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3 out of 5
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Degree: Healthcare Administration
Graduation Year: 2019

I have read some posts about the financial aid office at Walden and they are true, They are awful and I expressed that in my last student survey. I also do not agree with the Residency you are required to take that cost you in addition to your tuition $1375.00 and if there is not one close by then you have to fly and book a hotel while your there which is additional money, and it is all for nothing. I went to one and I did not learn anything new, or anything that could have been taught online. Just another way for this university to suck money out of people seeking their doctorate. The teaching staff at Walden is good, really have not had a problem with them and the subject your taking for whatever semester always has good reference material, good amount of time to answer discussions, and turn in papers.

5 out of 5
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Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
Graduation Year: 2019

This school requires a commitment to be organized and self-responsible. You HAVE to own your assigned reading, discussion posts, responses, make sure you meet the grading rubric requirements, actively participate, stay on top of your schedule and your financial aid. If your education is not a top priority-or you lack strong self discipline-this is not the school for you. Im half way through my MSN degree with this university and have a 4.0 GPA. It has not been easy. Ive had incredible instructors who respond to me quickly, Im automatically enrolled in my next class so I don't miss deadlines to register, and I have had absolutely NO issues with financial aid. I have even received a scholarship every single semester. I have 9 classes left and Im taking them one class at a time so that my grades don't suffer. I order my books from a different website to save money. I am literally earning my Masters Degree in my pajamas at my kitchen table. I will have 4 semesters which require clinical and have already contacted multiple sites who have agreed to allow me to complete these clinicals with them. You HAVE to do your own leg work. Anything worth having is worth working for. This is for me. I alone can do the work.

5 out of 5
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Degree: Management
Graduation Year: 2017

Walden is rigorous, challenging, and not a place for procrastinators. I graduated with a Ph.D. in Management in August, 2017. I was enrolled in Walden's PhD-Management program for 5 years. I completed the coursework within 3 years with a 4.0 GPA. The coursework was rigorous with a lot of writing in every course. Deadlines were generally non-negotiable as the courses moved fairly quickly. My wife experienced a health crisis shortly after I finished my coursework and I lost a few quarters of productivity in my dissertation work. That lost time, however, was my choice and not reflective of any person, procedure, or policy at Walden University. They were actually very understanding and accommodating of my particular situation. Having now successfully completed the program, I can attest that, just like B&M schools, there are good and back instructors at Walden. I initially had a dissertation mentor/chair who couldn't have cared less about my research or supporting it. I quickly ditched her (a fairly easy, straight-forward process), sought out another chair who was one of my best course instructors, and got on with my program. From Prospectus approval to final Dissertation oral defense took me 18 months. Yes, Walden allows reviewers 14 days to return work, but my Chair and Committee Member, without exception, returned draft with workable, constructive comments, within 2-3 calendar days. My URR and Form & Style reviewers both took around 9-10 days, but at those levels of review outside of the Committee domain, there is a confluence of a number of Chairs submitting work to that one person or office for review, so "personal" attention is going to take a backseat to the volume of work happening at that review-level, as would be the case in a B&M school. The communication between me and my Chair was almost daily via both the required discussion forum, and in direct, private email. He nearly always replied same-day, unless I sent a late night email. Communications between my Chair and my Committee Member (my stats guru) were professional and supportive. On the rare occasion I needed input from my Committee Member during the development of my dissertation (twice), my Chair allowed us to communicate directly with cc to him, and accepted the opinion and direction given by my Committee Member. During both the oral defense of my Proposal and of my final Dissertation, my Chair and Committee complimented one another in terms of the review, insight, and suggestions they provided to me, and their respective input made my Dissertation better. I never felt at a loss for support or assistance when I needed it. In general, my experience at Walden has been rigorous, challenging, and enjoyable. I had mostly great instructors in my coursework, found a very knowledgeable, supportive Committee Chair and Committee Member, and have completed a quality quantitative study in my Dissertation. My only caveats for those considering Walden are: If you are a procrastinator don't enroll at Walden University. You'll be eaten alive. I've seen it happen to others. If you are a person who looks to blame all your woes and pitfalls on someone or something else instead of taking responsibility for what you did or didn't do, don't enroll in Walden University. I have had some of the best instructors in my academic career at Walden. Nearly all are accomplished researchers and practitioners and they don't seem to have much patience or sympathy for those less serious who are just looking for a social program to join. You're expected to produce and to do it within the time prescribed. If you don't like being told that what you're doing isn't acceptable or on par with a doctoral-level program, don't enroll at Walden University. If you don't like, are not familiar with, on do not want to learn the APA Publication Manual, don't enroll at Walden University. Everyone from your course instructors to your dissertation Committee members eats, sleeps, and breathes APA. You will, too. If you are an ESL student, make sure you have the English language skills and resources you need to sharpen your academic writing and discussions to a doctoral-level of discourse or you will struggle. If you're not sure why you're pursuing a Ph.D., don't enroll at Walden University. You'll spend a lot of money (probably someone else's), have a hard time keeping up, not be very happy and, ultimately, probably not finish your degree. Bottom line: There are a lot of online programs that will sell you a diploma. Walden is not one of them. And from what I have seen over the past year they are moving forward with more aggressive policies, procedures, and direct student support, to make sure their students do the work, do it well, and complete their programs within a reasonable period of time. Walden isn't perfect (yet), but it is serious, challenging, demanding, and expensive. If you can't handle that, don't enroll at Walden University.
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5 out of 5
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Degree: Industrial and Organizational Psychology
Graduation Year: 2018

