Western Governors University Reviews

  • 699 Reviews
  • Salt Lake City (UT)
  • Annual Tuition: $6,670
78% of 699 students said this degree improved their career prospects
73% of 699 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Lauren LaFave
  • Reviewed: 10/7/2012
  • Degree: Marketing
"I loved WGU. This is a school for people who can learn on their own and want to speed up the process to graduation. To fulfill all requirements, you do have to prove your knowledge, but if you reach out for help, you WILL find it. The student mentors WANT you to graduate. I really felt like everytime I was on the phone or emailing someone that they were behind me 100%.I am a flight attendant and my schedule is crazy. The way WGU has their courses set up was so perfect. And my mentor could change our scheduled meeting time if I needed to. This school is not for people who NEED homework to learn. This is for someone who can read what they need to and comprehend quickly. I could not have been luckier to find WGU when I did. If I have any regrets it's just that I did not find them sooner! I plan on completing my MBA once I finish my BA next summer."
Frank
  • Reviewed: 10/5/2012
  • Degree: Business
"Even though WGU is classified as a non-profit school, it seems they only care about money. I felt rushed to accept the Academic Activity Verification, not knowing the consequences. Sure they tell you in a round about way via a long computer based orientation process. Seemed like every day I was asked "did you accept it yet?" The day I accepted was the day I was told I now owe.The curriculum and support was indeed lacking. You have to be completely self reliant and hope that the grading czars approve of your work.I have completely given up and now that I am past the deadline I owe a full semester tuition. My advice to anyone considering WGU is to really do your homework and consider all options. If you do choose WGU, make sure you have a good home support system.With everything in life, you get what you pay for..."
Matt
  • Reviewed: 9/24/2012
"This school wasn't right for me at all. They are completely hands off and don't have their act together when it comes to what they expect. All details of assignments are vague. Written assignments are scored by rubrics that are interpreted differently according to who's doing the scoring. I had assignments that went back and forth three and four times, with different people wanting different things from it each time. I changed things and then, the next scorer wants it back like it was to begin with. This gets old very fast. It's like playing a guessing game. Submit the work enough times and someone will pass you sooner or later.It's the fast food approach to education. It doesn't really matter what you've written or learned. I've had lots of online classes that I really liked at the community college level. I'm more of a self learner, so I like the online format. This was a waste of time though. Some may like it, but you learn more about dealing with bureaucracy than you do about the subjects you are studying."
angelina
  • Reviewed: 9/13/2012
  • Degree: Marketing
"Graduated with BS , getting my MBA now. Best school if you are willing to work hard. If you are lazy , you are going to complain like the previous two fellas here!"
Rob Gibson
  • Reviewed: 9/10/2012
  • Degree: MBA
"While still relatively new to the program (second semester), I can say that the program is quite rigorous. A lot of work (which is good). Nothing soft about this online program at all. The curriculum is contemporary and meets current business needs. I would much rather be in this program than a face-to-face, sit-in-class for three hours program. Good content. Good student services.The graders have made me a little frustrated from time-to-time. Having 'shadow graders' leaves something to be desired. Not crazy about that concept. But, I do like competency-based learning. Very effective. Much better than inflated 'grades' that mean little. Today's employers want competent employees, not necessarily people that get good grades but know little about practical applications. We actually generate projects and papers that are directly transferable to the workplace. Beats a bunch of test that you'll soon forget."
A Current Student
  • Reviewed: 9/9/2012
  • Degree: MBA
"After reading a few of the most recent reviews I felt like I needed to jump on this discussion in support of WGU. I am a current student working toward my MBA.My experience has been very positive. The staff are very professional and helpful. The courses are challenging but not overwhelming.I have taken 6 courses so far, and I have learned a lot. The grading for Grad level is all projects and papers. Once I complete a project I send it in. In a few days I get an email with feedback on what I have done. If it passes yah!! But if not the graders give me feedback on areas I need to strengthen.Someone mentioned on here that they get papers back with areas that were correct before and not correct the second time. Here is an easy tip.....when you need to do a revision HIGHLIGHT the area that you are revising, this will help the grader and you.Before applying to this school I looked at many other online schools and they just did not give me the true flexibility that I needed. Many other online classes are classes that are online. They have set days and times to attend. This may sound good in theory, but if you are a busy working person, being hemmed in like that just does not work."
