Western Governors University
Salt Lake City, UT, USA

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Western Governors University
3.53 Average Rating

Catherine from Port Saint Lucie, FL

a current student here
20 people found this review useful
Categories Comments
Am learning a lot
The great thing about this type of learning is that you go at your own pace. I am a detail orietnted person that can stay focused on a topic easier in this format. If I were to be sitting in a classroom my mind would be wondering around thing of the other tasks I could be accomplishing while I was working on my assignments. This method offers me the ease of running the dishwasher, the laundry and all those other neat things while I am working on my assignments. I get to slice and dice my hours the way I need to.
Am enjoying being here
Yes very much so! The mentors are great they don't leave you in the lurch wondering how to go about starting classes. The orientation is very easy to understand and you can e-mail or call toll free all the time. My mentor Mike calls me once a week to see that I am on track with my goals. He helps me with classes that I have struggles with and cheers me on when I zoom through others.
Bang for the buck
In this economy I can tell you after I received my AA in business I did a better job researching online schools for my BS Degree. I spent a total of 60 hours researching school and had the CEO of the company I work for look over the number before I even considered applying for WGU! WGU is a non-profit university you pay a fixed amount for 6 months and you can take as many class as you can pass in 6 months. You don't have to do that wait for you partner to finish there part of the report stuff!! You are accountable for your work and your grade of your own effort. Get in and out as quickly as you can it is all on you and your abilities.
Tips for prospective students
Follow what you want to do not what everyone else thinks you should do. You are the one that will be doing this type of work. If your not ready for college don't do it! It will at first break someones heart but not their wallet. Go when you realize how much you want this for your future. It will make a huge different in how you approach learning.
Great for these types of students
Self motivators, highly organized, able to find information and research without becoming flustered. BTW my degree in Health Care Informatics is accepted not only nationally but internationally this to me is very important. Best of luck in you endeavors in college.
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Kim from Bardstown, KY

a current student here
14 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
Like most online programs the IT-Database program is very intensive and accelerated. But the program is awesome. I am receiving industry certifications from organizations such as CIW and CompTIA.
This is the part that really cinched it for me (that and the inexpensive tuition costs)
Am enjoying being here
The resources available to the students is invaluable, and there are so many it is almost overwhelming, but in a good way.
Bang for the buck
I had my Associates degree from another school when I decided to look into WGU. Many of my credits transferred and the tuition is so much more inexpensive than most other colleges (my research was done mostly with online programs) Financial Aid is available through WGU.
Tips for prospective students
If you are interested in a Business, Teaching, or IT degree check out the programs with WGU. WGU is based out of Utah, but they have a new campus (opened just last year 2010) in Indiana.
Students wanting to start the program must apply by the 15th of the month to start the 1st of the next month.
Great for these types of students
Great for students wanting to pursue an online education and obtain a teaching, business or IT degree.
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Elizabeth from Middle River, MN

a current student here
12 people found this review useful
Categories Comments
In three sentences
awesome on-line school for those who have family, jobs or require flexibility. mentors are very supportive and always available. you must be self motivated to succeed at on-line learning though.
Tips for prospective students
call and talk with the course mentors ifyou have any questions or problems. they will explain it till you get it!
Academic Rigor
wgu is a competency based school with wonderful learning resources. if you are competent in a subject already you don't have to re-learn it, just take the test and if you pass it, you pass the class.
Dorm Life
no dorm, all on-line from the comfort of your own home.
Food and Dining
if you are a good cook the food is awesome, if you are not a good cook, the food is terrible.
What to do for fun
whatever you want
Bang for the buck
wgu charges a flat rate for a 6month semester, you can take and pass any amount of classes in that time frame for one super low flat rate.
Great for these types of students
those who are highly self motivated, have family or work obligations and need flexibility or are home bound.
Campus Safety
as safe as your home.
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Cheryl from Galena, MO

a current student here
10 people found this review useful
Categories Comments
In three sentences
wgu receives top ratings for online students pursuing a bachelor degree in special education and have found it exhilarating and at times a challenge. i currently work 40 hours per week and find it fits my schedule and has been well worth the time and effort.
Tips for prospective students
be a self-starter and committed to working for your degree. be willing and able to study on your own. use the resources available to you.
Academic Rigor
i have found the assignments and assessments a challenge and it is a true measure of the knowledge you should be learning.
Dorm Life
dorm life is great. accommodations are just like home!
Food and Dining
i personnally cater food for my family 7 days per week. food is home cooked and just as ordered 24-7.
What to do for fun
for fun, i sit in my recliner to study. i enjoy this experience far greater than any regular college i have attended. no travel for night classes.
Bang for the buck
in the last year i have completed over two years of academic studies. i do not have to wait on instructors to slug through knowledge i have already acquired and do not have to race to keep up if it is new material. i have taken state certifications and passed on the first attempt. while waiting for the assessments to start, many of the students from regular colleges were there to retake the test as they had not passed it the first time.
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
the location of my campus is any where i want and find time to study that has a wifi connection.
Great for these types of students
i am a non-traditional student returning 30 years after high school graduation. i am working a 40 hour per week job and have no difficulty meeting my education deadlines, tasks or testing.
Campus Safety
campus is in the safety of my home. no walking on dark streets, no parking issues. co-ed housing; i love my roommate and we are very compatible for 22 years!
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MIKE from BROOKLYN, NY