So far I have no complaints about this university at all. I graduate in may, and all of my classes have run smoothly and communication with any teachers, advisors, financial aid people has been ok. The classes are challenging and most professors have been great, except one, but you can't expect all of them to be the same or great. People are individuals and have different ways of dealing with stuff. If you are someone who can handle dealing with multiple types of people and situations you should have no problems.

4 out of 5
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Degree: Public Administration
Graduation Year: 2016

Excellent program with caring faculty who had lots of experience in the field. While not easy, I learned a lot that I could apply to my work in local govt. Great resources provided to students like the library. Great investment for me so I would recommend

2 out of 5
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Degree: Public Administration
Graduation Year: 2017

Great faculty but dissertation process is too long and confusing. Department chair useless in dealing with issues I was having with one committee member. Program is easy compared to brick and mortar universities and many who graduate cannot get full time professor jobs due to its horrible reputation.

5 out of 5
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Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2016

I want to announce that I graduated in 2016 with my BSN from Walden University. The entire course was challenging. I have learned a lot about research. Also, the classes compelled me to critically think. The most enjoyable thing that I enjoyed with online learning was that I was able to attend school at my kitchen table in my pajamas.

4 out of 5
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Degree: Health Sciences
Graduation Year: 2018

I have to emphasize that my negative remark is unfortunate . The culture of the office of Financial Aid at Walden University ( culture of disorganization and miss-information ) will jeopardize your academic efforts . The customer service is not as good as it should be (crew members do not enforce any written policies ) it is all about ripping you . On the academic front I have nothing bad to say , the teachings , the materials are excellent and they offer great degrees . Be on top of your academic adviser IF YOU ARE RECEIVING FINANCIAL AID ,BE CAUTIOUS . THEIR OFFICE OF FINANCIAL AID DEPARTMENT DOES NOT COMMUNICATE WELL OR AT ALL .

2 out of 5
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Degree: Clinical Research Coordinator
Graduation Year: 2017

I only deal with them because I am a U.S. Resident/Caribbean Medical Student. I don't have many issues with the scholarly aspects/instructors of the courses. My issues lie in their other staff. As a Caribbean Medical Student I should have received 25% off my entire 2 year tuition. I didn't realize I didn't receive it until my last course in the program. Well, no one has contacted me and it has been over 2 months of contacting almost every department there, bursar, financial aid, academic advising, enrollment advising, ombuds office, etc., they just refuse to address the issue. So silly me, I began a second program with them, won't be for too long either, because after that situation and now what they've recently done to me. They put my course start date as 08/28/17, when my class actually began 09/05/17, which flagged my account for non-participation and held up my financial aid disbursement and subsequently my refund. Now, my refund wait period is now a week late. They refuse to expedite my refund even though it was clearly an error on their part. The lady I was speaking with regarding the issue, put me on "hold", so I was "holding" for a few minutes while she went to speak with her supervisor, when they disconnected the call, basically hung up on me. So if you run into problems at this school just know you'll have zero help

1 out of 5
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Degree: International Business
Graduation Year: 2017

Y. s**** as a college prof. She really should be fired, and removed from Walen University, as a prof she lacks communicating with students and acts like a no it all... fire her or students will really leave the school because she sucks. She really has a bad attitude, and acts really stupid. please get rid of this h****

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