Walden University Reviews

  • 613 Reviews
  • Minneapolis (MN)
  • Annual Tuition: Not Provided
54% of 613 students said this degree improved their career prospects
50% of 613 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Ashley B
  • Reviewed: 10/19/2021
  • Degree: Social Work
"Where to even start with Walden, my mom says if you have nothing nice, say nothing at all. The only nice things I can say is that some of their faculty is kind and it’s convenient for working students who need a flexible set of courses to accommodate their work schedule. Aside from that from 2017 til this month, October 2021 I have been a student at Walden. I am going to point out each deceptive practice from my own personal experience. 1. Scholarships and discounts. I was told by the enrollment advisor that if I received a scholarship with Walden it would reduce the cost until I complete the program at Walden. This couldn’t be further from the truth. I had a scholarship with Walden as a social work student and I most definitely saw my scholarship go away and my school costs go up in the middle of my degree program (2019). 2. They say that the courses will strive towards social change and help you to grow as a student. It was very self paced, I mostly taught myself, and the teachers rarely provided feedback that helps students to strengthen their work or their writing. 3. Residencies are not only a joke but also a waste of money and time. Had I known I’d be spending for room and board, food, and traveling everywhere to pursue a degree while trying to accommodate my full time, very demanding schedule, I would’ve never attended Walden. I did what I had to do to move forward in my degree plan. 4. In dissertation pod I have had the worst experience ever. I’ve been in pod for at least 4 terms and got NO guidance on how to strengthen and improve my proposal and writing to move forward, first of all the first chair responds with looks good or if you text her she’s always traveling, when you manage to have a call with her, she has very little feedback to provide that helps you to move forward in a confident way as a doctoral student. The second committee member is completely non responsive, doesn’t attend meetings, when I look for her feedback on writing you get things like ‘looks good’. The URR doesn’t follow the checklist, they pick and choose what to nitpick at. They send you to fix and make corrections, you follow their guidance completely and do exactly what they say, then resubmit it, only for them to send back a plethora more of mistakes that they never pointed out as an issue in the first place. Also to note you didn’t change anything about the paper that would misalign it, only corrected their critiques and sought feedback from first and second committee member for them to say ‘looks great or way better’ only for URR to continue to say it’s not right. At this point it’s a money pit and I feel I’m being sent through these hoops and circles for them to buckle and dime me. I understand the dissertation is rigorous and that there will be several edits but to not have guidance and be paying all this money is a HUGE issue. 5. I consulted with my advisor about changing from PhD program to DSW program and they showed me that I would only need to take three additional courses and do a capstone project if I went that route. When I decided this year to pursue this, I’m already at Walden and switched from the Clinical Social Work PhD program to the Clinical Social Work DSW program. I side by side compared the courses in the course catalog, the description of the aim of the course, and the course code numbers. I’ve already taken those courses and exceeded some of the courses that are required to be taken. To expound in DSW you get fo choose between quantitative, mixed, or qualitative reasoning research courses. In PhD program you had to do both, which I did. So how is it that the evaluator states that at the same school, with the same class codes, and the same requirements as before, I would not be able to just transfer over and complete the few courses initially projected in 2019 and the capstone project, but instead essentially start almost completely over. This is deceptive because in ANY college of university I have attended, they would allow you a change of major or degree plan. 4)3 courses that compared in the course catalog were allowed to transfer over. Another example of Walden deceiving students and trying to nickel and dime them. 6. When there is a dilemma with Walden there is little to no feedback, I’ve presented this issue to the enrollment counselor who’s supposed to help me transfer from PhD to DSW program, nothing from my academic advisor which might I add a huge ref flag is going through four academic advisors in my time here, they leave like flies. I also reached out to the ombudsman and the next step is to figure out how to email the dean of the school of social work to get guidance because no one is responding to my very real and unreasonable question about a mere transfer process. 7. Walden is not honest and upfront about it’s prices, they project a way lower amount initially. Then you end up paying a whole lot more when you include residencies, materials for courses, the time wasted in dissertation pod with no guidance, etc. The financial aid team tells you mid semester when you ran out of funding for school, after you’ve already begun the term. When you ask them for resources and fiscal options they send you a link to fastweb which we know the link doesn’t work or had just another list of long scholarships for students that are first time 18+, not options for non traditional students. They also don’t work with you on a reasonable payment plan to pay for your school on your own. 8. Can never speak with anyone from your assigned school to discuss your concerns and get answers that makes sense."
