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Psychology Average Rating
Percent Employed 83% Average Time to Hire --- Average Salary $57,500 % Degree Helped Career 67%
Nursing Average Rating
Percent Employed 100% Average Time to Hire --- Average Salary $81,250 % Degree Helped Career 100%
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Percent Employed 100% Average Time to Hire --- Average Salary $70,000 % Degree Helped Career 100%

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WHY ARE THERE SO MANY BAD COMMENTS? WALDEN IS A...
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Degree: Nursing Education
Graduation Year: 2015
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I do not know why there are so many terrible reviews. WALDEN DOES NOT HOLD YOUR HAND SO IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR SOMEONE TO HOLD YOUR HAND THEN YOU ARE AT THE WRONG SCHOOL. Walden expects you to be an adult and to be able to explore their online school and attend their orientations and webinars to figure out how your classes will work. I have had nothing but wonderful things from the nursing side of Walden. I am pursuing my master's degree in nursing with a post grad certificate in leadership and management. My advisers have been wonderful! My teachers have been excellent as well! Some have been lenient and others have been very strict. I have learned so much about scholarly writing and promoting social change. Walden has helped me for the best. I can not speak about other degree programs but I can say that most of the reviews are very wrong about this institution. Yes, there may be a few bone heads in your class or a few not so nice professors but that is life. You will find that in any school regardless if it is online or not. Many of you may not have attended all the online webinars or online orientation so you may feel you didn't know anything because you didn't hold up your part of the deal. I am receiving a wonderful education and I would recommend Walden to anyone who wants to pursue an excellent education online. The financial services department does not explain things very well without you asking, but if you ask them any question that you need to know then they will definitely answer them. I can't say enough good things about Walden. I know there were a few comments about what courses to take, but in the nursing program you are automatically signed up for your courses and they automatically send you all of your books either through mail if they are hard/paper back books or they will email you if it is an E-Book. IF YOU WANT TO ATTEND WALDEN, DO NOT LET THE NEGATIVE COMMENTS TURN YOU AWAY. I AM TELLING YOU THAT YOU WILL NOT REGRET WALDEN!!! I can not wait to graduate from Walden!!!

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Deceived - 7 days ago

It's not the master's program that's the problem. Look at the reviews for the doctorate. And no, I don't expect anyone to hold my hand. I worked very hard to complete my dissertation. But when they tell you it will cost $40K and it's $100K, and when they delay responding for weeks, there's a huge problem. Also, if you have a committee in which one tells you to change 20 pages while the next person disagrees and makes you change it to something else after taking two weeks to change it the first time, there's something seriously wrong. When you have to go through three chairs and two URR's because they were fired, one tends to question their integrity. Again, go through their doctorate program, and I guarantee you, you'll change your mind.

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Kelly r - 4 days ago

@admin...I apologize that you were deceived. I can not speak on the DNP program. I am sorry that you went through that. I have 2 friends who finished their DNP with no problems at Walden. Sorry for your bad experience!

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Degree: Education, Other
Graduation Year: 2013
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As a full-time working Mom of two, I was very fortunate to be able to complete my bachelors degree. Walden allowed me to accomplish this by providing online classes where I could do the work at night once my children were sleeping. The course work was set up the same for most classes to include: Initial forum post due Wednesday, two forum responses due by Sunday, and a paper due every Sunday. I got very good at writing and , typing papers. Some of my classes included a project such as a power point, online videos, and quizzes. The work load was manageable, but you have to stay organized. One down side to Walden was when they expected group projects, such as in the mandatory Social Responsibility class. Since classmates were around America and Canada, we had to deal with time changes. I live on the east coast so for most meetings I had to start them at 10 pm at night. I had to get up at 5 am for work, not good and they took a long time. I feel that since most people attending Walden University are working adults who have demonstrated that they can accomplish group work, this group work should not be mandatory. Overall satisfied and the cost was decent compared to other college. I went $30,000 in debt for my bachelors.

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Degree: Nursing Education
Graduation Year: 2014
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They have the best customer service. From the very begging with my admissions adviser all the way through with my academic advisers and instructors. I would recommend this school to anyone.

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Henry J Ogoi - 8 days ago

I don't know of other schools, but I am satisfied with the quality of Walden's academic programs particularly the DBA program. I would recommend this school to anybody who is serious about getting the value for their money.

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Degree: Political Science and Government, General
Graduation Year: 2014
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Walden's program design is exceptional. I'm impressed with how much my research and writing abilities have improved, to the point where I can research law and legal precedents, and write legal briefs (that are "flawless" when it comes to accuracy and legal merit). Our assignments and group discussions are always interesting and the knowledge we gain can be applied in real life. Walden University has done an excellent job preparing me for law school in the spring of 2015.

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Be Careful of the school you choose
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Degree: Health/Health Care Administration/Management
Graduation Year: 2015
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Walden sucks, they waited until I was 10 classes away from my degree to tell me my funds was low a week or two before class started. They never gave me options it was like they never cared Getting my degree was so important to me.

