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Degree: Family Practice Nurse/Nursing
Graduation Year: 2015
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Overall, class structure has been appropriate , with a few variances with what had been required per instructor interpretation of class rubric. My current issues have been with the delays in practicum site approval process. Walden has no respect for outside organizations time, which directly affects my progression in the program. I plan to pursue my DNP, but for the price and peace of mind, it will not be at Walden University.

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Deceived - 9 days ago

Do not get a doctorate at Walden. It is a money trap.

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Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2015
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I just graduated with my BS in Psychology. I went to community college for three years then transferred to Walden for the last two. The curriculum is challenging, but well worth it. The professors are professional and are highly educated in their field. I did have one major problem with grading with one professor, but the issue went to the dean and was resolved. I really feel like I earned my degree, and I am now pursuing my MS in Psychology through Walden. One downside-this school is expensive, but I still felt it was worth the money. Overall a very good University.

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Deceived - 18 days ago

Great that you got your BS, but the dissertation process is a whole different ballgame. Just a warning. They drag it out semester after semester. My sister paid $27K at another university and I'm paying over $100K for the same degree!

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Kelsey - 15 days ago

Thanks but a dissertation is only for doctoral degrees, a thesis is for master's. I'm sorry you felt deceived but I have looked at the tuition plan for a doctoral degree and it clearly states it will cost about $100,000. Of course other schools are less expensive but the flexibility is lacking, or the degree is not accredited. Walden is worth it to me and I don't want your comment to discourage others from pursuing education there. If you are working or a stay at home mom like me (or in other words, someone that can't drop everything to get an education) then Walden is for you.

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Teresa F - 14 days ago

OK, hey, it's your decision. But I chose Walden because I'm a working mother of three and I knew I was motivated and dedicated. I maintained a 4.0 all through my doctorate. But the advisor told me the cost would be around $40K, which she showed me under Walden's site. That was in 2009. Now they say it's 50K, which is far from 100k:

http://www.waldenu.edu/doctoral/doctor-of-education/tuition-fees

What happens is, you have to go through a 32 or 33 step process to complete your dissertation, and each step is sequential, meaning you cannot go on until the previous step has been approved. I had a great chair who got me through to the final oral stage. The next thing I know, the dept. Head contacts me and said my chair no longer works for Walden, and I'd be assigned a new one, but my graduation would not be delayed. But it was another month before I was assigned one. Then she would not answer my calls or emails. FINALLY my oral was scheduled over 2 months later. It was also approved. Next step, the URR had to make a final approval. It passed as well. Then the LAST step was the CAO signature and approval of the Abstract. He wanted me to change a couple of things, so it was resubmitted to the URR. Nothing big. I was a week away from graduation. I'd done everything they'd asked and completed every step.

Then I got an email stating that my URR all of a sudden was let go, and I'd be assigned a new one. Remember now, I'd already completed that step, but my new one had to sign off on it for some reason. That new URR totally did not like my paper, my paper that was now finished. He said before he signed off on it, I'd need to change 55 pages and since I, in his eyes, was struggling to write, said he would not sign off on it until I took an additional writing course that next semester!!!

I contacted everyone I could at Walden because they just broke their own policy. How could I have been approved various times by different faculty members and even by the IRB in the proposal stage 8 months earlier and now it's all wrong???

So, I started rewriting. I was too far along to transfer. I also took the writing course. During this time, I was assigned a THIRD chair because my second one was fired since she'd go weeks without replying to my submissions. So here's another delay because a new person had to read my entire paper and figure out what's going on and why I'm back at ch. 1 of my paper since the entire paper had been approved.

Five months later, I resubmitted my final copy to the URR AGAIN, and he wanted me to change 13 MORE things which he himself had approved five months earlier!

Two months later, I FINALLY graduated. Tuition: $105,000.

