Walden University Reviews

2.78 out of 5 stars
(573 Reviews)
53% of 573 students said this degree improved their career prospects
49% of 573 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

4.0 out of 5 stars
Monique C - 10/19/2020
Degree: Public Policy
Graduation Year: 2021
"My experience has been good overall. I started my PhD in Public Policy and Administration in 2011/12 and stopped near the end of my coursework due to personal life matters. After about a 4 year break, I was able to re-enroll fairly easily - only to find that the format and course requirements for my program had changed significantly. My student admissions and success advisors worked to get me back in my original program requirements and now I'm at the dissertation phase. Online school is self-directed and very much requires the student to be self-motivated. It's good for those who need flexible hours to do school work. I am an adjunct professor (face to face and online) at a different institution and online programs are generally the same across the board. I'll follow up after I complete my dissertation process. Best wishes to you all. (Oh, I received a $4,000 grant when I re-enrolled. Nice touch Walden)"
1.9 out of 5 stars
G man - 10/19/2020
Degree: Business Administration
Graduation Year: 2021
"I was told via an email total tuition qas $31k out of pocket. Ive already paid that yet Walden wont honor it. I have this in formal emails and other correspondence, including a formal cost estimate prior to starting. I even asked for clarification if the costs were correct and a senior enrollment advisor, as well as a manager confirmed it. For 3 months all I received was the run around towards the end of my program. Billing department will not communicate with me. You cant reach their billing department via phone, and when you call financial aid office, they cant transfer you to billing, and can only relay a message and give you a case number. I recently hired an attorney to deal with this. My attorney is taking my case with no money up front due to obvious email communications that show out of pocket costs. He is amazed Walden wont honor the qoute when its in writing. I will be finishing my degree at Walden, then I will be suing them in civil court."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Madison McKenzie - 9/27/2020
Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
Graduation Year: 2020
"I do NOT recommend Walden, you will NOT be prepared to practice as an NP! I am a Pediatric NP and have precepted many students over the years. I am in a busy pediatric practice with 6 providers and we usually have 5-6 students come through our practice each semester. The students from Walden University usually have their pediatric practicum their second to last semester of the program and all I can say is WOW! I have never seen students who are so close to graduating that have absolutely no clue as to what they are doing. I'm not talking recognizing obscure pediatric rashes, I'm talking basic physical exam. I have not had one student from Walden who even knows how to check a red light reflex....and they are close to graduating!!! The quality of the students from Walden has led to our practice discontinuing precepting students from ALL online programs. This is very unfortunate because in the area that I live in pediatric preceptorships are hard to come by."
2.1 out of 5 stars
Uses - 9/15/2020
Degree: Public Policy
Graduation Year: 2023
"I have finished all coursework and I am at the stage to start writing my dissertation. Last March, my father died leaving me, the only sibling, all of the duties of burial, financial reorganization, and decisions of operating an additional household. When he was sick I continued to take classes when he was receiving home care. When he died the stresses caused me to request dropping a 9000 series class (dissertation creation), 14 days into the class. Walden said that I would be liable for 40% of the $3200 tuition. They continued to stall for the next three to four weeks as we played a bogus game of email tag. At last, they requested 100% and said that I should have acted sooner. I wrote to the school, including the president. No answer. I was referred to an obviously subcontracted collection agency that could not care less. I have refused to pay $3200 for a class that consisted of no assignments, just direction. Considering the grief of a for-profit institution, I have not been a student since 2019. My budget is already far exceeded. Unfortunately, research tells me that this is how the institution operates. I am far from alone. This school simply kicked me to the curb."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Anonymous Ohio - 7/30/2020
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2021
"Walden is a complete nightmare. I am currently in my third term, and will be withdrawing. The bursar’s office is completely incompetent, my employer’s tuition reimbursement office has had to deal with them several times because it seems they can not comprehend the process when they are the ones who have an agreement with my employer! The subject matter experts (their term for professor) are generally useless with a few exceptions. I’ve reached out for help and the return email has a link to a YouTube video to watch! They have no desire to actually help or teach you anything. I wish I would’ve done more research into schools, Walden is for profit and it shows. They don’t care about students at all, they just want to keep the money rolling in. I’ll be attending a local brick and mortar with an online program."
