Walden University Reviews

2.78 out of 5 stars
(584 Reviews)
53% of 584 students said this degree improved their career prospects
49% of 584 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars
Doctor of Education - 1/20/2019
Degree: Curriculum & Instruction
Graduation Year: 2018
"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!"
5.0 out of 5 stars
Ola - 1/16/2019
Degree: Criminal Justice
Graduation Year: 2018
"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."
4.1 out of 5 stars
Practicing NP - 1/15/2019
Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
Graduation Year: 2015
"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."
4.0 out of 5 stars
anonymous - 1/13/2019
Degree: Public Health
Graduation Year: 2022
"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."
1.0 out of 5 stars
TAKE HEED TO THE NEGATIVE REVIEWS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! - 1/9/2019
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2022
"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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
1.4 out of 5 stars
JC - 1/4/2019
Degree: Communications
Graduation Year: 2017
"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."
1.0 out of 5 stars
mvr - 1/3/2019
Degree: Accounting
Graduation Year: 2016
"I am surprised that there are positive reviews. I graduated but the experience was terrible. My dissertation process was a nightmare. The requirements changed regularly and I am still waiting for a response, 2 years later, from some professors"
2.0 out of 5 stars
PTC - 1/2/2019
Degree: Instructional Technology
Graduation Year: 2018
"A set of good instructors teach Technological Education program. However, the program advisors of the department and program director of the department are so below the capacity and qualification that make your journey a total headache if you ever deal with them. How possible a doctoral degree is completed without dealing with your program advisors or director. The is no connection with them and you are lucky if you ever find a chance to make a phone call with them."
1.0 out of 5 stars
MRene80 - 12/18/2018
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2018
"Ugh! Where do I begin? As they say, "Hindsight is 20/20." If asked, "Would I recommend Walden University", the answer would emphatically be, "NO!" Keep in mind, I had to wait SIX MONTHS prior to attending Walden because as a transfer student from University of Phoenix, student loans cannot "overlap." So, because I had attempted to transfer schools in the midst of a financial period in February, I couldn't enroll and/or attend Walden until August of this year. Over the phone and via discourse online, the staff and advisors at Walden University gave the illusion and false impression of "efficiency." Attending this school was DEFINITELY the biggest mistake of my academic career. After waiting 6 whole months to attend this fraudulent institution, being awarded financial aid, going through entrance loan counseling, signing my Master Promissory Note, etc; I was entirely ready and prepared to complete my Bachelor's degree at Walden. However, they enforce this fickle policy called an "Adequate Academic Progress Hold." According to their own policy, students loans are not disbursed until after the SECOND week of the FIRST class and a passing grade has been posted. Their words, "This saves YOU money." Aside from the fact that after the second day of my first course, I was no longer able to access the online classroom via Student Portal and had to complete/download assignments via my Amazon tablet, it was well into my second course - the month of OCTOBER - that the hold was finally removed. Keep in mind, this is AFTER I had contacted the registrar's office and the financial aid office to find out why my financial aid had not yet been disbursed. In my opinion, a student should NEVER have to go behind an institution to "coax" and "babysit" them into upholding their own policy. A University has its job, a student has theirs. Nevertheless, after speaking to an "advisor" (term used loosely) I was ASSURED that the problem would be corrected within "2-3 business days" and was even issued a case number. Needless to say, "2-3 business days" came and went. Almost 2 1/2 weeks later, I was informed via e-mail by the financial aid office that the hold had FINALLY been removed and that student loans were scheduled to be disbursed. At this point, I had become so annoyed with the entire situation, I had ceased all attendance and participation in my second class - and rightfully so! After alleging that my student loans would disburse in "7-10 business days"; (they always gave some fictional amount of time) I was then told that my financial aid would NOT be disbursing, I would receive no refund check and loans were sent back to the lender. I had spent all this time "hoping, waiting and anticipating" that they would do the right thing and abide by their own policy only to be slapped with a big ole' bill for education I never received - a bill which I will NOT be paying. As I explained to them, "It isn't my responsibility to pay for YOUR slothfulness." They had "money on the books" to pay for an entire semester's worth of courses, they should've disbursed them in a timely manner. It's bad enough that I spent six months of my life waiting to attend this "POS" institution. Time that I don't get reimbursed for. Why should they be reimbursed one red cent when this whole situation was created due to their laziness and procrastination? Anyone who's considering attending Walden or ANY University for that matter: Do your homework. Do your research. Don't base your decision solely upon an online advertisement or television commercial. Your education is FAR too important and the decision FAR too critical to not know - fully - what you're walking into. A college degree is not only a great accomplishment, but it accompanies you through life. You owe it to yourself to do your due diligence. . . . Long story short: Do NOT attend Walden University."
3.3 out of 5 stars
Storm - 12/11/2018
Degree: Public Administration
Graduation Year: 2023
"This is my second term at Walden University for a DPA. The faculty seems pretty nice and precise with discussions and assignments. The only real problem I am having with the University is the delay in refunds. I have a full time occupation and three daughters, whom are solely dependent on me. Classes started on November 26, 2018 and I have not received my refund yet for the term. It is now December 11, 2018. Time is money and if I am expected to take the time to discuss, post, research, and complete assignments on time then I need to be compensated on time for the refund that I am going to have pay anyway. I can find other activities that will grant me money for my time. Walden is seriously breaking regulations on refunding checks to students. A refund is to be disbursed on or before class starts and the latest is 10 days, in which the whole 10 days is exhausted with Walden. In my case, approximately 14 days has passed. I spoke with a financial aid advisor and I was told the reason for the hold up is to see if students are participating in the discussions and assignments, which I have done faithfully along with a writing assessment test to see if another class will be added onto tuition. I requested a book advance and never did receive confirmation to receive the book advance. I have never waited for a refund disbursement of funds after classes start. Does not make sense at all. I have to wonder if their is another agenda to the sloth upon disbursing funds."

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