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Degree: Education, General
Graduation Year: 2016
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Walden University sucks....Their financial aid office sucks....they are a joke and they hold your money without an explanation... Again Walden financial aid sucks...don't waste your time

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Corrine - 27 days ago

Can you elaborate on what you mean by "sucks" and

"they hold your money"? What kind of financial aid did you receive? I am looking into Walden and I'm going to need financial aid.

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williams - 14 days ago

I have completed 3 semesters at Walden in the Masters of Science program, and have never had a problem with financial aid. All my loans were disbursed to the university, and the proper refund was sent 4 weeks after the start of the semester. Whenever I contacted the financial aid office via email, I got a response with the next 48 hours.

Walden U will get ripped off
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Degree: Higher Education/Higher Education Administration
Graduation Year: 2014
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I discovered that Walden was using phony students as class fillers which goes against the academic integrity. So I withdrew from the class, so I thought. Two weeks later, I received a bill for over 1400 dollars because they never removed me from the class and they claim to have returned funds to the lender due to class inactivity because I thought I was withdrawn from the class; and now they are trying to collect on an amount I do not owe. I withdrew from the university and I beg others that read this...avoid Walden at all costs, they are nothing but dishonest, unethical scam artists that don't care about nothing but how much money they get from their students. And the education is the poorest in the country.

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Corrine - 27 days ago

How did you discover that they were using phony students? Are you a detective or something?

Also when you say the "education is the poorest in the country" are you exaggerating or have you polled and researched every university in the country?

When judging whether to go to a school or not, its very important for me to see reviews that give honest feedback, not just hyped up opinions based on someone's bad experience. There is no guarantee that I will have your same bad experience, but these other claims you make could have weight if you could prove them, not just make outlandish statements because you are mad.

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Dale Ailes - 26 days ago

First and foremost, you do not have direct knowledge of this situation and second, your post makes you sound bitter and stupid. How did I know, discussion board posts from everybody had the same grammatical formatting errors that my posts did not have...so they only way this would be happening is that if all posts are coming from the same computer.

Also, it is called a review, which is information based upon personal experience....if you do not know this, you need to go back to elementary school. It was a bad experience and I was scammed...I wanted to warn others...do not reply with such remedial pitty, bitter bs...last time I checked this is America and I have freedom of expression to write my PERSONAL HONEST REVIEW and you have a choice to decide what to do with the information

And you wouldn't know that there is no teacher involvement, no feedback...everything you do gets automatic A's and no comments attached....I rather have critical analysis and honest feedback than just handing me grades which would make me degree worthless.

remember Assumption is the fuel of ignorance and your reply is not but assumptions....get the facts before saying something so trivial.

And when I wrote this review, I was pretty calm......I guess you must be a psychologist because you can know what I am feeling without even knowing me. If so, why would you be looking at schools if you already have a degree?

Also...there are ton of negative reviews about Walden on this site...I don't see you responding to those...why are you making a personal attack on me?

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Dale Ailes - 26 days ago

You wouldn't by chance be Corrine D., clinical director of Walden University

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Dan - 25 days ago

Dale A., you are telling Corrine that she is assuming, but that seems hypocritical. You are assuming that grammatical errors are coming from a computer. That is really ignorant to even imagine - plus your reacting to someone's response like they threatened your family or something. You are irrational and we all have freedom of speech too spaz boy!

Walden is decent, and most graduate schools give you easy grading.

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victoria - 17 days ago

Thanks for the heads up. I just spoke with a representative for the online mba program, and I felt like I was talking to used car sales man. I listen to my "gut" on all things. Your posting confirmed what I was feeling. Its bizarre how many online MBA programs are out there, and I am thoroughly researching each one I come into contact with. I shall cross this one off my list. I'd rather not get an MBA than get a lousy one. There are plenty of other ways to improve my career. Just some thoughts :)

School for the future
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Degree: Forensic Psychology
Graduation Year: 2014
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Great school! You earn your credits fair and some instructors like all schools are easier than others. They offer guidance and fair clinical/internships that help you get started in your career. 12 week classes help you get the most out of each course.

