Western Governors University Reviews

  • 697 Reviews
  • Salt Lake City (UT)
  • Annual Tuition: $6,670
78% of 697 students said this degree improved their career prospects
73% of 697 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Julie
  • Reviewed: 2/23/2019
  • Degree: RN to BSN
"I searched long and hard before deciding on what school to attend to get my BSN. I have a BA in another field, and have been an RN with an ADN for 13 years. I had finally decided that it was time to start my Advanced Practice journey.. but I had to have my BSN completed before I could apply to any Graduate program. Full disclosure .. I saw the completion of my BSN as a necessary EVIL to get to where I was going, most programs that I researched took between a year and a year and a half at a cost of 10-18k and I only had 12 classes to complete. I am THRILLED with WGU. They charge per a 6 month semester, right under 4k/semester, and claim they do NOT hold you back if you want to dedicate the time to learn the material, and pass the assessments.. and this has proven to be TRUE! The program is not easy, the material and testing are tough, but they don't waste your time with online message boards, waiting on other students or any other reason. The material is broken down into understandable concepts, and they offer group classes and have many options to connect with a person for help including a help line to call if you get stuck. I am over half way done with my 15 classes and so far I am quite satisfied with my progress. Also I have learned a few things, things that make the processes at the hospital more clear, and have refreshed my math and Biochemistry skills. When I began I had other nurses tell me that a degree from WGU was not accepted at 'most' graduate schools, they were quite smug in fact when they insisted a WGU BSN was invalid in some way. I called the graduate schools I plan to apply to and they had no problem accepting a BSN from WGU. So I am on track to complete my BSN in one semester and in a quarter of the cost they will spend.. so more power to them!! I spend 4-5 days a week 8-10 hours a day studying as I am on a time and money crunch to make my graduate school deadline. If you are a 'get stuff done' person, this program is a great option!"
LCH
  • Reviewed: 2/18/2019
  • Degree: Human Resources
"I recently completed the BS Business-HR Management Program and I really enjoyed my experience at WGU. I will admit, WGU is completely different and requires a high level of motivation. I didnt find the courses to be challenging (but Ive always considered school to be easy; even when I attended a traditional state college) but they definitely required a tremendous amount of work. I wrote 140 pages worth of papers in the last nine courses I completed. If you are willing to take control of your learning and are motivated then I would definitely recommend you to check out Western Governors University."
Sonya Luddy
  • Reviewed: 2/11/2019
  • Degree: Business
"I am currently a student at WGU, and it is the best decision I have made. Is it easy? Heck no! But, with the mounds of support that you have at WGU you definitely stay motivated to keep going. I did not have this in my previous college experience, so this has been a game changer for me. I am really surprised by the negative reviews, because that has definitely not been my experience. If you have a full time job like I do I definitely recommend WGU."
Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 2/7/2019
"Look into their learning model and make sure it works for you. It's low interaction with faculty, and its just writing papers and improving feedback. The grading isn't really on a normal scale and it seems like you just need to write more in your papers for them to be accepted. I am only taking a few classes. I had to make up a lot of information to meet standards on the papers because the instructors would say that I missed something when in reality, nothing like that has applied to me in my life. This isn't a good approach. I don't know how a school with this education model got accreditation. I put 2019 for grad year but didn't graduate since that was not my intention, but I was forced to pick something."
Steven
  • Reviewed: 2/5/2019
  • Degree: Information Technology
"WGU being online and competency based was amazing for me. I tried to go to a brick-and-mortar school in 2011 and it just wasn't for me, I dropped out halfway through the semester because endless homework assignments and picky teachers and pointless reports and such all the time. WGU is straight-forward - study, learn, test. You can take tests right away if you know a topic ( lower algebra, for instance ) or are given a myriad of resources to study with ( pluralsight subscription for life, I believe! ) The IT degree was certification-heavy and was a big reason I chose this school and degree. A+, Network+, Security+ and such are definitely entry-level certifications that are often held in higher esteem than a degree alone is ( DoD contracts require sec+ or higher, for instance ) I didn't need much help in a lot of the classes, but when I did, course mentors could be reached by email and phone quite often. They don't hold your hand, and if you're just not putting in the effort they're not there to make up that difference - But they definitely point you in the right direction and are helpful enough for me to give them a good rating as well. Overall loved this experience. Graduated in October 2018, was offered a job in January 2018 ( 25k+ to my salary! ) P.S. - A lot of the negative reviews seem to be from people that don't appreciate the format, the lack of hand-holding, or just can't competently handle admissions processes and such - This school is not for everyone. If you're motivated, willing to put in a lot of work, and push through anything - do it! If you feel you need a little more support, can't focus your efforts, and want a real person in front of you, don't do it."