After reading on the Complaints Board, I discovered that there were many doctoral students who experienced similar stories: changes on their committees, lack of correspondence, delays in returning our submissions, and what one member approved, another wanted you to change. So you'd take two weeks making all of those changes. Then when it got to the next step that person would want you to change that, so you'd submit what you previously had written, and that person would approve the first version ! So basically you spent a month going in a circle. And each delay costs another semester if tuition. Based on their policy, a committee member has 10 days to return a submission of your paper.There were countless times where they failed to do so.

After a few months, I'd gotten tons of emails from other Walden students who had the very same complaints. There's one lady in NY who has been working on her dissertation for nine semesters and keeps getting delayed. She owes over $250k and yet she cannot get credit if she transfers, so she, like many, are stuck.

So, how would you feel if you had done everything expected of you and you were one week from graduating, and then you got someone new who knew nothing about your work and who told you that you must change months of hard work in order to graduate? What would you do?? You can't quit and you can't fight it.

I'm not one of those to complain because I'm lazy or I can't handle rigorous work. I'm a writing teacher myself, so I know you don't get to the final copy and have to make that many changes; that's the drafting stage. I've always worked hard and had high grades all my life. I've also published two books,...and I'm handicapped. I only have the use of one hand.

I'm also not bragging; nor am I wanting pity. I'm just trying to warn everyone NOT to get trapped in Walden's doctoral web. As I stated before, I'm sure their BS program is great. I'd just hate for anyone to go through what I have and end up owing that much in student loans. Believe me, if that advisor had told me on Day 1 that my tuition would be over $100k, rather than the $40K she DID tell me, then there's no way in this world I would have ever attended Walden.

Best to you,

Teresa

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Deceived - 9 days ago

Do not get a doctorate at Walden. It is a money trap.

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Deceived - 9 days ago

There is a group of students who are suing Walden for their fraud and money traps due to delays and failed policies. Google the case to contact the lawyers and join the class action lawsuit.

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Degree: Management Information Systems, General
Graduation Year: 2012
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I graduated with PhD in (MIS), and most of the instructors are knowledgeable. I gained employment as soon i graduated as an adjunct faculty, because of the degree from Walden. Walden cannot award you certificate if you do not merit it. Instructors were so kind.

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Degree: Nursing Education
Graduation Year: 2015
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Don't do it. You will regret it. The program starts out well and the support from the program disappears quickly at the end. After taking nearly 60 credits of courses with a 4.0 GPA they decided to add four more course to the curriculum. They offer no assistance with the capstone. You will be on your own and frustrated by the end it is a guarantee. Please allow me to save you the heartache and bills. Do your homework before making this investment.

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Joan Granston - 12 days ago

I do not believe Walden should give degrees that are not earned. However, I do believe they should look less like scam artists where students' needs are concerned.

Many of their professors are great but this is necessary for them to remain certified and accredited thus allowing them to be able to proceed with the multi-million dollar deals they make each year student by student. Like the prison system each student is a number.

In decent colleges students must earn their degrees, but they at least have a person they can reach out to when errors are made. They have deans and academic advisors who know what they are doing and actually care about the well being of each student and their concerns.

Some students may start and finish the program without any issues, but the ones that do should be treated with respect and the same diligence they used when they hounded them to enter their school. Most student would not have attended this school without a sales pitch.....it is a shame that the gusto ends after the first class.

I have completed a couple degrees and I have never seen anything as terrible as this. I have completed three full years of hard work, and I should not be paying for their not being able to keep their professors on board. If a professor leaving affects a student's grade this should be thoroughly investigated and resolved in a decent manner.

The student should not be left holding an unanswered phone and no one to discuss the problem with. This school needs a though investigation into how they conduct business. Thousands of dollars are spent and people are being ripped off.

Until you are holding the blade, you will never understand the problems many students are encountering everyday with this school.

