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Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2025
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This is a college that has lack of instruction. They do not use the textbooks and there is lack of support with instructors. The financial aid office lacks knowledge and does not communicate with students about the aid. Filing appeals is a waste of time and will only be denied

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Keith - about 23 hours ago

All the work I have been assigned requires readings from the textbook. Of course it is up to the student to have the integrity to do so, like any other school. I also have experienced only one professor that was not supportive. I can not speak to financial aid, as I had no issues and received emails and then money without a hitch. I also received GI Bill with no issues.

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Degree: Higher Education
Graduation Year: 2014
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I applied for the PhD program last year with Walden University. I had to drop due to a mis-communication between the Admissions Representative and myself. I have emails to back up that he did not get my logged in for the semester in time so I could not view Blackboard for almost a whole week after the class started. I was told during this space of not having access to send the DOE of the program a message saying I was committed, which I was but unknowingly sent thinking I would have access to the classes previous to more than 4 days out of beginning of class. The instructor called me after the class begun and we talked and she said that there was no way to catch up. I agreed because of my lack of access to the class until that point. I then in turn called the DOA and he told me to send an email dropping the class, that I may owe something for the percentage I was in but not worry because he would just appeal it for me. I sent the email. I was then dropped from the program. I went to try to enroll for the following quarter and I was told by the AR that I could not enroll because of my balance. I was then told that I was liable for this. By the time I had any voice to voice with anyone at the campus after many attempts to contact they told me I had to submit the appeal. I did. I was then turned down because it was after the threshold of time allotted to submit appeal. I am now stuck paying for a class that I had 1.5 days of access to.

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Degree: Nursing Education
Graduation Year: 2014
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This school is out for money. You are responsible for finding your own clinical sites. I got my MSN and went on to the DNP program. The professor was NO help. It's a waste of time and money. Go to a physical university that has a real reputation. I'm sorry that I recommended this school to co-workers. The nursing program revised the MSN program so we had to take the same class over. Forget about the financial/billing people they are RUDE after all the money I wasted on this "university".

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Jennifer Lening - 4 days ago

I have not had any problems with this school. Registration, Financial Aid, Professor, and Administrative staff have all been helpful. I just graduated from Walden and I am up for a promotion at work. I ordered my transcripts online and received them 1 week later. I will recommend Walden to others.

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Jennifer Lening - 4 days ago

I have not had any problems with this school. Registration, Financial Aid, Professor, and Administrative staff have all been helpful. I just graduated from Walden and I am up for a promotion at work. I ordered my transcripts online and received them 1 week later. I will recommend Walden to others.

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Keith - about 23 hours ago

I would expect to find my own clinical setting with any online school. Online has pros and cons, and I was aware of these because I did my research before enrolling. Yes they are out for money, they are a for profit school so it would be counter-productive for them not to worry about money. That being said, I am nearly completing my MSW and I received 50% off tuition, so I have zero similarities in my experience with your own. I am also slated to receive a $15k-$20k salary increase upon graduation.

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Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2015
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This school is so unhelpful it is not even funny. I just needed to enroll in two individual classes to extend my teaching certification. They were the only school I could find that had classes geared only towards middle school education (I give them credit for only that). It took about 4 months to get me enrolled in the classes because their online system and customer representatives/"advisors" are so horribly ineffective. I would call at least twice a week, sometime more, to try to get everything set up, and there was always another problem that was blamed on slow computer processing, and I would be told to wait another day and that then everything would work itself out (of course it never did). I also enrolled in a University of Phoenix class, which took only one day to enroll in, and I was started the next week no problem. Clearly it is not that hard to do this! I encountered so many problems in my attempts to get signed up for classes at Walden, I could write a book about it. Then, finally, I was enrolled about a week before the classes would start. I finished my classes, and now I am waiting for them to send a transcript to the state department of education. It has already taken them three weeks. I called today and of course, it still has not been sent out yet. I even paid $40 so that it would be shipped express, but they have taken so long to "process it", it is still not out yet. It didn't help that one of my professors refused to put up a final grade until the day grades were due, even though she had already graded everything and you could calculate the final grade already. She finally posted it on a Friday. Then I had to wait until Monday for it to appear on my transcript so I could request it to be sent. Now here I sit, weeks later, still waiting, getting absolutely no help from anyone on the phone. This school is so inefficient at handling anything. Every time I call I think it will be the end of it and finally they will have figures things out, but of course that is never the case. I am super calm about things normally so I wasn't going to post about it but now with the transcript issue too I just could not help it. End rant.

