Western Governors University Reviews
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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.
I just graduated from WGU last week. I finally finished my BS in Business Management. I am reading some of the reviews and I have to ask, if someone has had an experience as bad as some of the ones that I've read, what are you looking for? If it's help from instructors, WGU has more than enough instructors in each course. If you had poor communication with anyone at the university, something is seriously wrong. As soon as I enrolled in any class, I would immediately get welcome emails from course mentors wanting to set up time to go over the course or enroll in live cohorts. If you didn't like sitting through live or recorded cohorts, what in the world are you looking for? My interactions with course mentors, when I needed to, were great! When an appointment was made with a course instructor, they would call on minute it was scheduled. Someone complaining about the rubrics? Really, if I had a paper returned, (only twice) is was because I missed the mark on a rubric item, not from being "too creative." I was able go through my program in 14 months. Some classes, admittedly, were a little more clunky than others, but you'll have that anywhere. I treated my time there like having a second job. I left my day job, and went to "work at night." Overall, I really enjoyed my time at WGU. Recommend it to others? Absolutely. You get out, what you put in. Good Luck!
Finishing up my first term at WGU soon and I have nothing but great things to say about my experience so far. Obviously I still have a ways to go before I graduate, but the courses so far have been challenging in the best possible way. I was skeptical to apply at first because of previous reviews I had read online, but being a mom of 2 who works two full time jobs, I didn't have the luxury of choosing a brick and mortar school to finish my degree and move forward in my career field. Now that my first term is under my belt, I honestly can't see why there are so many negative reviews. Yes, it is self-paced so if you are not motivated or self-sufficient you will probably not succeed. But I have always excelled in school and never had an issue with self-discipline so this program has been pretty ideal to say the least. I am actually accelerating through my coursework faster than I would in any traditional program and expect to be finished with my degree in less than two years, which is amazing considering I started out with less than 25 transferred credits from my community college, which were completed over 5 years ago. And the support I have received from my program mentor and course instructors have been nothing short of consistent and satisfactory. My program mentor, Ann, never misses a weekly check in and makes it a point to reach out when I complete a course milestone, even if it's just to say "congrats" for my accomplishment. It is so refreshing to have someone who actually takes the time to make sure my needs as a student are met and that my accomplishments are recognized, no matter how small they are. The course instructors are equally responsive and helpful. I have received phone calls from my instructors, even without me prompting them, just to check in and see how I was doing with the coursework and see if I had any questions or concerns. Additionally, the resources available are limitless. I have found the library to be extremely useful, especially when writing my 10 page paper for English Comp, and the cohorts are very detailed and help a lot when I need some help understanding certain aspect of course material. The only downfall I have to report on would be the 3rd party proctors for Objective Assessments. They outsource to some company in India and, while I have no problem with the outsourcing factor, the proctors are generally hard to understand and are a little pushy. Other than that, I have had no issues and have passed every single one of my exams and assignments without problems of any kind. I would HIGHLY recommend this school (well, at least this program of study), to anyone who is interested in online education. This has been such a game changer and for the first time I actually look forward to getting my schoolwork done. I am looking forward to continuing this program and will most likely re-enroll with WGU for my Masters once completed. Please take the negative reviews with a grain of salt. Talk to an enrollment counselor and get a feel for the school before making hasty decisions.
I found the program and support to be excellent. I really liked the value-based, all-inclusive approach to education. There were no hidden fees, and all course materials were included. My mentor did well to keep me on track and motivated. If you really push yourself, it is possible to earn a degree in a single semester.
