Western Governors University Reviews

  • 718 Reviews
  • Salt Lake City (UT)
  • Annual Tuition: $6,670
78% of 718 students said this degree improved their career prospects
72% of 718 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Disappointed
  • 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."
Roger
  • 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."
Jeffery
  • 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!"
Vicky
  • 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."
N/A
  • Reviewed: 7/17/2022
  • Degree: Nursing
"After getting accepted to the program I am finding things that a clinical field is required 75 hours. I was not told about it during the enrollment process. You are on your own to find your own preceptor and clinical field. If you don t find you lose time and money. They tell you that they help with "resources" which means they will send you the same web links to your email or phone conversation with the same information over and over. Course instructors are of no help at all. A few names to throw are Dahdal, Sauls, and the whole crew. There is no rationale for any of your pre-assessments. Even worse- I found errors that were linked to the same chapter even though the topic was different which required different web links. A perfect maze for the confusion! This college so-called university should disappear and stop making a profit out of students with such a "joke" program. There are no lectures online just some thrown web links to multiple different websites that you must read. If your goal is to acquire ZERO knowledge then go for it."
Shannon
  • Reviewed: 7/16/2022
  • Degree: Business
"The WGU university is one of the largest private accredited online colleges in America. So you will see reviews from all walks of life, but only a few types can succeed in this college as it requires effective time management and analytical skills. I have five years of experience in my field; 70% of my classes would have been a struggle if I didn't. This University will be an excellent choice if you are a "significant!!!" self-starter, a good test taker, or at least can deal with difficulties as they arise and not let negative thoughts impact your education. Suppose you are looking to get in without much trouble and want constant hand holding. This University is not for you! You are 100% expected to be proactive on everything, and I repeat everything. You have to analyze the materials that are given to you carefully, and you have to research classes and stay active within the online community of students. For those still wondering, I strongly suggest looking at Linkedin alumni, joining online groups, and seeing for yourself. I am forever thankful that I am a student in this college; it has given me opportunities I could not imagine having."
mel
  • Reviewed: 6/15/2022
  • Degree: Education
"The school at first seemed perfect for me! I am a single mother of two kids. I am a substitute teacher for three years now. I have done grading, and I have done lesson planning. I have done team meetings. I have worked in the self containment room for months with my job and I have learned everything I know from on the job training. My dream career is to be a teacher. I have finished one term so far. I should have believed all of those other review's. They were ALL CORRECT! There's hundreds of pages of reading to do and hours and hours of studying and lesson's. You think that your going to do GREAT!! Then they send you to EXAMITIES to take all of your test's. NONE OF THE QUESTION'S HAS TO DO WITH ANY OF YOUR READING! NOTHING YOU STUDY WILL HELP YOU WITH THESE TEST'S! ALL YOU CAN DO IS KEEP TRYING AND TRYING TO PASS.. AND AFTER THEY HAVE TAKEN ALL OF YOUR TIME AND MONEY... and you realize that you have nothing left! So after all that TIME you spend reading and studying was all a WASTE. You cannot ask your teacher's for help, they will just keep sending you more "practice test's and questions" THAT HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH EXAMITIES TEST QUESTION'S OR YOUR CLASS! You have "3 chances" to pass the test before you have to pay FOR MORE CHANCES! So if your RICH and you have YEARS AND YEARS of your life to waste GUESSING what to do... Then WGU is for you! NOT for hard working single parents who want to better their lives and better your kids lives. They take all your money and time until you run out and you can no longer keep going any more. That is WGU! NO ONE GRADUATES! EVERYONE PAYS AND PAYS! ALL FOR NOTHING! The only help you get is from someone who keeps calling you telling you you gotta keep trying and paying more time and more money! You got this!! That is all they'll do for you. SAVE YOUR SELF!! GO ANYWHERE ELSE!! THIS IS JUST A HUGE WASTE OF YOUR TIME AND MONEY AND YOUR SKILL'S! They have taken EVERYTHING from me! All of my money... year's of my life. All for NOTHING because I can not afford to continue anymore. I am broke, out of student loan's that paid for all of my time studying and reading endless websites with links to other websites that goes on and on forever! Literally! WGU STOLE MY FUTURE AND THAT OF MY KIDS FUTURE'S THAT I HAD PLANNED FOR THEM. There is no way I can afford the STUDENT TEACHING HOURS and being out of work for that long. I wish I HAD NEVER EVER CAME HERE! And I already HAD MY ASSOCIATES TRANSFER DEGREE! I am familiar with ONLINE school and I loved it! I did it all online before at my previous school and I got good grades! WGU has turned ONLINE learning into a huge MESS. WAY BETTER OFF AT ANY BRICK AND MORTER SCHOOL! Well.. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED! Good luck!"
