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Graduation Year: 2015
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My experience as a student at Walden University has been quite positive. The professors whom I have had for classes were available, responsive, and demonstrated a personal investment in my learning. While there were some professors who were better at this than others, every professor was helpful to some extent. Having the opportunity to attend an academic residency linked me with other students and provided a sense of the university. Walden is a for-profit school and is honest about the status. I highly recommend Walden for working professionals who want an education. You must be willing to work for this degree. You will receive what you put into your Walden experience. Do not expect professors or staff to hold your hand and do the work for you. Be an adult, study hard, and you will excel.

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Degree: Healthcare Management
Graduation Year: 2015
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I have had a great experience at Walen University. I just graduated cum laude and had a great time at graduation. Online education is not for everyone. It takes hard work and dedication. Everyone I encountered was very helpful, from academic advising, financial aid and enrollment advisers. Im currently enrolled for my master program. I would recommend walden to anyone that is discipline enough to do the work and put in the time and effort. I love Walden!

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KKMGR - about 14 hours ago

It is nice to hear positive comments about Walden. I will be graduating with a BSHM in February. I have also had a great experience. I have personally compared Walden's curriculum with a local, "presitgious", brick and mortar university and think Walden's is more comprehensive and relevant.

I am on the brink of signing up for the MHA with Walden. I would like to do this more than anything else, but I am afraid a graduate degree from Walden will be less respected than one from a traditional school--even though I know the coursework is better. I am torn. My MHA will be the culmination of my education and the credentials with which I will continue to develop my career. I have almost 15 years of clinical experience, but I fear that Walden's Master's will be looked at as sub-par.

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Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2015
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Please stay away from this college, especially DBA programs, they are just rip-offs, There is no real value and they are there just to suck your money, I am stuck there and lost money on this useless program and thinking to quit forever, trust me and look for some other good college

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Degree: Healthcare Management
Graduation Year: 2016
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I attended a reputable brick and mortar school for my Associate's Degree, Walden for my Bachelor's and am exploring which of the two I will choose to pursue my Master in Healthcare Administration as both universities offer the program totally online. The more I research this topic, the more disappointed I become with the impression most people have of Walden. I know for a fact that their curriculum is comparable to the online offerings of a major, local university. Furthermore, online work is about self-motivation and some people just cannot succeed in this way. I have found that professors do not simply let sub-par submissions slide; students are held accountable to the assignment requirements. I have a 4.0, spend probably 8 or more hours per week on each class's assignments and feel that I have learned valuable skills I will apply to my new field. I would definitely recommend Walden to self-motivated students who like to write. Research assignments are the crux of the work, both big and small, along with quizzes and tests. I love to work this way and feel that Walden's online environment has given me an opportunity to continue to work and take care of my children while earning my degree. In fact, I love that I don't need football Fridays or a campus crawling with alcoholics to get an education these days. Walden has been great for me.

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Clint Davis - 16 days ago

Thanks for your comment about your learning experience. Do you know anyone who has graduated? What were their experiences with getting jobs? Thanks

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Degree: International Business
Graduation Year: 2011
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I attended Walden while working full-time. This degree did help advance my career as a Real Estate Analyst and provided the flexibility to be a working adult & wife. I am currently pursuing my doctorate in business administration at a brick and mortar school. Walden isn't for everyone and takes a lot of self-motivation and discipline. If you are willing to put in the time and effort with minimal supervision, go for it. If you need to more face-to-face help, go to a traditional school. I would be interested in seeing the outcome of those who give negative reviews for this school. Did they finish? Are they self-motivated? Once again, I am the type of student who does not want to sit in a classroom all day. I have a successful career and work for a Fortune 100 company (I'm also a military BRAT if that helps anyone). Feel free to ask any questions. However, I will not respond to trolls.

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YA - 21 days ago

Hi,

I am seriously considering Walden for an online MBA. What was the rough time commitment you had to make and did the fees cover everything you needed?

