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Walden University
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Degree: Psychology, Other
Graduation Year: 2014
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I took a six months leave of absence. After becoming very ill and needed medical treatment. I send in the Doctors reports to them. But after the six months, they would not let me resume my studies. I appealed and they still would not let me resume my studies. When I asked them why? They stated that they did not have to tell me the reason why. I wrote an email to the university. They never replied to me. Do NOT go to this school.

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Ada - 4 months ago

I have been with this University for over three years due to my leave of absence due to two surgeries. As I returned I needed disability accommodations which I was given, but the instructors were not supportive academically in any way or form. I have had to repeat classes due to my recovery process taking longer and now that I am almost completed just with only five more classes to go the academic advisor explains that if I academic probation since my GPA fell below standards and my writing is poor. Meanwhile, you have student plagiarizing left and right and not is being done, but yet the student's who work hard in their writing receive a notice "academic probation" and if you fail the class again you will be out of the University. This University has no type of empathy, support services and lack accommodating students with disabilities. I will now have to transfer and lose credits and start ALL OVER AGAIN!

No school perfect but wow
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Degree: Psychology, General
Graduation Year: 2016
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My teachers were wonderful very supportive and helpful. The feedback is excellent, my enrollment adviser was excellent, but my academic adviser was awful. I called to get feedback on what classes should I take for the next course and was told " just pick any". I never heard from my academic adviser until my 3rd term. IT is awful as well, financial aid was unhelpful and uncaring. I got my refunds on time which is hard to do with most schools. But now that I read all the negative reviews I will be getting out of this school as soon as possible. Nervous!

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Horrible University, Stay Away!
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Degree: Nursing Practice
Graduation Year: 2014
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Walden University is quite expensive, quite disorganized, has very poor student services, and ultimately just wants your money, and does not want to provide a quality program. The programming was somewhat difficult, with some good faculty, however the dissertation stage of the program was a joke... They assign you a project chair, who 9 times out of 10 forgets what stage you are at, fails to send your project to the other committee members within the prescribed periods, and you will likely do at least 1 extra course that you did not plan to do so you can get your dissertation completed. In my dissertation they changed my committee members twice, delayed my graduation, made me take another course, with no acceptable resolution with the university even though they violated their own policies. My advice STAY AWAY from this university, they are HORRIBLE to their students.

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Deceived - 3 months ago

A group of us are in the process of a lawsuit against Walden. If you are interested, contact me at: trferguson22@yahoo.com

Poor APA in the discussions
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Graduation Year: 2013
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The most difficult part of this so called instruction is how the Ed.D's do not correct the incorrect APA formatting in the discussion forums presented by the students, if I am a student and I see the errors, surely the so called educator should teach these students how to write instead of waiting until the student is set to graduate from Walden, and in the last course of a program the educator will come down hard on APA formatting because they do not want you to graduate from Walden and not know how to write a correct APA paper. Furthermore, the educators do not educate, all they do is go to the discussions and ask a simple question of you or give a vague response, they do not teach. Not sure why you need a Ph.D to teach at Walden, I have a Master's degree and I could do a better job as an online educator than some of Walden's so called faculty. The best part of the program are the media segments also known as resources, in most case the presenters are impressive and knowledgeable, otherwise the course materials, reading and internet are how you learn, it is certainly not from the educators, THEY DO NOT TEACH

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karmyn - 3 months ago

I went to a good university for my masters degree and It was the same way for my because it was 100% online and my professors would comment saying good job, but that was about it. The discussions are for us to discuss. The imput from the professors are not necessary especially when the discussions are for the students to talk about the discussions among themselves. So im thinking you do not know how an online classes are done and you need to educate yourself and find out, before you comment.

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Degree: Curriculum and Instruction
Graduation Year: 2014
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For this review I will keep it succinct. Walden is not an institution where you learn through instruction. Read a book, write a paper, search on google, write more, and begin again. If you desire interaction, collaboration, good solid knowledgeable feedback, and consistency, then this will serve as advice to avoid the Walden program. It is very costly. It is non-supportive. It is geared for low profile. It is retaliatory. Search the internet first. Use your intuition and understand that there are individuals that pose as positive bloggers to underpin the university's reputation. If you pay close attention you will notice a very common voice to the posts. If you notice the posts that are opposite the glowing reviews, they all have the same theme. The cost per semester is outrageously expensive and the service you receive in turn is not worth the aches and pains of trying to pay off the student loans. The interactions are non-existent; the instruction is vapidly delivered. I advise you to pose as a disgruntled student and see how far you are allowed to go before you attempt to attend this "university". You will find that you are not only dismissed, but are marked for weeding. I will not bore you with my experiences, but suffice it to say that I have experienced all of the same things as the others with regard to non-instruction, bilking of money, retaliation, and no end product. Use the common sense adage "if it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is". If you need to hear it, then "don't make this mistake - go to a face-to-face college or university". I wish you good luck in your journeys and may they bring you to your dream.

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Walden is Awful!
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Degree: Nursing Practice
Graduation Year: 2014
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Do not go to this school!! Terrible program! Very confusing with a lot of information not given to you. If you drop a course they will still charge you for it!!! Be very careful!