Michael
  • Reviewed: 6/10/2022
  • Degree: Accounting
"If you are just trying to check a box for education, WGU is probably a great choice. I felt that the instructors were pretty much doing this as their side gig and also did not find them very helpful when I had questions. They just seemed like maybe I was taking too much of their energy with an occasional question or need. It always cracked me up how they would not help me, but would tell me that if I needed anything else to be sure and contact them. Overall, pretty lame. The last straw was just the horrible customer service that I have seen there over the last year or so. Taking tests was difficult for me because I could never understand the proctors...they were from India and their accents overrode their understandability. Sure, the tuition is cheap and the books are 140 a term which is a bargain. In this case, you do really get what you pay for, though. WGU will always say they want your opinion, but they really don't care about it. I would fill out their questionnaires with the lowest possible scores and would never hear back for any further input. I just did not feel heard at WGU and did not feel that anyone really went out of their way to really listen to constructive criticism. I probably could have just ignored all of that, but it interfered with the whole student experience and kind of ruined it for me. Hopefully this helps in some way. Again, if you can just ignore all of the horrible customer service and having to explain/do things many times to get something done and just need a box checked for your education, WGU is probably a good cheap and quick alternative! Definitely not for me! Also, important to note...my last University and Community College experiences over the years were excellent, so not really a chronic complainer. Their bar was just much higher than this institution's bar was. Again, hope this helps!"
Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 6/6/2022
  • Degree: Organizational Leadership
"I'm doing this because I simply wanted to give prospective students additional insight into what to expect upon graduation from WGU. This is most suited to those with work experience already as the degree from WGU will help check the box in a resume under the education. Another reason for the advantage with work experience is that due to the competency credits being awarded, those with expertise in the area can get the courses done quicker than others with less to no experience. Due to the cheap tuition per term, most students are driven to finish the program in one year as each term is six months, and in each term, you can complete as many classes as you want. One area where WGU is really lacking is the evaluation of their credit as any transfer of their completed credits will be B's, leading to a maximum GPA of 3.0. This can hurt those wanting to transfer into another school to get merit scholarships or those wanting to advance their education even more into a doctoral degree. The latter is evident as other providers of online education, including Old Dominion and Valdosta State, require a minimum GPA of 3.25 to be admitted into their program in the first place, so attending WGU will almost guarantee that you have no spot in a doctoral program afterwards unless you manage to really convince them somehow."
Bea
  • Reviewed: 6/3/2022
  • Degree: Nursing
"WGU does not communicate pertinent information clearly to students, and it is unacceptable. Completing my bsn will be a benefit to me as a professional, however, I would advise others to seek a different school. There has been a significant change to a class that takes place in the last term, which changed the requirement to now include shadowing a nurse for 60 hours. (First of all...I am a nurse. That is pointless.) Previous to this the requirement was much more flexible. The biggest problem is not even that the class changed dramatically from what I was told during my enrollment and when I was deciding on a program. The biggest problem is that I have never been notified by the university itself of the changes. I found out in a student group on facebook a few months ago. The changes are in full effect, and to this day the school has not respected its students enough to notify them of the changes so that they can plan accordingly. Everyone who does not know from social media will find out by surprise when they go to open the class and this is unprofessional and disrespectful. WGU has this kind of mentality towards students- so buyer beware."
