Walden University Reviews - Higher Education

1.45 out of 5 stars
(8 Reviews)
14% of 8 students said this degree improved their career prospects
25% of 8 students said they would recommend this program to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

1.6 out of 5 stars
mouse - 1/18/2017
Degree: Higher Education
Graduation Year: 2016
"Walden University was a great school until I reached the dissertation portion of the PhD program, I had a bad teacher and wasted 2 years then was approved and a new person was added to my team and he said I had to start over again because it wasn't an appropriate PhD study. No refund, nothing. Also, I was told 42,000 to get degree, I went every semester with all A's until dissertation portion. I graduated with $372,000 in student loans I owe. I tried to switch school and I would have to start dissertation over with them too (even looked into Harvard ha ha). I had to keep going and borrowing more and more money. I went every semester and did nothing wrong. I am a professional with Bachelor and Master's at brick and mortar schools with honor status. I loved this school until the dissertation part ripped me off and ruined my financial life. plesko@prwlegal.com is an attorney doing a class action suit for others like me. Great school until dissertation."
1.3 out of 5 stars
Doctoral Program not Collaborative - 3/22/2016
Degree: Higher Education
Graduation Year: 2019
"The educators from the Walden universityneed to revisit Phd requirements. Tthe value of a true group process or Doctorate level education is not evident. I worked my but off to get to this level and I expected evrybody else to be professional. I found myself alienated from the group in every class. I would write to many students and receive no responses. Additionally, very few students would write me initially in the discussion post. They had their favorites. I teach classes that never happens everyone is included. I brought this alienation to the attention of the faculty and the department chair it felt like I was taking the class by myself. This university prides itself on interactive discussion posts and classmate bonding. I cannot dismiss the fact that I received 4 to 5 hits for responses in the entire class. Whereas a class leader was receiving 20 extremely polite affirmations on every thread of this discussion adding up to 120 per class. Explain that? Other follower students posts there was absolutely no disagreement or deviation with this leader classmate. Classmates responded to his every discussion point. He did know what he was talking about. I wrote to him 10 times he blew me off. He was running the show. It was clear to me that these group members or network was pre-determined. Every member of the group gravitated to this great leader a CEO of a company. This boot licking tells me either they knew each other or they were looking for job. I found this behavior to be anti-doctoral acumen. The class wrote about the dangers of the social network and the informal network – here is one example I dropped out and I have 4 degrees and 25 years’ experience. I was excluded from the discussion group which account for death of the class for me. I worked very hard and received nothing back. The instructors could not control their classes. Therefore, I felt my classmates were not challenging and engaging in an unprofessional manner, and moreover, the material of each class a specially XXX it was a class in my Masters program. I majored in this class, as well as, taught to undergraduates many times. Therefore, as many students on the Internet posted serious complaints about the university simply looking to make money there was absolutely no individuality whatsoever. I called folks they did not call back except one great instructor. I called the Dept chair she did not call back. Find a group that responds exchange phone numbers. This seems to be the day of the blow off - coral your teammates. When academia becomes driven by the need for profit it is a sad day. Quite frankly classwork easier than the master level classes - often it resembled undergraduate work. Dr. B was the best instructor. I found the transparent marketing ploy of sending students and identification card after the first class, that said "you are Dr. Psychology" it was not true and shady The money con was on at all times behind the scenes. This not evident in the Universities I went to it was about academic excellence A true test of student knowledge is not : no tests, limited deadlines, all subjective rhetoric and biased discussion posts. It seemed like that some people just look up the research and splashed up on the page (quoting the author) with very little personal discussion or demonstration of knowledge. Some students do not have any real world experience they should not be in a Doctoral Program. Other students were awesome and I wanted interact and learn from them but, I could not even receive a criticism."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Elizabeth Russell - 3/14/2016
Degree: Higher Education
Graduation Year: 2018
"BeWare of Walden University. Research Class Actions Suits against them. I wish I would have listened to the warnings I read. It is a bait and Switch. The enrollment advisor will be very helpful. Once you are a student you have not advocate in the program. I have been told, "Sorry we cannot help you" so many times! Your academic advisor is probably a temp employee who can do nothing to help you. I am leaving this university with a lot of dept. I know of others who did so much more than I did just to leave with more debt. READ THE BBB and law suits against them. Don't trust anything they say. I have two masters degrees from other institutions. I am an excellent student. This university has terrible customer service and they are so big they don't care how the treat one student."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Michelle M - 12/14/2015
