Walden University Reviews
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I have just completed my MSN. Most of my professors were very knowledgable and helpful. A few were not but that is expected in every institution of learning. I am shocked at the comments. I felt I received a quality education and it will be very useful for my career goals. This is a true evaluation. I noted one person stated the postive evaluations were falsely sent in.
I took a six months leave of absence. After becoming very ill and needed medical treatment. I send in the Doctors reports to them. But after the six months, they would not let me resume my studies. I appealed and they still would not let me resume my studies. When I asked them why? They stated that they did not have to tell me the reason why. I wrote an email to the university. They never replied to me. Do NOT go to this school.
My teachers were wonderful very supportive and helpful. The feedback is excellent, my enrollment adviser was excellent, but my academic adviser was awful. I called to get feedback on what classes should I take for the next course and was told " just pick any". I never heard from my academic adviser until my 3rd term. IT is awful as well, financial aid was unhelpful and uncaring. I got my refunds on time which is hard to do with most schools. But now that I read all the negative reviews I will be getting out of this school as soon as possible. Nervous!
Walden University is quite expensive, quite disorganized, has very poor student services, and ultimately just wants your money, and does not want to provide a quality program. The programming was somewhat difficult, with some good faculty, however the dissertation stage of the program was a joke... They assign you a project chair, who 9 times out of 10 forgets what stage you are at, fails to send your project to the other committee members within the prescribed periods, and you will likely do at least 1 extra course that you did not plan to do so you can get your dissertation completed. In my dissertation they changed my committee members twice, delayed my graduation, made me take another course, with no acceptable resolution with the university even though they violated their own policies. My advice STAY AWAY from this university, they are HORRIBLE to their students.
The most difficult part of this so called instruction is how the Ed.D's do not correct the incorrect APA formatting in the discussion forums presented by the students, if I am a student and I see the errors, surely the so called educator should teach these students how to write instead of waiting until the student is set to graduate from Walden, and in the last course of a program the educator will come down hard on APA formatting because they do not want you to graduate from Walden and not know how to write a correct APA paper. Furthermore, the educators do not educate, all they do is go to the discussions and ask a simple question of you or give a vague response, they do not teach. Not sure why you need a Ph.D to teach at Walden, I have a Master's degree and I could do a better job as an online educator than some of Walden's so called faculty. The best part of the program are the media segments also known as resources, in most case the presenters are impressive and knowledgeable, otherwise the course materials, reading and internet are how you learn, it is certainly not from the educators, THEY DO NOT TEACH
For this review I will keep it succinct. Walden is not an institution where you learn through instruction. Read a book, write a paper, search on google, write more, and begin again. If you desire interaction, collaboration, good solid knowledgeable feedback, and consistency, then this will serve as advice to avoid the Walden program. It is very costly. It is non-supportive. It is geared for low profile. It is retaliatory. Search the internet first. Use your intuition and understand that there are individuals that pose as positive bloggers to underpin the university's reputation. If you pay close attention you will notice a very common voice to the posts. If you notice the posts that are opposite the glowing reviews, they all have the same theme. The cost per semester is outrageously expensive and the service you receive in turn is not worth the aches and pains of trying to pay off the student loans. The interactions are non-existent; the instruction is vapidly delivered. I advise you to pose as a disgruntled student and see how far you are allowed to go before you attempt to attend this "university". You will find that you are not only dismissed, but are marked for weeding. I will not bore you with my experiences, but suffice it to say that I have experienced all of the same things as the others with regard to non-instruction, bilking of money, retaliation, and no end product. Use the common sense adage "if it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is". If you need to hear it, then "don't make this mistake - go to a face-to-face college or university". I wish you good luck in your journeys and may they bring you to your dream.
It is true that I applied to Walden because I know that I could get a degree without studying much or do any meaningful research. I did not know how (understandably) biased the industry was against Walden graduates. I would have stood a much better chance of getting a teaching job without this EdD than with it. Now, I cannot get a job because I graduated from Walden. And- I'm broke!
I will complete my Bachelor's in November of this year, and I CANNOT WAIT! The excitement does not have anything to do with the quality of school, I'm just thrilled with the thought of being out of school. :) Honestly, I have had a few bad experiences with instructors, but that will happen in every school. I attended Phoenix for my Associates, and I can confidently say that I am thoroughly impressed with Walden. UoP seemed to have tons of busy work and little application to their assignments, which is certainly not the case in most of my classes at Walden. I work hard to get everything I can out of my education (after all, I am paying a fair amount); I am diligent in posting my assignments on time and communicating with my instructors if I cannot. Overall, I feel like I have learned a lot and I have a fair amount of knowledge that can assist me in my future endeavors. I thoroughly plan to go back to Walden for my Masters after taking a year off to pursue my career in non-profit.
I transferred from a brick and mortar college with a 4.0 GPA. I was about to start honors classes but I had to move. Between taking care of a dying family member, work, and taking care of my special needs child I thought that I would never get my degree. Then a friend recommended online school. I am a few classes short of earning my Bachelor's at Walden and I have never had a problem. Yes some classes and instructors are demanding and tough (I have never had lower than a 4.0 GPA in my life until Walden. I am now at a 3.82 GPA) and some instructors may be "unfair" (and even downright nasty), however this can occur in a traditional school too. I've had my share of bad teachers online and offline but if you really do the work, you will pass the class period end of story. I work hard, I study, I do the work on time; I do not expect a free pass or special treatment. They have never cheated me with financial aid and were always willing to hear me out when I had a problem. Bottom line is, it's a good school if you actually expect to do work instead of expecting a diploma mill.
I have just completed year 1 of 2 of the MSN FNP program, I start my practicum courses in two weeks. I have had an excellent experience and am still shocked why the reviews are so terrible. The texts, the readings, quizzes and assignments are all comparable to other FNP programs. You do miss out on the benefit of learning live in the classroom and gaining that extra coverage of the material, but the same content is still covered, its just very self motivated. If you dont do the readings, you wont learn what you need to do be an effective NP and pass boards. You are expected to set up your clinical rotation sites however this is not uncommon. All of the other universities I looked into were this way also. The Nurse Field Training has been an excellent resource, they have provided me an extension on finding placement for my peds rotation and provided suggestions in my area based on experiences of other students. Great experience so far and I've completed one year, including the toughest courses of Health Assessment and Pharmacology.