Walden University Reviews
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The school itself is not bad. However, the financial aid office and the academic advising office are a joke. They do NOTHING to help their students!!! I have been dealing with them for a week and I still haven't resolved my issue and I've spoken to 13 different people and that is not including the numerous amounts of emails.
Little to no academic support, you are expected to teach yourself concepts at the doctoral level. Instructors are often demeaning and despite majority of students lacking understanding blame students instead of the inept curricula. At this point I think 3 of my cohort are left. I am not far behind, I will be looking for another school due to the total lack of teaching provided. Teachers expect students to read a chapter in a book then write a complex 5-7 page analysis of the trading with NO guidance. What am I even paying for?
WAs offered first term free scholarship, started the program and three weeks in I was thrown to collections for the $5700 unpaid tuition. My advisor and the collections department within student financial services both acknowledge the offer, but state they cannot figure out who pays it or how, or even when. The scholarship has disappeared.
So, I have 15 years of experience as a nurse, which is proving much more important than the material I've been digesting.This program is open to anyone who can afford (and maybe not afford) it. I'm finding that my colleagues in the 'real world' roll their eyes when I tell them where I 'attend'. It's almost embarrassing. Not so much because of the program, but more because of the 'quality' of students enrolled. There are 4 other walden FNP students I know of at my place of employment. I wouldn't let them make healthcare decisions for me. I have too much money invested in the program to simply quit and start somewhere else. When I graduate (God willing) I don't know if I will display my degree at my office. Which sort of makes me sad...
Terrible, redundant topics beaten to death, I learned 1000 ways of saying one thing or describing one topic , no complaints responded to, policies followed , or proper handling of anything. Not recommended for serious students desiring an actual education. Diploma mill? For profit...greedy.
I decided to pursue an online MSN degree with Walden University. While I am not dissatisfied with my experience with Walden, it was quite challenging finding my own preceptors and not being able to physically access the school, instructors, classmates, etc. I successfully passed the FNP boards after completing the MSN, FNP program. If I could go back in time, I may have done things a little differently, but more so out of personal preference, not out of dissatisfaction with the program. Online programs offer a different way of learning and this should be kept in mind of those who are thinking about obtaining a degree through this route.
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.
The academics I have received at Walden are good, however my experience with the Financial Aid office is less than par, if not absolutely horrible. Master's programs are expensive enough without having to deal with loan issues, caused by the University you are attending. Walden is at fault for an extreme delay in my loan disbursement and release, causing my family serious financial constraints and problems. Even though they are at fault they offer absolutely no resolution to my problems, of which they caused!!! There are many Universities that offer flexible online degree programs, with equally supportive financial aid teams. Everyone deserves a University who provides both. Beware of Walden!!!!
I guess I can't speak to some of the other programs that people are leaving poor reviews about, but my experience has been great. The teachers are professional and available to me when I need them. The material is what I expected from an MBA but exceeded my exceptions for an online course. The consolers have been knowledge and able to work with me when I needed to take a class off. I was able to take the class and then jump right back in when the next one started. The website works fine. If people are having issues with it, it is because they are using an outdated browser. I have even been able to use the website from my phone. Walden is more expensive than other online MBAs but the quality of the class is worth it. This is not a degree mill school. The grades you make are earned and not given. I was able to find the financial aide I needed and there was only as much hassle as you'd expect if you have ever applied for aide. They offer a discount for military as well. I will consider Walden for my DBA in the future and I highly recommend their MBA program.
Adult learners be aware. I'm very dissatisfied with the lack of empathy of instruction and circumstances. They seemed to more interested in money than with student success. Instructors seem to be facilitators of chatrooms rather than providing significant teaching of course material. Overall, I find Walden lacking quality instruction for course material. The technology of the chat room is a decade old with no video or lecture ability. Collaboration is great...however, it is mostly with students and is not real time. often many hours or even days go by without instructor feedback.