Western Governors University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (510)
I will first add I completed a fully online degree at my local community college. The setup was traditional, with normal semesters. Each week entailed assignments, sometimes discussions, and a pretty structured online learning environment covering one topic at a time. The end of classes involved taking a multiple choice exam or term paper. Sometimes proctored or using things such as turnitin, etc. I had difficulty finding a reasonably priced school for a bachelors program. I didn't like the setup of most. Example, SNHU and ASU are year-round and require so many courses at a time. I didn't have an issue with the format so much as an issue with the cost. I did not want to incur such a high debt using that format. Obviously, I was sold with WGU's self-paced format and price. Most reviews indicate the courses are relatively "easy"...which I found to be far from true. Wasn't excited about the "mentor" thing but it didn't deter me either. WGU looked like my only option. I will add, I have no issue with motivation....getting on the computer and working on assignments and meeting deadlines. How I missed WGU's "one exam" concept when researching I am not sure. This concept became immediately frustrating. The mentor calls were not helpful with topics you needed help with. Essentially, at WGU, you are given the course, an ebook, and the rest is up to you. You Pass or Fail your one exam. No classes have assignments or study aides. Some have videos. With a full-time working schedule, it wasn't difficult to schedule study time, I was having issues retaining information though. I would study to death, and take the pre-assessments, only to fail because I wasn't focusing on the correct material. Each mentor will tell you only certain areas are important or appear on the exam. I did better with written assignments, but those too would be returned for very miniscule reasons. Literally a missing student ID would be cause for return. The grading was not consistent there. I am also finding the school's overall model to be useless because of this Pass or Fail concept. You have no GPA. Good luck transferirng credits. My peak of frustration came when I failed an assessment by about 2% from the cutoff. I studied immediately my "weak areas", only to be told the mentor had to have a long phone-call with me before "approving" me to take the test again. He was on vacation. My "mentor" couldn't move the process faster. After a long and boring phone-call 2 weeks later, my course mentor wasn't confident I fully understood the material. How he thought this is beyond me. I almost passed the whole course under the watching eyes of particular Indian proctors, so I stand by the fact I understood plenty about the course. The way I studied and understood things was just different from his point of view. I sought help for a few areas to please the guy on outside forums. Finished study questions he assigned me. Only to get an "academic dishonesty" warning from someone because I was discussing the material in outside WGU forums. Really??? Start to finish, this delayed me 1 month and a half working on this one course. It was annoying and frustrating to say the least. I have learned a very expensive lesson. I am only writing because with WGU having a graduation rate in the 20%, I am obviously not the only one who has struggled with this model. I am withdrawing out of pure frustration assuming I will face many more courses like this. I am not learning, if anything I am memorizing a common-core post education style(I have taken many of these same courses and learned far more). I obviously learn best one topic at a time, and in a different online environment. Being given a course and a final test is not sufficient for learning for most. During a time I should be excited to learn and work on school work, I dread every time I log on to this school! Buyer beware
My experience with WGU was horrible! The admissions staff do not communicate at all. I was told that I was officially accepted for the program, so I dropped all my classes at my current school. Only to find out a few days after that they I was not accepted yet and that I needed to take an English test. I don'tmind taking an English test however, to be told that i need to take this test in 2 weeks was not right. I even asked them twice if I needed an English test since im foreign educated and i was told I didn't have to. The worst part is that I dropped all my classes from my previous school thinking I was accepted so now I will have to take a semester off. If this is how disorganized they are with admissions I don't even want to think about how they are when you are actually enrolled.
Went from a 2 year brick and mortar community college to WGU. Impressed by the support, great, caring staff and management, and the quality of the program. REGIONALLY accredited, for the most affordable price, especially if you are one that can advance in your studies. No Regrets At All. My best experience so far are the great mentors for the courses and my current mentor. Mentors help to understand, hold me accountable, and help to keep me focused to succeed. I recommend WGU to everyone who is looking for the alternative to brick and mortar. 100 percent. Thanks.
