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Walden University
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clinical mental health masters
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Degree: Counseling Psychology
Graduation Year: 2016
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Its a very expensive very long program. They do not give the full story when you sign up. There are tons of hidden costs. The professors grade inconsistent. The support staff is non committal and less than helpful. Much frustration associated with the process.

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Degree: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other
Graduation Year: 2015
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I attended Walden with great expectations in finishing as documented in the admission process. I found out way TOO late that the majority of the students do not finish in 5 doctoral study final classes - they finish in 10 classes!!! This adds time - over a year, not to mention so many DOLLARS. I had 3 different methodologist that took over 5 months to review a part of the study. Completed my study process over 6 months ago and between the individual reviews, it is still in process with no expected completion. Another tactic in keeping the dollars coming in to Walden. Too late for me, but do NOT start this program as the promises to complete in a timely manner are false.

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Walden Grad - about 1 month ago

Graduated with Ed.D. In less than four years. Take care of your business and you'll get it done. Had one bad professor. The rest were rigorous and supportive.

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Connection - about 1 month ago

Graduate level students are expected to have the maturity and foresight to research and make rational decisions. You are in an academic setting and appropriate research should be a skill you are developing. Walden offers advice, but students bear the burden of their own success. I appreciate Walden University. Walden will empower and guide, but is not responsible for holding your hand and spoon feeding you through education. Rise to the occasion and get the job done. Your lack of planning does not create Walden's problem.

Walden NP Program Review
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Degree: Gerontology
Graduation Year: 2014
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The school does get you to your goal of graduating from an NP program with the ease of completing assignments when it is convenient. This allows you to work and go to school if you do not take two clinical courses at the same time. The frustration is you do not have a physical person to go see or to contact quickly with concerns. Often the instructors are in different time zones as well as classmates. There are times when you need to complete a group project and it is difficult to do so. The other issue is you do not have specific phone numbers for a specific person in the registrar office and such. They have a third party group that takes phone calls or you email this third party with concerns. Then they direct your concern to the appropriate person. This is time consuming and frustrating. If the specific person replies to your response they only leave contact information for the third party response team and not their direct contact info. For example, I requested my transcripts to be sent directly to the ANCC for my application for my test. The ANCC wanted the transcript sent to their PO box. It turns out Walden's carrier service will not overnight a document to a PO box and only the USPS does. By this time I already submitted my payment for my transcripts to be sent to the ANCC via their PO box number. I received all this info via email from the person processing my transcript transfer request. The response number and email was a general number for the department. I sent both an email and called the number. I was directed to a third party person that just answers my questions. He was not able to change the address on my transcript request. He only would tell me how to submit my transcript request. We just kept going in circles. In their NP program you really are the driver of your learning experience. You feel as if you have to teach yourself everything. You also have to choose your own preceptors, which is good and bad. It is good in the fact you can maybe get someone you know or that is close to your residence. The bad is they are hard to come by. Also, they do not provide a specific list of expectations for the preceptor. It is very broad and generalized. I was expecting to see a check mark list of skills, tasks, diagnoses, etc to have to see and experience.

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Dissapointed with Quality of Faculty
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Degree: Curriculum and Instruction
Graduation Year: 2015
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The support staff have been very helpful so far, no problems with financial aid or advisement so far. I disagree with the classes being too easy. I guess they might be if you do not have a full-time job. Online learning is self-propelled. I am learning quite a bit from my readings, videos and personal research. However, the professors are lack-luster. I know that they are holding advanced degrees, but many of them are not teachers. Their practices fly in the face of what we are reading in our education classes. So far, many of them as rude and do not answer emails promptly. In the class I am currently taking, the professor or should I say facilitator takes two weeks to grade applications and then deducts points for word choice. I am not belly-aching because I am doing poorly, as a matter of fact, my grades are excellent. I just expected more expertise and more guidance. I do not feel that personal touch that I received from the support staff. For that I am sorely disappointed and if given the chance, I would not have began my graduate education with Walden University.

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Really Walden
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Degree: Education, General
Graduation Year: 0000
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Really, this just confirms what I have been saying about dishonest and unethical practices at Walden. Representatives from Walden are now posing as students and prospective students in an attempt to refute bad reviews on this site. Truly tasteless Walden.

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Brian Jungen - about 1 month ago

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Walden University was my choice
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Degree: Human Resources Development
Graduation Year: 2014
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I love Walden University because of its structure and quality of programs. Some classes were easier than others. Many were not. I have gone to other online schools and didn't feel like I was in a graduate program. Walden University was different. I felt challenged and like I participated in a hig her calling to serve my community. After I received my degree I received a government job based off my knowledge in my field. I believe that I am prepared to pRogers in my field because of my Walden University education. I would never conclude by one problem that this was a bad choice. I had a lot of issues but overall it didn't out weigh the feeling of meeting brilliant minds at graduation and knowing that you have a network of professionals who are top notch.

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Mrs. DNP - 23 days ago

Does anyone have any feedback on Walden's DNP program? There are individuals who I thought had completed the program, now I see their names on the roll for my class. What's up with that? Why does it take the committee so long to give you feedback on your DNP project? Is it that they need more instructors? This can get expensive!

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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 - about 1 month 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 - about 1 month 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 - about 1 month 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 - about 1 month 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 - about 1 month ago

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

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Dan - about 1 month 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 - about 1 month 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 - about 1 month 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 - about 1 month 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 - about 1 month 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.

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