Stephen
  • Reviewed: 1/28/2019
  • Degree: Information Technology
"It's funny how this website says 'Grad Reports' and yet there's a ton of review of people that didn't graduate from here simply trying to give it one star. Well, needless to say, don't listen to the non-graduates... being salty because you couldn't hack it doesn't give you a right to down on the thing you couldn't do well in. Grow up people. That being said, I love WGU. My program manager was helpful and insightful, motivating me to get my degree faster than I would have if I hadn't had her or went to a brick and mortar university. I did have my Associates degree from another (brick and mortar) college before I got here, so perhaps I was a bit more motivated than others to finish. And I will say, if you're motivated and don't need to be baby-sat through your degree (ie you're a functioning adult) you'll do well here. The classes were fairly straight forward, all of them having every article of information you could need online at your fingertips, so you didn't need to provide your own textbook. They all had what they called 'cohorts' as well, which are lectures either given live or through recordings, you have a choice to do either. Homework is provided through the coursework, and you can work at your own pace through that as well. Then you either have a Practical Assessment or a Test in order to finish the class. PAs tend to be either 5-20 page essays (depending on subject and material covered) or more of a short answer style all in APA format. I found all Course Instructors helpful when reached out to, and I reccomend that if you're struggling you reach out to them early and often. They will help guide your learning process and give you insights on how certain things work if you're confused. There's also a writing center that helps you with your formatting and writing skills. For those of you that are worried about accrediation, unlike other online schools, Western Governers University is accredited just like prestigious brick and mortar schools are, regionally (remember regional is better than national when it comes to accrediation) WGU is accredited through the same organization that accredits niversity of Washington, University of Oregon, Gonzaga University, University of Utah, University of Idaho, and Brigham Young University, to name just a few. Basically, while you're going to a smaller university (like some of us have locally) you have the weight of that accreditation behind it. I literally tell everyone I know about WGU, due to it's excellent class format, the pricing plans, and the ability to accelerate your learning if you already have some experience in the subject. It has absolutely been my best decision, education wise, to become a Night Owl. WGU Rocks!"
Marshall
  • Reviewed: 1/23/2019
  • Degree: Business Administration
"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."
Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 1/23/2019
  • Degree: MBA in Healthcare Management
"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."
Theresa J Williams
  • Reviewed: 1/22/2019
  • Degree: Accounting
"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."
Fraud
  • Reviewed: 1/22/2019
  • Degree: Liberal Studies
"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."
WGU is worthless
  • Reviewed: 1/19/2019
  • Degree: Elementary Education
"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."
Arlina
  • Reviewed: 1/13/2019
  • Degree: Business
"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."
Nurse
  • Reviewed: 1/13/2019
  • Degree: Nursing
"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."
Mark from MO
  • Reviewed: 1/3/2019
  • Degree: Accounting
"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."
Adult Accounting Major in search of a degree
  • Reviewed: 12/27/2018
  • Degree: Accounting
"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."
Jason Holland
  • Reviewed: 12/20/2018
  • Degree: Nursing
"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."
Gary Balch
  • Reviewed: 12/14/2018
  • Degree: Business
"WGU gave me the flexibility I needed while trying to balance a full time career and school. The enrollment and financial aid process was virtually stress free! The courses were well organized and allowed me to proceed at a pace comfortable to me. A week after graduation, I began a new career that was double my previous salary. My degree from WGU helped me to reach the earning potential I had been seeking."
Writing doesn't equal learning
  • Reviewed: 12/14/2018
  • Degree: Education Administration
"If your pay raise is based on completed credits, then WGU is great. I took online classes that didn't help me in any way, but moved me to the top of the pay scale. I learned absolutely nothing. Was it easy. Yes! Was it inexpensive compared to other programs? Yes! But when a student can complete a four-year program in one year, all while working full-time, I believe the program isn't thorough and fails in the pursuit of learning. Basically, students write essays to "prove" comprehension. Following the rubric, using the right vocabulary, editing for grammatical errors and exhibiting a very limited understanding of the topic will produce results. I have a bachelors and a masters from a brick and mortar. I wouldn't recommend WGU to anyone who is truly interested in learning. I would recommend WGU to anyone who cares less about learning and who only wants to take credits to get a pay raise."
Michael B.S. Marketing Management
  • Reviewed: 12/10/2018
  • Degree: Marketing
"I love this school. You pay one price per term, so if you complete 4 classes or 20 classes in a term, the price is the same. This has saved me a ton of money and time. Also the weekly check-in calls with my mentor has kept me accountable and provided the encouragement I need! The only thing you need to get used to is that not every class is alike and you might need to contact your mentor to find all the resources."
Kelly
  • Reviewed: 12/4/2018
  • Degree: MBA in Healthcare Management
"Not impressed with WGU at all. This was the first time I did all online schooling after getting my bachelors at University of Miami. Almost every paper was returned for revision and it was frustrating because evaluators would contradict themselves in their critique. They would dumb you down in your writing skills. If you didnt write this is my answer because of this reason, they wouldnt be able to understand your actual answer and say you didnt write it in the paper. In all my years of schooling, this is the opposite of how they teach you to write. The price shows the quality of the program, and I regret not spending more money getting an actual education."