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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alan
  • Reviewed: 12/7/2011
"After reading the mostly negative comments about the school, let me give you my perspective. I have attended WGU for over a year in the IT program.This school will only work for you if you are a self-starter and independent learner. No one will be there to hold your hand. Sure, you have a mentor (academic advisor) and course mentors (subject experts for the course).However, it's up to you. Right now I am learning networking to obtain my Cisco CCNA certification. This is a challenging subject to learn and it takes a lot of work.With WGU's IT programs, if you don't have experience in this field or current certifications, it will not be easy. Also, they are continually raising the bar for their IT degrees.People talk about resubmitting the same material to be graded and it is accepted the second time. Who are you cheating when you do this?I had a math classes where I had to do assignments over. Instead of me doing the same thing and resubmitting it, I reached out to a math mentor for help and learned what I needed to know.If you are lazy, etc, don't apply to WGU.Everything about WGU and their method of learning is freely available on their website.So before you start pointing fingers, do your due diligence. For example, check with your state to see if a teaching degree from WGU will allow you to get your state license.Therefore, if a person fully investigated this school, this will decrease the chances of dissatisfaction.I like WGU and am glad that I chose it. It is not easy doing the work and learning on my own but I know what I need to do and was aware of the process when I started."
Pamela Ridgeway
  • Reviewed: 10/29/2011
"I am not self-motivating. But I am an ICU nurse and work well under pressure. When I started WGU I had a meltdown over all the computer programs, I needed to be comfortable with. I probably had quite a few moments...WGU was so supportive! Anytime I was confused, a mentor or student support or someone was always there. I have always felt so comfortable with anyone I have spoken with. I think the program is outstanding and have never heard or read any negative comments."
Anthony Anderson
  • Reviewed: 10/20/2011
"This school is great for someone that works well on their own. I transferred in with 60 credits and was able to complete 60 credits in 6 months in the Bachelors of Science in Business-Human Resources. That comes to about $50 a credit hour which you can't find anywhere else. I loved it so much I'm going back for my MBA."
sheila allen
  • Reviewed: 7/16/2011
"Just wanted to add to a previous review I had done. After 18 months I was able to complete the k-8 teacher preparation program which is 6 months shorter than the predicted time it takes.I feel that it has been a great experience and that I received a quality education. As I said before the effort you put into it is what you get out of it, in terms of the quality. It is not a perfect set up but I felt that they were continually looking to improve and any time I needed help, someone responded and did all they could to help.As a 44 year old mother of 3 children and living in a rural area, going to an online school was really my only option and I am so glad that WGU was available. The cost is so much more reasonable than many of the online options."
Benjamin Hale
  • Reviewed: 3/10/2011
"I have nothing but good things to say about WGU. I am a 41 year old RN. I am also a dad of 6 and husband. I don't have time to drive to a brick and mortar school, park, walk to class, then reverse that after a few hours. I simply sit down at any computer and do my work. When finished, I e-mail my papers.Now, I did have to drive to Purdue University to take proctored exams, but not now since WGU implimented the webcam service. Purdue is a large, mainstream university and they proctored the exams just as if I were a Purdue student. WGU is fully accredited and acknowleged.My first degree from WGU was my BSN and now I am working towards my MSN in administration. I am not worried about transfering credits. My employer recognizes my degree and I am satisfied. Thanks WGU!"
Donald Stauffer
  • Reviewed: 2/22/2011
"After reading this review page I felt compelled to write about my own experience at WGU. I am not a recruiter nor am I a WGU employee. I am a 48 year old who suddenly found himself out of work and in competition with people who had degrees. I researched online and brickand mortor schools to see which would work out for me. I finally settled on WGU. I am extremely pleased with the results.I started with no previous college credits, so I started from scatch. I also needed to find a school that would allow me to accelerate. Since I am not working, I have studied and worked 8 to 10 hours a day. In seven months I have completed 116 units. Some of the courses I was able to breeze thru, others I have had to work hard at.Being a self starter and self motivated, I have reached out to the course mentors only occassionally. My mentor, who is basically a counselor, has been there for me each week. If you are looking for an easy time, this isnt it. You have to put the time in. I imagine that some colleges have a hard time with transferring the competency units, but I do not intend to transfer. I have found that I study a lot of material that does not make it into my assesments, or tests.I have also not discovered anybody that was not willing to help. Sometimes they are slow, but my wife, who got her degree from a brick-and mortor school 10 years ago is amazed at how helpful and responsive the entire system has been. Where else can somebody get a 4 year degree from an accredited school for under $5000, which is what I am on track to accomplish.Even if I took the traditional time, at less than $3000 a term (semester) it is still a bargain. As I stated earlier, other than being a student I am not affiliated with WGU. And I highly reccommend this school for those that want to get it done, are disciplined and who are motivated. If you need somebody to stand over your shoulder or hold your hand, then this is not the place to be."
