Western Governors University Reviews

  • 697 Reviews
  • Salt Lake City (UT)
  • Annual Tuition: $6,670
78% of 697 students said this degree improved their career prospects
73% of 697 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

  • Reviewed: 10/18/2016
  • Degree: Information Technology
"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."
WGU is Good
  • Reviewed: 10/16/2016
  • Degree: MBA
"This is a great school that teaches you the essentials of the business World utilizing the most advanced tools in education today. This is Affordable and for someone who is self-motivated. You need to use your mentor to be successful they are there to help you navigate through the system"
  • Reviewed: 10/14/2016
  • Degree: Information Technology
"Firstly, I'm not some shill paid or enticed to give a favourable review, I'm doing this of my own accord because I, honestly had a great experience with WGU and will gladly answer any mature comments or questions that anyone has regarding my experiences. I recently graduated from the BSIT program and am now starting up the Master of Science, Cybersecurity and Information Assurance program. My experience with WGU has been nothing but exceptional. My program mentor, Hope, was a wonderful source of support and encouragement my entire time in the undergrad program. The course materials were on-point and a wealth of knowledge, coupled with webinars and live cohorts for demonstrative learning. The course mentors were extremely helpful, responsive and always available. In the past year, WGU up'ed the social interaction with the revamped student portal, course discussion areas and alot more social networking integration, giving you the opportunity to interact with fellow students in your programs and the school, in general. The extra knowledge I've gained through the courses and the addition of all the industry-standard certifications I earned in the process, like CCENT, MCPS, CompTIA A+, Security+, Network+, Linux+, etc. go a long way to help with career growth. It was worth the time, energy and money (and for much less than alot of brick and mortar schools) with the option to accelerate your studies to take up less terms. You have to be driven, though. Even with all the support you have available, it's ultimately up to you to get it done and graduate. The tools and resources are available, but it's important to properly manage one's own time and progress to get there. Having all that freedom can make it hard to balance your education, personal and possible work/family/etc responsibilities. I suspect much of the graduation rate issues revolve more around that than anything else. I know that there were a few times my health and family issues nearly derailed my education and my mentor fully supported me through the process and helped me get back on track. Good luck wherever you may go to advance your education! WGU might be right up your alley, or it may not. Hopefully, my little review might help you some. Feel free to ask questions, if you have any, though!"
  • Reviewed: 10/11/2016
  • Degree: Education
"I really recommend this university. It offers an amazing curriculum that students can complete at their own pace, which is very convenient for students who have a job. Nobody tried to slow me down at any point, with hard word I was able to complete my degree in less time. Mentors are knowledgeable and eager to assist students. They offer webinars and cohorts to support students achieve their goal, graduation."
For The Self Starters Out There
  • Reviewed: 9/30/2016
  • Degree: Business
"I recently graduated with my Bachelor's in Business Management from WGU Texas. I chose WGU after a close friend completed their undergrad in accounting and moved up the chain at United Airlines almost immediately post-graduation. WGU constantly works to enhance the experience of their diverse student body by continually asking for feedback. I definitely recommend this school to anyone who is on a budget, struggles to attend traditional college/university, does not care for the college experience, likes to adhere to their OWN schedule (instead of following the pace and syllabus of traditional college), and to anyone who has the discipline to self-start and sometimes, self-teach. What I like most about this school is how analogous it is to real life youre given all the tools and resources that you need to succeed and you have to figure it out for yourself (of course, with the guidance of mentors). Key word: guidance. No one will hold your hand or give you the answer keys because we all know if it were that easy, everyone would be doing it. By all means, it is doable, and you're not alone. Online coursework is not easy; every class required reading and studying, and all exams are proctored. I highly recommend WGU to anyone looking to complete their degree with a school that is legit accredited, affordable, and offers a high degree of flexibility."
  • Reviewed: 9/26/2016
  • Degree: Business
"Very happy with the school and great for my career. Most of the lower reviews are whiners that think a university should hold your hand. This is not one of those schools. Figure it out, get it done, and move on. All the resources are there and YOU have to figure it out. It is not for everyone, but if you are busy, self-motivated, and independent you will do fine. I can't speak for other degrees, but I learned a ton while taking the Business Mang. program. I learned a ton, because I applied myself and choose to."