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Simon Kibet Cheruiyot - about 1 month ago

I Recoment This Institution To Help The Needy Students

I don't recommend Walden University
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Degree: Computer and Information Sciences, General
Graduation Year: 2014
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Hello I attended Walden University for over a year and I have just about a year before I would graduate. I am like a lot of students I still work and take classes online. I will never recommend an "ONLINE DEGREE" at Walden University to any student. After my experience at Walden University, I am not finishing my degree there. I agree that courses are ridiculously too easy. They might be the mainstream joke. Students want a fast track degree- guess what this isn't getting a degree it's blowing of money loosing 2 years of your life. So I want to say how unsatisfying it feels after being here for over a year. Fast lane courses, I believed in the university that they would teach me everything I know to within the bachelor's degree prgram. The classes go by too fast a blink of an eye and Tadaa!- . I would believe that if you have experience in the profession of which your degree pertains to then I would say you should see for yourself. I started the online Bachelor's IT Database Administration degree. I can say taking class here is nothing like high school where things are drilled into you brain over and over, you have only read and study by yourself. That may sound practical but I have taken over 100 credits worth of classes in college and university and I've had some really good professors. Textbooks alone dont do it for me. Once you've had one really good professor in college you want think of a rats hole of any professor I've came across here. That said, Walden want spoon feed you, you have to be a self starter- in fact you have to do everything by yourself and know how to do everything on your own. I don't believe it's worth a year- two years of my life. It is not worth the tuition expenses that you will have to pay back when you graduate. The courses are made so easy they are for kids and don't exercise any practical skills enough or at all. I don't want a easy classroom like those at Walden University. It's just sick after a year I wish I would have trusted myself sooner and left Walden.

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miki - about 1 month ago

I obtained my masters in nursing from Walden and it was not easy at all. My sister is completing her BS at Walden and she works hard for her grades as did I. If it was so easy why did you wish to be spoon fed? Additionally, why would you stop taking online course at an institution when u were only a year away from graduating. I'm sorry but this speaks to your irrationality, as you can not transfer most of the credits you did manage to complete and now you must start over and still pay walden. Wow maybe higher Ed is not your Forte nor is critical thinging. I,m really not trying to be mean but you have just trashed a good scool and online learning is not right for everyone.

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Sondra - 30 days ago

Ms. Idom,

I agree with you as well as I am currently in the process of transferring somewhere else. Part of me says that I should stay because I've already taken 15 hours, but the other part of me says I don't feel like I've learned anything at all. You're right about the easy part, just type up a DQ Question and some off the wall answers and you will pass. The classes are not challenging and the papers we write are a joke. I went here because I didn't want to take the GMAT or GRE, but clearly this was a waste of my time. I'm just going to have to deal with the issue of the money I've already spent and get my MBA at a more challenging school. This is not my 1st online school, and I have taken several online courses. The classes here are all the same, different subject.

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Corrine - 27 days ago

It sounds partly like you are complaining about online education in general and that you learn best when you have a teacher keeping you accountable and lecturing.

What I want to know is since online school is what you put into it, if you are someone who learns best through reading textbooks couldn't you learn a lot at Walden if you did all the reading and put a lot of thought and effort into that?

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Ed - 15 days ago

If one only need to read books to learn, why are there Universities charging an arm and a leg to teach?

Life is about what you put into it. It is not wise to apply oneself to a task where those in authority are in it for what they can take.

Don't waste your money
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Degree: Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Graduation Year: 2015
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Walden University doctoral program is all about taking your money. Tuition went up $8000 a year in five years. Instructional support is nonexistent. There are too many adjunct instructors who are simply there for a paycheck. I learned quite a bit because I read a lot and worked hard, not because the university provided any guidance other than the assignments.

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Claudia - about 1 month ago

Can you please clarify or give examples? I just applied there for the PhD in Industrial and Organizational Psych, and was accepted. I'm also wondering what it's like when you tell people you received your degree from Walden: do people take it seriously?!

Thanks for your help!

