Western Governors University Reviews

  • 732 Reviews
  • Salt Lake City (UT)
  • Annual Tuition: $6,670
78% of 732 students said this degree improved their career prospects
72% of 732 students said they would recommend this school to others
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  • Reviewed: 2/1/2023
  • Degree: RN to BSN
"There are some good things about having completed my bsn through WGU, but the negatives do outweigh the positive by a long stretch. The positive is that I saved money by completing the degree in 2 terms, which in my case worked out to around $7300. I do believe they have increased the tuition rate recently, but it was possible for me to complete the program and save. The negative is that the school has an utter lack of honest, professional, transparent communication to students and is tremendously disorganized in sudden program changes. I found out through a FACEBOOK group that my course would now include 60 hours of in-person field experience after being told repeatedly when I asked during enrollment that there was not an in-person requirement. The school never did notify me of the change. If I would not have found out ON FACEBOOK I literally would not have known until I got to that class. As a working professional with a personal and family life, I need to be able to plan. I also did not appreciate the bait and switch. As a student I needed to find my own nurse to shadow, with some narrow guidelines: not in a hospital setting, needed a BSN, etc. Since my graduating the the program has changed requirements again and now requires clinical sites to agree to a contract with WGU, but the student still has to find site and jump through a lot of hoops to get the agreement. (The student also has to have certain vaccination records and AHA CPR and other requirements for WGU to approve them for the field study.) WGU is not efficient on their end to get the sites approved and will not tell students about sites that already have an agreement in place. A lot of students are struggling with this. The school is placing a lot of obstacles to student success, and not communicating with students clearly or honestly."
Michael Friedmann
  • Reviewed: 1/29/2023
  • Degree: Special Education
"Most disappointing experience in education I have ever experienced. More than 90 days after being accepted and completing orientation I am still waiting to begin classes and have my financial aid released. Save yourself the headache and go to a real university. The degree on the wall will be worth much more. UPDATE: After 3 months of promises and jumping through hoops WGU dismissed me from my program. Ironically, with 5 Master's degrees under my belt, all from Tier-Level universities, I find WGU an absolute disgrace and waste of time. Do not bother with them. There are much better options available."
Jessica Greenberg
  • Reviewed: 1/7/2023
  • Degree: Software Engineering
"WGU is great, you truly go at your own pace. Every office I've had to contact responds within a day or two, and the instructors are KNOWLEDGEABLE experienced professionals to say the least. Arguably more accessible than my professors in another University I physically attended (office hours being 3 hours 2 days a week). Your education is your responsibility and this school makes you own it. This is how you grow as a lifelong student and professional. If you want to be hand held and things done for you and achieve grades for just attending class, go somewhere else. In order to graduate you have to know your stuff. Your "mentor" motivates you and adds your class, your instructor has an accessible calendar for you to schedule time with them every day often within a 12 hour window where you can schedule up to 1.5 hours with them to discuss material. Don't expect to be spoon-fed, you do the work but hey, you actually EARN your degree here."
Jennifer J
  • Reviewed: 12/27/2022
  • Degree: Elementary Education
"I am genuinely confused by some of these reviews, I think a lot of them show that some of them never actually attended WGU. It's against the rules to help a student understand their material and they're told to read it again? There are only mentors, not instructors? What? If that's the case, who did I make 30-45 minutes appointments with that had a doctorate that literally sat with me and explained exactly how to be successful, how to interpret the material, how to search and comprehend various concepts, among other things. They were a ghost? A random program mentor? WGU doesn't accept anyone, so not sure where that came from either. They have a pretty extensive admissions process, and they absolutely do reject applicants. They just give them a chance to meet their admission standards via their academy, and not at a community college. All in all, my experience has been AMAZING. The proctors are kind of off sometimes, but I had this issue at my previous college too. It's obnoxious but it's not anything that would ruin your time there. Some of these people need to get a life and realize that maybe they need to go to a community college and have their hands held, because they clearly weren't able to hang on at WGU."