a current student here
10 people found this review useful
Categories Comments
Am learning a lot
The resources that they provide are enormous. I am also learning from other students.
Am enjoying being here
I am enjoying the experience because I can finish a class at my own pace. I am meeting new people through online communications.
Bang for the buck
The tuition is very low compared to other online colleges. You can accelerate through a course to graduate even earlier to save even more money.
Tips for prospective students
Ask questions if you don't understand something, there's plenty of help. Don't procrastinate. Use your time wisely.
Great for these types of students
Students who can learn by themselves without the need for a classroom setting. Students with flexible schedules. Students who are self-motivated and self-disciplined.
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Joey from Southaven, MS

accepted here and planning to attend soon
8 people found this review useful
Categories Comments
In three sentences
western governors is a very supportive online university. their flexible admissions schedule and courses allow adult working students the flexibility they need to achieve a higher education. a student can finish as quickly or as slowly as their life/schedule allows.
Tips for prospective students
i would advise future students to avoid delaying their education. there will never be a better time than right now.
Academic Rigor
i can not adequately answer this question as i have not yet started the program.
Bang for the buck
if a student can handle a higher course load this is certainly the most cost efficient option.
Great for these types of students
western governors is great for the working mom or full time employee seeking to advance their careers.
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Jo from Quincy, FL

a current student here
6 people found this review useful
Categories Comments
In three sentences
wgu is an excellent school. it gives you the flexibility of attending classes day or night. mentors are very helpful.
Tips for prospective students
this is a self-paced course and requires you to be very discipline. set a goal and time of to study and stick with it. your mentors are your best friends.
Academic Rigor
i will give it a 5-star for academic rigor.
What to do for fun
since i am an online student, i'm not familiar with campus activity.
Bang for the buck
it certainly gives you more bang for the buck.
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
i'm off campus.
Great for these types of students
great for self motivated students.
Clubs and Activities
i'm off campus
Greek Life
i'm off campus.
Campus Safety
i'm off campus.
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Ashley from Paterson, NJ

accepted here and planning to attend soon
6 people found this review useful
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Will learn a lot
I've been accepted to the university and am definitely looking forward to the Interdisciplinary Studies program! I'll be able to accelerate through what I already know so that I can spend the majority of my time learning and honing what I don't.
Will enjoy being here
Between my awesome counselor and everyone else who is really helpful, I'm very certain that I will enjoy my time with WGU.
Bang for the buck
TIME had it right: This is the best [and cheapest] online university that you never heard of. One year of school with Western Governors University will cost me less than one year in-state with another school I went to here in New Jersey!
Tips for prospective students
Just stay on top of things. Yes, everyone at WGU will support you as best they can - but you have to motivate yourself and not give up!
Great for these types of students
Self-Motivated, Driven, Competitive, Hardworking, those who like challenges, those who know they can dedicate the time necessary.
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Tiffany from Woodbridge

a current student here
5 people found this review useful
Categories Comments
In three sentences
wgu is a great college for students who work fulltime. they allow you to work at your own pace and get as much work done in a six month time frame that you can. they have made my life and many other students lives easier.
Tips for prospective students
pay close attention to their grading process.
Academic Rigor
wgu assists you with putting demands on yourself and assisting you to reach those goals.
Dorm Life
your own home.
Food and Dining
food in your refrigerator.
What to do for fun
wgu provides you with great mentors that are easy to talk to. it's like having your own personal cheerleader in your corner.
Bang for the buck
you get what you put into it.
Great for these types of students
distance learners
Clubs and Activities
wgu has many activities for you to participate in.
Campus Safety
maintain the security at your home.
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Frances

a current student here
3 people found this review useful
Categories Comments
In three sentences
This is an amazing school that teaches a lot! It provides a better understanding than other universities. My student mentor has been my savior!
Tips for prospective students
Be prepared to study hard and learn a lot! Don't be fooled because it is an online university...this school will challenge you better than some brick and mortar schools! Do not be afraid to ask for help. The course mentors are there to help as well as the student mentors. Pay attention to the posts in the community board as they have a lot of helpful information. Try to attend webinars and do not procrastinate!
Academic Rigor
Some of the most challenging programs that will prepare you for the real world! Not very traditional, but will make sure you know the subject instead of just testing your ability to memorize.
Dorm Life
There is no dorm life because it is an online university!
Food and Dining
Eat where ever you want...no limits!
What to do for fun
Whatever is available in your town!
Bang for the buck
Not-for-profit...need I say more? Under $3000 per 6- month term for undergrads, plus financial aid available including scholarships. Plus the more time you invest in completing the courses, the more courses you can complete and earn more than the minimum 12 cu's which will save you even more money!!!
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
It's online...none of it is traditional!
Great for these types of students
Busy students who work full-time jobs, including parenting, or anyone with the dedication needed for online learning who is looking for a great and affordable program to continue education!
Clubs and Activities
None, unless you are in nursing or teacher's college.
Greek Life
Lambda Lambda Lambda
Campus Safety
My home is one of the safest cities in the US, so I'd say its a very safe campus for me!
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