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Best decision I ever made was attending Western Governors University. Believe it or not, although it's an online school, you really get a sense of community and an abundance of support from faculty and students (through support and social media pages sych as FB and Reddit). From entrance to finish, my experience at WGU has been great.
You get the education you pay for. If you are looking for something cheap and fast, this is the school for you. If you are looking for a quality education that will help you succeed in your future career, this is not for you. If you like templates and mass emails this is for you, If you like like a personal experience, skip this one. While I got the degree, I am really behind the eightball in relation to my new peers who got a more quality education. You decide what is best for you. I am now going back and taking additional classes to help me succeed.
I searched long and hard before deciding on what school to attend to get my BSN. I have a BA in another field, and have been an RN with an ADN for 13 years. I had finally decided that it was time to start my Advanced Practice journey.. but I had to have my BSN completed before I could apply to any Graduate program. Full disclosure .. I saw the completion of my BSN as a necessary EVIL to get to where I was going, most programs that I researched took between a year and a year and a half at a cost of 10-18k and I only had 12 classes to complete. I am THRILLED with WGU. They charge per a 6 month semester, right under 4k/semester, and claim they do NOT hold you back if you want to dedicate the time to learn the material, and pass the assessments.. and this has proven to be TRUE! The program is not easy, the material and testing are tough, but they don't waste your time with online message boards, waiting on other students or any other reason. The material is broken down into understandable concepts, and they offer group classes and have many options to connect with a person for help including a help line to call if you get stuck. I am over half way done with my 15 classes and so far I am quite satisfied with my progress. Also I have learned a few things, things that make the processes at the hospital more clear, and have refreshed my math and Biochemistry skills. When I began I had other nurses tell me that a degree from WGU was not accepted at 'most' graduate schools, they were quite smug in fact when they insisted a WGU BSN was invalid in some way. I called the graduate schools I plan to apply to and they had no problem accepting a BSN from WGU. So I am on track to complete my BSN in one semester and in a quarter of the cost they will spend.. so more power to them!! I spend 4-5 days a week 8-10 hours a day studying as I am on a time and money crunch to make my graduate school deadline. If you are a 'get stuff done' person, this program is a great option!
I recently completed the BS Business-HR Management Program and I really enjoyed my experience at WGU. I will admit, WGU is completely different and requires a high level of motivation. I didnt find the courses to be challenging (but Ive always considered school to be easy; even when I attended a traditional state college) but they definitely required a tremendous amount of work. I wrote 140 pages worth of papers in the last nine courses I completed. If you are willing to take control of your learning and are motivated then I would definitely recommend you to check out Western Governors University.
I am currently a student at WGU, and it is the best decision I have made. Is it easy? Heck no! But, with the mounds of support that you have at WGU you definitely stay motivated to keep going. I did not have this in my previous college experience, so this has been a game changer for me. I am really surprised by the negative reviews, because that has definitely not been my experience. If you have a full time job like I do I definitely recommend WGU.
Look into their learning model and make sure it works for you. It's low interaction with faculty, and its just writing papers and improving feedback. The grading isn't really on a normal scale and it seems like you just need to write more in your papers for them to be accepted. I am only taking a few classes. I had to make up a lot of information to meet standards on the papers because the instructors would say that I missed something when in reality, nothing like that has applied to me in my life. This isn't a good approach. I don't know how a school with this education model got accreditation. I put 2019 for grad year but didn't graduate since that was not my intention, but I was forced to pick something.
WGU being online and competency based was amazing for me. I tried to go to a brick-and-mortar school in 2011 and it just wasn't for me, I dropped out halfway through the semester because endless homework assignments and picky teachers and pointless reports and such all the time. WGU is straight-forward - study, learn, test. You can take tests right away if you know a topic ( lower algebra, for instance ) or are given a myriad of resources to study with ( pluralsight subscription for life, I believe! ) The IT degree was certification-heavy and was a big reason I chose this school and degree. A+, Network+, Security+ and such are definitely entry-level certifications that are often held in higher esteem than a degree alone is ( DoD contracts require sec+ or higher, for instance ) I didn't need much help in a lot of the classes, but when I did, course mentors could be reached by email and phone quite often. They don't hold your hand, and if you're just not putting in the effort they're not there to make up that difference - But they definitely point you in the right direction and are helpful enough for me to give them a good rating as well. Overall loved this experience. Graduated in October 2018, was offered a job in January 2018 ( 25k+ to my salary! ) P.S. - A lot of the negative reviews seem to be from people that don't appreciate the format, the lack of hand-holding, or just can't competently handle admissions processes and such - This school is not for everyone. If you're motivated, willing to put in a lot of work, and push through anything - do it! If you feel you need a little more support, can't focus your efforts, and want a real person in front of you, don't do it.
