Walden University Reviews

  • 584 Reviews
  • Minneapolis (MN)
  • Annual Tuition: Not Provided
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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  • Reviewed: 5/15/2020
  • Degree: Nursing
  • Graduation Year: 2020
"I recently finished my graduate degree with this university, and overall, would say this institution is okay. I had a good experience with most of my professors, though, each one of them are very different. The practicum or clinical portion of the education consisted of 144 hours at 11 weeks (adult, pediatrics, ob/gyn, and synthesis). In my opinion, the downside of an online education through this institution is that there are no lectures and you have to find the information that you need to know on your own, because the school does not provide "teaching" in any manner. Clinical can certainly be longer as well, but I was able to go beyond the required 144 hours during my 11-week sessions (I would recommend getting as much hours as you can for a good clinical experience). In closing, I feel this institution isn't bad, but if an individual is looking for "teaching" or lectures, then they should consider a brick and mortar institution or research one that provides this."
  • Reviewed: 5/3/2020
  • Degree: Social Work
  • Graduation Year: 2021
"I have loved this program so far, I officially graduate in Funerary of '21. Time management is a big aspect of it especially if you chose to work full time or take extra classes than the 2 that is normal. I have been in the program for a little over a year, I have had no problems in any aspect. My advisor and I talk every semester to make sure I am taking the appropriate classes to graduate on time. I have not gotten lower than a 92 in a class so it is definitely doable, but you have to be committed to getting your work in on time and reading the material. Some teachers don't give as much feedback, but I have asked for more and they are always willing to expand on why they grade the way they do."
  • Reviewed: 4/26/2020
  • Degree: Psychology
  • Graduation Year: 2021
"Academics at Walden are good. Not great but I have learned a great deal. The resources are good however they charge a "technology" fee (currently $150 a term) on top of tuition and most courses required a book that you need to pay for additionally. While there is financial aid refunds and book advances....the most recent course required a book that was $100 and couldn't be purchased used because it was a brand new edition. We only used maybe 50 pages of reading material out of this book. The instructors, mentors, directors and advisor are all nice and try to help students out when issues arise. However, I would caution anyone who is thinking about attending Walden to prepare for the headache that is Financial Aid Services. I have had nothing but issues with them and the process since enrolling. When I say there is constantly an issue, I mean it never stops. There is always a paper missing, something not filled out right or another issue that requires much time and effort to get resolved. If you ask a question, you will get a response however when you reach back out to them you get a completely different answer from the first response. I had read negative reviews about the Financial Aid Dept before enrolling and I wished that I had listened. It is time consuming, stressful and never ending. I was planning on continuing my education at Walden for my Master's degree but this last issue with Financial Aid was the last straw. I can't wait for 3 more terms to be over and be done with me. Also to any potential students....just a helpful hint that I wished I knew before enrolling at Walden....a lot of organizations WILL NOT allow you to even apply for a grant or scholarship at a for-profit college. I learned that the hard way. It is an expensive college and there is not much help in getting help with the cost."
  • Reviewed: 4/23/2020
  • Degree: Veterinary Science
  • Graduation Year: 2021
"This school is regionally accredited and has multiple ways to get a public health degree for a reason. As someone who is currently in the dissertation process I can tell you that their PhD in public health is quite rigorous. I feel like I have had assignments that require nearly anything that can be done with an online program. From tests and quizzes to PowerPoint and papers I have done about 15 to 20 hours of school a week, so I think Walden is the real deal. Also the residencies meant I met some instructors in person which was interesting. Overall I would recommend if you are ready for a tough but rewarding experience with an online school."
  • Reviewed: 4/19/2020
  • Degree: Counseling
  • Graduation Year: 2018
"Walden is a for profit school and all about the money! Every other quarter fees/tuition are raised while service remains the same. You get a mix bag of instructors. Some with a lack of empathy and disregard to student needs in learning. Then there are some who are invested in their student learning. It depends on who you get. God forbid you get an instructor with a lack of empathy, who is the only person, who teaches a specific course required in your program of study. Addressing an issue with the Dean or an administrator is like talking to a wall, especially if it involves a faculty member. On a positive aspect, I did enjoy attending the counseling residency. It was fun, exciting, and motivating. Also, the skills, and tools taught were conducive to my learning. Walden isn't all bad. However,if you plan to attend, have a strong support system, expect the unexpected, be aware of the curveballs lurking around the corner whether from faculty, financial aid, advising etc. And more so don't be surprised to be counted as a dollar sign rather than a student."
