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Walden University
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Degree: Management Information Systems, General
Graduation Year: 2012
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I graduated with PhD in (MIS), and most of the instructors are knowledgeable. I gained employment as soon i graduated as an adjunct faculty, because of the degree from Walden. Walden cannot award you certificate if you do not merit it. Instructors were so kind.

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Please reconsider your choises
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Degree: Nursing Education
Graduation Year: 2015
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Don't do it. You will regret it. The program starts out well and the support from the program disappears quickly at the end. After taking nearly 60 credits of courses with a 4.0 GPA they decided to add four more course to the curriculum. They offer no assistance with the capstone. You will be on your own and frustrated by the end it is a guarantee. Please allow me to save you the heartache and bills. Do your homework before making this investment.

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Great Online Education Program
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Degree: Education, General
Graduation Year: 2015
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I went to Walden for my Masters degree. I was in the online accelerated Elementary Reading and Literacy Program. Overall, I loved the program. Yes, it was challenging and required you to put in the time. However, I worked full time teaching and went to school full time and was able to complete all my work so that my weekends were free. I thought the professors were very friendly, always responded quickly to e-mails and played an active role in student learning. I would highly recommend Walden, especially for the particular program I took. Great school. If I were to do it all over again I would make the same choice!

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Kendra Wallace - 5 days ago

Approximately how much time did you spend per week on your classes/requirements? I realize that all students are very different.....but I would love an idea of how much time would be required.

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Morgan - 1 day ago

Between reading the required materials and doing the assessments I would say I spent at least 12 hours a week on assignments.

Avoid Avoid Avoid
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Degree: Clinical Psychology
Graduation Year: 2018
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When you look up for-profit, predatory "schools", let this one serve as the poster child. HORRIBLE!!!!! Good luck trying to get a teacher to email you back or communicate in any way. They sporadically check into the class and that is it. Thanks for stealing my money and time Walden. You should be shut down.

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Please be warned.
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Degree: Nursing Practice
Graduation Year: 2015
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Please stay away from this school. All that these people care about is getting your money. the classes are too expensive and you will not learn anything. I'm so sorry that I did not listen when my colleagues warned me to stay away. Now I have thousands of debt in student loans and no degree to show for it. Please be warned.

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So Far So Good!
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Degree: Public Relations
Graduation Year: 2017
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After completing all my classroom requirements at Capella, I failed the comprehensive examination twice and was not allowed back in the school. RIDICULOUS!!!! After spending all that Cash on Capella!!! Walden accepted my credits and I did not lose sight of my educational goals because I want to make a difference in the world. While at Walden, I have decided to put my dreams of having a non-profit into action. My professors have been very supportive and have aligned me with several resources that will help me make my dream into a reality. Capella really sucks, but Walden really embraced my motives and educational ambitions.

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Sue - 4 days ago

I too got the shaft from Capella University. I'm hoping to have Walden accept my credits so that I can complete my graduate studies. Your review is extremely helpful and gives me hope.

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Diana Montero - 3 days ago

Sue, all of your Capella credits will not transfer, but some of them will. Make sure you do not lose sight of your plan. Capella left me so depressed with the whole comprehensive examination situation that I almost did not want to continue, but I had to. Good luck Sue.

Go Walden! I love you!
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Degree: Counseling
Graduation Year: 2015
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I am a graduate of Walden's MSCMH counseling degree and feel prepared to offer services. Walden provides opportunties to succeed. Students must take the opportunity and use it wisely. If you want value from this degree, you need to make value manifest. I love Walden. I am pleased with my education and proud of my degree.

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NeNe - 11 days ago

I am so happy that you found value in this school and that you believe that you received a quality education. I had severe doubts as to the quality of education that I would be receiving. I am due to start school in a month, in a MSCMH counseling degree program.

Thanks for the insight!

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Degree: Nurse Practitioner (NP)
Graduation Year: 2016
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I have completed half of my program requirements. Overall I am very satisfied with the education I have received. I find that the more effort I put into an assignment the more knowledge I gain. The program is geared toward adult learners. That means WE are responsible for doing the work and the professors are our guides. My professors thus far have Always answered questions in a timely manner and/or returned a phone call or text. My best friend attends the same University and has had good and bad experiences. I believe EVERY college has its drawbacks. I have had good and bad experiences at both local universities and private institutions. I hope this helps.