Utah prelicensure BSN student
  • Reviewed: 12/16/2022
  • Degree: Nursing
"Overall I would not recommend taking the prelicensure BSN program at WGU in Utah. The clinical assignments were a joke. I was placed at psychiatric hospitals for over half of my clinicals, and 98% of my clinicals were night shifts. I understand that it is important for nurses to work night shifts, however, as a student I hardly learned anything at night since there was barely anything to do after 10 pm. It was made clear to me throughout the program that the clinical instructors and schedulers do not care about their students and the quality of their education. I’m about to graduate in the next couple months and I don’t feel like I have any real life experiences. I know how to answer an NCLEX style question, but as far as real-life nursing goes, I’m going to have to learn on the job."
  • Reviewed: 12/8/2022
  • Degree: Business Administration
"First off, I would like to start by saying that many reviews contain false or dramatized information created by students who could not handle the independent, flexible type of education WGU offers. Most of these people should have considered their own schedule, intelligence, and desires before seeking out an online, flexible university. Secondly, I would like to say that I highly recommend WGU to anyone who is looking to advance their education and is willing to put the time and effort into doing so. I found the flexible nature of WGU’s curriculum to be a breath of fresh air. I learned a great deal and appreciated the ability to go at my own pace. I highly enjoyed my time at WGU, and had a great relationship with my mentor. I will be returning for my MBA and will continue to tout the graces of WGU everywhere I go!"
  • Reviewed: 12/1/2022
  • Degree: Management
"Like anything in life, you get what you put into it. I own my education and completed my Master of Science in Management & Leadership in 5 months from WGU. Although the proctored exams were rather anxiety provoking, I thoroughly enjoyed the course design and course rigor. WGU is definitely not for those who require constant guidance or handholding but for those who are mature self-starters who can manage time wisely. I am now pursuing a Ph.D. in Leadership and I had no problem transferring my degree to my current university. I am also an online adjunct of business programs at another university and my WGU degree certainly contributed significantly to landing my current role. Don't expect to be coddled at WGU because you will fail. It's designed for working professionals, not whiny miscreants who feel entitled and want a participation trophy."
Richard Anderseen
  • Reviewed: 11/16/2022
  • Degree: Digital Marketing
"Avoid this "University" its pass or fail, that should be the first clue. Almost anyone can be accepted clue number two, No instructors but mentors that should be clue three. Clue four, good luck with their credits at other schools! National accreditation without the corresponding weight of the University but third party testers. You too can spend college level money for what amounts to paying for study and a "mentor" who may or may not be as smart as you. Lets not mention the promises! We got the stars, we got the moon, we got the sun! We got you covered! Yeah, Right. Incompetent is the first thing that comes to mind when it comes to doing paperwork. I had my advisor tell me they are weeks behind because of a Tik Tok trend so everyone else suffers. Thanks I appreciate that you are liars and can't follow through on a time line. Avoid this place."
  • Reviewed: 11/12/2022
  • Degree: Healthcare Administration
"This might be a good choice if your undergrad was in the same field, but don't go this route if you are changing careers. The proctoring process is frustrating. The accessibility issues are frustrating, the assistance from professors can be nearly nonexistent. I will finish the Masters Program, but I wish that I had gone to another university."
  • Reviewed: 10/28/2022
  • Degree: Business
"I am always surprised when I see "bad" WGU reviews because my experience was so great! I YOU must keep your self accountable. All of my exams were proctored which is another reason why I pushed my self to learn material. I had a program mentor (as we all do) and it is recommended you meet with your mentor often. All of my course instructors were very responsive and always met with me via phone when I needed to talk through a concept or anything class related. Super happy with WGU."
Joseph B.
