Walden University Reviews
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I applied for the PhD program last year with Walden University. I had to drop due to a mis-communication between the Admissions Representative and myself. I have emails to back up that he did not get my logged in for the semester in time so I could not view Blackboard for almost a whole week after the class started. I was told during this space of not having access to send the DOE of the program a message saying I was committed, which I was but unknowingly sent thinking I would have access to the classes previous to more than 4 days out of beginning of class. The instructor called me after the class begun and we talked and she said that there was no way to catch up. I agreed because of my lack of access to the class until that point. I then in turn called the DOA and he told me to send an email dropping the class, that I may owe something for the percentage I was in but not worry because he would just appeal it for me. I sent the email. I was then dropped from the program. I went to try to enroll for the following quarter and I was told by the AR that I could not enroll because of my balance. I was then told that I was liable for this. By the time I had any voice to voice with anyone at the campus after many attempts to contact they told me I had to submit the appeal. I did. I was then turned down because it was after the threshold of time allotted to submit appeal. I am now stuck paying for a class that I had 1.5 days of access to.
This school is out for money. You are responsible for finding your own clinical sites. I got my MSN and went on to the DNP program. The professor was NO help. It's a waste of time and money. Go to a physical university that has a real reputation. I'm sorry that I recommended this school to co-workers. The nursing program revised the MSN program so we had to take the same class over. Forget about the financial/billing people they are RUDE after all the money I wasted on this "university".
This school is so unhelpful it is not even funny. I just needed to enroll in two individual classes to extend my teaching certification. They were the only school I could find that had classes geared only towards middle school education (I give them credit for only that). It took about 4 months to get me enrolled in the classes because their online system and customer representatives/"advisors" are so horribly ineffective. I would call at least twice a week, sometime more, to try to get everything set up, and there was always another problem that was blamed on slow computer processing, and I would be told to wait another day and that then everything would work itself out (of course it never did). I also enrolled in a University of Phoenix class, which took only one day to enroll in, and I was started the next week no problem. Clearly it is not that hard to do this! I encountered so many problems in my attempts to get signed up for classes at Walden, I could write a book about it. Then, finally, I was enrolled about a week before the classes would start. I finished my classes, and now I am waiting for them to send a transcript to the state department of education. It has already taken them three weeks. I called today and of course, it still has not been sent out yet. I even paid $40 so that it would be shipped express, but they have taken so long to "process it", it is still not out yet. It didn't help that one of my professors refused to put up a final grade until the day grades were due, even though she had already graded everything and you could calculate the final grade already. She finally posted it on a Friday. Then I had to wait until Monday for it to appear on my transcript so I could request it to be sent. Now here I sit, weeks later, still waiting, getting absolutely no help from anyone on the phone. This school is so inefficient at handling anything. Every time I call I think it will be the end of it and finally they will have figures things out, but of course that is never the case. I am super calm about things normally so I wasn't going to post about it but now with the transcript issue too I just could not help it. End rant.
Walden University has been great. I graduated Summa cum Laude from a major brick and mortar university and have 2 Masters degrees. At Walden, I have encountered wonderful, knowledgeable and caring professors, a professional and personable support staff, and excellent coursework. An online doctoral degree requires hard work and self direction--there is no-one there to hold your hand and nurse you through it. I often had to work 20-30 hours a week on my lit review, and plow through hundreds of scholarly articles--on my own. The professors expect you to be an adult because this is a program developed for professionals and individuals who can handle the pressure and work load. On the other hand, they are always there to encourage, support and instruct, so you're never alone. I am almost done, and am excited to have that degree in hand--knowing it was with the friendly, caring, and intelligent support I received at Walden University.
I found the instructional design program to be rigorous and challenging. The program provided me with a sound foundation and instructional design. When I started my degree I was a schoolteacher, within four months of graduating I was able to find a very good job as an instructional designer in the corporate world. And I have been in my field for Just over two years. My degree program gave me a brilliant insight into the field and I was able to build upon that. I am so glad I chose Walden. When I compared it to other universities that offered an instructional design program, I found Walden University's program to be more comprehensive.
Walden offers a program for working individuals without sacrificing a higher standard. I am very please with my experience, and my employer has noticed the difference in aptitude Walden provides. I highly recommend! Walden is unlike other online colleges - not a paper mill - instead Walden is a true leader in the field! I am very please with my decision to invest in this institution!
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.