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AD - 20 days ago

Hi,

Depending on your load (I took full loads at 12 hours/semester) you can spend a substantial amount of time. Since the classes are 100% online there are many requirements to login and work in groups. I'm in my doctoral program now so comparatively speaking Walden was not so difficult. I would a lot 10-20 hours/week for your masters. It just really depends how quickly you work. People who post negative comments on here may need more hand holding and face-to-face interaction. You have to be very organized, self driven and motivated to go to Walden. I finished my MBA in two years. Hope this is helpful!

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Michelle - 11 days ago

Hey, I have already applied and got accepted for my doctorates, I am scared that this will not be creditable because I do not know much about the university. Have you got a job with the degree you got from Walden? Did your employers give you a hard time because it was an online university? I was relocated because of my husband, so I had to drop my doctoral classes in a University. So Walden is a choice that will work for me in case we move again. I'm just worried. Please advise..

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AD - 10 days ago

Hi Michelle,

I contemplated these same thoughts. While I truly believe that the online experience is a wonderful tool for us to grow ourselves professionally, I would take great care in consideration of your PHD. My MBA helped me to propel in my career, but it's true that brick and mortar schools/top programs will hold more weight. I feel that my job skills were strong enough to balance any negative sentiment from completing an online MBA.

I have learned through my doctoral program that academics are extremely competitive, and if you wish to pursue a competitive career in this area, I would not recommend a fully online program for you doctorate. While I believe that an online program can be just as challenging, I am aware that in some circles you may not have a competitive advantage. MBAs are not as worrisome regarding where you attended if you wish to pursue your PhD/DBA locally. However, if someone told me they did not want to pursue a degree higher than an MBA, I would tell them to go to a local school with a great program.

If I were a guidance counselor (which I am not), I would recommend a well-respected brick and mortar school that may have a hybrid/blended program to accommodate your personal life/work balance.

Sorry for this long response but just to recap. I've always worked fulltime and have grown my professional skills to where my MBA has been complimentary. I have not relied on my degree (solely) to propel my career. I do not plan on teaching anytime soon so going to Walden was not a concern for me. After joining my current doctoral program, I have published and presented at multiple conferences, and have seen the stigma that can come with a fully online school. Walden has to continue to prove they are not just a diploma mill. They have taken some great steps to ensure they are credible, but they will continue to face stigmas until the world has fully transformed into 100% online platforms. I do not think there is anything wrong with an online MBA but it's not going to make you as competitive in certain circles. If you have the opportunity to finish your degree (not online) I would recommend in doing so.

Let me know if you have additonal questions/concerns.

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Degree: Public Policy
Graduation Year: 2015
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I had a different experience than others who have posted. Getting started with the classes and financial aid was no problem. I finished all my course work and then I hit my dissertation. This was a complete joke. I had no support and didn't understand the process that they kept changing. There was no help in locating committee members and no one to explain the process. The classes before my dissertation were no help in preparing for this god awful process.

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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 1 month 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 - about 1 month 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 - about 1 month 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 1 month 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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Tanya Ewing - 20 days ago

I'm considering starting the bachelors program for nursing. I received my associate degree in nursing through an online program and agree it is not for everyone. It was easy for me because I prefer to study and complete work on my own time and work better independently. You mentioned you got 50% of your tuition deducted, how did you do that?

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Keith - 19 days ago

Tanya, I got lucky. I signed up for the first time they started the MSW program. It was a promotional deal because it was a new program. But look for deals, they have them often. They also do scholarships sometimes for like $5k you can apply for.

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Keith - 19 days ago

Tanya, I got lucky. I signed up for the first time they started the MSW program. It was a promotional deal because it was a new program. But look for deals, they have them often. They also do scholarships sometimes for like $5k you can apply for.

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Tanya Ewing - 18 days ago

Thanks so much! I have been talking with Kaplan also, they have discounts for spouses of employees at UPS, were my husband works. I will check with Walden's financial department to see what they have to offer. I'm just a little nervous about the price because I work for the government and everyone who has my position gets paid the same regardless of your degree, as long as you are an RN. It was refreshing to hear a positive review because there are so many that are negative. I just wanted make sure the negative remarks were inspired by individuals who would be more successful in a more structured school environment.

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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 - about 1 month 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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