Walden University Reviews
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Walden University is my current school and I transferred to them to finish off my BS degree in Homeland Security, The classes are very nice if you are an advanced student and intelligent, it requires a lot of time MIN 20 hours a week normally 30-40 to do all the required work and research.
Walden has an issue once they get you as a Student they no longer want to help you when something is wrong , Do not listen to the commercials they post on the TV like its online to fit around your lifestyle, that is NOT the case this college has more strict time lines then any walk in college Ive ever attended or any online course Ive ever had to do in the past.
The financial Aid office is totally screwed up and they love to hold on to your money as long as they can, I have had to fight them to release my money every single term since Ive been with them, and I never get it until at least a month after my class starts so if you are like me depending on the Financial aid to assist you with what it is meant for books, software, housing ect then you do not want to go to this school, they don't understand what Financial Aid is for and they conveniently screw up your account often.
this last semester I had all my paperwork completed 4 months in advance and contacted them the last 2 months at least once a week to make sure no new paperwork was needed, they decided not to even pull my paperwork until after a week after my 6 week course started.
I am in week 2 right now and still no textbook becuase of this schools poor professionalism and practices in financial aid, I was told by the financial aid office supervisor if I Didn't like the way they handled financial aid then I could either go get a outside personal loan ( I already am taking out 2 loans as it is through the school) or just drop the class which would penalize me in future financial aid.
This was the financial aid managers remedy to them not doing their jobs and applying my financial aid and releasing the leftover so I can buy my textbooks and supplies I needed for school. I also am about to lose my housing becuase they haven't processed my Financial aid that's been sitting there for 2 months.
When I told them I wanted information on how to file a Formal complaint against them he told me they answered to "NO ONE" and there was no one to report them too.
I am pursuing this still since this is my latest problem with this school, Soon as I finish my last 2 classes I will have finished my BS I will move to another school to do my Master Degree.
I do not recommend this school unless you enjoy fighting someone to do their job and like having to call them constantly to make sure they are doing so.
They didn't even know how to get me entered into their system as a Junior when I transferred in and left me as a freshmen for over 3 months until I began contacting the different offices to manually enter me into the system correctly.
Your year of school affects your financial aid as well for those of you who don't know. This school is every unprofessional in its administrative practices and good luck getting people to answer the phone after you become a student and they get a hold of you.
Today it took me 4 hours on the phone before I got a person, Oh BTW they don't return calls when you leave messages either, very rarely have I ever got a call back when I leave a message or am told they will call me back after they investigate the problem. Put off tactics with this school is a normality and they are masters of it. I wish I had gone F.I.T instead, and BTW Walden is Nationally accredited for those of you who said in posts they are not, I researched it and they sure are!
How? I am not sure by their professionalism and lack of performing their jobs, but they are. The instructors though most of them not all are fine teachers and I have learned a lot since I enrolled here. The administrative side sucks even if you do everything your suppose too.
I have my B.S., B.F.A. and M.S. from traditional "brick and mortar" schools, but decided to try Walden for my PhD due to the flexibility it offers it's students. After completing 5 quarters - I have easily maintained a 4.0 GPA - without really having had to try. I'm currently at my first "milestone" residency - and it is a complete and utter joke! The required so-called "milestone" classes at the residency are idiotic at best, and are teaching things that these students should have learned in high school. The residency costs $890 plus your airfare, plus hotel, plus meals...and I've gotten nothing of value from them. If I stay in the program, I'll have to do 3 more "residencies"...it's a joke. I'm so far in at this point - I don't know if I should continue and finish, or just chock it up as a lesson learned and switch to a traditional school. Buyer Beware!
I would recommend this university because it has lived up to what it has promised. All of my instructors have responded in a timely manner (usually the same day) and the online support has been very helpful. I suggest to those who use emails to resolve issues, use the live chat. It has always helped me and I was able to resolve any issues rather quickly. I will be graduating this year and my experiences have been great! Word of warning, YOU must put in the work and not expect it to be given to you. The support is there.
Walden University has a lack of response from administration offices which makes the process of support, financial aid, contacting registrar etc very difficult. If you need answers or help...you will likely wait a long time before you get it, if you get it. There are some helpful instructors, and others that provide little to no feedback that will improve your ability to meet requirements.
For example, there are some instructors that send the same generic response to just about every student for every assignment. How is that providing feedback? A lot of students were confused, asking each other about how to do things...that is so sad. That is what instructors and other support departments are supposed to be available for.
The learning platform should also be updated, it becomes a bit monotonous after a while. Basic text, nothing interesting.
I would not recommend Walden University, simply because there are much better schools that will provide the necessary attention to properly handling students paperwork, that also have instructors who are equipped to actually "instruct", and lastly...its a waste of money and too much of a hassle to deal with Walden.
