Western Governors University Reviews

  • 697 Reviews
  • Salt Lake City (UT)
  • Annual Tuition: $6,670
78% of 697 students said this degree improved their career prospects
73% of 697 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Chelsie Reid
  • Reviewed: 12/14/2013
  • Degree: Special Education
"I highly recommend WGU! I was a teenage mother with a dream of being a Special Education teacher. I had a newborn child and was unable to attend the traditional college, so I found WGU. 4 years later I graduated from WGU with my Bachelor's in Special Education. I immediately found a teaching job that I love. I recently started back at WGU for my Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction. My husband and sister-in-law are also WGU students and they too love it. You have to be self-motivated because it is so convenient that you could procrastinate. The mentors are so helpful and caring, and you can't beat the tuition!"
Tyler W.
  • Reviewed: 12/9/2013
  • Degree: Elementary Education
"After reading some of the very negative reviews about WGU I thought I should put in my 2 cents worth. My overall experience with WGU was extremely positive. (That is not to say that it was easy or that there weren't times that I was pulling my hair out trying to figure out what was desired for certain assignments.) I had previously completed 4 years at a brick and mortar school before deciding education was the path for me. By this time I was 26 working full time and had a daughter on the way. I was able to accelerate my program and finish everything in 18 months. This saved me a substantial amount of money over staying at my brick and mortar school. I was also able to work full time and still be at home in the evenings. I was extremely busy with a new baby, working, and studying but I managed. My student teaching experience was smooth and I was offered a job at the school before the completion of my student teaching. I was able to finish out the school year as a teacher which was awesome. Then I received a job offer for a very competitive school in Wyoming. I was one of 580 applications for 1 job. (this is not to boast but merely my experience getting jobs with a WGU degree) I will start work on a WGU masters degree next year in Administration. There are at least 2 administrators in my district who received their Masters from WGU and landed administrative jobs. When starting WGU my primary concern was: Would a WGU degree put me behind other applicants when job hunting? Well I can honestly saw nothing but good has come from my WGU experience. I have recommended WGU to many friends and will continue to do so."
Amy
  • Reviewed: 11/20/2013
  • Degree: Special Education
"I had an existing bachelors, so I initially enrolled into the MA in Teaching. I really wanted to focus on special education, but since I wasn't already licensed, I couldn't enroll in the MA special education program. I decided to get my bachelor's in special education at WGU. I am highly qualified to teach in my county. There is some inclusion, but most of the special education content was limited. It was more about general education and then self-study to complete the praxis content area in the special education content areas. My internship at the elementary level was in an inclusive environment. Then, the second half of my internship at the middle school level was resource, so inclusive as well. I ended up with a teaching position in a self-contained classroom. I have personal experience that made me feel confident in my field as a special education teacher. Then, I returned to WGU for my master's in curriculum and instruction. I was teaching in a classroom where the students were following the elementary integrated curriculum, but the content had to be modified (a lot). I wanted that degree to create and design a curriculum for students in the area of functional life skills. I had an incredible experience with WGU. It's definitely a self-study program, so it's important to be really motivated. I had the same undergraduate mentor for the entire 2 years (since I already had a bachelor's, some of my credits transferred). Then, during my master's program, I had the same mentor for the 2 years. I went part time (not full time). Both mentors were informative, supportive, and encouraging. The program was definitely rigorous for me. I have been researching doctorate programs in special education because I want to teach at the university level and WGU offered a PhD program in my area of interest, I'd sign up for it, too. Financial aid had some glitches, but I was always able to speak to a live person. The taskstream format to submit assignments had clear expectations and the grading system was fair. It was tough...I can't emphasize how much I felt challenged and almost burned out towards the end of my master's program. The grading instructors have no problem sending an assignment back for revision. My weekly calls with my mentor helped me stay on track and feel I wasn't alone, when I really was alone it was nice. I had to go to a testing center because the webcam didn't work with my Mac, but that was fine. Scheduling an exam was not difficult. I wanted to write a review because I'm reading a lot of reviews for the PhD programs that I'm interested in and I felt it was important to share my positive experiences. And, in my county, WGU had an established relationship with the district, so getting an assignment to complete my internship was easier than I expected. The organization at the school is fantastic. I liked the competency based program. I like studying at my own pace. There were communities to connect with others, but I didn't use them much. I didn't have any problems with certification/licensure in my state and district. I'm in Maryland. I love WGU and highly recommend the school of education. I made a great choice and I keep in touch with my mentors. The school really wants to help you succeed if that is what you want for yourself."
