Western Governors University Reviews

  • 699 Reviews
  • Salt Lake City (UT)
  • Annual Tuition: $6,670
78% of 699 students said this degree improved their career prospects
73% of 699 students said they would recommend this school to others
Start Your Online College Search:

Programs with 5+ Reviews

Student & Graduate Reviews

Great Educational Structure // Superior Staff
  • Reviewed: 11/1/2017
  • Degree: Information Technology
"Just admitted to WGU and couldn't be more happy about the process. My admission counselor, CJ S, has been awesome. He was very consistent with contact and extremely helpful. Made the process of submitting documentation, taking tests, and completing the admission from a - z very painless. Im excited to begin classes in December!"
Clifford H
  • Reviewed: 10/30/2017
  • Degree: Software Engineering
"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."
Mary
  • Reviewed: 10/30/2017
  • Degree: Human Resources
"This university is a JOKE. They baby you and have to call you once a week for the first term and bug you so bad if you miss a call. Anita is extremely unprofessional and told me I didn't take my schooling seriously. Excuse me, but I PAY for you to have a job. I had family health issues that got me behind a bit and this place is not sympathetic at all. The courses are difficult and the tests have NOTHING to do with what you read and study for hours every single day. Would never recommend this place to anybody."
Drew Fowler
  • Reviewed: 10/28/2017
  • Degree: Business Administration
"WGU is an amazing university providing the competency-based education where a student can proceed at their own pace which can be fast or slow depending upon the learning style of the student. I completed 3 classes in a few months. The online interface is easy to use, the student mentor is always helpful and the course mentors are willing to provide as much assistance as needed."
Lara
  • Reviewed: 10/24/2017
  • Degree: MBA
"I had an excellent experience with WGU. The courses were very challenging. I transferred credits from credits in from 3 other hard-sided universities in Colorado and Montana due to life and interest changes. I ended up finishing both my bachelors in Business Management and my MBA through WGU because it was so high quality. I had incredible access to course mentors, and engaged in online lectures and interactive learning sessions. Both of my student mentors were incredible, and the school was very accommodating in finding the best fit of a mentor for my needs. They really have online learning dialed in. If this were a private company on the stock exchange, I would invest in their stock due to the value, efficiency, and quality of the education they are delivering. I am a non-traditional student with a lot of business experience, and recognize this value based on the rigor of my work requirements. WGU uses evidence-based certification and simulation programs that most Universities also use in their curriculum. The access to those certifications to enhance the degree was of incredible value as well (PHR, Project Management, etc.)."
Kirnimai
  • Reviewed: 10/23/2017
  • Degree: Healthcare Administration
"WGU is a wonderful institution. Initially when I started my search I was a little skeptical of enrolling in an online university but after researching WGU's credibility and accreditation I was satisfied enough to start there. The program has been exceptional. I had the best student mentor and course mentors. The faculty was always there when I needed and many times went beyond what they needed to help me. It was like I was learning one on one. This program is phenomenal for people who are disciplined and can hold themselves accountable for their work. You can move on to the next course when you're ready and don't have to wait on a curriculum, teacher, or another student. Thank you WGU!!"
HS
  • Reviewed: 10/23/2017
  • Degree: Accounting
"I would not do this school because they cannot get my accommodations right and tried to find other alternatives. The only solution is that I retake the test again, which was not helpful and did not resolve the issue. The test proctors are a joke and do not follow rules especially when it comes from disabled students. This school is unstructured and does not respect their students especially when it comes to accommodations. If you do not believe me, try it out for a while and you will see the truth. also, i have talked to other students on facebook and have said the same thing. so sad."
Angela Brown
  • Reviewed: 10/11/2017
  • Degree: Nursing
"Overall the work wasn't bad, just time consuming. There are lapses in communication. Frequently I would start a term and download all the pertinent course outlines and rubrics and etc and then there would be changes midterm and no notification that changes were made to your current term classes. My mentor was great! Please hope that you never have to deal with records. They are incompetent!!!!!"
Dez
  • Reviewed: 10/9/2017
  • Degree: Military Science
"I highly recommend this college. The classes are tough, but they are completely online and the all of the mentors are fantastic! You can pretty much ago at your fast, faster or slower. I will have finished a degree that normally takes 4 years in about 1 and a half. I get replies to my e-mails in a resonable amount of time and when I leave a voicemail, they always call me back. They have great scholarships and accept financial aid such as the Pell Grant."
J
  • Reviewed: 10/8/2017
  • Degree: Network Security
