Student & Graduate Reviews
Laura Newcomer - 12/2/2015
Graduation Year: 2013
"VIRTUAL FITS A BUSY LIFE. As a working professional, Walden was the perfect choice for me. The ability to do my coursework around my own schedule was of keen importance. There is a schedule and cadence of coursework to which one must adhere, so the flexibility comes from having no structured meeting time, not from lack of deadlines. YOUR SUCCESS IS UP TO YOU. In my coursework, there were no team meetings or group assignments which was much to my liking. I had years before experimented with another on-line university that did require team assignments and I disliked the lack of equal commitment. A few of us would wind up doing the lion's share of the work while others would offer sub-par submissions or skate by. At Walden my work stood or failed by my own efforts, and since I was earning my degree for me, that seemed more fitting. IT IS HARDER THAN YOU THINK. Having experienced both traditional college and on-line, I would say on-line is more challenging, especially if you are working full time or busy raising a family. I travel a great deal for work, so my academic activities were often done on airplanes or into the wee hours in my hotel rooms. I truly put my personal life on hold. Before I started grad school I made sure I had the full support of my husband, our closest friends, and family. I surrendered my weekends to writing papers and completing assignments. I also had the full support of my work team and my boss, as well as a tuition reimbursement benefit at work. With all of that in hand, I signed up and dove in. OVERALL GREAT FACULTY (at least in my area of study) Out of all my coursework, I suffered only one really poor instructor whose on-line demeanor was very off-putting. There was a lack of the genuine helpfulness that I experienced pretty much across the board for all my other courses. Certainly some were more engaging than others, and I had a few exceptional instructors as well, but overall I would say very good - to - excellent. BE SMART ABOUT THE PACE THAT IS RIGHT FOR YOU. I was encouraged to take two courses a quarter by my academic advisor, but I knew with my demanding work schedule and travel, it would be better for me to do it one course at a time. Thus it took me 3 years to finish instead of 1.5. It was exhausting but an accomplishment that means the world to me. DON'T MISS GRADUATION. You can attend a real graduation. Grads from all over the world attend, and it is a grand event that can be shared with family and friends. YOU WILL BE PROUD OF YOUR ACHIEVEMENT. My coursework absolutely equipped me for further career success, and I am a very happy Walden grad."
Jason - 12/1/2015
Graduation Year: 2017
"DO NOT GO HERE!!! -1) The website that you depend on is absolutely deplorable. Most of the time the links will pop up with HTML code and you are left with no choice but to call for help. -1) Calling anyone for help will most likely leave you with more questions and angry. Do not expect to connect with anyone having good customer service skills. -1) You will be thrown to the wolves. Orientation is a joke, but not a good joke. If this is your first time going to online school you will spend your first course constantly begging for guidance from your instructor on how to use the site, submit homework, find pertinent information etc.. -1) If this were any other business you would not be satisfied. School is a business. They take your money and provide a service. For the money they are taking you are getting screwed as a customer. The lack of knowledge and customer service within the recruitment and academic team is enough to ruin their reputation. They have the mentality that because they have been doing this for years that newcomers are expected to be on the same level of skill. This points back to a clear inability to educate. -1) There is no "flow" in your courses. You will bounce and tab back and forth trying to make sense of what you are supposed to do next. Do NOT fall for the quick talking, ever-so-kind and accommodating recruiter. Their job is to get your money. You and your education mean nothing to them. If you fail, they get paid regardless."
