Walden University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (362)
I am taking my last class at Walden before I get my degree. I have corresponded with people from all over the US and abroad. This has been a fabulous experience for me and I have learned so much new research and information that I have applied in my classroom immediately. There are some great instructors but when I found one I really clicked with, I continued to request her for the remainder of my program. This program truly help me to grow as a writer and I am seriously considering getting a Doctor of Ed degree as well. I am still researching costs and other universities. The online format worked very well for me. I highly recommend Walden!
I am (was)working on an EdD in Education. I recently ran into finacial hardships. I called Walden academic advising, told them I could not pay for the class, and was given the go ahead to drop the course and ask for leave. Now, they want me to pay for it. Until I cough up $4200+, I can not register for the next term (which equates to $8400+ for the two terms). They want proof advising said I could drop without paying. It was a phone call. There is no proof. A while back, Walden was great. But about a year and a half ago, they changed to where it's all about the dollar- screw the students. It's hard to get a live body on the phone. The classes do not prep you to write a dissertation under the Walden format guidelines (which way differs from other universities). Enroll any place else.
Walden promises all types of support from faculty and staff. Once they have your money, you get none of these! I went for three quarters and the Professors are rarely in the courserooms and they rarely reply to the discussions. Its as though all students are on their own in the classroom. Fights between students ensued while I was there due to the absense of any type of guidance from their professors. Do NOT waste your money on this school. Capella is the best online school and they do everything Walden does not!
I have to agree on the complaints on the administrative support of this school which is a total joke. I had to literally send repeated emails to the "admissions specialist" trying to get an idea of where my transfer credits stood and what class I can register for. 3 weeks of waiting and I wrote a scathing email demanding a response only to be written back with "contact your academic advisor". No responses to my questions, no apologies for taking weeks to respond. Yeah, they care about the money that they get out of you and that's about it. I have first hand experience of incompetence and rudeness from Walden's registrar's office. One advice to Walden: Hold your staff accountable to the same standards that you hold your students!!!!
My educational experience at Walden University allowed me to hold my full-time job while simultaneously completing a very, very challenging Walden academic program. I graduated in 2001 with the Ph.D. degree with a specialization in finance. The most difficult test for me was to separate myself from becoming an ABD (all but dissertation) Ph.D. or a fully accredited Ph.D. certified graduate. In other words, getting past the dissertation committee is kind of a rocket science. More importantly, however, is the fact that the Ph.D. from Walden gave me the ticket for successful advancement in my career as a banker and as an academic.
I am almost done with my MPA from Walden. It has been a really rewarding experience and I have learned a lot. Don't think about applying if you are not dedicated as the courses are intense. That said, the school has been very supportive through a recent illness. Its a great alternative for working adults who want to do most of their work from home.
My experience at Walden, which only lasted 2 weeks, was terrible. From the moment that I first inquired about the program, I had problems. I ignored all the red flags, which I now regret.
First, I couldn't get in touch with my assigned counselor and later discovered that he no longer worked there. Then every other person was rude to me.
The classes were not as good as I had expected. (I have a BSN and a MS in another field). The website was not user friendly at all, and I'm very proficient with computer technology.
The "last straw" was when my instructor sent me a rather inappropriate and unprofessional email, stating that I needed to relax, just because I asked a simple question...and that question was when was my grade for an assignment going to be posted!
I'm currently looking for another more appropriate program and a university that cares about it's students. Do not waste your time with Walden!
I have been "at" Walden for three years. I am taking it slow, finishing up an MPA. I have been extremely happy with the program and classes offered. The instructors are very adept and almost all hold doctorates or JD's. You have to WORK to pass these classes. Its a challenge but well worth the effort. The other students are very accomplished professionally.
I am currently an online student majoring in Psychology at Walden University. I transferred in after receiving my Criminal Justice degree from another University. I am going towards my Masters then PhD in Psychology through Walden.
Currently I am happy with their online structure, format and how they teach the courses. The instructors sometimes put more or less emphasis in the class depending on the instructor, but it is the student who should be reading, studying, writing and working hard on his or her research to meet the goals ahead.
I am never impressed with tuition and it is typical for that since they are private online schools, but the ability to meet these deadlines as well as working full time and having a family is crucial. I am not impressed with the administration as far as the staffing ratio at Walden because my Academic Counselor finds it hard to have much time for me since he is so booked up with students. I think Walden needs to back off the profit situation and try to build up some staff first. I would much prefer to have my own finance advisor assigned to me, but they utilize all advisors in the department for everyone. However, the administration is not my concern as much as it is my learning experience.
So far I have had a good learning experience and I am not turning back or away from Walden. It has the best online education available to me and I plan to complete my full education there. Good Luck to all of you new or prospected students of Walden. Go ahead and take the steps to enroll. I would recommend it.
Be careful - I am still battling Walden, which I did enjoy, because they say I failed three classes. I know I did not, but I have no proof now, and cannot finish my degree until I jump through all sorts of hoops, including financial, and basically have to admit to failing these classes. Because I didn't keep my printouts of my grades, I have NO PROOF, and they will get away with this. It is sad. Keep good records - very good records - Walden itself, as in the classes and education, was great - the instructors were helpful, and I gained a great group of peers that helped each other out - our online study group!