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I just graduated in May 2018 from the ADN to BSN program and these are my thoughts. There is a very steep learning curve and a lot of it is self study. The courses are pretty straight forward, but it's very paper intensive. My first semester was the hardest because it's different than my ADN program in terms of studying. You need to be very disciplined. Thankfully, my student mentor was VERY helpful with supporting me. That was the key to my success. There is a misconception that the online program would be easier but remember the Board of Nursing in CA sets the criteria for all the nursing programs. There was extra coursework for the CA BSN program.
I've read a few other reviews and personally cannot relate to any of the negative ones. WGU is 100% online so you can't expect it to be anything close to traditional b+m learning. Of course the proctors have to look around your desk! They do this to make sure you aren't cheating so don't take it so personally (it's their job for crying out loud). I didn't have much trouble with my financial aid but that doesn't mean everyone else will have the same experience. I attended a b+m university before and their financial aid office was hell to deal with but I've heard of others having it easy. As for the education, it is there but It really depends on how much you want to take from it. They present the material through various ways (i.e.: online textbooks, videos, modules, etc) which I find refreshing. You must be self-motivated! Your mentor will help some but it's ultimately up to you.
Just graduated WGU a day ago. I found the overall experience great. I'm not sure if the others reviews dealt with unhelpful people along the way, or perhaps they didn't understand the material. I didn't accelerate anything and took the full 4 years to complete. The initial registration took a bit of time, but after that it was easy. My mentor was awesome. Yes, weekly calls the first term and biweekly after that. She helped me stay on track, as I tend to procrastinate. I had many resources for each class to help me pass. From their online material to their course mentors, and webinars. The course mentors always went above and beyond for me. This is more help than I ever received at a brick and mortar school. Financial aid did take a little more information than normal, I believe maybe because they are a non-profit school, but it wasn't that difficult to manage. Overall, I had a positive experience and would recommend it to others looking to take college courses at their own pace.
Do your homework before going to WGU. Like most colleges, it's great for some people, and a very poor choice for others. If you're a working adult with the following, WGU is probably an excellent choice for you: 1. Industry knowledge & experience 2. The ability to complete work in a timely manner while managing your own schedule 3. A need to quickly prove what you know and learn what you don't 4. A strong desire to not invest 4 years and 6 figures into a Bachelor's degree 5. Some college credit or an AS, but no Bachelor's degree 6. The ability to learn and work independently. WGU is NOT a good choice for you if: You have no industry experience.This is especially true of the BSITM. Do not enroll in the BSITM program if you do not have IT experience and certifications. "IT Manager" is not an entry-level job for new grads, and a Bachelor's degree is not a Fast Pass to a career in management. You choose a college or career without doing research. (Seriously, most of the complaints here are about things that are on WGU's website. The fee structure and grading system aren't secrets.) You need a lot of hand-holding and supervision. You will have course mentors and student mentors, but assignments don't have due dates, and no one is going to stand over you and make you do the work. You're an 18 year old prodigy who wants to do academic research. This isn't Harvard or MIT, and it isn't meant to be - it's basically an online state school for working adults.
WGU allowed me to complete my Bachelors degree on my terms (for the most part). I was able to transfer in previous college credit and was rewarded for employment experience (industry certifications). The cost to attend also did NOT break our budget! Some of the reviews i've read talk about the irritating weekly calls, yes, they are annoying, but 1 hour per week (and their schedule is extremely flexible) should be no reason to give WGU a bad review. If i were starting all over (and i will be as i will be signing up for my Masters degree this spring) i'd definitely attend WGU. I've already turned my brother on to WGU as well as 2 co-workers! Thanks WGU!
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!
I'm a self taught computer programmer, and there were only a few times I "needed" a degree in life. One of those times was when Google turned me down in the early 1990's (pre-IPO) because I didn't have a degree.... I should have learned my lesson then. I was also turned down for a CTO position because of the lack of a degree... therefore, I decided to get my act together and knock out my bachelors. I figured this can't be that hard, because I've been a computer software engineer for years. Well, the truth is that half of the classes were a piece of cake based on my prior life experience, and the other half were exceptionally challenging. As someone who was directly responsible for making hiring decisions I gave very little weight to online degrees, until now. WGU has completely changed my mind about the potential of getting a good education from an online university. I completely and wholeheartedly recommend WGU for **highly** motivated self learners.
I see all kinds of complaints about this program. I found it challenging and informative. I am in my last class and then my capstone project and I am done! I have several other degrees so I have some experience with school. You must be a self-starter and have good time management skills. My mentor has been great. Some of the course mentors are better than others but you find that in any school. Great place to earn a degree on your time. Just now starting a job search and we shall see how it is received.
Wgu is a great school to get a degree. Most people don't learn as much as a traditional brick and mortar school, but this school allowed me to work in my field for 3.5 years before I graduated. I am in my first year teaching, and I had 4 job offers after I graduated. I landed a job that checked off everything off my list!! During the last year of school I completed 21 credit hours in 2.5 months and the next semester I did 18 hours in 3 months. If you are a great test taker and a decent paper writer this school is for you. If not don't go! Once you figure out the system by all means exploit it and get it done. Overall I have very few complaints and if you have a chance request H. H. as you student mentor. HE IS AMAZING!!!!
I felt compelled to write a review about my experience. Having decided to gain my undergrad degree I searched and and explored multiple options. I worked in a professional environment and had achieved a sr level management position without a degree but always felt - like I was missing something and apprehensive when people would ask where I graduated. I looked at both online as well as brick-and-mortar institutions. Traditional schools were out, given the time commitment and inflexibility. I then decided on on-line but the biggest criteria was regional accreditation. I eventually decided on WGU. I had a few courses from prior college work, but none of those transferred. So I was starting with zero credits. Needless to say I knew this was going to be a daunting task to complete but 1 year 6 months later I graduated. My experience plus and negatives: - accredited university - if I had a good comprehension of material I could test my way through. In many cases I had to study on my own, using their material as well as Khan's Academy. - I was able to self pace, knocking out nearly 30 credits every 6 month term. - Knowing the tests and exams were proctored was somewhat of a pain, but also comforting to know they took the testing seriously. I'll circle back to this in a moment. - Costs. In all I was able to invest 9K in 18 months and had an accredited degree. Cons - - The advisor, while I know was there to make me accountable, they really served no purpose. - Real GPA would have been nice, versus the pass/fail, GPA assigned of 3.0. This was no issue with getting in to a grad school program. - As some indicated the syllabus in some courses was confusing. But I've found this to be the case with Grad School as well. Overall, I would recommend this school for anyone that is self motivated and willing to take the time to invest in themselves. Compared to grad school, which I'm taking online from another institution, Texas A&M Commerce. The only reason is that I didn't go with WGU's MBA program, it that it does not have the AACSB certification which is the premier cert for master level degree. And I'll say that TAMUC online experience is subpar in comparison to WGU's. At TAMUC the test are not proctored and open book/notes which is drastically different from WGU. Anyways would I recommend WGU for everyone - no. Is it perfect - no, but tell me what school is. Was it what I needed to accomplish a goal - absolutely.