Western Governors University Reviews

  • 680 Reviews
  • Salt Lake City (UT)
  • Annual Tuition: $6,670
78% of 680 students said this degree improved their career prospects
73% of 680 students said they would recommend this school to others
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B. M.
  • Reviewed: 4/14/2021
  • Degree: Software Engineering
  • Graduation Year: 2033
"This school is a joke. I'm into my third, THIRD six month semester and I haven't done ANY programming. Instead, I'm reading a "history" text full of flatly incorrect information, a math class that does not contain any actual math, and how to troubleshoot printers and low level networking devices. So far, I have not learned one single thing that is in any way relevant to software. As if that weren't enough, most of the text you have to read is abysmal. One seemed to be a bunch of student papers copy pasted together, another is obviously written in another language and translated by a third party, and many of the test questions are either poorly written or just plain wrong. All of the courses are through random first-party providers like uCertify. To call these services broken is being generous. Pages will randomly refuse to render, or crash, or will log you out completely if you dare to try going back a page. Some of them track how long it takes you to read the text and punish you if you don't meet their arbitrary numbers. Numbers like five minutes for a single three line paragraph. My advisor enrolled me in the second part of a two part course before the first, and because I couldn't pass I was in danger of losing my financial aid, and it was clearly all my fault. He never said a word, and I didn't even know about this situation until he "retired" and the new advisor they assigned told me. So far, the most positive experience I've had with this school has been enrollment. Literally every experience since then has been horrendous. I deeply regret signing up here. I wish I could leave, but they've structured the program so that you can't transfer out. I have to either stay and spend further thousands on irrelevant nonsense courses designed only to pad my tuition fees, or cut my losses and leave with 10k in debt and nothing to show for it. DO NOT ENROLL HERE."
  • Reviewed: 4/10/2021
  • Degree: Database Administration
  • Graduation Year: 2021
"I'm not sure why there are such low reviews for WGU from others which is why I wanted to complete a review. Yes, the degrees are competency based so if you have zero experience in the chosen field you WILL need to put in extra work and hours in order to pass. This is not traditional education in the manner that you have 80% fluff courses just to fill credit hour space. Courses are specifically designed to expand your abilities or prove your knowledge in the field of degree. THIS is the reason I chose WGU in the first place. I had 2 associates in-field before beginning my Bachelors at WGU plus 11 years workforce in-field. However, as another reviewer mentioned, a degree doesn't matter unless you don't have one. This is true. A degree from WGU not only checks that box but proves that you can perform tasks you say you can in an interview. If you are looking for a degree just to have a piece of paper stating you paid to attend courses, choose any school. If you want a degree that pushes you to prove your knowledge before you can earn credit, choose WGU. The faculty, staff, and all departments are there to help you along the way, sometimes YOU must reach out. This is not a coddling degree; this degree and certifications (bonus!) must be earned and the student MUST put in work--- sometimes hard, uncomfortable work--- in order to graduate from WGU. I am honored to say I earned my degree from WGU because I KNOW my knowledge and skillset is proven by the time put into gaining this degree."
  • Reviewed: 4/4/2021
  • Degree: Education
  • Graduation Year: 1900
"I am not satisfied with this school for so many reasons. Tuition is less than what other schools, however, the quality of the teaching is poor. Instructors don't act like they are professionals. They treat you like you should know everything. I don't have any help with my instructors. They should work in that area. I would prefer to pay more and attend regular college. Never recommended this university."
  • Reviewed: 4/2/2021
  • Degree: Business Administration
  • Graduation Year: 2020
"Everyone is going to have different experiences and outcomes based on a number of factors. However, for me WGU was a life saver in many ways. After spending many years in the medical field, feeling burnt out, and reaching my max earning potential; I decided it was time for a career change. After months of research, I decided with WGU. I got my bachelors in accounting first and then went on to get my MBA. I almost immediately landed a new career and have the earning potential to double my previous salary within the next 5 years. I excelled in the online environment because I'm disciplined and have don't require a ton of motivation or oversight. It won't be for everyone but for me it was perfect, it was affordable and allowed me to keep my fulltime job while attending. The second part of this review is how great they are as a company. My sister attended WGU to get her masters in education. Afterwards, she decided it was her dream to work for WGU. After about 6 months of trying, she finally landed a job with them. Two months later she was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. Most companies would have found an excuse to terminate my sister, but months later, WGU has still been holding her job and working with her to help her through these tough times. Another thing, I've found amazing is that she has been able to use her insurance through WGU this whole time with practically no issues."
  • Reviewed: 4/1/2021
  • Degree: Software Engineering
  • Graduation Year: 2019
"I am not satisfied with the curriculum the school implemented. Looks like the tuition is less than what other schools, however the quality of the teaching is terrible. I should pay more to other school and get a quality education. At the end of the month of my graduation , java instructor were uncooperative and the way the curriculum is set up is not good at all. I will definitely not recommending this school to others whatsoever."