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Anonymous - 18 days ago

Walden Sucks. They waited until I was 10 classes away from my degree to tell me THAT my funds WERE low. IT WAS a week or two before CLASSES started. They never gave me options AND it was like they never cared. Getting my degree was so important to me.

Just thought I would help you out a little.

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Anonymous - 11 days ago

It is your responsibility to know how much money/financial aid you have available for your education. Did the money "disappear" from your account or you simply never bothered to find out how much you have vs. how much you'll need? Just a thought...

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I know it's my responsibility to keep up with the finances. My problem came in with the lack of communication from Walden. When you are not familiar with how the financial aid works then that's what makes it difficult. I waited over 20 years to have a degree and I felt like they took that from me.

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Anonymous - 10 days ago

Well, communication important, no questions there. But I don't understand how one doesn't know how much money they are eligible for vs. the total cost of education. Unless special circumstances were involved, it's a simple cash flow that boils down to pi

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Anonymous - 10 days ago

Sorry , phone glitch on the previous post.

...boils down to poor planning on your part. And if special circumstances are in fact involved, then its not really fair to say that it's Walden's fault.

FYI, I do not work for Walden, and I start my first class in a few weeks. I may encounter some difficulties myself, but I'm noticing a pattern among the complaining students that something "wasn't done for them". I respect that you are an adult, but I think what you fail to realize is that Walden will provide you with education but will not hold your hand through the process. You must be proactive and seek out information and not blame it on "I didn't know..." or "I wasn't familiar..."

With all that, it's possible someone didn't do their job, and I hope you were able to find an institution that worked for you and finished your degree. I simply think that you not having funds available is not equivalent to "Walden sucks!" and is misleading to those who research the institution.

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Anonymous - 9 days ago

I was considering Walden but after viewing so many bad reviews. Of course it seems with all schools I see bad reviews

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Henry J Ogoi - 9 days ago

I am perplexed at the negative comments folks are making about the quality of Walden University academic programs. I am pursuing my DBA program and I find the courses not only challenging but intensive. I think some people just want to be spoon fed. If you think you can pay money and walk away with a degree from Walden without putting in your effort, then Walden is not the right place for you.

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Karmyn - 7 days ago

No i think the problem is, is that if you did not know the financial aid of the school, I think that is something you should "ASK" instead of assuming walden is going to just tell you. So i think in the end the funds running short is actually your fault, because you did not take the time to find out and keep up with.

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As I have stated in all my responses financial aid at Walden University don't know how to communicate with you each and every time I tried to reach out for questions they couldn't tell me what to do except get a private loan well everyone can't get private loans. True it may be my responsibility but when you are not familiar and you don't know the limits they should have stepped in ahead of time and gave me some type of advising to help assist me instead of waiting till the end and saying your funds are short so unless you get private loan there is nothing we can do. Coming from where I came from getting my degree was so important to me and to run into this at the last minute hurts.

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Anonymous - 5 days ago

All I see is "they didn't", "they couldn't".

But a more honest approach, in my opinion is that you didn't. You either did not ask the right questions, or didn't bother checking MyWalden portal. It has a Student services tab that outlines all of your tuition and finances links. It has all the information on your account: available funds, payments due, payment plan options etc. So the information on your FA limits was literally at the tips of your own fingers. I haven't started classes yet but I can already see all the details there.

You are frustrated because this situation happened. I get it. It truly sucks. But like stated in another comment, it's not the same as to say Walden sucks.

The bottom line is that this is not a "MAY BE your responsibility", it is absolutely YOUR responsibility. And it is NOT Walden's responsibility to know YOUR limits or step in ahead of time and give you "some sort" (?) of advising. Also, it appears that you are being somewhat in denial of a fact that perhaps, you have utilized all the available FA resources, and private loans were truly your only option, and as you said it yourself, you were advised to that effect exactly.

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Kelly r - 4 days ago

Here is the thing...Walden will not hold your had. If you check your "message" section of the financial aid section there will be a message to let you know how much each lifetime amount is for the subsidized and I subsidized loans but it is your responsibility to keep track of which loan you are running out of. Also, if you click in the "loan history" tan it will tell you how much you have borrowed for each loan so you can keep track of it that way as well. There is also an alert in the messages tab of the financial aid that will say " you are getting low on funds" and it will tell you the lifetime loan amounts there as well. Sorry you had so much trouble!

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karmyn - 4 days ago

I agree with everything everyone is saying that It was your responsibility in the end. I have been working with Walden for a couple months now with the start of my classes and financial aid and I have been having no problems. They have been going over everything with my especially my admissions counselor she has walked me through the portal over the phone talked to me about t financial aid and everything I need to do. They even send out emails to let me know what's all going on with my financial aid and what's going on with my account. So again It boils down to u and what u did wrong. My adviser even sent me an early schedule of my first semester classes so I can order my books! !!

