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Western International University Reviews

  • 23 Reviews
  • Phoenix (AZ)
  • Annual Tuition: $6,000
71% of 23 students said this degree improved their career prospects
74% of 23 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

Ryan Murphy
  • Reviewed: 1/9/2019
  • Degree: Business Administration
"Excellent local to Arizona school that offers both on campus and online but I enjoyed due to attend in person classes. I attended in 2007-2009 when online programs were just beginning and Western International seemed to have a robust and technical savvy online learning for the time era. The professors were knowledgeable, the MBA program allowed for excellent discussions to tie into other classmates whom are all bringing relevant professional work experience into a classroom setting to apply to business principles."
Jamie
  • Reviewed: 5/22/2017
  • Degree: Business
"As a for-profit educational institute, I now would have chosen a different school. The curriculum was ok and the instructors were good, but I was not impressed with the overall program. At this point, I am rather annoyed that the school I received my MBA has recently stopped accepting new students and will be shutting its doors soon."
L.S.
  • Reviewed: 3/6/2017
  • Degree: MBA
"I would recommend Western International University. The MBA program has fantastic professors who help the learner advance their knowledge. Some classes are really intense. If you're not going to school full time, avoid doubling up on the research and finance classes."
Dorothy D. Weaver
  • Reviewed: 7/14/2016
  • Degree: Religious Studies
"My studies at this University was accomplished it included a lots of reading comprehension: six books of counseling review consisting of eight to ten pages no More than twenty. Ten counseling verbatim . Dissertation research paper 300 pages but accepted fifty if good. mines consisted of seventy four pages. The instructors graded my assignment professionally. student had to prove their knowledge of wisdom by applying it in their studies as a teacher,before becoming a Doctor of Philosophy in Christian counseling. This University is National/International a credit I had a problem because the state of Alabama only except Regional accreditation. My Master degree was evaluated from a regional college. But Spiritual counseling is excepted with out state licensing."
Zach
  • Reviewed: 6/4/2016
  • Degree: MBA in Organizational Leadership
"I'm currently finishing up my first course and already love the program! The teaching structure is completely different from other online universities that I've attended and that a good thing. There are of course text readings, knowledge checks, and papers/tests. What I love is the live lecture, which is offered about half of the weeks. This works out great because it doesn't take too much time away from my work or home life, but also gives me some insight on the readings and the weekly objectives that I may not have recognized from my point of view. I feel like I'm learning a lot and the tuition is extremely affordable. I highly recommend this school! Even though the name brand isn't quite there, the education is worth it!"
Dee
  • Reviewed: 3/30/2016
  • Degree: Liberal Studies
"I am in my second year at West. I love the flexibility of the classes and being able to do my work on my own time. You have the option of taking 1-3 classes at a time and naturally the more you take the faster you finish. I started out taking 2 at a time but I was working part time. Now that I work full time I am able to take 1 class at a time and not overwhelm myself. I still have time for a social life and going on vacations, while chipping away at my degree. West has definitely met my needs when it comes to flexibility, I couldn't imagine having to run to class after work and then have to do homework on top of that. As far as the electives I have to take though that is another story. I'm not too interested in the field of business but my electives are business oriented because aside from Behavioral Science, business and economics degrees are the only ones offered online. It has helped me to gain a better understanding of the inner workings of a company which I suppose can't hurt, but I just wish there was more humanities or related courses I could take. Overall though, pretty good school. Affordable, standardized and user friendly."
anonymous
  • Reviewed: 12/15/2015
  • Degree: Business
"Thanks to recent price drops this is one of the most affordable online schools I could find. I will be able to cover 90% of my tuition using my company's employee tuition reimbursement program. Classes are 2 months long and by default you start a new one every month. You can also choose to take one class at a time like I did. There are no extra fees and digital text books are included with tuition which is also a big savings. The teachers I have had are a mixed bag but most of the actual teaching is done through pre-recorded video. Curriculum is standardized and not designed by the teacher grading your work which I feel leads to confusion and frustration regarding expectations for some assignments. It's not the best school, but it is affordable, flexible, and regionally accredited. Bottom line is, I wouldn't be getting an MBA if I had pay more or go to a physical class after work; this school meets my needs perfectly."
