Western Governors University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (535)
While still relatively new to the program (second semester), I can say that the program is quite rigorous. A lot of work (which is good). Nothing soft about this online program at all. The curriculum is contemporary and meets current business needs. I would much rather be in this program than a face-to-face, sit-in-class for three hours program. Good content. Good student services.
The graders have made me a little frustrated from time-to-time. Having 'shadow graders' leaves something to be desired. Not crazy about that concept. But, I do like competency-based learning. Very effective. Much better than inflated 'grades' that mean little. Today's employers want competent employees, not necessarily people that get good grades but know little about practical applications. We actually generate projects and papers that are directly transferable to the workplace. Beats a bunch of test that you'll soon forget.
After reading a few of the most recent reviews I felt like I needed to jump on this discussion in support of WGU. I am a current student working toward my MBA.
My experience has been very positive. The staff are very professional and helpful. The courses are challenging but not overwhelming.
I have taken 6 courses so far, and I have learned a lot. The grading for Grad level is all projects and papers. Once I complete a project I send it in. In a few days I get an email with feedback on what I have done. If it passes yah!! But if not the graders give me feedback on areas I need to strengthen.
Someone mentioned on here that they get papers back with areas that were correct before and not correct the second time. Here is an easy tip.....when you need to do a revision HIGHLIGHT the area that you are revising, this will help the grader and you.
Before applying to this school I looked at many other online schools and they just did not give me the true flexibility that I needed. Many other online classes are classes that are online. They have set days and times to attend. This may sound good in theory, but if you are a busy working person, being hemmed in like that just does not work.
Western Governors University Degree was worthless. Its not accepted anywhere because you don't get grades, you get pass or fail.
Additionally, many jobs will not accept it as a degree even though its accreditation. Also, they changed their program about every other month so their own employees don't know what is going on.
After finishing my degree, their policy changes made it so me and many other people were no longer eligible for their own masters degree.... or any one else's. I now, have to do my bachelors degree over at a school with real grades.
If I would have known everything, or if I could go back and do it again, I never would have gone here. I am so close to graduation and WGU keeps messing things up. They cannot get all departments on the same page. I was supposed to start my last semester on August 1. On the 15th I was told everything had been resolved. It is now the 29th and it wasn't really resolved, and I was forced to either be withdrawn or extend my break another month. Now this will effect my student teaching and everything. Just the last thing in a string of mistakes they have made. The student has to be extremely motivated.
This school just wants your money. Granted, it costs less than most online schools per semester, but they also do not count any credits or classes that you have already taken. I'm on year 6 of full time paid tuition. There is a lot of bad communication. I am on my 5th mentor or "counselor," many of which gave me bad advice. The school does not honor what the mentor says. One mentor told me I had to get a job at a school in order to complete something, so I shifted my entire life around, got a job, and while it was a good experience- it did not help me accomplish anything for school. This school is ever changing.
I took an approved break from school and they did not honor what I had completed before the break. I had to fight tooth and nail, not to have to redo all of my pre-clinical experience. Things change from month to month. Changes are big and small... and no student is exempt from them. I wonder if they will still be considered a valid education.
One thing is true, the graduation rate is pretty low, and those who do graduate deserve praise and honor, because it is next to impossible. UGH... please reconsider going to a more establish school that does not change everything with every blink of the eye.
I have read the reviews for WGU and must say that if you are considering WGU you need to be objective about these reviews. If you are not successful at WGU it is likely because the learning platform was not the best choice for you. You must be disciplined to complete each semester on time. It has taken me 3 years to complete my MBA, however I could have finished sooner if I had been more disciplined with my course work. As an adult learner you must understand your personality and make sure it fits this type of instruction. If you are not self motivated you won't do will at WGU.
I dreaded the thought of going to a classroom several nights a week to listen to lectures and off track comments that often happen in a classroom. I would rather the instructor provide the tools for professional growth rather than listen to weekly lectures. Traditional classes may be perfect for some individuals and I appreciate that, but if you are a self learner and don't want the hassle and restraint of attending scheduled classes WGU is great
Due to several personal and work related issues it took me longer to complete my degree, however I had the flexibility to adjust my schedule to the demands of family and full time work. My mentor was great - she understood and encouraged me through many set backs -
I had little interaction with course mentors, which was my personal choice. They were available and would send emails to see if i needed any assistance with the course, however I prefer independent study. The level of interaction is up to you.
I am a military student and found the school to be very easy to work with utilizing TA and the GI Bill. I also liked the fact that most of the course material is online so you don't have to lug books around, most work is accessed electronically.
I do not feel like I was "given" anything as the course of instruction was very demanding.
Hope this helps some skeptics.
I'm a student of WGU and I'm proud to say that the university provides quality education. You control the way you learn and accelerate at your own pace. Lots of educational resources instrumental to learning are available to students. WGU is accredited and stands tall among other onlne universities.
A course mentor is assigned to each course. Your mentor maintains regular scheduled phone calls to assess your progress and answer your question(s). There're no class schedules and the tuition is affordable. WGU courses aren't easy. It requires hard work, dedication and discipline.
I therefore recommend WGU to anyone wishing to obtain a quality education without rattling over a high tuition and classroom schedules.
I enrolled in WGU because of good reviews and affordable tuition. Lo and behold you can not believe everything you hear or read. Instead of advisors this school has a mentor that calls and "checks" on you every week during your first class and every two weeks after. My mentor guided me incorrectly, did not own up to it and because of misinformation and constant policy changes I lost my financial aid.
I transferred in with a 3.6 average as a sophmore and will gladly go back to my traditional school and pay more. I requested a mentor change too late. I never heard from my instructor, never had classmate interaction except for the first week, and the whole set up is weird. This school gets an F from me.
The program took me three years to complete but it got me a job with a top company. Every step of the way they make sure that you excel professionally and academically. In this degree program, I not only obtained the degree, but I passed a number of certification exams that most colleges do not even know about. These certifications have proved to be valuable to potential employers. This school is accredited, and deserves some serious respect.
WGU let me get my master's degree and to fulfill my dreams. Without WGU and the online experience to do classes late at night or whenever, I would have never been able to it!! The price was the lowest around, great overall support and feedback from some great educators made getting my master's much easier than I had ever expected.
I moved over to WGU after I fell into deep debt with a different college. I was paying for the name of the school. Think about it, the most popular schools are typically, more expensive. I am finishing my degree with WGU and feel that it is basically the same degree. To date, I have not had an employer tell me "I see you are finishing up your degree at WGU. Sorry, we can't hire you". I'm sure there are employers out there that might say something like that, but I don't really want to work for a company that compares and contrasts accredited schools anyway. Really, it's not there place to judge me based on where I earned my degree. A degree is a degree. It's the same piece of paper. WGU's paper is just waaay cheaper.
If you are still reading, please note that I have had one issue. The graders that work for WGU (third party I think) are not consistent at all. They may leave comments one day, and tell you to fix the paper. Then after turning it in, they may leave comments the next time telling you to fix something completely different, and still won't pass it. That can get really annoying and is by far, the worst that I have seen out of WGU. Other than that, financial aid runs smoothly, the mentors are nice and professional...and the cost is 1/5 a semester than what I was paying before :)