Western Governors University Reviews
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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.
I needed additional finantial assistance and thought Going to school was going to be a great way for me to supplement my income. I later found out WGU has what they call the responsible borrowers initiative. Which In a nut shell If you have already over X amount of dollars in student loan debt they will not allow you To borrow loans. I believe That it should be the student's choice if they need to borrow student loans not the schools. This is pretty frustrating for me because I'm a single mom and I needed additional finantial help while I was studying. If I woulda known that I was going to be opted in to This program that does not allow you to borrow student loans I would have never attended the school. If you have any financial need and you already have loans do not go to this school because they will limit you on what you can borrow I wish I would have found a review online that informed me of this.
These people are only nice when you're enrollment process. When you are enrolled and already have some semester down, they own you forever. These people are helpless and careless. They know that if you try to leave, no other school will take your WGU classes. If you have the money trust me, don't use this school.
Avoid at all costs, WGU is not a real college. It is comprised of a bunch of basement dwellers that couldn't get a job at a real college. You are better off asking your 10 year old for help, than the people they hire. In addition, the degrees they provide are looked upon very poorly. Save your money and your time and attend a real college.
Western Governors University was probably the best decision I have ever made. The flexibility and affordability of this school allowed me to finish my bachelors in two years while working full time. I graduated with loans that amounted to the cost of many B&M colleges for one singular term. I am grateful to not be heavily burdened by debts from this school which was the main reason I feared pursuing an education anywhere else.
I enrolled in the Master of Nursing Education based on the affordability and a few verbal recommendations from coworkers. I found the program to be very unorganized and did not find any of the promises of having so many resources available to me true at all. The grading of the papers was a complete joke. They must be written to answer the questions from the rubric in chronological order. There is no flow whatsoever. I found this style of writing extremely odd and unconventional. I withdrew from the program and did a lot more research finding another program which I currently am enrolled in and find much more organized. I found WGU to be very frustrating. My mentor did not know how to answer many of the questions I had and she had been mentoring for several years. If you want the degree without learning ways to become a great instructor, then this program is for you.
The accounting department course instructors are unresponsive and not helpful at all. One accounting dept. instructor (Bryan Dixon) promised on three occasions additional study material for Taxation 2 but failed to get the information to me. The tests for Taxation 1, 2 and Managerial Acctg. are not written by the same company that writes their tests. The pre-assessments have a massive disconnect between info learned from the text and videos vs the final assessments. The course instructors are not allowed to know what is on the final assessment so don't expect any help in specific areas that may cause you trouble. WGU may be okay for other degrees, but for accounting they provide no support to the student at all. It's frustrating to say the least.
I am finishing up my third term at WGU and will graduate next year (Dec 2019) with a Bachelor of Science, Accounting degree. This is not a degree program for the freshly graduated high school student. Its a degree for a busy, working adult that is competent but needs the piece of paper to prove it. Im not the type of person that enjoys lectures and homework. I want to learn the material, test and move on. If this sounds like you, WGU, Accounting is perfect.
Outstanding program overall. There are issues with graders, who don't work for WGU, contradicting each other within the same paper and triggering a revision on APA rules that don't exist. But overall the content is well thought out and focused well for an MSN in Leadership and Management. I have a significant background in this area and felt the coursework tied in well to what I was doing at work at the time. The grading process can be frustrating which I think causes a lot of the negative reviews on this website. There is some redundancy within assignments which could be improved on. The web interface works well, as do the online books and their library. For the money, WGU can't be beat. I got far more out of it than what I paid.