"I really loved WGU's Bachelor of Information Technology program. I transferred in an Associate degree, accelerated, got caught up by life and still finished in the listed 2 1/2 years. A few points: - This is self driven (but not independent) learning. You must have the drive. Your mentor is there to help you figure things out and keep you on track. The course mentors are like teachers, interaction is available, 1 on 1 or in webinars and cohort learning. - The degree is respected by employers, and if its not, at least in IT, you have certs to back up your knowledge too - It is HARD, even with prior knowledge. - Your mentor works for you, if you dont get along or they arent giving you what you need, ask to be moved. - Student services can help with almost anything, or point you to who can. I see all these comments about the FASFA's grad rate. Please actually read that statistic, it is percentage of FIRST TIME college attendees that go on the graduate at that college. WGU very rarely even takes anyone with zero college experience. They would need tons of work experience in field. So that stat means practically nothing. And if you have no college experience and expect online to be "easier" you will fail out of WGU. WGU is accredited, credits do transfer out (i was contemplating moving after I started my masters degree but decided to stay), and they are taken for grad school requirements. I should be done with my masters in a year and Im already talking to my doctoral school. No issues. This is not an "academic focused" school. Not for research and theory. Its real life, real skills. Industry certification."
Has gone downhill
  • Reviewed: 10/6/2017
  • Degree: Business
"I was enrolled in WGU, Business Administration with a focus in Human Resources about two years ago. The courses were tough, and my mentors were good. I was in the process of re-enrolling, but this process is so much more difficulty and time consuming. Financial aid is very unresponsive to phone calls and emails. They re-request information, thereby pushing your start date 30 days at a time. The first time around, I was able to start classes in 45 days. This time is was going to be 120 days. I have called Student Services only to be told that there are many more students now then ever before. Had I known that this process was going to be slow and frustrating, I would have looked closer to home to finished my degree."
B. Wary
  • Reviewed: 9/28/2017
  • Degree: Liberal Studies
"I am just writing to warn people about the radically different admissions process the school uses, this is not a traditional University. They will not evaluate transcripts until you have received your degree and it is on the transcript. There is no way to evaluate the school and know that you will be accepted until you have already finished your previous Bachelors program long after you would have been admitted into any other traditional master's program. I had one counselor who didn't answer an email question for 40 days and I had to call and get a different counselor The first counselor told me I was qualified for a specific IT program based on my work experience, the second counselor said that actually an internal group had denied me for that program but the first counselor never bothered to tell me. I thought I was all lined up and ready to go and 40 days later I find out differently I don't qualify for the program. I know this is long but I have to mention a couple more things. I have three excellent letters of recommendation from prominent PhD leaders in the Utah area, but they are useless at Western Governors because they don't look at letters of recommendation. Further I've no people at Adobe and other high-profile companies that really have no opinion of some of the newer degrees at Western Governors so they don't really carry much weight. I was told by a pretty important person at Adobe and Lehi that simply getting a Microsoft Azure machine learning certification what count a lot more than the data mining program at Western Governors. Reading through reviews it sounds like some of the other programs like nursing are pretty good programs but just be aware this is not in any way a traditional University, does not have an academic focus., provides no opportunity to participate in research"
Amanda
  • Reviewed: 9/25/2017
  • Degree: Business
"Best value in education, hands down. Regionally accredited, not for profit school - meaning it is not a diploma mill - they by law do not turn a profit. I finished 50 credits in 5 months to earn my bachelors degree- one month later I was hired by the company I had been a contractor at for over 3 1/2 years. The degree is viewed positively by employers. Loved my mentor, loved the ability to work as fast as possuble. I started back in May to earn a MBA degree and I am over half way done already. Very satisfied and happy with this school."
SmartMommy
  • Reviewed: 9/22/2017
  • Degree: Education
"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."
V
  • Reviewed: 9/22/2017
  • Degree: Information Technology
"I never completed registration to get into the program. I have 5 years experience in direct systems and database administration/training as well as all but 4 credits (Capstone project) towards an AAS in Systems and Network Administration (a move made it impossible to complete the capstone) and was told that my lack of programming related on the job experience meant I would not be admitted without obtaining certifications (which, for the record, they advertise as being part of the degree program itself). This place is essentially a degree mill that isn't interested in a student body that needs to expand their skill knowledge, but one that instead just needs the degree for already well established skill sets. If that's what you are looking for it will be a great opportunity for you. Unfortunately - the program itself won't work very well for most people."
Shani
  • Reviewed: 9/11/2017
  • Degree: Accounting
"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."
SLawrence
  • Reviewed: 9/11/2017
  • Degree: Nursing
"The RN to BSN program was very structured, and the mentors were absolutely incredible. Any associate or diploma nurse wanting to obtain a BSN should dive at this opportunity. The program was tough, but sound and the tuition was very cost effective. I highly recommend it!!!"
Dennis Gerrits
  • Reviewed: 9/4/2017
  • Degree: Nursing
"Don't believe the negative comments....it just amazes me how you can get someone totally disrespect a school and then go through it yourself and say...What is wrong with that person????? WGU is an awesome school and is tough but thorough and worth it!!!"
Robert
  • Reviewed: 8/31/2017
  • Degree: Information Technology
"I earned my MBA/ITM iat WGU in 2015. I found their education model to be exceptional. As a self paced program, you must be driven and dedicated. It is very cost effective, and worth every penny. Within in one year of earning my degree, I was able to land a new job, with a $40k increase in salary."
Dan
  • Reviewed: 8/31/2017
  • Degree: Special Education
"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!!!!"