Walden University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (377)
The professors "appear" to have decent professional and academic experience. If you put the time into the classes, then the teachers will generally provide a decent amount of feedback. The interactive discussion posts with the other students are by far the most valuable aspect of the program. It's actually fairly easier to get under most of the students' skin and provoke debate.
Main problem - they will take anybody and this is obvious by the writing styles of supposed fellow Masters students. One student, a federal employee(surprise!), forced a professor to demand that each student use spell check before submitting postings. This student had the grammar of a seven year-old (I'm too kind) and was publicly debating whether or not she should continue on (laddy da) to the Doctoral program - obviously, our tax dollars being well spent.
The "academic advisors" are allocated not to the individual student, but as needed via email and phone. When I first started Walden it was obvious that they were nothing more than glorified sales persons. One of them really screwed up a possible career advancement for me. As I exited the program, it became clear that this was a "department" that needed to be gutted and from my final experiences it was clear that changes (positive) were being made.
The bottom line for me was that I ended up writing over 100 papers and twice as many postings. I think that I got out of it just what I put into it. In hindsight, I should have gotten off of my butt and taken my GRE. I could have then gotten into a far better school (have to be truthful) and probably saved half as much in student loans.
If you are government employee and a Masters, any Masters, will suffice in advancing your career then by all means go for Walden. Otherwise, until Walden stops taking anybody and everybody it is unlikely that having the school's name on your resume will gather any respect. Sorry.
I obtained my Master of Education from Walden and I am now enrolled in the Doctoral program in Education. As a full-time working mother of two small children I am glad schools like Walden exist. They have handled all my concerns professionally. There is an abundance of help when you need it. The counselors are great, financial aid is great. You will do ALOT of writing if you are pursuing your degrees at Walden. The amount of writing is huge but its an online course so what do you expect? Some instructors have been tougher than the others on the writing and APA style required. But just like any brick and mortar institution you have to get to know your instructor. I have found all the instructors easy to reach. I recommend Walden to any busy, full time employed individual.
I must say that I was skeptical at first even before earning my MAT. When deciding on which online school to enroll, Walden had always been on the list, even to the end. This has been a very challenging school that has been so convenient, no driving to classes, no wasting gas, no hearing boring lectures, no missing notes if needed to walk out for a moment, the list goes on. I must say that I have learned so much that practically all my papers have been published via ERIC. THIS is what looks good on my resume and eventually to get a job. I'm doing so well that at times do feel that this is a joke. But it seems now that I'm better than ever and strive to continue. I too have a crazy schedule but take advantage of my free time doing homework, trying also to take care of myself.
I have attended Walden previously and am currently re-enrolling for the upcoming Fall semester. I have NEVER had trouble from anyone I have worked with, from financial aid to the enrollment advisors. They all have been wonderful! I was forced to withdraw due to life circumstances late last year, and they have been extremly helpful in getting me back on track. YES, the work is difficult and time consuming...what good college isn't? You have to take the responsibility to schedule your life and classes so that you can focus on them 100%. If you have made the choice to go back to college, as an adult, then act like an adult and do it right. You would have the same expectations from an on-campus college. I know. I did that for 3 years! Walden is wonderful and I highly recommend it to anyone!
I am currently attending Walden U and cannot wait for this term to be over so I can transfer someplace else. I absolutely agree that there is NO teaching whatsoever at this university.
The professors will give a crazy amount of work each week, and if we ask a question about the material they will advise you to research online. There is not a consistency between one professor and another as far as the style of writing. I have to write APA style, but each professor follows a different pattern, we just find out AFTER the grade is in, which could be 2 or 3 weeks well within the course. If you ask the professors for any clarification, there is NONE.
I would NOT recommend this university to anyone, unless you already have a degree and just want to fool around. You will not learn anything substantial, and have no guidance here.
As an international student Walden University is a good choice. this is my 6th quarter as PhD student in public health and I can say that Walden need hard work, 30-40 hours per week, and patience.
I do respect their tuition system and their focus on peer reviewed articles which helped me to write a real scientific paper.
My negative points that walden university is providing lots of unecessary courses which are copy and paste from our previous courses in order to increase their credit hours.
Some teachers are very cooperative and their comments are precise and logic and that give me an impression that they really read carefully what we wrote. others are arrogants and not cooperative but in general I am satisfied.
I don't understand all this complaining and whining. Going to school online is not easy but you have to put forth the effort. They are not going to give you a free degree. The purpose is to learn. I have four children and a full-time job, and I get it done. Granted, I have help from my husband with the house and kids, but it can be done. Nothing in life is easy. Anything worht having takes hard work. If you don't like it,go to another school or go to a "traditional college" and waste more time. If you beleive in yourself, nothing is gong to get in your way. Just because you think the staff at Walden are rude doesn't mean it's going to be better anywhere else. There are rude and inconsiderate people everywhere, even at a brick and mortar campus. I have never had problems with anything at this college.
Any concerns I have ever had, have always been addressed. My enrollment advisor was such a help to me. No, it wasn't easy at first, getting all the paperwork submitted, but it is like that at any college. People are just making excuses to quit.
Maybe this school isn't for you if all you are going to do is complain about it. Find another school but don't ruin it for the rest of us.
I have read all of the negative reviews about Walden University. When deciding what master's program to pursue, I had to realize that bad news is always posted faster than positive news.
I am enrolled in the mental health counseling program, and I am impressed with the expectations. The instruction is not easy, and not everyone is cut out for online learning. If you do not have the ability to work independently, you will not make it. If you do not have adequate research skills, you will not make it. If you expect to receive easy grades by posting bull crap on the weekly discussions, you will not make it. If you want an easy education go to University of Phoenix, where some of the students use Wikipedia as reference, and do not understand why they need to use peer reviewed articles for written assignments in a master's program.
After looking at many options, I decided on Walden University for my Master's of Nursing degree. I am starting my second semester and thus far it is working out perfectly for me. I have read some of the negative reviews and I am not sure how or why they have had such experiences at Walden. It is shocking to me. I do not have a single bad experiece to report. Many folks sounds as if maybe they were not able to be successful at Walden so they have blamed their failure on Walden instead of taking the responsibility.
I do believe that I under estimated the amount of time it was going to consume but that is OK. I am motivated and excited about the program. I am so glad that I did not see these negative postings before I started the course work or I might not have moved forward with the program at Walden.
It is not for everyone. If you are not self motivated or not college material, you are wasting your time registering because you will not be able to be successful at Walden. You have to be willing to make sacrifices and be flexible with your free time. You have to be willing to stay up late at night to get the work done and you have to sacrifice time on your days off and weekends to make it happen. It is not cheap and it is not easy but it is what I am willing to do to get a MSN
I am halfway through my Masters at Walden, and I have loved it so far. I wish people wouldn't write negative reviews that they assume pertain to everyone...they don't. Everyone has a different experience. The fact is, Walden is an accredited institution and offers a quality education. I know that some programs may be better than others, but I have had no complaints about mine.
The coursework is WAY more demanding than anything I have experienced in a traditional institution and the professors all have their doctorates and are extremely knowledgeable. I have to attend two residencies for my program and complete the same internship and practicum requirements that any other brick and mortar school student has to complete.
Like everyone is saying, online education takes discipline. It seems that a lot of people who are not satisfied with Walden expected it to be much easier than it was or for them to work around YOUR schedule...traditional schools don't do that, neither does Walden. Great school, I recommend it.