Western Governors University Reviews

  • 692 Reviews
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  • Annual Tuition: $6,670
78% of 692 students said this degree improved their career prospects
74% of 692 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Lora
  • Reviewed: 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."
Patricia
  • Reviewed: 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."
The Franchise
  • Reviewed: 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."
Affordable and convenient
  • Reviewed: 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."
Jeremy Stevens
  • Reviewed: 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."
Mark
  • Reviewed: 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"
Cor
  • Reviewed: 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."
Back to school for something more in my career
  • Reviewed: 6/5/2019
  • Degree: Healthcare Informatics
  • Graduation Year: 2022
"When I was first considering enrolling WGU, this is one of the first websites I visited to read what other students had experienced and from the mixed reviews I was hesitant. So I wanted to share my experience for anyone who might be considering WGU. This school is for professionals with experience either in the field they are wanting a degree in, or experience in a closely related field. The class work is challenging and you will be taking a variety of courses which entail anything from having to write research essays to taking proctored, multiple choice exams. You are matched with a program mentor to assist in your studies, check in with you regularly and all around support you in your educational journey. Your programs are laid out in modules consisting of reading (LOTS of reading) videos and other multi-media. They offer you practice quizzes and preassessments to see how much you know already and give you suggestions on what to focus on. Instructors are available via email or you can set up appointments to speak with them over the phone if you need guidance in a subject. There are TONS of resources to help you, they have a writing center if you aren't great at English, a math center and a tech center if you need help with your PC or have connection issues. You do need to be self motivated and push yourself to make progress, but everything you need to succeed is laid out before you, you do need to know where to find those resources and all of that is shown to you before you start the first course. Also, I will say that most people who are internet saavy can usually figure out where to find everything they need. As far as mentors go, every person is different and you may need more hand holding or less. If you are matched with a mentor that is not right for your needs, you can reach out and ask for another to just deal with them, honestly. One thing to know is the longer you take to get your degree, the more you pay (obviously, but honestly), and once you pay for a term you can take as many classes as you can get through before the term ends, at all hours of the day. So get into WGU and don't dawdle. Make progress and take advantage of all the resources they provide.Bottomline: WGU is for you if you are highly motivated to succeed, don't mind alot of reading and feel like you would do well with an online educational format. If you do better in a traditional classroom environment, WGU may not be the best option."
James
  • Reviewed: 5/30/2019
  • Degree: RN to BSN
  • Graduation Year: 2019
"I had a great experience with WGU. My Mentor was great. It is an independent study college for those working in the field for a few years. Read the instructions and answer the questions for the assignments. There are many resources available but they will leave you alone if you prefer, which I did. I did 9 classes in one term(6months) but decided to take my time for the rest, doing only the minimum. Watch the recorded lectures and do the modules and quizzes and youll succeed."
Lisa
  • Reviewed: 5/30/2019
  • Degree: Special Education
  • Graduation Year: 2019
"When I first started, I thought the school was great. My mentor was supportive and the course mentors were really helpful. Into my second year, things started to change and my experience with WGU seemed to get worse. My personal left to another position and I was assigned a new mentor. I didn't mind too much, but my mentors had withheld important information about state exams that I needed to take in order to complete a future course. My graduation was pushed back by six months because I did not complete the tests in time. Then came time for me to complete my last course and program and yet again I was assigned another new mentor, who did not seem to care about me. My last course is student-teaching, I was paired with a horrible host teacher, who from the beginning did not want to host a student-teacher. Halfway into my program, she decided to end the placement. I was told the process of terminating my placement would be simple and easy going. That has been far from the truth. They do not update you on anything, and everything you thought was going to happen, the opposite happened, with no warning. I have been given the run around and lied too. So much stress has been put on my shoulders due to their lack of support and knowledge. I was supposed to graduate this year, but now it will be next year(possibly later), as I have decided to transfer schools. If you are considering WGU for a teaching degree, I recommend finding a different school."