Western Governors University Reviews
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I am disappointed in the negative reviews I see on here. Obviously everyones case and experience is different. I earned my ADN about 15 years ago. I hate school was never good at it. So I just said I would never go back. Well here I am I finished the courses in 5 months. There is a lot of support wether course mentors, student center, or program mentors. If you are not a self motivating person then maybe online is not for you. I never thought it would be for me. It did not exist when I went to school. Is it hard? Sure. I was motivated by money. I could of got my work to pay for it but figured using my own money would be my motivation, and it was. I worked a full time job and have a family. I earned myself a 10k$ raise just for getting the degree, and do not owe any time to my work because they paid for it!
My course mentor and student mentor could not agree on my sequence of classes. I had to retake an exam and on my third attempt I could not get it approved due to the disagreements. Also they felt I had test anxiety so I had to meet with their psychologist. I felt I had to jump thru so many hoops, and that they had more control over my progress then a normal schedule in other universities. The school may be cheaper but I was beyond frustrated and stressed about not finishing in the term allotted due to challenges beyond my control.
I'm only a third of the way through the program and the only reason I'm struggle through trying desperately to finish is that my hospital is picking up most of my tuition. This program is only for those who need the letters after your name, nothing else. You would think this program is still in development by the inconsistencies and general vagueness that all communications from the university and course documents are written in. The first course alone had 3 different instruction sets for the final paper, which really cannot be define as a paper but rather 4 writing assignment chopped together with an introduction and a conclusion, and then it had a totally different set of parameters being used to grade it on the grading rubric. Everything within the course of studies for the classes are hard to find and unorganized, and this is somebody whose taken online classes before for higher certifications. Other colleges may require more discussion boards and time consuming busy work, which WGU does not, but I would still say explore those other options.
I loved my entire WGU experience. I had the best student mentor who I spoke with weekly. He always motivated me and pushed me to do my best. Because he was so great, i didn't want to let him down, so i pushed forward even when i wasn't self-motivated to do so. I earned my MBA-HM degree in 13 months while staying at home with my infant daughter. I paid less than $9,000 for my masters. I was also able to find great support groups through facebook. All of these things made my experience so enjoyable and before i knew it, i was done. I chose WGU for my masters not only because of its affordability, but mostly because there are so many positive student reviews. I knew that i wanted 100% online, accredited, self-paced and affordable. After a few searches i found WGU. I then looked at this site and all social media outlets for reviews on the school. There were so many positive reviews that i was blown away. I couldn't be happier that i chose to enroll. It truly has been a great experience from start to finish. I finished my capstone on a Tuesday, submitted my graduation paperwork on Wednesday, and my diploma was in my mail box on Monday. That is unheard of and for someone like me, who loves instant gratification, it was great to receive that little piece of paper in the mail so soon.
Just graduated WGU a day ago. I found the overall experience great. I'm not sure if the others reviews dealt with unhelpful people along the way, or perhaps they didn't understand the material. I didn't accelerate anything and took the full 4 years to complete. The initial registration took a bit of time, but after that it was easy. My mentor was awesome. Yes, weekly calls the first term and biweekly after that. She helped me stay on track, as I tend to procrastinate. I had many resources for each class to help me pass. From their online material to their course mentors, and webinars. The course mentors always went above and beyond for me. This is more help than I ever received at a brick and mortar school. Financial aid did take a little more information than normal, I believe maybe because they are a non-profit school, but it wasn't that difficult to manage. Overall, I had a positive experience and would recommend it to others looking to take college courses at their own pace.
The Bachelor's of Science in Accounting at WGU was absolutely outstanding. WGU, as whole, is a fantastic school for anyone, but especially if you are a non-traditional student with a busy work and life schedule. It deserves all the praise and more that it gets--much more. The accounting program at WGU is very thorough, and the bottom line people want to hear--I was able to get a job with my degree. I was actually hired as an accountant seven months before I finished the accounting program at WGU. I was able to solve real-life problems right away, and I can credit WGU for this, and after speaking with others that graduated from 'traditional', four-year universities, ones that only provide nice, clean problems with a very clear solutions when it comes to accounting, auditing, bookkeeping, etc., WGU's program is ahead of the curb. It prepares professionals more so than the traditional university. I was able to advance to supervisory accountant within two years. I was going to go for my CPA, but an opportunity at a local college was too great to pass up. I am now pursuing an online MBA degree in hopes to further advance my career, and yes, I am doing so through WGU. WGU is special because it is so unique, they do not hold you back with time constraints, they present materials to you throughout the program that force you to critically think. I hope in-time that WGU gets more and more praise, because they are what universities are just now realizing they should strive to be. WGU is a pioneer and I expect to be at the leading edge of some of the top-ranked universities someday.