E. Hayes - 11/28/2015
Degree: Social Sciences
Graduation Year: 2016
"As someone with two other degrees, a Masters in education, and a Masters in theology, plus 29 years of teaching in the public school system, I found Walden to be just what I wanted and needed. I work part-time in a health care facility as a counselor and wanted to improve my knowledge and skill in the area of social work. Recently, Walden received accreditation of their School of Social Work and I am proud to have been a part of that process by being committed to academic excellence Thus, I am in Walden's Social Work honor society. I have also attended the residencies (They do promote student cohesiveness and faculty relations). My internship with a social justice agency was challenging but a great experience. All students are required to seek out their own internships which is part of the process of becoming a proactive learner. Was it challenging? Yes!! Was it rewarding? Yes, definitely!! The University supported my selection throughout the process. I am getting ready to start another internship, which I sought and was able to obtain. The process was also challenging, but rewarding. The entire process of being an on line student builds character, skill and helps you to problem solve, which is what advanced learning should be about. Walden encouraged lots of feedback, positive and negative and my experience has been that they respond to both. The library has greatly improved since I started with access to many peer reviewed articles. They have much writing support and follow the APA format of writing. I am able to apply my Walden learning to what is happening locally, nationally and globally. Thus far, I have had only one course that I think an in-person class experience may have improved. I chalked it up as a learning curve for me. On line education is cutting edge learning and makes it possible for people to get advanced degrees while working and serving. Yes, it is a lot of work. I spend much time reading, writing and responding to my classmates and instructors. If you are looking for an easy, free ride, keep looking because Walden is not the place. My experience in the MSW program has been one of academic excellence and professional support and preparation. Before making my final decision to be an on line student at Walden, I shared with the counselors that I was an older student and would need easy access to technical support. Walden's tech support has been excellent. I have become much more computer savvy and comfortable as a result of this on line experience as a student in Walden's MSW program."
Cheryn English - 11/23/2015
Degree: Clinical Psychology
Graduation Year: 2017
"I have not yet graduated, but I will tell you that Walden makes you work hard, but it is worth it. I am currently on my second draft of a proposal. And it wasn't the professors fault I didnt hit a homerun the first draft. The changes they suggested had me dive in deep and I had to become an expert to create a really great literature review. They have workshops you can take it you need help. Walden is well-priced and also very convenient for working people. Walden will work with people who do not have English as their first language, or have no family background with college. I suspect that for some they might be in over their heads, but for those who are willing to work hard, Walden is a terrific university. My only problem is that people lump Walden in with scam universities. There is no scam at Walden, not in my experience."
KCH, Inc. - 11/21/2015
Graduation Year: 2011
"This was the biggest waste of money. My degree is not even worth the paper it is printed on. I have made a career out of being a professional job hunter. 4 years since graduation and 827 job applications later, no job. Walden is a waste of money. The empty, false promises are just that false. Run away, save your money, find a real school."
demonbite - 11/20/2015
Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2016
"I am extremely fed up with this school. First of all, they do not give you an accurate idea of what the program will look like or the associated fees. Secondly, in this program you are required to attend two 4-day residencies, which are not included in tuition and make very little if any contribution to one's knowledge. Third, you are required to participate in two 6-month internships (2 quarters each), and the school does nothing to help you find a place to do your internship. The internships are also worth fewer credits than any other class, even though you have to put in at least 21 hours a week, before doing your homework. Fourth, they try to trip you up and mess you up at every step. I applied for additional financial aid for the Fall 2015 quarter, but was told I wouldn't be receiving it for that term because Fall 2015 isn't within the 2015-2016 school period. After that, they told me they would transfer the loan to the current quarter; the quarter is now over and I start Winter quarter in about a week and my loan appears to have vanished. In addition, I have had some really callous teachers who won't give you any extensions without deducting points, even with major life-changing events. Fifth, I was told that I was in a part-time program and would be taking 2 classes; however, when I contacted the school and said I wanted to go full-time, they told me that 2 classes is full-time. Sixth, the teachers don't teach. They expect you to do readings and watch videos, then do assignments based off of those. All the teachers do is respond to your discussion posts (sometimes) and grade your assignments. In conclusion, everything people at this school tell you is either a lie or misinformation and you shouldn't trust them. You can probably get a good degree from them, but it will still cost a lot of money and you will have a lot of frustrations along the way."
