Walden University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (393)
This University is designed for you! It requires one to be dedicated and self motivated. I had the best support from my mentors. College is not easy and may times, people get the concept mixed up. For instance, looking for an easy way to earn a degree! It's all up to you...not the University you chose. Their responsibility is to guide and assist when called upon.
I am currently having a terrible experience with your school. I am in the Doctor of Education program and received an incomplete from my professor for a paper that she acknowledged that I did correctly. I have been trying to contact her for three weeks with the response that she is traveling "this week". I assume there is no rush to correct the error on the school's part because I am on temporary leave while I have my baby, and they are not in danger or losing money by not responding immediately. I am incredibly disappointed with the lack of service I have received for this problem. Although I think the program is great and the education of quality, this lack of response and lack of concern for the student should make anyone hesitant to enroll in the programs.
I had a great experience at Walden University. I would recommend students attend in-person residencies because meeting your classmates face-to-face adds a great deal to the experience as you can then put a face to the name in classes. Also, relationships with faculty members are greatly enhanced. Overall, like all academic pursuits, you get out of it what you are willing to invest. Nobody will hold your hand, like the real world, you need to stay on top of your studies. Because Walden is an online university, they are very strict about following policies that are required for accreditation. I can't say enough positive things about my experience at Walden. It was a wonderful experience and it has helped me both academically and professionally.
Completing classes at Walden was about what I expected of an online program. It was very time consuming; however, I learned a lot. Although I feel that my instructors were not clear about the project study requirements, the overall experience was not bad. Most of my concerns are based upon my experiences after I completed my degree. First, it took them about 4 months to send my degree. Secondly, almost a year after I received my degree the registrar or someone in registration decided that I should have received an Ed. D. Instead of a Ph.D. Although they sent a letter explaining that they made a mistake, it did not remove the frustration. Finally, I requested that they complete a verification form so that I can receive the appropriate financial increase, but they refused to complete it. Therefore, I have not received the raise.
I enrolled in the summer. My current class I have is very difficult and I have really struggling. My online instructor makes cut and paste name comments on the DB. She has yet to give me full credit for ANY class work with no explanation. I reviewed the syllabus a couple days ago to find there are TWO prerequisite classes I never was offered. when i asked my advisor he said the prerequisite was only for those taking that topic in their masters they often just throw people in whatever and THESE people don't need (read deserve) the two classes this one is based on!!BS
Overall, I had a great learning experience at Walden University. At the end of the day a student will get out what they put in. Distance learning is not for everyone; however, if you can be organized and stay on top of your work, distance education has tremendous advantages. At Walden, your classmates will be a diverse group which adds to the richness of the experience.
The only people I have seen struggle with the program are the ones that had severe personality disorders. I am thankful the workload washed them out. The workload is also right on target as Walden owning the largest library in the world provides students with the exact material we need. You may also put more into the course or less if you want and still earn an A as it is adult learning. People that cannot learn on their own often complain the most. I really have enjoyed the overall process and feel I excel in many areas over students from other schools such as understanding different models, interdisciplinary collaboration, applying evidence based practices, and scholar applications. Most of all Walden does not brainwash into the only clinical model of social work that is pushed in contemporary times. I am a little behind than other schools in role-playing client interactions but I have taken upon myself to learn therapy skills on my own. I feel I am well rounded and ready to handle the field the same or better than other brand new clinicians.
If you are pursuing a counseling degree- please go elsewhere! I transferred into Walden when I moved across the country. They refused to take the majority of my credits and gave no explanation as to why... one course it was simply because one word was not included in the course name (It was only called Family Systems, not COUPLES and Family Therapy). You have to do two week long residencies that require travel and maybe one location that is convenient for people who live on the West Coast. Then, they book it into one of the most expensive hotels- that they contract with- and costing an outrageous amount of money. I asked to book my second residency early due to being pregnant and knowing that I would be flight restricted during the "appropriate timeline" and was denied. Now, I have to take it later in the program. Most recently, I'm having the most difficult of times with them regarding my internship. I plan to do my internship at my current workplace, they will not let me count any of my regular duties which will require me to work an additional 20 hours each week. Because I'm completing my residency "late" they won't let me start my internship even though they wouldn't make an exception on the front end for me. They say that they don't want to "damage the relationship with the field site." However, they don't have a relationship with the field site and since it is my workplace, if I would damage the relationship, I would lose my job. They are unwilling to help their students find work sites- as a friend of mine has not been able to secure one for the past 9 months, which forces her to just keep taking classes over and over. Now, I'm too far into my program to transfer to another school without having to retake a bunch of classes. This is beyond a FOR PROFIT school and is not interested in helping their students succeed.