Disappointed in Walden NP
  • Reviewed: 10/11/2021
  • Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Adult Psychiatric-Mental Health)
"They make it very hard to get a preceptor. They do not help and have so many hoops to jump through for preceptors they get annoyed and change their mind.When I say they don't help find a preceptor, I mean at all. You will have to pay for a preceptor through companies online that are very expensive.. Also, they promote the program as 2 years. That is if you go straight through and take the maximum classes each term."
  • Reviewed: 10/5/2021
  • Degree: Nurse Practitioner (NP)
"Walden is the WORST institution you can attend! Am not saying this from sour grapes or because I have stored up bile against them. They are COLD, CALLOUS and UNHELPFUL. The counsellor is rude, unempathetic, unsympathetic and just DO NOT CARE! Being black is not a reason to attend this school. It is anything but for black people. Do not take my word for it. I promise you will regret it!"
Kiah S.
  • Reviewed: 9/15/2021
  • Degree: School Counseling
"This is the worst institution of higher learning, I have ever attended. They are only concerned with money and inflated numbers. Their professors don't even post lectures for the online classes. You literally just read and write a post, and respond to two others or write some nonsensical paper. I am one semester away from my field experience and am seriously considering transferring out of this joke of a school. They are under new ownership and have paused all incoming financial aid, so I was supposed to have my student refund already, and they have no timeframe when they will disburse my loans. Despise this school."
Peggy Smith
  • Reviewed: 8/29/2021
  • Degree: Education
"A year of my life was taken for a degree that did not expand the knowledge I already had within my profession. The lack of technical support was awful and after spending 4 months with them to fix my account, nothing changed. I finished my degree on my cell phone!!!! After graduating with honors, no diploma has been received. The university does not have one HUMAN person you can speak to about graduation, only an email that they never respond to. I would never recommend this university to anyone!!!"
Charlotte K.
  • Reviewed: 8/23/2021
  • Degree: Nursing
"I would absolutely do everything you can to stay away from this school. It is the definition of a degree mill. They do NOT care about you. They do NOT care about your degree. They care about numbers and money. It is a MAJOR waste for those with military benefits. Those using chapter 33 should especially stay away from them AND their tempo based learning. You do NOT get your BAH every month. They send you $200 for 3 months because of the way they enroll you. So they waste months and months of your benefits for 3 months worth of course work. While tempo based seems legit (you can get as much done as you want in 3 months) it isn't all that. Their teachers (especially public health) will IGNORE you for days on end if you are moving too quickly. They design the tests VERY poorly. I have argued with the school about a test I keep failing repeatedly. I have shown them where in the reading the answer is right, but the useless teacher refuses to acknowledge me or my correct answer. Do yourself a favor... stay AWAY. I promise the other poor reviews are accurate. This is a DEGREE MILL. They make you take BS classes to fulfill your degree requirements. I was previously enrolled in my MSN program but decided to take a step back with COVID and working. I went back to finish up my bachelors and suddenly I had to take 3 or 4 additional GENERAL EDUCATION classes... Tell me how that makes ANY sense! The course work is DRY. You don't learn ANYTHING. It is nauseating how many papers they have you write for a basic nutrition class. It just isn't worth it. I learned way more at my community college and nursing college then I did with this online BS "institution". You waste time and money. It is also bait click to get you in... promises to complete your degree within 6-9 months if tempo based, when in reality the professors wont allow you to. They will slow you down by refusing to open competencies and responding to you when you have questions or discussion board requirements. A TOTAL lie and sham. DO. NOT. WASTE. YOUR. TIME."
