Westwood College - Online Campus Reviews - CLOSED
I wish I was granted the option to rate my experience with Westwood College Online as a ZERO to represent the jobs I have qualified for since graduating; which turned out to be just one of the countless other issues I experienced as a student and graduate from Westwood College Online. I enrolled at Westwood College in 2009 because the greatest selling point was not only would I learn what I needed to enter my desired career field through the convenience of online study but I was promised job placement. Unfortunately their admissions process was deceptive and misleading as I am still working in retail sales, I have been working in retail for over 20 years now. I enrolled and pursued a Bachelor’s Degree in Graphic Design: Game Art but have not been able to get a job since I graduated in 2012. Westwood’s advisors have not assisted with job to pursue a job in animation but have not been granted successful job placement as promised. At the time of my enrollment, when I initially interviewed with Westwood, they misrepresented salary and jobs available for those in my field of study. For example exaggerating animator salaries stating they earn more than 60-70,000 per year when it turned out that they make around 30-40,000 per year. They also made it sound that it was a robust industry however there are nowhere near as many job opportunities available as they led me to believe. There is also an issue with Westwood’s predatory loans and lending practices, both private and federal loans, and I have a questionable number of loans at this time – a total of 21 loans. I am confused on the total cost of my education as my student loan amounts today seemed to have nearly doubled what I was initially told tuition would be. My loans have changed servicers a couple of times and I have asked for copies of all promissory notes on all loans several times since my loans started to come due in 2014, but only one institution was willing to disclose this information (Navient provided these documents in September 2015, I have printed copies of the MPNs that they were able to retrieve but they said that the MPN’s they have only cover 9 of my loans; but no one can account for the remaining 12 loans). After reviewing all of my personal records, emails and printouts, it appears as though I did not physically review the terms for any of the loans provided by Westwood nor did I sign for each loan they are now trying to collect from me. It appears as though Westwood financial advisors inputted the information because the two MPN’s provided by Navient do not show that I signed for them. I was not aware of the number of loans and the size of these loans until I started reviewing my credit reports this year and began the mortgage prequalification process; I was denied the mortgage because to my surprise, the amount of my student loans doubled my income (100% debt to income ratio) and also because loan servicers had reported my account as delinquent when it was to be in either deferment or forbearance which had a negative impact on my credit score. Now onto the job placement issue....Westwood misrepresented their employment statistics and stated they guarantee job placement but kept switching advisors who never assisted with job placement. They would ask for an updated resume, would claim to email potential jobs, then I would never receive any job listings, I would follow up with the advisor after not hearing from them anymore to find they left and that I was assigned another advisor and the same cycle would repeat itself. The first advisor was Andrew Zimmerman (left in 2012), the second advisor was Melissa Heigle (left in 2013), the third advisor was Brent Geske (left in 2014), never heard from another advisor since. FROM THE WESTWOOD WEBSITE: “Career Services http://www.westwood.edu/student-services/career-services At Westwood, we provide career advising from the moment you begin classes. Getting to know you and your career goals will help us guide and prepare you throughout college. Employment assistance begins long before you graduate and continues afterward whether you are relocating or just looking for a new opportunity. We'll help prepare you for a successful career; then we'll help you get hired Career preparation We can help you start developing résumé packets long before graduation. This helps you understand how your coursework, internships, volunteering and part-time jobs all work together to build a strong résumé. We also assist with cover letters and make computers and fax machines available to students who need them. We'll be your guide as you review and update your résumé, polish your portfolio, and strengthen your interviewing techniques. We are committed to supporting students in building the lifelong skills and resources needed to launch and take charge of their careers. Discover for yourself how we make finding the right career much easier with the use of online résumé creation and interviewing tools: Optimal Suite CareerShift As a student enrolled in one of our online programs you'll have access to a number of additional tools: Career Management Series Workshops - Get training on career empowerment Climbing with the Experts Presentations - Hear from various industry experts Career opportunities As a student enrolled in one of our programs you'll have access to potential employers through the campus career services department. Many employers recognize the quality and value of our training and seek out Westwood graduates. We compile listings of their job openings and interview dates and make this information available to all students at each campus. A number of high-profile national employers also visit Westwood campuses to conduct interviews. Part-time opportunities Most of our students work part-time or full-time jobs while they attend Westwood. Our career services group can help you find suitable employment. We also coordinate on-campus work-study jobs for students who qualify. Alumni support No matter which campus you graduated from, Westwood College provides Career Services support to all of our alumni. After graduation, should you need ongoing support, you can reach out to the campus where you graduated, or any of our campuses nationwide. For more information, check out our alumni page or contact one of our campus locations. Employer opportunities At Westwood College, we take great pride in developing relationships with companies who value education and foster career growth. We are committed to helping employers find the best candidates to fulfill employment needs and offer a variety of employer benefits. Learn more about hiring our students and graduates. LinkedIn University Pages We have also set up LinkedIn University Pages for our students and alumni to connect and professionally network. Utilizing LinkedIn provides many benefits: Network with thousands of other professionals as well as thousands of Westwood College graduates Find and connect with fellow students and graduates and uncover new opportunities Start a discussion with other students and graduates that share common interests Provide information helpful for new students making the decision to attend Westwood College Access the appropriate campus page from any device with Internet access anywhere in the world” In other words, all the above is common sense social networking tactics that anyone with a brain is capable of accomplishing on their own. No degree required for common sense. Since I was not finding work in