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Reviewed Aug. 16, 2023
I got a Master's in Special Education in 11 months. Saved so much $$$$. I worked hard at it while working full-time with family. I did have my summer off to focus on school and I understand that was hugely advantageous. However, I have a BS in Biology and Post-bacc in Education and WGU offered great research focused coursework that was more valuable than much of my Post-bacc Ed work. WGU may not be for everyone, but if you enjoy learning on your own and not dealing with egotistical profs and classmates and can stay focused, then I say go for it. Also, it sounds like some degrees require different commitments so do your due diligence before signing up. The tech can be a little finicky, but that should expected.
Reviewed July 28, 2023
I loved attending WGU. I graduate with my B.A. in special education and elementary education in 2 years. It is the only school where I felt I got my money's worth. Coursework was cohesive to assignments and gave options to take little quizzes or to delve deeper into the content. Although some might find program mentors irritating, I generally enjoyed having someone I could count on to keep me on task and help me organize courses, tests, and student teaching to my schedule. My mentor was able to help me with class suggestions and any information about the program requirements I needed. I think the key is to look at your program mentor as a support, not a hindrance. Only then can you really utilize that support. That being said, I had a previous mentor that didn't do much. The good thing is that if you don't have a mentor you feel meets your standards, you can ask for a different one.
I love that this school didn't just give me a grade and a short explanation of what I did wrong or right (which almost every professor I've had has done). WGU allows students to redo assignments until they reach competency. I got explicit details on what I needed to improve and was usually emailed by professors who offered advice. The only thing I will say is that when my program mentor told me that my new course was harder, I had to right away make an appointment with the professor, or I wouldn't get availability until the next week or two. I also love that this school gave me the option to have one-on-one video discussions with professors about my work, and provided cohorts, recorded webinars for each section of tasks (as opposed to super long sessions of whole tasks), and detailed resource support pages that gave me access to everything I'd need to complete my assignments and tests (assignments, example papers, checklists, etc.).
Usually, when I went to other colleges (I've went to two previous colleges), I had to comb through books and resources to find out how exactly I was going to complete my assignment (understanding what exactly the teacher was asking me to do). At WGU I get to just spend time learning content that is actually relevant to my assignments and completing my assignments. I didn't have to comb through books and resources to try and figure out what was in tests because I knew that course content always directly related to my assessments.
This school is easy in the sense that it allows you to focus only on your work and apply your newly learned skills, and hard in the sense that you don't pass a class unless assignments are completed to rubric standards. Overall, this school is the only school I feel gave me money's worth of resources, professional development, and support. Also, this school is not for procrastinators, how fast you get done is usually up to you.
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Reviewed Feb. 22, 2023
This program was much tougher than my other master's degree. The material was highly challenging, the grading had high standards, and my graduate advisor was very engaged with me to ensure I was keeping pace with my own goals. The self-paced flexibility was key to my work-life balance and kept me recharged to tackle each class. I know some people still have hang-ups about whether online programs are as legitimate as "brick-and-mortar' programs, but I can tell you this degree from WGU was truly EARNED, whereas I feel like I cake-walked through my traditional university classes. Here there was no drama, no professor spouting a woke social agenda, and no lazy classmates too apathetic or hung over to truly engage the material...just hard work and straight-talking mentors to guide you along the way. I only wish WGU had a doctorate program in an Information Technology field so I could continue my studies there!
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2023
I could not read all these negative reviews about such a great school, without posting something. I graduated with an MBA from WGU, and my experience was amazing. From enrollment, to my first class, to my capstone (last class), WGU showed up for me in every way possible. One thing I will say, is that WGU is for those who are ambitious, hence the term ( University of You). If you are someone that allows life to happen to you, this is not the school for you. WGU is created for those who create their worlds, and don't take no for an answer. No school is perfect, if you are someone with ambition and drive, you will definitely utilize WGU to your advantage and benefit.