I am in my first term @ Walden pursuing a BSBA-HR degree. So far things have been excellent. As a transfer student from another online university, I will say I am more than happy with the choice I made to attend Walden!
I have read all of the reviews and what startles me is the negative reviews.
For one, as with ANY learning experience, be that in a traditional classroom or online, the student is responsible for learning the material,participating in class and submitting assignments on time.
Secondly, I have never had a problem in terms of financial aid or the bursars office, admin or anything. In fact, I have had quite the opposite. The financial aid office will call you and email you to death until THEY can get everything straight with regard to your aid. YOU have to make sure that YOU submit complete records and be completely forthcoming on your FAFSA and your student loan apps.
I have never had to wait longer than two days to hear back from advising or admin. NEVER. They are fantastic with turnaround and followup.
Finally, Online classes are not for everyone. I find it fits me well. There is a LOT of reading and writing. 12 week courses are crammed into 6 week quarters, so the workload is heavy and demanding. It's challenges, books, materials are no different than a typical school.
You are the master of your own education. Even in the absence of a proper professor or instructor, you can, as the student, take control and research material on your own.
Walden strives to develop their students into educated and independent thinkers. With that being said, your degree will be packed with the ability to apply your education in the real world.
I am very pleased with Walden and I will and have recommended it to many many people.
I am in my third quarter of Walden University's Masters in Public Administration degree program.
This program is very challenging in both content and context of material and the time management requirements one must master to be successful.
I recently had an issue retrieving several required articles for two of the courses. After contacting my fellow students, the instructors, and the Walden Library staff a quick resolution was determined. I was getting frustrated and concerned about the amount of time I was taking to resolve this; but it was not necessary. I am glad it happened now however as my confidence in spending my time and money toward this Masters degree is worth it.
I did a lot of investigating and aked some hard questions. I checked out multiple online universities because I firmly believe in buyer beware. I checked out the accreditation, cost, the personal contact I got with various universities (there were some I did not pursue due to cost). My priorities when considering pursuit of my MSN were: good, accepted nationally recognized accreditation, the best fit for me (how well would the program suit me and vice versa), and cost. Walden fit the bill, I haven't been disappointed but as with everything else--we are adults and we need to expect to take some responsibility for our own situations and there is no school or instiution that is perfect all the time. I had a couple issues and when I pursued it, I got resolution. The program is very comprehensive, the resources are definitely there, the instructors have been wonderful so far and I would encourage anyone interested in online classes to seriously consider Walden. Word of warning: Online classroom settings are not for everyone, they don't suit everyone's learning style but if online is appropriate for you, Walden is an excellent choice.
I researched attending a traditional college v. an online university. I went for my master's degree in education. The main problem I have with Walden is there lack of educational endorsements. A degree in education is somewhat meaningless if many of the nation's schools do not recognize the university or their program. I have learned many valuable lessons and enjoyed the educational format of a an entirely online college experience. I thrived in my undergraduate studies at local universities, but with Walden I seem to be getting bored as I near the end of my degree. The degree is also one of the least expensive as far as online degrees (about 14K), but is far more expensive than most state schools. I knew all of the ups and downs before starting the program. I just warn you to be cautious. The course usually consists of a video series, online discussions, a textbook, and a few online links to review each week. The course was about the same level of difficulty as any other online course. Also, I think there is some "busy" work, but usually I only have to write one essay a week. I personally live in the Midwest and will argue an international online institution may actually be more marketable than attending the same state school where I obtained one degree already. I believe each individual should seriously evaluate whether all of the time and cost will benefit them in the long run.
I have been a PhD General Psychology Educational Psychology student at Walden since the end of 2007. I am currently completing the last of my classes and I have submitted my dissertation prospectus for department approval. I expect to complete my dissertation and defend it next summer. All in I would have to say the experience has been incredibly positive and challenging as well as rewarding. My enrollment advisor was wonderful. He guided me through enrolling in the first few courses and helped me with technical issues and finanical aid concerns. Through the years my academic advisor has been wonderful as well. Over the summer I contacted him for clarification on the dissertation process and he not only sent me a detailed email he attached a list of faculty and their research interests. I have found the instructors at Walden to be wonderful and professional as well. One of my professors, who is now on my dissertation committee, even called me from London to discuss one of my classes. And, just last week I spoke with my Statistics II professor and she stayed on the phone until I completely understood the analysis we were doing. In addition, Walden adjunct faculty participate in program and school committees and faculty are encouraged to publish research jsut like traditional faculty do. When I found out I had to attend residencies (not all programs do) I wasn't thrilled but when I got to Minneapolis and met fellow students from literaly all over the world I felt as though I had found the school that had the same ideals I did. Yes Walden is expensive but so is every other graduate program if you don't have an assistantship or research funding. I have a blue Walden pen and the big joke at the school where I teach is that it's my "$100,000 pen". I'm so impressed with Walden that I applied to teach for the BS Child Development program. Patsy