Walden University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (372)
First of all I cant say anything bad about Walden so far. I earned my Masters Of Public Administration in 2009 (December). I am currently in a PhD program Human Services with concentration of Clinical Social Work. I have experience in Juvenile Justice and Child Protective Services in 2 different states so that really helped me get into the program without having to have the MSW.
Textbooks are the students responsibility and if you dont have the money you can submit for a 500.00 book loan that will come out of you fin. aid/student loans. Online is not for everyone. You have to be a motivated person. I work a full time job with overtime and on call duties. If I cant submit an assignment on time I email or call my professors and they have always been very understanding so far.
I cant speak on the residency part of this program yet. All the professors i have had so far are very knowledgeable. If you need to listen to a professor in a class room and attend a class then its not for you. If i have questions i just email classmates or my professors who always have the answer. as a full time father, husband, and working a demanding job this is a perfect fit for me. Do not think your journey will be easy. You will have a lot of work to earn your degree.
It is my fault if I dont complete assignments, read the syllabus, or dont ask questions when i dont understand. In my past Master of Public Administration Program at Walden I had about 2 professors that were difficult but they were not that bad. Out of a scale from 1 to 5 rating i would give Walden a 4.5 so far.
I think the most important thing to remember is that online education is not for everyone. It takes an incredible amount of work, self-determination, and self-motivation.
There have been classes that I felt were not as exciting as others, but I also understood that I needed to learn a few things or at times refresh my memory over past learning experiences. Overall I have felt that my instructors have been very good and have had my best interests at heart.
The coursework I am undertaking is brand new and at times I feel like a guinea pig. However, at the end of each course I am required to complete a survey about the course, the materials, and the instructor. I keep notes and let them know how I feel about things. How else can change come about? Speak up if you feel something is not right - keep at it, because someone out there really does care.
At first, I did not feel as though my academic advisor was really there for me and I was able to get that changed. I use the support often to ask questions and to make sure I am going in the right direction. If I feel that something is not right, I am directed to contact certain groups.
No education is perfect, it cannot meet the needs of individual preferences, but it can attempt to open the door to new experiences and allow individuals to flourish...it depends on the individual and their desire to succeed.
I am not a big fan of Walden's library and sometimes I really get tired of the writing. But the one thing I value most is having the ability to really think about what I want to say, to honestly consider how I want to respond to another student's post, and to write a paper in which I can take pride.
There are exceptional tools available in the Writing Center and through SmartThinking. If you are looking for tutoring, well that is not always available but what a lot of people forget is that you can talk to your classmates just like you would in a brick and mortar environment. I was completely lost at the beginning of a course. I read what other students were discussing and took a shot at contacting one of my classmates. It was great, I learned a lot and was able to share ideas. I have friends that are in different study programs but we can still share ideas and blow off steam when necessary.
I noticed that there are often complaints about the instructors...it is important to remember that they are there to facilitate our learning, not hold our hands. Maybe it takes them a couple days to get back to us, but when you consider the monumental amounts of reading that they must accomplish each week, as well as reviewing group projects, it is mind boggling. Don't misunderstand, I have ranted and raved a few times because I wanted help NOW...but when all was said and done I realized that I learned more through research and discussion then if the instructor would have responded immediately.
I can't say what will happen when its time for my graduation but I have read articles by successful Walden graduates and they always usually very proud of being a Walden student.
I plan to stay and finish my education with Walden, because I understand that my education is about me and what I can bring to the learning environment. Not only do I need other students, but they need me just as much. Online education is about sharing the experiences in order to obtain a better view of the world and to bet the best education I can.
I have been a DBA-Entrepreneurship student at Walden since January of 2010 and find the program rigorous, challenging, and time consuming. Yes, like any program (b&m or otherwise) there are professors that are more responsive to students than others. I myself do not accept this practice and constantly pump them for answers and guidance.
If you are considering Walden, do not expect it to be easy. Doctoral work requires dedication, good independant work habits, and above all, a family support system willing to let you put the 30-40 hours per week into the program necessary to successfully complete the program.
After reading so many of the negative reviews for Walden, I was wondering if they were talking about the same Walden I am currently attending. As of the date of this review, I am completing my 4th of 10 classes for a Masters Degree in Education
Lets start with my enrolment advisor. This man bent over backwards to help me make my transition to online learning as easy as possible. He called, emailed and responded to me in a very professional and timely manner. He even called after my first class was completed to check up on me and see how I was doing.
As far as my books are concerned, I receive a box that contains all the materials I need for the next two classes. I guess that saves them money on shipping. My materials have always arrived several days before the class begins. Nothing has ever been missing or late.
As far as the professors go, there will always be good ones and bad ones. I have had one bad one so far, but I was able to manage and get through it.
As far as the services and responses of the offices at the school, I would say they are fair to good. The Financial aid office took three emails for them to finally respond to me. Teachers and other offices have been responding to me in a timely manner.
Overall Walden is a very good deal for the services that they provide. I am truly sorry for the other people who have had such a bad experience.
There is a reason they are 24 out of 25 in the rating. I went to get my Ph.D. and it was a struggle from beginning to until I left. The staff, administration and so called instructors are pathetic.
Walden trys to milk every cent out of you be making you stay in the program. When I got to writing my dissertation they put every obstacle they could to make you fail and stay another quarter. I took the lose and went to another school and completed my degree. STAY AWAY FROM WALDEN!
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I had a great time completing my B&M undergraduate degree. There is nothing enjoyable about Walden's master's program. On the other hand, I'm learning a lot more now than I did then
Walden is a lot of work. I know this is going to pay off in the end, but right now, my kids are suffering. Had I known how much work it would be, I probably would have chosen another school. I'm not against work, and am really not interested in a diploma mill where I wouldn't learn, but Walden is rough.
