Western Governors University Reviews

  • 694 Reviews
  • Salt Lake City (UT)
  • Annual Tuition: $6,670
78% of 694 students said this degree improved their career prospects
73% of 694 students said they would recommend this school to others
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  • Reviewed: 1/26/2020
  • Degree: Accounting
  • Graduation Year: 2020
"Words that are thrown around regarding success at WGU: motivated, self-starter, independent learner, competency. These are pretty indicative of what people need to convince themselves about themselves to succeed as they go through a course of study at this school. It’s also what you are told in advance before you start. It’s bootstrap baloney or kool-aid, but if it works for you, I think that’s great. You’ll maybe, possibly do very well, but please let’s not imply that people who cut their losses and go to a school with actual educators or just suffer disappointment with this one don’t have those qualities too. They just need the music that goes with the lyrics. If, like me, you are realistic (on top of hard working and independent and motivated), it will be difficult not to wonder when all those fine qualities you have aren’t cutting through the misery of the WGU experience, why that might be? WGU is contradictory on so many levels. First, you can earn a teaching degree here, but they have no teachers, no solid structure for lessons, novice-level PowerPoint lectures...ahem, “cohorts”, with terrible audio and perpetual chat, inconsistent study guides, poorly written self published texts and outdated professionally written learning material, and lots of referrals to look elsewhere to other poorly created learning materials. After wading through shoddy lessons that need editing, reorganization and correction, I have often found myself wondering why the course mentors are not actually working in their experience professions. My program mentor isn’t even familiar with business, let alone accounting. She’s really good at pressure to meet her goals, and alternating pep talks with negativity. I utter under my breath regularly, “I can’t believe I’m paying for this” and something I never considered might happen while attending college, “I think I’m getting dumber.” Second, competency-based learning is anything but. Competency requires the ability to apply in real life (hands-on experience or skills), rather than the ability to learn the tricks to study to a multiple choice test every 6 weeks or include the elements needed in a paper to be graded by and satisfy a bot. I passed an written assessment where my bot missed an entire section that I completed and scored incompetent, to which my program mentor told me, “Move on. You passed, that’s all that matters.” For a detail oriented person pursuing accounting, that’s alarming. The system grading your competency isn’t even competent, and nobody cares as long as you pass. So, while that phrase sounds appealing, and I agree that we need competent people in today’s workforce, it’s just one of those words thrown around by WGU without taking its definition into consideration. Finally, something visible in reviews and on various online message boards is what should be painfully obvious, WGU is a good way for people who are ALREADY working in their degree’s industry to acquire a piece of paper to show for it. In that instance, WGU is great. Seriously. We need to tip the equality scales somehow. However, I personally would NOT trust or hire a person with no experience who fast tracked their way through a degree here to handle my physical health, my children’s education, my money, or my internet technology. After laboring through self taught studies that mostly take place outside of the subpar learning resources, the best I have to show for it (even when supposedly “exemplary” and competent) is a 3.0 degree, which is also the score I would give WGU. For the record, my 3.0 doesn’t equal competent, it equals meh."
  • Reviewed: 1/25/2020
  • Degree: Business Administration
  • Graduation Year: 2019
"Learn the history of this non-profit university founded by state governors. The WGU Business degrees are both regionally and ACBSP accredited, the course of study is rigorous, and the core exams that comprise the degree can be more difficult than at a traditional college. The mentors are helpful, and most of the course instructors are only an email or call away. Of course there are a few who should not be there, but you can say that about any school. In my opinion, most of the people who complain about this school are unable to cut it and post out of frustration."
Laura S.
  • Reviewed: 1/7/2020
  • Degree: Education
  • Graduation Year: 2020
"I chose WGU because it was the best option for my life. My husband is in the military and moving around is a constant thing we have to deal with. WGU has been great because it let me work at my own pace. I liked that I had the freedom to finish as many classes as I could in a term. During my last term with WGU I have found to really dislike the many “support systems” offered. As WGU required, my mentor had to call me once a week or once every other week. They were pointless calls 99% of the time. I would have preferred to schedule a call if I needed to talk about something. Or communicate through email. At one point I took a three month term break and I still had to do bi weekly phone calls! I didn’t even have courses! Why would they need to talk to me? It was very monotonous. When it came to the student teaching portion of my program I got very frustrated with the way everything had to be handled. My placement coordinator demanded that I not speak to any districts in regards to placement. This was a WGU policy. I waited four months to get a placement in a classroom. She would email a district and wait an entire week before checking in with them again. After three weeks she’d finally cut her losses and move on to the next district. One district at a time rather than multiple. The field experience staff at WGU worked slow and poorly to get my placement in time. Luckily, on the LAST DAY POSSIBLE, I received a placement. Had I not received a placement I would have had to entirely withdraw from WGU and reapply in august which would push my graduation from June to December. I love that WGU is supposed to be geared towards students who want to work at their own pace and offer flexibility, but I can’t stand the way the school support systems are ran. Weekly phone calls are not flexible. You really have to be in control of your entire timeline because your mentor won’t be."