  • Reviewed: 10/26/2022
  • Degree: Special Education
"WGU is probably one of the most Narcissistically ran universities that I have ever had the misfortune to become aware of. They talk a good game. Pay for the semester, and you can achieve credit for as many courses as you are able to complete before the semester ends. They DO NOT accept credit for many courses that are nationally accredited (despite most universities having equivalent transfers). They want you to spend that money! If you enroll with an education that prepares you for the WHOLE of your degree, and can navigate the labyrinth of testing/grading companies they hire, then WGU is for you. (These testers are only required to show an Associate's Degree, even if it is wholly unrelated to the material they are grading, and are not required to understand the material you are now explaining to them through a 20 page essay). If you expect to be given any small amount of education, whatsoever, and to be tested on that material in a fair way and by someone that remotely understands the material you will want to start running, as fast and far as you can. You are given no education, WHATSOEVER! You are expected to learn and understand all the material by yourself, even if the material is provided through the use of excerpts from multiple books and in a fashion the is neither cohesive, nor uniform. And, if you think that a teacher/professor will be available to help you understand even the smallest bit of that material, think again. WGU does not provide a teacher for your course, only an employee to ensure you paying your tuition. Don't believe me? IT IS AGAIN WGU POLICY FOR ANYONE TO HELP YOU UNDERSTAND THE MATERIAL!!! They are limited and only ALLOWED to direct you to read your material again. Example (True Sorry): I was lucky to have had a previously excellent education before attending WGU, but unlucky to have chosen WGU because of moving out of state (and this, not able to transfer 80% of my credits). This allowed me to quickly progress through my bachelor's degree. I was able to complete nearly all of my Elementary Education courses in roughly 20 months. I was in my last semester before I started my Student Teaching (and gaining my degree). I only had 3 courses left (outside of the ones necessary for my Student Teaching). During my time at WGU, I had faced little struggles, and easily soared through my classes (as my previous university had trained my well). The only struggles were dealing with the testing company and having been put with a grader on occasion that couldn't pour urine from a boot if the instructions written in the heel. (You learn to just deal with them). Of those 3 courses, I struggled with the last assessment on one of them. I felt that I understood the material extremely well. Even working teachers had told me that I was explaining it better than they could. When asking my course "teacher" for help, I was flat out told that she couldn't teach/explain any of the material to me. I was only to read the material again. WGU has/had a policy where if you fail a single assessment on a course 4 times (which could have 4-8 assessments), you would be kicked out of your degree program completely, and not allowed to retake the course, nor complete your degree. I had this one assessment returned 3 times, and was about to be kicked out of my degree program before my "teacher" called me, and told me that I was to never let anyone know that she was helping me. It was explained to me that the grader for this course (a high level, education course) was a person that only had an Associate's Degree in English Lit, and was confusing what the assessment was testing for. She then explained how this grader mistook the material, which allowed me to easily pass it. So, instead of educating the grader, giving the high level class to someone with an appropriate degree, or even evaluating the accuracy of the grader, they forced the teacher to risk her job by giving me information she wasn't supposed to, and risked other students to losing their degree or misunderstanding high level material in their own degree. TLDR: This is not a real University. 1) WGU does not allow credits to transfer in. 2) All courses are self taught with inadequate material. 3) There are no Professors/Teachers. 4) There is no follow up as to whether their degrees are successful. This "University" was built by a handful of Governors that have no understanding of what is needed in a degree program. All their effort in forming this online, joke of an education was driven by kickbacks, buying votes, and narcissistic and egotistical self praise. (Perhaps, they want to ensure the average American never gains enough education to vote them out of office)."
  • Reviewed: 10/21/2022
  • Degree: Cybersecurity
"I signed up at WGU from all the good reviews. But I guess it depends on the mentor and major. My mentor and instructor were awful. Every week he would ask how's everything and then that's the end of the convo. He also would call an hour after our scheduled time, so it was about a 2 minute convo. No motivational skills at all and the instructor was no help. He sent me quizlets and very useful info 2 months after I failed my first test that could've helped me from the beginning. I ended up withdrawing because I felt lost and had no guidance."
  • Reviewed: 10/15/2022
  • Degree: Marketing
"I have attended four brick-and-mortar schools over the years in an attempt to finish my Bachelor’s, and each time I would get frustrated with the slow pace and bureaucracy and “take a break.” I researched WGU obsessively for a few months before applying. They were responsive and applied almost all of my transfer credits, and now I’m a month away from finally having my degree. I have had an amazing experience so far. It’s funny that some people will look down on WGU, yet it’s the only university I’ve attended that requires live exam proctoring with zero notes. My previous schools gave you access to the book or cheat sheet (and these are top-ranking schools). That’s the only part that worried me a bit because I was so used to open book or open note, but it has forced me to really learn and retain the info. Another thing I love is that they let me go at my own pace, so I don’t have to wait 8-12 weeks to take my final exam if I’m ready in 1-2 weeks. I read fast and learn fast and always felt held back at my old schools, so I love that my program mentor supports me moving at the speed I’m comfortable with. Anyway, love it here and I plan on doing my MBA and another BS here when this term is done."
