Review of Western Governors University

Rating: StarStarStarStar_grayStar_gray By: Patryce H., Alum Posted: April 22, 2011

My review

The Good:

This school is an online program that allows students to complete coursework at their own pace. It is perfect for adults returning to school after starting a family, or for non-traditional students who may need a more flexible school. The best thing about this school is the mentor aspect. Each student is assigned a mentor to help guide/motivate them through their learning experience. This aspect is, in my opinion, the key to WGU's success. The mentors are very well informed, check in with students on a weekly/bi-weekly basis, and ensure that students have access to all of the resources they need to be successful. They serve as counselors, cheer-leaders, and advocates, making each student feel like they have their own personal coach to help navigate the online learning experience.

The Bad:

The worst thing about the school is that it doesn't really focus a lot on making the traditional "college" experience. There are no extracurricular groups to join; the paraphernalia selection is sparse; you have to request a student ID badge - things like that.

Would I do it again?

Yes, I have a family of 6 and work full time. WGU allowed me the opportunity to finish my degree at my own pace. The competency-based approach was especially helpful - you don't move forward until you show mastery in a particular area. This made me truly feel like I learned something, because I HAD to actually perform specific tasks at mastery level versus just memorizing information for a test or exam. I feel extremely confident and competent in the field I majored in. I have experienced both online and traditional learning environments, but my experience here was second to none.

About this school

Biggest influence when choosing this school Location

The financial aid process went smoothly and I received the financial aid I needed.

Professors are generally Accessible

The night life is Off Campus

Every student at this school needs A computer with internet access

Most students spend their Saturday nights Probably with their families!

About the reviewer

Went to Brookland Cayce High School

Favorite class is Technology Domain

Favorite professor is Dr. Vince Shrader

Favorite activity is N/A

Another awesome thing is The alumni services program. Their interactive website is full of resources to assist you in securing a job immediately after graduation, including interview and resume-building assistance and communities for degree-specific graduates.

Study Hard? Pray? Donate Money? Research online learning environments and determine whether this setting is right for you. The interview process weighs this factor heavily.

I wish I knew How to better manage my time.

Preparation for the workforce

Time needed to find a job post-graduation I found work before I graduated

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