Western Governors University Reviews
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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.
WGU is not a school for students who do not know how to study, or that make excuses on why they don't accomplish their goals! If you need your hand held at every turn WGU is not the school for you. Community college is where you should be if you have that type of learning handicap. You will not get that at a 4-year state institution. I have dual bachelor degree's, Accounting and Economics, from Utah State University. Both extremely hard degrees to reach. It took me 5-years and $44,000. The MBA at WGU was at least 10x harder than anything I experienced in my undergrad studies. Ive learned more about business in 18-months at WGU than I did in 5-years at Utah State University. If you are 18-years-old, or have no college experience, WGU really isnt the place for you. Youll find it difficult, youll find that basic questions are not answered because youre supposed to have a basic understanding of the field youre trying to get a degree in. So, please dont come boards like this and bash WGU because you dont have what it takes as a student. People like myself, who have amazing study habits, and work hard for what they have, get offended at your crying. WGU is an amazing school for ADULTS that want to learn, this is not a place for children or crybabies.
This degree requires the student to work. You must pace yourself and have enough self discipline to check login and work without someone providing you a deadline. If that is you, then WGU is the school for you. I completed the program one year ahead of schedule and enjoyed a boost in interview offers and ultimately a management job. Most of my success came from already knowing a lot of the material covered, but I also found the material I did not know easy to learn at my own pace. I am now in the MBA program. Highly recommend this school.
Completed my BSN early 2016. I have nothing but positive things to say about WGU. The mentors were very responsive and helpful. Great program for working professionals who want to advance their career. Very affordable compared to other online programs. Looking to start my MBA program with WGU in the fall. Highly recommend this WGU! :)
Greetings and salutations, I'm a recent graduate of Western Governors University. An entirely based online school, if you Google cheapest online college WGU will be the first to pop up. That is one reason I selected it, students can also expedite classes. Meaning once they have an understanding of the course or previous knowledge they can take the examination and finish early. Which is a phenomenal feature that WGU offers. The online structure offers convenience and flexibility but it lacks in accountability which you'll find at any online university. One thing I'm worried about is the validity of the degree and the feeling around online universities for being sub par compared to typical sit down classrooms. It is an accredited institution but the judgment is still there. It's a great cost efficient program but from a career aspect I wish that I would have chosen a different route which is why I'm pursuing an MBA now from a local classroom university.
I attended a local brick and mortar business school in 1998 for 1 year and it cost me more than my entire Bachelor's degree with WGU. I completed my Bachelor's degree with WGU in 2013 and have this year returned to complete my MBA. WGU is not a "diploma mill" and I do know people that have attended that have failed the program. It takes discipline and hard work to complete their classes but they are very student focused and will give you any tutoring help that you reach out for. They encourage student interaction and have several state brick and mortar locations. They are the perfect option for working adults and for those who have some working experience. Students just out of high school that are looking for an easy way to earn a degree in their pajamas better think again. I am proud to be a WGU alumni and my degree completion raised my salary from $53,000 per year to $75,000+. I know that is probably the exception to the rule but I am looking at $100,000 per year very soon. A degree DOES make a difference and WGU is a great place for those who have real world experience and are hard working and disciplined. They do not hold your hand but they do support you in making good decisions regarding your education. Their IT department is fabulous at dealing with any computer issues you might have. I even know someone personally that had a full computer failure and her mentor mailed her a laptop to use until she could get something else. I look forward to being a student mentor there some day. That is my new goal......
The work is self directed. If you can read and learn this is a great place to learn. I did have issues with finances, but WGU bent over backwards to make this work for me. I previously posted a negative review regarding this, but the came back and fixed it and honestly did more for me than I expected. I am very happy with them and their work.
Excellent program for professionals who buckle down and work. This style of learning is great for people who are driven and self-motivated. I studied 2-4 hours per night to graduate in a year. An MBA in one year - saved myself countless classroom hours away from home and $30k. With 20 years experience, I did not expect to gain much from the program (just wanted the three letters on my resume) but was surprised to find myself applying many of the concepts learned to strategic planning (great insight into general economics and global expansion). I do not recommend the program to people who need their hand held. If you find yourself blaming others when you fall short of your goals - you should spend $30k on someone coddling you through a traditional, two-year, on-campus program.
The information I received from my Mentor was inaccurate on many accounts. The costs for my last quarter were 75% higher than I was told would be the worst case scenario. I was told I could receive a free 30 day extension easily to finish my final term, but this was later denied, costing a lot of extra money. I do not believe this university complies with title 9. Overall I am generally displeased with this university and the level of honest and truthful communication I received from several parties. The education is adequate. Their competency and honesty needs work.
I am a current student at WGU. This college is not for students pursuing a degree in a field in which they are not currently employed. The material that is provided is very technical. In the IT program you are evaluated on your ability to pass national certifications. This can be fairly tough for a student, as myself, who is just entering a new field. One is required to dedicate hours of study time, which is difficult for the working adult. I sit at work all day and study and at home and feel like it is not enough time in a day for the material. The mentors...well I can only speak for my mentor, but I feel as though every time we speak that it is a recording. When he/she asks whether he/she can do anything to help and you explain whatever problem you have and are told that you need to speak to your course mentor. I feel as though the mentor that calls every week is useless. I miss the forum interactions and the class setting; this college certainly makes you feel like you are alone. I plan to do as many courses as I can in my six months and attend another institution for the remainder of my studies. Also many of the entry level jobs and internships, CSX and Boeing to name a few requires the pursuing of a bachelors with a GPA of at least 3.2 and since this school is pass or fail, well this makes that difficult.