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WGU is an amazing school. Students do need to be self motivated in order to accelerate through the program. Love the support that I received from WGU. I am almost finished with my MSN, but gradated with my BSN last year. This school is affordable as well making it possible to obtain both my BSN and MSN without the use of student loans. The only con was getting my transcripts approved. This was a long process, but once I was in, I have had no problems at all.
I'm 52 years old and a life long learner. I graduated from college 30 years ago and received my MBA 20+ years ago. I had a problem with my student mentor at WGU. Not only did my mentor not help me, my mentor intentionally slowed my pace so it would take longer for me to graduate. BTW, I could teach most of the classes that I took at WGU and I certainly don't need a mentor. I wasn't taking classes because I needed another piece of paper to get a job ( I have the best job / career a person could hope for). When I got close to finishing my third degree, my mentor put the brakes on. I was told that I could not take classes in the 6th month of my term. I searched the Internet and found that MANY people had experienced the same thing. In fact, there are multiple websites that WGU mentors have started to complain about WGU. So, it turns out that WGU is more interested in money than student sucess. It means little to me except that as an advocate for education, I find it disturbing that WGU is just like the other 'online' schools....they want money, not successful graduating students. I would warn anyone to stay away from WGU and go to a real school.
Great school, the program was very up to date and challenging. I learned a ton from attending school here while working as a manager at a Fortune 500 company. The program teaches a lot of rigorous up to date techniques and skills from a lot of the top companies in the world. I would definitely recommend attending school here.
Words can not describe how dissapointed I am with this, so called college. First off, the main Web site as well as a few of the admission councilors maintain that students "Go at your own pace" is a load of BS. This institution goats on the fact that you can take as few classes or as many as you want. These terms are 6 months in duration, of which one has to carry a full load of coursework. Each class is packed with tons of content and requirements which make it difficult for an RN who already works a full time job, to complete. Don't believe what this institution stands for. It is not for anyone who works 40+ hours per week. If you don't complete all 4 to 5 classes they force on you within each 6 month term, it is an automatic FAIL!!!!! There is no such thing as "go at your own pace and take as many or few classes you want!!!! I am almost done with the RN to BSN program and have had the worst time of my life going through it. Future WGU student, BEWARE! !!!!!!
Ton of reviews on here. You want the truth? It's easier seen in action than it is words. I got my undergrad at WGU and came back for my graduate degree. I got 5 of my employees to attend and graduate. I got my sister to enroll. I got close friends to enroll and they referred others. WGU is the sort experience you want to tell others about, it's the kinda place you can be proud of, it's the sort of place you'd trust friends and families to take care of. Why? Because it's really that good
To preface in consideration of my overall WGU MBA education and training experience I can honestly say that I feel that each concept I learned under within this program is very solid and therefore will serve me in support of my achieving my professional goals. That said, WGU’s policy of letting students learn at his or her own pace provided opportunity for me to work very hard on every concept in every course assignment to provide solid answers that indicate a substantial understanding and optimized the development of skills gained accordingly. In this sense I believe that I am well prepared to enter the job market as a fresh MBA graduate. Furthermore, to maintain and sustain the ability work hard over the entire course of the program necessary to gain sufficient understanding of business concepts requires creating tremendous impetus within. Furthermore, having completed my undergraduate degree and attending one year of law school at brick and mortar academic institutions I can honestly say that earning a WGU MBA is probably significantly more difficult by way of comparison. Specifically, my MBA educational experience was not gained via well-educated and highly experienced professors of business instruction and insight as provided by way of brick and mortar academic institutions. Nor did it encompass insights gained from my interaction with student peers that was abundantly accessible at both brick and mortar schools I attended. Consequently, I had to come up with explanations to business problems and theories I encountered on every course assignment on my own which is character building; as there is no getting around having to learn every concept on your own by way of a WGU MBA education. Additionally, each WGU MBA course assignment requires organized thinking necessary to provide appropriate responses to each concept in every course assignment. I also learned to prioritize my life around each current assignment. Thus, I learned to prioritize and focus on each current assignment giving other life priorities less attention and dedication. Therefore, I can say that earning a WGU MBA is character building that will well serve me in achieving my professional (and additional personal) goals. However, earning a WGU MBA has its drawbacks. For example, the hard work and effort necessary to perform well on each assignment required that I spend time that I would otherwise use to build personal relationships with family and friends was sacrificed accordingly. Instead of spending special events which involved family and friends I studied. Consequently, many of my personal relationships suffered as a result of earning a WGU MBA. I highly regret having many of my personal relationships suffer; it has not made me a better person. Rather, suffering loss of personal relationships further resulted in loss of connectivity with others in general and therefore I endured tremendous loneliness at times over the course of this MBA program. In addition, currently I have doubts as to whether I am capable of rebuilding some of those personal relationships; that hurts as one needs connectivity to achieve optimal happiness and a sense of well-being. Furthermore, even, assuming I achieve each of my professional goals, without having connectivity resulting from maintaining and sustaining personal relationships would result in my have significant less meaningful life in spite of career success accordingly.
