Walden University Reviews
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I have read all of the negative reviews about Walden University. When deciding what master's program to pursue, I had to realize that bad news is always posted faster than positive news.
I am enrolled in the mental health counseling program, and I am impressed with the expectations. The instruction is not easy, and not everyone is cut out for online learning. If you do not have the ability to work independently, you will not make it. If you do not have adequate research skills, you will not make it. If you expect to receive easy grades by posting bull crap on the weekly discussions, you will not make it. If you want an easy education go to University of Phoenix, where some of the students use Wikipedia as reference, and do not understand why they need to use peer reviewed articles for written assignments in a master's program.
After looking at many options, I decided on Walden University for my Master's of Nursing degree. I am starting my second semester and thus far it is working out perfectly for me. I have read some of the negative reviews and I am not sure how or why they have had such experiences at Walden. It is shocking to me. I do not have a single bad experiece to report. Many folks sounds as if maybe they were not able to be successful at Walden so they have blamed their failure on Walden instead of taking the responsibility.
I do believe that I under estimated the amount of time it was going to consume but that is OK. I am motivated and excited about the program. I am so glad that I did not see these negative postings before I started the course work or I might not have moved forward with the program at Walden.
It is not for everyone. If you are not self motivated or not college material, you are wasting your time registering because you will not be able to be successful at Walden. You have to be willing to make sacrifices and be flexible with your free time. You have to be willing to stay up late at night to get the work done and you have to sacrifice time on your days off and weekends to make it happen. It is not cheap and it is not easy but it is what I am willing to do to get a MSN
I am halfway through my Masters at Walden, and I have loved it so far. I wish people wouldn't write negative reviews that they assume pertain to everyone...they don't. Everyone has a different experience. The fact is, Walden is an accredited institution and offers a quality education. I know that some programs may be better than others, but I have had no complaints about mine.
The coursework is WAY more demanding than anything I have experienced in a traditional institution and the professors all have their doctorates and are extremely knowledgeable. I have to attend two residencies for my program and complete the same internship and practicum requirements that any other brick and mortar school student has to complete.
Like everyone is saying, online education takes discipline. It seems that a lot of people who are not satisfied with Walden expected it to be much easier than it was or for them to work around YOUR schedule...traditional schools don't do that, neither does Walden. Great school, I recommend it.
I am currently a student at Walden University. Before I enrolled;I was told that based on my transcript from my undergrad program, I would receive at least 15 transfer of credit. The enrollment adviser looked at my transcript and said "we usually give up to 45 TOC, but you are only eligible for 15. I will hand your paperwork over to admission for processing".
Well lo and behold, I received an e-mail from the admission office stating that I was not eligible to receive any transfer of credit(TOC).I have to take three additional classes as electives each class is 5 credits and they charge 2,500 per 5 credit class.
They are trying to rip me off by paying 7,500 for three elective classes that I do not need, not to mention those classes can be credited based on my undergrad program. I will sue if they do not grant me those 15 TOC.
Let me say! VERY UNPROFESSIONAL! DO NOT GO TO WALDEN UNIVERSITY! They call you constantly. You do everything they ask… then…BOOM! The infamous goal statement! Due to poor grades 20 years ago out of high school (a lot of us have been there) and a diploma RN, 2 bachelor degrees and 5 graduate classes (with a 4.0 GPA) taken at another university, later, I have to explain my whole entire life story of why my grades 20 years ago are not up to “her” standards and what happened along the way.
I wrote a 2 page letter with an overall general explanation. I had it proof read prior to sending it. The editor stated it was very well written and this was coming from a professional PhD educator. The “advisor” from Walden stated she wanted more. She wanted a detailed explanation done for review by December 27th and this was December 24th, Christmas Eve. Not a time to hash up my life but I did.
Out of spite, I wrote 7 pages. It was very difficult to write and brought back a lot of things that I did not want to deal with, especially, over the holiday season. I was angry and very frustrated. I decided this university is not for me. In my opinion, this is not showing a supportive attitude for potential students. I felt it was very intrusive. I have applied to several universities and received acceptance. I have never had to explain the deep darkness of my life. I feel it was none of her business. From the reviews that I have read, I WILL NOT be attending this school.
Any school that does not support the positive things that you can bring to their university and focuses on the negative aspects of one’s lifetime is NOT a school I want to attend. DO NOT GO TO WALDEN UNIVERSITY!
I am in my third quarter at Walden working on a PhD in Philosophy of Public Admin with a specialization in law. I am very pleased with the coursework, the level of professionalism, and the flexibility of the online environment. I completed my Master's work at Boston University via online studies. I had a positive experience there, and I find Walden a bit more relaxing and a bit more user friendly. The coursework is challenging. At this point in my education, I already know that you get what your put in. If you put in the energy, and you seek to understand and absorb, you will.
I must say these people will tell you anything to get your money. Yes, like most of the reviewers on here all was good at first. I must say when it comes down to graduating they will do everything and anything to prevent that from happening. I am an education major too much prevail the more I did the more it was not to a perfection. In addition, they stated I would have to repeat the course and pay over $4,000.00 to take the course again.