Michael Henson
  • Reviewed: 1/13/2011
"Be careful here. At WGU you get a pass or not passed grade not the traditional A,B,Cs. This presents a problem when transferring to non-online university. I am speaking from experience."
Chloe
  • Reviewed: 12/11/2010
"I began my degree at a different University. I found the classes boring and the school was very expensive. I have learned more in my three months enrolled than I did at my previous university. My mentor is great. Any information I need she tells me or researches it and gets back to me quickly. I like the fact you can accelerate your program. I am already ahead and will finish early. Great school!!!"
Meg
  • Reviewed: 11/15/2010
"I graduated from nursing school in 1991 with an associated degree. I had thought about going back for my BSN on and off, but was terrified at the prospect of writing papers (I didn't write many papers for my ADN)I became a CEN(Certified Emergency Nurse) in December 09. That sort of put a fire under me.I read about WGU and started my program for RN to BSN. The admission process was streamlined with no issues noted. They took all my credits from 19 years ago plus 50 credits for being an RN. I needed 22 credits for my BSN. I finished all 22 credits in just under 5 months !!. If you understand the work, there is no requirement to post to message boards etc. I completed the tasks, that was it.I started my MSN with GWU 10/1 with an expected graduation date of 10/12. For the Master's degree, you must complete 8 credits in 6 months. I completed 8 credits in one month. I am trying to do all total credits I need for my MSN in this one 6 month term. My mentor's have been wonderful. There is also a new convenience for the objective exams. WGU sends you a web can so you can be proctored at home for your objective tests. I love this school."
Sheila Allen
  • Reviewed: 11/4/2010
"I would recommend WGU as a good place for an online degree. It is a little different from your usual college experience. I think you get out of it what you put in and you do have to be self-motivated and organized about making sure you are clear on requirements. When you need help there are people who will respond quickly with assistance.I am about 6 months from finishing k-8 teaching credential program and did not have any problem getting place for my demonstration teaching. I will have to see how it goes when I apply for jobs."
Regina
  • Reviewed: 10/25/2010
"I started school with WGU in February 2009. I am now finishing up MASE program. I am already a licensed educator, but I am working on my Masters. My experience has been so good that I have actually applied for several positions with the school. I believe in this institution and what it has offer.No school is perfect and I will admit there are somethings about the school that have frustrated me a few times, but my overall experience is a good one. You must be disciplined in order to work alone. I like the fact that I do not have to sign on at certain times or a mandatory number of times per week. I appreciate the different types of evaluations.I have been able to "test out" of several courses. I was able to transfer several course hours and meet many course requirements after having my transcripts evaluated. My mentor, Alisa, was truly an encouragement and very supportive. I don't think I could have done any of this without her. I actually hate to finish school because I won't be talking to her every week anymore. I love WGU!!!!!"
Norine
  • Reviewed: 9/26/2010
"I've been attending WGU since this past June (2010). My experience has been quite positive. When I first ran across WGU through a website, I was leery. But, I did my due diligence, and found the school to be worth trying.Now, that my first term is almost over, I can say that I made a smart choice! I've already earned 15 competency units (credit hours) and am working on my last class to get 3 more before the second term begins for a total of 18 CU's!My counselor and the rest of the staff our responsive and helpful whenever I need them. My counselor contacts me once a week religiously to make sure all my questions are answered and any concerns are met. I must admit I've had very little concerns. The only concern I had initially was the length of time it took them to disburse my financial aid. But, once I spoke to my counselor about it, the problem was immediately taken care of.I can tell you this: Do your due diligence. Don't just read these reviews. They are helpful, but these reviews are subjective and shouldn't determine your final decision. If you look up almost any school review, you will find something negative on them as well. Since it's hard to take into account the messengers (students new to online classes who are having difficulties; students with weak study habits; discouraged students who give up at what they deem one annoying experience, etc.).Not only did I check out review websites like these, but I sought out WGU graduates. It was easy to find them. I found some on Facebook and Youtube. Some even have their own blog sharing their WGU experiences. I asked about their experiences at the school, their job opportunities after graduation, and their overall opinion when they look back at past experience at WGU. One student told me he was accepted into law school in Ohio. Two managers from Volvo IT Corp and Labcorp told me that they would hire graduates from WGU, as they presently have WGU graduates employed with them now. I talked to two directors at one company who told me that they are getting their masters from WGU, and one of their managers is getting their undergrad. They all study together during lunch and after work. They love the school because it works with their lifestyle because they travel so much.All I'm saying is research, research, research. Chat with graduates on Facebook. I even watched graduations and contacted those people who had videos of their commencement on Youtube.I'm loving WGU, and plan on finishing up in 2012. They provide a quality online education and low tuition, while you complete your degree at your own pace.Remember, do your due diligence and don't let review sites be your final determining factor.I wish you the best! And if you decide to become a student at WGU, welcome!"