  • Reviewed: 8/20/2021
  • Degree: Public Policy
"I will recommend Walden University to everyone who want to combine a balanced work, education and family life style. With the flexibility of course schedule and unmatched Walden University support, Walden University has been able to achieve this milestone by providing students with all the support to they need so that they can complete the degree successfully."
  • Reviewed: 8/19/2021
  • Degree: Criminal Justice
"Everyone at Walden University was very nice and they cared about the students. They were there to assist students to have a pleasant and successful journey. If your looking for a university to belong to then Walden University is the place to be. I wish I had started my doctoral program there in the beginning."
  • Reviewed: 8/19/2021
  • Degree: Business Administration
"Walden is not a university that is student-centered. Working through the coursework is straightforward. The majority of the instructors have been there too long and too comfortable with the 'job'. You will find that most of the instructors have general overall feedback to your work (i.e., form and style could be better, you are on the right path, this section does not map to the rubric). You are teaching yourself 100%. Once you have completed the coursework for your degree, then the non-existent mentorship and committee work is where they prolong your thesis or dissertation. Your goals to have a true mentor to walk you through the process with frequent communication to complete your final project is NONEXISTENT. You could take change your competing priorities and dedicate 100% of your time to the final project and it will not be enough because you MAY have a section approved within 8 weeks and moving on to the next is not their structure. Now you are at this critical point in your education and you have no way out? You are not going to start another program. Do yourself a big favor and find yourself a university that is consistent in its outcomes where there is a bonafide mentorship through your dissertation and an alignment between you, the university professors, and the review committee to achieve the end goal."
Dr. Nick Mawani, DrPH, MPH
  • Reviewed: 8/19/2021
  • Degree: Public Health
"Excellent university! Great learning from qualified faculty within an enabling environment. Fellow scholar-practitioners were from diverse countries, cultures, and backgrounds. Walden University is indeed student-centered with one clear focus - support student learning by providing active staff engaged in relevant capacity building for scholarly academic learning designed to help students succeed. For example, excellent librarians, writing center, current APA support, and statistics courses to augment program courses. Furthermore, CEPH accreditation brought credibility to my Doctor of Public Health degree. Thank you, Walden University for guiding me into being an evidence-based scholar-practitioner in my quest to improve the quality of life of the people I serve, and achieving positive social impact at personal, family, community, country, and global levels! I highly recommend Walden University to new students who want to graduate from the world's largest online higher education university with accreditations recognized worldwide."
Chazzarae Young
  • Reviewed: 8/18/2021
  • Degree: Social Work
"To those of you men and women who are reading this review, I want you to know that dreams really do come true as long as you stay confident and persevere in any situation. I graduated from Walden this past February of 2021 after attending the Barbara Solomon School for Masters of Social Work online program since November of 2017. It is with great pleasure that I inform you all that I have been hired within my current public school district as a Special Education Social Worker, adding about another $30,000 to my yearly income. Also, another goal I would like to achieve in the near future is to determine whether I want to go back for my Doctorate in Social Work as well as take courses in Early Childhood Education. Just like life, education is what you make it and it is true that it does not have to be about the degrees earned but the processed it took for you to obtain that degree. Sincerely, Chazz Young, MSW"
Prisca Jack
  • Reviewed: 8/18/2021
  • Degree: Education
"For the most part, My experience was extremely professional and rewarding. The timely responses of my professors improved my ability to produce improved responses to my assignments. Despite my family and financial challenges, I was able to endure to the end with the full support of the financial team and most importantly for me most of my professors. My time at Walden University will always remain etched in my mind as my most rewarding experience."