Degree: Higher Education
Graduation Year: 2016
"Please be aware that Walden University working school week is only 6 days. Day 1 is Monday, Wednesday initial assignments are due and by SATURDAY all other work is due. This is extremely hard for the working nurse and mom to lose a whole day. I will be considering a transfer out of the program due to this."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Angry at NO COMMUNICATION - 7/27/2015
Degree: Higher Education
Graduation Year: 2014
"I applied for the PhD program last year with Walden University. I had to drop due to a mis-communication between the Admissions Representative and myself. I have emails to back up that he did not get my logged in for the semester in time so I could not view Blackboard for almost a whole week after the class started. I was told during this space of not having access to send the DOE of the program a message saying I was committed, which I was but unknowingly sent thinking I would have access to the classes previous to more than 4 days out of beginning of class. The instructor called me after the class begun and we talked and she said that there was no way to catch up. I agreed because of my lack of access to the class until that point. I then in turn called the DOA and he told me to send an email dropping the class, that I may owe something for the percentage I was in but not worry because he would just appeal it for me. I sent the email. I was then dropped from the program. I went to try to enroll for the following quarter and I was told by the AR that I could not enroll because of my balance. I was then told that I was liable for this. By the time I had any voice to voice with anyone at the campus after many attempts to contact they told me I had to submit the appeal. I did. I was then turned down because it was after the threshold of time allotted to submit appeal. I am now stuck paying for a class that I had 1.5 days of access to."
4.7 out of 5 stars
Dan M - 2/23/2015
Degree: Higher Education
Graduation Year: 2016
"I am currently attending the MS in Higher Education program at Walden University. I am about a quarter of the way through the program and I have to say I am pleasantly surprised by the program to this point. I initially wasn't sure about the online learning environment, but have found it to be very easy to follow instructions and the material to be relevant to the themes of the courses. Every class has a major discussion requirement that connects you with your classmates, and makes the learning experience very interactive."
1.0 out of 5 stars
datailes - 7/19/2014
Degree: Higher Education
Graduation Year: 2014
"Avoid this school at all costs. After five classes, I called it quits. Four classes of no interaction with instructors and perfect scores on every assignment which led my to believe nothing was being graded as long as they were getting paid. I expected a level of academic integrity and would rather had feedback based upon my work not just being handed out grades. The fifth class that ended my tenure there was finally instructor involvement but very highly unprofessional involvement and then I started to notice that I might actually have been the only real student in the class because everyone else had to same writing style on the discussion board, every post was formatted the exact same way. It made me believe I was interacting with phony students or just names to fill up the class. I tried to drop this class and was told I must complete 60% of the class or my financial aid would be returned leaving a balance so I completed 75% of the class and then tried to drop the class and they refused so I stopped participating the rest of the way and withdrew from the University on the last day of the term. But, two weeks later, I now have a 1400 balance on my account for money that they claim they returned to the lender and are trying to collect on it. But when I contacted the lender, they said no money was returned so they are trying to scam 1400 extra dollars out of me.Stay away from the university at all costs"
2.5 out of 5 stars
K.L.Allen - 12/25/2012
Degree: Higher Education
Graduation Year: 2014
"I must say things got off to a rough start.I work in higher ed so I knew what I needed to get done to start. I have to admit that I hesitated in getting started due to bad reviews I read online,So at the last minute I completed my enrollment and submitted a FAFSA,etc.In the meantime my admission adviser was switched to a new gut who was afraid to answer direct questions,"I think he thought he was being shopped". I asked for someone else to work with and they obliged.There financial aide office is centralized,meaning,the person that you speak with is NOT a financial aide officer.They are customer service representatives who collects information and forward it on to another office who actually processes all the packaging. Once I knew this,I was a little more patient with them.Once it was all said and done,I started and so far so good.I just completed my second class and I LOVED IT.I'M happy I pushed through. I love the writing tools offered by Walden.I really had to push through the holidays to maintain an A.It takes a great deal of commitment to get through any online program. Because I understand this business I have to say that people should do their own research when considering colleges,especially online schools;Some of the negative reviews here are due to people's lack of doing your research,following up and making sure things are in order before you start a program;and most importantly knowing without a doubt that an online education is best for you in the long run."
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