Walden University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (402)
The program itself is good and pretty much equal to other schools (when comparing coursework with other schools via my colleagues). The support while you are actively enrolled is satisfactory. However, the support after graduation is poor. It is difficult and sometimes impossible to contact anyone for any type of assistance regarding education verification. Even when trying to use the "chat" feature, you are directed to a number that leaves you on hold for a minimum of 30 minutes- I haven't waited any longer than that so I am not sure if anyone ever answers. If I had to do this over again, I would definitely choose a school with better graduate support. It has affected my job prospects due to the delay and lack of communication.
Walden University is the reason for profit schools get a bad name. I took over 11 years trying to complete a PhD program in Public Administration with no success and over $200,000 in student loan debt. Walden University is specifically designed to: Keep you tied to ensure the student takes as many courses and gets into the most amount of debt in federal student loans. This is done by regularly and inexplicably changing the Programs of Study by constantly changing and adding classes to programs to make students take more classes and pay more tuition. Dissertation process is amorphous, ill-defined and grossly uncoordinated. Dissertation chairs do not communicate with other committee members and in my case were unsure of the Walden Dissertation process. In addition to this, contradictory reviews of dissertation proposals makes the student confused and frustrated. My URR for instance contradicted the approval of the dissertation chair when she had no experience in the field of Public Administration! Changing committee members for students is impossible even when members are underperforming. It takes up to 10 business days to get any feedback on your work on the dissertation drafts. In a 12 week semester, this ensures student work will barely be looked at, vague feedback is provided and students has to go back and rewrite work with vague directions. These edits are later contradicted by the university reviewer or a committee member. Students are basically on their own with this horrible school.
The program was very Impressive, however, I had the worst academic advisor in my graduate program. Even though I did not want to talk about it, but just to mention so that no one else suffers the same abandonment that I went through. Due to that experience, I am afraid of going through same if I embark on my doctorate degree program. Doctorate program is not a program the student should be left alone like she did in my graduate program; as a result of that, I am seeking for a second opinion if I should continue with Walden university in pursue of my doctorate.
The online program is supposed to be able to fit student's schedules. However, it doesn't and each course has a group project where there is lack of communication, and is not convenient for people who work full-time with a family. I was planning on doing my doctorate here, but if this is how it will be for that degree, then I rather not. Stick to what you advertise about online courses, and stop creating chaos in the classes. Its no ones fault but the schools. That's why students choose online rather than in seat. I would also like to add that these group assignments create a learning barrier for students who want to complete assignments to their fullest potential.
Horrible college. They drag out the program until you are out of financial aims then when and if you graduate (I ended up having to go a year longer than told) they refuse to complete state Licensure documentation claiming you didn't have enough hours for your states required internship and suggest you return for another term to finish up those hours.
GO to a reputable school don't waste your time or money on Walden The prices of books purchased through the university are excessive. A paperback book dated over 10 years old can cost $75.00 and you can never sell the books back to the university. Commonly, the reasoning provided is that books no longer being used. Tuition has increased four times in the two years I have attended. Instructors are confrontational, unhelpful, delayed in providing you your grades. Retaliatory actions are supported at this organization. No process in place when attempting to report and when you do report you are retaliated by the program coordinator None of your credits will be transferred over so the whole spill about getting credit hours for your knowledge is non-existence Your final grades can take up to three weeks to be posted They send you a bill for your next class while you're still in another and not even registered for the next semester and expect payment but can't provide grades on time
Walden is a money making school.Be warned! No support,they register for classes without you knowing.They said it's your responsibility to check your email.Some of the professors don't return calls or email.At the end of the day,they give you a failing grade.The graduating students will tell all these lies just,to lure you into the program.Please be warned!
In attendance for about a year and was initially impressed with the quality of education/administration, but that impression is changing towards the negative. Most of my concerns rest with technology, administration, and support with a few issues extending into curriculum. For an online educational institution, technology integration is extremely fractured as compared to other online institutes of higher learning. Student support services are also fractured offering student no direct lines of communication to administration. No defined escalation procedures. Be prepared to wait a minimum of 20 minutes on hold to reach any department. If you need to speak with more that one department, your entire day may be consumed. The academic advisory staff is low in number and unbalanced in ratio to the student population. Advisory staff is transitory and therefore often inexperienced and unresponsive. The quality or residencies fluctuates with some being great and others being absolute fiasco.
I had apprehension starting an online college. There is always the worry whether or not the school is reputable and acceptable to other higher institutions of learning. However, Walden is fully accredited. I started with Walden University's BSN Program and I have to say, it exceeded my expectations. I LOVE IT!! I feel I have learned a tremendous amount. With the exception of the financial aide department (which is unbelievably rude), I thought everyone was very helpful and insightful, answering all questions courteously and with respect. My instructors, with again, the exception of one in particular, were all amazing. That should not put you off...I mean, nothing is ever completely perfect, right? I would definitely recommend this school to anyone who needs the convenience of online vs campus. If you are a self-starter and motivated, you will get these classes done in the time alIotted and without difficulty. It does cost a fair amount, but with financial aide and the knowledge that the degree pays for itself within the year post graduation, it is well worth it. I thought the courses were well laid out, expectations were appropriate for papers and academics. I love Walden and I would 100% consider moving to the next higher degree with this school. I will complete my BSN in July this year and I can honestly say, it was a fantastic experience! I am proud to get this degree with Walden University.
Walden instructors are very helpful and make themselves available whenever students have questions or concerns. The accounting mentor that I had, was very helpful and with his continued guidance, I was able to meet the university high standards and graduate!