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Complaint Review: Westwood College Online

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  • Submitted: Tue, April 01, 2008
  • Updated: Wed, April 09, 2008

  • Reported By:Evans Georgia
Westwood College Online
Denver, Colorado U.S.A.

Westwood College Online Huge Ripoff! broke for life Denver Colorado

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: I feel ya, Richard

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Alright, after not finding a job that payed well in my town, because it is all retail and restaurants, I decided to do something I would be interested in for a career. I saw a commercial for Westwood College Online for making videogames. I thought it was going to be awesome, but they suckered me into joining and now I have this impossible debt to pay off. I am not sure if I ever will.

To go there for three years, it cost $70,000, well I ended up changing my major and now I am going to be $90,000 in debt. I did this all by myself and they talked me into it saying I could do it no problem. I had no idea that the whole program was going to be based mostly on computer programming and the instructors were passing me anyways. I never had the right solutions, but they kept passing me. My work was never complete. I thought the programming classes would go away and I would start learning about being a game tester which is what I wanted to be, but not no more. I figured if they passed me, it must not be that important, but no, each programming class progresses from the last, but I learned nothing and they kept passing me.

So after two years of being suckered and just passed by instructors. I was completely lost. I had learned nothing online except for the general education courses. They are still way too expensive. It cost $4000 per term and there are 5 terms a year (every nine weeks). So that is $20,000 a year to learn what? (math, public speaking, classes that should almost be free). They also have about two or three general classes that are basically the same and just a waste of time and money. Westwood College Online was one of the biggest mistakes in my life and I regret ever going. I changed my major to something else though that I could actually do because I do not want to just give up for nothing, I might as well try to get a degree, but I think I have completely screwed myself in ever having money again. This is not right. All the advisors and the person that enrolled me said Westwood was a good creditable school that companies look for. When I do my research though, I hear negative the whole time and that is how I discovered this site. All everybody talks about is how it is such a ripoff. I wish I could get back at this school somehow and ruin them for tricking me into eternal poverty and just letting me move along just to get my money.

I had no idea what I was getting into, and that is what the advisors are for and the admission reps...I thought, but they ruined my life. I hate hearing about my friends complain about them having to pay $1200 per term, because it makes me so depressed. That is incredibly cheap to what I have and they talk about having to pay 7 to 10 thousand dollars after they graduate to probably make just as good pay as I would have. I don't tell anybody because I am so ashamed of it, but I thought if it was so expensive that I would be making an abundance of money to pay it off and that is what the advisors told me too. They say it is all worth it in the end, but I cannot see it. This is just depressing me and now I have barely any motivation to move on.

Richard
Evans, Georgia
U.S.A.

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#1 UPDATE EX-employee responds

I feel ya, Richard

AUTHOR: Mkdenver1 - (U.S.A.)

Richard, as an ex-employee of WOL out of Denver, I sincerely apologize for all of the wrong-doings my former company forced you through. Reading your story depressed me as well!

I've filed many reports and rebuttals about WOL throughout this website. I'm hoping more and more people will come to the realization that these extreme for-profit companies are just that: for profit and nothing else. Yes, they may claim to have a high quality education, but after that hyped up interview process the admissions reps put you through, it all goes down hill from there and before you know it students are in the same row boat 30 miles out to sea without a paddle like you are.

I definitely wish you the best and if you are looking to attend a real college that isn't a typical 4 year university, I would encourage you to consider DeVry, which is where I am going now and it's the exact opposite of what Westwood was. I don't know if this will be the same for you but all of the credits I got at Westwood (just over a year's worth) transferred to DeVry without a problem.

-Mike
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