Western Governors University Reviews

3.77 out of 5 stars
(685 Reviews)
78% of 685 students said this degree improved their career prospects
74% of 685 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

1.0 out of 5 stars
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"
4.4 out of 5 stars
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."
5.0 out of 5 stars
awendli - 7/14/2019
Degree: Network Security
Graduation Year: 2019
"I attended three different brick and mortar schools until finding WGU. Hands down the best collegiate experience I've had. Competency based learning is the future! I felt more engaged and more apart of a community than I ever did at the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga or Central Texas State. I engage more with my program mentor and the WGU community than I did at other schools. I remember talking to a counselor one time before starting class at UTC and that was the extent of their involvement. If you are a working professional, this place is built for you. Overall a wonderful experience. Can't wait to start my Masters Program here! Go Night Owls!!"
2.0 out of 5 stars
Lora - 7/7/2019
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2020
"I have mixed feelings about WGU's program. I have attended other online education which require posting to boards, but this has a mentor call you and they want to contact you weekly. That has proven difficult with my current role. I am greatly disappointed with the curriculum however. This program provides education for advanced practice nursing more than leadership and management. My mentor tells me that more leadership comes in the final classes, but literally what I read, what the instructors say during cohorts is that this will help me as an advanced practice nurse. I already have worked as a nurse manager and director, so I know what education would be helpful. The APN information is not. Financial information would prove far more beneficial for me personally. Based on curriculum for people who want to be nurse leaders, I would not recommend this university."
4.4 out of 5 stars
Patricia - 7/5/2019
Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2022
"I have enjoyed attending Western Governor's University. I find that as a military spouse and a mother of two children, that the flexibility is very accommodating, especially living overseas. I enjoy the classes that I have taken and feel that they prepare me for my desired career in education. I have a great student mentor, who is very supportive and down to earth, and she has been great in helping to guide me in steps that I need to help me succeed. I would recommend WGU to people that are looking to continue their education that are determined and focused on their future, while maintaining a schedule that is comfortable and fitting to their own lifestyles."
1.7 out of 5 stars
The Franchise - 7/3/2019
Degree: Project Management
Graduation Year: 2019
"Let me be clear. For 80% of those who would attend, WGU is fine. For the other 20% of us, it's too limiting. You don't have control over your future or your learning. They say you do - you don't really. You're still forced to take classes according to unwritten rules that don't work for advanced, field-experience-applies workers. The program doesn't work for every learn style, either. You're making yourself work for the system vs. the other way around.So, put it this way.If you want to be blocked and dictated to with no real control over HOW you learn...but you just want the degree for cheap, WGU is perfectly fine.If you don't need a babysitter and just want a program to go at YOUR pace rather than the other way around, seek another school."
4.7 out of 5 stars
Affordable and convenient - 6/30/2019
Degree: MBA
Graduation Year: 2019
"WGU is designed for disciplined students who would have a difficulty attending traditional classroom courses. The school is an amazing value and solved two of my biggest discontents with higher education: too much time and money to obtain a degree. Even though the degree can be obtained relatively quickly and for substantially less than other universities, quality is not lacking. The MBA program had some low points (such as financial management and operations management) where you may need to seek outside resources to understand the course material. Although videos and interactive exercises are scattered throughout courses, the majority of learning requires reading both textbooks and powerpoints. Overall the content was well designed and increased my ability to understand and apply key business principles. My program mentor was helpful, as were the course instructors the few times I arranged appointments. The best tips for success are: read assessment criteria carefully (paper rubrics especially), schedule instructor appointments early when you have trouble in a class and most importantly aim to do well, not just pass the class. Like any other in-person or online course Ive ever taken, what you get out of the program is heavily weighted on what you put into it."
3.7 out of 5 stars
Jeremy Stevens - 6/28/2019
Degree: Special Education
Graduation Year: 2018
"When I was in my mid-thirties, I wanted to do something different with my career, so I decided to study to be a teacher. I have a wife and kids, so that complicates such a decision. The first school I went to was a community college where I received an Associate of Science in Secondary Education. Of the seventy or so total credits I earned there, Western Governors University accepted forty-four of them as transfer credit. I looked at several different options before settling on WGU. I was looking for any reason at all to go to Austin Peay or TSU instead of WGU , in part because I had a hangup about an online-only school. I was worried that employers may not accept the degree or that it wouldn't be viewed the same as others. Ultimately, I got over that hangup when I realized that the school's accreditation and my licensure as a teacher really puts me on an even playing field with other new grads for the most part, no matter where they went to school. The cost of WGU and the ability to work at my own pace and on my own schedule were also very helpful. Once enrolled, I found that I like the WGU learning model. It's quite helpful for a self-starter who is motivated. My Special Education program requires 137 total credit hours (also known as competency units at WGU), and like I stated before, I transferred forty-four, so I completed ninety-three at WGU, and I finished those in two years and two months. So including my time in community college, I had a BA in Special Education in three years and six months. So how were my results? I graduated Friday, December 7, 2018. I started work Monday, December 10, as a special education teacher in an local elementary school, one of the two host schools I taught at during my student teaching. Both of them offered me a job so I had my choice of the two. WGU provided me the vehicle to earn my license to teach. And they provided me with the opportunity to spend time in my two host schools to show them that I am a capable teacher and employee. I just think it's more about the person than the school. It may be cliche, but I think a student will get out of WGU what the student puts into it. I learned a great deal and found myself in the position to get what I wanted, which was a teaching job right out of school. It's now June, and I'm starting WGU's Master of Arts in ELL program August 1. I'd like to complete it in a year. We'll see how that goes."
4.7 out of 5 stars
Mark - 6/12/2019
Degree: MBA in Information Systems
Graduation Year: 2019
"If you are self motivated and can learn by reading and paying attention to teachers notes. Then it is a great school. If you need personalized help or instructors who are with you all the time.. this is not the right school. I got through very fast, the teachers helped when I needed and the only downside was during capstone. Holidays made the grading push out a day or so. I loved it.. I work at Microsoft"
1.0 out of 5 stars
Cor - 6/7/2019
Degree: Computer Science
Graduation Year: 2022
"They constantly pushed my withdraw date back in order to charge me out of pocket, the class they had me in was taken directly from freecodecamp.org. if you want an education with computer science go anywhere else as they don't teach you, they say they do but in reality you're doing the same thing you would online for free by yourself. They lied about two things, I asked to be placed in a lower tier math to practice since I needed to do so, they said it was absolutely fine but instead they forced me into calculus and told me nope can't do that. Second lie was I could do it at my own pace, they started calling nonstop to the point I had to block their numbers in order to focus, I told them what I needed but instead they refused. This school lies to get you in and uses resources from online that you can find for free. S*** school."

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