Walden University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (348)
Walden is not a good school. They basically take your money and provide you with no guidance academically. You are left on your own to figure everything out while the professors keep changing the expectations. There is no consistency among the professors as it relates to what is expected and especially when you are working on the dissertation the lack of consistency can be costly for the student. It is the worst school and no one should ever attend.
Walden provided me with a respected MSN in Nursing and has given me a 35% discount on tuition for my PhD program. I find that those giving a bad rating to Walden U. are the same type of people who consistently blame their outcomes on someone else rather than considering if they are an appropriate candidate for an online education. It may cost more than a state classroom held course, but consider the time, travel expenses, and other factors and I will bet you that it comes near what you pay for the online course. However, it takes discipline and intelligence to complete an online program. You do not have the hand holding I find in classroom instruction and the amount of writing you must provide on each class assignment and discussion board is intense. It requires critical thinking and research that can substantiate your findings. You do not have a few classroom tests that can be crammed for in an overnight session. You have, week after week, discussion and papers that fully explore the subject matter of each class. So stop blaming others for your dissatisfaction until you fully evaluate your ability and readiness for online education. Walden is my school of choice and I feel fortunate to attend.
I have read many reviews of Walden University. I personally find the DBA program to be top-notch. I also find that most people who complain simply are not intelligent and would complain about any program they go into. Online colleges or universities can be very difficult as distance learning is still considered to be in the infancy stages; however, I find that Walden University has a well developed learning platform. I can tell you personally that State Universities are much easier then online Universities as I have attended both.
Every negative review you see about Walden is true. It isn't worth the hassle. I signed up for the DBA program after being told how I'd receive credit waivers, a $5000 grant just for joining and various other perks. Nothing I was told about the program itself was accurate. Then, they broke federal law by refusing to use my allotted $20,500 per academic year and demanding I take out a Graduate PLUS Loan. Then, they broke another federal law by refusing to report my enrollment status to Clearinghouse. They always had some lie to tell as their excuse. The academic value of coursework at Walden doesn't exist. If you want a degree that isn't respected with a good GPA go to Walden, but otherwise avoid. I spent the entire semester trying to get my money back for Walden's various criminal actions and failure to provide a legitimate academic experience and managed to ace the course I didn't pay attention to, that sums up the academic rigor [or lack thereof] at Walden. No one at Walden seems to know anything. They have a 24/7 chat, but never know the answer to anything. The online writing center is a joke. You ask them to review for formatting style and all of their critiques are personal nonsense that don't help you improve your article. The professors don't seem to know anything either. There were at least three instances where I had to say to my professors "if you don't know what that word means you shouldn't be teaching doctoral level business courses." If you want your money back and to drop out of Walden I would suggest quitting your job, as it is a never ending process. No one answers the phone or responds to e-mail. If you do get a response its just a lie claiming they're working on it, but they really aren't. Avoid Walden University at all costs. You will lose out on jobs you're qualified for because no one respects them.
Walden University at the Doctoral Level is an absolute joke. I would dare say that they're a joke at all levels. But, I'll refrain from hurting the feelings graduates of that piece of garbage. They are designed to recruit as many students as possible to boost their commission and that's all they care about. You WILL NOT receive any support and the feedback from professors pretty much comes from a "comment bank". The professors barely read your work and gave me grades for completion. Don't waste your time or money as I've yet to find anyone who has successfully matriculated from any of their doctoral programs. I've been in education for 20 years, so I believe that I'm an authority on what's a good educational program and what isn't. In addition, I've already earned 3 Master's degrees from accredited brick and mortar institutions.
I just (literally 3 weeks ago) graduated from Walden with my BS degree in Psychology. I love the school and the course work. If you're a person that needs constant attention and help this school is probably not for you, because you really have to work at your own pace and independently to complete task or coursework majority of the time. Seeing as I worked full time while trying to obtain my degree, this was right up my alley! My thing is college is not hard--no matter what school you attend as long as you know how to follow directions and turn papers and discussion boards in on time-you'll do fine. If not......then you won't. (shrugs) This school is VERY expensive, but to work and your own pace on your own time it was worth it to me.
SCAM! They told me my doctorate would cost $40k, but it was over $100k. They kept changing my committee, there was a huge lack of correspondence, and each delay costs another semester. What one instructor approved, another would disapprove, which caused further delays. DO NOT GO TO THIS SCHOOL!!!
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.
I love this school. The program is intense and educative! When I was researching online programs, Walden is the name that kept coming up. They have been around since the 1970's and were the first teacher education school for currently employed educators. The program is rigorous and upholds expectations of excellence. For students who have not previously attended online school, this may not be the right choice.
I signed up with Walden thinking they would live by their promise "A lot of help in one place" They did not. I am getting ready to go to court with them unless they are able to rectify the current problem. Most Professors are fine. I am not impressed with their academic advisors. I think at least one of them is so involved in his own studies he loses sight of his duties to the student. There is too much money involved for errors to be made that leave the student holding the blade. I am sorry I did not pay attention to the article that says they have a very low retention rate. You could be a great student and Boom! out of nowhere you get a surprise you did not expect.....no problem if they take responsibility.....but they do not.