Walden University Reviews

  • 588 Reviews
  • Minneapolis (MN)
  • Annual Tuition: Not Provided
54% of 588 students said this degree improved their career prospects
49% of 588 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Patrick Z
  • Reviewed: 5/17/2017
  • Degree: Finance
  • Graduation Year: 2019
"I must say that I had apprehension prior to starting my online DBA as i had heard negative comments and experience. But I must say that the first 2 weeks have been quite challenging but in a good way. The professor is quite helpful with comments. The course is well constructed. The web site has ample information on helping you. But i do spend several hours a day on thr material. You need at the very least 21 hours a week. We started as a group of 17 but i can tell that the pace is slowing others"
Rich C
  • Reviewed: 5/17/2017
  • Degree: Educational Leadership
  • Graduation Year: 2017
"The doctoral process at this university is one that will drain your bank account or exponentially grow your student loan debt as the university has it's doctoral students spinning their wheels making minimal progress and holding students back. I've compared my work at Walden to students in similar programs at other universities, the work I've done would have been accepted at these other universities. I have several cohort members that are finding the same experience, as well as my spouse who is also frustrated at the universities policies and approach with doctoral candidates. The feedback received is; change this and you'll be good to move on.When you resubmit they will advise you to change something you changed 3 edits ago and they said was good, but now the chair wants it revised again differently, and the student seems to not make progress forward. Very frustrating to say the least."
  • Reviewed: 5/15/2017
  • Degree: Network Security
  • Graduation Year: 2019
"I can't recommend enough. DO MORE RESEARCH. I started at Walden and in the first course the entire courseware was written for a previous revision of the book, so the syllabus and book didn't match at all. When I spoke with the program director, he said matter of fact it's scheduled for review next year. The second class the bookstore provided me with the wrong codes for a 3rd party system required for the coursework. The program director and the instructor kept saying it's my problem not theirs and to call technical support for the 3rd party system. They didn't use any original coursework for that course, they just used testout.com. The 3rd course i tried to take, the material was removed from the library, and the 3rd party system required for the coursework no longer had a agreement with the college. When i talked to the program director he said instead of the 3rd party resource (lynda.com) for me to use youtube.com. I don't know any serious masters level institution that would send you to youtube.com as coursework. Well I guess I do know 1. Walden University. I'm 45 years old and I already have 1 masters degree. I know what it takes, it takes hard work, diligence, and commitment. Walden University doesn't even come close to what I expect from a graduate school. Instructors, administrators, student services, enrollment services, the library, they all take your questions and either pass-the-buck or say "that's your problem not ours.""
  • Reviewed: 5/11/2017
  • Degree: Finance
  • Graduation Year: 2014
"Great experience. You must work well in an online environment and willing to do the reading, research, and writing. I had very good teachers and classmates. If you have the dedication of a saint you will make it; if not you are wasting your time and money. I love the research tools and techniques I learned to continue to pursue the practice and academic interest in finance."
  • Reviewed: 5/9/2017
  • Degree: Education
  • Graduation Year: 2015
"Walden University is corrupt. I started the program in March of 2010. Things went well until I finished the courses and began my dissertation. I faced the same problems many others have listed, changing committee members, long waits for revisions, long waits for the writing center, and committee members constantly making me completely changes things. This, of course, led to extreme debt, because Walden charges all the way through the dissertation process, over $5000. a quarter. In 2015, I was forced to withdraw. I have over 160,000. in student debt from this degree alone, and the saddest part is, I have no degree. I was informed by one of the faculty members who left, that I will probably not be able to transfer, because Walden's KAM system does not transfer well. I was an honor student on scholarship at two respected brick and mortar institutions for my bachelors and masters degree. Walden is all about corporate greed, and students all over the world suffer."
  • Reviewed: 5/8/2017
  • Degree: Psychology
  • Graduation Year: 2013
"If you have a Bach and you have worked in the field and you know how to really write and research and you do not need any help or feedback from anyone, than you can get a degree at Walden. Do not go to an online school for Bach degree. GO to a brick and mortar school. There are things you need to learn and access you need to have at that stage in your degree. Online schools, especially Walden, are about giving you the least amount of help. I have found everyone helpful but do agree about not upsetting your instructor. For one class, I was not even sure I had an instructor. It was 4 weeks in and I was like oh, do we have a teacher. Wait until there is a special at Walden. Sometimes they do a 30% off the entire time of your degree and that is not bad. DO NOT expect help at this school. You will need to be intelligent, self starter, researcher, motivated and ready to put in 20-40 hours a week to truly earn your degree. Yes, you can put in less and graduate, but that does not mean you will learn."
  • Reviewed: 5/4/2017
  • Degree: Social Work
  • Graduation Year: 2017
"I enjoyed my time at Walden. I have met some of the nicest people, and made a really good friend. Some of my professors, all licensed/P.h.D., were absolutely amazing. Utilizing adobe connect or through uploaded videos. I did my undergrad work at brick n mortar schools, and it was not different there... Some horrible professors, and some amazing professors. If you take responsibility for your education, stay proactive, and advocate for yourself, you will do fine. It is a tough program, but I absolutely feel prepared for licensure in the future."