  • Reviewed: 12/28/2019
  • Degree: Cybersecurity
  • Graduation Year: 2020
"First of all, please read the other 4 reviews on this page. Both negative and positive have good points (except, "WGU Student"). The concept behind WGU is excellent and there are some good Bachelor programs there. Once you get to the Masters level, things tend to decline. As some mention, you need to be self-motivated. What this really means is: there is a lot of information missing or incorrect in the assignments. FAR beyond motivation, you have to search Reddit for clues, push the instructors to divulge more, perform lots of stress management and expect a lot of frustration. Figure out your learning style before registering. If you are like the commenter, Siva, the challenge should be good, especially if you have a lot of security experience. If you need any of the following, look elsewhere: 1) Paper or eReader textbooks for easier reading/bookmarking - does not exist 2) Related to #1 - very few mechanisms to study large blocks of information (paper or electronic flashcards/summaries-rather than sifting through hundreds of screens) 3) Technical videos directly related to the course material - almost non-existent 4) The ability to work with other students in the program - Reddit is the main way to contact others (and can sometimes be outdated). There are sometimes other groups like Facebook but very limited - a moral support tool 5) Freedom to take the classes in any order you want - no I will rate the school as recommended (only because the good bachelors program and you may have the right skill set as mentioned earlier)."
Mark Rowe
  • Reviewed: 12/17/2019
  • Degree: MBA
  • Graduation Year: 2019
"As someone who was a working software consultant and project manager, I was able to easily translate my work experience from my job to about 1/2 of the classes in both the MBA and MSML. The MSML was 7 classes after my MBAIT. You have to do the work and read and learn yourself, but you can blow through a lot of classes. I am onto my PhD applications now with transfer credits by taking both of these masters in under 9 months."
  • Reviewed: 12/17/2019
  • Degree: ESL
  • Graduation Year: 2019
"Excellent university! The program was based on competency which meant I did not have to waste my time responding to discussion board posts or attending meaningless classes. I learned a lot. I improved in all areas of academia. I am better at my job because of it."
  • Reviewed: 12/17/2019
  • Degree: Special Education
  • Graduation Year: 2021
"I love WGU! I started my degree in education and transferred to the dual license for special education. The classes are hard. If you're looking for something easy, WGU is not the place for you. I've had 2 mentors (due to the degree change) and they've both been wonderful! The teachers are great! They are super helpful and so knowledgeable. I do not have any experience in teaching but with the classes I'm taking, I don't feel like I'm going to flounder. The mentors also have experience in teaching and are great for asking questions about their experience in the field which is wonderful. I hate when you have someone guiding you that has no experience. Don't let the bad reviews sway you to not go. It's a great school with great people. You're going to have to work though to pass your classes."
Don't do it!
  • Reviewed: 12/14/2019
  • Degree: Accounting
  • Graduation Year: 2020
"The comments in here about the lack of support for their Accounting program is absolutely TRUE! When I signed up for this school over 2 years ago, I was told there were excellent on-line texts and supporting resources, including live and recorded cohorts for all classes. It is NOT true. Most of the Accounting program classes have zero cohorts to one or two outdated recordings with outdated info. The "course instructors" or "mentors" or whatever they call them this month can't even do the problems in the less than 2.5 minutes given in the assessment. So pretty much, support stinks and you will be teaching yourself all this stuff. It is very frustrating. I would never, ever, ever do this again. I am down to my final 2 classes and you cannot believe the struggles. Yeah, some people can pass these courses, but you will find that most of them either have a ton of experience and know Accounting fairly well or they are just excellent test takers. I am neither. I have another month to finish one (Cost & Managerial Accounting C250) before I have to pay for another term to complete my final class (Accounting Capstone). I know a few others in the same boat and what most of us are doing is hanging in there to see if we can get through the last one or two courses and if not - we're out of here and going elsewhere. REALLY BE CAREFUL!"
Jerry S.
  • Reviewed: 12/11/2019
  • Degree: Accounting
  • Graduation Year: 2019
"I encourage anyone with even a passing curiosity to learn the history of this non-profit university founded by state governors. The WGU Business degrees are ACBSP accredited, the course of study is rigorous, and the core exams that comprise the degree can be more difficult than at a traditional college. The mentors are helpful, and most of the course instructors are quick to help and extremely knowledgeable. Of course there are a few who should not be there, but you can say that about any school. In my opinion, most of the people who complain about this school are unable to make it all the way to graduation and then give WGU a fair review. -BS, Accounting graduate."
Laura LaLonde
  • Reviewed: 12/11/2019
  • Degree: Education
  • Graduation Year: 2012
"WGU was a God-send to me. With 3 young kids and a lot of determination, I earned my Bachelor's degree in 3.5 years. I have taught 8th grade Science for 8 years and I began work on my Master's in Secondary Science Education at WGU last year. I plan to eventually take my Master's degree to the private STEM sector, and that will only be attainable because of WGU."