Western Governors University Reviews
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WGU is an amazing university providing the competency-based education where a student can proceed at their own pace which can be fast or slow depending upon the learning style of the student. I completed 3 classes in a few months. The online interface is easy to use, the student mentor is always helpful and the course mentors are willing to provide as much assistance as needed.
I had an excellent experience with WGU. The courses were very challenging. I transferred credits from credits in from 3 other hard-sided universities in Colorado and Montana due to life and interest changes. I ended up finishing both my bachelors in Business Management and my MBA through WGU because it was so high quality. I had incredible access to course mentors, and engaged in online lectures and interactive learning sessions. Both of my student mentors were incredible, and the school was very accommodating in finding the best fit of a mentor for my needs. They really have online learning dialed in. If this were a private company on the stock exchange, I would invest in their stock due to the value, efficiency, and quality of the education they are delivering. I am a non-traditional student with a lot of business experience, and recognize this value based on the rigor of my work requirements. WGU uses evidence-based certification and simulation programs that most Universities also use in their curriculum. The access to those certifications to enhance the degree was of incredible value as well (PHR, Project Management, etc.).
WGU is a wonderful institution. Initially when I started my search I was a little skeptical of enrolling in an online university but after researching WGU's credibility and accreditation I was satisfied enough to start there. The program has been exceptional. I had the best student mentor and course mentors. The faculty was always there when I needed and many times went beyond what they needed to help me. It was like I was learning one on one. This program is phenomenal for people who are disciplined and can hold themselves accountable for their work. You can move on to the next course when you're ready and don't have to wait on a curriculum, teacher, or another student. Thank you WGU!!
I would not do this school because they cannot get my accommodations right and tried to find other alternatives. The only solution is that I retake the test again, which was not helpful and did not resolve the issue. The test proctors are a joke and do not follow rules especially when it comes from disabled students. This school is unstructured and does not respect their students especially when it comes to accommodations. If you do not believe me, try it out for a while and you will see the truth. also, i have talked to other students on facebook and have said the same thing. so sad.
Overall the work wasn't bad, just time consuming. There are lapses in communication. Frequently I would start a term and download all the pertinent course outlines and rubrics and etc and then there would be changes midterm and no notification that changes were made to your current term classes. My mentor was great! Please hope that you never have to deal with records. They are incompetent!!!!!
I highly recommend this college. The classes are tough, but they are completely online and the all of the mentors are fantastic! You can pretty much ago at your fast, faster or slower. I will have finished a degree that normally takes 4 years in about 1 and a half. I get replies to my e-mails in a resonable amount of time and when I leave a voicemail, they always call me back. They have great scholarships and accept financial aid such as the Pell Grant.
I really loved WGU's Bachelor of Information Technology program. I transferred in an Associate degree, accelerated, got caught up by life and still finished in the listed 2 1/2 years. A few points: - This is self driven (but not independent) learning. You must have the drive. Your mentor is there to help you figure things out and keep you on track. The course mentors are like teachers, interaction is available, 1 on 1 or in webinars and cohort learning. - The degree is respected by employers, and if its not, at least in IT, you have certs to back up your knowledge too - It is HARD, even with prior knowledge. - Your mentor works for you, if you dont get along or they arent giving you what you need, ask to be moved. - Student services can help with almost anything, or point you to who can. I see all these comments about the FASFA's grad rate. Please actually read that statistic, it is percentage of FIRST TIME college attendees that go on the graduate at that college. WGU very rarely even takes anyone with zero college experience. They would need tons of work experience in field. So that stat means practically nothing. And if you have no college experience and expect online to be "easier" you will fail out of WGU. WGU is accredited, credits do transfer out (i was contemplating moving after I started my masters degree but decided to stay), and they are taken for grad school requirements. I should be done with my masters in a year and Im already talking to my doctoral school. No issues. This is not an "academic focused" school. Not for research and theory. Its real life, real skills. Industry certification.
I was enrolled in WGU, Business Administration with a focus in Human Resources about two years ago. The courses were tough, and my mentors were good. I was in the process of re-enrolling, but this process is so much more difficulty and time consuming. Financial aid is very unresponsive to phone calls and emails. They re-request information, thereby pushing your start date 30 days at a time. The first time around, I was able to start classes in 45 days. This time is was going to be 120 days. I have called Student Services only to be told that there are many more students now then ever before. Had I known that this process was going to be slow and frustrating, I would have looked closer to home to finished my degree.
I am just writing to warn people about the radically different admissions process the school uses, this is not a traditional University. They will not evaluate transcripts until you have received your degree and it is on the transcript. There is no way to evaluate the school and know that you will be accepted until you have already finished your previous Bachelors program long after you would have been admitted into any other traditional master's program. I had one counselor who didn't answer an email question for 40 days and I had to call and get a different counselor The first counselor told me I was qualified for a specific IT program based on my work experience, the second counselor said that actually an internal group had denied me for that program but the first counselor never bothered to tell me. I thought I was all lined up and ready to go and 40 days later I find out differently I don't qualify for the program. I know this is long but I have to mention a couple more things. I have three excellent letters of recommendation from prominent PhD leaders in the Utah area, but they are useless at Western Governors because they don't look at letters of recommendation. Further I've no people at Adobe and other high-profile companies that really have no opinion of some of the newer degrees at Western Governors so they don't really carry much weight. I was told by a pretty important person at Adobe and Lehi that simply getting a Microsoft Azure machine learning certification what count a lot more than the data mining program at Western Governors. Reading through reviews it sounds like some of the other programs like nursing are pretty good programs but just be aware this is not in any way a traditional University, does not have an academic focus., provides no opportunity to participate in research
Best value in education, hands down. Regionally accredited, not for profit school - meaning it is not a diploma mill - they by law do not turn a profit. I finished 50 credits in 5 months to earn my bachelors degree- one month later I was hired by the company I had been a contractor at for over 3 1/2 years. The degree is viewed positively by employers. Loved my mentor, loved the ability to work as fast as possuble. I started back in May to earn a MBA degree and I am over half way done already. Very satisfied and happy with this school.