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Degree: Psychology, Other
Graduation Year: 2018
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All advisors were exteemely helpful . If a problem occured it was taken care of in a very timeley manner. My instructor is very supportive , all of the tools avaliable are so helpful !

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Degree: Nursing Practice
Graduation Year: 2016
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I have been attending Walden since December 2013 ,and I have taken six classes so far and I have six more to go. As I can see it as a student the program has been very rigorous for me. I am a very hard working student and I have done well at the school. This is my first online school for myself but, I have tutored online students. Online takes a lot of time and dedication more than going to a brick and mortar school because you are truly self teaching yourself. I am planning to do my doctoral degree online not at Walden but another online school Maryville and it is because of their reputation. The tuition at Walden has been the cheapest I have seen around for a NP program its around total cost of 40,000 dollars. That is what a student pay to get a Bachelor Degree. I hate to see all the bad reviews but I think online education is what you make out of it as a student.

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Walden University was well worth it!
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Degree: Marketing, Other
Graduation Year: 2013
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I selected Walden University because my mother was attending it for her Masters in Education. Although I had to adjust to online school, it takes a lot of dedication, the adjustment came easily. I did enjoy the set schedules for assignments that were posted for the entire class as I'm a procrastinator and need deadlines to help push me to actually completing anything. I liked my instructors, although sometimes I did feel a little overwhelmed with assignments. But, I always managed to get it done on time. Instructors provided great feedback on assignments and I felt that many were actually interested in making you want to learn instead of just giving you credit for completing the assignments. I decided to complete a Master's Degree from Walden as well, which I am currently taking. Yes, this school is expensive; but many schools are nowadays. Overall, I really enjoyed my experience here, with the students, instructors, and academic advisers. Whenever I needed to contact my advisor, which was not often, they got back to me quickly, usually within a few hours after emailing them. Online education is different from the usual way as you have to motivate yourself to complete the assignments and study. But I can say that before I even completed my degree, I found myself applying what I learned to my profession. That helped to continue to motivate myself to stick with my studies. I like doing my own research anyway so online learning was ideal for me. If you would prefer to be lectured or have face-to-face with instructors and peers, then online school is not for you. Otherwise, I would recommend it to anyone who needs a degree and does not have a problem with researching, reading, and writing papers. There's a paper due just about every week of class, but it helps you to be able to apply what you've learned. I can say that in the courses I took, there were not a lot of tests which was great as I am not a great test taker.

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Degree: Clinical Child Psychology
Graduation Year: 2020
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Loved Walden! Everyone is amazing! Always answers your questions and then goes above and beyond for you!

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Degree: Information Technology
Graduation Year: 2010
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Thank you all for your honest reviews. While the tuition may appear to be cheaper for the Doctoral program I was looking at, I'm seeing too many nightmare reviews to consider Walden University. Dodged that bullet...

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John - 2 months ago

I have just completed my first year of work toward the Ed.D. at Walden University. I am extremely pleased with Walden, and feel that I am learning a great deal. I have a 4.0 at Walden, and previously had a 4.0 in a Master's Program at WVU. Walden has provided the same level of rigor and challenge that I am used to. I would encourage you to reconsider.

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Degree: Psychology, Other
Graduation Year: 2010
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I started in the General Psych program then switched to Industrial/Organizational Psych. There are a lot of unnecessary classes (which may not be unique just to this school; I'm not sure) and it feels ridiculous to pay tuition to take such courses that are meant simply to "teach" good study habits or get accustomed to posting in online environments. Really basic, unnecessary stuff. Plus there were other courses that were deemed mandatory even though they were only introductory and had no follow-up (such as Research Methods - all the various psychological tests out there, how they work, what they measure, etc., which is great information but could have been included as a sub-matter in another class. The entire course was simply for us to pick one of these tests and study it in-depth, then continuously report on it for the entire 12 weeks. Such a thing is not going to help me in a career since it was way too generic, yet way too focused at the same time). However, many teachers really did engage students and encourage discussion beyond "Great post! I agree!" but at times it really did feel like I wasn't in a real competitive environment, in the sense that witnessing extremely poor grammar, syntax, etc. in others' discussion postings (especially from those who were purported to be at the end of their program) made me wonder how they ever got accepted in the first place at a Master's level (well, other than being willing to shell out $$). I do feel I learned a lot, and there was enough variety, such as group projects, and videos of case studies to watch and learn from. I did hit a snag with my final thesis in that I e-mailed repeatedly for status updates and the entire delay pushed me into another quarter, but after filing an appeal I was refunded the entire price.