1.5 out of 5 stars
Amanda - 7/7/2020
Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2023
"I would like to say that I love this school but its horrible. You teach yourself and the professors are not nice and hardly help you. They are more worried about apa fomatting,citing and referencing than teaching you anything. I was in the hospital due to an emergency and my professor said that did not matter I still had to return my work on time. I got a zero average c. The professor do what they want, some doc points for late papers some dont. Student advisors are hard to reach,not much help there. If I could do it all over again. I would find a different school. The apa writing they expect wouldn't be so bad if every professor didnt want something different and everything didnt have to be written in apa format. You have 1 or 2 discussions,1 or 2 assignments, research and 2 to 3 people in your class you have to respond to all in apa format. It's hard to learn anything. Pick a school that cares about their students education."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Walden University Scam - 7/2/2020
Degree: Counseling
Graduation Year: 2009
"Walden University is a huge scam, and if you are considering going to this school you should do your research and then choose another school. The tuition goes up every quarter (semester). You will not graduate within the time frame they promised, and because of that, will graduate with tremendous debt. If you are considering being a licensed therapist, go somewhere else because many state boards will not license you because of having a solely online education, and many companies will not hire you. Please beware because I wish someone had told me."
1.4 out of 5 stars
Robbi - 6/27/2020
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2017
"If you can teach yourself and just need the information to learn from, then go here. I got my MS here and most of the teachers were good, but the advanced statistics professor refused to answer any of the students questions with only vague responses. Another psych professor couldn’t help 3 students so I had to teach them when I was a student! I got my certificate in I/O psych here and the professor for the leadership course was a joke. She wasn’t qualified and didn’t even know how to use blackboard. It’s an online school with no internship requirement. So you can’t use your Masters to get a real job in your field. It’s accredited, but they don’t their courses are limited so you can’t get your PhD anywhere else because your MS won’t count. You would have to retake your Masters to get in. Anyone can get accepted here. All you need is a 2.5 GPA so most of the peers you’ll find in class have very poor grammar. I only went here bc I couldn’t walk to campus. But I wouldn’t recommend this place to anyone. Please don’t go here."
1.2 out of 5 stars
Nicole - 6/25/2020
Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2021
"I was so frustrated and disappointed with the orientation and on-boarding process. The platform for students is not user-friendly nor well-designed. Different ways to contact students in class, or the instructor, or the school advisor - needs so much streamlining. There is a technology fee added to every quarters tuition for what they had! I had phone calls with 5 different people to try and sort out my account (before class started). I was told why things were this way or that, but no one wanted to listen to what was frustrating. I was really excited about the idea of Walden. But, I lasted 2.5 days before I withdrew. I just didn't want to invest the money into something that I didn't anticipate getting better."
3.2 out of 5 stars
FutureFNP - 5/15/2020
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2020
"I recently finished my graduate degree with this university, and overall, would say this institution is okay. I had a good experience with most of my professors, though, each one of them are very different. The practicum or clinical portion of the education consisted of 144 hours at 11 weeks (adult, pediatrics, ob/gyn, and synthesis). In my opinion, the downside of an online education through this institution is that there are no lectures and you have to find the information that you need to know on your own, because the school does not provide "teaching" in any manner. Clinical can certainly be longer as well, but I was able to go beyond the required 144 hours during my 11-week sessions (I would recommend getting as much hours as you can for a good clinical experience). In closing, I feel this institution isn't bad, but if an individual is looking for "teaching" or lectures, then they should consider a brick and mortar institution or research one that provides this."
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