Let me tell you my story since I have read many reviews and none are like mine. I graduated High School in 1997, and only had 10 college credits from my community college. In late 2014 I decided it was time to go back to school. After reading multiple reviews I contacted WGU and requested information. I decided on WGU because of the online program and the cost. They asked me as part of my admission process to take their Academic Assessment. Since it had been many years since I had been in school I won't lie it was hard. The math section was killer but I have never been good at math! They reviewed my score (overall score that does not breakdown your scores to determine what sections you need help in) and explained to me that they were working with 2 other online schools Sophia Pathways and Straighterline to assist students that needed a refresher. They asked me to take a College Algebra I course from either, and then come back and retake the assessment. The only thing with doing this was that you cannot use financial aid to pay for the class ($329), but if you successfully pass the class you get college credit for Algebra I that transfers directly to WGU. I was a little frustrated, but after investigating both Sophia Pathways and Straighterline I went with Sophia Pathways because of the flat fee. With Sophia they give you 60 days to complete the course, and you do it on your time by watching videos and working problems, ending with a final taken online through ProctorU. It was alittle creepy having someone watching you take your exam, but it is done to ensure your work is yours. I successfully passed the course and final and within 3 days WGU had applied my Sophia credit. I retook the assessment and was admitted. I believe the Sophia course prepared me for what online school would be, and while at first I was hesitant I would do it again. I started my first term in Sept. of 2015 and I am about to finish this term at the end of February. To be a WGU student you have to complete a minimum of 13 credits (4-5 classes) a term (6 months). When I first started I kept thinking when is this gonna go bad after reading different online school reviews. So far I have had everything go right! You can do 1 class at a time (suggested at the beginning), and you have a mentor assigned to you that calls you every week to check on you. Teresa ....you are amazing! She's very professional and provides guidance, support, and a nudge when I need it. Each course has a group of mentors that can answer any questions you have. If you read the material and wish to do a web class they offer multiple classes at different times. Your portal is very user friendly and they set you up with an email address you can access through it. The courses are hard at times, but the resource materials are great. WGU has been an awesome experience for me! WGU really wants you to succeed, and they lend so much support and assistance it's unbelievable! Their virtual library with live chat has been a huge help with papers. It has thousands of books on any topic you can think of 24/7, and provides multiple types of citing formats. If you have technical or general questions they have people there to answer your questions till 10pm. Everyone I have dealt with at WGU has been professional, and has kept their promise. To me I feel blessed to have found WGU.
I had a great experience at WGU as I completed both my Masters and Bachelors degrees there. The program is a solid program that had relevant material I could immediately use in my job. My student mentor and my course mentors were all very helpful and encouraging when I had issues. The classes were challenging, there was allot of papers to write, but grading was fast and I always felt like I knew where I stood. I would recommend WGU to anyone who is self motivated and self disciplined enough to push yourself to achieve your goals. Upon graduating I was immediately able to move into a much higher paying job with more responsibilities. Their career placement and alumni services are awesome as well as they include everything from resume assistance to subscriptions to learning websites so you can continue your education. I can't say enough good things about WGU, it is a great school!
