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After reading some of these reviews its clear people need a lot of hand holding. Let me clear some stuff up for future students or current students 1) This institution is competency based- that means you dont get credits that transfer. Once youre in the program, thats it. Does that suck sure it does, but it shouldnt be an issue If you finish. 2) As an online school they have to verify your attendance so you talk to a mentor every week. They help steer you through classes and set goals. Goal setting is paramount is success. If you cant handle goal setting, maybe school isnt for you. 3) Its a bargain. 3.7K for a semester is ridiculously cheap for a master program. And now other things to keep in mind 1) Ive been to multiple online universities this one by far is more invested and caring than Ive been to. Its why I switched. You can literally set up a time to speak with your instructor any time you want. 2) It has truly self-paced learning for your lifestyle (see personal goals setting). 3) You will learn what you need to. I recommend this place to all of my working friends. I
The program is labeled as Health Informatics but the focus is Health Informatics and Information Management. Most of the time things run smooth. My issue is the school does not back or support you as a student at all. They have your money so they don't care. The PPE process is a nightmare. You do all the work calling around finding places. The contract gets bounced back and fourth and they don't assist in speeding the process. Mine took almost a year. Schedule got set and when I started with the site it was so unorganized and probably the worst experience to date. The site scheduled me in the wrong department, they didn't review what was required or suggested as tasks and, my scheduled hours were approved but was was not honored by them. Day two I was told the contract that took a year was no good because I was listed as a nurse and the school didn't correct that. Day one is when they looked at my requirements no arrangements had been planned and other departments were not available on such short notice. After speaking to my Advisor, health placement, and the program director they said there was nothing they can do to make my situation better and backtracked on finding alternative solutions.
Do not, under any circumstances, change your major when going to this school. I started out as an Elementary Education major and spent four semesters working towards it. During the middle of the fourth year, I started to like working in a bank and decided to switch my major from Education to Business. This is where my mistake started. I work through the first year, no problem. This current year is when I am told that I can no longer receive financial aid due to me reaching their maximum time limit for graduation. What made this happen was I transferred from one college to this one and they added the combined total requires from the Teaching degree and the Business degree into one high college degree plan. This added 80 credits from the business to the 50 remaining from the Teaching, and then they added the 35 from the other school. They only allow you up to 150 credits total before they take away all financial aid and consider you at risk to graduate. Here's the problem; no one told me this when I switched majors. I called financial aid and asked why this is happening since these two majors were completely different and all they told me was that I had reached my maximum limit and that it's SAP requirements. When I told my student mentor this, she informed me that that wasn't a real answer at all. So I made an appeal that went no where, so now I'm looking into Avila. TL;DR: This school is a joke, the pre-tests are NOTHING like the actual test, the course work doesn't go much into detail or cover much of the questions that come up during the actual test, and if you fail the test twice then you have to pay $60 for each retake and deal with a course mentor and wait to get permission from the teacher and their bosses before they consider letting you take the 3rd attempt on up.
I was accepted and started my first class on the 15th of the month before my start date. Being allowed to start early was a positive thing with this school. The customer care was really helpful. I dropped the program not long after starting and before my start date. This is my reasoning: There were 4 smaller assignments and 2 large detailed assignment. The only resources provided were 2 small articles giving an overview healthcare innovations (machines and monitoring techniques) and STIs, a 30-page document written by the school, and a literature review. All of these documents were outdated, and the document written by the school have horrible flow, had many grammar and spelling mistakes, and overall not helpful. The literature review was biased towards the authors previous writings. All of the documents were extremely outdated. THE ONLY RESOURCES PROVIDED FOR AN ENTIRE CLASS COVERING 6 ASSIGNMENTS WERE 4 OUTDATED DOCUMENTS!! That was a waste. I read all of the documents and looked over the assignments, and I realized the material was not sufficient and the assignments were busy work made to look involved and scholarly. Cheap tuition apparently equals cheap resources.
