Walden University Reviews
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When I first started at Walden in 2010,some of the instructors were very questionable. However, in the last year or so, they have dramatically improved.
There are quizzes each week, along with two tests-one at three weeks and one in the final six weeks. I have had very few problems with financial aid (as long as you are enrolled fulltime, there should be few problems), and very few problems with instructors.
The Student services isn't as good as it could be-student advising is often difficult to reach and really did not seem to be able to answer my questions, and tech support was alright.
This school is just a vacuum for federal money with no personal assistance whatsoever. It is a waste of time and money. Advisors only send out canned responses or updates and cannot deal with any issues on their own.
They cannot even contact the Admissions Office for questions. I have had it with them and that is why they need ombudspersons. It is obvious that they have had so many problems in the past that they have to have a mediator to deal with them. What a sham!
I am currently enrolled in the Masters of Science in Mental Health Counseling. The instructor do not provide any instructions they just give assignments and directions. Most of the course require weekly papers and weekly discussion posting and response.
The instructors do not test you on the reading material assigned for the course, but they expect you to write like a scholar...Walden needs instructor that acutally provide notes.. to help their students......
I obtained my M.Sc. in Education in 2011. I found my courses to be demanding and all of my instructors forced me to THINK about my work. I am in Canada and not once did I feel I was only a number. I was treated with respect and I felt my advisors were always eager to help. I have read a lot of the negative reviews about Walden, but I honestly enjoyed my experience.
My Master's degree was far more work than that of many of my colleagues home in Canada. This is a demanding institution, so if you are looking for an easy degree, do not bother with Walden. If you are serious, if you want to work hard and feel that you have actually earned your degree, I encourage you to enrol with Walden.
When I am at a point in my life that I'm ready to pursue a doctorate degree, I will be returning to Walden. As far as tuition is concerned, it is comparable to that of my on-site Canadian options.
I graduated in 2009 from the Masters Science in Nursing (MSN) program. I was immediately accepted into a brick and mortar doctoral program. Walden prepared me well for doctoral level work.
A word of warning, Walden is not for the faint of heart. As so many others have already stated, if you are looking for an "easy degree" this program is not for you. There is no spoon feeding or hand holding, just good old fashioned hard work.
Walden is a rip off. I only attended for 1 term and was treated horribly by support services. Furthermore there is no one to contact to report the advisors.
They are great until you start classes, then you are just another number. You will be lied to/and or misled.
Walden University should be your last resort. If you need to do some retraining or review, a Masters from Walden might help you work your way into a real university, but don't consider Walden if you need anything more than a degree. They are just a diploma mill. They do not provide any real graduate-level education. They are not an acceptable alternative for a terminal Masters or PhD.
If you are disabled or live far from a real university, I think it is a crime that these for-profit colleges are the best that the US will offer you at present for 100% online, distance education. Look hard at online alternatives offered at state and private schools. Don't check them off your list just because they might require you to go to their campus for just a couple weeks a year. If you think you can't do it, think again. It might be hard, but you can do it!
If you need an undergraduate degree, look to EdX, Coursera, Saylor, or any of a number of other free or almost free options. By the time you finish enough coursework for a degree, these new alternatives will be offering everything you need. Walden will provide you nothing more.
I enrolled in Walden to obtain my undergrad degree after having received my associates from UoP. I switched because it was less expensive, however now I see why it was: there is less value. Financial aid is difficult to work with compared to UoP.
I have never had a difficult time registering for classes or qualifying for aid. Walden however structured their credits to where I am graduating and I only need 5 more credits (which most of their classes are) however I need at least 6 credits to qualify for aid. UoP never had weird loopholes that were difficult to work around.
Aside from having to register yourself for each class using a subpar system and financial aid not working well with the credit structure, the online portal is poorly designed and not user friendly at all. The situation is bad enough that I am finishing my degree paying out of pocket and switching back to UoP for my Masters... even though it is more expensive. The extra money brings far more value!
Walden is the prefect place for nurses who want to return to school for BSN, MSN, or DNP degree. Professors are well perpared to handle the constraints and benefits of online education.
All are highly qualifies and have many years of experience. Courses are consistent with current healthcare industry trends and incorporate current healthcare policy, evidence-based practice, and scholarly literature into each class. They have 3 specialty concentrations in the MSN degree program: Leadership, Education, and Informatics.
If you are motivated and have the desire to advance your nursing career, Walden is the place for you. They focus on social change, which is why we are nurses in the first place, to improve the health of the communities that we serve. Walden will prepare you to take on challenges of the rapidly changing healthcare landscape.
I thought the tools and classroom were fine. Liked the multimedia approach. It provided variety. However, the instructor was never in the "room". When he did post, it was inane and not on point. Someone needs to Quality Check the classrooms more often to see that instructors are actually "teaching".