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I recently graduated from WGU. My overall experience was great. This is one of the best online school that offered quality education with affordable tuition. Being a IT professional, I found their degree programs are very competitive and allighn with real life/project situation. The information I learnt in his program helped me immensely In solving issues. So program met the quality standard. However, this program is not suited for all individual. This program is definitely for the one who are self motivated, inspirational, dedicated and have good time management skill sets. I was able to complete this program before my term ends. This is because my professional experience helped me get through those course fast enough. People who don't have any experience will face challenges but it can be overcome with hard work and dedication. However, I found course mentors are not as effective as I thought before enrolling in the program. My first semester was little bumpy as I was hoping course mentor would review my paper and point out my problems. Rather they asked me where I need help. I was dumbfaced because I didn't know what I was doing wrong to tell them where I need help. That gave a lesson in positive way. Research and analyze your problem on your own rather waiting for other to help. This analogy helped me to get through my remainder courses because I already knew I am on my own. If one know how to follow the task rubrics and touches the points outlined in the rubrics, paper would never sent back for revision. All My tasks for last three courses, including the capstone were passed in first time. So I never had to work on revision of my task. One thing I hate about WGU is they don't have GPA scale for their courses. I wish if they have it. Most of colleges asses your accedimic standings based on GPA. But WGU has only pass/fail result. Thus, it Is not good approach in showing your true merit. Hope they change this in future. I recommend them to add more video tutorials from any sources in the course to guide the students in right directions.
I am extremely unimpressed with my degree experience. After many years of hard work to earn my degree to become a math teacher, I finally finished the program. I was lead to believe that WGUs degree program satisfies NJs requirements for certification. However, this is not the case. I took thousands of dollars of grant money and in return I committed to teach four years in public school. Now I cant get my certification because NJ state requirements were not met by my program. Therefore, I cant get a job and I will have to pay back all of that grant money. WGU is not taking responsibility so Im left with thousands of dollars of debt and no way to pay it back because I cant get a job. I have learned the hard way that you cant trust WGU.
This school has been the best online post secondary education program I have participated in. It took enrolling/withdrawaling from 4 different online colleges to feel comfortable with using WGU to finish my degree. The classes are difficult, but rightfully so. You get out of it what you put into it. My mentor is awesome she helps keep me accountable and on schedule, and she also tells me the best ways to complete each individual classes. The exams are challenging, as to be expected with a program that is based on competency. It has taken me less than a week to complete some, and up to a couple months to complete others. I love the pass/fail system it takes a lot of pressure off of you. It is sad to read a few of these one star comments, but if you notice, they are all from the RN programs and they all pretty much say the same thing, so dont take them seriously. The cost is the lowest you will find for QUALITY education. Like everything, you get what you give. Thank you WGU for allowing me to finally pursue my goals
I chose to attend WGU because of the flexibility and cost. It is not an easy program but who would want a MS that you didnt have to earn? My mentor was fantastic and I learned many new concepts. I saw several poor reviews; this was not my experience. I knew it would be a busy two years and planned accordingly. I spent every Friday working the program and would take my finals on Sunday mornings when my wife and three kids were sleeping. If you are looking for an easy quick degree, I would look elsewhere. If youre willing to work hard, can handle stress and timelines this may be a good fit. Its not for everyone.
The student mentor assigned to you are jokes, they can"t help you. The mentors only call you every week to harass you, hurry you to take your test. The worst thing their exam is Proctor, the proctor will harass you while you are taking an exam. They will ask to check you desk, and under the desk where you taking the exam.the writing center and assessment center was a joke need revision 50 times with no help,
This program is a ridiculous coaster of caios to follow. The courses and information can change at anytime. The "mentors are just paid to answer the phone but lack any knowledge or assistance. It is in my opinion that the way assignments are worded they are purposely made to be confusing so doing assignments will take longer ultimately earning them more money. There is no flow in the course work or class selection. There is a WEB of call centers that you need to contact if "there's an issue", which there usually is. Tests are through another online service, they usually start 20-30 mins late and can be interrupted if the person needs a break or to leave. They were VERY prompt when it came to the financials, oh except applying my discount contracted through my employer... that took 9 months. I have discouraged many of my colleagues from attempting this program as the frustration out weighs the value.
Please I beg you don"t go to this school. If you failed your exam twice, the 3rd time you have to pay $66.00 per exam. Also if you did not pass a class, the following semester you have to pay full tuition for that class. They will continue to suck money out of you. The student mentor assigned to you are jokes, they can"t help you. The mentors only call you every week to harass you, hurry you to take your test. The worst thing their exam is proctor, the proctor will harass you while you are taking exam. They will ask to check you desk, and under the desk where you taking the exam. I feel like a prisoner in my own house. Issues are not getting resolved on timely manner. I withdrew from this program, during my second semester. Will not recommend this school to anyone. Be careful before you enroll in this school. WGU you are a joke, money sucking school.
I applied for admission and had J. as the enrollment counselor. She was very incompetent and wasted all my time. For four months of dealing with her, I ended up not getting admitted because her and the financial aid and transcript staff were very unorganized. I told J. so many times to make sure first that I will be eligible for financial aid before we go on with the process because I could not afford the tuition fee without the aid. Either she did not know what she was doing or too dumb to know how the whole thing goes. She made me go through the whole process and I spent over $500 to take care of my documents. She kept calling me without any result, I had to call the financial aid myself to clarify things because she had no idea what was going on, totally wasted my time for four months. This school is the most unorganized school I've ever dealt with because they let these incompetent kids deal with serious applicants.
This was a perfect fit for me. It allowed me to work at my own pace and around my own schedule. The 6 month terms are great. I finished the first term with 8 credits due to my personal schedule, and then completed 22 credits in the last 4 months of my second term because I had more time. My mentor was great at keeping me on track. I love the rubrics used for assignments and only had to make 2 minor revisions during the program because the rubrics were so easy to follow. I have recommended this program/school to several of my co-workers and at least four have enrolled in the last 2 months.
I would not recommend WGU. This school sounds great at first based on price and time. That's what I thought at first however, no one told me how unorganized and how inappropriate the amount of work there is. First they begin you with a leadership communication class that everyone is mandated to take, it is a live cohort class that meets every week, twice a week for two hours and the only available times are based off the instructors schedule. This means it can vary from each week. It is not geared towards full time employees, they don't take in consideration of the time zone changes. this is just the very first class, might I add how they also claim to be designed for full working/ family men and women. This is untrue they are very strict and not flexible with hours. Most of the "credits" or CUs do not transfer to any other school which they claim they do. Also, once you get into the real courses the instructions are very unclear and most are hidden within the course that makes you find them. They aren't teaching you be better writers, they have your numerous papers sent to a third party to "unbiased" grade it. They literally have a rubric in front of them and they are skimming your paper to look for keywords. If those keywords are clearly stated (which they aren't in the task instructions) they will reject your paper. It's frustrating because you're not being graded on the content of your paper rather than the keywords. these aren't just 3-4 page papers either, these are 15 page research that require so much time and hard work and it doesn't matter. Plus I think the amount of these papers are disproportionate especially at the undergrad level.