Michelle Po
  • Reviewed: 9/22/2016
  • Degree: Healthcare Informatics
"I have been a nurse for a very long time and had no tech experience when beginning this degree. I will also say I am a mature student at 50 years old when I graduated. I have an associate degree in nursing obtained in 1992 after a two year technical nursing program in the Army that allowed me to become a licensed practical nurse. I opted to go to Wgu for the healthcare informatics program because I felt that it gave a very balanced and thorough coverage of the technology and business side of things. I didn't need more clinical background so I opted not to do nursing informatics which I feel limits your career options in comparison to this degree, even though it would have been easier and taken less time for me. This is not an easy program and the selection process is very rigorous, or at least when I began and the program was fairly new. The program had some growing pains and had a few changes along the way as well. As others have mentioned it's not a school for everyone. You definitely need some motivation and not need hand holding. However I feel that is part of what makes this a really good program. Given that most of your final exams are certification exams there's definitely motivation to take your classwork seriously. As a person who has been in the workforce for sometime I valued the ability to study and test on my time . I felt the classes were quite relevant to the job market and gave me a definite leg up and a lot of credibility that I feel I wouldn't have otherwise had without the certifications (that do not cost extra by the way). They are industry gold standard well recognized, (and not inexpensive to take on your own). Overall I feel that the quality of the education at Wgu is what you make of it. If you take advantage of what is offered and work very hard you get a lot of return on your investment. I would say however you need to have a particular personality type to be successful. If you go to Wgu expecting the social experience of a brick and mortar school, again you will likely be disappointed. Overall I had some bumps in the road, but find the program to be more than adequate in preparing me for a multitude of opportunities. I would say my biggest complaint was turning in the performance based competencies and the grading system associated with it. I find it difficult to relate at times with the grading and scoring of the written projects without being able to actually speak to the evaluator. I think that if you were able to speak with someone instead of simply reading comments to make corrections that perhaps it may be a little more effective and you would actually be able to learn more from the project overall. I found that you don't always get the same evaluator for your corrections that were suggested by the previous evaluator. This can be somewhat problematic at times. In summary I would say if you are willing to put the effort in and sincerely work hard and take seriously the amount of time that they tell you you should set aside for your work that Wgu is a fantastic bargain . You must be able to self teach to an extent and reason out problems on your own at times but that's what being a working adult is all about in the long run really . For the cost of the program the quality is amazing. My only real problem is deciding which direction of the many choices I now have to pursue with my career! This brings me to what I feel could be a lot more robust post graduation and career support program, I for one would even pay extra if needed!"
Cindee Parker
  • Reviewed: 9/22/2016
  • Degree: Biology
"I chose Western Governors as we lived overseas and I wanted a degree with a teaching certificate. The flexibility allowed me to care for my family, work full time and attend classes online at my own pace. The faculty and staff (especially my mentor) were crucial to my success at WGU."
WGU is Good
  • Reviewed: 9/22/2016
  • Degree: Liberal Arts
"Ask yourself do you like to read Do you learn how to do it yourself through youtube or other self help methods Do you need deadlines to complete your work. Are you a self starter. Do you understand technology. Are you on a budget ?If you can answer yes to these WGU is for you. The materials are excellent, working with your mentor is critical,remember they are there to help you navigate WGU. Just like in traditional college some Professors are more approachable than others. Its not easy, but I believe this is the future of education for those not born into money or willing to take on extreme student loans. I would compare WGU to Netflix and Traditional college to blockbuster. At some point traditional college becomes to expensive to operate without large athletic or state funding. Go Owls"
  • Reviewed: 9/19/2016
  • Degree: Marketing
"I am currently enrolled in the Marketing Management program with WGU. I have attended two other colleges in my lifetime and I really had a hard time working full-time and balancing traditional schooling. This led me to WGU. I cannot speak for everyone, but as I read the reviews I do feel like there is a lot of complaints based on personal performance, rather than the actual experience at WGU. WGU can be frustrating. You are allowed to do as little, or as much as you'd like (assuming you are at least finishing 12 credits per term). Let's be honest, a lot of people (including myself at times) are not self-starters and will not just jump on the computer to do school after working full-time and having a family life.You have to be dedicated and make it a priority. It is not going to be easy. The competency based education model, in my opinion, is fantastic. The classes that I am taking apply directly to my field of work. I do not feel like I am sitting and wasting my time, but rather honing my skills for future and current use in the workplace. My mentor has been amazing. The course mentors have been amazing and completely responsive. Although this is online education, I have never felt alone or unaided. WGU is a perfect school for those who are working full-time and trying to finish their education at their own pace, and their own schedule. I personally do not have a negative thing to say about WGU. Do I love it? NO!!!! I do not love school, but I do find it useful and WGU is perfect for my situation. If I could go back to when I was 18 and graduate from a traditional Ivy League or top-notch Business School, would I? Absolutely! But my situation does not permit that and I am more than happy with my continued success at WGU. If you are committed and willing to work your tail off while maintaining work, life and school balance; you will do great at WGU."
  • Reviewed: 9/18/2016
  • Degree: Business Administration
"This is a great school but beware that you will need to put in a lot of work to complete your classes. With that said WGU provides a lot of support. There are live lectures (called cohorts) for every class, tons of quizzes through most courses, and a large amount of information including online textbooks and computer based training for some courses. Each course has mentors (Professors) with flexible appointments to guide you along. In many cases I was able to schedule appointments on the weekend. In addition to the course mentor, you have a student mentor who acts as your advisor and tracks your degree progress and keeps you informed about the various resources available. Even with all that it still up to you to put in the 20 hours a week needed to make adequate progress. If you are self disciplined and willing to put in the required hours of study time then you will find WGU to be an excellent learning experience."
