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Walden University
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% career related to degree: 65%
Average reviewer salary: $58,906

Walden University's Top-Rated Degree Programs

Program Average Rating Percent Employed Average Time to Hire Average Salary % Degree Helped Career
Psychology Average Rating
Percent Employed 80% Average Time to Hire --- Average Salary $33,333 % Degree Helped Career 57%
Nursing Average Rating
Percent Employed 100% Average Time to Hire --- Average Salary $81,250 % Degree Helped Career 100%
Nurse Practitioner (NP) Average Rating
Percent Employed 100% Average Time to Hire --- Average Salary $70,000 % Degree Helped Career 100%

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Degree: Nursing Practice
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This school is concerned with money not quality education. If you know how to navigate all over the internet to put information on boring discussion boards and do a few papers you will have no problem getting A's. In fact, a lot of the discussion board post from fellow students do not have correct info and the teacher will let it go. Is this the type education $2500 a class will get me and you expect nursing students to be successful? Would you really want these types of nurses caring for you and your loved ones? I would give it some thought if I were you.

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Degree: Nursing Practice
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Do not go this school! This is the worst nurse practitioner program I have ever attended until I wised up and left the school. They are out for your money. They lie to get you in the school. The admissions counselor lied to me about Walden helping their students find preceptors for their practicum but they don't. Their curriculum is horrible I feel like I'm teaching myself. What did it for me was when it was time for my practicum and I bust my behind to find a preceptor then the preceptor bailed out on me and I was told I could do my practicum. After all that time and money spent, I decided it was time for a change. In fact, I spoke to nurse practitioners I know and they said they absolute refuse to precept Walden or any other online because they do not teach them anything. Now I understand what they mean. Walden's so called advanced assessment class is about watching videos of some assessment then they expect you to print out a checklist then video record yourself performing assessments (which they never taught) to be graded by an instructor who never taught you how to perform the assessments in the first place. I strongly advise you not to waste your time or money at this school. Go to a reputable school that will teach hands on assessment skills, so you will feel proud to put on your resume and find a job with no problem. DO NOT GO WALDEN YOU WILL BE WASTING YOUR MONEY!

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Degree: Nursing Education
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Do not go to this school. They are out to get your money. When I was in the process of enrolling in the MSN program the enrollment counselor Sandy said the school will help students find preceptors but they don't. I decided to leave the school when I realized I can not be a nurse practitioner by looking at videos of people performing a few assessments then you are graded on your videos by instructors who never taught you how to do the assessments in the first place. The curriculum is horrible. How can a student become a nurse practitioner by doing worthless busywork, discussion boards and never setting foot in a clinical setting until it is time to do your practicum ? Think about it do you feel comfortable with an online medical provider diagnosing you and writing prescriptions or would you rather have someone who received an education from a known reputable college with hands on training? I advise against enroll in gat Walden because you will have empty pockets and a worthless degree you can not use. If you want a worthless piece of paper buy a box of cracker jacks and save your money for a real school that will teach you how to save lives instead of goofing around on websites and doing discussion boards. You can view websites for free at your local library. I caution you do not waste your time at Walden. I wished I would have left sooner but I am glad I left before it was too late. Now I am going to a real school and earning a real degree with value.

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Degree: Psychology, Other
Graduation Year: 2013
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I absolutely loved getting my bachelors degree at Walden! I graduated Summa Cum Laude with a 4.0 GPA for my bachelors, and I can say it was NOT easy! I am currently a PhD psychology student and I couldn't be happier.

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Degree: Special Education and Teaching, General
Graduation Year: 2012
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When I first heard of Walden, I was very leery about the quality of the program. In fact, those beliefs were accurate! Once I enrolled in this online program, I feel that this is not an institution, it is a money making business not caring about what students learn... If you have some intelligence, don't waste your time and money on their programs.

