get a tutor." I have never received any help for anything from the university and only speak to my mentor for some reason once a week and all he or she does is approve assessments for me to take. Unless I can get approval and here we are. Again. I cannot even tell you how many mentors I have had. Maybe 10 at this point? I wish I had never started this program here. I would never recommend this program or school to anyone unless you clepped all of the non-IT stuff and just took the certifications. I don't know what any of the other programs are like. I had plans to go on and get my Master's but I hate school so much at this point that I would rather drink poison and have pretty much decided maybe in 20 or 30 years...never again for now though."
Steve
  • Reviewed: 10/14/2016
  • Degree: Information Technology
  • Graduation Year: 2016
"Firstly, I'm not some shill paid or enticed to give a favourable review, I'm doing this of my own accord because I, honestly had a great experience with WGU and will gladly answer any mature comments or questions that anyone has regarding my experiences. I recently graduated from the BSIT program and am now starting up the Master of Science, Cybersecurity and Information Assurance program. My experience with WGU has been nothing but exceptional. My program mentor, Hope, was a wonderful source of support and encouragement my entire time in the undergrad program. The course materials were on-point and a wealth of knowledge, coupled with webinars and live cohorts for demonstrative learning. The course mentors were extremely helpful, responsive and always available. In the past year, WGU up'ed the social interaction with the revamped student portal, course discussion areas and alot more social networking integration, giving you the opportunity to interact with fellow students in your programs and the school, in general. The extra knowledge I've gained through the courses and the addition of all the industry-standard certifications I earned in the process, like CCENT, MCPS, CompTIA A+, Security+, Network+, Linux+, etc. go a long way to help with career growth. It was worth the time, energy and money (and for much less than alot of brick and mortar schools) with the option to accelerate your studies to take up less terms. You have to be driven, though. Even with all the support you have available, it's ultimately up to you to get it done and graduate. The tools and resources are available, but it's important to properly manage one's own time and progress to get there. Having all that freedom can make it hard to balance your education, personal and possible work/family/etc responsibilities. I suspect much of the graduation rate issues revolve more around that than anything else. I know that there were a few times my health and family issues nearly derailed my education and my mentor fully supported me through the process and helped me get back on track. Good luck wherever you may go to advance your education! WGU might be right up your alley, or it may not. Hopefully, my little review might help you some. Feel free to ask questions, if you have any, though!"
Jeff
  • Reviewed: 8/29/2016
  • Degree: Information Technology
  • Graduation Year: 2015
"Great school! They took lots of my previous credits. It was affordable enough to pay as I went. I immediately got a job with the government (probably not because of the school, but because of my degree combined with my experience). I would recommend it for any organized self-learner."
ams
  • Reviewed: 8/12/2016
  • Degree: Information Technology
  • Graduation Year: 2014
"I am a current student at WGU. This college is not for students pursuing a degree in a field in which they are not currently employed. The material that is provided is very technical. In the IT program you are evaluated on your ability to pass national certifications. This can be fairly tough for a student, as myself, who is just entering a new field. One is required to dedicate hours of study time, which is difficult for the working adult. I sit at work all day and study and at home and feel like it is not enough time in a day for the material. The mentors...well I can only speak for my mentor, but I feel as though every time we speak that it is a recording. When he/she asks whether he/she can do anything to help and you explain whatever problem you have and are told that you need to speak to your course mentor. I feel as though the mentor that calls every week is useless. I miss the forum interactions and the class setting; this college certainly makes you feel like you are alone. I plan to do as many courses as I can in my six months and attend another institution for the remainder of my studies. Also many of the entry level jobs and internships, CSX and Boeing to name a few requires the pursuing of a bachelors with a GPA of at least 3.2 and since this school is pass or fail, well this makes that difficult."
K.W.
  • Reviewed: 4/1/2016
  • Degree: Information Technology
  • Graduation Year: 2017
"Nothing is wrong with WGU, and no I am not a "plant", whatever that means. I am married, pay my own bills, etc. and attended a 2 year tech school, but never graduated. I have been enrolled at WGU since 2013 and will be graduating in 2017. I had no problems with transferring my credits, even though only about 24 of them transferred out of maybe 46. I am enrolled in the BSIT program and have had about 3 degree plan changes, which isn't a big deal imo. Some courses were dropped and replaced by more relevant ones which I thought was a good thing. WGU is a self-study, self-paced online school where you must be responsible for your time! They have a low graduation rate because people can't handle taking care of themselves. You have to find motivation to work on your classes because there are no teachers to hold your hand. It is taking me the full 4 years to complete my degree, but that's not because I am slacking off, it's because I am a slow learner and try to understand everything before attempting the assessments. If you can find motivation on your own, and not waste your time or are not lazy, I would recommend WGU to you. If you need assistance every step of the way when it comes to learning, then please save yourself the trouble and go to a traditional college, which by the way is much, much, much more expensive. WGU terms are a total of $3035 every 6 months, and you get to add the typical amount of 12-16 "credit hours" worth of classes in each term, BUT if you finish all of your classes quickly, you are allowed to add more classes into your term without paying anything extra as long as you are able to complete them within that term. Many of the classes in the IT Security degree are based on certification exams, mostly CompTIA, and CISCO. Basically if you pass the certification exam then you pass the class. As for the general education classes and the other non-technical classes, you submit tasks (assignments) through a service called taskstream and you get graded based on a rubric that is presented to you for each assignment or objective assessment. There are no homework assignments by the way, only the final assignment and/or test. I have had no problems with task stream in the past, people tend to complain about how long it takes, but they don't give them a fair chance. I always received my results within 2-3 days. One other thing is that you keep in contact with WGU through a student mentor whom calls you every week when you're a new student through your first term, and then calls you every couple weeks depending on a schedule you set with your mentor. Many people complain about this as well, yet I have no clue why. Overall WGU is a great online college that is very affordable. I do recommend this school easily."