I do hope these people get sued. Now allow me to give you a list of issues with Walden.
Disability Service is a joke. They have no resource to help individuals with learning disabilities. I want to know is this against the American with Disabilities Act? They lie and say they have resources yeah right. The writing team was a joke in disguise. I had problems with their writing style being coherent with the professor. When you mention this to them then the writing team they will have an attitude toward you. Furthermore they will suggest you to take writing classes. I did with no prevail again.
Financial Aid will lie to you about your money. In addition, they are rude. I forgot to mention I qualified for several scholarships do you think financial aid assist me in receiving one? If you answer yes you are wrong.
Days will pass before chairman will call you back. They will call and email you like crazy if they need a respond from you but if you need one from them they take their time to answer your reply. What ever happen to the mentor I was promised? No mentor or support. If I knew what I know now I would never answer the call and apply to Walden. People if you have money that grows on trees then Walden is looking for you.
I recently withdrew from the Masters of Education Program. I took a course over the summer and really did not feel I learned anything. I thought that maybe it was just that course and it would get better. After taking the second course, it was more of the same. There was NO content to the courses. I know 2 people that took classes at Walden and recommended it so I thought it would be good. I also don't think the program is designed for working professionals. There are many, many hours of work every week. At the end of the day after all the work and not learning anything, I plan on pursuing a program through one of my state's universities.
First of all I cant say anything bad about Walden so far. I earned my Masters Of Public Administration in 2009 (December). I am currently in a PhD program Human Services with concentration of Clinical Social Work. I have experience in Juvenile Justice and Child Protective Services in 2 different states so that really helped me get into the program without having to have the MSW.
Textbooks are the students responsibility and if you dont have the money you can submit for a 500.00 book loan that will come out of you fin. aid/student loans. Online is not for everyone. You have to be a motivated person. I work a full time job with overtime and on call duties. If I cant submit an assignment on time I email or call my professors and they have always been very understanding so far.
I cant speak on the residency part of this program yet. All the professors i have had so far are very knowledgeable. If you need to listen to a professor in a class room and attend a class then its not for you. If i have questions i just email classmates or my professors who always have the answer. as a full time father, husband, and working a demanding job this is a perfect fit for me. Do not think your journey will be easy. You will have a lot of work to earn your degree.
It is my fault if I dont complete assignments, read the syllabus, or dont ask questions when i dont understand. In my past Master of Public Administration Program at Walden I had about 2 professors that were difficult but they were not that bad. Out of a scale from 1 to 5 rating i would give Walden a 4.5 so far.
I think the most important thing to remember is that online education is not for everyone. It takes an incredible amount of work, self-determination, and self-motivation.
There have been classes that I felt were not as exciting as others, but I also understood that I needed to learn a few things or at times refresh my memory over past learning experiences. Overall I have felt that my instructors have been very good and have had my best interests at heart.
The coursework I am undertaking is brand new and at times I feel like a guinea pig. However, at the end of each course I am required to complete a survey about the course, the materials, and the instructor. I keep notes and let them know how I feel about things. How else can change come about? Speak up if you feel something is not right - keep at it, because someone out there really does care.
At first, I did not feel as though my academic advisor was really there for me and I was able to get that changed. I use the support often to ask questions and to make sure I am going in the right direction. If I feel that something is not right, I am directed to contact certain groups.
No education is perfect, it cannot meet the needs of individual preferences, but it can attempt to open the door to new experiences and allow individuals to flourish...it depends on the individual and their desire to succeed.
I am not a big fan of Walden's library and sometimes I really get tired of the writing. But the one thing I value most is having the ability to really think about what I want to say, to honestly consider how I want to respond to another student's post, and to write a paper in which I can take pride.
There are exceptional tools available in the Writing Center and through SmartThinking. If you are looking for tutoring, well that is not always available but what a lot of people forget is that you can talk to your classmates just like you would in a brick and mortar environment. I was completely lost at the beginning of a course. I read what other students were discussing and took a shot at contacting one of my classmates. It was great, I learned a lot and was able to share ideas. I have friends that are in different study programs but we can still share ideas and blow off steam when necessary.
I noticed that there are often complaints about the instructors...it is important to remember that they are there to facilitate our learning, not hold our hands. Maybe it takes them a couple days to get back to us, but when you consider the monumental amounts of reading that they must accomplish each week, as well as reviewing group projects, it is mind boggling. Don't misunderstand, I have ranted and raved a few times because I wanted help NOW...but when all was said and done I realized that I learned more through research and discussion then if the instructor would have responded immediately.
I can't say what will happen when its time for my graduation but I have read articles by successful Walden graduates and they always usually very proud of being a Walden student.
I plan to stay and finish my education with Walden, because I understand that my education is about me and what I can bring to the learning environment. Not only do I need other students, but they need me just as much. Online education is about sharing the experiences in order to obtain a better view of the world and to bet the best education I can.