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Just graduated WGU a day ago. I found the overall experience great. I'm not sure if the others reviews dealt with unhelpful people along the way, or perhaps they didn't understand the material. I didn't accelerate anything and took the full 4 years to complete. The initial registration took a bit of time, but after that it was easy. My mentor was awesome. Yes, weekly calls the first term and biweekly after that. She helped me stay on track, as I tend to procrastinate. I had many resources for each class to help me pass. From their online material to their course mentors, and webinars. The course mentors always went above and beyond for me. This is more help than I ever received at a brick and mortar school. Financial aid did take a little more information than normal, I believe maybe because they are a non-profit school, but it wasn't that difficult to manage. Overall, I had a positive experience and would recommend it to others looking to take college courses at their own pace.
The Bachelor's of Science in Accounting at WGU was absolutely outstanding. WGU, as whole, is a fantastic school for anyone, but especially if you are a non-traditional student with a busy work and life schedule. It deserves all the praise and more that it gets--much more. The accounting program at WGU is very thorough, and the bottom line people want to hear--I was able to get a job with my degree. I was actually hired as an accountant seven months before I finished the accounting program at WGU. I was able to solve real-life problems right away, and I can credit WGU for this, and after speaking with others that graduated from 'traditional', four-year universities, ones that only provide nice, clean problems with a very clear solutions when it comes to accounting, auditing, bookkeeping, etc., WGU's program is ahead of the curb. It prepares professionals more so than the traditional university. I was able to advance to supervisory accountant within two years. I was going to go for my CPA, but an opportunity at a local college was too great to pass up. I am now pursuing an online MBA degree in hopes to further advance my career, and yes, I am doing so through WGU. WGU is special because it is so unique, they do not hold you back with time constraints, they present materials to you throughout the program that force you to critically think. I hope in-time that WGU gets more and more praise, because they are what universities are just now realizing they should strive to be. WGU is a pioneer and I expect to be at the leading edge of some of the top-ranked universities someday.
I cannot award enough praise to WGU and the online program offered. It is defin the best bang for your buck and in addition you can go as slow or as fast of a pace as you wish/have time for! The Program Mentors can be described best as your coach or cheerleader throughout the program. You will get the sense that you are the most important student to them. The Class Instructor Mentors were wonderful, approachable, knowledgeable and very helpful in any situation. They offer Webinars that feel like you are in class when you actually are sitting home all cozy in your jammies! Oh yes, and the Webinars are optional. You can choose to watch recordings of them anytime at your leisure. I gave them 5 stars because they offered great payment plans. Again, financial department excellant, library excellant.....you get the idea. :-)
Do your homework before going to WGU. Like most colleges, it's great for some people, and a very poor choice for others. If you're a working adult with the following, WGU is probably an excellent choice for you: 1. Industry knowledge & experience 2. The ability to complete work in a timely manner while managing your own schedule 3. A need to quickly prove what you know and learn what you don't 4. A strong desire to not invest 4 years and 6 figures into a Bachelor's degree 5. Some college credit or an AS, but no Bachelor's degree 6. The ability to learn and work independently. WGU is NOT a good choice for you if: You have no industry experience.This is especially true of the BSITM. Do not enroll in the BSITM program if you do not have IT experience and certifications. "IT Manager" is not an entry-level job for new grads, and a Bachelor's degree is not a Fast Pass to a career in management. You choose a college or career without doing research. (Seriously, most of the complaints here are about things that are on WGU's website. The fee structure and grading system aren't secrets.) You need a lot of hand-holding and supervision. You will have course mentors and student mentors, but assignments don't have due dates, and no one is going to stand over you and make you do the work. You're an 18 year old prodigy who wants to do academic research. This isn't Harvard or MIT, and it isn't meant to be - it's basically an online state school for working adults.