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Rhonda - about 1 month ago

Hello there. I read your post and complaints for the courses you were required to complete. I just got my degree at Liberty University in psychology and this is universal, it seems. I too took Research Methods, Statistics and Measurements in Psych. These courses did help me and it does add to what you will use in the field. Don't get discouraged, for me Liberty had us take Biblical courses as well but they are all to help me be better in my career and life. Don't forget when working in social services, you get your loans forgiven after 10 years or less.

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Wow! I am planning to apply to the FNP program at Walden. All these reviews are giving me a second thought. Thank you all for your honesty. If anyone has been through the FNP program at Walden, can you PLEASE give me a feedback on the program?

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Amnio - 2 months ago

I am in the last semester of the FNP program, and I can honestly say that it has been challenging, informative, and a great deal of work. I personally know several FNP graduates from Walden and they not only had a multitude of job offers at graduation, they also had a higher pass rate on their national certification exam than the 8 other colleges in the surrounding area (including 2 Division-1 universities). If you don't mind working hard, are good at self study, and are motivated to get your FNP, then I would recommend Walden

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Degree: Psychology, Other
Graduation Year: 2014
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I just graduated from Walden University. I would have to say it was a good experience and the degree met all the requironments to be accepted into graduate school. I had no issuses with advisors or the financial aid dept. Some professors were engaging while others felt none exsitant. Online format is definately for those who are self motivated. I was pleased with the overall pyschology program. Did consider to continue at Walden to pursue my masters but missed the classroom interaction so it is back to a brick and mortar campus. If you do not mind writing lots of papers ,participating in discussions and independant study than Walden may be a good choice.

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Degree: Psychology, Other
Graduation Year: 2012
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I read a bunch of the negative reviews - and I see some that I can understand the frustration and others that feel like sour grapes. All I can tell you is that I gained a lot from attending Walden and graduating with my MS In Social Psychology. I would say that 50% was Walden and 50% is what I put into it. I'll admit, I was a little worried when I witnessed some of the classmates I had in the first few courses. As a for-profit college - I think you tend to see people who really aren't prepared to go back to school, and those are the very people I noticed dropping out as time went on. There were a couple of what I would call "weed out" courses where it was abundantly clear - only the people who wanted to apply themselves and get the degree would complete. I recall statistics being one of those courses. For those of you who crave professor time, or lecture time - online classes aren't for you. For people, like me, who don't mind digging in and learning through a lot of reading and writing... online classes suit us well. For me, online was a must. Because of my job and the hours and production schedules - it would be close to impossible to regularly attend "night" school. I found the online format perfect for me. Though it took me some time to adjust to the work-load and to form good scheduling habits, I found the routine consistent enough that I rarely felt really stressed. Yes, there were times where I would procrastinate and get stressed about completing an assignment. But I found that, for the most part, if I was disciplined - the work was the right balance of challenging and flexible. No, Walden isn't cheap. If I had one desire it would be that Graduate Students could more easily find "scholarship" help. However, I accepted that as a cost of convenience. The bottom line is - Walden isn't for everyone. But for people who are really interested in learning, with a very flexible and convenient way to do it. Walden may be the answer. The key is that anyone considering Walden should be prepared to drive themselves. The only one who can really determine whether this is a valuable learning experience is the student. I am fairly certain that people can fake their way through this (like I saw many do at a traditional school as well), but that only hurts yourself.

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Deceived - 2 months ago

The Master's program may be fine, but do not get your doctorate there! You can work as hard as you want, but when your committee keeps changing and does not respond to countless emails or phone calls and your graduation is delayed by a year and a half, you'll regret going...especially when you get the $100K bill!