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Liliana Da Valle - 15 days ago

I couldn't agree more. I am quitting my DBA program after 5 and one half years (a three-year program) because they are utterly ineffective and unhelpful.

I remain with a debt of over $100,000, mostly increased by their constant wasting of my time. I've been more than patient, but this is it. I am complaining to the national and regional accreditation agencies. These people are only about squeezing money out of you.

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Degree: Public Policy
Graduation Year: 2016
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Walden University has been great. I graduated Summa cum Laude from a major brick and mortar university and have 2 Masters degrees. At Walden, I have encountered wonderful, knowledgeable and caring professors, a professional and personable support staff, and excellent coursework. An online doctoral degree requires hard work and self direction--there is no-one there to hold your hand and nurse you through it. I often had to work 20-30 hours a week on my lit review, and plow through hundreds of scholarly articles--on my own. The professors expect you to be an adult because this is a program developed for professionals and individuals who can handle the pressure and work load. On the other hand, they are always there to encourage, support and instruct, so you're never alone. I am almost done, and am excited to have that degree in hand--knowing it was with the friendly, caring, and intelligent support I received at Walden University.

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Sherman - 17 days ago

Catherine,

i see you are in PPA as I am as well. Are you having problems with getting feedback during your dissertation process from your Chair? If not, what do you recommend. I have working on my prospectus for two quarters but feel that I could have had it approved if I was getting or had gotten feedback in a timely manner. What is working for you?

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Catherine - 16 days ago

Sherman--I personally have a great team and have nothing but praise for them. The Taskstream process ensures timeliness, as it sends reminders to the profs if there is a gap between the allotted time for review and their response (overdue response). I am kept in the loop every minute. Did you submit it to the Taskstream site yet? I would suggest you contact Research if you are unsure of how the process works.

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Kat - 13 days ago

Hello, Thank you for your feed back, I will be obtaining a PhD in Criminal Justice at walden starting in August of this year, how long have you been with Walden to get your Phd? I am hoping to finish in 2.5 years since I am on the advanced track.

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Catherine - 11 days ago

Hi Kat, I took 2 years of coursework and have been developing my proposal for the past 18 months. The lit review was a lengthy process for me because of the complexity of my topic--I have seen others go through this portion of the process much quicker than I did. I anticipate the research portion to take about 3 months (I have to travel to complete it) and then final write up another 6 months. Hopefully I will be done by next June, in which case from beginning to end it would have taken me about 5 years.

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Stacey - 9 days ago

hahahhahahahahahahahahahahahaha, 30 hours on a lit review............ ok

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Catherine - 7 days ago

Stacey: Re-read the entry: 20-30 hours a week.

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Keith - about 23 hours ago

hahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahaha, Stacy doesn't know how to read................ha

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Degree: Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General
Graduation Year: 2013
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I found the instructional design program to be rigorous and challenging. The program provided me with a sound foundation and instructional design. When I started my degree I was a schoolteacher, within four months of graduating I was able to find a very good job as an instructional designer in the corporate world. And I have been in my field for Just over two years. My degree program gave me a brilliant insight into the field and I was able to build upon that. I am so glad I chose Walden. When I compared it to other universities that offered an instructional design program, I found Walden University's program to be more comprehensive.

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Degree: Business Administration and Management, General
Graduation Year: 2017
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Walden offers a program for working individuals without sacrificing a higher standard. I am very please with my experience, and my employer has noticed the difference in aptitude Walden provides. I highly recommend! Walden is unlike other online colleges - not a paper mill - instead Walden is a true leader in the field! I am very please with my decision to invest in this institution!

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Jesus Diaz - 20 days ago

You sound a lot like those guys that would defend AMWAY

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Justin Lacefield - 18 days ago

If all you have is personal jabs please move on. I am entitled to my opinion and have given an honest response. You sound like one of those guys who likes to hear the sound of their own voice, and doesn't know what they are talking about.

