Walden University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (436)
I am currently enrolled at Walden in the MS in MCFC program. I'm more than a year in and I feel like I have completely wasted this year. The assignments are nothing more than read and regurgitate, and when you do dare to think outside the box, you get blasted by professors who states that you didn't follow the assignment.
Yes, I have a 4.0, but what is that worth if I feel I'm not learning or retaining anything? And Academic Advising is a joke. Beginning last quarter, I had some very serious concerns about the way faculty managed the classroom protocol. I was told to address those concerns to Advising and received no feedback or response, and nothing changed. Fast forward to the current quarter, where I am in a class where the professor refuses to answer simple questions or give adequate feedback. After attempting several times to get answers from this professor and finally being told to stop asking questions, I again turned to Advising. 3 emails and 5 phone calls later, I still have no results. No change, no assistance, nothing.
I recognize that Walden is a for-profit school, but they lure you in with pretty words about social change and making a difference, then dismiss you as unimportant when you challenge the status quo. I plan to complete this quarter as best I can and then leave Walden for another program. I'm paying for my education and therefore paying the salaries of all those who have let me down, and I know I deserve better treatment than this.
I have found it to be both challenging and also very interesting as I near the end of my Master's program. I feel I have obtained a great deal of knowledge and enlightenment within my career. There is a significant amount of reading and scholarly writing involved and you will need to spend adequate time and effort. The university has a high level of integrity and ethics and also takes plagiarism very seriously. I have not had any issues and would recommend this university, especially to those are already employed with a Bachelor's and would like to advance their career.
Plain and simple, if you are looking for an easy ride, do not attend this school. If you are not above average in intelligence, do not attend this school. You will put more into this school than you can imagine. It will be worth it in the end. I am having a blast, learning quickly and keeping my 4.0 and this is hard to do, but I put all I can into this, and this is what I get back.
I too agree most of the bad reviews are from lazy students that have no desire to strive to be the best. You have to have the time to invest or you will get behind, something you can not afford to do with semesters being 6-12 weeks long, depending on your degree. Dedication and discipline are a must. I did read someone saying this was not accredited? Well it is, and to boot the Chancellor of W.U is former President Bill Clinton, if that does not speak volumes in itself. I give this school a 10 out of 10.
Walden is a great institution, for those complaining that it is a lot of work, what did you expect, for your degree to be handed to you? If you went to a traditional institution it would be lots of work. I am currently completing my internship with Walden, it is a great school with great staff.
Very good school, no doubt. I think like someone said here in these comments, that there should be a much more serious screening process when it come to accept students. Apart from this, I see walden as a very good university. I have an MBA from a Brazilian university and now I am doing my masters with walden and for sure this school is great. in my humble opinion those who quit this school are either lazy( there is lot of writing here) or they simply thought that things here would be a piece of cake. No way. Online studying is much more difficult. One needs to be cery committed otherwise you won't make it. I very much recommend this school.
Walden instructors are simply excellent, patient with the students, they are great. Thanks walden for giving me this great opportunity.
I am just finishing up my third quarter here at Walden. I am working towards acquiring my MA degree in Mental Health Counseling. I wanted to do an online program so I could continue to work full time in my current career. I don't like to be broke. I had no idea what to expect so this has been an interesting experience. The work is far from easy and is definitely time consuming. I write approximately 6 papers per week. Do not jump in to this if you are not prepared to do the work.
Yes, they may make it easy to get in but they do not let you stay. I have seen a lot of people drop out of my classes in the last 3 quarters. I have spoken to some of them and they informed me that they were pushed out due to grades. The first thing that Walden does is drop you down to 5 hours a quarter instead of 10 to allow you to acclimate. If you still struggle I guess they push you out. They call it gate keeping and it is a great concept. It allows for students to give it a try but does not allow them to just cruise on through. My starting class is now comprised of the better students and you can tell by their writing skills, their thought process and research skills. I went to University of Florida undergrad and I feel the professors are younger overall but they all have their PhD's and are very eager. At UF the prof's were pretty unapproachable.
Thus far this has been a great experience and very educational! My expectations have been met and exceeded.
This school was a total waste of time and money. I spent over a year trying to muscle through this place, and my largest regret is not leaving sooner. I don't know how this is an accredited institution. The instructors are difficult to reach and provide little to no feed back. The work is almost as much garbage as the writing prompts. Avoid this school at all costs.
Walden University's Masters of Science Nursing program is challenging, insightful, and meaningful. I am pleased with all the instructors regarding their professionalism, qualifications, and education level. This program has impacted my professional outlook and personal goals.
I would highly recommend Walden University. For those who don't know Walden does have brick and Mortar campuses. I do attend online and I have been very satisfied thus far. Online there is an autonomy that each student must have to attend and we have to take responsibility for our own learning.
There are top notch professors that guide us through each course and providing feedback. As far as comments made that each professor does things differently, isn't that like every university that each professor has their own expectations for the course? Walden is highly accredited and I know several people that graduated from Walden that found employment in their degree field right away.
Walden works for me, I am an instructor at a career college and I would find a hard time sitting in a classroom and my degree would have taken me forever and a day to complete in that manner. Walden also encourages their students to think larger than ourselves and get involved in our communities in a positive way. I atended another online university before attending Walden and there was no guidance other than a mentor and students were sent the materials and a guideline to study and then take a final exam and given a pass/fail option only.
Walden is nothing like that and is continually working to make each student successful in what they want to accomplish. In life you get out what you put into things and an online education takes time, discipline, and a willingness to succeed. Not everyone based on their preferred learning style can be successful online. Don't bash the university if you are one of these who can not attend online. Walden is top notch and I have recommended this university to my family and friends.
The professors "appear" to have decent professional and academic experience. If you put the time into the classes, then the teachers will generally provide a decent amount of feedback. The interactive discussion posts with the other students are by far the most valuable aspect of the program. It's actually fairly easier to get under most of the students' skin and provoke debate.
Main problem - they will take anybody and this is obvious by the writing styles of supposed fellow Masters students. One student, a federal employee(surprise!), forced a professor to demand that each student use spell check before submitting postings. This student had the grammar of a seven year-old (I'm too kind) and was publicly debating whether or not she should continue on (laddy da) to the Doctoral program - obviously, our tax dollars being well spent.
The "academic advisors" are allocated not to the individual student, but as needed via email and phone. When I first started Walden it was obvious that they were nothing more than glorified sales persons. One of them really screwed up a possible career advancement for me. As I exited the program, it became clear that this was a "department" that needed to be gutted and from my final experiences it was clear that changes (positive) were being made.
The bottom line for me was that I ended up writing over 100 papers and twice as many postings. I think that I got out of it just what I put into it. In hindsight, I should have gotten off of my butt and taken my GRE. I could have then gotten into a far better school (have to be truthful) and probably saved half as much in student loans.
If you are government employee and a Masters, any Masters, will suffice in advancing your career then by all means go for Walden. Otherwise, until Walden stops taking anybody and everybody it is unlikely that having the school's name on your resume will gather any respect. Sorry.