Alicia Martinez
  • Reviewed: 9/18/2016
  • Degree: Educational Leadership
"AWFUL! I am pretty sure they are faking reviews, but here's the deal: If you are hardworking and move too fast through their program, they'll make you waste a whole three months where I cannot take any courses because they want me to enroll in one more semester. Nowhere is it written that I must complete my internship over six months - there is a minimum hour requirement, no time frame. They pull excuses from under rocks if they have to and refuse to engage if you have a complaint by politely redirecting to the same single person, over and over. This university is a scam. Moreover, the courses have readings and assignments that are not aligned, multiple typos on their syllabi, and overall are of poor quality."
  • Reviewed: 9/16/2016
  • Degree: Teaching
"This school is the best school in the world. I'm going back now for my THIRD DEGREE!!! I finished my BA in SPED in 2013 and was immediately hired as a teacher. The work is not simple by any means. You cannot just whip something together and expect to pass with papers because everything is graded on a rubric scale meaning you met the standard or you didn't. Everyone needs to understand that you are essentially demonstrating mastery of the subject you are learning. Don't go to this school if you plan to transfer after you completed a few classes. If you are dedicated and want to learn on your own then this school is for you. Its amazing and if you are a full time employee and a parent then this style of school will surely make you happy. Say you can't sleep, then just open up your laptop and get some work done.....it doesn't matter what time of day it is because you can study on your OWN time! I just love WGU and it has completely helped make my dreams come true of becoming a teacher here in California. Don't worry about the negative reviews.....most of them come from people that were not self motivators. GO FOR WGU!!!!!! I DID THREE TIMES!!!!!!"
Christopher Dann
  • Reviewed: 9/13/2016
  • Degree: MBA in Technology Management
"If you are self motivated, driven, and can hold yourself accountable to the work that needs to be done, this university is amazing! You get one on one contact with your mentor who can help keep you motivated and moving forward, the course materials, etc. are all electronic and available online 24/7, their support forums and IT support are amazing. I did my bachelor's with them and just finished my MBA with them and my wife just started her bachelor's with them as well. GREAT SCHOOL."
  • Reviewed: 9/9/2016
  • Degree: MBA in Information Systems
"WGU is a great online university. It wasn't easy for me to get into the degree program. Two of my friends and I applied for it and I only got selected. This proves that the WGU selection criteria is too high. Also, this university is only for the self motivated people. The more efforts you put in the sooner you finish the degree. I would definitely recommend this university to others."
  • Reviewed: 9/6/2016
  • Degree: Business Administration
"WGU is NOT for everyone. WGU is NOT easy! If you are a WGU student and you don't like your mentor get a new one! In 2010 I graduated from WGU with my B.S. in Business Administration. In 2016 I will graduate with my MBA. Also, I have graduated from the local community college with two Associates Degrees. I have done the brick and mortar thing and I have done the online thing. They both have benefits and drawback. I personally found my work experience to be extremely beneficial to my educational program. If I had little or no work experience WGU would have been much more difficult. Also, it is extremely important that if you are going to attend WGU that you are self motivated. One of the things I really like about WGU is that I have felt like I have been able to apply what I have learned immediately to my work. So if you are a self motivated working professional look to go back to school you should at least consider WGU."
  • Reviewed: 9/6/2016
  • Degree: MBA
"I graduated from an accredited and respected school with my undergraduate degree. I was planning on continuing my education with the same school but my busy schedule did not allow enough flexibility. I did a lot of research and concluded that WGU would be a great fit for me. The program was extremely well structured and I feel like I got a much better education than my undergraduate degree. I am a WGU ambassador after the quality education I received. If you read the negative reviews you will find a common theme, someone who didn't have the drive to be successful. If you want a school that is going to hold your hand and beg you to pass your classes this is not it."
  • Reviewed: 9/6/2016
  • Degree: Business
"You CAN NOT transfer ANY business credit to ANY other University for undergrad, so until you graduate you are hostage. IF you graduate then you can explain about WGU, which you will need to do as it seems unknown to employers (Fortune 500). No one understands anything other than credit hours, which WGU does not provide."
  • Reviewed: 8/31/2016
  • Degree: Organizational Leadership
"I had a great experience at WGU. The mentors were very supportive and kept me on track. I was told to set aside around 20 hours per week for school I didn't think I would need that much time, but I did. This is not an easy program. It requires dedication and hard work. The flexibility of this program was very helpful to me. Overall, I am extremely pleased."
  • Reviewed: 8/29/2016
  • Degree: Information Technology
"Great school! They took lots of my previous credits. It was affordable enough to pay as I went. I immediately got a job with the government (probably not because of the school, but because of my degree combined with my experience). I would recommend it for any organized self-learner."