Western Governors University Reviews

3.76 out of 5 stars
(691 Reviews)
78% of 691 students said this degree improved their career prospects
74% of 691 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars
Letsgraduate - 1/22/2018
Degree: Management
Graduation Year: 2017
"I had a great experience with WGU for both my BSc and MSc. It took me about 14 months in total to complete both degrees and cost me less than $10,000 which is the best price you will ever find in the US, especially considering I got two fully accredited degrees. I enjoyed WGU so much I have actually create a web site to help other people learn about WGU, what to expect and any other tips and tricks. Feel free to check it out at www.letsgraduate.org"
5.0 out of 5 stars
Louis S. - 1/17/2018
Degree: Information Technology
Graduation Year: 2015
"Western Governors University is a great school; however, don't expect to just sail through courses. This school is tailored for individuals whom are highly self-motivated, resourceful, and goal oriented. I stand behind WGU 100%, I am so glad I embraced the opportunity to further my education and increase my earning potential."
4.2 out of 5 stars
Great if you're disciplined - 1/17/2018
Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2018
"I already had my BSN and always wanted to get my MSN to have more options in future. I decided to go with WGU because of mainly two reasons. First, it's competency based. Second, I knew I would commit myself to study one or two hours a day even after a long hard work day. To sum up, if you're a student who waits until the end of a semester, it's not the school for you. I worked full-time, studied 15-18 hours a week, and finished BSN to MSN-Education in 10.5 months. The main thing is to do the work every day! I have to say that the entire course is very, very writing intensive and you have to follow exact rubric instructions to do well. Don't worry because WGU has a wonderful support system as long as you're willing to do your part. Good luck on your journey!"
1.5 out of 5 stars
Ups & downs - 1/13/2018
Degree: Business Administration
Graduation Year: 2018
"My honest review & experience. Where do I begin? I enrolled in this school mainly because for self-paced & tuition. Can't argue with that. My goal was to graduate in the timely manner that fits with my schdule. However, my entire experience is nothing but frustrating. From the start, the enrollment counselor was extremely annoying. Talked to me like I was in kindergarden. The weekly mandatory calls & appointments is a hassle. The financial aid totally changed my package plan without telling me. I would have never attended this school if I knew I wouldn't qualify for the maximum amount as stated by FAFSA. I know how FAFSA works. WGU just has a weird policy that caused this. I called financial aid to fix this, they told me two seperate information. Once I called them out, they didn't even knew what they were talking about. I felt deceived! The projects were a nightmare. I haven't worked so hard in my classes, which is great. However, my projects is always being sent back for revision. There is no clear instructions on how to actually execute the projects. You have to meet their specific standards pass. It's not like you can turn it in, get graded a C or B, & move on. My projects were beyond competent according to personal professors I know. They were amazing on how this school was structured & the difficulty of the projects. Lastly, I found out that the professor doesn't really do the grading. An evaluator goes through your project, see if you meet all the requirements, & to pass. My projects blows many other students projects that I have compared too. Now I am working three times as harder just to pass. Never had this much issues compared to other schools. I am at the point to just hurry, finish, & move on. To be fair, the only pro's this school offer (compared to other online schools I've been), is a nice clean platform, I did learn actually learn "something", self-paced, & tuition. Cons: Don't trust financial aid, weekly calls & appointments tend to be annoying, enrollment counselors can suck (if you are lucky not to get an enrollment counselor as I did who was rude by the way), projects are not evaluted by professors, no clear instructions on how to execute or do the projects, & constant amount of revisions."
5.0 out of 5 stars
RichPinto - 1/6/2018
Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2017
"Amazing school. The faculty's purpose is to help you grow at all times. The courses are insightful and based on real world knowledge needed. The test are hard but related to the material. In each test you basically have to know everything about the material. But with room for some mistakes. If you read all material and follow the steps given to you. You can pass. Is done at your time and it becomes a routine. I graduated and i feel like i want to study every night, because i got so used to it. Learning became a hobby, instead of a requirement. I love WGU. Thank you so much for making a school like this one. If you put hard work into studying everyday. It will be the best school experience. MBA next."