Gawad - 11/18/2015
Degree: Organizational Leadership
Graduation Year: 2017
"Within the next few weeks, I will not be a student at Walden University. As an institution of advance learning their administrative business practices are inefficient and unprofessional. I have always thought that once an educational institution's main focus is on increasing profit margins and less so on the welfare of its students, and the quality of its pedagogy then there is bound to be a conflict of interest. The university's "unethical" practice to recruit as many students with a failure to explain the financial aid process in details prior to and even during enrollment is deceptive. This is particularly so for international students whose country of origin financials aid's practices and rules differ from that of the United States. Upon self-discovery of the latter, rather than the university trying to help me in a professional manner, I was made to feel ignorant and the blame was cast solely on me for not having the initial detailed information from the university. This is despite my many attempts to obtain the same. Each time I attempted, I am transferred to another department of which people are either unaware of what I am relating or I am told my information lacks credibility. Then there are the insensitive, rude undertone emails and telephone conversations that reflect the "after the fact" limited information. If I was that ignorant, would I have become a student of higher learning in the first replace as suggested by the reactions of the university's staff? At one point I was not given an academic advisor because the university was not aware that they had not given me one following the departure of the previous academic advisor. Who incidentally had lacked advising and professionalism skills, small wonder she departed from the university. As if to punish me for some unknown crime, fate caused me to self-appoint a new an equally ineffective academic advisor. What behooves me is that these people have master's and doctoral degrees, many from Walden university. Yet they lack basic common sense as well as advanced thinking skills that ought to be reflective of their educational attainment and maturity. Did I also mentioned that when a person telephones the university, you are advised and reminded that calls are monitored for "quality [guarantee]purposes, " a script that is embedded in the psychic of the university's staff and that is all there is to that action. Also, the university request that you complete these survey so that "we can improve the delivery of our services," really,? That is so ironic! An educational institution cannot be teaching its students how to act professionally responsible while its administrative and academic support staff are being inefficient, incompetent, and unprofessional. This spells, hypocrisy and deception, therefore I do not want to be connected with an institution that engages in not only such practices but also bias and discrimination. I believe that good reputation is still important so PLEASE, PLEASE reconsider carefully before choosing Walden University, I had to learn the hard way after receiving initial warnings. Please do not make the same mistake as I did."
anonymous - 11/15/2015
Graduation Year: 2016
"Terrible, Instructors do not keep their scheduled preceptor conferences, upsetting the physician preceptor, and frustrating the student. You will not receive adequate training from the school or direction to do so for clinical medicine. You must have a strong nursing background to survive clinical rotations, which you must find your own preceptor and rely on the university for affiliation agreements, which are very unprofessional and not prompt and getting completed, thus slowing down or halting your academic progress. No one at the university either knows their job or can provide any information on the specifics of requirements or expectations for any of the course work, Assignment rubrics and grading is prejudicial, and not according to content. If you cannot get in elsewhere then you are still taking a big financial risk on attending at this ghost university."
Kimmieg - 11/6/2015
Degree: Clinical Psychology
Graduation Year: 2018
"Attending class online is not for everyone. It takes an enormous amount of time and dedication. It is hard work but with determination you will meet your goal. I have not had any problems with Walden; faculty, advisors all have been great. I have never written so many papers in my life, but I am learning a great deal about the field of psychology. It is what you make it. I have heard people complain about brick and mortar school also, the truth is everyone will not have the same experiences; one must do what is in their best interest. I have referred friends to online programs and the reason for them not succeeding had nothing to do with the school but everything to do with their work ethic. If you really want it - go for it. Some may have had some bad experiences but it doesn't mean everyone will. I thoroughly enjoy attending Walden. I'm growing, learning and enjoying every moment."
Ph.D. Psychology Student - 11/6/2015
Graduation Year: 2017
"This program is demanding and takes a lot of work to master the material. You get out of it what you put in and must be motivated and disciplined to be successful. It isn't a "degree for a fee" and everyone does not deserve to pass just because they pay tuition. If it were that easy, everyone would do it. I found all the student support services knowledgable and helpful, from admissions and advising through to the end. The only criticisms are that in a face to face situation, you gain enrichment through the experiences of your instructors and cohort, and working side-by-side in research institutions is a needed skill if you want to get into academia. There are also little to no opportunities for grad assistantships that would help with the huge financial burden that earning a Ph.D. entails. I found too many classmates who didn't do the assigned readings, evident in their interactions on the discussion board. Reading posts from people who are attempting to bluff their way through the course is a huge waste of my valuable time. They need to be more selective in who they allow into their programs, and weed out those who do not rise to the level of scholarship needed to complete the program. But, being a for profit college, makes this a big business. The convenience was a huge factor in my staying here."
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