Walden University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (358)
Overall, I had a great learning experience at Walden University. At the end of the day a student will get out what they put in. Distance learning is not for everyone; however, if you can be organized and stay on top of your work, distance education has tremendous advantages. At Walden, your classmates will be a diverse group which adds to the richness of the experience.
The only people I have seen struggle with the program are the ones that had severe personality disorders. I am thankful the workload washed them out. The workload is also right on target as Walden owning the largest library in the world provides students with the exact material we need. You may also put more into the course or less if you want and still earn an A as it is adult learning. People that cannot learn on their own often complain the most. I really have enjoyed the overall process and feel I excel in many areas over students from other schools such as understanding different models, interdisciplinary collaboration, applying evidence based practices, and scholar applications. Most of all Walden does not brainwash into the only clinical model of social work that is pushed in contemporary times. I am a little behind than other schools in role-playing client interactions but I have taken upon myself to learn therapy skills on my own. I feel I am well rounded and ready to handle the field the same or better than other brand new clinicians.
If you are pursuing a counseling degree- please go elsewhere! I transferred into Walden when I moved across the country. They refused to take the majority of my credits and gave no explanation as to why... one course it was simply because one word was not included in the course name (It was only called Family Systems, not COUPLES and Family Therapy). You have to do two week long residencies that require travel and maybe one location that is convenient for people who live on the West Coast. Then, they book it into one of the most expensive hotels- that they contract with- and costing an outrageous amount of money. I asked to book my second residency early due to being pregnant and knowing that I would be flight restricted during the "appropriate timeline" and was denied. Now, I have to take it later in the program. Most recently, I'm having the most difficult of times with them regarding my internship. I plan to do my internship at my current workplace, they will not let me count any of my regular duties which will require me to work an additional 20 hours each week. Because I'm completing my residency "late" they won't let me start my internship even though they wouldn't make an exception on the front end for me. They say that they don't want to "damage the relationship with the field site." However, they don't have a relationship with the field site and since it is my workplace, if I would damage the relationship, I would lose my job. They are unwilling to help their students find work sites- as a friend of mine has not been able to secure one for the past 9 months, which forces her to just keep taking classes over and over. Now, I'm too far into my program to transfer to another school without having to retake a bunch of classes. This is beyond a FOR PROFIT school and is not interested in helping their students succeed.
I am writing this trying to be as honest as possible. The first 2-3 quarters I felt like the school was too easy. I felt like I was not learning enough to make me a good counselor. I had previously gotten my Associates and Bachelor’s degrees at brick and mortar schools. So I felt that the work load was pretty light for a master’s level education. That is when quarter 4 hit. I found that suddenly I was working my tail off to get by. The school has continued to be challenging. As far as the teachers they are a mixed bag. I have had some that where super helpful and others that where just ok, but I would say the same about my brick and mortar schools. The biggest negative I have had was finding a sight to do my practicum and internship. That did take a while because there are not a lot of options (I live in a very rural state). I really had to be motivated to find a sight. I was turned down a few times but eventually found an awesome sight. At this sight they have interns from multiple schools (mostly brick and mortar) at first I felt like I was a little behind the others but it was mostly in my head. After talking about our schools I feel like there are areas where my education was better and areas where it was not as strong but in the end it’s all about the same. Walden is CACREP accredited which does help find a sight. The CACREP web site lists Walden in its top 5 CACREP online schools. Does Walden prepare you for real life counseling? Id say about the same as any other university. I feel that the school does well with the theory and ethics but that the hands on stuff come largely from practicum and the internship. That is one disadvantage to online. In brick and mortar schools they get to practice on each other a great deal. At Walden we had to find people that would let us practice on them and tape it for our teachers. Fortunately I have good friends in the community. As far as testing for my license and such I feel that Walden was sufficient in preparing me for that. I recently took the NCE and while I have not heard back yet I feel pretty confident. Yes I did buy a study guide to help. Part of me feels that online schooling is more demanding than brick and mortar education in that you have to be very self-motivated and cannot be a procrastinator. There is not a lot of face to face time so it helps if you are an auditory learner. I was able to hold down a full time job until the very end (internship) when the lode just because too heavy and I dropped down to part time work due to the 25-30 hours a week I needed in internship.