  • Reviewed: 5/2/2017
  • Degree: Business Administration
  • Graduation Year: 2018
"Horrible staff and support. They do not help you out in anyway what so ever it takes five business days at least to get back to a student on the support side. Attending college online is all about the communication and Walden doesn't seem to understand that concept. Horrible experience , horrible faculty and horrible app for phone. If you're an online school don't you think you need updated systems ? Common sense lacking from these people"
  • Reviewed: 4/24/2017
  • Degree: Education
  • Graduation Year: 2017
"As an adult learner, especially through online learning, the individual needs self-motivation and have proactive behaviors for seeking help or answers. I have had an extremely positive experience with WU. Just like anything else in life, you get what you put in - I am very happy with my program and the end results."
International Travler
  • Reviewed: 3/31/2017
  • Degree: Public Health
  • Graduation Year: 2017
"I have taken online classes at multiple schools and Walden is competitive with structure and demand. Personally, I love the brick and mortar school better because I can interact face-to-face with my peers and instructor. But my husband is in the military and we travel around the world. Online schools have been a blessing to me to finish my passion. Online learning is self-guided. You learn as much as you put into it. If you expect to sit and listen, you will not do well at any online school. The one thing I love at Walden is the support from the library and writing center. I have used the online chat many times to ask questions. I also watch webinars of information that have helped me learn and grow. Online worked for me and I learned quite a bit!"
Study Nutty
  • Reviewed: 3/23/2017
  • Degree: Counseling
  • Graduation Year: 2018
"I went to a strong undergrad (U of M) and I wanted to get the same challenge. I started at a local college for my MS in Counseling but it was a joke and the hours did not line up with my job. Plus it was just a bunch of old tenure staff with a random paper and final. I did not know walden would be this challenging. Just like any degree, you get what you give. I read everything and my professors get back to me fairly quickly. You learn alot at the residencies too. It is expensive but worth it. If you are looking for an easy program with minimal work then this isn't for you. The graduation rate is low but I look at it as the strong surviving. We have staff that sit on state boards an the ACA so I respect it. Counseling doesnt pay much but it is respected. I am glad I chose Walden If you are looking to be spoon fed then getting a masters ma not be for you."
Margarita Soriano
  • Reviewed: 3/16/2017
  • Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
  • Graduation Year: 2017
"The classes were well organized. The work load was appropriate. I feel like I could have been better prepared for the boards by a change of some assignment as some assignments really did not benefit the student. The papers took a long time to complete and other forms of assignments would have better benefited the learning process. Overall, it was good as far as the academical aspect. Now, the student support I cannot describe how horrible it was as far as advisors, financial aid, all the way from the beginning of my first person that was collaborating with me about transcripts and so on. Lots of chasing someone to talk to, being on hold, and questionable hangups. At least 3-4 times someone hung up on me when it seemed like they could not answer my question, this was so frustrating especially having been on hold for a long time prior to. I would look at schools that have better student support, but if you are willing to deal with crappy support and get your degree you will be fine."
Frank H
  • Reviewed: 3/14/2017
  • Degree: Business
  • Graduation Year: 2017
"I have had a horrible experience with the student support and counseling department with Walden University. The latest issues have been fighting with the Financial Accounting Management Office. I received a FINAL DEMAND FOR PAYMENT NOTICE on March 2nd, 2017 with the notice dated February 9th, 2017. I immediately call the number on the notice and spoke to a lady who did not identify herself. I was incensed to receive this final notice with the threat of collection not having received the first notice nor having ant reference to what was owned. When I attempted to question the individual, she hung up on me. I called again and got a recording that all representatives are busy. I stayed on the line for over 30 minutes while at work to eventually leave a message, which was never returned. The following week I called the main number and spoke to a gentleman and explained the circumstances where he looked up my account. He informed me that I owed $643.80 and that the notices most likely went to my student email. I was incredulous to the fact that notice where going to a student email with not follow up by regular mail, having not used this email in over a year when dropping from the program. I made a check out for the amount and placed it in the mail thinking I was finished with Walden to receive a letter of the collections on Monday the 13th, with a $131.85 additional charge. I placed a call again to the Financial Accounting Management Office to be placed on hold again for a half hour to receive an electronic message to leave my contact information. I have since made two calls where I finally spoke to someone who transferred me to the same number that placed me on hold and eventually messaged that they could not accept the call and leave a message. Since my first call on March 2nd, I have spent a total of 6 hours on the phone to pay a $643.80 bill with no satisfaction. Ive spoken to 3 people outside of the Financial Accounting Management Office asking what I need to do to get someone to return my calls on getting this issue resolved and their response is to talk to someone in the Financial Accounting Management Office."
