Walden University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (372)
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.
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.
I applied to Walden for the online master's in counseling program. It was a problem from the beginning and I was treated like a child by their enrollment counselors. I'm 62 years old and already have two master's degrees but still I was treated like an 18 year old entering college for the first time. In addition, Walden requires the APA format for the online classroom discussions and this was the final straw for me. Discussions are not research papers and so much more can be gained with less formal dialogued with colleagues. Yes, I was going for a 3rd masters. I love education.
I would not recommend Walden University. They were very responsive to general questions at first. However, I have placed several calls (to several different staff members) to inquire if their RN to BSN program meets requirements to apply for a PHN certification and I can't even get someone to return my call much less answer my question. I cant imagine what current students go through if they have questions. Disappointed to say the least.
Walden University recruits students and then offers a subpar education that leads to mounds of debt. My courses were filled with errors, inconsistent direction, and automatic A's with little effort. Walden's financial aid and billing practices are unprofessional and the staff is highly incompetent. Future employers place resumes from for-profit schools at the bottom of the pile. Walden is not a quality school and does not prepare students for success.
The issue I had with Walden was in felt like a number. I would try and contact my advisor and would not get an email back for days if I got one at all. I'd have tech issues and tech support would not be able to help. Assignments were turned in late and even with proof of tech issues I was hit with deductions in my grade. In my 1st term my Dad passed away, I asked for an extension of a due date, the instructor was indifferent.