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Worse off!@
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Degree: Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Graduation Year: 2012
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It is true that I applied to Walden because I know that I could get a degree without studying much or do any meaningful research. I did not know how (understandably) biased the industry was against Walden graduates. I would have stood a much better chance of getting a teaching job without this EdD than with it. Now, I cannot get a job because I graduated from Walden. And- I'm broke!

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Carla Thomas - 5 months ago

This was a terrible Online University. It took me 6 years to complete an EdD because the faculty members were never on the same page as to how to get to the next level of writing a dissertation. I initially was approved and wrote an entire dissertation using Ground Theory to have it later rejected and turned into a Case Study. While your chairs disagree on what is acceptable, you continue to wait as well a get charged for their inability to come to an agreement. I know several other people who were charged because of the same problem. You will get a degree and go broke in the meantime!!

Happy I Switched From UoP to Walden!
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Degree: Communication, General
Graduation Year: 2014
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I will complete my Bachelor's in November of this year, and I CANNOT WAIT! The excitement does not have anything to do with the quality of school, I'm just thrilled with the thought of being out of school. :) Honestly, I have had a few bad experiences with instructors, but that will happen in every school. I attended Phoenix for my Associates, and I can confidently say that I am thoroughly impressed with Walden. UoP seemed to have tons of busy work and little application to their assignments, which is certainly not the case in most of my classes at Walden. I work hard to get everything I can out of my education (after all, I am paying a fair amount); I am diligent in posting my assignments on time and communicating with my instructors if I cannot. Overall, I feel like I have learned a lot and I have a fair amount of knowledge that can assist me in my future endeavors. I thoroughly plan to go back to Walden for my Masters after taking a year off to pursue my career in non-profit.

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Pink - 5 months ago

Online schools are not a good idea of doctorate degrees especially if there is not enough faculty support.

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Debbie Green - 4 months ago

I will graduate from Walden BSN program in three months. I have found it to be a rewarding experience. The negative comments have concerned me. I believe every program you must put additional work to obtain a good experience.

Don't understand the bad reviews!
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Degree: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies
Graduation Year: 2014
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I transferred from a brick and mortar college with a 4.0 GPA. I was about to start honors classes but I had to move. Between taking care of a dying family member, work, and taking care of my special needs child I thought that I would never get my degree. Then a friend recommended online school. I am a few classes short of earning my Bachelor's at Walden and I have never had a problem. Yes some classes and instructors are demanding and tough (I have never had lower than a 4.0 GPA in my life until Walden. I am now at a 3.82 GPA) and some instructors may be "unfair" (and even downright nasty), however this can occur in a traditional school too. I've had my share of bad teachers online and offline but if you really do the work, you will pass the class period end of story. I work hard, I study, I do the work on time; I do not expect a free pass or special treatment. They have never cheated me with financial aid and were always willing to hear me out when I had a problem. Bottom line is, it's a good school if you actually expect to do work instead of expecting a diploma mill.

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Great first year at Walden MSN FNP program.
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Degree: Nursing Practice
Graduation Year: 2015
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I have just completed year 1 of 2 of the MSN FNP program, I start my practicum courses in two weeks. I have had an excellent experience and am still shocked why the reviews are so terrible. The texts, the readings, quizzes and assignments are all comparable to other FNP programs. You do miss out on the benefit of learning live in the classroom and gaining that extra coverage of the material, but the same content is still covered, its just very self motivated. If you dont do the readings, you wont learn what you need to do be an effective NP and pass boards. You are expected to set up your clinical rotation sites however this is not uncommon. All of the other universities I looked into were this way also. The Nurse Field Training has been an excellent resource, they have provided me an extension on finding placement for my peds rotation and provided suggestions in my area based on experiences of other students. Great experience so far and I've completed one year, including the toughest courses of Health Assessment and Pharmacology.

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Andrea - 3 months ago

Thank you for leaving a comment, I scrolled through the comments until I found a positive FNP comment. My husband starts his FNP program in December. He will be working full time at the hospital plus doing school, plus being a husband and father. Can you tell me what to expect for his first year. How many hours a week of studying? Was it brutal? Any spring breaks or summer breaks? My husband is self motivated but also anxiety driven when it comes to his courses. Can you please give me an idea what to expect so I can prepare myself and our four kids.

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D. Wilson - 10 days ago

I am a student at Walden enrolled in the AGNP program. I have loved every minute of my time spent at Walden. It was tough!!!! I have cried a lot for many reasons. It was a nail biting disaster trying to secure clinical sites!! I had to well-versed in tuition cost, accreditation and the schools mission statement. That is what I needs to do to convince every negative nancy to buy into my program. The coursework was very difficult but, the most difficult part were the frowns and smirks I received from future colleagues because I did not attend a well noted institution. This hurt the most!!! I have now decided not to spend too much time convincing people I am capable of competing this program,will be able to practice as an entry level NP and can do so next to any NP student from a brick and mortar institution. Please!!!!!! So your homework!!!! You need to know the schools accreditation , whether or not the 5 credit advanced pharmacology meets your state board requirement of 45 contact hours of clinical pharmacology. I have done a lot of research to quiet some of my own concerns. I have spent too much money and time to think about the negative comments that have been posted!! I enjoy the freedom and flexibility. There is a ton of reading but. Without the reading you are I'll equipped to handle the nasty comments and what the ANCC requires of you as an entry level NP.

Be encouraged !!!!!!

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