Western Governors University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (510)
Outstanding program! I really appreciated that the school is fully certified and transferable, if I wanted to go get my masters at the local state university it would be no problem. I liked coming out of the program with a lot of certifications. The pricing structure was a model that should be adopted by all schools, it really encourages focus.
My biggest dislike of this kind of school system, is that well it is suppose to be work at your own pace. Yet the resources are not there for you to fully learn unless you want to participate in chat groups with other students. I consistently find myself, not knowing why they didn't add deprecation into an equation when the previous example did. Yet if I want to find out, here lets schedule 15 minutes, 3 days from now. Forcing you to either give up asking, or to move on and simply swallow not understanding what is happening until you have already built a foundation on something you don't really get to find out why later. I also feel there is a huge inconsistency in the videos and resources for different courses. Also along my several years attending they have lowered the standards of testing and course coverage because it was to difficult for students.
I found WGU deceptive and the caliber of actual content was grossly lacking. I had asked repeatedly and was assured that class content was solid and geared toward understanding, not just on getting a piece of paper (aka degree). I was less interested in the degree and more interested in actually learning accounting. Instead, I found the learning materials extremely dry and old school textbook oriented. I had to search for better learning tools online - fortunately, there are many and they are free. If WGU is getting all this money for its classes, it should be investing in great learning tools and videos, not just e-textbooks and webinars led by cynical teachers. WGU is really just a way to get a rubber stamp degree, mostly for people who already know the subject they're going through the motions with.
I could not be happier with WGU. I made the decision to attend WGU after I obtained a full time management position. I wasn't able to find classes offered at my local CSU after 5PM. WGU allowed me the opportunity to keep my full time job and finish my degree in a year and a half (after transferring in credits from my AA). This school is not for everyone. You have to be extremely self-motivated and focused. It's very easy to slack off and not succeed. If you don't like your student mentor, request another one. I had a bad experience with my first one, and my experience was so much more enjoyable and SUCCESSFUL after switching. My hardest class was Finance, and I did not receive the help I needed via the class mentor. I utilized Youtube and other resources to learn the material on my own. Overall, I plan on returning to WGU for my MBA in a couple years after I take a break and have a couple kids. Make the time, make it a priority, and you can make it happen.
I wanted to try other areas in nursing but a BSN was required . I am 58 years old and graduated with a diploma certificate in 1981. I am an adult critical care nurse presently in the ED for 26 years. To go back to school was a huge decision but as I started WGU and had my first course I fell in love with the program. I stayed enrolled and completed each course on time and learned so much of nursing that I actually never knew! I made this my goal to complete each task and course, and the 2 years flew by. Graduation was my goal and it was fabulous in Salt Lake City. Now I am starting my new job as case manager in the ED! WGU makes it possible for adult learners to succeed! Try this school , you will love it!
WGU is a very good school. I can assure those reading that this is not a fake review, as someone accused of below. The course of study is rigorous and is HIGHLY dependent on self motivation. If you are able to set and honor your own goals, you will do well with WGU. If you require structure to help you achieve your goals then this school will be more difficult for you. One is not better than the other, simply different learning styles. That being said, I am more door #2 and I have managed to get my BSN and my MSN within three years through WGU. Initially I applied and was accepted to UTA for my RN to BSN. I found that program poorly run with poor student support. WGU tempted me by the affordable price. Tuition is a flat rate regardless of how many classes you take, allowing you to accelerate your program without additional cost to you. Online books are included in tuition, eliminating one of the more major expenses involved in seeking a college education. I was also drawn to the mentor program. Having someone to hold me loosely accountable and to discuss frustrations with was very good for me. The coursework is excellent. For the RN to BSN or RN to MSN programs, you must be working as a nurse to be accepted into the program. This is an important distinction. Critical thinking is absolutely required to be able to pass the exams. Independent study is a vital part of this program. Not all material on the exams are covered explicitly in the coursework; this is where working knowledge and critical thinking come into play. There is nothing on the exams that you should not be able to figure out as an RN working in acute care. However, that is also one of the downfalls of the program; it is very much geared toward those nurses who work in acute care. As we all know, not all nurses do. I personally found the exams to be very similar to NCLEX and, while rigorous, not out of the ordinary for our career field. I do have five years of recent acute care experience and I do feel it made a big difference in my ability to pass the exams. I liked that I could essentially "test out" of