1.3 out of 5 stars
NiteSlick K. - 1/1/2018
Degree: Accounting
Graduation Year: 2008
"I wanted to point out that this was a very difficult school to complete classes. I thought a new wave of learning and using a competency based approach was useful for us as students, but I hate to say it, I was completely and undeniably wrong. It absolutely didn't work for me at all. The school has two ways of giving credits for courses, it's either an objective assessment (multiple choice questions) or a performance based assessment (rubric / analytical / essay questions). I was in the accounting program and I was disgusted by my results with the program. I didn't have much help from the course mentors on most of my classes and the professors don't really contact you all that often. They say they care about wanting to help you, but I didn't really feel that way at all with them. It took me several months to try to pass classes and it wasn't easy. The unique thing about this school is you can take exams in the comfort of your own home, but the problem is the exams are all proctored via a webcam that the school distributes. And it's the fact that you can't use any notes or textbook resources to help get through the exams. I think what really upset me is that if you fail an assessment, you don't know what mistakes you made and I thought that you learn in school by learning from your mistakes. The motto at WGU doesn't have a learn from your mistakes principle. It's more like you will struggle and you won't get the help you need to pass the assessments. And with the accounting degree, almost all the exams are objective based assessments. And I'll be honest, even though you don't have to turn any assignments in for objective based assessment courses, you have little to no leverage on the courses as you are only tested on assessments (one exam for each course that determines if you can pass). You are also tested on the entirety of a course with no outside resources and only a whiteboard that can be wiped easily (which the school provides) and only distinct calculators that the school recommends. I think if all schools were to stick with a competency based approach to passing courses, it would be ludicrous to assume that everyone would pass. I learned alot for each class I passed at this school but it was extremely tough and am deciding on going somewhere else. It is pathetic to see how long it takes me to pass a class. And I feel like I haven't accomplished anything when I take a stupid assessment and don't pass. This style of learning hasn't advanced jack sh^t in a career for me. I'm still in a dead end job and I'm still struggling to find a legitimate career. And by the way, this is my second degree I'm trying to complete. My first degree was in civil engineering where I attended a traditional in person campus. I felt like I accomplished so much more over there and never failed any classes in that university. But I'm not happy with the fact that I still haven't found a career job and am still stuck in my useless dead end job that has a garbage salary, no progression, and pathetic opportunities to advance. I really hate the situation I'm in and I never realized that having an applicable degree will cause you to work a job that only entails an education that is less than a G.E.D. It's absolutely pathetic and disgraceful as SH^T!!! And I'm really getting tired of where my life is right now. All the hard work I did in college has done absolutely nothing to give me a career in something. I realized now that all I ever really needed was a high school diploma to be honest and live that futile paycheck to paycheck salary bullsh^t. And I say this because I didn't utilize any of my essential mathematical, science, and logical reasoning skills whatsoever in a job. I'm absolutely disgusted with everything that has been going on in my life. I haven't seen an opportunity in anything since I've been born and it's pretty sad considering how educated I am. I say this with deep regret but it is the pathetic truth! I have been in stagnation in the futile job I do and am in stagnation at WGU. What a great wonder of futile and bs digression. I haven't seen progression at all. And people who say that education can give you opportunities is an idiot and doesn't know sh^t. Im living proof that education has done nothing for me based on my current stupid job and the education I received in college has never gotten me a career either. Overall though, I wouldn't recommend WGU to anyone, unless they do a very easy major, but based on how these assessments are conducted where you cant learn from your mistakes and you cant use any outside resources for exams and you are really only tested on one objective based or performance based assessment for each course makes it that much more difficult to pass a class. It has been a total fluke to say the least for me and Im really surprised too that getting through bachelors level classes can be this pathetically hard considering I got through a BS in Civil Engineering. Im still confused by the whole situation. No thank you to WGU and no thank you to America for not giving me the opportunities I really wanted but NEVER got a chance at EVER!!!"
5.0 out of 5 stars
Nick - 1/1/2018
Degree: Management
Graduation Year: 2018
"I'm in my mid 30s and, until last year, I had come to accept that a bachelors degree would never happen for me, let alone a masters. I'm a dad with a full time job and couldn't put my family in 30k+ debt so I accepted my fate though I knew a degree would help my career in a big way. Then, last year, I found wgu and everything changed. I was able to complete my bachelors in 23 weeks and loved every minute of it. I was challenged from the start but being able to see an affordable and accredited degree on the horizon was my fuel. I'm now 1 month out from completing my masters and it will cost less than 5k for me in the end. If you're driven and really want that degree(s), WGU is your best bet."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Tay - 12/21/2017
Degree: RN to BSN
Graduation Year: 2018
"I started in October 2017 and will be finished by February 2018; as of right now, I only have 3 classes left and 1 of those is a clinical. The faculty is excellent, well prepared and friendly. The courses are well constructed with availability of live classes, recorded ones, online textbooks, and support from a course adviser. It truly does allow you to go as quickly as you want or as slowly as need be for remediation. I already have another bachelor degree so this design has been beneficial and most affordable. I highly recommend this school"
5.0 out of 5 stars
Gina Caleap - 12/20/2017
Degree: RN to BSN
Graduation Year: 2017
"I highly recommend this college. The classes are tough, but all of the mentors are fantastic! Very flexible, military friendly, you can pretty much go at your fast.English is my third language, but I finished my RN to BSN in about 14 months. My mentor, Jamie S. was great, she guided and supported me all the time. The course mentors will help you even if you are going through tough times. The fact that a school actually cares to try and see you succeed is special. Overall I would recommend this school to anyone seeking further education in their desired field."
4.8 out of 5 stars
David H - 12/19/2017
Degree: Information Technology
Graduation Year: 2018
"Like others have mentioned similar situations - I also had years in the IT field, but my lack of a degree was getting in the way of advancement. Comparing them with other regular brick and mortar schools and other online colleges I had attended - WGU is by far the best value and with the "competency based" system you earn industry certifications while you earn credits towards graduation. They do not hand out degrees - some of the certifications are extremely tough. You have a school mentor that is with you throughout and checks in weekly, as well as each class has a mentor to help with the material. Although it is self-paced, you do have a schedule to keep. Getting used to the mentor system took awhile but they really do help!"

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