Cindy Bitterman
  • Reviewed: 11/18/2013
  • Degree: Nursing
"Let me just start by saying that I did receive my masters degree in three 6 month sessions ,I have seen reviews that state WGU is a " scam" it certainly is not a scam in that I did receive my intended masters degree which qualified me for a raise. The area of the University that I found to be sketchy was the quality of the teaching. There basically was not any instruction or a course mentor to interact or ask questions. Any query to expand on topics would result in a very general email to just refer to the course online materials. I found much of the information I needed to pass tasks by googling topics and seeing what came up. I also found You - Tube a great resource, which does not speak well to the level of instruction from WGU. I began referring to the University to my friends and family as Western Google University. Just to share a personal experience I was having difficulty passing a task that involved statical analysis. The course mentor did finally contact me but only after my term ended requiring me to start the course all over again. The course mentor told me that my paper was not passing because I had quantitative data that she did not fully understand because she was more comfortable with qualitative data. If I was going to pass the course I would have to change my entire data collection method to qualitative. For this course the instructor should be familiar with all types of data analysis so that student " tasks " can be properly graded. I also found it concerning that many of the courses are graded by Taskstream, not course instructors ( according to taskstream ) And finally, after writing my huge Masters Thesis and presenting what I felt was a wonderful power point to my Capstone Mentor I was simply thanked for my time and the online conference was disconnected, very anticlimactic - no comments - questions anything. Maybe it sucked, wouldn't know because after turning in a 100 page masters thesis I get a simple " passed" on my taskstream account. Would it be so hard write " nice job", "very original" or "this is the worst Capstone we've ever evaluated and want to be rid of you" Give me something. So if you read this tirade wanting to know if you should enroll in the masters in nursing admin program I would say yes only if you have had a great deal of nursing experience and research experience because if not you will be on your own and very frustrated."
Tammy Forrest
  • Reviewed: 11/11/2013
  • Degree: Education
"This is tough coursework but that is to be expected. It has been a perfect option for me. I am 3 credits from achieving my bachelors degree and it cost me only $6,400. I recommend the school to everyone that I know!"
Nicole u
  • Reviewed: 10/25/2013
  • Degree: Human Resources
"I loved WGU and the flexibility it provides to someone like me who is very self motivated. My mentor was awesome and kept me on track. I just enrolled in a masters program this week at WGU and I would recommend it to anyone that is willing to work hard and is self motivated."
Michelle
  • Reviewed: 10/15/2013
  • Degree: Social Sciences
"The classes are very easy and they have not taught me anything that I needed for the classroom. I have a professional certificate in a state that does not require me to the praxis but in order for me to get my master's degree I have to pay for a 100.00 test that I don't need for my state certification. Its a waste of money and wgu needs to rethink about those who are in a state that does not need to take the praxis and are spending more money then those who are in a state that requires to take that test. horrible I wish I didn't go to school here. my advice don't sign up for a online programs that does that make accommodations for state to state students."
Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 10/11/2013
  • Degree: Healthcare Informatics
"Maybe I see things a little different than some that's on here. This school is NOT for everyone. They do not hold your hand. They are not going to baby you into doing what you have invested your money (or loan) to do. I think it works for those who work and have other obligations that interfere with being in a brick and mortar. I have a great student mentor and course mentors. The forums are a big help as well. Not once have I encountered a situation where I was not able to speak to any mentors. They have been very personable. If you are looking for a place that follows behind you and keep staying on you then don't enroll. Because everything that you do (or don't) is on you. They are there to support and help you stay on track but excuses are not allowed."
Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 10/9/2013
  • Degree: Business
"I graduated from WGU in June of 2012. Before enrolling in WGU I completed an Associates Degree in Business Management from my local community college. I also had taken several courses at an expensive traditional school. Most of my credits transferred in. This helped to speed up the process. I found the course exam/final paper difficulty at WGU comparable to both the traditional school and the community college. However, there are no official classes or a professor explaining the subject matter chapter by chapter. This is not a traditional school with traditional courses. It is up to the student to seek out what he or she does not understand. I read the suggested material and did the suggested exercises. At one point, I was confused about a writing assignment and couldn't figure it out myself. I set up an appointment with their "writing center". A professional writing tutor gave a a great 1/2 hour session online in real time and over the phone. I figured out what I was doing wrong, and moved forward. At another point, I didn't understand a concept and I contacted the course mentor who helped me understand what I was stuck on. If you do not have good time management skills, are not self motivated, or procrastinate, this college is not for you. Six months after graduating, I went from a "job" at a small office to a "career" at a large company. I had the ability, experience, and the skill to get the career prior to WGU, but I just didn't have the ticket (the degree) to get my foot in the door. Thanks to WGU, I tripled my salary and walked away without debt. Not bad for a $3000 investment (that includes the digital textbooks). If you are considering WGU and you're looking for the "ticket" for the next step in your career; I highly advise you to take the leap. I wish I would have done it sooner."
