Western Governors University Reviews

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  • Annual Tuition: $6,670
78% of 692 students said this degree improved their career prospects
74% of 692 students said they would recommend this school to others
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emaddog
  • Reviewed: 4/2/2020
  • Degree: Elementary Education
  • Graduation Year: 2020
"Coming from a four year brick and mortar state college, WGU was quite a bit different. PROS- 1. More availability to support services, such as advising, financial services, library etc. At a traditional college, you had to work around in person appointments which is frustrating a lot more flexibility with WGU. 2. You move at your own pace. I LOVE this! You can finish a masters in elementary education with licensure in as little as two terms (one full year) or as long as you need. 3. The price! I wish the price was a little bit less since this college doesn't have any in person resources that my brick and mortar college had such as sports, rec, libraries, study halls, food, etc. However, this college was about half the cost of tuition as my brick and mortar college, so in the end that was a major plus! 4. Course work was easy to navigate and complete. Nothing crazy difficult or confusing. 5. Everything online means you can do school work anywhere at anytime. CONS- 1. The #1 con is that this will NOT feel like a college experience if you are someone searching for this. This will not give you friends, experiences and entertainment like my traditional college did. But thats okay, I already got that experience but just wanted to note that for anyone considering this college. 2. May not be as prestigious sounding on resumes. There is a lot of back and forth about this but ultimately I have heard that this college on your resume does not look as good as a traditional college. 3. The masters course was not as rigorous as I would have liked. It felt very easy the entire time (it was time consuming but still easy). I really would have like to been challenged so it felt like my masters meant something."
Sabrina R.
  • Reviewed: 3/18/2020
  • Degree: MBA in Healthcare Management
  • Graduation Year: 2021
"This has been one of the best decisions I have made in my education career thus far. I love that WGU calls in to check on my progress and is always readily available to answer any questions I may have. I am just now starting the program (March of 2020) and have been thoroughly impressed with the teaching style, availability of support, and relevance of the topics to real-world experiences. I am a full-time administrative leader for a hospital and I am able to complete everything at my own pace. I could not recommend this experience enough."
Jerry S.
  • Reviewed: 3/17/2020
  • Degree: Accounting
  • Graduation Year: 2019
"First off, let me state that in my opinion, most of the people who complain about this school are unable to make it all the way to graduation and then give WGU a fair review. Again, in my opinion, these complainers came to the school expecting a pay-for-degree hand-holding online business transaction. Newsflash: WGU IS A REAL UNIVERSITY, and will put you through the wringer to really make you earn your degree. This is exactly the way I want it, because rough programs like WGU's demand respect. Granted the first term or two may seem easy enough, but courses soon increase in difficulty by orders of magnitude. At this point, the stakes are high because you've already invested so much in your introductory terms. The school does not accept just any random applicant. You must meet their admissions criteria first, which often means having an AA - or at least some college credit - or, failing that, several years of real work experience under your belt. Good. The WGU Business degrees are ACBSP accredited, the course of study is rigorous, and the core exams that comprise the degree can be more difficult than at a traditional college (I've graduated from both). The mentors are helpful, and most of the course instructors I worked with were quick to respond, in addition to being extremely knowledgeable CPAs and doctorate-holders. Of course there are a few course instructors who should not be there, but you can say that about any school. *****HOWEVER*****, recently WGU has decided to "lighten up" its accounting program. The Bachelor of Science in Accounting no longer exists for new students, and in its place is the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Accounting. I have no idea why the school would choose to water down such a rigorous degree, but the two are NOT the same. The new "Accounting" degree does not contain some of the difficult and important classes needed to be a "complete" accountant. One class, particularly known for being a killer, has been eliminated from the new degree. In my opinion, WGU took a step backwards and hurt its reputation a bit by doing this. Keeping a full BSAcc degree would continue to propel them down the path to becoming an even better school. -BS, Accounting graduate (I completed the real BSAcc degree, not the BSBA replacement)"
Jesse99901
  • Reviewed: 3/12/2020
  • Degree: Computer and Information Science
  • Graduation Year: 2020
"Terrible process, bland learning experience. So after a stressful experience being admitted to begin with, I'm progressing through my courses but shy on the 12 Credit Units for my term, which I told them I would be considering I work full-time and parent a special needs child. Anyways, I end up having to file an Financial Aid Appeal with them. I am told that I have EVERYTHING in for the appeal after a long phone call. Then next thing, after two days of dead silence from the program, I'm told that I have an administrative WITHDRAWAL from the program. Now I'm being told it will take 60 days to get readmitted. BECAUSE THEY MESSED UP. Needless to say, my fiance who's an RN was considering their BSN program but after seeing all the headaches I've been through she's been completely detered. Sad thing is I kept defending the school from the get go- Assuming that once I got into the program they would be much more helpful, constructive, and productive to their students. DO NOT DO THIS PROGRAM."