Jada
  • Reviewed: 12/1/2015
  • Degree: Business
"The program was well laid out and it was easy to follow a path of courses. Other colleges I have had to plead to get the attention of a an adviser to help me figure out how to best complete my degree. It took me two years of studying my tail off, some classes were easy some were not; this is at ANY college as all teachers very. I have since attended other Universities (Troy University & University of Denver). ALL of my credits from WIU transferred one way or another. Troy University was online format and I wonder how that place is still in business with (however, this is not review about them). The financial aid office never gave me any hassles. What I never understood, until later in life, is how come I would never receive a Fin. Aid refund like my friends did. Turns out, the school returns funds in excess to the government on your behalf (in the fine print) although, you can opt out of this if you like... GOOD! I was too young to be dealing with "extra" money and the debt, thanks West! And never having to buy books --- HUGE benefit! The last thing is I did get a good education from this school . By the time I graduated I had learned more than my boss knew about business. Within 6 months of graduating my boss asked to be demoted and I was then next in line to have his job. :-) I have gotten lots of interviews since then and none of them cared where my degree was from, only that I had one from an accredited school. WIU was under sanctions, but as of June 2015 those sanctions have been removed."
Valerie
  • Reviewed: 8/10/2015
  • Degree: Human Resources
"The school was overpriced and they weren't very helpful when I was dealing with financial aid. I was young and wasn't familiar with private and public universities. I think it was better than its sibling University of Phoenix, because the work was mostly individual. I never got a job in HR - but that also had to do with the fact that the economy tanked in 2008. I actually work in IT now. I probably wouldn't suggest you go this route unless you don't have another option - but most public universities are offering online degrees that can work with your work schedule now - and that wasn't available when I went to school."
Antoine J
  • Reviewed: 7/1/2015
  • Degree: Accounting
"I graduated from this place in 2007 with an AA in business. I didn't know how bad this school would be when I returned for a Master's in Accounting. The first two classes that you are required to take are a joke. A teacher gave me an A on a paper, but said I lacked critical thinking skills(my undergraduate degree is in History, so try and process that). The format is simple: answer a discussion question, take some weekly quizzes, take a test, do PowerPoint and maybe a paper. They are all easy grades and do not require a lot of effort at all. Unfortunately, the second class was worse than the first. A teacher readily admitted that he did not read my paper and failed me for no reason. I called him on his BS and spoke to his superiors. Then he went back, gave me a better grade and decided he wanted to talk to me all of a sudden. Never having to pay for books is the one good thing about the school. However, it just does not offer what students need especially for an Accounting degree program. I have since left this school and started an IT degree Master's program. DO NOT go to this school if you are serious about you education."
Ashley C
  • Reviewed: 3/23/2015
  • Degree: Social Sciences
"This is my second class with WEST. So far, so good. The tuition is pretty reasonable at 250 a credit. That is half of what UOP charges. I like the fact that we are only required to post one day a week. I enjoy the video lectures and I enjoy the 3 live sessions we have during the course of the 8 weeks. Also I am glad there aren't ang text books to pay for. They give you the ebook for free. I just hope my credits will transfer when I go for a masters program. The school is regionally accredited"
Afappy
  • Reviewed: 3/9/2015
  • Degree: MBA in Finance
"This school is a joke! If you are using the GI Bill, good luck. Their courses are terrible; full of mistakes and wrong answers. If you bring this to an instructors attention, they say they can't do anything because they aren't responsible for course content. I have yet to have any of my record or schedules be correct; nothing but problems. There are tons of opportunities to provide feedback but they never fix anything. Even if you ask to be contacted to discuss feedback, they ignore you. Wish I'd known this before I started because I got stuck with this worthless school. As far as the finance degree, expect to write a lot of papers. Way more than I would expect for a degrrr that it totally numbers based. Overall a terrible experience where you feel like you are dealing with robots. Do not go here!"
Joe Rodriguez
  • Reviewed: 1/29/2015
  • Degree: MBA in Management
"I was looking to get a master's at a third of the price University of Phoenix was offering theirs. I also didn't have a lot of time because of my work and I wanted to do everything online. The reason Im really happy with West is precisely because of how fast they let me get my degree, which saved me more money regarding student loans. I got promoted in my workplace two months after I graduated thanks to the master's. Definitely worth it."