my field and was not making enough to pay for basic cost of living and loan repayment I had to defer my loan after graduation. After the second deferment they told me I was no longer eligible for deferment and that I had to apply for forbearance. After applying for it, ACS denied my application and sent me a letter stating that if I paid one month in full that it would bring my account up to date, prevent default and they would retroactive my forbearance status, the forbearance period was from February 2014-2015, they should have removed the 60-180 day delinquencies reported to the credit bureaus because I did pay the amount they requested when they requested it in order to have my forbearance status retroactively reinstated. Their letter stating they need one payment plus a copy of my payment are on the next two pages. I followed up on the status of my account on 8/15/14 and a woman by the name of Theresa stated that my account was retroactively placed back into forbearance and that it would be in forbearance until 2/2015 and at that time I could apply for income sensitive repayment. Other issues encountered with Westwood: They made several errors in paperwork when I enrolled (have email correspondences stating they made errors in my start date, classes and other things). They would not transfer some credits in when they were legitimate prerequisite courses that could have been transferred. Finally….They delayed my graduation date due to issues on their end, changing it from August 2011 to January 2012, did not graduate until December 2012 because they made me change loans, adding a private loan on top of federal loans, forcing more loans. IT’S NO WONDER WESTWOOD HAS CLOSED ITS DOORS AS OF MARCH 2016 - ALL STUDENTS FROM ALL CAMPUSES SHOULD WRITE TO THE DEPT OF EDUCATION, DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, CONGRESS, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF COLORADO, AND ALL STUDENTS SHOULD HAVE THEIR FEDERAL STUDENT LOANS DISCHARGED AS THEIR INSTITUTION, WESTWOOD COLLEGE, IS GUILTY OF COMMITTING COUNTLESS CRIMINAL ACTS BY DEFRAUDING STUDENTS! Do yourself a favor and apply for Federal Loan Discharge. When they deny your loan discharge application, appeal it, get yourself a lawyer and fight it to the very end. No one should be forced to pay back student loans for attending a corrupt institution where the individual gained absolutely NOTHING from it but an expensive and worthless piece of paper while the institution takes your HARD EARNED CASH.
Waste of money. Transferred from a community college to finish at Westwood. For the price of 1 year at Westwood you can get a 4 year degree and many state universities. Westwood degree is completely worthless. None of the credits will transfers which in 2003 Westwood claimed the credits would transfer to a college. I was a service member in the US army and Westwood I though was a good way to continue education while I was enlisted. Completely fail for Westwood. I had to redo classes at a REAL college.
This is an excellent school for someone that wants to return and complete their degree goals. I had an advisor that was adamant about my success. Westwood has changed the employment game for me. I have been successful ever since.
I graduated from west wood in 2011with a BS in criminal justice. My studies and deadlines where hard to do but through determination I did it. Today I work not in my field of study but I do have a decent job that pays my bills. I am better off now then I was before graduating and my degree made me more competitive. I would recommend west wood to any body but remember it's not easy as college should be. My future is bright with my degree and I plan to further my education after I pay back student loan which for me is very high. For those student who are complaining of the cost your right but that's the cost for education. Plan before you go. I had military G.I. With out that I would have never been able to afford west wood.
I hear alot of bad reviews of Westwood and I don't unerstand it, I believe that there are just alot of people who are not willing to take responsibilty for their life and want to blame someone for it.
I had a great experience at Westwood, it helped me change my life and advance my career. Just like any school Westwood is not for everyone, but it certainly helped me. I would definitley recommend.
I think that Westwood is a good school but they should invest more time and energy into helping students find jobs when they are done. I worked really hard when I attended Westwood. I think that you have to be very dedicated to finish this degree program.
I have been attending Westwood for nearly 2 years and the support and classes have been great. I am nearly done with my Bachelors and am happy with the program. The curriculum has been tough, but well worth what I have learned.
When compared with the other schools I attended I got more support at Westwood.
Read the Denver Post... Westwood is under investigation and currently on probation for their CRAP degrees. They are national accredited, what does that mean? Absolutely NOTHING to employers, and I hope you dont plan on transferring your credits, becuse they wont.
Yes, Westwood is a for-profit school so they are pricey, but the school's instructors and curriculum is outstanding. The methods used teach and instruct totally prepare you for real world conditions in corporate America. I received my AAS in Information Technology in 2010 and I worked my butt off for 1-1/2 years to get it. It was the hardest and most challenging thing I've accomplished in my life. I only have to go for a year to obtain my BA in Network Management.
Here's a big HINT on how to keep the loans down. Test out of as many classes as you can and if you're enrolling in any Information Technology type degrees, get your certifications like CCNA, MCSE, A+, Network+, and Security+. I was able to get credit for 8 classes because I had most of these IT certs.
I also tested out of 4 classes. This saved me a ton of money over the long run. Some professors were more dedicated then others but that's a problem at all schools and you can transfer to your hearts content and not be able to escape that fact. For the most part, the professors knew their stuff and really care for the students.
I have to disagree with everyone who has posted about Westwood so far. I am in my 4th term of my first year and I couldn't be happier with the education, support, and attention I have received at Westwood College Online. Granted, the terms are 9 weeks and move at an accelerated pace which took me a little while to get used to.But my interaction with classmates and instructors has been outstanding. I am always able to make contact with an instructor when I need to.
I have a financial adviser, a student adviser, and an InsideTrack coach who are all completely wonderful and committed to helping me get the best education that I can. The online learning tools are excellent, including real time tutoring, access to the Westwood libraries, and different web site tutorials that are available to students depending on the major. I am working on a BS in Web Design and Multimedia and all my supplies, such as the Adobe Creative Suite which is a $1500 suite of design programs, all were made available to me through my student account.
Sure, I'm going to have a large student loan to pay back but there's no such thing as a free lunch. I would recommend Westwood College Online to anybody - and I have. My experience has been very positive.