Walden University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (383)
I'm so tired of reading the positive reviews that say "apply yourself", basically saying that if you hate this school, then you didn't. So wrong. I attended another online university for my undergraduate. I know how a good school program is run. I graduated with a 3.90 GPA. I am a strong, independent learner with reasonable intelligence. That's how I know that this program is really, really poor. Someone mentioned in a review that "Walden was the only school that required citations for discussion posts" as if A) that somehow makes the school more academically challenging and B) that this is rare. My previous undergrad was exactly like this; my husband is in an MBA program in another online university and his is like that too. This is not a sign of quality. What IS a sign of quality is: Professors who participate, collaborate, and don't disappear in Week 3 of an 11 week class Challenging, thought provoking discussion questions that can't be answered by scanning a single paragraph in the textbook Use of multi-media rather than just posts on a page Grades that are legitimate rather than boilerplate an IT environment that is modern rather than a very tired version of Blackboard Academic Advisers who are reachable, interested in your success, and accurate in their information rather than graduate students who are simply working for tuition discounts (Yes, I'm serious). And let's get to the social work program. It's a joke. No, really. It is. Admittedly, as of this writing it is not yet accredited. Sadly, with CSWE's lax standards, they may get accreditation. While it is a new program, it is so flawed that it's really not salvageable. Where to start? The extended delays in getting out important paperwork, the field manual, field agreements? They had months to prepare to roll out the MSW program - yet students waited? The complete change in position from assisting students in finding field placements to basically saying "let us know when you find one?" under the guise of "You know your community best"? Do you know the number of potential placements I've contacted who have LAUGHED when I say where I attend? They want to know why I'm calling them (why hasn't your university?) and what support I'll have in the field (answer....very little). It's honestly embarrassing to say where I attend and hear people's reactions. You will see a common theme in the reviews you find. There will be a few who like the program. These are likely people who went to substandard online universities prior to coming to Walden, or never attended online college before and are ignorant as to how it "should be". For a few majors that are merely book learning, or for people that want this degree for enrichment, fine. But when you are connected to a program that is supposed to lead to a profession (Social Work, BSN, etc) forget it. This education will not prepare you. You will learn from many professors who are adjuncts, substandard, and work for several online universities and dedicate little time to your education. You will very often teach yourself. You will get a lot of A's and feel good about yourself, until you realize how low the academic standards are. You will read posts in discussion forums from other students and see how unsuited so many of them are for graduate level work. There are no real admission requirements. Just about anyone can get in. The idea is that "the curriculum will weed out those who can't keep up". Maybe that happens, but before it does, you'll see an awful lot that will cause your head to scratch. Fundamentally, the MSW program is flawed because it appears to be run by people who really don't know how to get this program off the ground. There is no support for students. There is no help securing field placements that are relevant and very little real field supervision. Walden in general lacks depth in their IT, has poor academics, and simply doesn't provide a graduate level education. I know others will argue differently but trust your gut. I wish I had.
I am a second- time around student at Walden University, having already received my Masters in Higher Education. I am now a doctoral student. I find the negative comments interesting, as I have my dislikes about certain aspects of Walden, but I did when I attended a F-2-F college for my Associates degree and my Bachelors as well. I never believed in myself until I was 50 years old. I wanted more in life, and I made the decision to do something. I had never heard of Online education, but found myself hunting for a new experience where I could finally make something of myself. See, that's one of the keys, you have to want it bad enough. You believe in yourself, your self-worth and you make your success happen. Walden University does not particularly hold students hands. You are there to learn. Each assignment builds on the next, so if you have an issue with having to do a final project, you have missed the point of the course. The learning outcomes are spelled out at Walden. You are expected to be a critical thinker and reader. It does not happen overnight and no one teaches this or hands it to you on a silver platter along with a pacifier. When I have had issues with an instructor, I have gone to the Department Chairman. That person can get things done advising cannot. Granted some of the faculty are there for a paycheck nothing more., That exists at virtually any college or university, online or not. I had a dean from a prestigious college who even had an award named after him--he was a lousy instructor. The class put him in his place after his lack of interest in the course, it was 8 weeks, because this was in my masters program. Anyone can get through 8 weeks if you are invested in your education. Walden, gives you the tolls, as a student you are expected to use them in order to not only succeed in your program, but succeed in your life. If you are willing to chuck it all, with only three classes left to graduation, then you cannot be invested in your life and knocking Walden and the education you have received obviously there is more to the story told in the review here. Walden is not for quitters. One sure sign of a student who hates Walden is in how they write their review. If someone writes a bad review and the review is written with anything but an educated voice, you know the person reviewing Walden, obviously is not there for a reason. Trash talk is cheap, getting a good education is not. Walden is a good education. Nothing in life is perfect, not all my experiences have been, but as a responsible adult, I do not think sounding off negatively in a review will get them fixed.
I decided to quit-the last teachers made my life absolutely miserable, one was worst than the other. When you say something they will make your life hell. They don't care when the teacher lies and re-edits their grading, if they don't participate in the discussion posts, if they give you 12 point deductions because you submitted something 1 hour late, they simply don't care. This university turns out to be all about teachers and management, shareholder value nothing else. They don't care about you the students. I'm only 3 classes away from graduation, and now I'm forced to go somewhere else, I cannot handle this abuse anymore. No matter what I do, I can't win. I criticized the teacher and now he is retaliating, same thing happened before, walden had formatting issues and the teacher blamed me. Don't bother speaking up, this will make everything worse, because no matter what, they will side with the teacher, even they lie and cheat, they make you look crazy and belittle you. All they want is your money and they are cold and mean-spirited. They have all the words but don't live what they preach! Then one hand doesn't know what the other hand is doing, they are so big now there is no oversight. They give you a grade deduction if you use references older than ten years but they themselves provide you with text books which are 15 years old and references over 20 years...nothing makes any sense! Their curriculum is vague and has several errors in there. They don't update their data and texts have spelling errors in it. They let the teachers do whatever they want and even they know they are wrong they still will side with them and throw you under the bus! They are dishonest and have double standards when it comes to ethical standards, they expect from you to be quiet and like a robot but they themselves are never wrong and have the last word-that is all Fashism, they should not be in business anymore since they don't know how to be good people! It is all about money and profits, and they could not care less about a human being-you!
Love Walden! I graduated in Feb. 2014, passes board certification on the first try in March 2014 along with all of my classmates, and received my NP license. I had a wonderful experience with Walden and now starting my DNP through Walden. Online education is what you make it and I took every opportunity to learn through my clinical experiences and classroom experiences. The advisors were helpful and so were the instructors.
Currently I am in my second quarter in the DBA program and I am desperate to transfer! I'm not sure who is giving all these praises and excellent reviews, but I know from first hand experience that this DBA program is geared only towards writing your final project than learning anything. I would expect a doctoral program to be much more rigorous and challenging- and it is not! I have already contacted the school where I obtained my Bachelors and have begged them to help me transfer. I've made a grave mistake attending Walden, and I'm getting the &%$ out of there!
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.