Walden University Reviews
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The class rigor, advisor support, and guidance by professors outranked my experiences with the brick-and-mortar universities I attended. If you are looking for an accredited and respected advanced degree from an online university and are willing to work for it (which, of course you should anyway) then WU should be a consideration.
I found the Walden program to be very good. As a professor myself, I enjoyed my courses and with the exception of 1 instructor, have learned quite a lot during my studies. I am starting my dissertation this year. A positive of online courses is that you get to experience many professors from all over the world. One of my professors was from Yale, one from Pudue, some from Georgetown, so lots of professors take on a course or two for the experience and to network with other professionals in the field. Some professors are very active in their fields, such as public health, so you have the opportunity to network with some interesting people. There are some things about online learning that are different in that you must do more work, reading, research on your own, so you have to plan when you will devote your time to your studies and stick to it. You will also need to learn to use the writing center and online library to supplement your work. I have not found that any employer looked down at online schools, especially since most major universities now have online degrees. Employers would have to be pretty out of the loop to still think this way. The degree was helpful for me in finding an excellent higher education position. I found Walden through a referral from the hospital center where I worked. Many health and public health professionals attend Walden. Walden could do better at advising students, at communicating programmatic changes and helping students to form support groups toward dissertation. I think advising needs some shoring up. This is where you will need to double check what you are told. The writing center and library staff are very supportive and helpful and they stay on top of the latest research. I have had absolutely no problem with financial aid, with taking a quarter off when my parent was ill, etc. so there is an option to take time off. Plan to spend 70K for a PhD unless you can get some help from your employer or pay a portion yourself while in school. Walden will set up payment plans for you also. The bursar's office is very helpful and on top of things. You have 7 to 8 years to complete a PhD if you need it. Most people don't. I would say to plan 5 years if you're working full time. Be prepared if you want a doctoral degree to set aside a social life and plan to study, read and research about 15 to 20 hours a week. You get used to the pace.
I must say I appreciate every single time spent during my studies at Walden. I have attained volume of knowledge that is beyond my expectation. Inspite of the quality of education i attained from this lovely school, I am still struggling to enter the business world. Seems to me that many employers reluctantly consider candidates from the school. Their thoughts about the school causes them to overlook your abilities. And this is truely sad because there are many coming from ivy league colleges and could barely contribute to sustained growth. I am proudi went to walden... Inspite of the struggles and the chunk of debt i have accumulate, I believe they infused in me the capabilities to change my world...
I have been attending Walden since December 2013 ,and I have taken six classes so far and I have six more to go. As I can see it as a student the program has been very rigorous for me. I am a very hard working student and I have done well at the school. This is my first online school for myself but, I have tutored online students. Online takes a lot of time and dedication more than going to a brick and mortar school because you are truly self teaching yourself. I am planning to do my doctoral degree online not at Walden but another online school Maryville and it is because of their reputation. The tuition at Walden has been the cheapest I have seen around for a NP program its around total cost of 40,000 dollars. That is what a student pay to get a Bachelor Degree. I hate to see all the bad reviews but I think online education is what you make out of it as a student.
I selected Walden University because my mother was attending it for her Masters in Education. Although I had to adjust to online school, it takes a lot of dedication, the adjustment came easily. I did enjoy the set schedules for assignments that were posted for the entire class as I'm a procrastinator and need deadlines to help push me to actually completing anything. I liked my instructors, although sometimes I did feel a little overwhelmed with assignments. But, I always managed to get it done on time. Instructors provided great feedback on assignments and I felt that many were actually interested in making you want to learn instead of just giving you credit for completing the assignments. I decided to complete a Master's Degree from Walden as well, which I am currently taking. Yes, this school is expensive; but many schools are nowadays. Overall, I really enjoyed my experience here, with the students, instructors, and academic advisers. Whenever I needed to contact my advisor, which was not often, they got back to me quickly, usually within a few hours after emailing them. Online education is different from the usual way as you have to motivate yourself to complete the assignments and study. But I can say that before I even completed my degree, I found myself applying what I learned to my profession. That helped to continue to motivate myself to stick with my studies. I like doing my own research anyway so online learning was ideal for me. If you would prefer to be lectured or have face-to-face with instructors and peers, then online school is not for you. Otherwise, I would recommend it to anyone who needs a degree and does not have a problem with researching, reading, and writing papers. There's a paper due just about every week of class, but it helps you to be able to apply what you've learned. I can say that in the courses I took, there were not a lot of tests which was great as I am not a great test taker.
