Student & Graduate Reviews
Kelli Locke - 9/27/2019
Graduation Year: 2020
"Western Governors University is an university that is invested in the success of their students. I did not think that I would do well with taking online classes because I was so used to sitting in class and taking notes. It has been over 10 years since I have been in a classroom. I was afraid that I would just be a faceless number and get lost in the shuffle if I did not understand any of the material in class. I took an online class in the past and my experience was not positive. The class was streaming live but you could not ask any questions during the class. All questions were answered during the instructor's office hours. This system was difficult for me because once I had a question I could not follow the rest of the lecture. Then the office hours for the instructor did not occur on the same day, so that when I had the opportunity to ask my question I could not understand the notations that I wrote to ask a question. This made me despise online learning. I thought that online learning was only for the younger generation and not for me. I have been proven wrong! The university's instructors are so helpful and setting up one on one office time with your class instructor is a breeze. It takes just 2 minutes to get online and go to your course's page to sign up for predetermined times that fit your schedule. I also like the fact that as a new student I was assigned a mentor to help me navigate signing up for classes and figuring out how to plan my courses to successfully complete my degree. Now that I have experienced online classes with WGU, I have to confidence to pursue my education in a way that is convenient for my busy life!"
Angela Johnson - 9/15/2019
Degree: Special Education
Graduation Year: 2023
"Western Governors University is a special academic school. If you want to do something with your life this is the place to go. They have flexible schedules. And the best part is they are competency based. That means you spend your time learning what you don't know. Versus reviewing things you already have a handle on. It is not a school that holds you back. They want you to succeed. But, you have to want it even more."
Warren - 9/12/2019
Graduation Year: 2019
"I started the program because the place where I was working at the time suggested that I obtain a Masters. I checked the accreditations of several colleges and settled on WGU. I was led to believe that I would probably receive a grant to cover most of tuition. If the university offers this be wary, they don't make the decisions on who receives grants. I was assigned a mentor who was relentless on assisting me throughout the program and even when I needed a break. I found the course videos helpful and beneficial. The course instructors, not so much until the last course where the professor was in fact a true teacher. If it hadn't been for her, I would probably still be struggling. All in all, the Masters Program was very good and similar to my experience during the bachelor program at Texas A&M in Texarkana. The question is whether or not the degree is accepted by other universities and employers. To my knowledge, the US Government accepts the Masters Degree but certain Texas County governments do not because they are looking for degrees from brick and mortar universities. All in all, this was a very good experience and I would do it again. If you are considering this school, pay close attention to the course video's attend all of the webinars as this is actual classroom study and look for key words to help comprehend the information presented. I recommend WGU."
Jimmy G - 9/10/2019
Graduation Year: 2018
"While I really excelled at WGU, it is not for everyone. At WGU, you are responsible for your own success- you have plenty of resources available, but you are required to teach yourself the material. In the Business Department- many of the classes have live or prerecorded "lectures" to help you, but in order to pass the class you will still need to review the material. WGU's setup is perfect for working adults who already have experience in the workplace, as you will have already learned about many things informally in the workplace. While you are required to pass certain courses, you have the ability to do those in almost any order as you which. There is also a really great balance of Exam based courses and Paper/Project based courses. I've raved about WGU to almost anyone who will listen, as I think their Competency based model is the model of the future when it comes to Higher Education. Since graduating with my degree, I've been promoted 3 times and have significantly increased my salary. WGU has completely changed the trajectory of my career."
