Walden University Reviews
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This school is overpriced and under taught. The teachers all have different ideas of APA means so in one class is maybe acceptable and in another they require something else. The amount of time it takes for someone to return communication is ridiculous. Teachers will grade assisgnments at their leisure and when you address this issue they will say "follow the rubric" unacceptable. This school is a joke
I attended Walden online for my bachelors degree and had a good experience. any online nursing program has to have students that are self motivated, none will hold your hand. I completed 2 classes at a time and they were 6 weeks a piece. I am currently looking for a start date for a NP program with Walden. I see alot of reviews that complain about having to find your own preceptors.... just wanted to say that is the norm for online NP programs. every NP i work with has had to find there own, and I work with NP that attended Perdue, chamberlin, georgetown, and south carolina . Online schools are meant for convenience of working people . You have to know that or you will not be successful in any online program. You always have great professors and not so great professors.. at any school online or in person:)
I would give them a 5, but I thought the cost was a little too much and didnt like the idea we had to pay extra for residencies. You get out of Walden what you put in, and if your dedicate, you can navigate and be successful. I hear many complaints about the dissertation process, but I went from prospectus to IRB in two terms. My chair generally answered my email the same day, with the latest being the following day. My slowest part was URR approval, and it took 14 days which is still within the guidelines. I would also like to point out I finished my degree for under 40K and wondered how people can spend 200 K and not have a degree!
There is a lack of communication. I enjoyed the classes but when it comes to communication from other departments there is none. I am in my second class and I have yet to speak with someone in FA to explain my award letter or go over options with me. When asking live chat anything you will get many different versions about what is really going on. I work at a school but I heard so many good things about Walden so that is why i choose to attend here instead of my own University but I have yet to experience them. We pay too much to not be told about whats going on. COMMUNICATION IS HORRIBLE!!!!!!!
I have to say that Walden University is not for everyone because you have to be self-motivated. Do not expect professor to hold your hand to do your work. I received my Master of Science in Education and my Doctor of Education and both programs were rigorous. I do have to say that their dissertation process is very rigorous because they expect nothing but the best. Do not expect professors to tell you what to do because they will not tell you anything. Walden's online classrooms have rubrics for every assignment; therefore, you have to become familiar with them. These rubrics tell you exactly what they are looking for. If you do not follow them, you will not do well academically. If you are thinking about earning your Ed.D or Ph.D from Walden University, I have to tell you that the dissertation/doctoral project study is rigorous. I have attended both online and mortal brick universities and I have to say that Walden University format is much better. They have videos embedded, classroom assignment's and etc which makes it easier for you to follow through. As far as the coursework, it is just like attending any other school. People think online schools are a joke and easy, but they are not. If you do the work, you will not have problems with Walden. Good Luck in your Endeavors!
The school is not for lazy people, you must be able to work as if you're in the classroom. Participate, do the assignments and submit it on time. If you missed your assignment, you would be penalized. Walden university is not for students who are not ready to study.
Rigorous online program. I felt prepared to take boards and passed easily a month post graduation. This the very minimum one should know anyway. I feel that Walden is large, its very easy to get lost in the shuffle and its imperative to have quality practicum sites set up prior to starting program. I wish that there was more help with practicum placement. I feel this was in line with brick and mortar schools and I am glad that I chose online education. Online education requires discipline to complete tasks/assignments and seeking learning opportunities. For the most part professors were great with the exception of one. I found one pharmacology professor to be very passionate about his subject and enjoyed his course very much. If I chose again I would likely choose Walden, I had a good education and was prepared to practice and obtained a position rather quickly. The biggest draw back is the for profit stigma.
While I can not vouch for other departments, I can say the public health department at Walden is excellent. I am currently in the PhD in public health, epidemiology concentration, and have enjoyed it immensely. There are multiple resources and I was able to get responses to questions I had from any department within 48 hours maximum. Like any other university, some professors are better than others, but overall it has been a great experience. I am currently do well in every class, but it because I have spent at least 5-20 hours a week doing the assignments. However, do not think it is easy. There are plagiarism detectors and rubrics that specify what is expected for each assignment, so you do not think for a second that you do not have to put in the time and effort to do the work. I think Walden is designed for students who recognize they have to be responsible for their own learning. While the professors and other departments can help, it is ultimately up to you to ensure you pass each class, get financial aid setup each quarter/semester, etc. For those people who had a negative experience, I am sorry to hear that. But overall, in my perspective, Walden is a great learning experience for anyone who wants a graduate degree and has to balance school, work, and life in general.
Attending this school was the worst decision I could have made even though I only attended 2 weeks. The system is hard to follow and that makes submitting work complicated. Financial aid is a real joke you can call 3 times and you'll get 3 different answers. Discussion board assignments do not relate to the course and the 6 credit technology course is useless. I read these reviews on here and I still went against the grain and applied. DO NOT ATTEND THIS SCHOOL BY ANY MEANS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
A comment on the first page -- presumably from someone who earned a doctorate from Walden -- said he or she wasn't sure "why others are bashing the program." It's ironic -- or perhaps instructive (or both) -- that someone with a Walden degree seems to have difficulty comprehending comments that clearly and plainly cite chapter and verse the many reasons why Walden is a sham of an educational institution. The "university" -- and when referring to Walden, I use the term more loosely than a hooker with a million-dollar client -- is a business first and last. It's a money-maker and that's it's first priority, to the detriment of all others (if any other priorities even exist there.) Like many businesses, they do everything they can to keep as much money as they can and provide as few services as they can without running afoul of either regulators or a damaging public backlash. That's why you see so many comments about late or non-existent refunds, interminably long waits for financial aid disbursements, poor instruction, little quality control, few uniform standards, and runarounds that rival the Westminster Dog Show for the number of hoops they make their students jump through. For-profit colleges can, and in a few cases do, provide a quality education. The problem is, while most traditional, non-profit schools care about things like student success, a quality faculty, rigorous academic standards, high graduation rates, a solid academic reputation and other educational-related standards, Walden and schools like it care about profits -- and not a whole lot else.