mia fox
  • Reviewed: 1/4/2015
  • Degree: Criminal Justice
"West treats "student's" like customer's. They allow business instructors to not be clear what they want. Dean of Students doesnt allow,students to speak to the women. Every reason i started here for is gone. No more live classes, i havent learned anything and paid for nothing. Criminal behavior, ive repeated same classes i took getting my AA in crim .uk nal justice, all behavioral classes are same,classes anyone can take to gain degree in behavioral science. Im 3/4 done senior year, none of my credits will transfer to ASU, Walden,Capella,and several other online schools...none! That says something about this institution. Ive tried to transfer for over a year due to the unfair practices, discrimination and the so called student advisors who don't know you, what you do,what your educational goals are..those reviews that say this is good, they must either be stupid, employee students, or freshmen who don't know how to write an academic paper because West instructors don't know what APA is,nor can they formulate sentences with proper sentence structure to save their lives..the business end, West makes the students getting their degrees in behavioral or crimjnal justice oriented take these clases called, " common body of knowledge", business classes and West claims it's for ALL students to have a Well Rounded Education, but the majority business degree students take these classes that are ONLY more business classes..unlike those of us taking behavioral science and or criminal justice oriented degrees..this is not giving business students well rounded anything when they aren't forced to take behavioral science or criminal,justice oriented classes..hence discrimination when only some of us NOT getting our degree in business forced to take business. Well rounded means English,Math,Science that you take while an undergrad getting an,Associate degree, NOT Bachelors. Collegr undergraduate students whether getting a business dehree or not should know how to write excellent academic papers not study business that has nothing to do with their specialized field of study in the end of their senior year... West business students,,none know how to write papers, seiniors get shoved into classes with freshmen who don't know anything taking a behavioral science or criminal justice oriented class as their ELECTIVES while students getting their specialized degrees in behavioral,sciences ,criminal justice ,criminal behavior that is nothing,but a means for WEST to make miney and not deliver classes that teach where criminal behavior begins...this school is primarily a business school,they shouldn't have offered classes they couldn't and havent delivered,but took my money!!!!!!"
Jessica Matus
  • Reviewed: 8/7/2014
  • Degree: Liberal Studies
"While attending Western International University (WIU), I was able to experience a "live" classroom within my home. There were weekly live lectures with a professor and other students. It was amazing to be able to interact with the professor and students without having to be on campus. The professors were fantastic; some of the best! However, I have recently learned WIU has transitioned to a format that is not as personal. There is no longer live interactive lectures."
Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 8/18/2013
  • Degree: Human Services
"Tell us about your college experience.Attending class one night a week was the only way I could get my Masters while working full time. The work load was manageable and applicable.Would you get the same degree if you could start over?I would choose the same degree again. I researched several universities and their Masters program. The Human Dynamics Masters degree was exactly what I was looking for. I found no other university that offered this degree.What advice can you offer other students?If you study what you enjoy, it will lead you to a job you enjoy. Just like anything in life, you are going to get out of the program at WIU what you put into it."
Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 4/9/2013
  • Degree: Counseling
"I really enjoyed the 2 1/2 years at this school. I Received my Bachelors in Behavioral Science a few months ago. Absolutely awesome university with awesome professors (excluding a few, of course...) and the office staff was great to work with! I absolutely would highly recommend this school! Yes, it is expensive; however, it is absolutely worth it!!!"
Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 3/27/2012
"Admissions counselor? Always nice people because they have to be. Finance? Havent had an issue yet but I haven't gotten to the withdrawal part so we will see. Curriculum...lets just say that I have never read a text book in any of my classes and pulled a 4.0 in every one. Tuition, extremely over priced and of course they are non-profit and owned by the same company (Apollo) that owns University of Phoenix. Almost all of my class mates in all my classes were UOP staff.You will only get 12,500 allowed in government loans a year as a junior/senior. Their tuition is 10,800 a year. Within that tuition, it allows you to take only a standard of 8 classes within academic year. On top of their ( Common body of knowledge ) courses that are existent only to charge extra money, it will take you literally 2.5 to three years to complete your bachelors coming in at Junior level. By the way, this is AFTER they have accepted your Associates degree. Another two and a half or three years; 10,800 a year. Penn state charged an extra 80 dollars per unit more than Western. By the way, when you tell people where your getting or got your degree from after all that money....they will never know what school you are talking about at all. Nor will they ever because this school is just another for-profit waste of time."
Ruthie
  • Reviewed: 1/18/2012
"I started at WIU in August 2010. I have been dedicated to my studies through each of my classes. The faculty from my enrollment counselor, finance counselor, and academic counselor, have been very helpful.I am working on my Bachelor's Degree in Legal Studies and to date have maintained an A in my classes. The instructors are great, the homework is within reason and not overwhelming.I am excited to continue my endeavor and obtain my bachelors degree."
Nadida
  • Reviewed: 10/12/2010
"I took a chance and did a little homework before I jumped right in. I must say that I am so very please with the assistance that I have gotten thrus far. My team of professional have been with me every step of the way. I am even recommending that my daughter attend."