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Degree: Public Health
Graduation Year: 2016
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Walden is not a good school. They basically take your money and provide you with no guidance academically. You are left on your own to figure everything out while the professors keep changing the expectations. There is no consistency among the professors as it relates to what is expected and especially when you are working on the dissertation the lack of consistency can be costly for the student. It is the worst school and no one should ever attend.

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Greg - 9 days ago

Sounds like this is your first time with an online university. In my experience this is not a bad university, but they do allow too many people in that do not put in enough effort.

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Degree: Nursing Education
Graduation Year: 2015
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Walden provided me with a respected MSN in Nursing and has given me a 35% discount on tuition for my PhD program. I find that those giving a bad rating to Walden U. are the same type of people who consistently blame their outcomes on someone else rather than considering if they are an appropriate candidate for an online education. It may cost more than a state classroom held course, but consider the time, travel expenses, and other factors and I will bet you that it comes near what you pay for the online course. However, it takes discipline and intelligence to complete an online program. You do not have the hand holding I find in classroom instruction and the amount of writing you must provide on each class assignment and discussion board is intense. It requires critical thinking and research that can substantiate your findings. You do not have a few classroom tests that can be crammed for in an overnight session. You have, week after week, discussion and papers that fully explore the subject matter of each class. So stop blaming others for your dissatisfaction until you fully evaluate your ability and readiness for online education. Walden is my school of choice and I feel fortunate to attend.

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Rachel - 18 days ago

I disagree, the program consistently changes and the person that handles DNP sends conflicting messages, which is frustrating for the student

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Florida Sun Girl - 18 days ago

Rachel, do you know that the President of Walden U. has an open door policy. If you feel so strongly about the program deficits then I would recommend that you contact the Dean of Nursing and the President. They will give you an open dialogue.

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Not Florida Sun Girl - about 6 hours ago

I earned my Masters in Ed from WU and gushed about it endlessly to my coworkers about how great it was. I chose WU after experiencing two online classes with a different online institution whose instructors had no experience to be teaching the courses they were.

Then I enrolled in the Ed.D. Program. Everything was going along swimmingly. All the course were rigorous and engaging. They were even structured to help you work on your graduate project or dissertation in steps. I was knee deep in my study - proposal complete, outline complete, IRB process began, 3 chapters written - and over the course of three semesters I was assigned 4 different doctoral chairs.

Every time I was assigned a new chair I had to begin the submissions and approval process all over again and make any changes suggested or requested. The third chair contacted me once in an entire semester and I never heard from him again. Then, because of a move across country away from my original study participants and no money or time to travel and continue the study, as well as having the fourth chair out of communication for several months due to overseas travel, I stopped.

I worked hard. No one had to hold my hand. I was making excellent process and was excited by my progress. But, when you are consistently blocked in your progress and cannot get answers or help in moving forward from an institution who had up to that point been very helpful, it's a bit disconcerting.

At that point I appealed and requested a change in degrees, as they began offering an Ed.S in the exact same speciality with the exact same classes(titles, syllabi, and all) shortly after I began my program. My appeal was denied several times. My personal appeal to the President then who had an "open door" policy went unanswered by him personally. My suspicions are that because I was out of financial aid in that last semester - I should have been done three semesters prior but due to the chair changes I wasn't - they knew there was no more money forthcoming from me ( they actually enrolled me in the following semester when I told them I could not continue and surprise I couldn't pay it) they felt no reason to help or provide anything for the money already spent.

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Degree: Organizational Leadership
Graduation Year: 2016
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I have read many reviews of Walden University. I personally find the DBA program to be top-notch. I also find that most people who complain simply are not intelligent and would complain about any program they go into. Online colleges or universities can be very difficult as distance learning is still considered to be in the infancy stages; however, I find that Walden University has a well developed learning platform. I can tell you personally that State Universities are much easier then online Universities as I have attended both.

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Joan Granston - 24 days ago

Donald, I can see why you are a Walden student. Without any research you are calling all naysayers unintelligent.....ah ah I am now truly convinced that this school is a cash cow and will graduate anyone who has the money and computer skills. Unfortunately this is not a computer class and many other skills are needed to be a great scholar. I wish you the very best.

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