I LOVE WGU! It's not easy and takes a tremendous amount of self-discipline. I appreciate my mentor tons. She and I talked once a week at up to now, where I'm nearing the end and don't need as much support. She was pragmatic, clear, motivating, and supportive. But all the work comes from the student. This requires a lot of stick with it ness and hard work. But you can get a degree with less financial hardship! That's great! I would suggest a "team" of people who you know are also doing the program. It helps motivate when a friend just turned in a paper or when they feel bad with you when you are slogging through a tough assignment. It's definitely isolating if you don't proactively find ways to connect with other Owls. Or, you may like the isolated approach. I am REALLY looking forward to completing the program in December. I will finish in a year. It's been tough with full time work as a teacher and being a mom, but I'm so glad I did it! Thank you, WGU, for being awesome!
I think it's funny reading some of these reviews from students who came from ITT Technical University. When I enrolled it was right around the time ITT go shut down and I remember my advisor telling me all about some of these students and what they expected WGU to be. Well a couple years later I've graduated and what can I say about WGU? Unlike ITT or many other illegitimate schools it is very much a legitimate university that is accredited to the same level and by the same bodies as many other respected public universities and is non-profit. I also had years of experience as a Senior Information Systems Engineer and I still found many of the courses to be quite challenging and rigorous. WGU is no joke and if you expect to just go to WGU and slack off to get a degree you've come to the wrong place. It is very self-driven and self-paced, so if you're not a motivated person -- it will not work for you. Overall I would highly recommend WGU to anyone looking for a flexible, affordable, and respectable degree program that will give you entirely valid skills for the workforce.
This school only sees you as a dollar sign, my enrollment counselor did not keep in touch with me nor did he help to guide me through the waters. I had to figure out for myself what was going on with my enrollment. They want you to go to their sister program so they can earn more money. I wouldn't send my dog to the school
Wgu does not care about students walking across the stage and being proud of what they have achieved. I called the student services about the graduation ceremony and they told me that they would choose where the most students graduate and not care for other students that may have to drive 2-8 hours on the road to attend it. This is crazy and now I may never walked across the stage because WGU is selfish and just money hoarders. I would go somewhere else that respects students walking across the stage. Go to h***, WGU.
I'm giving this a 0 star review because the entrance counselor I had at the beginning gave me false information about financial aid and ultimately wasted my time. 0 stars because the financial aid is a joke and won't let you take out student loans in order to go to school and live life. Waste of time applying to this school. The people working there should be on the same page and give out the same information instead of everyone saying something different.
Ok where do I start. I am a current student. 5 starts because its online and I will have a teaching license. Now to the ZERO STARS. You are not a customer in their eyes. They talk to you like a child. I recieved my AA from a local community college and to get my bachelors it will take me 3 years at WGU. If you have common sense you know why that is frustrating. They call you every week to check on you which I hate. Every class is laid out differently and the material, videos, secrets, etc are never in the same place. The textbook is easy to find but the easy to use materials are very hard to dig around for. This school is a joke. If anyone tells me that they earned there degree or it was hard I would probably laugh in their face. They Proctor site they use it inconsistent and the proctors dont speak english. Sometimes you have to have nothing on your table and have the curtains shut and sit in the dark. Other times they dont care and don't check anything.... if you pass every assessment this school is fine. But if you fail its hell. They make you talk to a course instructor that never has availability and they won't approve the next test until you talk to them. You cant even talk to a dean or manager because it does not exsist. Every college has a dean with an open door policy. Not WGU. They dint have a dean. When I told a manager I was considering changing schools because of my situation she said do what you feel you need to. Are you serious!?!?! Most school says oh that's not nessecary. They want your business and your money. Not wgu. If they have ti be nice and cater to you they would rather you go somewhere else and be someone else problem. Between my husband and I (we both gi here) we pay 12,000 a year. Is it worth it. Not is you want to feel like a customer. But if you want an easy laughable school go for it. 8 regret my decision in going here. But none of my credits transfer so I'm stuck.they offer all kinds of help until you actually need help or need to hurry and get a class done for time reasons. Then they do absolutely nothing. They send you generic scripted emails that have no personality or info on your personal situation. They just send you a generic email with there policy. I'm tired of it