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They constantly pushed my withdraw date back in order to charge me out of pocket, the class they had me in was taken directly from freecodecamp.org. if you want an education with computer science go anywhere else as they don't teach you, they say they do but in reality you're doing the same thing you would online for free by yourself. They lied about two things, I asked to be placed in a lower tier math to practice since I needed to do so, they said it was absolutely fine but instead they forced me into calculus and told me nope can't do that. Second lie was I could do it at my own pace, they started calling nonstop to the point I had to block their numbers in order to focus, I told them what I needed but instead they refused. This school lies to get you in and uses resources from online that you can find for free. Shit school.
When I was first considering enrolling WGU, this is one of the first websites I visited to read what other students had experienced and from the mixed reviews I was hesitant. So I wanted to share my experience for anyone who might be considering WGU. This school is for professionals with experience either in the field they are wanting a degree in, or experience in a closely related field. The class work is challenging and you will be taking a variety of courses which entail anything from having to write research essays to taking proctored, multiple choice exams. You are matched with a program mentor to assist in your studies, check in with you regularly and all around support you in your educational journey. Your programs are laid out in modules consisting of reading (LOTS of reading) videos and other multi-media. They offer you practice quizzes and preassessments to see how much you know already and give you suggestions on what to focus on. Instructors are available via email or you can set up appointments to speak with them over the phone if you need guidance in a subject. There are TONS of resources to help you, they have a writing center if you aren't great at English, a math center and a tech center if you need help with your PC or have connection issues. You do need to be self motivated and push yourself to make progress, but everything you need to succeed is laid out before you, you do need to know where to find those resources and all of that is shown to you before you start the first course. Also, I will say that most people who are internet saavy can usually figure out where to find everything they need. As far as mentors go, every person is different and you may need more hand holding or less. If you are matched with a mentor that is not right for your needs, you can reach out and ask for another to just deal with them, honestly. One thing to know is the longer you take to get your degree, the more you pay (obviously, but honestly), and once you pay for a term you can take as many classes as you can get through before the term ends, at all hours of the day. So get into WGU and don't dawdle. Make progress and take advantage of all the resources they provide. Bottomline: WGU is for you if you are highly motivated to succeed, don't mind alot of reading and feel like you would do well with an online educational format. If you do better in a traditional classroom environment, WGU may not be the best option.
I had a great experience with WGU. My Mentor was great. It is an independent study college for those working in the field for a few years. Read the instructions and answer the questions for the assignments. There are many resources available but they will leave you alone if you prefer, which I did. I did 9 classes in one term(6months) but decided to take my time for the rest, doing only the minimum. Watch the recorded lectures and do the modules and quizzes and youll succeed.
When I first started, I thought the school was great. My mentor was supportive and the course mentors were really helpful. Into my second year, things started to change and my experience with WGU seemed to get worse. My personal left to another position and I was assigned a new mentor. I didn't mind too much, but my mentors had withheld important information about state exams that I needed to take in order to complete a future course. My graduation was pushed back by six months because I did not complete the tests in time. Then came time for me to complete my last course and program and yet again I was assigned another new mentor, who did not seem to care about me. My last course is student-teaching, I was paired with a horrible host teacher, who from the beginning did not want to host a student-teacher. Halfway into my program, she decided to end the placement. I was told the process of terminating my placement would be simple and easy going. That has been far from the truth. They do not update you on anything, and everything you thought was going to happen, the opposite happened, with no warning. I have been given the run around and lied too. So much stress has been put on my shoulders due to their lack of support and knowledge. I was supposed to graduate this year, but now it will be next year(possibly later), as I have decided to transfer schools. If you are considering WGU for a teaching degree, I recommend finding a different school.
I just graduated from WGU last week. I finally finished my BS in Business Management. I am reading some of the reviews and I have to ask, if someone has had an experience as bad as some of the ones that I've read, what are you looking for? If it's help from instructors, WGU has more than enough instructors in each course. If you had poor communication with anyone at the university, something is seriously wrong. As soon as I enrolled in any class, I would immediately get welcome emails from course mentors wanting to set up time to go over the course or enroll in live cohorts. If you didn't like sitting through live or recorded cohorts, what in the world are you looking for? My interactions with course mentors, when I needed to, were great! When an appointment was made with a course instructor, they would call on minute it was scheduled. Someone complaining about the rubrics? Really, if I had a paper returned, (only twice) is was because I missed the mark on a rubric item, not from being "too creative." I was able go through my program in 14 months. Some classes, admittedly, were a little more clunky than others, but you'll have that anywhere. I treated my time there like having a second job. I left my day job, and went to "work at night." Overall, I really enjoyed my time at WGU. Recommend it to others? Absolutely. You get out, what you put in. Good Luck!