I had to write a review for WGU. I attended WGU from 2017 through 2019, and I just achieved my MSN degree in Leadership and Management two weeks ago. I am so grateful that obtaining an advanced degree is possible through an online track. I earned my initial Associates Degree in 1999 at a brick and mortar program in Texas, and also attended the University of Texas at Austin for the majority of my Bachelor's of Science Nursing. Due to a cross country move, my degree pursuit at UT was cut short by two classes. Ten years later, I decided to finish. I attended CTU to finish my BSN and WGU to finish my MSN. I was very happy with WGU's program. Their program was relevant to my career, and fully supportive of students. Each student is assigned a program mentor who follows the student through the entire program. I can not say enough for this added student support. My PM was more than helpful when it came to keeping on track. WGU also has a very helpful group of writing professionals that will help you with APA and articulation. The Library search engine gives options for narrowing down searches to your specific criteria and exporting citations to multiple different citation managers. The final selling point was the tuition! Tuition is charged per six month semester, and you can take as many classes as you can fit into your schedule without extra charges. Truly, I would be surprised if there was a more flexible and worthwhile program out there. If you know you can not self motivate to save your life, generally avoid all online programs. But, if you are motivated enough to withstand the rigor of an online program; I definitely recommend this University.
WGU rescued me from the hazing system of participation replies, busy work, and worthless classes I suffered through at The University of Phoenix,. At WGU, I moved at my own pace and only paid for classes needed to complete the degree. They truly care about their students as compared to Phoenix - who charge me nearly $1400 per class - with no chance of completing the degree early: unless I paid additional money. My only critique of WGU is they trashed me on the transfer credits, even though I attended a regionally accredited school (only allowed 12 out of 33 credits) was brutal. The good news is they have a flat cost which meant I could take 22 credits per semester, but only pay for 12: that's how I survived the hit on the transfer. Would I recommend WGU? Absolutely I would, because the ability to test out of a class based on a competency exams was priceless. Take my advice, haul a** away from Phoenix - transfer to WGU - and get your degree.
I absolutely love WGU! It's competency-based model is perfect for students who already have a foundation in the area of study. It cuts out all the unnecessary time spent studying something you're already competent in, plus it's super affordable! I completed my BSN in 2 terms (12 months) and then completed my MSN in 1 term (6 months).
Best decision I ever made was attending Western Governors University. Believe it or not, although it's an online school, you really get a sense of community and an abundance of support from faculty and students (through support and social media pages sych as FB and Reddit). From entrance to finish, my experience at WGU has been great.
I searched long and hard before deciding on what school to attend to get my BSN. I have a BA in another field, and have been an RN with an ADN for 13 years. I had finally decided that it was time to start my Advanced Practice journey.. but I had to have my BSN completed before I could apply to any Graduate program. Full disclosure .. I saw the completion of my BSN as a necessary EVIL to get to where I was going, most programs that I researched took between a year and a year and a half at a cost of 10-18k and I only had 12 classes to complete. I am THRILLED with WGU. They charge per a 6 month semester, right under 4k/semester, and claim they do NOT hold you back if you want to dedicate the time to learn the material, and pass the assessments.. and this has proven to be TRUE! The program is not easy, the material and testing are tough, but they don't waste your time with online message boards, waiting on other students or any other reason. The material is broken down into understandable concepts, and they offer group classes and have many options to connect with a person for help including a help line to call if you get stuck. I am over half way done with my 15 classes and so far I am quite satisfied with my progress. Also I have learned a few things, things that make the processes at the hospital more clear, and have refreshed my math and Biochemistry skills. When I began I had other nurses tell me that a degree from WGU was not accepted at 'most' graduate schools, they were quite smug in fact when they insisted a WGU BSN was invalid in some way. I called the graduate schools I plan to apply to and they had no problem accepting a BSN from WGU. So I am on track to complete my BSN in one semester and in a quarter of the cost they will spend.. so more power to them!! I spend 4-5 days a week 8-10 hours a day studying as I am on a time and money crunch to make my graduate school deadline. If you are a 'get stuff done' person, this program is a great option!
I am currently a student at WGU, and it is the best decision I have made. Is it easy? Heck no! But, with the mounds of support that you have at WGU you definitely stay motivated to keep going. I did not have this in my previous college experience, so this has been a game changer for me. I am really surprised by the negative reviews, because that has definitely not been my experience. If you have a full time job like I do I definitely recommend WGU.