Kari Muckermann
  • Reviewed: 5/31/2022
  • Degree: Nursing
"This is by far one of the worst schools. I absolutely would not recommend this school to anyone. What the school is good for is if you have a lot of time you could potentially complete this program very quickly and cheaply. You won't learn much by doing this, but that is the main benefit of using this program. Otherwise the school is worthless. The learning is 100% online and supposedly guided. However you won't find things you need for assessments and exams to be anywhere within the course learning modules. The grading is poor at best and inconsistent. When you graduate, if you would like to transfer your credits, a credit is worth a b letter grade as a transfer. However, it will nitpick your paper apart for the smallest things. If you submit a paper last minute they will return it to you just so that you have to pay for the course again the next semester. I've turned the exact same paper that didn't pass one semester in the next semester and it passed with no issues. The last paper of my program was returned to me for five grammar errors in a 60 page paper. Not really sure how that's not at least worth a b. This school is a joke."
Jennifer
  • Reviewed: 4/19/2022
  • Degree: Information Technology
"I do not think I would be telling any of my friends about this school. When you go to try to talk to them, they want to hang up on people. There would be a time that I was going to stop because the stuff that I was learning would not be on the test. I spend a lot of time to study and come to find out that I was wrong about what I was learn. They told me that my other half been in the hospital was not a emergency. I know that it was. If there was something that come up they did not like it when you could not get to the phone."
Brooke
  • Reviewed: 4/12/2022
  • Degree: Secondary Education
"I love WGU! I started my degree program 2 months ago, needing to earn 127 credit hours and have already completed 85 credit hours. You work at your own pace people. I will receive a bachelors degree in less than a year when it takes 5 years at a traditional school. If you are smart, you know how to write a paper, you know how to solve algebraic equations, or at least are smart enough to teach yourself what you don’t already know: WGU is for you. If you are motivated and can type an essay in a couple hours then you can submit multiple assignments in one day and be done with a class that fast and move on! If you do not need 6 weeks to submit an assignment and need your hand held the whole time because you have no idea how to choose a topic to write about then WGU is for you. The course instructors are helpful, nice, quick to respond so if you need help at anytime they are there for you. I attended a big university and was forced to take fluff classes that do not pertain to a degree just to build up the hyper dept and support athletics. The credit hours were $300+ each. So $900 for an archery class that I really don’t need for my future career?? So ridiculous! English 101 takes 8 weeks, 3x’s a week in class for an hour each (3 hours a week) and the instructor is baby stepping you through how to write an argumentative essay and how to apply APA citations and writing up a rough draft…you could have written that paper in one hour and submitted it to WGU and moved on with your life! I took finite mathematics 3 times and dropped it 3 times, because my big fancy university hired a bunch of non English speaking professors, who I’m sure were talented mathematicians, but horribly difficult to understand and learn from. I took the same class at WGU and passed it in 5 days on the first try. In the end what you get is a faster way to earn that degree which we all need to complete in order to get a good job. The way I pass my classes so fast, I read all of the assigned reading in a day or two, take the pre-test immediately after I read and then immediately, same day, take that final test and then complete the labs or write the papers. I pass 2-3 classes a week, some weeks as many as 4 and some weeks as few as 1 depending on how much reading is assigned and how familiar I am with the material. It’s just like every other school where you put in the time and read everything but you don’t spend time driving and parking and walking around campus and you don’t waste money taking fluff classes you don’t need. You can rewatch a lecture as often as you need, pause and take notes, don’t worry about missing a class bc you’re sick and therefore missed the lecture and participation points. Ugh! You don’t have to schedule your life around the schools class schedule. You don’t have to wait until next semester to sign up for a class you really need bc the class times are already full for this semester. This program is awesome! For the reviewer who said they don’t know if their work was just ok or really good, you do actually know that because you get detailed comments and either pass with a score of competency or exemplary. Exemplary is how you know the work was really good. Do you think your future boss cares about individual assignments you did in college and if they were exemplary, or just that you completed the program and earned that degree? I have done it both ways and I’m positive that WGU is a better program for people who want that degree and don’t care about missing the social aspects of college life. Think about what really matters to you."
