Western Governors University Reviews - Bachelor's in Information Technology

3.78 out of 5 stars
(43 Reviews)
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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Student & Graduate Reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars
Mke M - 4/14/2015
Degree: Information Technology
Graduation Year: 2014
"The program is tough but well worth it in the end. You get a lot of certifications that help advance your career. Do not let anyone tell you that certifications do not matter. They do in the IT world. WGU incorporating them into the programs are great. The weekly phone calls with your program mentor can be annoying if you are an advanced learner but if you procrastinate or feel you are getting behind, they can be a real asset. I have graduated with my BSIT and now reenrolled for my MSIT - ISA degree with them. The course mentors are great but I feel email and phone contact should be exteneded to maybe a webex type of interaction. WGU learning is more solo work so if you like working in group type events, this might not be for you."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Scott - 3/13/2015
Degree: Information Technology
Graduation Year: 2014
"This school is for self-starters. If you are looking to learn IT by attending this school you will have a hard road ahead of you. If you are already an IT professional then this is the school for you. I see people complain about not having enough support. If you ask they will give you all the support you need. It is online learning you will be using your computer for everything. Physical book are not supplied and if you are the type who needs a physical book this will not be the program for you. I started this program with zero credits and sixteen years of IT experience. The general education was the hardest part and mostly because I don’t like to write papers. Nothing that will make a true difference in your life is easy and neither was completing this degree."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Renee - 2/22/2015
Degree: Information Technology
Graduation Year: 2016
"One of the best changes I ever made! I work in IT, had my Associates and a few IT Certifications. Was time to get a Bachelors, choose a very good brick and mortar school in my area. I work full time, and was discouraged as the only classes I had left remaining were just about all electives as my Associates covered my major. I was taking classes I didn't want, taking forever (so it seemed) and I felt like I was just paying to get a piece of paper and say I have a Bachelors. In comes WGU...after a colleague at work seemed very excited about this school he was going to. Fast forward.....I LOVE IT! One year in and I have done at WGU what would have taken me two at my previous school. I am taking classes in my major, learning new and updated information (AND CURRENT) in my area of work and study, LOVE being able to work at my own pace, quicker on topics I am familiar with, slower if a new area for me or really need a refresher. Having a mentor is one of the keys to this program...WGU make sure you remember how important your mentors are :). I hope they are recognized for their talent. As others have said, you must able to adjust to this, be self disciplined and work hard. This is not just a quick way to get a degree...be prepared to LEARN! I know, may sound strange, but there are plenty of schools out there that are just about the piece of paper, and some employers seem to push this. That is where the accreditation comes into play. Do some comparing. When reading about the history of WGU, they got it right. They are looking into the future....not a brick and mortar school trying to fit a square peg into a round hole....I.E.: Trying to make a traditional in-person class into an online class by mirroring it to the last detail. This was my experience prior to WGU and it doesn't work. Another friend's experience in taking online classes at a traditional brick\mortar was writing a paper for every class. EVEN MATH! Along with mandatory online check in AND forums postings 7 days a week. She was spending more time proving she was online and writing than she would have if she went to the class in person. In addition, WGU and the mentors offer so many opportunities for support and help to get you there. They ask for a commitment of 20 hours of study, and that commitment is key. Make a plan, keep to it and you will succeed."
4.8 out of 5 stars
Robert C Newbry - 2/11/2015
Degree: Information Technology
Graduation Year: 2010
"The competency-based approach is much to be desired from other educational organizations, but the learning is still taking place. Overall I feel that I received a better education as all my assignments applied to my work and weren't accepted until they were correct. There were times that I went through multiple revisions to complete an assignment which assisted with learning through my mistakes. While this may occur with the 4.0 grading scale, it's less forgiving. In addition to the competency, commercial certifications are part of the curriculum."
2.8 out of 5 stars
ReVeLaTeD - 1/19/2015
Degree: Information Technology
Graduation Year: 0
"Normally, colleges will tell you that you have to select a Science course, a Math course, an Arts course, etc. and then provide you a list from each category. You can then choose the specific course that either most closely aligns with what you want to do or is just more your speed. For example, I do better at Chemistry than Biology simply because my chosen course of study has nothing to do with the human body or plants or anything like that. If I were going into medicine I might prefer Biology over Geology, and so on. WGU doesn't allow you this type of choice. The program is given assumptive courses from the categories, often not making any sense. I had two Biology courses in an IT program. Why? What's more, I had 6 total Science courses, 4 Math courses, three English courses - unlike other schools where you only have one of each. There weren't enough courses around my desired course of study (IT!) The pacing of it all and the competency-based model are fine. But the handling of the GE courses is just poor all around."
