Walden University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (382)
Walden, University course materials are outdated books I Have a technology book that is 13 years old. When doing assignments the course links are often broken and you are unable to get help in time to assess the information needed to complete assignments.Lack of concern to follow up by department heads, so do not look for real assistance classroom issues. When applying for scholarships the instructors will not help with filling out reference requirements, so do not count on grants or scholarships from this University.
Excellent school, Excellent program! Never attended a school that was this efficient and the Advisors were always so helpful! The program is demanding so be prepared. The first 4- 5 classes weren't as hard nor did I feel that it prepared you for how hard the program was going to get but overall it was a great experience. These reviews do not give the school all that it deserves!
I was happy at Walden and have no problems with the program. I did the program while a single parent raising kids already in college and working full time. I never slept much because I had to do my class work and never expected the school to hold my hand. See, if you are from a third world country, Walden is a breeze. I was never privileged in my life so hard work is normal to me. Thank you Walden!
I knew the program would be challenging but the challenges I am experiencing were unexpected. A prevalence of do as i say not as I teach you is right. For example, you are expected to adhere to ethical codes of transparency, honesty and due process but the school will not do the same. One example, the syllabus is released, you have only one week to drop a class, the teacher can change the syllabus if they want. You agree to the syllabus and decide to stay in a course based on that only to have the expectations of the course change. The class resources are dated but you get marked down if YOU use dated (>6 years old) resources. The same week we discuss how unprofessional a superviser is by having her children at home while she is on a supervision call, our Instructor conducts our call in the car with her children while traveling. Teachers assistants seem to have a need to exhibit their knowledge by knocking students down. The Instructors can not agree on what they want so each time you spend the first 3 weeks scrambling to figure out what does this specific instructor (or TA) want. I have had one instructor mark you down for citing to much other mark you down for not citing every other sentence! seriously, it is almost as if they want you to drop out because they prefer the exclusivity of a doctoral degree to be inaccessible. They have your money, they do not care if you finish. I tried to transfer to another school, also CACREP accredited but was told nothing transfers and I would have to start over. I am nearly 2 years in and am not starting over otherwise I would transfer in a heartbeat. Go to a brick and mortar school at this level. You are basically trying to teach yourself doctoral level information and graded quite harshly at times for not knowing what you are paying to be taught.
I just graduated on 2/14/2016 and took boards on 3/25/2016. The program was very time consuming and demanding. I learned so much. The hardest part it the program was finding my own clinical. It took me 26 months to complete the program. You have to put in the work in order to get what you need from the program. When it came to me taking my national certification I had no problem and the school is accredited.
The DNP Nursing Program at Walden University is a NIGHTMARE. The school of nursing is unorganized, unstructured, and lacks ethics. I chose this university in the beginning over a private university because of cost and time, but my colleagues who went to a private university spent less than me and got their DNP degree a year before me. Here's my experience with the school. Walden University is not recognized and often you cannot find a practicum site. The Chair advisors do not respond in a timely manner in fact it's towards the end of the semester the Chair contacts you. Please note when you've completed the 47 credits they tell you at the initial interview that's all you needed to graduate, you are left in shock an awe; because they rob you by enrolling you into a course they call 8700 TOTALLY WASTE OF MONEY - BEWARE this is the most unethical thing that they consistently do. They DO NOT HELP STUDENTS. The president of Walden university needs to look into these complaints. The DNP program should be shut down. Am sure if any student in the program sees this they would agree. I just finished but I'm not proud. I wanted to transfer but no school would accept my transfer because I was to the end not even Cambridge university.
Walden is an online University, it is not Harvard or Yale. If you are looking for a degree that is going to give you instant success in life, you'll be looking forever. I don't care where you went to school, if you don't work hard, and solve your own problems you will fail in the real world too. Most of the successful people I know did not go to big schools, they went to junior college and transferred to state schools. Or they opened their own businesses and worked hard to be successful. My wife got her MA at Cal State Los Angeles and she now owns a successful business. And guess what? She hires professionals with online degrees too. Walden requires you to do the work, they will not do it for you. If you need to do research, it's up to you to figure out a way to get things done. If you have an issue with fin aid, advising, etc., it's up to you to become an adult and solve the problems on your own. If mommy and daddy have their pockets lined with money, go to a nice school with tall trees. If you are accustomed to having everything done for you, go somewhere else. I am on my second year at Walden and it has been good up to this point. It's everything I expected from an unranked, online, and for-profit school. I did my BA at a brick-n-mortar school and I can tell you that the hand holding stops here. If you're worried about the reputation of the school, don't go to Walden University. Go to an Ivy League school, period. If you can't get into any of those schools, simply complain about it for the rest of your life. Personally, on my resume, my education is last because my accomplish at work are more important. I use my BA, MBA, and soon to be DBA as a supplement to prove that I can work hard, and I have the education and training to handle the additional responsibility. It does Walden a huge injustice when people come on here and berate Walden University for mistakes that are most likely out of Walden's control. For example, people give Walden 1 star because they had a death in their family and Walden wouldn't go out of their way for them. Or, people giving 1 star because they weren't able to find an internship in time. How come other students could do it, but for some reason these people could not. I'll tell you why, they are lazy and want everything done for them. Walden is not for everyone. Please do your own research, look at the rankings, and then decide if Walden is right for you. If it's not, then please stay away and let us enjoy the University for what it is.
Absolutely appalling customer service. I could not get the Academic Advising Team to answer any calls, voicemails or emails for several months - I literally had to put an email Subject Line as "Please I am begging someone to respond" to get an answer. To top it off, they were extremely unhelpful and honestly quite rude when they did finally respond. If you want a school that provided actual student support and gives the slightest hoot about their students, stay away from Walden. I'm currently deciding whether or not to cut my major financial losses and withdrawal.
My MBA from Walden University has not only opened my eyes to a world of new business opportunities, but it taught me how to properly understand, assess and maximize the full potential of these opportunities. In addition to this, my degree has helped me earn multiple promotions since graduating, and has prepared me to go above and beyond the additional responsibilities that are asked of me. The flexible schedule and design of the courses are incredibly helpful, and ultimately gave me the ability to still work full time while studying. It is also a great format to improve your time management skills. I am lucky enough to work alongside business professionals with degrees from various ivy league institutions, all of which are held in higher regard than Walden, yet I am often the one in a leadership role in my current organization. I owe a great deal of my success to the degree I earned at Walden, and I am eternally grateful for that experience. I would recommend Walden to any person that has strong work ethic and is determined to improve his/her career for the long term.
Please save your money! I received my masters from the school. I went back and had to leave for a family emergency. They are charging me for the entire semester and have added an additional 1200. I owe them 5400 for a class I could not complete. They do not take family emergencies into consideration. On top of that, my initial degree from them is no longer accepted in the state.