Walden University Reviews
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Walden University was a great school until I reached the dissertation portion of the PhD program, I had a bad teacher and wasted 2 years then was approved and a new person was added to my team and he said I had to start over again because it wasn't an appropriate PhD study. No refund, nothing. Also, I was told 42,000 to get degree, I went every semester with all A's until dissertation portion. I graduated with $372,000 in student loans I owe. I tried to switch school and I would have to start dissertation over with them too (even looked into Harvard ha ha). I had to keep going and borrowing more and more money. I went every semester and did nothing wrong. I am a professional with Bachelor and Master's at brick and mortar schools with honor status. I loved this school until the dissertation part ripped me off and ruined my financial life. firstname.lastname@example.org is an attorney doing a class action suit for others like me. Great school until dissertation.
I received my Master of Science in Forensic Psychology at Walden University. I entered the program fully aware and prepared to meet the challenges. I took the accelerated program and finished ahead of schedule. The course was demanding and required my full attention. I also had a full-time job and an overwhelming degree of family dynamics. Barriers presented themselves throughout the entire program. Everything that could happen happened: I became critically ill, I was hospitalized with a serious medical condition, and I was financially challenged. To add to the pot my daughter suffered and injury at work that demanded my care. I wanted the degree and giving up was not an option. I did most of my assignments from my hospital bed. My laptop was my traveling companion. I informed my instructors I was having medical issues and they granted me leniency. My advisors were available and ready to assist me with any questions I had concerning my program. The program was well organized, and there were plenty of services offered for students to meet their goals. I am now in my doctoral program, which is a monster of a project, but I am ready to grow in intellect and complete the program with the intent to go out into the world and contribute to the betterment of society. My vision and mission are equal to that of Waldens. I believe if you want something bad enough, you will find a way to make it happen. An old saying, If there is a will, there is a way.
I am very surprised with the negative comments that i read, I have left 3 classes to complete my BA Degree in Health Care Management, and the experience that I have with Walden is Excellent. I ask questions to the right person I should and I get answers fast, the instructors are tough for good reason but great with excellent communication,The library is great,the writing Center support is is accessible and very helpful for any one who needs help,Career Service support is available if guidance is needed.it is not an easy road, there is no easy way out, we have to put in the time and work hard to accomplish a great thing,we get what we put in,I am so happy with Walden that I am planing to continue my masters after completing my BA course by the end of April 2017.I have a Beautiful Experience indeed.
I currently attend Walden because of my job I don't have the time to go to a classroom oriented school. I HAVE taken many online classes at the University of Minnesota and University of North Dakota and had to have proctored in person exams which were impossible to schedule or tests that are completely open book. Online classes at the big traditional universities are easy, you have 16 weeks to read, do some homework, worthless discussions(meaning you receive credit as long as you post something) and tests. Walden is another story, I went into it thinking it would be easy and I was wrong. Classes are 6 weeks, two APA formatted discussion posts/week that actually have to answer a question meaningfully, a 2-5 page APA formatted paper and a test. I have never worked this hard on non-hard science or math classes in my life. The feedback from professors have always been good, some are really picky about stupid stuff but you get that at any school. When I have looked up my professors the majority are or were professors at other respected universities as well. As far as cost goes... I pay $320/credit hour and the University of Minnesota is $325/credit hour so it is on par with the state schools.
Teachers are required to answer emails within 2 business days, per the rules, but almost never do. Many never answer at all. They are also required to engage in the classroom, and many do not. Some teachers have worse grammar and punctuation skills than the students, like the one teacher who docked me points because she did not know that "abound" is a word. For those in programs requiring internships, they do not aid in finding a location. this is a huge downside to an online school. There are students who simply should not be in any grad program who are accepted to this school, regardless, who often blatantly plagiarize my posting. The school is a money-maker and nothing else. BEWARE.
Walden purposefully prolongs the dissertation phase simply for profit. My entire experience in the Ed.D. program was terrible. My first chair was hardly around, the 2nd committee member in that group missed tons of problems according to the URR. What was all that committee work for to have it rejected by the URR? Oh, yeah, so I would have to start the whole process over while paying more tuition. Also, the amount of other technical issues and lack of professionalism I dealt with would take forever to type out and it's an embarrassment that I ever put up with any of that at a supposed school, in the first place. When I called Walden out on being a scam, the guy pretending to be a Chief Academic Officer actually sent me someone else's transcripts, complete with that person's private information. Walden is a con and I hope we see criminal charges against Walden and Laureate officials.
Ihad a wonderful experience at Walden University. I had started my degree plans with another school and later transferred to Walden. Most of my related credits were accepted and I was able to continue and obtain my degree. As with most schools, you get what you put in, and the professors were there to help every step of the way. I was very satisfied with Walden University and would recommend this school to anyone.
I would never recommend this school. The staff is very unprofessional and not able to provide any information for the university. You are better looking for another school or teaching yourself. Very expensive also for not getting any type of education.
Walden University is a great choice for online learning. The professors and university staff care about their students. If I needed extra help,someone was there for whatever the issue was. When I was hospitalized at the start of my first term, they made it easy to just take a term off. Professors helped me learn to write in scholarly manner. The courses helped me understand Psychology and prepared me for the next level. I would recommend Walden to everyone.
The program is a joke and I wonder if my instructors are actually qualified to teach. When I compared my work with my friend's (currently in a residency PhD program), the instruction I got was a child play compare to the advanced statistics in his first year work. The program in no way or shape gives you the foundation of being a researcher. I quit last spring and try to transfer out; no school would accept my credit. An absolute waste of money. I am embarrassed to tell my friend I went to Walden and not to imagine telling my future employer. Just stay away.