  • Reviewed: 3/10/2017
  • Degree: Business Administration
  • Graduation Year: 2013
"Pursuing an online education requires a lot of discipline and reading, just like any other brick and mortar school. The only difference is the physical appearance and roll call. Most professors will prefer daily activity as the way of interaction and participation in sharing intellectual info on that weeks assignment. I chose Walden as I was already in the workforce as a banker in my mid-20s and was working 10 hour days. While it isn't the most prestigious institution, you get out what you put in. There's so many reviews that blame the professors or school for their lack skills when in reality it was their fault for not putting in the effort."
Boat Rocker
  • Reviewed: 3/9/2017
  • Degree: Nursing
  • Graduation Year: 2021
"As with previous reviews, I too learned not to "rock the boat" with an instructor. After asking for more specific information, versus "cut and paste" type comments on assignments, I was told not to post such comments in the 'contact the instructor' area. My post was removed and I was sent a stern email from the instructor telling me I was "presumptuous" to post this request. Rather than escalate this situation further, I learned to not ask for clarification on any further assignments. I have since transferred to a brick and mortar school. I find the quality of instructors superior to the Walden teachers. Additionally, I feel my tuition is better spent at a university where I am respected as an adult learner and valued customer."
  • Reviewed: 2/24/2017
  • Degree: Nursing
  • Graduation Year: 2050
"Don't talk back! If an instructor is rude on the blackboard you had better ignore it because if not - they will screw you over like there is no tomorrow. They wasted my student loans. The instructor involved twisted the truth as far as she could. I was in my fourth class. I had completed three and received A's in all of them. And then this instructor entered stage left and just started tearing me apart. Twisting the truth to suit her. I reached out for help and the more I did the worse the problems became. Go to a different school. No grad student needs this garbage. This school is expensive and they do not do anything more than the bare minimum to help you through - clinging to POLICY at all times - rather than just doing what is right. RUN from this program. Also consult YouTube there are a couple of interesting posts from Walden student's on there as well."
unsatisfied student
  • Reviewed: 2/24/2017
  • Degree: Nursing
  • Graduation Year: 2017
"I would strongly recommend to NOT seek studies at this institution. Cost The one thing that attracted me to this institution was the textbooks being include into the price of the course. However, 2 classes in I received an email stating that books no longer will be included and it would be a separate cost. The cost of the textbooks are astronomically overpriced and unable to be resold after completion of the class. You ALWAYS get the response that the book is no longer being used. How is it that a book I only used for 10 weeks already no longer being used? You try to sell it back online the most you will get is $10- $15 .The cost of tuition is roughly about $2500 per class Instructors I'm unsure to the training that is provided to instructors that teach online courses, but my observation has been witnessing instructors being confrontational and belittling to students in a discussion forum . Additionally, it appears the focus is not really on understanding the concept of the class .When you seek clarity on a subject, inquiries go unanswered Academic advisors They serve no purpose . Each time you reach out to them they defer you to talk to someone else and I am unclear to their roll . Its a profit making institution so their goal is not to invest in your education or ensure job placement. Their goal is to take as much of your money and you teach yourself"
  • Reviewed: 2/14/2017
  • Degree: Special Education
  • Graduation Year: 2016
"Walden University has been described by many as the online equivalent of Harvard University. And, I agree! In order to succeed at Walden, you must be a self-starter and be incredibly motivated for academic success. Walden has the best teachers, curriculum, program of change philosophy, knowledgeable professionals in their fields, and equally expensive. You must advocate for yourself too because unless you raise the issues that bother you, none of the academic advisers will be able to help you. I have had two degrees from two separate brick and mortar schools with help from colleagues and face-to-face assurances from instructors, but not so at Walden. To be successful at Walden, you have to grow up! And so, I did."
  • Reviewed: 2/13/2017
  • Degree: Information Technology
  • Graduation Year: 2018
"The absolute worst college experience ever, especially with financial aid and the FAM department. Teachers are ok, seemed well prepared. Already had a college degree, looking to add to my expertise, but the admin staff id's the most unprofessional and unkind I have every dealt with at any institution, our business for that matter. You'd better hope you don't have a problem with your financial aid going through, or you're going to be lead down a path of lies and manipulation that's end up getting you in the end, literally. The Clinton's have a vested interest in this university, so do your homework on them and this sorry excuse of a school before making an important decision."
Frustrated beyond belief
  • Reviewed: 2/10/2017
  • Degree: Counseling
  • Graduation Year: 2017
"I have been frustrated with Walden for many things but the one thing I praise them for is the caliber of teaching staff and the preparation for licensure. They work hard to make sure when it comes to licensure, there is a smoother process. The course work is crazy and it is extremely challenging to work full-time while attending Walden. Those who work part-time will fare better. The teaching staff and advisers are empathetic and wonderful. If you are looking for easy, this is not the place. If you are looking to be prepared for licensure-jump on in!"