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Degree: Nursing Education
Graduation Year: 2016

WGU is a very good school. I can assure those reading that this is not a fake review, as someone accused of below. The course of study is rigorous and is HIGHLY dependent on self motivation. If you are able to set and honor your own goals, you will do well with WGU. If you require structure to help you achieve your goals then this school will be more difficult for you. One is not better than the other, simply different learning styles. That being said, I am more door #2 and I have managed to get my BSN and my MSN within three years through WGU. Initially I applied and was accepted to UTA for my RN to BSN. I found that program poorly run with poor student support. WGU tempted me by the affordable price. Tuition is a flat rate regardless of how many classes you take, allowing you to accelerate your program without additional cost to you. Online books are included in tuition, eliminating one of the more major expenses involved in seeking a college education. I was also drawn to the mentor program. Having someone to hold me loosely accountable and to discuss frustrations with was very good for me. The coursework is excellent. For the RN to BSN or RN to MSN programs, you must be working as a nurse to be accepted into the program. This is an important distinction. Critical thinking is absolutely required to be able to pass the exams. Independent study is a vital part of this program. Not all material on the exams are covered explicitly in the coursework; this is where working knowledge and critical thinking come into play. There is nothing on the exams that you should not be able to figure out as an RN working in acute care. However, that is also one of the downfalls of the program; it is very much geared toward those nurses who work in acute care. As we all know, not all nurses do. I personally found the exams to be very similar to NCLEX and, while rigorous, not out of the ordinary for our career field. I do have five years of recent acute care experience and I do feel it made a big difference in my ability to pass the exams. I liked that I could essentially "test out" of courses in which I had the knowledge to pass without wasting weeks of time studying redundant materials. As a student, you are assigned a personal "mentor", who is an MSN or higher level nurse. Every course also had two to three class mentors, who were also MSN or higher nurses. Graders are required as well to have advanced degrees. My personal mentor has seen me through the good, the bad and the occasional ugly meltdown. The course mentors were, without exception, simply amazing. Reaching out to them was intimidating to me the first time. I never hesitated again after that. They were accessible, approachable, kind, knowledgeable and willing to go the extra mile each and every time. WGU has an excellent digital library for students to access for research purposes and a writing center to help clean up those papers before submitting for grading. They take care to avoid those who would cheat by plagiarizing others by scanning all submitted papers into TurnItIn, a database of published and student works. Papers over 30% match do not pass muster. I never had one rank more than 11%. The average age of my graduating class was 40. There were a lot of us who are working parents. It was a diverse group of people at our graduation ceremony, which was super special and very well done. The competency based program is gathering steam and beginning to be offered by other institutions now. WGU is the first of its kind and it was, without a doubt, a way to make going back to school easier, more manageable and more affordable for those of us who did not do this early in life. Cons I encountered included the absolute need for self direction (which ultimately has helped me grow, but it did make things hard), shifting coursework changing up expectations from students from semester to semester and at one point being advised to skip doing a couple of classes I was enrolled in because they were changing. With those, I was told they would reflect as an "incomplete" on my transcript, thus not impacting my GPA. Unfortunately they did not honor my good faith following of those instructions and now sit on my transcript as "not passed", which equates to an F. That has me upset, as it may limit my ability to get in for NP school. My complaints regarding this have gotten lost in the bureaucracy without an advocate for getting it resolved and fixed. I have been told there are no "incomplete" grades or "withdrawn" grades on WGU transcripts, so be aware, you cannot quit in the middle and negate the impact of it. Once you are signed up, you are either going to pass or not. There does seem to be some disorganization as the school works out their rapid growth. In all, I think WGU is a good option for those who are able to follow the program, critically think and discipline themselves to do the work. The coursework is definitely in line with current evidence-based practice guidelines and is staffed by admirable nurses who have achieved already what we are studying to become. I am proud of my degrees from WGU. I am not proud, however, of my transcript given the two grade I did not earn nor deserve. I do recommend this program, but go into it with open eyes.

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Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2016

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.

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Degree: Information Technology
Graduation Year: 2014

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.

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Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2016

I choose WGU Nursing program because of few of my coworkers studied there. The main attraction was the affordability. You could go through classes as fast as you can, paying the same fixed amount for the semester. My friends completed the BS in Nursing ( on top of associate) in 12-18 months. So, if you are able to handle non-stop extensive paper writing, supplied by the very minimum of confusing directions, and inability to get straight responses from mentors, this program is for you. Weekly phone calls with your counselor will make your feel imprisoned and schooled, but that's how they keep you hooked. Some of the student counselors don't even care what are you talking about, they just need to indicate the fact of the conversation. Study materials is not easy to follow! For me, the most useful info was obtained from course chartrooms. Where other poor souls like you exchange their pains and aches. Taskstreem that WGU chose for submitting and grading student papers is a separate story. You will get how it works, eventually...... sometime by the end of your program. The most "amazing" thing on Taskstream is originality report section. All of your previously submitted papers would appear as plagiarism, if you attempt to re-submit it. WGu could invest some pennies into purchasing more student friendly program. Their evaluators work like slaves, grading hundreds student papers a month. No wonder they get emotional in writing reviews. There is no human interaction with evaluators, so they take a full advantage of hiding behind the screen anonymously. If you want to be belittled and scolded on your school papers, this program is for you. I would not recommend WGU BS Nursing program to my friends. There are other better places, like Grand Canyon, for example.