William Sweee
  • Reviewed: 9/2/2012
  • Degree: Information Technology
"Western Governors University Degree was worthless. Its not accepted anywhere because you don't get grades, you get pass or fail.Additionally, many jobs will not accept it as a degree even though its accreditation. Also, they changed their program about every other month so their own employees don't know what is going on.After finishing my degree, their policy changes made it so me and many other people were no longer eligible for their own masters degree.... or any one else's. I now, have to do my bachelors degree over at a school with real grades."
Holly
  • Reviewed: 8/29/2012
  • Degree: Education
"If I would have known everything, or if I could go back and do it again, I never would have gone here. I am so close to graduation and WGU keeps messing things up. They cannot get all departments on the same page. I was supposed to start my last semester on August 1. On the 15th I was told everything had been resolved. It is now the 29th and it wasn't really resolved, and I was forced to either be withdrawn or extend my break another month. Now this will effect my student teaching and everything. Just the last thing in a string of mistakes they have made. The student has to be extremely motivated.This school just wants your money. Granted, it costs less than most online schools per semester, but they also do not count any credits or classes that you have already taken. I'm on year 6 of full time paid tuition. There is a lot of bad communication. I am on my 5th mentor or "counselor," many of which gave me bad advice. The school does not honor what the mentor says. One mentor told me I had to get a job at a school in order to complete something, so I shifted my entire life around, got a job, and while it was a good experience- it did not help me accomplish anything for school. This school is ever changing.I took an approved break from school and they did not honor what I had completed before the break. I had to fight tooth and nail, not to have to redo all of my pre-clinical experience. Things change from month to month. Changes are big and small... and no student is exempt from them. I wonder if they will still be considered a valid education.One thing is true, the graduation rate is pretty low, and those who do graduate deserve praise and honor, because it is next to impossible. UGH... please reconsider going to a more establish school that does not change everything with every blink of the eye."
Sandra Espinoza
  • Reviewed: 8/25/2012
"I have read the reviews for WGU and must say that if you are considering WGU you need to be objective about these reviews. If you are not successful at WGU it is likely because the learning platform was not the best choice for you. You must be disciplined to complete each semester on time. It has taken me 3 years to complete my MBA, however I could have finished sooner if I had been more disciplined with my course work. As an adult learner you must understand your personality and make sure it fits this type of instruction. If you are not self motivated you won't do will at WGU.I dreaded the thought of going to a classroom several nights a week to listen to lectures and off track comments that often happen in a classroom. I would rather the instructor provide the tools for professional growth rather than listen to weekly lectures. Traditional classes may be perfect for some individuals and I appreciate that, but if you are a self learner and don't want the hassle and restraint of attending scheduled classes WGU is greatDue to several personal and work related issues it took me longer to complete my degree, however I had the flexibility to adjust my schedule to the demands of family and full time work. My mentor was great - she understood and encouraged me through many set backs -I had little interaction with course mentors, which was my personal choice. They were available and would send emails to see if i needed any assistance with the course, however I prefer independent study. The level of interaction is up to you.I am a military student and found the school to be very easy to work with utilizing TA and the GI Bill. I also liked the fact that most of the course material is online so you don't have to lug books around, most work is accessed electronically.I do not feel like I was "given" anything as the course of instruction was very demanding.Hope this helps some skeptics."
Richie
  • Reviewed: 8/21/2012
"I'm a student of WGU and I'm proud to say that the university provides quality education. You control the way you learn and accelerate at your own pace. Lots of educational resources instrumental to learning are available to students. WGU is accredited and stands tall among other onlne universities.A course mentor is assigned to each course. Your mentor maintains regular scheduled phone calls to assess your progress and answer your question(s). There're no class schedules and the tuition is affordable. WGU courses aren't easy. It requires hard work, dedication and discipline.I therefore recommend WGU to anyone wishing to obtain a quality education without rattling over a high tuition and classroom schedules."