courses in which I had the knowledge to pass without wasting weeks of time studying redundant materials. As a student, you are assigned a personal "mentor", who is an MSN or higher level nurse. Every course also had two to three class mentors, who were also MSN or higher nurses. Graders are required as well to have advanced degrees. My personal mentor has seen me through the good, the bad and the occasional ugly meltdown. The course mentors were, without exception, simply amazing. Reaching out to them was intimidating to me the first time. I never hesitated again after that. They were accessible, approachable, kind, knowledgeable and willing to go the extra mile each and every time. WGU has an excellent digital library for students to access for research purposes and a writing center to help clean up those papers before submitting for grading. They take care to avoid those who would cheat by plagiarizing others by scanning all submitted papers into TurnItIn, a database of published and student works. Papers over 30% match do not pass muster. I never had one rank more than 11%. The average age of my graduating class was 40. There were a lot of us who are working parents. It was a diverse group of people at our graduation ceremony, which was super special and very well done. The competency based program is gathering steam and beginning to be offered by other institutions now. WGU is the first of its kind and it was, without a doubt, a way to make going back to school easier, more manageable and more affordable for those of us who did not do this early in life. Cons I encountered included the absolute need for self direction (which ultimately has helped me grow, but it did make things hard), shifting coursework changing up expectations from students from semester to semester and at one point being advised to skip doing a couple of classes I was enrolled in because they were changing. With those, I was told they would reflect as an "incomplete" on my transcript, thus not impacting my GPA. Unfortunately they did not honor my good faith following of those instructions and now sit on my transcript as "not passed", which equates to an F. That has me upset, as it may limit my ability to get in for NP school. My complaints regarding this have gotten lost in the bureaucracy without an advocate for getting it resolved and fixed. I have been told there are no "incomplete" grades or "withdrawn" grades on WGU transcripts, so be aware, you cannot quit in the middle and negate the impact of it. Once you are signed up, you are either going to pass or not. There does seem to be some disorganization as the school works out their rapid growth. In all, I think WGU is a good option for those who are able to follow the program, critically think and discipline themselves to do the work. The coursework is definitely in line with current evidence-based practice guidelines and is staffed by admirable nurses who have achieved already what we are studying to become. I am proud of my degrees from WGU. I am not proud, however, of my transcript given the two grade I did not earn nor deserve. I do recommend this program, but go into it with open eyes.
Mentor was great she called me every week for almost 2 years. I had some health issues and worked part time. If I was not sick I could have finished earlier. One word I would use to describe the person that does WGU is DISCIPLINED. Like I already saw from one reviewer, no one is holding your hand , but always help when needed. It is affordable, accredited and accelerated if you do it. I am very PLEASED with my RN to BSN education at WGU.
Competency based learning is not for the incompetent. If you're considering Western Governor's University, consider whether or not you're an independent person that likes to create your own structure. If you'd rather be micro-managed, and pulled around like a child on a leash....then you should go somewhere else. If you like to independently study, and make things happen on your own accord.....go to WGU! It's perfect for me. I'm not pressured by deadlines, but encouraged to succeed. WGU provides more resources than my previous Brick and Mortar online program did. I've been enrolled at WGU for 20 days and I'm already finishing up my first class. If you believe you're competent enough for the challenge, I would encourage you to do this. If you're a whiny little child that would rather have your hand held....go somewhere else. Best of luck.
The school is awesome hands down.....I had great student mentor and never had any issues what so ever......I'm only here on this thread because I wanted to know what the nursing students have to say because I'm considering WGU nursing program.....I got my MBA there but wanted to branch into nursing with my Healthcare management degree.......,
This is a terrible school. If you know everything and just need to take a test then you are going to do okay. If you EVER have a question about anything you can forget it. If you ever need help you will be told: "Sign up and take the class at another university and then trade it in here for credit." "CLEP it." "Take DDST/DANTES." "Get a tutor." I have never received any help for anything from the university and only speak to my mentor for some reason once a week and all he or she does is approve assessments for me to take. Unless I can get approval and here we are. Again. I cannot even tell you how many mentors I have had. Maybe 10 at this point? I wish I had never started this program here. I would never recommend this program or school to anyone unless you clepped all of the non-IT stuff and just took the certifications. I don't know what any of the other programs are like. I had plans to go on and get my Master's but I hate school so much at this point that I would rather drink poison and have pretty much decided maybe in 20 or 30 years...never again for now though.