  • Reviewed: 4/19/2020
  • Degree: Nurse Practitioner (NP)
  • Graduation Year: 2021
"I am completing the bridge program from ASN to MSN. The schools website is awful; too many options, too many steps to get where you want to go, not at all intuitive. The library is another pain in the butt. I get 99% of my resources off the internet and not through the school - kind of bs when you're paying $3k/class. They also do not do a good job of making it easier for those of us, (most people), working and raising a family. Your work eventually gets graded, not very prompt - so it's difficult to know where you stand. Some of their rules are silly and not productive - can't post a response to a colleague the day you make your post. Is there a purpose to this, other than making it more time consuming? I found a way around this stupidity but it's still aggravating. You are on your own to find a preceptor - know that ahead of time. To be honest, I looked at transferring but it would have taken more time and money so I'm sticking it out- one aneurysm at a time."
Rhonda Wood
  • Reviewed: 4/2/2020
  • Degree: Developmental Psychology
  • Graduation Year: 2020
"I love Walden University I have about 38 days left to complete my master of science in developmental psychology of the lifespan. I’ve been a teacher since 1986 so I am a perpetual student anyway. I wanted to learn how to best address the whole person so I chose developmental psychology. Walden University has been one of the most joyful academic experiences that I have known and I’ve had a lot of good ones. Anytime I have a question I get the answer. If the person that I’ve contacted does not know the answer they will find out how to get it for me . It has been an unbelievable amount of work but every professor I’ve had has maintained high academic standards while being approachable, patient, respectful, and helpful. The program is built beautifully. The first classes you take structure the foundation for the next ones so that by the time you’re done you can make needed connections. It is a balanced, well-rounded program. One of my favorite facets of the school is their focus on positive social change. I’m a registered volunteer with several organizations so I love the fact that they take action to make a difference. Their alumni students are in 140 countries and 50 states working to that end. You have to achieve everything that you would for any accredited master’s degree but it is geared and focused towards positive social change. I give it five stars. I feel so honored to be earning my degree at Walden University. Rhonda Wood"
  • Reviewed: 3/15/2020
  • Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Psychiatric-Mental Health)
  • Graduation Year: 2020
"I recently graduated from Walden. Their testing policies are not functional. The tests are extremely hard and they do not allow you see the correct answers after you complete the test. It's impossible to learn anything from the tests. After graduation it has taken them 3 weeks to confer my degree and then 3 weeks to send the necessary paperwork to the Board of nursing. The paperwork is merely printing and mailing. Walden's slow executions have cost me six weeks time I cannot work. They are absolutely no help if you contact them in effort to expedite the process. Most colleges take care your credentialing for the students. Walden does not and gives very poor instructions on the process."
Traci Miramontes
  • Reviewed: 3/8/2020
  • Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
  • Graduation Year: 2020
"Just a follow up from my earlier review. I saw a review by another student that stated that Walden students do not have to perform assessments in the FNP program - that is absolutely NOT true. I had to record an entire head to toe assessment with signed consents from my “patient” and submit it. It had rigid requirements attached to it in the rubric. As a matter of fact I didn’t meet the requirements the first time and had to do the whole thing over again and resubmit. Another thing the review referenced was exams being on Quizlet; I can tell you right now that I sure did not have access to quiz/test answers. Quizlet is known for having access to info that students may or may not be allowed to know about - to act like that is specific to Walden is ridiculous!! Many schools have had their tests, notes, quizzes,etc., make it onto Quizlet, Course Hero or other cites of that nature. It’s a tale as old as internet time and not specific to Walden but more specific to schools and the struggle they have in regulating academic integrity."
Traci Miramontes
  • Reviewed: 3/8/2020
  • Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
  • Graduation Year: 2020
"I’ve just completed my degree and am preparing to test. I’ve heard/read things over the last two years that I want to speak out strongly against: 1.) I was required to complete a full year - 4 rotations 11 weeks in length each at 160 hours per rotation as well as didactic work to new the clinical component of the degree. This was my second year of the degree, during the first year it was entirely didactic. The entire program is rigorous and time consuming - very time consuming. It requires commitment and hard work. In clinical I was alongside students from brick and mortar schools who were doing the same coarse work as I was but with less required clinical hours! 2.) NEVER was I ever in a position to sign my own evaluations. 3.) I was subject to very strictly adhered to academic guidelines and everything I submitted from papers to SOAP notes and discussion boards was put through safe assign. 4.) The professors have high but fair expectations 5.) Yes, it’s expensive; it’s a graduate degree. They’re all expensive. 6.) I do feel as though the school prepped me with the tools I need in order to determine how and which certification exam will work best for me and my career goals. 7.) Just like any process you get out of what you put into it. I decided to write this because I feel that Walden students are unfairly being blacklisted my potential employers and it isn’t fair! We did the work and are qualified for employment after passing our licensure exams. Please do not discriminate against graduates from an accredited university."