So, I feel like my opinion might be a good gage for future prospective masters students. I have two degrees from very reputable brick and mortar schools, and have experienced both traditional and exclusively online classes over the last 10 years. So far, my experience with Walden has been sensational. The professors have been very supportive, are very responsive, and the material is highly educational. It has improved my practice as a nurse and how I take care of my patients. I have three other co-workers who LOVE Walden and we all seem to have the same opinion that even though it is challenging, --it is very doable if you manage your time wisely. One of my coworkers goes to the #1 NP program in the United States (University of South Carolina--as reported for 2016), and his wife goes to Walden. (He chose South Carolina because they have a med school). He stated that his wife's NP program at Walden was almost exactly like his, with a few mild differences. The unfortunate difference is the price. South Carolina's tuition cost is much more, and if he had to do it again, he would have definitely considered Walden instead. Furthermore, the nurses at my hospital that are enrolled in Walden's program are very intelligent and passionate about their work, their patients, and making a difference! Just know that online classes can be difficult for certain people. You have to be self-driven and you have to possess the desire to absorb the material. It's not for the faint of heart and nobody holds your hand, but you have support when you need it, even if it's 2am in the morning. I've had nothing but positive experiences so far with Walden University, and I've gotten positive responses from physicians, NP's, and PA's. When I say "Walden University," people respond with "Oh, they have a good NP program," or "I had a friend graduate from their NP program," or "I've heard that's a great school." My classmates vary in age, have an extensive and varied amount of experience in the field, and work at renown hospitals. The professors all have doctorates from well-respected schools, are published, and have served as leaders in the field. IN ADDITION, the nurses I know that have graduated from the NP program have ALL PASSED BOARDS ON THE FIRST TRY-AND ALL OF THEM HAVE JOBS. So, with that being said--I TOTALLY RECOMMEND WALDEN UNIVERSITY!
Classes are ok but calling Walden University to resolve issues can take hours. Also tuition was to include books and materials. My last class they decided they were not going to cover the cost of books. It cost an additional $150.00 for books for my last class. I will not be going back to Walden.
Walden, University course materials are outdated books I Have a technology book that is 13 years old. When doing assignments the course links are often broken and you are unable to get help in time to assess the information needed to complete assignments.Lack of concern to follow up by department heads, so do not look for real assistance classroom issues. When applying for scholarships the instructors will not help with filling out reference requirements, so do not count on grants or scholarships from this University.
Excellent school, Excellent program! Never attended a school that was this efficient and the Advisors were always so helpful! The program is demanding so be prepared. The first 4- 5 classes weren't as hard nor did I feel that it prepared you for how hard the program was going to get but overall it was a great experience. These reviews do not give the school all that it deserves!
I was happy at Walden and have no problems with the program. I did the program while a single parent raising kids already in college and working full time. I never slept much because I had to do my class work and never expected the school to hold my hand. See, if you are from a third world country, Walden is a breeze. I was never privileged in my life so hard work is normal to me. Thank you Walden!
I knew the program would be challenging but the challenges I am experiencing were unexpected. A prevalence of do as i say not as I teach you is right. For example, you are expected to adhere to ethical codes of transparency, honesty and due process but the school will not do the same. One example, the syllabus is released, you have only one week to drop a class, the teacher can change the syllabus if they want. You agree to the syllabus and decide to stay in a course based on that only to have the expectations of the course change. The class resources are dated but you get marked down if YOU use dated (>6 years old) resources. The same week we discuss how unprofessional a superviser is by having her children at home while she is on a supervision call, our Instructor conducts our call in the car with her children while traveling. Teachers assistants seem to have a need to exhibit their knowledge by knocking students down. The Instructors can not agree on what they want so each time you spend the first 3 weeks scrambling to figure out what does this specific instructor (or TA) want. I have had one instructor mark you down for citing to much other mark you down for not citing every other sentence! seriously, it is almost as if they want you to drop out because they prefer the exclusivity of a doctoral degree to be inaccessible. They have your money, they do not care if you finish. I tried to transfer to another school, also CACREP accredited but was told nothing transfers and I would have to start over. I am nearly 2 years in and am not starting over otherwise I would transfer in a heartbeat. Go to a brick and mortar school at this level. You are basically trying to teach yourself doctoral level information and graded quite harshly at times for not knowing what you are paying to be taught.