Walden University Reviews
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I am extremely fed up with this school. First of all, they do not give you an accurate idea of what the program will look like or the associated fees. Secondly, in this program you are required to attend two 4-day residencies, which are not included in tuition and make very little if any contribution to one's knowledge. Third, you are required to participate in two 6-month internships (2 quarters each), and the school does nothing to help you find a place to do your internship. The internships are also worth fewer credits than any other class, even though you have to put in at least 21 hours a week, before doing your homework. Fourth, they try to trip you up and mess you up at every step. I applied for additional financial aid for the Fall 2015 quarter, but was told I wouldn't be receiving it for that term because Fall 2015 isn't within the 2015-2016 school period. After that, they told me they would transfer the loan to the current quarter; the quarter is now over and I start Winter quarter in about a week and my loan appears to have vanished. In addition, I have had some really callous teachers who won't give you any extensions without deducting points, even with major life-changing events. Fifth, I was told that I was in a part-time program and would be taking 2 classes; however, when I contacted the school and said I wanted to go full-time, they told me that 2 classes is full-time. Sixth, the teachers don't teach. They expect you to do readings and watch videos, then do assignments based off of those. All the teachers do is respond to your discussion posts (sometimes) and grade your assignments. In conclusion, everything people at this school tell you is either a lie or misinformation and you shouldn't trust them. You can probably get a good degree from them, but it will still cost a lot of money and you will have a lot of frustrations along the way.
Within the next few weeks, I will not be a student at Walden University. As an institution of advance learning their administrative business practices are inefficient and unprofessional. I have always thought that once an educational institution's main focus is on increasing profit margins and less so on the welfare of its students, and the quality of its pedagogy then there is bound to be a conflict of interest. The university's "unethical" practice to recruit as many students with a failure to explain the financial aid process in details prior to and even during enrollment is deceptive. This is particularly so for international students whose country of origin financials aid's practices and rules differ from that of the United States. Upon self-discovery of the latter, rather than the university trying to help me in a professional manner, I was made to feel ignorant and the blame was cast solely on me for not having the initial detailed information from the university. This is despite my many attempts to obtain the same. Each time I attempted, I am transferred to another department of which people are either unaware of what I am relating or I am told my information lacks credibility. Then there are the insensitive, rude undertone emails and telephone conversations that reflect the "after the fact" limited information. If I was that ignorant, would I have become a student of higher learning in the first replace as suggested by the reactions of the university's staff? At one point I was not given an academic advisor because the university was not aware that they had not given me one following the departure of the previous academic advisor. Who incidentally had lacked advising and professionalism skills, small wonder she departed from the university. As if to punish me for some unknown crime, fate caused me to self-appoint a new an equally ineffective academic advisor. What behooves me is that these people have master's and doctoral degrees, many from Walden university. Yet they lack basic common sense as well as advanced thinking skills that ought to be reflective of their educational attainment and maturity. Did I also mentioned that when a person telephones the university, you are advised and reminded that calls are monitored for "quality [guarantee]purposes, " a script that is embedded in the psychic of the university's staff and that is all there is to that action. Also, the university request that you complete these survey so that "we can improve the delivery of our services," really,? That is so ironic! An educational institution cannot be teaching its students how to act professionally responsible while its administrative and academic support staff are being inefficient, incompetent, and unprofessional. This spells, hypocrisy and deception, therefore I do not want to be connected with an institution that engages in not only such practices but also bias and discrimination. I believe that good reputation is still important so PLEASE, PLEASE reconsider carefully before choosing Walden University, I had to learn the hard way after receiving initial warnings. Please do not make the same mistake as I did.
Terrible, Instructors do not keep their scheduled preceptor conferences, upsetting the physician preceptor, and frustrating the student. You will not receive adequate training from the school or direction to do so for clinical medicine. You must have a strong nursing background to survive clinical rotations, which you must find your own preceptor and rely on the university for affiliation agreements, which are very unprofessional and not prompt and getting completed, thus slowing down or halting your academic progress. No one at the university either knows their job or can provide any information on the specifics of requirements or expectations for any of the course work, Assignment rubrics and grading is prejudicial, and not according to content. If you cannot get in elsewhere then you are still taking a big financial risk on attending at this ghost university.
Attending class online is not for everyone. It takes an enormous amount of time and dedication. It is hard work but with determination you will meet your goal. I have not had any problems with Walden; faculty, advisors all have been great. I have never written so many papers in my life, but I am learning a great deal about the field of psychology. It is what you make it. I have heard people complain about brick and mortar school also, the truth is everyone will not have the same experiences; one must do what is in their best interest. I have referred friends to online programs and the reason for them not succeeding had nothing to do with the school but everything to do with their work ethic. If you really want it - go for it. Some may have had some bad experiences but it doesn't mean everyone will. I thoroughly enjoy attending Walden. I'm growing, learning and enjoying every moment.
This program is demanding and takes a lot of work to master the material. You get out of it what you put in and must be motivated and disciplined to be successful. It isn't a "degree for a fee" and everyone does not deserve to pass just because they pay tuition. If it were that easy, everyone would do it. I found all the student support services knowledgable and helpful, from admissions and advising through to the end. The only criticisms are that in a face to face situation, you gain enrichment through the experiences of your instructors and cohort, and working side-by-side in research institutions is a needed skill if you want to get into academia. There are also little to no opportunities for grad assistantships that would help with the huge financial burden that earning a Ph.D. entails. I found too many classmates who didn't do the assigned readings, evident in their interactions on the discussion board. Reading posts from people who are attempting to bluff their way through the course is a huge waste of my valuable time. They need to be more selective in who they allow into their programs, and weed out those who do not rise to the level of scholarship needed to complete the program. But, being a for profit college, makes this a big business. The convenience was a huge factor in my staying here.
If you have other choices definitely consider them. Walden is for profit and has no desire to see you succeed. They want your money and could careless about life Unexpectancy. My spouse emptied my bank account and I had to take drastic measures. Walden was not interested or willing to work with me. Save your $45,000 or enroll somewhere else. You won't regret it.
Do not attend here. Professors can ask you to submit work over and over and thus slowing down your graduation time into extra years. I had multiple college professors proofing my papers against their rubric before I sent them into Walden and my assignments still didn't pass. I complained to get a resolution at Walden and they sided with the professors. I then discovered reviews of so many others who had it happen to them as well so I quit before they did it to me anymore. Check out google for complaints like this and see for yourself. I never graduated but put 2015 under year graduated above because it wouldn't let me leave a review without a date. Do not attend Walden. Do not ever attend Walden. I work at a college and constantly warn my students to not attend Walden.
Online education is not for everyone. You have to be on top of everything from financial aid to your required courses. Like everything in life we have the choice this Walden online educational course works great for me. You will get out whatever time and commitment you put in. I'm working on chapter 4 and 5 of my Dissertation. If I need assistance my Doctor,research department and the writing are all available to assist me in any way they can. No different than a physical university.
Excellent program. Strong professors. Considering a doctorate from here. The online program was more challenging then my friends who attended classroom programs in nearby universities. My degree had real world application. I highly recommend this program.
These people are a JOKE. I spent my hard earned money ATTEMPTING to apply to this place. But this was a joke from the get go. NO ONE tried to help me with the application process. EVERYTIME I called my "so-called" adviser wasn't available. Then I switched advisors. She was even more of a joke. Names are A.M and A.B. Run away from these people. Don't even waste your time requesting information. Trust me. They're a big joke.