Like every school, some instructors are better than others. I haven't encountered problems with the library or administration that some others have.
Overall, I'm glad I'm studying at Walden. I'm learning and the degree program will give me the leg up I need. But this is serious work.
I have been a Ph.D. student at Walden University since September 2005. I am preparing to defend my disseration and will be done with this circus. I have completed all the requirments for my degree ahead of schedule and found most of the instructors to be arrogant and ignorant to the students and obviously in it for the extra paycheck.
The KAM papers are a waste of time as are the residencies and a requirement to inflate their profit margin. I am into loans for over $130,000 for this degree. Because of the unprofessionalism of the staff and the amount of time they waste making you jump through hoops, it will take about two years just to complete the dissertation.
Once you begin the dissertation, the reallll nightmare starts. My committee was as useless as a screen door on a submarine and left me to learn via trial and error.Waldens dissertation process is full of time consuming steps, and they seem to try and make you quit (and other students I talked to have the same perception), and when you challenge them, they threaten to disciplne you for violating their code of conduct.
If you like frustration, unprofessionalism, and wasting valuable time and money, then Walden is for you!
After attending Walden I only had 7 classes left to obtain my B.S. degree in Management. Well I was having difficulties in Accounting II class and after two attemtps at the class and no help from the school Ifailed it twice! So I received an email that they were dismissing me from their school. I now feel I wasted my time and money going to this school!
They get you all excited in the beginning but once you sign up and start paying they forget all about you. Even after I failed the class the first time no one called me or even email me to offer assistance etc but I sure I got the good bye email from the dean who I had never heard from before.
Now I am stuck scrambling to find another online school that hopefully will accept their credits so I can still graduate on time this year. And the next semester had already started and I already purchased my books and per the dean's email I wa dismissed effective June 7 and I just got the email yesterday on June 18! So please people yes do your homework about this school or any other school to make sure you arent making a huge mistake all around!!
Walden University is my current school and I transferred to them to finish off my BS degree in Homeland Security, The classes are very nice if you are an advanced student and intelligent, it requires a lot of time MIN 20 hours a week normally 30-40 to do all the required work and research.
Walden has an issue once they get you as a Student they no longer want to help you when something is wrong , Do not listen to the commercials they post on the TV like its online to fit around your lifestyle, that is NOT the case this college has more strict time lines then any walk in college Ive ever attended or any online course Ive ever had to do in the past.
The financial Aid office is totally screwed up and they love to hold on to your money as long as they can, I have had to fight them to release my money every single term since Ive been with them, and I never get it until at least a month after my class starts so if you are like me depending on the Financial aid to assist you with what it is meant for books, software, housing ect then you do not want to go to this school, they don't understand what Financial Aid is for and they conveniently screw up your account often.
this last semester I had all my paperwork completed 4 months in advance and contacted them the last 2 months at least once a week to make sure no new paperwork was needed, they decided not to even pull my paperwork until after a week after my 6 week course started.
I am in week 2 right now and still no textbook becuase of this schools poor professionalism and practices in financial aid, I was told by the financial aid office supervisor if I Didn't like the way they handled financial aid then I could either go get a outside personal loan ( I already am taking out 2 loans as it is through the school) or just drop the class which would penalize me in future financial aid.
This was the financial aid managers remedy to them not doing their jobs and applying my financial aid and releasing the leftover so I can buy my textbooks and supplies I needed for school. I also am about to lose my housing becuase they haven't processed my Financial aid that's been sitting there for 2 months.
When I told them I wanted information on how to file a Formal complaint against them he told me they answered to "NO ONE" and there was no one to report them too.
I am pursuing this still since this is my latest problem with this school, Soon as I finish my last 2 classes I will have finished my BS I will move to another school to do my Master Degree.
I do not recommend this school unless you enjoy fighting someone to do their job and like having to call them constantly to make sure they are doing so.
They didn't even know how to get me entered into their system as a Junior when I transferred in and left me as a freshmen for over 3 months until I began contacting the different offices to manually enter me into the system correctly.
Your year of school affects your financial aid as well for those of you who don't know. This school is every unprofessional in its administrative practices and good luck getting people to answer the phone after you become a student and they get a hold of you.
Today it took me 4 hours on the phone before I got a person, Oh BTW they don't return calls when you leave messages either, very rarely have I ever got a call back when I leave a message or am told they will call me back after they investigate the problem. Put off tactics with this school is a normality and they are masters of it. I wish I had gone F.I.T instead, and BTW Walden is Nationally accredited for those of you who said in posts they are not, I researched it and they sure are!
How? I am not sure by their professionalism and lack of performing their jobs, but they are. The instructors though most of them not all are fine teachers and I have learned a lot since I enrolled here. The administrative side sucks even if you do everything your suppose too.
I have my B.S., B.F.A. and M.S. from traditional "brick and mortar" schools, but decided to try Walden for my PhD due to the flexibility it offers it's students. After completing 5 quarters - I have easily maintained a 4.0 GPA - without really having had to try. I'm currently at my first "milestone" residency - and it is a complete and utter joke! The required so-called "milestone" classes at the residency are idiotic at best, and are teaching things that these students should have learned in high school. The residency costs $890 plus your airfare, plus hotel, plus meals...and I've gotten nothing of value from them. If I stay in the program, I'll have to do 3 more "residencies"...it's a joke. I'm so far in at this point - I don't know if I should continue and finish, or just chock it up as a lesson learned and switch to a traditional school. Buyer Beware!