Where should I start. WGU got me with their 6 months only 3k and you can take as many classes as you want a matter of fact you can finish your degree in 6 months and all you'll pay is 3k. I should have known things were bad when the enrollment counselor asked if I am weak in math , I should have stop myself before answering. I tried to transfer 60 credits from another college however, they took only 20 and none of the math, so naturally I was forced to repeat them. they changed their grading system to a "bar" no grades here (They treat students as if we are mindless sheep) And they are doing us a favor by taking our hard earned money for their out dated substandard education. And on top of all, I found my "Business Management" degree is more about managing projects rather than people. what a waste of time and money. (Yes I complained many times) I tried to transfer out several times and no other university would accept WGU's credits. WGU abuses its nonprofit status to suck you dry of your money , that new "line" grading system, so many students have been complaining about,( no number grade of letter grade) yet WGU claims "most" students ask/wanted it...who would opt for such a gimmick? Not anyone with a brain. so they can say ah well you didn't go over the line so you don't pass but you need to pay $60 to retake your assessment. ask what is my grade they will not give me any information on it, basically, you have a zero value grade. Many of these assessments are worded badly and is extremely outdated its sad. WGU operates like an occult, they don't allow students to interact. Basically divide and conquer. The worse decision of my life.
I am very happy with WGU and how they manage their classes and curriculum. I started off at a local school that had students taking finals with Google, so was happy when I saw all of the tests at WGU are proctored so you have to know the subject of the class. After talking with many hiring managers I have found out they have a lot of respect for graduates of WGU and have had many good experiences with hiring those who graduated before me. I haven't spent much time with course mentors, though my current student mentor had been helpful in figuring out which classes I should start next. This has allowed me to accelerate my courses in a much more efficient manner resulting in cutting off a years worth of time in my first year. Some courses seem a little easy for college coursework, though I know there will be some courses that are going to be rather difficult to complete, such as the CCSP.
Great school! I enjoyed learning and expanding my educational career. There were times I wanted to give up, but my Mentor kept pushing me Awesome school. I enjoyed that I can put my child to sleep and finish my work at 2 a.m. in the morning. I loved that my course work was available on my device I had.
My name is A. L., and I am writing a review today on the Western Governors University Online Program, for Nurses wishing to receive a bachelors degree. When I graduated nursing school with my associates degree, I knew that I wanted to go back to school and receive my bachelors degree in nursing. After going through nursing school, I was extremely nervous about starting another program. Several of my coworkers suggested that I apply to Western Governors University. After doing my research, I decided to apply to the program. The program is 100% online, and this was a completely new way of learning for me. I was excited to apply, but anxious to find out more information about the program. I spoke with an enrollment counselor, and immediately, I felt great about the program. They waived my application fee, and within one week, I was accepted into the program. From that point forward, they set me up with an incredible student mentor and she contacted me every single week throughout the program to help keep me on track with my goals. The classes were surprisingly set up in a way that made you feel as though you were in the classroom. Each class had tons of resources, links, and contact information for extra help with the courses. The rubrics and breakdown of the learning material were easy to follow, and really relieved so much of my anxiety about the online program. The best part about this program is that you can go at your own pace. Each term is broken into six months, and the program sets up a timeline for you to finish the classes, but you can also get through the courses faster, if you pass the exams and materials provided. During the program, I was able to work full time, have the birth of my now eighteen month old daughter, and still have time to do all the things I enjoy, without feeling overwhelmed. This program gave me the confidence to achieve my dreams of becoming a nurse educator. After finishing the bachelors program, I am now continuing on to achieve my Masters Degree through their online program. I loved their program so much, that I wanted to keep going, and continue on my road to success. I highly recommend this nursing program to anybody who is looking for a program that can be flexible with their needs, and for anybody who is doubting whether or not there is a program out there for you to help achieve your goals. Western Governors changed my life, and my future.
Excellent MBA program for people who are driven. I highly recommend this to people who know their knowledge from experience will wipe out roughly 3/4 of any Master's program. Perhaps my accounting degree and financial background provided me a leg up on courses that may trip up others, but I was able to complete the program in a year and was grateful to apply a few nuggets from the economics courses to my job (great for strategic planning). If you are driven and have progressed steadily through your career, this MBA program will work well for you and save you tens of thousands of dollars. If you are the type of person who blames circumstances on your shortcomings, you will likely hate this competency based approach.
Awful program I fought with the school to prove myself. I studied 30 hrs every week and got no where in my effort to be a teacher. None of the credits transfer, none of the classes were traditional format. Students are expected to prove their knowledge by taking a timed test. IMPOSSIBLE NO PAPERS TO IMPROVE YOUR GRADE