Western Governors University Reviews - Bachelor's in Information TechnologySee reviews of all programs at Western Governors University
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.
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!
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.
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
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??
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
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.
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!
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!
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!