I started in the General Psych program then switched to Industrial/Organizational Psych. There are a lot of unnecessary classes (which may not be unique just to this school; I'm not sure) and it feels ridiculous to pay tuition to take such courses that are meant simply to "teach" good study habits or get accustomed to posting in online environments. Really basic, unnecessary stuff. Plus there were other courses that were deemed mandatory even though they were only introductory and had no follow-up (such as Research Methods - all the various psychological tests out there, how they work, what they measure, etc., which is great information but could have been included as a sub-matter in another class. The entire course was simply for us to pick one of these tests and study it in-depth, then continuously report on it for the entire 12 weeks. Such a thing is not going to help me in a career since it was way too generic, yet way too focused at the same time). However, many teachers really did engage students and encourage discussion beyond "Great post! I agree!" but at times it really did feel like I wasn't in a real competitive environment, in the sense that witnessing extremely poor grammar, syntax, etc. in others' discussion postings (especially from those who were purported to be at the end of their program) made me wonder how they ever got accepted in the first place at a Master's level (well, other than being willing to shell out $$). I do feel I learned a lot, and there was enough variety, such as group projects, and videos of case studies to watch and learn from. I did hit a snag with my final thesis in that I e-mailed repeatedly for status updates and the entire delay pushed me into another quarter, but after filing an appeal I was refunded the entire price.
Wow! I am planning to apply to the FNP program at Walden. All these reviews are giving me a second thought. Thank you all for your honesty. If anyone has been through the FNP program at Walden, can you PLEASE give me a feedback on the program?
I just graduated from Walden University. I would have to say it was a good experience and the degree met all the requironments to be accepted into graduate school. I had no issuses with advisors or the financial aid dept. Some professors were engaging while others felt none exsitant. Online format is definately for those who are self motivated. I was pleased with the overall pyschology program. Did consider to continue at Walden to pursue my masters but missed the classroom interaction so it is back to a brick and mortar campus. If you do not mind writing lots of papers ,participating in discussions and independant study than Walden may be a good choice.
I read a bunch of the negative reviews - and I see some that I can understand the frustration and others that feel like sour grapes. All I can tell you is that I gained a lot from attending Walden and graduating with my MS In Social Psychology. I would say that 50% was Walden and 50% is what I put into it. I'll admit, I was a little worried when I witnessed some of the classmates I had in the first few courses. As a for-profit college - I think you tend to see people who really aren't prepared to go back to school, and those are the very people I noticed dropping out as time went on. There were a couple of what I would call "weed out" courses where it was abundantly clear - only the people who wanted to apply themselves and get the degree would complete. I recall statistics being one of those courses. For those of you who crave professor time, or lecture time - online classes aren't for you. For people, like me, who don't mind digging in and learning through a lot of reading and writing... online classes suit us well. For me, online was a must. Because of my job and the hours and production schedules - it would be close to impossible to regularly attend "night" school. I found the online format perfect for me. Though it took me some time to adjust to the work-load and to form good scheduling habits, I found the routine consistent enough that I rarely felt really stressed. Yes, there were times where I would procrastinate and get stressed about completing an assignment. But I found that, for the most part, if I was disciplined - the work was the right balance of challenging and flexible. No, Walden isn't cheap. If I had one desire it would be that Graduate Students could more easily find "scholarship" help. However, I accepted that as a cost of convenience. The bottom line is - Walden isn't for everyone. But for people who are really interested in learning, with a very flexible and convenient way to do it. Walden may be the answer. The key is that anyone considering Walden should be prepared to drive themselves. The only one who can really determine whether this is a valuable learning experience is the student. I am fairly certain that people can fake their way through this (like I saw many do at a traditional school as well), but that only hurts yourself.
I got my MSN from Walden and loved it...but...not the same experience for the DNP. The first year was almost just like the MSN in level of information. The 2nd yr is when you start preparing for the "Project"...that preparation takes FOREVER!! There is one change...one revision after another. The Manual indicates a student will be finished in 4 courses...NOT...one way they can get additional money is to delay, delay, delay...and, of course, it is YOUR fault because you are not doing quality work...well, I completed the MSN with a 3.75 and the DNP with a 3.89...so, either the faculty did not really review my work as I was doing all those writing assignments...or, the faculty for the chapter writing/project are over zealous...or..there is a scheme to keep you there as long as possible by telling you your work is not good enough...I have discovered there are several students seeking to file a class-action suit because of such delays and poor service. You may do ok with the MSN program...but DO NOT use Walden for the DNP!!