LostinAmerica
  • Reviewed: 3/10/2022
  • Degree: MBA
"I recently finished my WGU MBA. I've read some mentor horror stories but that was not my experience. I did my entire MBA in a single term. That is a lot of work but a motivated person can do it. I work full 50-60 hours per week and completed it, The work is not easy but the work is manageable. I am fortunate because I have a lot of experience in business and have a CPA. Therefore, the accounting courses which can be troublesome for some were easy for me. All of the objective tests were material I knew. I passed all the tests with small effort. The writing is extensive. I wrote over 400 pages in papers. I haven't been looking for a new position so I cannot speak to the MBA helping or not. If you do need an MBA and it is simply checking a box, WGU is great. I can't use it to continue to research and receive a PhD."
Kfez
  • Reviewed: 3/9/2022
  • Degree: Information Technology
"This school is what you make it. Overall, I had a great experience! The good: -Cheap. I’ve read about some people finishing their entire bachelors in one term… that’s a bachelors from an accredited program for 3500 dollars. -For IT, the fact that your classes are certifications is a double win. Certs can be 300+ each, and you get 3 tries in each one. -I personally really like the competency based approach. My attendance and participation don’t mean that I know how software programming works, but in a regular program those things could potentially fail me. -My advisor was always super helpful and answered very quickly. -The alumni learning resources are great! I still have access to Idemy, LinkedIn Learning, Pluralsight, etc. great especially if you’re in IT and your employer is too cheap to pay for training. The bad: -Some of the learning materials were a little sub par. For the CompTIA exams, I opted for buying my own study guides online as I know they work. In real life though, it’s up to you to find the right resources anyways so I guess this could be “real world experience” -Some of the classes were not great, and I felt like there was a bit of overlap with the gen Ed stuff. Lots of project management terminology, etc. Overall, if you are in IT and are debating it, do it. Just make sure you get a calendar and plan your times, it’s really easy to procrastinate."
Pam
  • Reviewed: 2/22/2022
  • Degree: Education Administration
"I am so discouraged right now. I started my degree program in 2018 and took a term break 2019 with only 1 term shy of completing the program. While I was on the term break the college did away with the program that I was in and started a new program. I was told that I would not have to complete the courses that were added to the new program. Once reenrolled they added 3 more courses. Well here I am at the end of my term and they have emailed me to say I am required to take the other 3 courses!!! The course instructors and mentors are wonderful but those who oversee the Teachers College Leadership Team...well let's just say they are not."
Kari
  • Reviewed: 2/4/2022
  • Degree: ESL
"It was okay. I already had a good background in the course material so the classes were easy for me. If you don't already have a solid background in whatever you're pursuing it would likely be more difficult. However, when they say "work at your own pace" don't believe them. This is literally a lie. I had some personal issues come up and I had to take a few weeks off of working on things. They tried to withdraw me from the courses and I had to fight tooth and nail to stay in the courses which I needed to keep my employment. If you take a few weeks off for any reason they will withdraw you from the college."
Anthony
  • Reviewed: 1/3/2022
  • Degree: Special Education
"WGU is amazing if you are working full time and need the flexibility that a proficiency model university offers. I worked full time and was able to get 93 credits in a year and a half. The program mentors I had over that time (only two) where amazing. Both were way overqualified and super encouraging and helped me get through the program. This is program is great for those who are organized and self motivated. I live in a small rural town and WGU was perfect for my needs."