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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.
I'm very disappointed by the negative reviews I have read about WGU. I really am glad that I found this program. I hated the way I saw traditional nursing programs instructor belittle and intimidate the students which I knew at my age I wouldn't be able to take. I also wouldn't be able to do a traditional program with my financial and family obligations. I initially had trouble but soon learn to navigate the program and rules. I found that, if I wanted to succeed then I must take control of my destiny. WGU is not a program for the weak or those who need constant hand holding. You must be a self starter and go getter! I have recommended the school to several people. It isn't easy but it can be done. I really enjoyed having a student mentor to talk with when it was needed.
I had a great experience with this program. It was affordable at approx $3,700 a term. They break your terms up with 12 credits per term but you can easily pull up classes to your current term as you complete them. I did 46 credits in 1.5 terms, 9 months. Many do it in 6 months. Student mentor support is great. Course mentor support is average. Tutors/help are easily available and really helpful. You need to be very organized and self disciplined to accelerate through it at your own pace. The classes are well formatted. Student support is great. Peer support was wonderful on social media. I'm 58 years old and a nurse for 25 years. I work full time and have a life and managed this program easily. I loved doing this program sitting on my couch on the computer
I just graduated in May 2018 from the ADN to BSN program and these are my thoughts. There is a very steep learning curve and a lot of it is self study. The courses are pretty straight forward, but it's very paper intensive. My first semester was the hardest because it's different than my ADN program in terms of studying. You need to be very disciplined. Thankfully, my student mentor was VERY helpful with supporting me. That was the key to my success. There is a misconception that the online program would be easier but remember the Board of Nursing in CA sets the criteria for all the nursing programs. There was extra coursework for the CA BSN program.
I've read a few other reviews and personally cannot relate to any of the negative ones. WGU is 100% online so you can't expect it to be anything close to traditional b+m learning. Of course the proctors have to look around your desk! They do this to make sure you aren't cheating so don't take it so personally (it's their job for crying out loud). I didn't have much trouble with my financial aid but that doesn't mean everyone else will have the same experience. I attended a b+m university before and their financial aid office was hell to deal with but I've heard of others having it easy. As for the education, it is there but It really depends on how much you want to take from it. They present the material through various ways (i.e.: online textbooks, videos, modules, etc) which I find refreshing. You must be self-motivated! Your mentor will help some but it's ultimately up to you.
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.
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.
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.
WGU allowed me to complete my Bachelors degree on my terms (for the most part). I was able to transfer in previous college credit and was rewarded for employment experience (industry certifications). The cost to attend also did NOT break our budget! Some of the reviews i've read talk about the irritating weekly calls, yes, they are annoying, but 1 hour per week (and their schedule is extremely flexible) should be no reason to give WGU a bad review. If i were starting all over (and i will be as i will be signing up for my Masters degree this spring) i'd definitely attend WGU. I've already turned my brother on to WGU as well as 2 co-workers! Thanks WGU!
I already had my BSN and always wanted to get my MSN to have more options in future. I decided to go with WGU because of mainly two reasons. First, it's competency based. Second, I knew I would commit myself to study one or two hours a day even after a long hard work day. To sum up, if you're a student who waits until the end of a semester, it's not the school for you. I worked full-time, studied 15-18 hours a week, and finished BSN to MSN-Education in 10.5 months. The main thing is to do the work every day! I have to say that the entire course is very, very writing intensive and you have to follow exact rubric instructions to do well. Don't worry because WGU has a wonderful support system as long as you're willing to do your part. Good luck on your journey!