Western Governors University Reviews
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WGU is a good University, but you have to be self-motivate to handle this University. If not, you will quit and blame them for everything. I finished my B.A.B.S in 2013 and Master in 2016 in Information Technology Management. My student mentors were great, they are the one you will lean on the most to help you with issue as they arrive. Do not expect WGU to change the way they do something, they put a lot on the student mentor instead of the course mentor where it should be. During your first term you are require to have weekly calls with your student mentor, our calls was less than a few minutes, because I already knew what I was working on and at the pace I was going to do it. From the second term on, you can do bi-weekly calls with your student mentor. Some course mentor are better than others. I felt those that held webinars or provided weekly information were more helpful than those that do not. Main issue with course mentor, they were unlikely to look at your work, so it is hard to give advise if you do not look over the student work, I am just saying. Just remember if you have taken classes at brick and mortar colleges before, course mentor are not professor or instructor even though they are require to have PhD's to be a course mentor. They do not teach the class, they are their as advisor only is the best way I can say it. FYI- If you have master degree at any local university or college, you could apply to teach a class if you knew the material and passed all of their requirement, but at WGU they require course mentor again to have PhD's, which may not be in the field they are advising on. As a person that has worked in the IT field for over 18 years, I am sure I had a lot more knowledge than the course mentor over those classes. Again a good University for the value and is accredited national...
All in all, great experience. Many of the Accounting courses are extremely challenging, and I feel I learned a ton. My student mentor was involved, helpful, encouraging, and understanding. Some of the course mentors left something to be desired, but when I mentioned one in particular to my student mentor, the school ended up changing the course mentor for the whole class. Satisfied graduate here. Likely to return for my MBA.
Western Governor's University offers a comprehensive BSN program that caters to the full time working student. The instructors and staff in general are very personal and during my studies, I had lost my father and six months later, I lost my father in law. The staff went above and beyond to give me the time that I needed to make arrangements, grieve and pick up where I left off. They not only taught compassion, but they lived it! Highly recommend!
Love Western Governors University! I wish all online programs could be as good as this one in terms of a quality education, cost-effectiveness, and self-pacing. Don't let the tuition fool you. You have to work hard for this degree! But being able to learn at your own pace and take tests and submit assignments at any time really helped me accelerate through this program. This is not for anyone who is not self-disciplined or needs a lot of spoon feeding. No disrespect meant, but you do need to be organized, focused, and self-disciplined. The student and course mentors respond very quickly and really want you to succeed. I can't say enough good things about this school. I only wish they had a nurse practitioner's program so I could continue with them.
You have to be independent to do this program. No one is going to hold your hand or look over your shoulder. That was just the way that I wanted it. The cost was the most affordable that I found. The mentor program was perfect for me. The course mentors are there to clarify any questions that you may have (I seldom did) and the student mentor had great tips to help me over the few humps that I had. There were several classes that I never even spoke with a mentor; didn't need to! I love that you could test with very little study on subjects that you knew. That kept me from wasting my time in some classes. I work nights and, as a travel nurse, I change location every 3 months or so. This made a brick and mortar school impossible for me to attend. I did the bulk of my work during the night on my nights off. The courses are laid out with suggested schedules but you are free to work ahead. I went weeks at a time not doing any schoolwork when I was changing locations and then would triple up and do a month's worth in less than a week. If you need flexibility and affordability and can self-motivate, this is the school for you!
Great school - Challenging and insightful. The mentor program helps you stay on task. The instructors are knowledgeable and extremely helpful. You are able to work at your own pace -speed up and slow down wherever you feel the need to. I highly recommend this school!
I love WGU. My Bachelor's in Accounting enabled me to qualify for jobs that I could not apply for with an Associates. I now have a new job that makes $17,000 more. It was great being able to go at my own pace so I could breeze through the subjects I already knew and spend more time on new subjects. The only criticism I have towards WGU is I feel that some of the course mentors were lacking compared to others. Luckily I learn really well with self-study but I think the course mentors having weekly live webinars for all the classes would have been helpful (only some did this). Anyway, I still love WGU and would come back here for my next degree.
I LOVED my MBA program! As 50-year-old, longtime, small business owner, I had a crazy desire to get my MBA online. Why? There were business concepts that I kind of understood, but never had an opportunity to drill-down and REALLY comprehend them. Call it a Bucket List thing if you want. Much like other reviewers, I received my undergraduate degree from a prestigious, and expensive, West Coast university. That was almost 30 years ago. Recently, I was on a business trip in Florida and saw a repeating commercial for WGU. It sounded reasonable and I became fired-up. After researching what it would cost to pursue the degree at my Alma Mater's online program, I opted for WGU (a fraction of the cost). Yes, you have to be self-motivated. I had a business to run and a busy family life that included a teenage son and a lovely, supportive wife BUT...I was able to do it! I learned so much. Everyone was extremely helpful. The price was right. I built relationships with some of my classmates (yes, younger...but awesome). Do it, you won't regret it. It's a good school and great program.
First of all, I did not graduate from WGU. I began their program to earn a Bachelor's in Business Administration but ended up dropping out after one successful term. I was very excited and motivated to finish a BA degree (I have an AA in General Studies, almost all of my credits transferred) at my own pace-- which was NOT an aggressive one. My employer reimburses employees up to a certain dollar amount a year for educational purposes. Meaning I would pay WGU's fees up front and be reimbursed 100% after the term ends, assuming I passed the classes. Knowing this, I was very transparent with my plans to take one term a year with WGU in order to not rack up debt. They were absolutely not okay with this. I don't understand why, because the school would have end up profiting from my extended school plan. They treated me like a clueless fresh-out-of-high school teenager, trying to argue points that weren't valid to my situation. Their biggest argument was that I could have my BA degree in 2 years instead of 5. Yes, I could have a BA in 2 years and have unnecessary debt because I didn't take advantage of my employer's educational reimbursement program, or take 5 years and not owe a single dime. It didn't help that my mentor was obnoxious, insisting on weekly phone calls to check on my progress like I was a child.
Be prepared for tests riddled with typos and no correct answers. Mentors both student and course are useless and mostly just say read book or do HW and quizzes. HW and quizzes of which at least 80% are not assessment applicable. My student mentor was demeaning and never helped with anything just got in the way with late assessment approvals and excuses hence slowing my progress.