Those who had bad experiences with WGU, I am sure there may be some truth to their experiences. Some are just utterly blowing things out of proportion. Before WGU, I attended 2-3 different state schools, and my experiences were far worse than what some commenters are posting, many more things I could complain about, and did not receive half the support that I did at WGU.
Ultimately, my MBA degree is the highest paying degree at WGU (arguable because college of IT is on a different level). Nevertheless, WGU has changed my life for the better, and I have no regrets. If you are a person with a "go getter" mindset and attitude, you will not regret WGU, and some disappointments will not ruin your overall experience. I work in government, and my degree is very respected. Thank you WGU.
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2022
First off, I would like to start by saying that many reviews contain false or dramatized information created by students who could not handle the independent, flexible type of education WGU offers. Most of these people should have considered their own schedule, intelligence, and desires before seeking out an online, flexible university.
Secondly, I would like to say that I highly recommend WGU to anyone who is looking to advance their education and is willing to put the time and effort into doing so. I found the flexible nature of WGU’s curriculum to be a breath of fresh air. I learned a great deal and appreciated the ability to go at my own pace. I highly enjoyed my time at WGU, and had a great relationship with my mentor. I will be returning for my MBA and will continue to tout the graces of WGU everywhere I go!
Reviewed Aug. 31, 2023
Pay for six months.. get called a ridiculous amount of time a week to discuss your goals. I have a life.. a job.. children.. leave me alone. If you don't talk to them they withdraw you and you're still charged and credits don't transfer!!!
Reviewed Aug. 16, 2023
I don't care about the stupid certification, make it optional their new covid19 nationwide. If you can't put it in platform or make it optional or simply give the student back their money. I hope WGU fix it because I care less about certification.
Reviewed Aug. 14, 2023
After I failed two times, they make me pay from my own pocket. I failed two times for security+ and two network+.. Thank you so much for making pay for class the I suppose to take with you, since you are the school. Let's count how much that cost me security+ $392 USD network + $358 USD and it's impossible to finsish in one term, so new term is 4000$. So how is that cheap? not to mention how expensive ITIL certification is. And on top is is you have to drive to test center. Yea it's not online. You thought it's online.
Reviewed Aug. 14, 2023
Here is the classes that are not online: Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP), Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP), they both are not online and you must drive to take it in the test center. If you fail first time you must wait 1 month second time 3 month wait and you only get "Associate" so not the full cert. It useless in many way. WGU will NOT care about their students. SO They will not remove it. Please don't go to this school.
Reviewed Aug. 13, 2023
If you are in IT program be ready to take a tests outside of WGU. The school doesn't care how far are you from a test center, they don't care if third party make students wait 3 month to retake an exam, They Don't Care.
Western Governors University author review by ConsumerAffairs Research Team
As a nonprofit online university, WGU offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing at lower costs than many other online universities. Students pay the same flat-rate tuition each six-month term, no matter how many courses they complete during that time. WGU offers courses in all 50 states and overseas for those in the United States military.
Nursing programs: WGU has multiple degree options in their Online College of Health Professionals. Students can work towards a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) and multiple Masters of Science degrees in Nursing, including Education, Leadership and Management and Nursing Informatics. Students can pursue an RN to MSN option for each master’s degree.
Accreditation: WGU is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). It also holds accreditation with the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIM).
Admissions: WGU’s admission process is designed to determine each potential student’s ability to complete the WGU nursing program. In addition to a high school diploma or GED, WGU looks at each student's interview with an enrollment counselor, prior college and work experience, results from the WGU Collegiate Readiness Assessment and the time commitment each student can make towards their studies.
Tuition and financial aid: WGU charges a flat rate every term, so students who take more classes per term will have a more affordable degree. The flat-rate, six-month term for a bachelor’s or master’s degree in nursing is $3,250. Students seeking financial aid can go through the five-step application process online.
Online library: WGU provides current students with access to their online library. The library contains access to thousands of scholarly journals, magazines, newspapers and an extensive collection of e-books. Students can get help with their research 24/7 by using the Ask a Librarian chat service.
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