I agree with most of the positive reviews of the program, but everyone learns differently, and online learning may not be suitable for some. The one thing that some people wrongly assume is that just because it's online means that its easy. This is not true. Completing the program takes a lot of time and dedication, especially if you are already working full time, have a family, etc. As others have stated, no one is there to hold your hand like an infant, meaning, everything is not 100% spelled out step by step for you. They do however offer FAQ documents, videos that clarify each assignment, multiple live learning sessions, email access to course mentors, and course completion guides that offer suggestions for what pace you need to work at to complete your assignments for the semester. There is quite a bit of self research required in the MBA program that I am in, which to me it seems like the research is what took up most of my time. The grading is fair, the rubric breaks down every part of the assignments, and shows how they will be assessed so there should be no surprises there. Its a great program and besides learning so much, the price is very reasonable. Especially since you have the option to work ahead and complete your degree in a shorter amount of time if you are able.
WGU is a great school, but not for everyone. If you can do school online, and you're a self-starter, it's great. If you go to WGU and expect a diploma mill and hand-holding, you'll be sadly mistaken. The courses are designed to be real-world problems that you would experience. Pros: -Self-Paced: you get to do your own pace, and not worry about due dates and such, but you need to stay on top of it, since the school is still challenging. Having school available 24/7 is really nice. You can study after kids are asleep, after work, weekends, etc. No need to worry about being to class on time. -Affordable: for about three thousand dollars a semester of six months, you can do however much work you want. The tuition stays the same if you finish 3 Competency Units (equivalent of a credit) or if you finish 50. Note: your books are all e-books and included with your tuition, which is nice (most books I had to use were from VitalSource, which you can access from an app called Bookshelf (I have it on my android phone and kindle fire, but I think it works with iOS as well), you can also use it from the website/download it to your computer). You can download the books and access them without wifi most of the time through this app, too. -Competency Based: if you already know the materials being taught, you can take a test and, if you pass it, get credit for the course and move onto the next part. One of the best parts of WGU. -Certifications: when you graduate you get a bunch of certifications (that's included in your tuition cost) that you can show potential employers. Examples include: CompTia, Windows, NCATE, CCNE, CAHIIM, and others. This alone is a huge value, imho. -Basics: it's accredited, private (to impress your snooty friends), good administration-in my experience, anyway. Cons: -Lack of Programs: they have four colleges, and each one is designed to get you a job. Most schools have degrees offered in psychology, liberal arts, languages, etc. WGU doesn't have these. That being said, if you go to WGU to get a good, stable job, you'll be good. I know many people with psychology/sociology degrees (who learned a lot in school), who aren't able to find a job in their field. WGU programs are typically in high demand. I initially wanted to do environmental science, but they didn't have a program for that, sadly. -Mentoring: you're assigned a mentor that is with you from start to finish in the program. That is both good and bad. Sometimes they aren't on the ball and you have to wait for them to approve you to take an assessment or other such things. Sometimes, they're amazing and will go above and beyond. It's a give/take there. -Time Consuming: school is hard. It should be. It's especially hard for people who aren't as self-motivated and they can stumble and fall behind. This isn't really a negative on the school as a whole, but sometimes it's hard to want to power up a computer and work after spending 8+ hours at work staring at a screen, but that's just me. If you're looking for a diploma mill, move on to another school, because this isn't it. -Technical Issues: as a fully online school, I did have some technical issues from time to time. Most of them were from third parties they used, but still an inconvenience. Overall, I think WGU is great. If you're interested in one of the programs they offer, go for it. It won't be easy, but if college was easy, it wouldn't be worth it. It will help you move forward in your career, and give you great hands-on experience. The biggest downfall (to me, at least) is the lack of variety in the programs. Worth it, and my life is better for it.