It's funny how this website says 'Grad Reports' and yet there's a ton of review of people that didn't graduate from here simply trying to give it one star. Well, needless to say, don't listen to the non-graduates... being salty because you couldn't hack it doesn't give you a right to down on the thing you couldn't do well in. Grow up people. That being said, I love WGU. My program manager was helpful and insightful, motivating me to get my degree faster than I would have if I hadn't had her or went to a brick and mortar university. I did have my Associates degree from another (brick and mortar) college before I got here, so perhaps I was a bit more motivated than others to finish. And I will say, if you're motivated and don't need to be baby-sat through your degree (ie you're a functioning adult) you'll do well here. The classes were fairly straight forward, all of them having every article of information you could need online at your fingertips, so you didn't need to provide your own textbook. They all had what they called 'cohorts' as well, which are lectures either given live or through recordings, you have a choice to do either. Homework is provided through the coursework, and you can work at your own pace through that as well. Then you either have a Practical Assessment or a Test in order to finish the class. PAs tend to be either 5-20 page essays (depending on subject and material covered) or more of a short answer style all in APA format. I found all Course Instructors helpful when reached out to, and I reccomend that if you're struggling you reach out to them early and often. They will help guide your learning process and give you insights on how certain things work if you're confused. There's also a writing center that helps you with your formatting and writing skills. For those of you that are worried about accrediation, unlike other online schools, Western Governers University is accredited just like prestigious brick and mortar schools are, regionally (remember regional is better than national when it comes to accrediation) WGU is accredited through the same organization that accredits niversity of Washington, University of Oregon, Gonzaga University, University of Utah, University of Idaho, and Brigham Young University, to name just a few. Basically, while you're going to a smaller university (like some of us have locally) you have the weight of that accreditation behind it. I literally tell everyone I know about WGU, due to it's excellent class format, the pricing plans, and the ability to accelerate your learning if you already have some experience in the subject. It has absolutely been my best decision, education wise, to become a Night Owl. WGU Rocks!
It is really easy to be admitted to WGU. However, the financial aid department is ridiculous. They waste youre time and ask for paperwork other schools dont. They have no idea what the actual FASA requirements are, thus they make their rules more strict to counter their ignorance. Seems like most financial aid advisors dont have a clue! Moreover, it seems they seek to deny or delay financial aid for no apparent reason. This was my experience as well as my wifes. When my wife complained about this in writing, financial aid responded by dropping her financial aid application the following day! My advice is to not waste a semester trying to get financial aid when any other reputable university will happily assist you. After all, its youre money and your purchasing a service. WGU is just unorganized as a whole and have a poor business model.
For me WGU was a terrific experience. I started on my Bachelors degree in Health Informatics on 7/1/2016 and was able to complete it within 10 months. I then began my Masters degree in Healthcare Management exactly one year after I began the Bachelors degree on 7/1/2017 and completed it on 12/18/2018. Both my mentors, one for each degree, were wonderful and tremendously helpful when I needed it but didn't smother me with attention when I didn't. WGU is extremely affordable and VERY invested in students doing well. If you are a self-starter, and you know if you are or not, then this is the university for you. If you need the conformity of a traditional brick and mortar with instructors that hand hold you every step then you should look elsewhere. This is a university for adults who are clearly motivated to succeed and will put in the time and effort. The competency format is exceptional and testing as well as text is included in the cost. For the right personality I cannot recommend this enough. However, this is NOT for someone who just left high school with little to no experience in the working world and without an associates degree. This is for mature individuals who have a lifetime of experience on which to draw.