1.0 out of 5 stars
js1975 - 8/3/2014
Degree: Information Technology
Graduation Year: 2015
"As a student who is just about to pass from Western Governor's, I feel obligated to let any prospective students what to expect from a Western Governor's degree program in IT - Network Design and Management. The idea of the college is great, it is a performance based program that tests you on your competencies. For someone who has been in IT Networking/Architecture for 19 years, this is a perfect situation. In general the program has it's pros/cons like any other school, however, the Microsoft aspect of this program is a different story. When initially registered, the Microsoft tests were proctored through Microsoft's certification program. This is a problem, because if you read the requirements of each test is requires a few years experience and hands-on experience. Not something that should be a college level test. WGU acknowledged the issue and brought the exams in house. The problem is that the tests are more difficult! I score higher with the Microsoft version of the exam than I do with WGU's internal test which seems to have quite a few technical errors. To compound the issue, as I mentioned I am a Network Architect with engineering background, but Microsoft is not networking but a systems technology. (For anyone disagreeing on this point, just ask yourself: Can a network exist without a router or a switch? How about a windows server, can it do switching and routing? (and please do not try the RIP approach, it is deprecated)) I have studied for each test for at least 250 hours per exam and still am hobbling through the tests. On the whole, if anyone is considering this degree program, consider whether or not you have Microsoft mastery. If the answer is, "no", then try some other school. If the answer is yes, than this may be a good fit. Just also be aware that the goal of WGU is to save the student on hours in the classroom, but the student makes up for it in homework and studying. There are not many "cake walk" classes in this program, and work at your own pace may mean spending 4-5 months on the same course (the 6 credit courses are brutal)"
4.0 out of 5 stars
John Heine - 7/23/2014
Degree: Information Technology
Graduation Year: 2011
"My experience at Western Governor's was very positive. An on-line degree program is not for everyone. But, for myself, I was already working in the IT industry and am an adult learner. The information and experience I gained from my courses and capstone project had a direct impact on my real world work projects. My mentor was instrumental in keeping me on track and graduating on time. Without his help I may not have ever graduated. I graduated a month late. I already had an associates agree at a community college. My degree has helped my career and is worth every bit of effort I put in to it."
4.0 out of 5 stars
Positive Experience - 6/20/2014
Degree: Information Technology
Graduation Year: 2008
"Obtaining a BS in IT provided the open door to a federal job with the DoD. My performance at work and technical skills are much better than peers who graduated from highly ranked state and private brick/mortar universities. My salary more than doubled, and I've been promoted several times. My degree from WGU was 1/3 the cost of other schools I was looking at, and the online environment allowed me to work at my own pace."
2.8 out of 5 stars
Cari Lewis - 3/2/2014
Degree: Information Technology
Graduation Year:
"I chose WGU because I hated the four year university experience. Nothing makes me crazier than redundancy, and BS. You will get both during your time with WGU, just not as much as you do at a state university. My first major irritation is that they ask you to have a call with a mentor weekly or bi-weekly. This is a waste of time. The conversation usually consists of "How are you?" and "What are your goals this week?". Not helpful. Also, you are on your mentor's time. If you miss a call they will threaten to start the process of withdrawing you. The mentors are only available during the work day and my mentor usually called about 15 minutes late which caused a lot of problems. My mentor also told me at one point that I needed to score ten points above the cut score on the pretest to move on in a class. This was not university policy and kept me from completing a course that semester. This semester I completed 5 tasks for one class and they sent an assignment back to me one day after the cut off over a very minor grammatical error. This again caused me to not pass a class this semester. I hate to call it a scam, but it does feel like they try to prolong your experience. Overall the content of the classes is solid, but if you need further instruction from a course mentor do not hold your breath. I just need a piece of paper that says I completed a four year degree at an accredited university, and this will provide it. I do feel like I have learned a lot, but it was all information that you have to go find independently. You will have to jump through a lot of hoops to finish this program which is not different from any other school. At least I can work at my own pace on my own schedule, and the "professor" can't see me roll my eyes on the other side of the computer at unnecessary tasks."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Jason - 10/4/2013
Degree: Information Technology
Graduation Year: 2013
"This "School" is a joke, heck i wouldn't even call it a school. More like an accredited diploma mill. They boast how their tuition is "Only" 6000 year, well heck that's alot of money especially when all you're getting are correspondance courses not worht crap, and is only used as busy work. The so called assignments are a joke, the IT certifications, well all you have to do is study the free download braindump questions online and take the test. The capstone was a joke. All you have to do is make up about 10 pages of nonsence , submit it on taskstream, and i guarantee it will come back as a 'pass'. HAHA then you receive an email saying you've 'Graduated' and how will you like your name displayed on your fake diploma. I don't even list WGU on my resume. My Associates from a real college is sufficient. People laugh when they hear you've "Attended" WGU onlinej, what a quack of an institution. I received absolutely no education value with this bs program. Pissed away about 10K for nothing. The only good thing is that I can put down I have a 4 year degree on the yearly Census. Don't waste your money with this crap, attend a State University or even a for Profit instittuion. WGU boasts how they are a private not for profit, that's total BS. All they care about is taking your 6K every year and all you get are links to online study material. They don't even provide the damn books free only E Texts which are next to impossible to read, and a piece of crap T Shirt and coffee mug. Stay away from this nonsence and go out and get a real education. Check all the college catalogs out there and you'll never see WGU listed anywhere. This place is a joke."