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Degree: Education, General
Graduation Year: 2014
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I enrolled in the MS.Ed program at Walden after doing some research of online universities that offered a Masters program in Mathematics education. I ultimately chose Walden because of the low cost, regional accreditation (vs. National), and its affiliation with the NEA, which provided a discount in tuition. For the most part faculty was ok. Most were knowledgable in their field and able to provide valuable feedback on my work. Others seemed to skim my work and it was evident that they had not read any of it. I was disappointed with the lack of interaction from my professors. The majority popped in to contribute here and there to the discussion forums, but I did not feel like I was learning from them-but rather from the course readings and video resources embedded in the course. Furthermore, I was astonished by the academic levels of several members in my cohort. I honestly couldn't believe that they were in a graduate program and frequently wondered if their seemingly mediocre or less writing skills and knowledge (as observed in weekly discussions) were receiving the same As as myself. I have a feeling they did. I will say that in some ways you get out what you put in. The weekly assignments and essays made me reflect on my professional skills/philosophy/practices in ways that I hadn't before. I am a better teacher now, because of it, than I was before. However, that is because I was able to take the presented information to the next level myself. Admittedly, the assignments were busy work and I was able to write almost all of them in 1 sitting, in less than 5 hours and still receive between 3.5 and 4.0 on them. Those who have stated you're buying a degree, not earning one, are not that far off... In the end, I was able to get out of the experience what I had wanted-a Master's degree that improved my teaching skills and allowed me to move up on my pay scale in a manner that was flexible with my busy schedule and on a budget.

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Loved my time here!
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Degree: Psychology, Other
Graduation Year: 2010
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I attended Walden from 2007-2010 for an MS in Psychology and again from 2012-2013 for a Post-Master's Psychology Certificate in Teaching Online. I'm currently employed full-time as a Program/Disabilities Coordinator for a medical school and I also work part-time as an instructor for a technical school (I teach a psychology course and an intro to online learning course). Walden definitely helped me get to where I am in my career today. I completed both programs solely online which was a huge help as I worked full-time through the entire process. The patience and aid I received while writing my Master's thesis is unmatched. I would absolutely recommend Walden to a friend or family member.

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Degree: Special Education and Teaching, General
Graduation Year: 2016
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I really enjoyed my applicable course work in special education while expanding my knowledge of research practices. I was able to teach full time and attend school although at times (especially at the end of a semester or "module" as it's called).

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Immoral and Unprofessional
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Degree: Education, General
Graduation Year: 2014
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Avoid this school at all costs. After five classes, I called it quits. Four classes of no interaction with instructors and perfect scores on every assignment which led my to believe nothing was being graded as long as they were getting paid. I expected a level of academic integrity and would rather had feedback based upon my work not just being handed out grades. The fifth class that ended my tenure there was finally instructor involvement but very highly unprofessional involvement and then I started to notice that I might actually have been the only real student in the class because everyone else had to same writing style on the discussion board, every post was formatted the exact same way. It made me believe I was interacting with phony students or just names to fill up the class. I tried to drop this class and was told I must complete 60% of the class or my financial aid would be returned leaving a balance so I completed 75% of the class and then tried to drop the class and they refused so I stopped participating the rest of the way and withdrew from the University on the last day of the term. But, two weeks later, I now have a 1400 balance on my account for money that they claim they returned to the lender and are trying to collect on it. But when I contacted the lender, they said no money was returned so they are trying to scam 1400 extra dollars out of me.Stay away from the university at all costs

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Tonia Jackson - about 1 month ago

This is one of the worse schools, and I would suggest everyone stay as far away as possible from them. After withdrawing from a course, (due to the unforeseen and tragic death of my son) they refused to work with me as far as getting into another course, and sent me an outrageous bill for the class I withdrew from. That what I got for choosing a for-profit university that only cares bout money and not education. Do your research and choose an online school that is not for profit and whose referral rate is impeccable.

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karmyn - 7 days ago

Again almost every school is the same with withdrawing periods if you do not withdraw within the first week or the middle week of the semester you are not going to get your money back from that course. Its like that with every university, the do have rules and guidelines for withdrawing. And Im sorry to hear about your son, but if you just stop showing up and then one day come back out of no where of course the professors are not going to be willing to work with you because you just dropped off the face of the earth, I would do the same thing. In the end the negative reviews are funny, and I feel that they do have easy ways of being fixed if people go about the University in the right way

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Degree: Nursing Education
Graduation Year: 2014
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I have just completed my MSN. Most of my professors were very knowledgable and helpful. A few were not but that is expected in every institution of learning. I am shocked at the comments. I felt I received a quality education and it will be very useful for my career goals. This is a true evaluation. I noted one person stated the postive evaluations were falsely sent in.

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hendricks - about 1 month ago

You did nursing that's why.

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Kelly r - 4 days ago

I completely agree! I am currently enrolled in their MSN program and it is great so far!!! I am very pleased with this school :)

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