Western Governors University Reviews - Bachelor's in Information Technology

3.78 out of 5 stars
(52 Reviews)
77% of 52 students said this degree improved their career prospects
71% of 52 students said they would recommend this program to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars
J. Grant - 2/19/2016
Degree: Information Technology
Graduation Year: 2016
"After working in the IT field for 18 years, I reached a point that I was not going to be able to advance further in my organization without a degree. Brick-and-mortar schools never worked for me. They are too slow. I decided to try WGU because it would let me work at my own pace for a fixed cost (~$3k per 6-month term). I have not been disappointed! My previous schooling, certifications and experience resulted in 45 transfer-in credits, with 86 remaining. WGU required students to complete 12 units per term. Since starting, I have complete the following number of units per term: 21, 17, 16, 16, 16. One class took me a couple months because I just couldn't wrap my head around it. Several classes took me between 1 - 5 days because it was stuff I have been doing for years and just needed to brush up and take the test. This is truly an at-your-pace program. WGU works well for just about anyone that doesn't need the classroom interaction of a professor and other students. Study and quiz times are completely up to you. All materials are completely online, and absolutely everything you need is provided within the cost of the term. There is no required homework or quizzes. All that matters is the final. In some programs, like IT, many of the "finals" are major industry certification tests, for which you get the certification in addition to the completion of the course. The mentors are pretty good about keeping you on track and motivated. How often, and which mentors you choose to work with is up to you. You are required to work with your primary mentor, especially during your first term. If you are a self-starter and absorb course material well, that may be all you need. I haven't really utilized the course-specific mentors at all. If you do need a little topic specific assistance though, the course mentors are there for you, and often offer online group coaching. WGU is a great school and well worth looking into. I will always recommend them. Without WGU and the format they offer, I would have had a very hard time completing my degree."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Brandy - 11/18/2015
Degree: Information Technology
Graduation Year: 2015
"I really Loved it........It was a great experience. Most of all it was a fast degree. Now I have a great job at one of the largest companies around..My student mentor Joyce was the best. She really guided me through it all my whole time there at WGU."
4.6 out of 5 stars
Mike - 11/2/2015
Degree: Information Technology
Graduation Year: 2015
"Great program which allows you to earn industry certifications, move at your own pace and meet other like minded students. Lots of online resources, tools and books available at your disposal. No need to step foot in any classroom. The only in person requirements are proctored tests for industry certifications."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Teejay - 10/27/2015
Degree: Information Technology
Graduation Year: 2015
"Graduating from WGU has added a tremendous amount of value to my resume! I say this confidently as one whose career is in the realm of talent acquisition as a recruiting lead for a fortune 500 company. I would genuinely recommend WGU to anyone who does not have the time to sit in a classroom for 4+ hours each day, but sees the importance of an accredited Bachelors degree in today's ultra competitive market. One thing to note, however, is the coursework was extremely challenging so do not expect a cakewalk. You really must study for at least 20+ hours each week in order to be successful as there is either a pass or fail grade in each course -- which leaves absolutely no room for mediocrity. That being said, the course mentors assigned to each task are awesome in guiding you and are available during standard office hours. I would genuinely recommend WGU for a quality education that means something, unlike that other online for-profit university we all heard of :)"
4.7 out of 5 stars
LenaM - 10/20/2015
Degree: Information Technology
Graduation Year: 2015
"If you are willing to work hard and do the work, your mentor, class mentors, and classmates can help you get through. there were only 2 courses I had to seek a tutor outside of the WGU system. The people who don't succeed are people who cannot manage their time or lives."