  • Reviewed: 3/4/2021
  • Degree: Education
  • Graduation Year: 2022
"I am so disappointed with the school. Enrollment counselors will say anything to get you to enroll, including "don't worry about paying now". The assigned mentor - I still don't know what their purpose is with the program. She has been on vacation more than working. Don't get me started on financial services: they gave me a bunch of terms, of which they assumed I knew about. The added stress from FS when your account is past due is pathetic. Enrollment counselors ( I have had 6) recommened different scenarios. IT system Info on the website is out-of-date and frustrating to maneuver. Most instructors could not care about your progress and you never hear from them. The only good part is experienced is the school is competency-based, meaning you could finish the entire program in less than a year, some even less than 6 months. NO, I do not recommend this place."
  • Reviewed: 2/15/2021
  • Degree: Cybersecurity
  • Graduation Year: 2019
"Prenote: I was working as an IT Desktop Support agent and wanted to get into security and advance my career. I was making $48000 doing it back in 2015. Here it is 2021, have my Bachelors degree in Cybersecurity, have a lot of WGU sponsored certificates and am working as a so-called Security Analyst making $49,920. They say the skills don't warrant any more money and that it's just an online degree like U of Phoenix. I thought going to WGU would help me in some way to get a good paying job, to get out of that help desk IT role you get basically get out of high school. I was wrong. I graduated in 2019 with my Bachelor's in Cybersecurity and basically got re-type-casted as an online degree earner, who wants to work call center or driving jobs and am stuck under $50k a year because nobody trusts the degree and companies are only open to contracts with garbage benefits. I do get interviews here and there, but the majority of the time, all the requirements I match 100% and more but, they always find someone "Who more closely fits what they are looking for." How is that possible if I match 100%? Whenever I do interviews, they always ask, "What do they even teach you in those courses because in the real world none of that matters." I wasted my time doing these, when I was able to get certifications that employers look at like, "Who cares?" All that money to be labeled a "Certified Nobody with no skills." I let a few of them lapse already because they don't matter, anywhere."
  • Reviewed: 1/30/2021
  • Degree: Education
  • Graduation Year: 2018
"I have 10 years in education as an aide/secretary/substitute. I finally decided late in 2017 to go for my teaching degree. I had 3 mentors, had to get licensed in Utah and my home state, but I finished 79 hours in 15 months (include student teaching) and working full time. I am dual certified in Special education and Elementary education. I passed my state teaching exams first try, math by 1 point (my weakness). I went to an online school years before and dropped out, it was crazy. WGU had quirks. I hear quirks about our local colleges. I recommend WGU. Be adamant about things, ask questions up front. I had no issues with financial aid, took out loans, not sorry for it. I landed a teaching job the day I graduated! Can't make it up, had a district waiting on me. I've had numerous job interviews in rural USA and no one bats an eye when I speak of WGU. I know some people may have issues. I'm looking at grad school now online but not sure if it's worth it for me personally. Do your homework. Ask hard questions at the beginning. Don't let anyone badger you into something."
  • Reviewed: 1/25/2021
  • Degree: Nursing
  • Graduation Year: 2020
"Honestly, I have many reasons that I would not recommend WGU to individuals seeking an advanced degree in nursing. First, the program claims to provide constructive credit for your work and prior education, but that is not true for nursing education. I was already working in nursing education and had completed the course work on my Doctorate of Education, and WGU did not provide me one hour of credit. The only credit I think is possible is maybe to an NP for the physical exam class. So, basically, be prepared to pay for the full program. If you are an independent learner, the mentor will ignore you and not provide you with the information you need, especially when it benefits the program. For example, I was not told that I needed to submit the final two classes several months before the term ended to ensure that all the corrections were completed in time. The term ended on October 31st, and I took a week of leave to complete the last two courses. After my submission, I was locked out of the submissions until I enrolled for another semester. I contacted the instructor, and she inquired why I did not file for an extension. When I told her that I was not aware that I needed to, I figured that my submission would be graded once I submitted the paper before the end of the term. I also reached out to my mentor and asked why she did not make me aware of the extension process and needed to turn it in early to ensure it was completely graded even though I had emailed her earlier in the month, letting her know that I was working on the final paper. She basically responded that since I had not communicated with her every week, she did not feel the need to inform me. Finally, I had to pay over 2,000 dollars to be part-time my final term to have the program grade my final submission. Then when I finally got my final grade on December 25th it took WGU almost another month to get my final transcript and diploma to me. I have much more to say about WGU but time and space do not permit. My suggestion is to find another online university that is more open to getting a degree. I know I wish I had."
Christopher Lewis
  • Reviewed: 1/17/2021
  • Degree: MBA
  • Graduation Year: 2021
""Wow". WGU has been a great ride. I recommend this school to anyone who wants to push their limits and fulfill their dreams. I was able to complete the program in one term. That doesn't mean it was easy, it fully tested my knowledge and abilities. This is the working person's degree program."