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Degree: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
Graduation Year: 2019
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I am writing this review because I see so many negative comments, and from really reading and understanding them I would say that the problems people are having are self inflicted. I was reading some of the reviews and people are dropping out of classes randomly during the course, and or being no shows. With any school you cannot just drop out whenever you want and expect your money back, it does not work like that. Most schools and Im sure it is with walden that you can only drop out the first week of classes and sometime in the middle. After that trying to get your money back is slim to non and I dont blame them. You try getting your money back at another big university and see what happens. Also you have people who do not take the time to get information on financial aid and how it works, its YOUR fault not the schools if you run out of funds, YOU need to take the time to be an adult and know this type of information. If you are ill and or have a death, you need to notify the professor and school right away so they can work with you, not after everything is done and over with and you disappear for weeks and decide to come back and continue were you left off. It does not work like that at Walden and it sure does not work like that at a big university either. The professors will fail you and move on. Also I feel that people expect the professors to hold you hand. This is not a dating site if you do not know what to expect from online courses then you need to go to a university where you can be face to face with the professor, no university when they are doing online courses is easy, or do they baby you. They tell you what to do and just sit back and watch, and if you need help they will help you other then that, you are pretty much on your own. I did my masters program 100% at a big school in Pennsylvania, and I know what to expect. But if you never done a program online and you require help all the time then this is not the school for you.

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Deceived - 3 months ago

Karmyn--I see your point, but no one held my hand, and I never dropped out. I was a week away from graduating with my doctorate. I had gone through an extra semester just because they assigned me a new chair since my last one disagreed with the dept. head and quit. It took two months to schedule my final oral because my new chair would not answer my phone calls nor reply to my emails. I also contacted the dept. head and everyone else, but NO REPLY. So I had to pay for an extra semester due to their negligence.

So I FINALLY had my FINAL oral, and I was approved. When my sister, who got her doctorate at another university, finished her final oral, she was FINISHED. Not true at Walden. I had to wait another two weeks to get a final OK from the URR, who had also already approved my paper...for the fourth time. Then he was fired. So they assigned me a new one. I didn't know why because I was a week from graduating and had finished everything, but they did.

Next thing I know, I get a new URR, who DISAPPROVES my paper, wants me to change 55 pages, and puts me into a Freshman writing course!

Let me ask you, what would YOU do in my shoes? All through my coursework at Walden, I'd maintained a 4.0 with excellent reviews on all of my submitted papers. I'd also been approved throughout the 32-step process of my dissertation. Now that I was a week from graduating, they tell me I need to go back and change my proposal, which was approved 8 months earlier??? So, who really is in the wrong here?

To make matters worse, I sucked it up, made the changes, took the course---everything I was asked to do. Then SIX months later, which is how long it took them to finally get my final copy back, my URR THEN went back and made me change 5 more pages which he himself approved when he got my paper 6 months earlier!

Do you understand how insane this is?!

You tell me where I'm at fault. Then tell me you would willingly pay them $103,000. They stated in their policy that when the students make a submission, the committee has 14 days to respond, but many times it would be 3-4 weeks! By then, the semester would end, which equals more tuition. Basically, in one semester, I had maybe three correspondences with my committee. I'm sorry, but medical doctors don't even get paid that much for such a short time!

My goal is to sue this so-called for-profit university for everything I can due to what they put me through. I pray that they never treat another student as terribly as they treated me.

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Karmyn - 3 months ago

I feel sorry for what you have gone through and I do agree with you, that with this case yes it was not your fault that if you are saying everything that is true and that happened then they are definitely in the wrong. But that is a whole other department, that you are having problems with, for me I am in the psychology department, and so far everything is good, my adviser has been emailing me constantly and calling me to make sure I am up to spend with everything that is going on. She even wanted to be on the phone with me for a couple of hours to do a portal walk through together. Im hoping I do not have as many problems as you have had but again I have had no problems so far and I hope that it continues that way. Good luck with everything and I hope it works out for you.

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