Walden University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (358)
I felt compelled to write a review because at THIS POINT in my academic career at Walden I am pleased with the level of education and instruction offered and much of the negative reviews sound like personal issues and a lack of accountability. First, every institution is out to make money. There are no schools with free tuition and all instructors and administrators need to get paid for their job. If you have experienced poor "customer service" then consider moving your concerns up the ladder until something is done. Second, online school is not for everyone. If you need additional supplements or instruction than what is already created for the program, maybe you should reconsider and go to a brick and mortar. (My philosophy is do not apply if you have never successfully taken an online course) I am in my third term in the MHC program and I must admit it is not a piece of cake. There are discussions due weekly, mandatory responses, written assignments due weekly, a final project, along with an expectation of superior writing. As a full-time employee I cannot help but wonder "What did I get myself into?!", but then I realize, if it were that easy to obtain a Masters/Doctorates degree the world would be a scary place! As for Practicum and Internship requirements, it is clear from the beginning that these are the students responsibility. The site provides a disclaimer on the degree information page and the one credit introductory course reminds us of these requirements and responsibilities. Furthermore, there is an assignment to encourage students to find possible local internship locations and to research the state requirements for licensing. My sister attends an accredited university for the same program, brick and mortar, and she does not do nearly as much work throughout the semester; however, I have found that the 1-2 projects assigned to her demand a lot (20-30 pages) and one overlook can affect the course grade drastically. I would much rather do shorter weekly assignments and have more chances to a successful course. So far I have a 4.0 and it was not easy BUT very doable. Each program is developed differently by the program directors so I cannot speak for all. Hope this helped.
Walden loves to give everyone a warm welcome and then they hope for nice quiet students who just function like a robot. If you have an issue with instructor or class material they pass the buck, provide excuses, and manage to manipulate word play enough to turn your valid concerns and questions about them back onto you as the student. I have spent nearly 3 years of my life attempting to get a degree and have a 3.97 GPA. I have had instructors literally disappear for weeks,not grade work, not be able to answer simple questions or provide case study examples relevant to the topic we are supposed to be learning. I had an instructor respond to me (verbatim) with "I don't know how to help you" when I asked him for an example. I have had numerous conference calls which were mandating by the faculty, even blindsided with them at times, that postulate how I am not developing to their standard because I have concerns and cannot recognize their rational as acceptable reasoning. I am paying for an education where I have no voice and where my thoughts and opinions are not important. I study hard and I am extremely focused on my degree but when the teachers are not teaching, not able to answer questions or provide ideas and examples, and the program director belittles your concerns as unwarranted there is a time you have to say enough is enough. Had I known that Walden would change my program half way through and only make it that much more difficult I would have never started there. Had I known that Field Experience was to be found by the student solely and then had to be approved by the school for them to say no to the only viable site I would never have attended either. Even the Academic Advising and Student Support sends you with fingers pointed elsewhere and none of the departments have a clear understanding of how one another works or what is the process. Faculty have guidelines they must follow for protocol and rules and students are not privy to that information so we cannot confront them for violations either. There are far to many things that are shady within the University. I also have several friends who graduated from my very same program and over 400 applications later with a Masters Degree education they remain a waitress because noone wants to recognize the degree. Walden paints a great picture but the accountability and follow through is awful. So I am 84 credits into a 90 degree program with no field site and inability to continue for the school to actually tell me "you do not seem to hear our concerns and that we are watching out for your best interest by telling you NO to the only field site who said yes and is within 50 miles of your home".
I have been seeing many negative reviews of this school. I have just started my NP degree and so far my experience has been good. My advisor is very helpful and calls to check on me routinely. The only negative so far I have found is that Walden will not help you find preceptors. I will continue to post as I more further along. After seeing the negative reviews I am worried about finding a job after graduation. I would love to talk to someone who has completed the program and see how they feel about Walden. I hope this helps someone make a more informed decision.
I am having a very positive experience with this program. I have learned so much. Every class matches the other programs that I have researched in other Universities. Finding preceptors for the practicum has been stressful, because I am competing with the medical schools and other nursing programs in my area. I still have 4 quarters to go and I have been offered 5 job opportunities. This course is what you make it and do not start Walden unless you are ready to put the time and effort into being an educated FNP. (Its not an easy A)
I transferred to Walden University's Family Nurse Practitioner progarm from a traditional state school. I strongly disagree with some of the negative comments I have seen. I have found the program to be extremely challenging and have found the classes such as Leadership and Nursing Informatics relevant to the current healthcare landscape in the 21st century. I was able to transfer in many credits from the previous school attended. I am a mother of two young children and maintain full time hours. I am better able to manage my time around my studies and pursue a higher education through Walden University. At the traditional school I felt like I was doing mostly "fluff" work and most classes had two exams for the semester. I tend to think just because I can pass a multiple choice exam doesn't mean I am more knowledgeable than an online student. I feel the work presented at Walden has greatly improved my ability to critically think. Yes there is alot of research and writing involved through papers and discussions. I am at the point where I just wanted to do what I need to do to get where I want to be. I do not need too much interaction with other students and most of the work involved at the masters level can be self directed. Yes, you are responsible for finding your own preceptor but at the traditional school I attended there were problems with finding preceptors also. Finding a preceptor is doable. Just takes a little more effort. I recommend Walden if you are a busy working professional or have a family and flexibility is an important factor in your ability to pursue a higher education.