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Degree: Public Health, Other
Graduation Year: 2013
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I left Walden University when I finally realized that I wasn’t earning a graduate degree, I was buying one. When I applied at Walden and saw how easy it was to get in, it should have been a huge red flag for me. And looking back, I guess there was something in the pit of my stomach that just didn’t feel right. It wasn’t until I started taking classes that I began to realize that this program is not focused on learning, but rather on money. You pay thousands of dollars for courses that are high school level. If you can read a book chapter or an article and summarize it in three paragraphs, and occasionally write a longer paper, you’ll get A’s. That’s fine if that’s the type of “education” you want. But if you are really looking to be challenged to develop critical thinking skills and be able to analyze information and engage in the type of discussions with peers and coursework that fosters the type of learning that should be taking place at the graduate level, you won’t find it at this school. Mediocre work is acceptable, so you don’t have to work very hard. Sure there is a lot of reading and weekly discussion post (often just a simple 200-300 word responses to basic questions about the assigned readings), but it’s not very challenging work and you won’t learn much doing it. Many of the “positive” comments mention that to succeed at Walden you need to be willing to ‘”work hard” … but that refers to being able to read a lot and summarize the information for weekly discussion posts in two classes over a 12 week period. In other words, this is “busy work” that may take some people a lot of time to do. The problem is, it is not learning. It is not the type of work that really allows you to think for yourself and engage in meaningful dialogue with the instructors and fellow students. Everyone answers the same questions and basically writes the same summaries of the information. It’s dull, boring, uninspiring work. And you pay $2500 per class to do this! I thought the introductory started like this but expected the higher level courses to be more of what you’d expect in a PhD program. But even the 5 credit “advanced” courses are the same. What finally got me to leave the school was the fact that in my last class at Walden, my teacher waited until the last week to grade 5 assignments. This included my final paper which was 21 pages long. The electronic classroom tracks when you submit assignments and when they are received, viewed, and graded by the instructor. These 5 assignments were all graded within a 2 minute time period. In other words, the teacher did not read them. So what pride can I take in getting an A in the course if my assignments weren’t even read? The content of what you write, and therefore the content of what you actually learn in the classes at Walden, does not matter. Just pay your bill and submit something that can be graded so it can appear that actual learning is taking place. It really is a shame. I am actually embarrassed that I was a student at Walden for over a year before I finally woke up and asked myself “what am I actually learning?” … I don’t want to buy a graduate degree. I want to earn one.

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Degree: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other
Graduation Year: 2008
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Good experience; beneficial to my career; demanding curriculum; no problems throughout the process

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Deplorable School
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Degree: Psychology, Other
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I would heartily discourage anyone from enrolling in Walden University. It is an academic and financial black hole. I enrolled in the mid 90's. My first "mentor" seldom answered my phone calls (sometimes taking over 6 weeks to return my calls, even though I left messages every few days). When he did speak with me his communication skills were so poor (rambling incoherently) that it was essentially a waste of my time. Despite a strong academic background at the undergraduate, master's and doctorate level in traditional schools, as well as a long history of successful independent study in my previous schools, I could not get my "mentor" to approve my proposal nor to clarify his expectations. I finally asked for another mentor. The second one was even worse than the first. My calls to the school's administration to discuss this issue were woefully disappointing. After four or five months of this I finally threw in the towel. While this school might be fine for a few people, it is a huge and expensive risk. Overall, the staff, "mentors," and administration were extraordinarily unprofessional.

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Good education without travel
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Degree: Psychology, Other
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In 2008 I was looking to complete my doctorate in psychology. I graduated with a bachelors degree from Clark University in 1998 cum laude, and earned my masters degree from Assumption college in 2002. Both of these schools are highly respected. When seeking options for my doctorate I found only one "brick and mortar" school in my area which would accept my masters credits after 4 years post graduate, but it was over an hour drive from my home. After the disappointment subsided I researched online universities. Walden is accredited and is entirely online. They also enjoy a reasonable ranking compared with other exclusively online programs, and location based schools. I enrolled in the Health Psychology doctorate program in 2009. The first couple classes were not very rigorous, but this is to be expected when beginning a degree program. After more than a dozen more classes I was pleased to see the work was demanding, and I learned a lot, much of which I have already began to apply to my private practice as a psychotherapist. I find most of the professors to be experts in their fields, engaged, and accessible. All the professors I have had received doctorates from location based colleges and universities, save one Walden doctorate. I am presently halfway through my dissertation. I have spent 4 quarters on this already. The process is demanding, and not for the faint of heart. Both my Chair, and Committee member are excellent mentors with high skill sets. I find that if one is planning to pursue an online degree know there is assistance when you need it but there is no "hand-holding". Like any college or university, you get out of your education what you put into it. People often distrust what is new. Online education has been utilized up by scores of location based colleges and universities, many with high rankings. Anyone who may believe Walden is inferior to other web-based learning would do well to do some research. The classwork, and papers are at least as demanding as any I have written in the past. This is the only school I know of that require referenced citations for in class comments and postings. I recommend Walden to those who have good study and computer skills, and can work well independently with online support when needed.

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Degree: Educational Leadership and Administration, General
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I began attending Walden after a great deal of research. I discovered that Walden is only out to make money. They say that student learning is their top priority but money is their to priority. I had to send numerous complaint e-mails to have interaction with my chair. After writing an entire doctoral study, I was told that I had the wrong format and that I would have to rewrite the entire paper. Throughout this process other members of my group dropped out because they could not get the support they needed to complete the process. When you make complaints, you get a form letter response or a scripted response. They will not admit to their mistakes and it cost you money. I am glad that some of the posters had great experiences but I have been living in a never ending nightmare. My advice would be to pick another school because Walden will not help you be successful.

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