Walden University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (346)
If your goal is to learn the course subject, you'll do better staying home and reading books and published journals. It's impossible to learn from a discussion board consisting of your classmates' points of view, who like you do not have a college degree. Although most of the socalled instructors have doctoral degrees and claim to be experts in their disciplines, they are merely managers of the classroom. They teach absolutely nothing- no taped or live lectures rather make minor comments to a minimum number of students. They do not integrate their expertise in discussions. No, the discussion board is design for students to interact not for student and teacher as the teacher's voice is marginalized and insignificant. Most of their comments began with, "good point...." The discussion questions, quizzes and written assignments are so elementary that any teen could read a book to perform the work. A typical 5 credit hour course costs about $1600; so, I guess if you're willing to pay for convenience, Walden and others like it would be a good choice but don't believe the hype; this is not a good school. In fact, it's not an educational institution rather a business that fronts as a university and education does not take place. Those folks claiming to have learned alot are either lying, learned independently, or are naive.
I am writing to talk about my experience at Walden. I graduated one year ago with a MSN in Leadership and Management. This is NOT a diploma mill....by far. Walden prepared me for a DNP program (I just finished my first semester). I was excepted into Rush U, UNLV, and St. Catherines (which I chose). I interviewed with all three and presented my portfolio at each interview. All schools were very impressed.
The program at Walden was rigorous and demanding (as it should be at a graduate level). I often spent 40 hours a week on course work. On-line learning is not for everyone. You WILL be teaching yourself. The instructors will guide you but if you are looking for a 'spoon-fed' education, this is not for you.
Then again, if you are looking for that, you should not be going to grad school. It is hard work. I have nothing but great things to say about my 26 months at Walden. I am doing great in my doctorate program thanks to the experience writing, analyzing literature, and weekly discussion boards, as well as reading assignments and videos.
As I was reading previous reviews, I could not believe how many negative reviews there were. Due to my wonderful and positive experience, nothing I have read will change how I feel regarding Walden or online education.
Success occurs if the student is willing to put in the work required. Do not let the negative experience of another keep you from doing something wonderful with your life!
When I first started at Walden in 2010,some of the instructors were very questionable. However, in the last year or so, they have dramatically improved.
There are quizzes each week, along with two tests-one at three weeks and one in the final six weeks. I have had very few problems with financial aid (as long as you are enrolled fulltime, there should be few problems), and very few problems with instructors.
The Student services isn't as good as it could be-student advising is often difficult to reach and really did not seem to be able to answer my questions, and tech support was alright.
This school is just a vacuum for federal money with no personal assistance whatsoever. It is a waste of time and money. Advisors only send out canned responses or updates and cannot deal with any issues on their own.
They cannot even contact the Admissions Office for questions. I have had it with them and that is why they need ombudspersons. It is obvious that they have had so many problems in the past that they have to have a mediator to deal with them. What a sham!
I am currently enrolled in the Masters of Science in Mental Health Counseling. The instructor do not provide any instructions they just give assignments and directions. Most of the course require weekly papers and weekly discussion posting and response.
The instructors do not test you on the reading material assigned for the course, but they expect you to write like a scholar...Walden needs instructor that acutally provide notes.. to help their students......
I obtained my M.Sc. in Education in 2011. I found my courses to be demanding and all of my instructors forced me to THINK about my work. I am in Canada and not once did I feel I was only a number. I was treated with respect and I felt my advisors were always eager to help. I have read a lot of the negative reviews about Walden, but I honestly enjoyed my experience.
My Master's degree was far more work than that of many of my colleagues home in Canada. This is a demanding institution, so if you are looking for an easy degree, do not bother with Walden. If you are serious, if you want to work hard and feel that you have actually earned your degree, I encourage you to enrol with Walden.
When I am at a point in my life that I'm ready to pursue a doctorate degree, I will be returning to Walden. As far as tuition is concerned, it is comparable to that of my on-site Canadian options.
I graduated in 2009 from the Masters Science in Nursing (MSN) program. I was immediately accepted into a brick and mortar doctoral program. Walden prepared me well for doctoral level work.
A word of warning, Walden is not for the faint of heart. As so many others have already stated, if you are looking for an "easy degree" this program is not for you. There is no spoon feeding or hand holding, just good old fashioned hard work.
Walden is a rip off. I only attended for 1 term and was treated horribly by support services. Furthermore there is no one to contact to report the advisors.
They are great until you start classes, then you are just another number. You will be lied to/and or misled.
Walden University should be your last resort. If you need to do some retraining or review, a Masters from Walden might help you work your way into a real university, but don't consider Walden if you need anything more than a degree. They are just a diploma mill. They do not provide any real graduate-level education. They are not an acceptable alternative for a terminal Masters or PhD.
If you are disabled or live far from a real university, I think it is a crime that these for-profit colleges are the best that the US will offer you at present for 100% online, distance education. Look hard at online alternatives offered at state and private schools. Don't check them off your list just because they might require you to go to their campus for just a couple weeks a year. If you think you can't do it, think again. It might be hard, but you can do it!
If you need an undergraduate degree, look to EdX, Coursera, Saylor, or any of a number of other free or almost free options. By the time you finish enough coursework for a degree, these new alternatives will be offering everything you need. Walden will provide you nothing more.