I cannot award enough praise to WGU and the online program offered. It is defin the best bang for your buck and in addition you can go as slow or as fast of a pace as you wish/have time for! The Program Mentors can be described best as your coach or cheerleader throughout the program. You will get the sense that you are the most important student to them. The Class Instructor Mentors were wonderful, approachable, knowledgeable and very helpful in any situation. They offer Webinars that feel like you are in class when you actually are sitting home all cozy in your jammies! Oh yes, and the Webinars are optional. You can choose to watch recordings of them anytime at your leisure. I gave them 5 stars because they offered great payment plans. Again, financial department excellant, library excellant.....you get the idea. :-)
Do your homework before going to WGU. Like most colleges, it's great for some people, and a very poor choice for others. If you're a working adult with the following, WGU is probably an excellent choice for you: 1. Industry knowledge & experience 2. The ability to complete work in a timely manner while managing your own schedule 3. A need to quickly prove what you know and learn what you don't 4. A strong desire to not invest 4 years and 6 figures into a Bachelor's degree 5. Some college credit or an AS, but no Bachelor's degree 6. The ability to learn and work independently. WGU is NOT a good choice for you if: You have no industry experience.This is especially true of the BSITM. Do not enroll in the BSITM program if you do not have IT experience and certifications. "IT Manager" is not an entry-level job for new grads, and a Bachelor's degree is not a Fast Pass to a career in management. You choose a college or career without doing research. (Seriously, most of the complaints here are about things that are on WGU's website. The fee structure and grading system aren't secrets.) You need a lot of hand-holding and supervision. You will have course mentors and student mentors, but assignments don't have due dates, and no one is going to stand over you and make you do the work. You're an 18 year old prodigy who wants to do academic research. This isn't Harvard or MIT, and it isn't meant to be - it's basically an online state school for working adults.
Where should I start. WGU got me with their 6 months only 3k and you can take as many classes as you want a matter of fact you can finish your degree in 6 months and all you'll pay is 3k. I should have known things were bad when the enrollment counselor asked if I am weak in math , I should have stop myself before answering. I tried to transfer 60 credits from another college however, they took only 20 and none of the math, so naturally I was forced to repeat them. they changed their grading system to a "bar" no grades here (They treat students as if we are mindless sheep) And they are doing us a favor by taking our hard earned money for their out dated substandard education. And on top of all, I found my "Business Management" degree is more about managing projects rather than people. what a waste of time and money. (Yes I complained many times) I tried to transfer out several times and no other university would accept WGU's credits. WGU abuses its nonprofit status to suck you dry of your money , that new "line" grading system, so many students have been complaining about,( no number grade of letter grade) yet WGU claims "most" students ask/wanted it...who would opt for such a gimmick? Not anyone with a brain. so they can say ah well you didn't go over the line so you don't pass but you need to pay $60 to retake your assessment. ask what is my grade they will not give me any information on it, basically, you have a zero value grade. Many of these assessments are worded badly and is extremely outdated its sad. WGU operates like an occult, they don't allow students to interact. Basically divide and conquer. The worse decision of my life.
I am very happy with WGU and how they manage their classes and curriculum. I started off at a local school that had students taking finals with Google, so was happy when I saw all of the tests at WGU are proctored so you have to know the subject of the class. After talking with many hiring managers I have found out they have a lot of respect for graduates of WGU and have had many good experiences with hiring those who graduated before me. I haven't spent much time with course mentors, though my current student mentor had been helpful in figuring out which classes I should start next. This has allowed me to accelerate my courses in a much more efficient manner resulting in cutting off a years worth of time in my first year. Some courses seem a little easy for college coursework, though I know there will be some courses that are going to be rather difficult to complete, such as the CCSP.