Sharon Dixson
  • Reviewed: 8/18/2021
  • Degree: Education Administration
"Walden University is an Amazing institution! I began my doctororal degree February 2018 and earned my degree January 2021. The academic staff were great, the advisor made sure I stayed on track with my classes to ensure I was meeting my goal. The workload of the classes were sufficient, although I waited some days until the last minute, it was manageable. The best part of my experience was getting to work with my Chairman, Dr. Peter Kirikiadis. Dr. Peter, encouraged, motivated, pushed, and inspired me to work hard for myself. This was the greatest moment in my life knowing that I was earning this prestigious degree on my own and when it was all over I will be able to look back and say "I did that". Thank you Walden University for allowing me to be a part of The Graduating Class of 2021."
Caroline Wendy Narine
  • Reviewed: 8/11/2021
  • Degree: Education
"The completion of my doctoral degree at Walden was a huge learning curve for me. I did not expect such a comprehensive package of courses. They were relevant to my specific area of study and scaffolded the research process. By the end of the doctoral journey, my competence was not limited to one research method but I graduated with expertise in all. The high quality and commitment of the instructors was exceptional. As an international student, the prompt and detailed feedback from my committee was greatly appreciated allowing me to complete within a financially manageable period. For the first time in my career, I focused on social change in education and now I am carrying that torch. Thank you Walden for a doctoral journey which has allowed me the opportunity to take my research efforts globally."
  • Reviewed: 8/8/2021
  • Degree: Education
"I enjoyed learning at Walden. Although it was not a walk in the park combining work and accelerated studies, but everything has been made such that students have access to quality learning materials and most especially great instructors. I loved it."
Darnelle Celestine
  • Reviewed: 8/5/2021
  • Degree: Education
"I would recommend Walden University to anyone who wants to study while working. The course content is relevant and their commitment to promoting social change adds value to the experience. I can personally attest to the support from faculty, advisors, library - every arm of the organization. Well worth it!!"
Leria Joy McKenzie
  • Reviewed: 8/5/2021
  • Degree: Education
"Doing my doctoral degree at Walden University was a great experience. The quality of instruction was first class even though I did not realize it until I graduated and began helping my peers who were working on their doctoral dissertations and Masters' research. Being a Walden graduate also opened doors of opportunities that I never anticipated, such as presenting at international conferences and getting lucrative job offers. I'm glad I chose Walden over the various other universities that I reviewed in my search for a tertiary institution to do my doctorate."
Evelyn Mangin
  • Reviewed: 8/5/2021
  • Degree: Public Policy
"I began my Ph.D. journey at Walden University (Walden) in 2017 and was unsure about attending an online school and the quality of education. Walden provided continuous technical and excellent pedagogy support. I became quickly acclimated to the online environment. The resources at Walden are endless and include me using the library, the writing center, the research center, methodology appointments, the availability to chat online, speaking directly on the phone with librarians, writing coaches, and professors in my field of study, and in a timely manner. The course work and dissertation were challenging but prepared me for my profession and taught me how to research, critically think, write, and apply my knowledge. My dissertation chair and committee members were there with me every step of the way. I am excited that I can now share my academic experience with co-workers and the public. I highly recommend Walden and the numerous degree programs at this academy."
Ava M
  • Reviewed: 7/1/2021
  • Degree: Counseling
"I can’t even believe this “school” is allowed to operate the way that it does. Their formatting online and portal are from the 1970’s. They hold onto your financial aid for months. Don’t go here. They still owe me money and every time I call, I receive some kind of excuse. This is so weird and the worst “college” I’ve attended."
Sophelia Kelly
  • Reviewed: 6/30/2021
  • Degree: Human Services
"I am currently a PhD candidate at Walden University. I am at the proposal review stage. I won’t recommend this university to anyone. Run like Forrest Gump from this school. For the most part, I had to trash myself due to little support from professors. I earned a master’s degree at this university while trying to earn my PhD. Worst academic experience ever. The dissertation process is designed to slow down even the best of students. It is all about the money when you run out they will throw you away like trash. The dissertation process is backwards and redundant. The chairs sit on a judgment seat and boast about having autonomy. Unnecessary revision and lazy professors. Run fast from this university!"