KH
  • Reviewed: 8/17/2012
  • Degree: Business
"I enrolled in WGU because of good reviews and affordable tuition. Lo and behold you can not believe everything you hear or read. Instead of advisors this school has a mentor that calls and "checks" on you every week during your first class and every two weeks after. My mentor guided me incorrectly, did not own up to it and because of misinformation and constant policy changes I lost my financial aid.I transferred in with a 3.6 average as a sophmore and will gladly go back to my traditional school and pay more. I requested a mentor change too late. I never heard from my instructor, never had classmate interaction except for the first week, and the whole set up is weird. This school gets an F from me."
Tom
  • Reviewed: 8/3/2012
"The program took me three years to complete but it got me a job with a top company. Every step of the way they make sure that you excel professionally and academically. In this degree program, I not only obtained the degree, but I passed a number of certification exams that most colleges do not even know about. These certifications have proved to be valuable to potential employers. This school is accredited, and deserves some serious respect."
Robin
  • Reviewed: 7/8/2012
  • Degree: Education
"WGU let me get my master's degree and to fulfill my dreams. Without WGU and the online experience to do classes late at night or whenever, I would have never been able to it!! The price was the lowest around, great overall support and feedback from some great educators made getting my master's much easier than I had ever expected."
Sara
  • Reviewed: 7/7/2012
"I moved over to WGU after I fell into deep debt with a different college. I was paying for the name of the school. Think about it, the most popular schools are typically, more expensive. I am finishing my degree with WGU and feel that it is basically the same degree. To date, I have not had an employer tell me "I see you are finishing up your degree at WGU. Sorry, we can't hire you". I'm sure there are employers out there that might say something like that, but I don't really want to work for a company that compares and contrasts accredited schools anyway. Really, it's not there place to judge me based on where I earned my degree. A degree is a degree. It's the same piece of paper. WGU's paper is just waaay cheaper.If you are still reading, please note that I have had one issue. The graders that work for WGU (third party I think) are not consistent at all. They may leave comments one day, and tell you to fix the paper. Then after turning it in, they may leave comments the next time telling you to fix something completely different, and still won't pass it. That can get really annoying and is by far, the worst that I have seen out of WGU. Other than that, financial aid runs smoothly, the mentors are nice and professional...and the cost is 1/5 a semester than what I was paying before :)"
Chantel P
  • Reviewed: 7/2/2012
  • Degree: Business
"WGU is an amazing school for anyone interested in pursuing a degree online.Keep in mind that it is completely self paced, so if you are not a good self motivator than this is NOT the school for you.With that being said, I LOVE this school. My enrollment counselor was very friendly and helpful, without being pushy at all. The financial aid department is very helpful and the application process was simple. The tuition is very affordable. My student mentor is wonderful and motivating- I actually look forward to her calls! There are plenty of resources to help you gain the knowledge you need to finish the classes. And the tests are straightforward and fair.I love that I can do my work at any hour of the day and anywhere that I have internet access. I am a single parent and usually end up working on school late at night after I put my son to bed. I don't have to pay for babysitters or daycare, which makes this education even more affordable."
Dailee Mao
  • Reviewed: 6/7/2012
  • Degree: Education
"I got my B.A in education from WGU and it was the best choice I have ever made. I had years of teaching experience (pre-k) but no degree so I couldnt teach older students. I went to WGU and was a lazy student. Now I see that! I felt online would be easier and I was wrong. It took me 3 years to complete my program. I could have finished in 2 had I applied myself. The school gave me all the support I needed. The information was all present.Yes, task stream can be annoying, and the graders are tough. There are task I have resubmitted 4 times before passing. However, any school would be tough and you may not get the chance to try again on task in a traditional school. I am super happy with my experience I just wish they offered a psych program for my masters!"