Do not go this school! This is the worst nurse practitioner program I have ever attended until I wised up and left the school. They are out for your money. They lie to get you in the school. The admissions counselor lied to me about Walden helping their students find preceptors for their practicum but they don't. Their curriculum is horrible I feel like I'm teaching myself. What did it for me was when it was time for my practicum and I bust my behind to find a preceptor then the preceptor bailed out on me and I was told I could do my practicum. After all that time and money spent, I decided it was time for a change. In fact, I spoke to nurse practitioners I know and they said they absolute refuse to precept Walden or any other online because they do not teach them anything. Now I understand what they mean. Walden's so called advanced assessment class is about watching videos of some assessment then they expect you to print out a checklist then video record yourself performing assessments (which they never taught) to be graded by an instructor who never taught you how to perform the assessments in the first place. I strongly advise you not to waste your time or money at this school. Go to a reputable school that will teach hands on assessment skills, so you will feel proud to put on your resume and find a job with no problem. DO NOT GO WALDEN YOU WILL BE WASTING YOUR MONEY!
I absolutely loved getting my bachelors degree at Walden! I graduated Summa Cum Laude with a 4.0 GPA for my bachelors, and I can say it was NOT easy! I am currently a PhD psychology student and I couldn't be happier.
When I first heard of Walden, I was very leery about the quality of the program. In fact, those beliefs were accurate! Once I enrolled in this online program, I feel that this is not an institution, it is a money making business not caring about what students learn... If you have some intelligence, don't waste your time and money on their programs.
I left Walden University when I finally realized that I wasn’t earning a graduate degree, I was buying one. When I applied at Walden and saw how easy it was to get in, it should have been a huge red flag for me. And looking back, I guess there was something in the pit of my stomach that just didn’t feel right. It wasn’t until I started taking classes that I began to realize that this program is not focused on learning, but rather on money. You pay thousands of dollars for courses that are high school level. If you can read a book chapter or an article and summarize it in three paragraphs, and occasionally write a longer paper, you’ll get A’s. That’s fine if that’s the type of “education” you want. But if you are really looking to be challenged to develop critical thinking skills and be able to analyze information and engage in the type of discussions with peers and coursework that fosters the type of learning that should be taking place at the graduate level, you won’t find it at this school. Mediocre work is acceptable, so you don’t have to work very hard. Sure there is a lot of reading and weekly discussion post (often just a simple 200-300 word responses to basic questions about the assigned readings), but it’s not very challenging work and you won’t learn much doing it. Many of the “positive” comments mention that to succeed at Walden you need to be willing to ‘”work hard” … but that refers to being able to read a lot and summarize the information for weekly discussion posts in two classes over a 12 week period. In other words, this is “busy work” that may take some people a lot of time to do. The problem is, it is not learning. It is not the type of work that really allows you to think for yourself and engage in meaningful dialogue with the instructors and fellow students. Everyone answers the same questions and basically writes the same summaries of the information. It’s dull, boring, uninspiring work. And you pay $2500 per class to do this! I thought the introductory started like this but expected the higher level courses to be more of what you’d expect in a PhD program. But even the 5 credit “advanced” courses are the same. What finally got me to leave the school was the fact that in my last class at Walden, my teacher waited until the last week to grade 5 assignments. This included my final paper which was 21 pages long. The electronic classroom tracks when you submit assignments and when they are received, viewed, and graded by the instructor. These 5 assignments were all graded within a 2 minute time period. In other words, the teacher did not read them. So what pride can I take in getting an A in the course if my assignments weren’t even read? The content of what you write, and therefore the content of what you actually learn in the classes at Walden, does not matter. Just pay your bill and submit something that can be graded so it can appear that actual learning is taking place. It really is a shame. I am actually embarrassed that I was a student at Walden for over a year before I finally woke up and asked myself “what am I actually learning?” … I don’t want to buy a graduate degree. I want to earn one.
I would heartily discourage anyone from enrolling in Walden University. It is an academic and financial black hole. I enrolled in the mid 90's. My first "mentor" seldom answered my phone calls (sometimes taking over 6 weeks to return my calls, even though I left messages every few days). When he did speak with me his communication skills were so poor (rambling incoherently) that it was essentially a waste of my time. Despite a strong academic background at the undergraduate, master's and doctorate level in traditional schools, as well as a long history of successful independent study in my previous schools, I could not get my "mentor" to approve my proposal nor to clarify his expectations. I finally asked for another mentor. The second one was even worse than the first. My calls to the school's administration to discuss this issue were woefully disappointing. After four or five months of this I finally threw in the towel. While this school might be fine for a few people, it is a huge and expensive risk. Overall, the staff, "mentors," and administration were extraordinarily unprofessional.