Josh
  • Reviewed: 3/10/2020
  • Degree: Business
  • Graduation Year: 2020
"Waste of time and money if your company isn't reimbursing you for it. Extreme lack of support from most teachers with some being totally incompetent to helping with any questions. You mentor's only job is to keep you enrolled, that's it, ask them questions about taking a term break or withdrawing and watch them give you run-around answers. This is a diploma mill, that's it. some classes are so poorly explained you can disseminate the required knowledge unless you already have experience such as working with excel. Do employers respect this university degree because it's accredited, HA HA ok, good luck with that. like I said waste of money, time and stress if your not being completely reimbursed for this "Education" from a "university"."
MLittle
  • Reviewed: 3/7/2020
  • Degree: MBA in Healthcare Management
  • Graduation Year: 2020
"I have been a student at 5 other schools of higher learning. Though I felt that some of them truly cared about my success they all were very much geared towards their schedule, their pride, their dollars, and their quota of students. I have used many writing labs, student mentors, and many class secretaries. When I went back for my MBA in Healthcare Management I had a terrible taste in my mouth from my last experience at Grad school. They treated me like a fundraiser, lied to my over and over. All I can say is that WGU has blown me away with every experience. I am paying 4200 a semester and I am gonna finish early. I don't have to wait weeks for papers or tests to come back. I don't have to deal with completely incompetent writing lab people. I don't have to fight with professors. I don't have to fight with other students on projects. I was struggling on an assignment turned in a paper and it came back for a rewrite. The professor called me on her personal cell, walked me through the rewrite, and asked me to not give on myself. She gave me a pep talk. Why can't other schools be like that. I have been told off before for asking professors questions about tests, papers, assignments, deadlines, etc. WGU is by far the best school for me. About me: Full time night shift RN. 5 kids. Sole provider. I do class when I have time, not when school has the time. The classes are no joke. Hard as any other classes I have taken, but interesting and well supported with extra resources if I am in a funk."
Sean Champagne
  • Reviewed: 3/6/2020
  • Degree: Marketing
  • Graduation Year: 2014
"A good degree on the resume. Worked for tech companies all over Seattle including Amazon with this degree. No regrets. It’s not as easy as showing up, you put in real work with all your down time while you’re working your job. Get your AA then transfer in."
Gene King
  • Reviewed: 3/4/2020
  • Degree: Business
  • Graduation Year: 2017
"I hope this review will help someone in determining whether or not to attend WGU or more importantly to pursue a college degree. In regards to WGU I decided to finish my degree at this institution. I obtained a BS in Business Management. Was it worth it? Yes. Was it easy? No. I had almost 3 years and Indiana University and De Paul University. Trust me when I tell you doing it online creates its' own set of challenges. Self motivation, and determination must be in heavy supply to succeed. Compared to my brick and motor experience in some cases it was even more challenging than either University. I'm self employed so the education has proven to be invaluable in my companies success. I look at my diploma hanging on my office wall every day, and know how much work it took. Is a college degree worth it? Yes. It's a math equation. Only 36 percent of US citizens have a Bachelors degree. By obtaining even a Bachelor's degree you just eliminated 64 percent of the competition. Hope this helps."
Jessica
  • Reviewed: 2/28/2020
  • Degree: Nursing
  • Graduation Year: 2020
"WGU is a great school. The classes are online and organized well. The classes are rigorous and require a lot of work. The program is self-paced, so you are able to graduate sooner if you can finish the classes faster. The standard MSN program takes two years."
Cdrewsurf
  • Reviewed: 2/14/2020
  • Degree: Liberal Studies
  • Graduation Year: 2021
"I went to CSULB for a few years and did very well. I had some personal issues that kept me from graduating unfortunately. I find WGU to be extremely reasonably priced and is very easy to handle. I currently work a full time job, I'm planning a wedding, I have a 4 year old, and I own a competitive cheer team, and I'm still able to get my coursework done. My mentor is supportive and offers advice whenever asked. I won't lie as I'm not a huge fan of the weekly phone calls, but they are short and to the point. I schedule mine during my drive home from work so that i can make sure i have the dedicated time to talk. My mentor is super awesome and even scheduled my classes around my wedding, Bachelorette party, and honeymoon, so they definitely care about your personal life and success. It really is a competency based program. There are so many classes I was able to fly through because I'm comfortable writing a paper or I'm OK in math, so I could go at a faster pace. Of course, there are course materials available if you don't have prior knowledge to pull from. This program is doable for anyone, you just need to want it and be willing to do the work needed. Good luck to anyone furthering their education."