Western Governors University Reviews
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I had to write a review for WGU. I attended WGU from 2017 through 2019, and I just achieved my MSN degree in Leadership and Management two weeks ago. I am so grateful that obtaining an advanced degree is possible through an online track. I earned my initial Associates Degree in 1999 at a brick and mortar program in Texas, and also attended the University of Texas at Austin for the majority of my Bachelor's of Science Nursing. Due to a cross country move, my degree pursuit at UT was cut short by two classes. Ten years later, I decided to finish. I attended CTU to finish my BSN and WGU to finish my MSN. I was very happy with WGU's program. Their program was relevant to my career, and fully supportive of students. Each student is assigned a program mentor who follows the student through the entire program. I can not say enough for this added student support. My PM was more than helpful when it came to keeping on track. WGU also has a very helpful group of writing professionals that will help you with APA and articulation. The Library search engine gives options for narrowing down searches to your specific criteria and exporting citations to multiple different citation managers. The final selling point was the tuition! Tuition is charged per six month semester, and you can take as many classes as you can fit into your schedule without extra charges. Truly, I would be surprised if there was a more flexible and worthwhile program out there. If you know you can not self motivate to save your life, generally avoid all online programs. But, if you are motivated enough to withstand the rigor of an online program; I definitely recommend this University.
This place is awful. Not worth any hard-earned money. If you have literally any other option, take it. Mixed communication, wrong information, and absolutely zero professionalism. I could not be more disappointed with our experience with WGU and would never recommend this program to anybody. Everyone from the "mentors" to financial aid showed zero care for the student and were never proactive in improving any situation. I don't typically leave reviews, but I would hate for anyone else to have to go through what we did. What a shame.
Myself and many others have been struggling along at WGU because the support for the accounting program stinks. The professors are called Course Mentors and really just answer questions about the study guide and occasionally conduct a live "cohort" which is just them talking about, well, pretty much nothing. Their standard answer is that they can't get specific because they don't even know what's on the exam because they don't make it up. You try to make appointments with Course Mentors when you have a question, but 90% of the time, when you need an appointment to talk, none exist, so it is worthless. The cohorts cover just a very small piece of the large amount of material you have to know and cover on your own, so it doesn't coincide with the course text/material. It is very different from other on-line schools that have structured classes held on a regular basis and they cover the material you need to know. I think WGU maybe have just pushed the envelope with their accounting courses, yet students in other majors seem to be able to "accelerate" through their courses better than those in Accounting. I wouldn't do this again-that's for sure, unless they update their courses and have better student support because you essentially have to know every darn thing in the books, work every problem, struggle and hope that you pick the right multiple choice answer because so many are worded so stupidly and you cannot even figure out sometimes what they are even asking. Originally I had hoped to continue here for my Master's in Accounting, but that's an absolutely NO after this. I would suggest you talk to some actual students and get their "take" on this before you commit to WGU.
Please read what others say about this school for their Accounting Degree. It is so true that the support for the required classes are just not there. You are basically teaching yourself these concepts. Reading horrible textbooks, listening to what they call "cohorts" that are a joke with little to no value in the content. The Course Mentors or Instructors or whatever they are calling them this month are really just not very helpful. Remember that old saying, "You get what you pay for" because it is so true here for this degree program. If I could do it again, I would be at a brick and mortar school for this type of degree. I just PRAY I can get my last 9 courses done so I can be done with this place!
WGU rescued me from the hazing system of participation replies, busy work, and worthless classes I suffered through at The University of Phoenix,. At WGU, I moved at my own pace and only paid for classes needed to complete the degree. They truly care about their students as compared to Phoenix - who charge me nearly $1400 per class - with no chance of completing the degree early: unless I paid additional money. My only critique of WGU is they trashed me on the transfer credits, even though I attended a regionally accredited school (only allowed 12 out of 33 credits) was brutal. The good news is they have a flat cost which meant I could take 22 credits per semester, but only pay for 12: that's how I survived the hit on the transfer. Would I recommend WGU? Absolutely I would, because the ability to test out of a class based on a competency exams was priceless. Take my advice, haul a** away from Phoenix - transfer to WGU - and get your degree.
I gained significant knowledge of the nursing profession through the BSN program at Western Governors University. Despite having been a nurse for nearly a decade, it was easy to return to school. The program allows for a good school/work/life balance. However, you must be self motivated. It is easy to fall behind if you cannot hold yourself accountable for the work that needs to be completed.
BEWARE THEY WILL TELL YOU WAHTEVER YOU WANT TO HEAR TO GET YOU ENROLLED. Nothing about this program is competency based. They give you task for each subject and basically say good luck. The instructors who are supposed to help you are not allowed to even see whats on the test only the areas in which your struggling this makes it very hard to know what your missing. The writing sections for WGU are even worse! They don't care how well the paper is written rather just if the questions are answered it makes NO sense TASKSTREAM is a JOKE! BEWARE BEFORE STARTING WGU WASTE OF MONEY!!
Solid University, truely. The quality of the education for the price is reminiscent of a good level state school, at a substantial discount from that. The professors and support staff, they rock. Now for the Financial Aid: (crafted after reading several reviews, and interacting with them first hand) Absolute garbage. The individuals are unqualified, rude, they administer information that is factually wrong, and they may even be afoul of the regulations. The school itself comes off as a good level state school, Financial Aid comes off like a very low level rural community college's staff.
Avoid if you need weekend or night support. Every bit of staff works bankers hours. They post "office schedules" where they claim to be available until 7 or 8p. They never are. They tell you theres a group mailbox to email if you need help. In my entire tenure, never has anyone responded to that mailbox. Complain and you get a "you can do it" sympathy email and it dies there. You're held to STRICT communication policy. Staff may or may not be there during their posted hours. Especially if its late or weekends. Good for bankers hours, terrible for anything else.
I absolutely love WGU! It's competency-based model is perfect for students who already have a foundation in the area of study. It cuts out all the unnecessary time spent studying something you're already competent in, plus it's super affordable! I completed my BSN in 2 terms (12 months) and then completed my MSN in 1 term (6 months).