Jack
  • Reviewed: 9/12/2010
"I have a degree a BA in political science from Concordia University Irvine. I decided to go into a different field than Political Science and have worked in the field for 20 years as a production manager. Concordia was a brick and morter school. Now twenty years later I want to get a BS in Business, This is self directed, you have to be disciplined to complete this degree. A lot of my credits transfered, but I needed a lot more science related courses. This school is not for the meak and mild. You have to be self directed. This is the type of people I am looking for when hiring for positions at my company.I would recomend this school for anyone. Anyway the company that I work for is Unilever Best Foods. If anyone has a WGU degree, I would like to interview you for positions that may be coming up at my company."
Michael Henson
  • Reviewed: 8/26/2010
"If you are going to apply for any of Western Governors University Educational Programs/Degrees then make sure you have Pre-Clinical placement and Demonstration Teaching placement already set-up because WGU is not very well recognized online University. I did not finished the K-8 BA because WGU could not place me for either."
Mary
  • Reviewed: 8/26/2010
"As a working parent of 2 children, I had no option to attend traditional school - although I did earn an AA and BS in traditional schools. WGU is accredited and affordable.Yes I found some material to be pointless but I found that in the traditional schools as well. I like working at my own pace -- I have over 15 yrs of work experience and that helped alot, especially because WGU requires ALOT of writing papers and essays.I earned my MA in Educational Studies and had to write my thesis and receieved a great deal of help from my mentor and communities. THE HELP IS THERE if you seek it out!! Yes my last exam took me 4 times to pass but that was due to my lack of effort. You cant blame the school.Are employers going crazy to hire me just because of WGU, no I dont think so. Many dont even know what WGU is or still think online is just "buying" your degree, however many with common sense know that online is a growing option and they are willing to look at WGU and see that they are legit! I am happy I enrolled and was able to complete my degree. Again, all these negative reviews are from people who are prepared for putting forth the effort that is needed. Online doesnt = easy no work degree."
Aaron
  • Reviewed: 8/21/2010
"There are some pros and cons to this college. The pros are the school is cheap, easy to work around, and overall worth it. On the whole I would recommend this to most people.The only students that should avoide this college are Students with Disabilities. WGU ADA program is lacking. As a Student with Disabilities in writting and math I was very shocked that the ADA office is ran by staff members with no real backround in ADA matters. Most colleges disability services offices will be staff by actual counselors with degrees in phycology. This is not the case at WGU. It seems that they offer some in house training but that is it to the staff members who that pick to run the ADA office. Also ask any disability services office and they we tell you that their role is to advocate for the students, this is not the case here. The staff is unaware of federal laws and seem to make up their own laws as they come up with them. If you are a student with a major disability make sure before you attend that they will provide you with the accommodations you need in writing before you matriculate. This will save you some hardships down the road. Also the be aware that WGU is not willing to improve on accommodation once they have been given. They feel that they are set in stone. So make sure you get what you need the 1st time for all your classes during your current term and the ones that you have yet to take.Good Luck!"