  • Reviewed: 10/14/2022
  • Degree: Project Management
"At 59 years old I finally took the leap of faith and went back to school. I first started my BS in Cyber Security & Information Assurance I am not going to lie it was an experience I will never forget I liked it so much that I went back and got my Masters in Informstion Technology Management. I have to say I had an excellent experience from enrolment to the instructors and mentors were all top notch. I also won the capdtone award from someone that hated writing I was excited to win that. I just wish they offered a Phd I would go back in a heart beat. I still stay in close contact with my instructors and mentors without them I would not have made it. My experience with WGU was awesome I am a better person as a result. Go night owls..."
  • Reviewed: 9/27/2022
  • Degree: IT Training
"Don't waste your precious time with these fools. The faculty and staff are a complete joke. Think about it.... There's a reason they're not working at a real university. It's a bureaucratic nightmare just trying to start a semester. I literally applied for a term break and they kept charging me for schooling that I wasn't attending. Shysters."
  • Reviewed: 9/21/2022
  • Degree: Teaching
"The school has not been able to place me for observation minutes that are required. I had to take a 5 month term break and then finally withdraw from the university because they could not get a placement for me. I am in a major city with no shortages of school districts. It is beyond frustrating. I am not a young person and returning to school with a family I need to provide for, so its not optimal and very stressful. It has been 10 months so this is very concerning."
Sharon A Clark
  • Reviewed: 9/13/2022
  • Degree: Elementary Education
"Honest review: started in the BAELED program finished with a degree in BAES (non licensure skipped PCE/DT). Enrolled 2/1/22 graduated 9/2/22. I'm overall satisfied with the program. I completed my associates but all of my credits did not transfer. This was mainly my fault I kept switching between nursing and education at the associates level so while some courses were more advanced than teaching required WGU did not allow me transfer. Let me explain why I was okay with this a regular college make you take a class over a 3 to 4 month period. Even though I was technically taking the class over I knew the information and passed within one week. The CI are like professors helping along the way. For those who didn't recieve help no offense they probably didn't ask. CIs have a calendar to make appointments and a booking link for all CIs (meaning access to multiple professors not just the one assigned to you) I took advantage of this alot usually preferring other professors than the one assigned. The course is laid out so you can access all information up front and fill in your specific gaps of knowledge. No need for group discussions and projects your education is yours and yours alone. I skipped pce and dt because my state has a high need for educators, dt is generally unpaid (not in my state), and it come with too many extra tasks onto of edtpa. I graduated with bachelors have a job and will complete the ppat within my own classroom for a standard certificate through my state alternative route. Which is less stressful than having extra task and a possible extra term to finish dt. Every state alternative route is different so make your best decision. I'm satisfied compared to others because I skipped pce dt. A bachelors in education or any field is a great thing to have. My experience with financial aid upon my switch to baes was one for the books. I was told on four occasions my Pell grant would cover the full tuition. That is not true. I advocated for myself after receiving a nearly 800$ bill to graduate. The fee was removed as the manager learned his team needed more training. But for reference any term of less that 6 cu will incur a fee. Wgu agreeing to work with me is why I'm satisfied as I was given an honest case review by financial aid. There are things I wish wgu told me upfront but as they provide teacher lisscensure they will not help you learn about your state alternative route which might be easier. All states alternative routes are not always easier."
Ashley Flowers
  • Reviewed: 8/5/2022
  • Degree: Human Resources
"This school is completely different than some other online schools in that all your tests are proctored. They can see your computer screen and your desk. That means that to pass any class it is all your own knowledge. I definitely feel like the other schools give online schools a bad rep, but I had studied hard for each and every class and it was just as hard for me as the brick and mortars I attended. The positive for this was I could attend classes in the comfort of my home, and take my tests. Ad a parent to young children this was very important to me. I also appreciate not having to go into debt so much."
  • Reviewed: 8/2/2022
  • Degree: Business Administration
"I attended a brick and mortar school and graduated which was a great experience! Although I wish I had attended WGU first, the affordability is unmatched. I really hope universities follow in WGUs footsteps and create a well designed and affordable education system for all!"
  • Reviewed: 7/21/2022
  • Degree: Nursing
"I love that WGU is knowledge-based. My higher education allows me to do what I want to do ~ Teach! And I did not break the bank getting my Masters. I did my research: I looked up their accreditation, cost, and time requirements to complete my degree. Honestly, I couldn't ask for anything better."