Laurene Elauria-Johnson
  • Reviewed: 10/6/2013
  • Degree: Nursing
"I graduated from WGU last May,2013. I am satisfied with my degree from BSN to MSN. Nothing was given to me for free. I had two excellent student mentors who pushed me as well as encouraged me to do well which I did not experience in the traditional schools I attended. These two were great help for me in completing my tasks via taskstream. Those people/evaluator were also great. I can tell the future students that you cannot gallivant or take the assignments for granted or you will really fail. I had three years of not having fun, now i can compete with anybody because I have RN-MSN after my signature. Some nurses don't want to do anything to advance their career and feel sour when they see my signature. All I can say is "honey enroll yourself and try what i did and up to that point I am willing to listen and tell them if i can do it you can also do it!" Everything for me was difficult at WGU, I had a qualitative research as my last course, here the professor was great and she really tested me from the first day i told her i would like to get out in the community up until my dissertation. There were times I contemplated of dropping but my mentor was always there for me to cheer me up and told me "you can do it!" I just could not believe the negative publicity about WGU but take it from me nothing was handed to me for free, I literally worked hard to obtain my BSN to MSN degree. The last time I checked from the Pa Dept of Education, I am a graduate from a registered and accredited University. Thanks WGU."
Jason
  • Reviewed: 10/4/2013
  • Degree: Information Technology
"This "School" is a joke, heck i wouldn't even call it a school. More like an accredited diploma mill. They boast how their tuition is "Only" 6000 year, well heck that's alot of money especially when all you're getting are correspondance courses not worht crap, and is only used as busy work. The so called assignments are a joke, the IT certifications, well all you have to do is study the free download braindump questions online and take the test. The capstone was a joke. All you have to do is make up about 10 pages of nonsence , submit it on taskstream, and i guarantee it will come back as a 'pass'. HAHA then you receive an email saying you've 'Graduated' and how will you like your name displayed on your fake diploma. I don't even list WGU on my resume. My Associates from a real college is sufficient. People laugh when they hear you've "Attended" WGU onlinej, what a quack of an institution. I received absolutely no education value with this bs program. Pissed away about 10K for nothing. The only good thing is that I can put down I have a 4 year degree on the yearly Census. Don't waste your money with this crap, attend a State University or even a for Profit instittuion. WGU boasts how they are a private not for profit, that's total BS. All they care about is taking your 6K every year and all you get are links to online study material. They don't even provide the damn books free only E Texts which are next to impossible to read, and a piece of crap T Shirt and coffee mug. Stay away from this nonsence and go out and get a real education. Check all the college catalogs out there and you'll never see WGU listed anywhere. This place is a joke."
Juan Pittman
  • Reviewed: 9/11/2013
  • Degree: Information Technology
"I will be completly honest. WGU is NOT for everyone. If you're someone that needs to be reminded to do something, you're probably better off attending a brick and mortar school. I'm a bit lazy myself so one thing that's helped me so far has been my weekly meetings with my mentor. He makes me commit to certain task and holds me to it each week. The quality of what you're learning is solid. I've learned things in math, I had no clue how to complete before. I'm just about to complete one of the most complex papers I've ever written in my life. I'd say I've learned a great amount while enrolled at WGU. It's what you make of it. To those bashing the school, I'm sure if they'd look deeper into their situation they'd find that the school wasn't their issue."
Cheryl F
  • Reviewed: 8/30/2013
  • Degree: Education
"I already have a BA and an Master's Degree ~ I enrolled in WGU to pursue a Post-Bacc Teacher Certification. However, given my experience with WGU, I would strongly warn against enrolling here for any degree or program. There is no genuine educational value in the 'tasks' that are required of students; just a series of 'hoops' to jump through, with a rubber-stamped 'passed' once you've completed them. The mentor program is really ridiculous; you are forced to converse with a mentor on a weekly or bi-weekly basis, but they offer no tangible advice or help. I think their existence just fills some accreditation requirement for WGU. Seriously, if you want to work in Education, you owe it to the students you will be teaching to get your degree from a school that will actually provide you with useful classes ~ this is NOT Western Governors University. Stay away!"
Kay
  • Reviewed: 8/17/2013
  • Degree: Nursing
"Tell us about your college experience.I started school on June 1 and have made good progress through my courses. I am 28 years since my last college nursing course and even though I have lots of great experience, I am learning so much!! This way of finally getting my BSN is challenging mostly in part due to the technology, but I have been supported well by WGU's technical support. The course content up to this point has been stellar and the classes challenging. I was not sure I would be able to pass Statistics, but the course mentor goes above and beyond with his webinars, support and availability. Other nurses I work with have had to drop out of their online programs just because they could not pass their Statistics course. I really like the self paced part of this program and so appreciate not having a weekly deadline to submit "papers" like I know other courses make their students do. This is the perfect environment for learning.Would you get the same degree if you could start over?I am a long term nurse who has avoided getting my bachelor's for far too long. This is the only course for me at this point.What advice can you offer other students?I tell young nurses all the time, get your BSN now!! There are so many options to doing this, just get it done!!"
Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 7/30/2013
  • Degree: Teaching
"Tell us about your college experience.WGU requires that you take the Praxis which is the test required to get certified in 1 term. Bad thing is they are completely spate and WGU has nothing to do with the test dates. The company who provides the tests is ETS and they have riduculously inadequate test options. For my program of Earth Science they offer the test Oct. 8, 9, and 10 for the entire Fall & Winter. This has made it impossible for me to test during my term and gives me an automatic not passed. WGU should not have requirements when they have nothing to do with the scheduling and should require the test be done before you are able to graduate like most certifications rather than setting you up to not pass a course. They have given me no option to take the course at another time when test dates are available so I cannot pass the course and will lose my good standing with financial aid. The mentors were completely misleading and decieving.Would you get the same degree if you could start over?I would not because they set you up for failure.What advice can you offer other students?Do not sign up for your teacher content course until ETS sets their test dates even if it makes you graduate late at least you canwill actually get a chance to take the test."
Nick
  • Reviewed: 7/25/2013
  • Degree: MBA
"Tell us about your college experience.This school is a gift to the motivated, goal-oriented folks of the world. If you really love to learn and you're okay not sitting in a classroom, you can't beat the flexibility, the price, and the quality of material. I can't believe the people that say they didn't learn anything - that's insane. The point of competency based education is that you move fast (or skip) things you already know and slow down and learn the things you need to. Employers like hearing about this in an interview, and when you talk about your discipline, goal-setting, and time management of attending school while working you will demolish your competitors and get the job.Would you get the same degree if you could start over?100% YES! I work full time and getting my MBA helped my career, I received an immediate raise and make over $35 an hour. I did it without debt and could push forward and accelerate courses.What advice can you offer other students?WGU is designed to fit around real-world competencies. You have to find the answer yourself and there isn't a lot of hand-holding, which is just like what the workplace is like. That said, the Course Mentors and resources are incredible and I'm very pleased with the quality of instruction. Give this amazing place a chance and you'll know you aren't "just a number", but that they want you to succeed."
jordan
  • Reviewed: 6/28/2013
  • Degree: Secondary Education
"I started my college career at a traditional 4 year university. My experience there was the typical college experience and I'm glad I have those memories. However, I married a military man and had to move before I graduated. That's what led me to WGU. I completed my undergraduate in elementary education and had a wonderful semester of student teaching. I am now a teacher in a large and competitive school district. Additionally, I am two classes away from receiving my master degree in education from, none other than, Western Governors University. I have had phenomenal support from the mentors and all the staff I have had interactions with (financial aid, course mentors, etc.). I am so happy that I found this school! Future students; WGU is writing intensive, yes, that means you write a lot of papers and do a lot of research. Plus, you have to be able to discipline yourself. There is no teacher begging for homework. However, you will have a great, friendly, and supportive mentor that will become like family. We love and hate our family right? Just kidding...the mentors motivate you and hold you accountable. I couldn't have graduated without mine! Bottom-line: Great school! Great staff! I regret nothing!"
Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 6/27/2013
  • Degree: Nursing
"As long as you are determined and can work independently, you will be able succeed at WGU. I have been out of school for nearly 30 years and was able to dig in and complete classes at my own pace. Many many papers to write, follow the rubrics, write papers addressing rubrics and you will succeed."
Matt
  • Reviewed: 6/20/2013
  • Degree: Management
"Just finished my business degree (BS) with a emphasis in sales and sales management. I consider myself an expert in sales and learned quite a bit from the two sales certificates you earn as part of the degree. I don't understand how someone can say they learned nothing at WGU. ? How is that possible having to write 30 papers and take a dozen tough tests? I personally do learn more in a classroom setting but who has the time. With the great price, accelerated program and the fact they are fully accredited made them the choice for me. Why waste time or money?"
vince
  • Reviewed: 6/20/2013
  • Degree: Secondary Education
"I just got word today that I landed a job with the 2nd school I interviewed with! I worked hard at WGU and had to put in a good deal of time finding my own resources to completing the assignments, but this helped me figure out how I learn. Learning how you learn one of the most important things to being successful at WGU. WGU is NOT a typical college and if you are expecting all the information to be in a single book or in some lecture, you will have a tough go of it until you develop some resources. Once you get a good pool of sites and books that YOU can learn from, the rest is fairly easy. I was always able to get in contact with faculty that could answer content or administrative questions and the student teaching process was set up for me by WGU without any issues. Look, if you want an easy degree this is not the school for you. However, if you want the ability to tailor your learning experience and dislike due dates, WGU will work out well as long as you are willing to commit the time. One last thing, my degree was never questioned by any administrators in my school district and I heard back from every position I applied to."