So thankful my mother introduced me to WGU! She is a WGU alumni and raved about WGU. I'm so thankful I took the leap and checked them out. I loved that they had a new term starting on the first of each month and the terms run a full 6 months. I was able to accelerate and completed my degree in 2.5 years. Since there is ZERO busy work, I was able to take the pre-assessments for each course, use the coaching report to see what knowledge gaps I needed to fill in, use the many resources to fill in those gaps and pass the assessments to pass the classes. I used all the resources from my course instructors to complete my performance assessments and never had a single one returned. For this reason, their competency based model absolutely works!
I loved that I was able to accelerate with no additional cost! Because WGU is a non-profit university, their tuition was more affordable than any instate university would have been. And because the majority of my program was completed online, I was able to work on my own schedule, which was a major deciding fact since I was a stay at home mom. WGU is also regionally accredited, therefore, I was able to apply for a Pell grant to pay for nearly all of my tuition each term and the difference was covered by an in house scholarship WGU awarded to me for the first four terms. And because WGU is regionally accredited, I was able to take out a small student loan to cover any additional costs for my DT term (final term).
Further, my program mentor was FANTASTIC! Always helped me make my personal goals and stick to them by having accountability check ins. She guided me through which group of courses I should complete just before taking each of my Praxis exams. For this reason I passed six out of the seven Praxis exams on the first try and only had to retake the Science Praxis as it's my most difficult subject; and I even passed it by a huge margin on the second attempt. My program mentor was with me through my entire program and took a genuine interest in my success. She truly became a friend and we bonded over motherhood and potty training as well as our professional relationship in which she encouraged me every step of the way.
Lastly, I officially graduated on May 14, 2021 and received one job offer 11 days later and a second job offer 2 days after that. I signed my job contract on June 3rd. WGU's competency based model made it possible for me to earn my Bachelor's in Special Education with a dual licenseure in General Education in a fraction of the time and for a fraction of the cost since my prior knowledge was accounted for. And because of WGU equipping me with the knowledge, skills, and resources I needed, my resume and professional portfolio stood out head and shoulders above other candidates and I was solicited for positions I hadn't even applied for. I say that to say this: don't let the worry of the reputation of some other online universities deter you from taking that leap with WGU. My only regret, is I didn't do it sooner! This degree has not only changed my life, but my whole families life!