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Degree: Elementary Education
Graduation Year: 2019

You don't get help from the professors like you should. Beat around the bush answers and never anything direct. Even if I sincerely tried. Should have spent my money somewhere else where help would have been given. WGU=affordable, but not student friendly.

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Degree: MBA in Technology Management
Graduation Year: 2016

I transferred out to pay higher tuition due to the lack of support and clarification received from Course Mentors, Student Mentors, and management. You will be fine as long as you keep your head down, and avoid noticing any of their many inconsistencies in modules.

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Degree: Electrical Engineering
Graduation Year: 2015

I read a lot of reviews when trying to figure out if WGU was right for me. Some of the reviews really made me nervous but I went ahead and enrolled anyways. I loved my program and the course mentors. The self paced approach was really what I was looking for as I wanted to get this degree as quickly as possible. I was able to start in July 2015 and will graduate in Dec 2015-dont get me wrong it was a lot of work-45 papers, an exam, practicum and a thesis but I was able to get through the material quickly. You definitely need to be able to set your own goals and teach yourself most of the material-this isnt an issue for me because i'd rather do that than sit in classes-I didnt that for undergrad and my first grad degree. There are course mentors to assist you when needed and a mentor that follows you for support.

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Degree: Mathematics
Graduation Year: 2015

Once you have completed Calculus, Linear & Abstract Algebra, & passed your Math Praxis, you must pass gov't edTPA or WGU TAKES AWAY YOUR MATH DEGREE (YOUR PROVEN SKILL) & REPLACES IT WITH A GENERAL ED DEGREE 'cause the gov says you can't teach! WOW!

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Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2013

It's been two years since graduating from WGU and I have yet to secure a job in the field that my degree is in. To make matters worse, they started offering IT certifications two years into my program, yet didn't offer them to me. Funny thing is, I found out by showing some friends of mine who were prospective students, the WGU website. When I contacted them to inquire about why I wasn't offered these certifications, I got the run around, then they stopped returning my calls and e-mails. I have since started taking certification courses to fill in the educational gaps that my WGU education should have filled. I keep a folder of all the emails that I received from Western Governors University during that time with all of the various excuses. Now, when people ask me about my experience with the school, I show them the folder, show them my student loan debt, and explain that I am still working in the same field that I was working in when I started school. Then I let them decide if its worth the money. It was bad enough that they didn't accept most of the units I had from my A.A. degree from a previous college when I started, but all they had to do was add the certifications to my program, since I was still attending and racking up loan debt. I'd probably be working in my degree field by now if they did. They obviously knew the degree was lacking something, or they wouldn't have added the certifications. This is my W.G.U. experience.

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Degree: Elementary Education
Graduation Year: 2015

I earned my associate's degree from a local community college and had taken quite a few classes toward my bachelors at the local university when I heard about WGU. I decided to go to WGU as it sounded very convenient. I work and have a family, so WGU seemed ideal for me. At first it seemed wonderful... perfect! My degree plan showed I needed about 12 classes to finish, which was a couple more than what I would have needed through the university, but I felt that was a good trade off. The first term with WGU went well, but then my mentor stopped calling and would not respond to my email or phone calls. I was on my own. For the most part, this wasn't a big deal as I'm very organized and motivated to get my assignments done. I was getting concerned though as things were not going as they should and no one would give me any answers. I had asked for Elementary Education, but they put me in Special Education saying it was just a couple more classes and would be good for me, even though it's not the area I wanted. I couldn't get anyone to change it. When it came time for my 2nd term, my entire degree plan changed... it now had 33 classes!!! Special Education was still my degree, so that hadn't changed, but they added a LOT more classes. No one could tell me why all of those classes were added... what a shock that was to me! Eventually, my mentor was replaced, and she was very nice, but didn't seem to know much. She always had to get back with me and never had concrete answers for me. Very frustrating. Just a few weeks into the 2nd term, I started to get so concerned that I decided to contact the local university and see what my options were to finish my degree. Only one course I took through WGU transferred, the rest were not necessary... so I wasted a lot of time and money. My graduation date through WGU was going to be 2017, but through the university, it will be 2015! I think WGU is a great concept, but there are many kinks they need to work out. I wasn't able to put forth the money and time needed to finish at WGU. Plus, I must be able to fully trust and gain the answers and information I need. I did not feel that way with WGU. I have also been told personally that the lack of letter grade and grade point average can be a big deal for some schools who are hiring. I hear mixed reviews about how WGU is perceived with those looking to hire teachers. I couldn't take that risk either.

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