Joanne Martin
  • Reviewed: 6/2/2012
"I have been a student of WGU for a while now and due to some unforeseen personal circumstances that caused me to have not just 1 but 3 surgeries I was put into a "suspended student status" meaning that I was no longer able to get financial aid. So I had to withdraw until I had the funds for one more term in which I was told that if I completed that term 100% accomplished then I would be returned to "student in good standing" and would then be able to return to obtaining financial aid to complete my degree.I withdrew and saved up enough money to return for that one more term, but sometime during that term "the rules changed" but I, nor my mentor was advised of this change and I would have to take and additional 5 credits to be able to be eligible for financial aid. That equals to at least 2 more classes. Had I been apprised of this "change" then I would have done everything in my power to add those two more classes but even my mentor advised me not to, that I would be just fine. At the end of term I was notified that I was still in "suspended status" and I wouldn't be getting any financial aid to continue.I then tried to appeal the decision and was denied without so much as an explanation. So here I am without a degree $20,000 in debt no chance of continuing on with WGU (I do like the classes and the school curriculum and the format. I was very successful and would like to stay with this school) but due to lack of communication on the administration side of it. I am S.O.L., as it were."
Andrea Lindsey
  • Reviewed: 5/27/2012
"I am a current student and I love the curriculum. It relates to my career very well. I gain ideas and knowledge to use in my classroom.However, Taskstream graders suck sometimes. My first two portfolio assignments went well. The first was meets and the second was exceeds. However, the third I just submitted was needs revision.The grader stated that part of the work was missing. So, I went back and highlighted the information that was "missing." Now it's a meets all of a sudden.The graders do not know how to grade. You never know who is going to get your work/paper and how they are going to grade it. That is the only down side to WGU!"
PAULINE STUBBS
  • Reviewed: 5/22/2012
  • Degree: Nursing
"AFTER SEVERAL MONTHS OF GATHERING INFORMATION AND SENDING ALL TRANSCRIPTS IT GOT DOWN TO WHAT I NEEDED TO DO NEXT AND THE STAFF ADVISED ME THAT THE CLASS REQUIREMENTS HAD CHANGED LAST WEEK AND I NEEDED TO TAKE YET ANOTHER ANATOMY CLASS AT A DIFFERENT SCHOOL TO QUALIFY FOR ADMISSION TO WGU.I HAD ALL MY TRANSCRIPTS SENT IN A TIMELY MANNER BUT HOW CONVENIENT THAT ANOTHER CLASS WAS INDICATED JUST A WEEK PRIOR AND NO NOTIFICATION FROM THEM JUST THAT THEY NEED TO TAKE CARE OF THE SIGNED UP STUDENTS RATHER THAN POTENTIAL STUDENTS FIRST. THIS IS OK BUT THE TRANSFER CREDITS STOPS THE MINUTE YOU SIGN THE DOTTED LINE. SO I WOULD NEED TO TAKE CLASSES I ALREADY HAD AGAIN. NO THANK YOU. THIS IS NOT A FAST TRACT BUT A WAY TO GET MONEY AND MORE MONEY OUT OF YOU."
Michael Henkle
  • Reviewed: 5/6/2012
  • Degree: Management
"The first thing I want to point out is that WGU is not for everyone. You have to be a self-starter, and you have to want to push yourself. Competency based units is an amazing concept. I take a pre-assessment and once I pass that I get to take my final for the objective exams. If you treat this school as a full-time job which some students do, you have the opportunity to go from no credits to your BA is around a year and a half. The other awesome thing about WGU is that you pay per semester, if I can pass 15 classes in one term, there is no additional cost.For people who don't understand the mentor program, I have one mentor who calls me every Thursday to check on my progress and help push me to reach my goals. You also have a course mentor for every class, if you get stuck you let the course mentor know, and they respond very quickly to your request. I can tell you that in my first three months at WGU, I have racked up 35 credits, and that is working 8-10 hours a day studying. I find it nice that you can test from your home for most finals, obviously through webcam proxy.The classes that have performance-based testing, you hand in the assignment, and a grader will not only grade your paper, they will tell you what is missing if anything is missing from the assignment. This is nice because most of my papers if they get sent back needing revisions, I know what I need to fix and quickly make the adjustments and send the assignment right back into be graded again. The cost of your education will be far less than other universities, and you will be able to accelerate if you have the time and are willing to put in the effort. This school was the best decision that I have ever made, and I encourage anyone who is looking at colleges to give WGU a shot."