3.6 out of 5 stars
Dane - 8/10/2015
Degree: Information Technology
Graduation Year: 2015
"This school is regionally accredited and very affordable. I appreciate the move-at-your-own-pace aspect of this institution. For the IT program, almost all of the upper division courses involve you doing online training and then taking a Certification Exam. If you pass the Certification Exam, you pass the course and you have one class down and another Certification under your belt. There is no homework and everything is Pass/Fail. You either complete the course or you don't, so if you're looking for a GPA to be proud of, that will not be possible at WGU. There are some down-sides as well. You have to speak to a 'Student Mentor' on the phone once every week to give status updates. If you miss too many calls, they will suspend your status at the school until you get that fixed. After the first term, you may be able to switch to every two weeks, but that is still very annoying. Additionally, if the end of the term is approaching, you cannot enroll in any new courses. Terms are six months long, so if it's nearing the end of your fifth month in the term and you want to enroll in a new course, your Mentor will likely not allow it. This is because you cannot take a course that spans multiple terms. This is quite frustrating considering that continual enrollment is required and it's supposed to be move-at-your-own-pace. This aspect puts a damper on things near the ends of your terms."
4.9 out of 5 stars
62% Done - Still enjoy it immensly - 8/10/2015
Degree: Information Technology
Graduation Year: 2016
"There are fallacies with every school, you just need to find the one with the least amount for your personality. CREDITS / CLASS: So yeah, WGU has a weird credit system, 6 credit classes that I can literally study 1 night and pass the test while there are some 3 credit classes that take me 2 weeks. But it balances itself out in in the long run if you think about it. MENTORS: I had a mentor I didn't get along with and requested another, Boom! just like that I was given the worlds coolest mentor and we get along great. I've even had more of a motivation to work ahead (13 credits last term with old mentor, over 23 and still counting this term with new one.) The actual class mentors are helpful in a way where they want to see you succeed the first time and give you the recommended shortest path of least resistance for the average student. GRADING: This one is a bit unorthodox... 3rd party grading system that seems a bit robotic. There isn't much depth to the grading method, and it's all surface presentation. For example, this is my assumption of my grading method if I were a grader. Task: Write a paragraph explaining why 1 and 1 is equal to 2? Answer: Blah Blah blah not worth reading, (now the key words) IT IS EQUAL TO 2 BECAUSE MATH, blah blah blah (more in-depth stuff not really worth reading.) I'm basically saying, without those key words, no matter how in-depth you answer, your work will most likely get sent back. BUT this method works out well if you understand it. Since my first hiccup with this, I haven't had any work sent back because it's pretty easy not to mess this up. Those that keep failing, just don't get it. As far as the tests go, just study and don't underestimate the post test. I haven't failed anything yet and I'm no smarter than the average Joe. PASS/FAIL: You either pass, or quit the school. GPA is a straight 3.0 from day 1 to the last day which is the minimum most colleges look for when applying for a Masters Degree. TUITION: It's simply amazing. I pay for less than what I'm learning, It almost feels like stealing. REAL WORLD APPLICATION: As far as information technology goes, a select few of the degree programs truly get you ready for the job market especially in the private Dept. of Defense sector of government contracting. We've hired a good few people from WGU due to the certifications they bring with them."
1.0 out of 5 stars
M Richards - 7/23/2015
Degree: Information Technology
Graduation Year: 2011
"You actually have to be smart and pass college level entrance exams to be accepted and attend a real university. WGU is for people seeking a shortcut in life. They may graduate in 6 months with an accredited degree, but try explaining that to any hiring manager, and they'll think your just trying to find the easy way out. One idiot even asked if WGU has PHd program lol."
3.8 out of 5 stars
William - 7/9/2015
Degree: Information Technology
Graduation Year: 2015
"I enjoyed my time at WGU I received my BS in IT Network Design and Management. This school is not for everyone, if your not a self starter you will no do well at this school. If you have a hard time learning information by yourself, by reading books and watching videos good luck! But if this doesn't describe you, and your in the field that your getting your degree in this is the right school. I finished my degree in one year(I have never been to college before starting WGU). I saved a lot of time and money by going to this school. I truly believe this is the future of learning, a self pace program that you can show off your ambition and determination."
4.8 out of 5 stars
Solomon - 6/7/2015
Degree: Information Technology
Graduation Year: 2013
"WGU helped me get my Bsc. in IT without going to a brick and mortar college. At that time I had 3 children, working full time and my wife was also working full time and I could not attend a brick and mortar college. The degree helped me to get a better paying job before I graduated and after graduation it also helped me get a promotion. Just like any other college you will find one or two things you might not like but in general I liked the school and they are constantly improving the way they do business."