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I just finished with my degree after 4 years of study (life wouldn't allow me to accelerate much). I have to say that I have learned quite a bit. Even in the subjects I have real world experience in. I completed the BS degree with three industry certifications to add to my credentials list. I only had a couple of conflicts with mentors or administrative staff but the issues were rectified immediately. Overall, I would attend for my masters but they do not offer what I want my Masters degree in at this time. If you are disciplined enough to pretty much work at your own pace and keep focused then I completely recommend this School.
I was a business major at WGU, studying Marketing Management. I graduated in 16 months with no prior college experience! All I had was a high school diploma! WGU has really made my dreams come true, always wanting a degree! I have seen some reviews of people saying "oh employers won't like that you graduated college so early because it shows that you 'took the easy way out'" when in reality, graduating early has helped me! They see that I am a hard worker and is very dedicated! Online school is not for everyone though, and college is not for everyone, so please keep that in mind before applying. I had a lot of support and help throughout the whole time and I'm forever happy I went to WGU.
You actually have to be smart and pass college level entrance exams to be accepted and attend a real university. WGU is for people seeking a shortcut in life. They may graduate in 6 months with an accredited degree, but try explaining that to any hiring manager, and they'll think your just trying to find the easy way out. One idiot even asked if WGU has PHd program lol.
I posted a positive review of this University in the past however not this time. I am very upset with WGU because I have come to completely understand that this University over the past few years has become a degree mill. Since graduating from this university in 2011 none of the coursework or materials has changed and now there are many students who are finishing this MBA in 3 to 5 months and four Year Bachelors degrees in 6 months. During the time I attended this University I researched & completed over two dozen 25 to 60 page research papers and completed nearly a hundred quiz modules over an accelerated 18 month period In all totalling over 1000 pages. During this time I was considered an accelerated student in that the program was originally developed to be 24 months. Now what I am seeing disgusts me as students can easily go to websites such as student of fortune-homework market-student lance-likeplum and many many others all over the internet and buy WGU papers on every course and with alittle editing graduate in a ridiculous timeframe. The fact that WGU is not auditing the third party grading system other than with turnitin is very disturbing. I recently have confronted many students in forums on facebook because they were bragging about finishing Masters and Bachelors degrees at WGU in less than 6 months & some in 3 months believe me once confronted and asked how they completed all this writing and tests this quickly they had nothing more to say. WGU I truly wish that I had never attended your University you have taken academic integrity and the value of a degree & tossed it right out the window. It is Universites like this that is making college degrees so common and worthless. I can only compare schools such as this to currency counterfiters the more degrees out there such as these the more worthless all others become. I know I will receive negative feedback from current students and perhaps faculty because no one wants to hear this however I have to let others know how worthless these degrees are becoming because WGU and other online schools will not change thier cirricullum and do such a poor job securing academic integrity. In the research that I have carried out I can tell any prospective student to forget about attending online colleges because the value of your degree as compared to a traditional school at any Job interview is worthless.
Good for those who can work independently and are confident with technology. Able to continue a full time job.
I enjoyed my time at WGU I received my BS in IT Network Design and Management. This school is not for everyone, if your not a self starter you will no do well at this school. If you have a hard time learning information by yourself, by reading books and watching videos good luck! But if this doesn't describe you, and your in the field that your getting your degree in this is the right school. I finished my degree in one year(I have never been to college before starting WGU). I saved a lot of time and money by going to this school. I truly believe this is the future of learning, a self pace program that you can show off your ambition and determination.
Like everyone else, I did tons of research before deciding on WGU for my BSN in Nursing. My HR department at the hospital where I work also researched it before allowing me to use their employee tuition assistance program. My mentor was wonderful and if it wasn't for her, I don't know if I would have finished, You definitely need to be self motivated to work, be a wife and mother and still stay on top of your studies. But I am happy to say that as of yesterday, I am finished! I was so happy with this school that I am considering continuing with them for my Masters. I attended community college for my Associates degree and did several classes with other well known brick and mortar schools, these classes were every bit as challenging and I loved the acceleration option. College is all about self-learning, and WGU provided an excellent experience for me.
I did not finish at this school due to their lack of student support or help. Their entire school is just plain useless. The units from this school do not transfer to most school in the USA. The concelors are more concerned with their "numbers" then actually helping you with your work. When I got pregnant and needed a little more help I was met with extreme problems; like it was a problem for them that I had gotten pregnant.
My experience has been positive, though I agree with other reviewers that WGU is not for everyone. College isn't for everyone, either, but if you are considering an online program it is probably important to note some of the differences between virtual and brick-and-mortar venues. Each has its pros and cons, many of which have been tallied in other posts so I won't repeat them. I would, however, like to add value to this thread by commenting on the nature of WGU's programs as being "competency-based." This is an important element and it took two master's degrees for me to really appreciate it. In 2013, I began and completed an MSN. I did this in one semester by reading, writing, taking tests, and studying 8 to 12 hours most days. I don't recommend this, as it's fairly obsessive, exhausting, and has side effects like ending personal relationships. My point being that it can be done, but it takes a lot of focus, self-motivation, and established competencies in the field of study. After completing my MSN, I began an MBA program. I no longer had 8 or more hours a day to devote to school, but I still put in the recommended 15 to 20 hours a week. It has taken me the full two years to complete the MBA on this schedule, but my background and competencies were in patient care and not business... so this makes sense. Having completed an associates, two bachelors, and a clinical doctorate at brick-and-mortar schools, and now two masters degrees online, I will say that I consider the online venue slightly superior. The education seems equivalent and I don't have to travel or circle for parking. You do indeed get out of it what you put in, but ask yourself what you want out of a degree. If you intend to network, then brick-and-mortar may be better with Ivy league being ideal. If you just want knowledge, then the Internet is likely all you need. I will also say that WGU, while excellent, has all the bureaucracy of any other university. That being said, I would absolutely recommend it if you have the time, motivation, and skill set to succeed.
WGU provides quality mentoring, a variety of tools to match your learning style and quality education. I would highly recommend it to friends, family and colleagues. I feel that it is money well-spent and will continue on my learning quest in this format.