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Temika - 12 days ago

Excellent school

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Degree: Education, General
Graduation Year: 2015
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I went to Walden for my Masters degree. I was in the online accelerated Elementary Reading and Literacy Program. Overall, I loved the program. Yes, it was challenging and required you to put in the time. However, I worked full time teaching and went to school full time and was able to complete all my work so that my weekends were free. I thought the professors were very friendly, always responded quickly to e-mails and played an active role in student learning. I would highly recommend Walden, especially for the particular program I took. Great school. If I were to do it all over again I would make the same choice!

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Kendra Wallace - about 1 month ago

Approximately how much time did you spend per week on your classes/requirements? I realize that all students are very different.....but I would love an idea of how much time would be required.

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Morgan - about 1 month ago

Between reading the required materials and doing the assessments I would say I spent at least 12 hours a week on assignments.

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Degree: Clinical Psychology
Graduation Year: 2018
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When you look up for-profit, predatory "schools", let this one serve as the poster child. HORRIBLE!!!!! Good luck trying to get a teacher to email you back or communicate in any way. They sporadically check into the class and that is it. Thanks for stealing my money and time Walden. You should be shut down.

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Mikey - 26 days ago

So true! Walden sucks you dry financially and then ignores you when you reach out to them for help. It gets even worst when you reach the dissertation level. DO NOT ATTEND WALDEN NO MATTER WHAT THEY TELL YOU!!!!

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Bob C - 19 days ago

Agreed. For me it was not until the very end of the program that they sprung "new" coursework on me, and then provided me with the dissertation VOID, when I had questions. Some drank the Koolaide, and got help outside of the school and actually graduated, but by no means was it with assistance from Walden.. Stay away, save your hard earned money. You will be better off

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Degree: Nursing Practice
Graduation Year: 2015
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Please stay away from this school. All that these people care about is getting your money. the classes are too expensive and you will not learn anything. I'm so sorry that I did not listen when my colleagues warned me to stay away. Now I have thousands of debt in student loans and no degree to show for it. Please be warned.

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Degree: Public Relations
Graduation Year: 2017
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After completing all my classroom requirements at Capella, I failed the comprehensive examination twice and was not allowed back in the school. RIDICULOUS!!!! After spending all that Cash on Capella!!! Walden accepted my credits and I did not lose sight of my educational goals because I want to make a difference in the world. While at Walden, I have decided to put my dreams of having a non-profit into action. My professors have been very supportive and have aligned me with several resources that will help me make my dream into a reality. Capella really sucks, but Walden really embraced my motives and educational ambitions.

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Sue - about 1 month ago

I too got the shaft from Capella University. I'm hoping to have Walden accept my credits so that I can complete my graduate studies. Your review is extremely helpful and gives me hope.

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Diana Montero - about 1 month ago

Sue, all of your Capella credits will not transfer, but some of them will. Make sure you do not lose sight of your plan. Capella left me so depressed with the whole comprehensive examination situation that I almost did not want to continue, but I had to. Good luck Sue.

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Degree: Counseling
Graduation Year: 2015
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I am a graduate of Walden's MSCMH counseling degree and feel prepared to offer services. Walden provides opportunties to succeed. Students must take the opportunity and use it wisely. If you want value from this degree, you need to make value manifest. I love Walden. I am pleased with my education and proud of my degree.

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NeNe - about 1 month ago

I am so happy that you found value in this school and that you believe that you received a quality education. I had severe doubts as to the quality of education that I would be receiving. I am due to start school in a month, in a MSCMH counseling degree program.

Thanks for the insight!

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Cass - 27 days ago

Thanks. I'm about to start in August CMHC at Walden.

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Degree: Nurse Practitioner (NP)
Graduation Year: 2016
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I have completed half of my program requirements. Overall I am very satisfied with the education I have received. I find that the more effort I put into an assignment the more knowledge I gain. The program is geared toward adult learners. That means WE are responsible for doing the work and the professors are our guides. My professors thus far have Always answered questions in a timely manner and/or returned a phone call or text. My best friend attends the same University and has had good and bad experiences. I believe EVERY college has its drawbacks. I have had good and bad experiences at both local universities and private institutions. I hope this helps.

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