Wow I have never ever had a bad experience with the advisor, but today was awful. Their goal is not listen to you their will tell you what they have memorized. They dont care about your problem or money. Basic thing you cant select your own advisor???? Very bad experience
The instructors were not very engaged with the students. Trying to receive any help outside of your student mentor was impossible. The process for submitting assignments was horrible and made claims to plagiarised work when all was proven to be uniquely created content after a review. The quality of education just was not there. I see that it seems to be a 50/50 split on whether a student has a good experience or a bad one. I would not advise anyone to take this gamble. I moved onto the American Military University to finish my studies and could not be happier.
Finishing up my first term at WGU soon and I have nothing but great things to say about my experience so far. Obviously I still have a ways to go before I graduate, but the courses so far have been challenging in the best possible way. I was skeptical to apply at first because of previous reviews I had read online, but being a mom of 2 who works two full time jobs, I didn't have the luxury of choosing a brick and mortar school to finish my degree and move forward in my career field. Now that my first term is under my belt, I honestly can't see why there are so many negative reviews. Yes, it is self-paced so if you are not motivated or self-sufficient you will probably not succeed. But I have always excelled in school and never had an issue with self-discipline so this program has been pretty ideal to say the least. I am actually accelerating through my coursework faster than I would in any traditional program and expect to be finished with my degree in less than two years, which is amazing considering I started out with less than 25 transferred credits from my community college, which were completed over 5 years ago. And the support I have received from my program mentor and course instructors have been nothing short of consistent and satisfactory. My program mentor, Ann, never misses a weekly check in and makes it a point to reach out when I complete a course milestone, even if it's just to say "congrats" for my accomplishment. It is so refreshing to have someone who actually takes the time to make sure my needs as a student are met and that my accomplishments are recognized, no matter how small they are. The course instructors are equally responsive and helpful. I have received phone calls from my instructors, even without me prompting them, just to check in and see how I was doing with the coursework and see if I had any questions or concerns. Additionally, the resources available are limitless. I have found the library to be extremely useful, especially when writing my 10 page paper for English Comp, and the cohorts are very detailed and help a lot when I need some help understanding certain aspect of course material. The only downfall I have to report on would be the 3rd party proctors for Objective Assessments. They outsource to some company in India and, while I have no problem with the outsourcing factor, the proctors are generally hard to understand and are a little pushy. Other than that, I have had no issues and have passed every single one of my exams and assignments without problems of any kind. I would HIGHLY recommend this school (well, at least this program of study), to anyone who is interested in online education. This has been such a game changer and for the first time I actually look forward to getting my schoolwork done. I am looking forward to continuing this program and will most likely re-enroll with WGU for my Masters once completed. Please take the negative reviews with a grain of salt. Talk to an enrollment counselor and get a feel for the school before making hasty decisions.
I found the program and support to be excellent. I really liked the value-based, all-inclusive approach to education. There were no hidden fees, and all course materials were included. My mentor did well to keep me on track and motivated. If you really push yourself, it is possible to earn a degree in a single semester.
I have attended traditional brick and mortar universities as well as taken online classes. I would never recommend anyone to WGU. The MSN program is based on mostly writing papers. The rubrics and evaluations are solely based on answering very specific questions. I have altered my writing style to make sure I answer only what is being asked so that the evaluators give credit for very section. Any creative processes you might have should be thrown out of the window. The coursework is repetative and they may require a paper and a video assessment discussing the paper's content. I can accept feedback so the task evaluations don't bother me but having to rephrase the same sentences to receive credit does. I never, not once, read any of their material or assignments. The program allows you to open a course and write the paper to receive credit. The Mentors are basically cheerleaders and if you require someone to motivate you and have scheduled phone meetings for a degree at this stage in your career that's sad. Talking to your Mentor is required and I spent 5 minutes biweekly saying "everything is good and no help is needed", seemed like a waste of resources and time. WGU is preferred if you just want the MSN after your name. Dont expect to learn any6and definately be prepped for frustration over coursework and redundancy. There is a Health Assessment course that refers to you as the APN for a patient. Not sure why I had to pretend to be an APN and do a head to toe. A pharmacology course that asks during a test questions specific to being an APN and writing orders. It felt like they pieced classes together to make up a MSN program.