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DO NOT GO TO THIS SCHOOL
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Degree: Human Services
Graduation Year: 2015
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This "school" is a joke. If you have any writing capabilities at all, GO SOMEWHERE ELSE. If you want to actually get what you pay for, GO SOMEWHERE ELSE. If you expect accountability of "professors" from school administration (I use the term loosely, because many of them got their doctoral degrees from equally poor online schools. Anyone can get a Doctorate these days, apparently), GO SOMEWHERE ELSE. One would expect at the graduate level of education, a student's ability to write in above-standard English, using scholarly (peer reviewed) sources, and demonstrating an attention to detail not found at the undergraduate level. And I suppose that expectation is held of students in higher-quality institutions; however, such is not the case at Walden. The administration does not provide oversight of their professors. If an instructor deducts points from a discussion post, there is no real feedback on how to improve--the only feedback received is failure against the rubric. If an instructor deducts points from an assignment, there is no correction within the submitted paper--again, only how you measured against the rubric, in terms of numbers. When I first started at this "school," the profs actually made comments within the papers, so students were able to garner specific feedback and improve on writing errors. Now, students make the same mistakes throughout their time at Walden, looking like morons "who is getting they masters degree." <---- that is a REAL example of the type of writing I've seen in discussion posts. ARE YOU WILLING TO PAY FOR THIS??? If you quit in the middle, which is something I'd looked into, not all of the credits transfer to other schools. Also, NONE of the credits transfer to collegiate universities (e.g., Colorado State, UPenn, Boston College); you can only transfer to other online-only schools that are accredited the same way that Walden is. Not all accreditation is equal, mind you-- online schools are in their own realm of accreditation, which is why credits won't transfer to traditional, reputable schools (whether brick and mortar or online). In six weeks, I will have a degree that really amounts to an expensive means of putting letters behind my name. Some of the classes were challenging, most were tedious. The texts are outdated (yes, they use TEXTS at the graduate level), as are the learning resources for the classes. For example, while Walden strongly recommends using current literature (within 5 years), the material they have you read for a class is at least 6 years old, or older (one class used articles from the 1980s). If you complain to administration about any of the issues that I've mentioned, you will get passed around from department to department, with no one taking ownership. For those of you who are slackers and just want an easy means to a "degree" (again, I use the term loosely), this is the school for you. In most classes, you will receive an A no matter how little you work. You will not be challenged to perform better, as the "professors" do the bare minimum to look like they are participating, and no higher rank oversees their neglect. Beware, though-- you may actually get a prof who cares about the influence that he/she has upon students, and holds them to a higher standard. Also, you may have to demonstrate your knowledge in the workplace. Your easy A will be of no use to you at that point, and your failing grammar skills will make moot the letters behind your name. Seriously, GO SOMEWHERE ELSE.

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Charlamagne - about 1 month ago

Human Services is a degree with limited options.

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Sabrina - about 1 month ago

I am close to finished with my second term at Walden (MS in Human Services) I love it! I will say the coursework is much harder than I expected. This degree is certainly not going to be handed to me.

So far, I have had no problems with FA. I have always had someone from the department answer the phone or call me back in a timely manner, and my academic advisor has been easy to contact as well.

I have had three instructors so far and they have all been equally helpful.

I hear Walden makes it difficult for people to withdraw if they do not have a good reason, but unless a major life event makes it impossible for me to finish, this will not apply to me. I guess Walden expects students to finish what they start...unless they have a major reason to drop.

I love online learning, but it is not as easy as some would like to think. If you want to make it as an online student, you cannot be a procrastinator. You have to be a self-starter to make it as an online student and be very dedicated to what you're studying. I love online learning because I can work it around my work schedule and actually have a life. I hate going to a campus: commuting, classes at different times that change every quarter or semester, etc. I truly feel I am getting a great education at Walden University...and it is affordable too!

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Richie - about 1 month ago

Walden University is an institution that requires students to be actively involved in the degree process. I am a Walden student and I am presented with a wonderful opportunity to learn. Unfortunately, the Writing Center was one service that you obviously did not use. Your post is a poor reflection of the scholar-practitioners Walden seeks to develop.

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Grad student - about 1 month ago

Sounds to me like Walden has staff making comments to try and undo their 55% rating among online schools. However, prospective students looking for a good college are not blind to this.

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Grad student - about 1 month ago

Sabrina, I felt that way at my second quarter, too. Just wait. A 55% rating among online schools speaks volumes. Also, take note of the reviews on this site; the positive ones do not have many comments, which indicates that staff are countering the negative ones. Typical business ploy.

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Sabrina - about 1 month ago

Charlamagne:

You are wrong about that. You teach with a masters, especially if you have experience in the field (which I do). You manage non-profit organizations and the like. There is plenty of work for non-licensed Human Services Professionals in community mental health, probation, corrections, AOD facilities, etc. The money won't be outstanding, but I did not get into this field for a paycheck.

Richie:

You were just looking for a reason to make a negative comment someone, but I thank you for picking me. I have some stressful things going on in my life right now, and your comment made me smile.

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Robin Grant - 22 days ago

I have been a student at Walden for almost three and a half years. I am quite impressed with the faculty and the whole set-up at Walden. You get exactly what you put into it. I have had instructors that will be on top of the smallest detail and others that look at the overall picture. I have learned a lot from Walden and is still learning. I would recommend this school to anyone looking for school in an on-line environment. Your instructors are available for comment and will respond in a timely manner. This has been my overall experience at Walden.

Hard Work Pays Off
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Degree: Counseling
Graduation Year: 2016
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You have to work hard. The good: fast paced and I have been able to get support when I need it. Nearly all of my professors (aside from one) graded fairly, consistently, and quickly. I needed time off and they were able to quickly accommodate my needs. The bad: financial department is slow. Ordering books is not always easy as some of them are custom for Walden and thus cost more. Sometimes you get the one professor who seems like she has something to prove and grades you radically different on every assignment. That was only one professor. The due dates are normally very regular but every now and again one pops up that is different and if you don't pay attention it can cause problems. Basically, you get out what you put in. If you pay attention and work hard you will do fine.

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