Western Governors University Reviews - Education

3.6 out of 5 stars
(26 Reviews)
79% of 26 students said this degree improved their career prospects
65% of 26 students said they would recommend this program to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

4.8 out of 5 stars
Gil - 6/24/2020
Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2019
"Excellent education programs for working adults. I taught full-time while completing this program and it wasn't easy, but the effort paid off. The main reason why I enrolled at WGU was to earn academic credits so that I would get pay raises with my employer, and I ended up learning a lot about educational technology too. I would return to WGU again."
2.4 out of 5 stars
Laura S. - 1/7/2020
Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2020
"I chose WGU because it was the best option for my life. My husband is in the military and moving around is a constant thing we have to deal with. WGU has been great because it let me work at my own pace. I liked that I had the freedom to finish as many classes as I could in a term. During my last term with WGU I have found to really dislike the many “support systems” offered. As WGU required, my mentor had to call me once a week or once every other week. They were pointless calls 99% of the time. I would have preferred to schedule a call if I needed to talk about something. Or communicate through email. At one point I took a three month term break and I still had to do bi weekly phone calls! I didn’t even have courses! Why would they need to talk to me? It was very monotonous. When it came to the student teaching portion of my program I got very frustrated with the way everything had to be handled. My placement coordinator demanded that I not speak to any districts in regards to placement. This was a WGU policy. I waited four months to get a placement in a classroom. She would email a district and wait an entire week before checking in with them again. After three weeks she’d finally cut her losses and move on to the next district. One district at a time rather than multiple. The field experience staff at WGU worked slow and poorly to get my placement in time. Luckily, on the LAST DAY POSSIBLE, I received a placement. Had I not received a placement I would have had to entirely withdraw from WGU and reapply in august which would push my graduation from June to December. I love that WGU is supposed to be geared towards students who want to work at their own pace and offer flexibility, but I can’t stand the way the school support systems are ran. Weekly phone calls are not flexible. You really have to be in control of your entire timeline because your mentor won’t be."
4.7 out of 5 stars
Laura LaLonde - 12/11/2019
Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2012
"WGU was a God-send to me. With 3 young kids and a lot of determination, I earned my Bachelor's degree in 3.5 years. I have taught 8th grade Science for 8 years and I began work on my Master's in Secondary Science Education at WGU last year. I plan to eventually take my Master's degree to the private STEM sector, and that will only be attainable because of WGU."
4.4 out of 5 stars
Patricia - 7/5/2019
Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2022
"I have enjoyed attending Western Governor's University. I find that as a military spouse and a mother of two children, that the flexibility is very accommodating, especially living overseas. I enjoy the classes that I have taken and feel that they prepare me for my desired career in education. I have a great student mentor, who is very supportive and down to earth, and she has been great in helping to guide me in steps that I need to help me succeed. I would recommend WGU to people that are looking to continue their education that are determined and focused on their future, while maintaining a schedule that is comfortable and fitting to their own lifestyles."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Jenkins - 4/9/2019
Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2019
"This place is awful. Not worth any hard-earned money. If you have literally any other option, take it. Mixed communication, wrong information, and absolutely zero professionalism. I could not be more disappointed with our experience with WGU and would never recommend this program to anybody. Everyone from the "mentors" to financial aid showed zero care for the student and were never proactive in improving any situation. I don't typically leave reviews, but I would hate for anyone else to have to go through what we did. What a shame."
1.0 out of 5 stars
michael - 3/27/2019
Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2019
"BEWARE THEY WILL TELL YOU WAHTEVER YOU WANT TO HEAR TO GET YOU ENROLLED. Nothing about this program is competency based. They give you task for each subject and basically say good luck. The instructors who are supposed to help you are not allowed to even see whats on the test only the areas in which your struggling this makes it very hard to know what your missing. The writing sections for WGU are even worse! They don't care how well the paper is written rather just if the questions are answered it makes NO sense TASKSTREAM is a JOKE! BEWARE BEFORE STARTING WGU WASTE OF MONEY!!"
1.4 out of 5 stars
Mike Draw - 3/2/2019
Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2019
"You get the education you pay for. If you are looking for something cheap and fast, this is the school for you. If you are looking for a quality education that will help you succeed in your future career, this is not for you. If you like templates and mass emails this is for you, If you like like a personal experience, skip this one. While I got the degree, I am really behind the eightball in relation to my new peers who got a more quality education. You decide what is best for you. I am now going back and taking additional classes to help me succeed."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Anonymous - 7/3/2018
Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2018
"With WGU, plan on being a number or a dollar sign, not a person. The classes require you to teach yourself. Everything is impersonal and automated. Grading is unclear, and the mentors and "support" staff are not helpful at all. At times, they are so critical that it seems they have a power issue. I have never felt so personally attacked over simple matters. I would never treat a student the way they have treated me. Do yourself favor and attend a college where they look you in the eye and treat you like a human being, with mutual respect and dignity. You won't find that at WGU."
4.2 out of 5 stars
Great if you're disciplined - 1/17/2018
Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2018
"I already had my BSN and always wanted to get my MSN to have more options in future. I decided to go with WGU because of mainly two reasons. First, it's competency based. Second, I knew I would commit myself to study one or two hours a day even after a long hard work day. To sum up, if you're a student who waits until the end of a semester, it's not the school for you. I worked full-time, studied 15-18 hours a week, and finished BSN to MSN-Education in 10.5 months. The main thing is to do the work every day! I have to say that the entire course is very, very writing intensive and you have to follow exact rubric instructions to do well. Don't worry because WGU has a wonderful support system as long as you're willing to do your part. Good luck on your journey!"
5.0 out of 5 stars
SmartMommy - 9/22/2017
Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2017
"This school is AWESOME!!!! For those, like myself, who have been in and out of school but were unable to successfully commit to being a full-time student due to life's obligations then this is the university for you! If you possess decent understanding and are willing to be responsible for yourself, then you will succeed. At WGU, YOU are responsible for YOURSELF & YOUR SUCCESS. You are ON YOUR OWN TIME! You can do SO MUCH within the six month term. Your pathways to passing courses are many. There are many resources available to aid you in gaining comprehension and there are many aids to assist with practical assignments as well. You are advised on the 'best' way to approach to a course, but if you are like me, then the general 'best' does not work for you, so you can do your own thing-which is whatever floats your boat :) I am in love with WGU and plan on starting a Master's degree program after obtaining my Bachelor's next month. I will say, this school is a blessing. Life can throw you many curveballs, and not everyone is blessed with a strong support system. For those individuals who are solo and maintaining the fort single-handledly, then this school is DEFINITELY for you. Being responsible for so much leaves you with a lot of surprises, especially when parenting is involved. WGU allows you to focus on the other things when it's time to do so, while your classes wait patiently waiting for your return. If you can dedicate 2-4 hours a day to school work, then you can definitely expedite your degree plan. I will be completing a four year degree in a year and a half, and that's only because I had MANY distractions and upheavals to deal with. All in all, if the traditional route isn't an option, if finances are a priority, if your time is of the essence, if you're mature and willing, give WGU a chance to bestow you with a new outlook on life. As the saying goes-'degrees are major keys', so let WGU give you one (or a few lol) so you can pursue the many things that life has to offer. I can't wait to see what's behind the doors that will soon be open for this new college grad ;) P.S. My only complaint was/is the mentorship requirement. You have to speak with your mentor every week and then every two weeks once you've passed a few courses. I felt like it was a handholding requirement, and quite unnecessary. I did have to switch mentors initially due to my personal preference and a notable personality difference, but I have come to accept the VERY short check-ins as a minor stipulation and I do like my mentor, so it's okay."
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