KennyB - 9/7/2019
Graduation Year: 2019
"I love love love! Western Governors University. I love the concept; that some students would benefit from a competency based education presented with legitimate instruction, effective support and professional staff. I love my student mentor, Audrey, and her persistence in making sure I completed my classes on continued my education. I don't believe I would have completed the program without her. I love the idea that my ability to complete a course isn't determined by preset semesters or quarters that arbitrarily dictate how long it will take a student to learn the subject; not taking into account the student's proficiency or lack thereof in each subject. I love that there is a university not driven by money money money. I attended several community colleges which are affordable but often has personnel the resemble other government agencies like DMV, the IRS and state agencies. I attend USC (Univ of Southern California) and I loved it there and really appreciate what I was able to achieve there but I could never shake the fact that my education there was going to cost approximately $150,000 and knowing that the school has billions in cash and even more billions in net assets and still find it necessary to charge higher and higher tuition year after year. I felt hypocritical participating in that system just because I enjoyed the pageantry and history there. WGU is the perfect mix of affordability, student support and effective learning. Overall, I love that I got my degree from WGU and that I'm preparing to start the Masters of Accountancy followed by the MBA program. My only disappointment is that there is no doctorate program. If you're reading this WGU please please please! offer a doctorate program. I would be the first in line."
Jason - 8/28/2019
Degree: Business Administration
Graduation Year: 2019
"This school is no joke. Classes are tough. I am an MBA student. I really recommend this school if you want to learn and prepare for a career. One of the most important things to do is to keep communicating with your mentor, otherwise, you won't succeed."
Nicole St. Clair - 8/22/2019
Graduation Year: 2014
"The best part about Western Governor's is also the worst part in ways and that is ability to work at your own pace. There were some semesters when I excelled and completed more credits then I needed to. Yet, there were other semesters where I struggled and could really have used the structure of knowing when I needed assignments complete. Instructors were accessible, but offered no help in the class unless you reached out for it. Classes typically consisted of reading the material, studying at your own pace, and taking a proctored final exam. There were no additional assignments or lectures from the instructors which I would have found useful to help instill the knowledge. A lot of the time, I felt like I was just memorizing for the test and not actually retaining any of the information."
Monique Valcourt - 8/7/2019
Degree: Special Education
Graduation Year: 2019
"I am so pleased with this school that I am not sure where I need to begin. Begin at the beginning right? in 2011 I began to look for a new school that offered a teaching degree in special education online. My choices were slim but I persisted and I found Western Governors University. I called them and started asking questions. I was assigned an application mentor. This person was amazing. They walked me through every single step to apply. They helped me transfer my credits from my old college and answered all the crazy questions that popped into my head, even the late night ones. Once I was accepted I met my degree mentor. A degree mentor is someone assigned to you for the entire duration of your degree. Above anything else that WGU did, this was the best and my most valuable and used asset. My first degree mentor was prompted to another department and I was assigned another mentor. The transition was smooth and my new mentor literally became my life coach. She lit a fire under my bum when I was dragging, she was always ready with encouragement, support, and she genuinely cared. When I moved to another state to finish my degree I was extremely overwhelmed and I took a break from WGU. The process to take a break and then begin again was smooth and tear-free. My mentor I had before was not able to be reassigned to me, but the new degree mentor I had was just as phenomenal. To this day I still talk to both of them and I cherish the friendship we have created! WGU also has multiple course instructors. I loved this concept because if I did not mesh with an instructor well, then I just spoke to another one. Course instructors are available any time and during my math courses I used them often. I truly think if I had not used the course mentors as much as I did then I would never have passed math."
Mom4 - 7/19/2019
Graduation Year: 2021
"I honestly can't believe that a school would be so hard to get into. I heard others say its a good place to go. So as I start to do the process of getting I get the run around several times to do this do that. Oh, you need to attend a class outside of wgu and pay out of pocket. I am absolutely appalled at how they screw students over. I will not be recommending this school to anyone. I will, however, be finishing my degree and pursuing my teaching elsewhere. This school is bs.Was to start June 1st then it kept getting pushed out farther and farther. I am done with ever trying to go to WGUThe school wasted enough of my time and patience as a single mother trying to better her life and her kids. Shame on you WGU"
Alyssa Lane - 7/16/2019
Graduation Year: 2019
"very affordable, appropriate for students who can teach themselves and excel independently. they make you do weekly calls with mentors that last about 5-15 minutes instead of discussion boards. RN's can go from associate or diplomas to bachelors in 6 months-1 year easily. self paced but has to be able to still meet deadlines and be self motivated."
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