I am writing this trying to be as honest as possible. The first 2-3 quarters I felt like the school was too easy. I felt like I was not learning enough to make me a good counselor. I had previously gotten my Associates and Bachelor’s degrees at brick and mortar schools. So I felt that the work load was pretty light for a master’s level education. That is when quarter 4 hit. I found that suddenly I was working my tail off to get by. The school has continued to be challenging. As far as the teachers they are a mixed bag. I have had some that where super helpful and others that where just ok, but I would say the same about my brick and mortar schools. The biggest negative I have had was finding a sight to do my practicum and internship. That did take a while because there are not a lot of options (I live in a very rural state). I really had to be motivated to find a sight. I was turned down a few times but eventually found an awesome sight. At this sight they have interns from multiple schools (mostly brick and mortar) at first I felt like I was a little behind the others but it was mostly in my head. After talking about our schools I feel like there are areas where my education was better and areas where it was not as strong but in the end it’s all about the same. Walden is CACREP accredited which does help find a sight. The CACREP web site lists Walden in its top 5 CACREP online schools. Does Walden prepare you for real life counseling? Id say about the same as any other university. I feel that the school does well with the theory and ethics but that the hands on stuff come largely from practicum and the internship. That is one disadvantage to online. In brick and mortar schools they get to practice on each other a great deal. At Walden we had to find people that would let us practice on them and tape it for our teachers. Fortunately I have good friends in the community. As far as testing for my license and such I feel that Walden was sufficient in preparing me for that. I recently took the NCE and while I have not heard back yet I feel pretty confident. Yes I did buy a study guide to help. Part of me feels that online schooling is more demanding than brick and mortar education in that you have to be very self-motivated and cannot be a procrastinator. There is not a lot of face to face time so it helps if you are an auditory learner. I was able to hold down a full time job until the very end (internship) when the lode just because too heavy and I dropped down to part time work due to the 25-30 hours a week I needed in internship.
So, I feel like my opinion might be a good gage for future prospective masters students. I have two degrees from very reputable brick and mortar schools, and have experienced both traditional and exclusively online classes over the last 10 years. So far, my experience with Walden has been sensational. The professors have been very supportive, are very responsive, and the material is highly educational. It has improved my practice as a nurse and how I take care of my patients. I have three other co-workers who LOVE Walden and we all seem to have the same opinion that even though it is challenging, --it is very doable if you manage your time wisely. One of my coworkers goes to the #1 NP program in the United States (University of South Carolina--as reported for 2016), and his wife goes to Walden. (He chose South Carolina because they have a med school). He stated that his wife's NP program at Walden was almost exactly like his, with a few mild differences. The unfortunate difference is the price. South Carolina's tuition cost is much more, and if he had to do it again, he would have definitely considered Walden instead. Furthermore, the nurses at my hospital that are enrolled in Walden's program are very intelligent and passionate about their work, their patients, and making a difference! Just know that online classes can be difficult for certain people. You have to be self-driven and you have to possess the desire to absorb the material. It's not for the faint of heart and nobody holds your hand, but you have support when you need it, even if it's 2am in the morning. I've had nothing but positive experiences so far with Walden University, and I've gotten positive responses from physicians, NP's, and PA's. When I say "Walden University," people respond with "Oh, they have a good NP program," or "I had a friend graduate from their NP program," or "I've heard that's a great school." My classmates vary in age, have an extensive and varied amount of experience in the field, and work at renown hospitals. The professors all have doctorates from well-respected schools, are published, and have served as leaders in the field. IN ADDITION, the nurses I know that have graduated from the NP program have ALL PASSED BOARDS ON THE FIRST TRY-AND ALL OF THEM HAVE JOBS. So, with that being said--I TOTALLY RECOMMEND WALDEN UNIVERSITY!