Robert
  • Reviewed: 8/9/2010
"Overall, I'm glad I chose WGU. I began my degree program in September, 2008 and expect to finish by the end of October of this year.First, the obvious - you have to have some discipline and a lot of patience. This isn't for everyone, just as the brick-and-mortar college wasn't for me.Difficulty - There seems to be a broad range in difficulty across the different classes. Some seemed exactly right for college level. Others, such as their science, seemed well below what I expected. The materials they provided for study were aimed at a much higher level than the actual exam (which mostly seemed geared towards middle school age group). Others, such as one of the writing courses, seem to set the bar really low in terms of the required passing score. Still, most classes provide an adequate challenge. It's only a few of the basics that I found to be on the easy side.Pacing - Go at your own pace, with a catch. You are likely to find, as I did, that your mentor is very cautious about letting you add courses or start a semester with more than 12 hours or so. Between my mentor's hesitance and my lack of full understanding of the limits placed on students, I didn't get much done the first semester. If I had been allowed to make more decisions about my own course load, I may have been able to finish a semester sooner. Nevertheless, you'll still have way more freedom than you would at a brick-and-mortar school. If I remember right, only one course (the capstone) has a prerequisite. Everything else can be taken in whatever order you see fit.Classes - Every course has an excellent Course of Study, which recommends, in detail, how to approach the material. In most cases, they also provide an estimated amount of time needed for the course. Of course, your background will probably affect the amount of time you use versus what they recommend. For example, the science class (which has been split up since I took it) recommended 13 weeks. I took the test with zero preparation time and made a 93. Conversely, I took longer for my networks class because I had absolutely no experience and barely squeaked by.Interaction - I can't say a lot about this. Every class has its own online community so you can have discussions with fellow students, post questions, etc. I very rarely used this option, preferring to work on my own, but the option is there. You'll have a mentor call every two weeks. These calls can be helpful, or they can be tedious, depending on what's going on at the time. Other than getting my schedule done and adding courses along the way, I found them largely unnecessary. But, I'm the stubborn type who prefers to learn on his own.Speed - WGU has excellent turnaround time for scores (both for homework and exams). Certification exam results, of course, are quick no matter where you go, but I had the results of the last basic class I took by the time I got to my car after the exam. That's a huge improvement over the 3-4 days results for basic classes took when I first started at WGU. As stated, I'm almost done with my degree. Total time to completion should be about 26 months. I only took 13 hours my first semester, 28 in my second, 45 in my third, 22 this semester, and my final 13 hours will start in September. And I managed to do this while working a 40 hour a week job.Closing - For me, this is what really sets WGU apart from other schools. I could not have accomplished so much in so little time at a traditional school."
Tony
  • Reviewed: 7/23/2010
"I'm about to complete my 2nd term at WGU and have been very pleased. I work full time and I HAVE to have a full time income. WGU allows me to do this without sacrificing time with my family or my job. There is absolutely no way I could get my degree without WGU.I've read a lot of reviews concerning the testing. "Tests don't reflect the course of study". My response is this: IT'S COMPENTENCY BASED! If you have any critical thinking skills whatsoever, you will be just fine.The cut scores on a lot of the assessments are 53%! The tests are designed not to simply test you on memorizing the course of study. Instead, they are designed to make you actually think about what you have learned while going through the course of study, and then apply it when choosing an answer to a question.I would definitely recommend this school to anyone looking to earn a degree. Two terms in, I am very happy with the experience."
Jared
  • Reviewed: 7/21/2010
"My experience at Western Governors University was mostly positive. Like with anything, there are always things that can be improved but the school sends out a survey that allows students the opportunity to make suggestions on how to better things and I saw improvement from these surveys.I just graduated with my BS in Marketing Management and i am very happy with what I learned, how I was able to learn it and the cost per semester.I would recommend WGU to anyone looking for a degree program that allows self paced learning at an affordable cost."
Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 7/13/2010
"If you're a teacher, you know that the only real way to move up on the salary scale is to get a master's degree, and where you get your master's degree doesn't really matter, as long as it's from an accredited institution.WGU fills the bill as well as any bricks-and-mortar university, and for a lot less money. No, it's not a life-changing educational experience, but I plenty of friends and colleagues who have done traditional master's degrees, and their programs weren't that great either. It's just another hoop you need to jump through.This has not been a perfect experience by any measure. I've had way too many "right hand doesn't know what the left hand is doing" experiences at WGU, probably because none of the people I deal with (course mentors, my own personal mentor, graders, etc.) actually work together.I get the impression that they only lay eyes on each other once or twice a year, and they clearly don't spend a whole lot of time talking to each other on the phone or by email.There's a lot of runaround--one person can tell you about this but not that, and the person who can tell you about that can't explain why another thing is happening, and nobody can tell you anything about why you didn't pass your assessment other than "go back to the course of study and review the reading."For each course, there's a Course of Study with assignments to follow (many of which you never turn in, so if you can figure out which ones will actually be useful and which ones are busy work, you can save yourself a lot of time). There's also a set of required tasks in Taskstream, which is the work that actually gets graded, and I agree with other reviewers that the quality of the grading is hit-and-miss.The Course of Study and the Taskstream assignments often don't align, probably because they're written by different people who didn't bother to talk to each other, so I have spent a fair amount of time trying to find out exactly what I'm supposed to do. Judging from the comments in the student communities, my experience is not uncommon.Also, there's recently been a staff shake-up that seems to have resulted in lots of people being let go. In my case, my capstone chair is gone, which is unfortunate but would have been more of a problem if I'd been farther along in my research project and had to change chairs in the middle; one of my course mentors who was incapable of giving clear information is also gone, and good riddance!This all sounds pretty negative, but I still recommend WGU for the master's in education program. It certainly hasn't been a perfect experience, but in the end, I will finish the program more quickly than I would at a traditional university, for a lot less money, and I've had a lot more flexibility than I would have had in a traditional program."