Walden University is a quality school.
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Degree: Counseling Psychology
Graduation Year: 2014
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I am a student in the early stages of the Masters of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Walden is perfect for working professionals who want to have academic preparation with a flexible schedule. You must be a self-starter and willing to work. Walden will support you but they will not spoon-feed you. I have enjoyed most professors. I like the accreditation, online format, and 24/7 Student Support. Your degree will be what you put into it. Put nothing in and you will gain nothing. Put hard work in and receive much. The resources are there but you have to make it work. Walden's financial aid and billing areas need an overhaul. They are difficult to work with. Walden professors, academic advising, enrollment advisors, and student support are great. I am grateful to be a student at Walden-and proud of the degree I am warning.

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Degree: Public Health Education and Promotion
Graduation Year: 2013
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I found an opportunity to change my career from Walden programs. I was highly enriched by the dept of knowledge I got. My dissertation was not easy because it involved a lot of work writing and re-writing. Sometimes frustrating, but I learned from it. My education has given the power to have a strong voice on health issues and I have been making presentations and speaking out about improving access to healthcare to all. Though, I am still looking for a suitable job to apply my education, I have always share good view on health issues. I have written a book on primary healthcare. Academic work at Walden was rigorous and not for students who are not self-motivated or used to being spoon-fed or led by the hand. Online programs are not for everybody. It is an innovation which will take time before people get used to it.The program is for self-starters. My advise to future students is that doing online degree is not an easy one. Also, doctoral programs are not easy and will always pose challenges and those who are not strong enough will surely drop out. The effort you put in equals what you get.

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Degree: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other
Graduation Year: 2014
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I feel that Walden is too easy. Honestly, most of the students in my classes could not have passed the classes in a traditional university. The students do not create great work, yet they still receive good grades.

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Lynn - 3 months ago

I understand what you are saying, and had those same thoughts at times throughout my program. However, I really feel, that at the graduate level it is more about what you want to get out of it that matters most, rather than a grade. The more work you put into it, the more you will get out of it....which will take you further in the long run.

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Toya - about 1 month ago

I am currently in my second class here and looking into another school. I agree, it's too easy. They give you articles, journals, and sometimes video to complete your assignment, not an actually book on the subject. I spent a total of three years in other university, so I know how to mentality challenge myself. At Walden, I don't have to think hard at all. There is nothing to study, and it you will waste your time enrolling here. Good luck!

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Degree: Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
Graduation Year: 2014
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Many people struggle with online learning, but the fact is, you are earning a college degree. It will not be easy. There are definitely communication hurdles here but I found that advisors were easy to reach via email and that my professors were amenable about deadlines when I had family emergencies as long as I stayed in communication,

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Degree: Nursing Education
Graduation Year: 2015
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I was thinking of applying to Walden for a doctorate degree and was excited because their ad says they accept a portion of previous credits. I was attending an accredited program at the doctorate level and wanted to transfer as many credits as allowed. When I heard back about the "evaluation" of my transcripts, I was told that NONE of my credits would transfer. They didn't see any similarity in the title of my classes as being the same- I pointed them out easily. I asked how classes were evaluated (by course title and on the web) - however I was invited to send my syllabus if I wanted to appeal. Not even ONE class? How could one accredited University program's courses not even be considered by them? ???

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Nora Goeler - 2 months ago

I found this to be true as well. They seem quite particular about accepting credit from even Canter (which is now closed) -- whose degree was issued through Walden!

Even sending transcripts from Canter courses (which is done through Walden) requires filling out forms and paying $$$ to go to Walden?????!!!

Very unaccommodating.

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Dr. Jon Brownridge - about 1 month ago

Do you understand what a doctorate is? It is not about course credits. It is about writing a doctoral thesis of about 300 pages and defending it orally before a panel of experts in your field. It must be original research that contributes new knowledge to the field. Your doctorate is this scholarly book you have written. If any institution tries to fool you into thinking you can get a doctorate through coursework or through an online course, avoid them like the plague.

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Nora Goeler - about 1 month ago

I don't know if that response was relative to my comment, but who said anything about a doctorate?

Thanks anyway.

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Karma - about 1 month ago

Dr. B., thank you for the comments. I understand a doctorate. I'm not sure what field your doctorate is but the nursing doctorate (dnp) is clinically based. If you were discussing a PhD, I would agree with you.

In all fairness, I WILL say that I know of graduates of Walden in psychology who enjoyed their education.

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