I choose WGU Nursing program because of few of my coworkers studied there. The main attraction was the affordability. You could go through classes as fast as you can, paying the same fixed amount for the semester. My friends completed the BS in Nursing ( on top of associate) in 12-18 months. So, if you are able to handle non-stop extensive paper writing, supplied by the very minimum of confusing directions, and inability to get straight responses from mentors, this program is for you. Weekly phone calls with your counselor will make your feel imprisoned and schooled, but that's how they keep you hooked. Some of the student counselors don't even care what are you talking about, they just need to indicate the fact of the conversation. Study materials is not easy to follow! For me, the most useful info was obtained from course chartrooms. Where other poor souls like you exchange their pains and aches. Taskstreem that WGU chose for submitting and grading student papers is a separate story. You will get how it works, eventually...... sometime by the end of your program. The most "amazing" thing on Taskstream is originality report section. All of your previously submitted papers would appear as plagiarism, if you attempt to re-submit it. WGu could invest some pennies into purchasing more student friendly program. Their evaluators work like slaves, grading hundreds student papers a month. No wonder they get emotional in writing reviews. There is no human interaction with evaluators, so they take a full advantage of hiding behind the screen anonymously. If you want to be belittled and scolded on your school papers, this program is for you. I would not recommend WGU BS Nursing program to my friends. There are other better places, like Grand Canyon, for example.
You don't get help from the professors like you should. Beat around the bush answers and never anything direct. Even if I sincerely tried. Should have spent my money somewhere else where help would have been given. WGU=affordable, but not student friendly.
Reading these reviews, I see many students that were not equipped to master this program. I am currently in my last term at WGU and l have had more support than the two previous brick and mortar colleges I have attended. I know exactly what is expected of me and I can either choose to procrastinate (which I have at times) or take it upon myself to accelerate and succeed. Complaining that you can't find something on the portal? It's super user-friendly. ASK QUESTIONS! Stay on top of your e-mail. Attend all the webinars and cohorts if you can't figure it out. The incompetent should not attend a competency based college.
I am currently progressing through the MBA Healthcare degree. Overall, I have enjoyed the program (approximately 70% complete). The coursework is good and I have been challenged by the papers and tests. Honestly my only complaint is the mentor program. My mentor is pretty incompetent, is confused on almost every one of our calls (she never recalls information, what we are following up on, etc). I really dislike the requirement of weekly update calls with a mentor; can be moved to bi-weekly after first term but still dislike it. I am 32 and in a professional position in my career. I do not need required reoccurring calls with an incompetent mentor! Program has threatened to move me to an "inactive" status TWICE because my mentor cannot schedule / plan calls.
I earned my undergraduate degree from an accredited brick & mortar school in 2013. When I looked at finishing my MBA there it was $35,000 + with little flexibility. WGU was half the price and I can honestly say it was a far better educational experience. It is a very well organized and supportive school that doesn't overcharge for a mediocre education. I highly recommend this school to anyone who wants a high quality education for half the price. this school is going to continue to grow while other schools struggle to survive. Thanks WGU!!!
Great school, challenging and rewarding experience. I got a raise at work and I'm pursuing a MSN with them. Their mentors are excellent as long as you reach out to them. The writing center of excellence is a great resource. Your writing mentors have PHDs and publish books; beyond my expectations. It saved me a lot of money and I make as such as my colleagues who went to traditional schools and now owe over 50,000.00$
Having earned my Undergraduate and Graduate Degrees from WGU, I admit that at times I felt that the material was limited. However, the fact was that there was a plethora of information and guidance available. It was I, who was expecting the program to be like a Brick and Mortar program, which offer a great deal more hand holding. I think that a previous review summed it up best "It is a GREAT program for the mature student". Another review nailed it by stating "you should expect out of it, what you put into it". I consider myself highly motivated and reworded by self excellence, to that end WGU far and above delivered!