Walden University Reviews

  • 589 Reviews
  • Minneapolis (MN)
  • Annual Tuition: Not Provided
53% of 589 students said this degree improved their career prospects
49% of 589 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

  • Reviewed: 1/19/2020
  • Degree: Nursing
  • Graduation Year: 2019
"Walden is an absolute joke. It's an okay way to get some letters behind your name for low effort & cost, but good luck learning anything. The courses trade between being wildly easy (one professor gave me an A on a discussion post before I even turned it in) to irrationally hard (another professor graded down for not using references when introducing ourselves in the first discussion post). I took 3 courses and was luckily able to transfer them."
  • Reviewed: 12/29/2019
  • Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Adult-Gerontology Primary Care)
  • Graduation Year: 2016
"If I knew then what I know now I would have never attended this University. I had heard such great things from other students so I decided to apply. What a huge mistake! The coursework does not prepare you to be successful as a Nurse Practitioner. I am currently working with another Walden Nurse and she said that she enjoyed her experience with the program. I am asking myself did we attend the same university because I definitely don't feel the same way! Finding receptors was a nightmare. I later learned that my geriatric preceptor did not want anymore Walden students and I can understand why. I also discovered that some employers will not hire Walden graduates. During my clinical rotations I asked my clinical instructors for guidance. I was told that I was basically supposed to rely on my preceptors. They were not getting paid to do that. I am not posting this for sympathy. I just wish I had done my research prior to applying to Walden. I feel like I wasted valuable time and money on a program that did not prepare me for practice. When people ask where I went to school, I am ashamed to mention the school's name. I definitely do not recommend this school to RNs looking to further their career."
Lisa Maybon Smitb
  • Reviewed: 12/18/2019
  • Degree: Educational Leadership
  • Graduation Year: 2015
"I loved Walden for my MSED and for most of my EdD program. I would have given Walden five stars, except my EdD experience was a money pit with a doctoral chair that didn't catch some important pieces of my prospectus that I needed to fix until after I had invested quite a bit of time and money. Walden can be a great school, but be careful when something starts seeming off because it is easy to get taken to the ringer financially by Walden whether it's through their staff or their withdrawal process."
Current Student
  • Reviewed: 12/17/2019
  • Degree: Psychology
  • Graduation Year: 2019
"You stay longer and pay more because the processing and communication time is not conducive to timely finish. The worst is URR review when trying to complete the process and exit. This department takes 14 days to review a document regardless of their workload. Financial aid just can't seem to perfect the act of accurate and efficiently billing and crediting. Processes change without advance notice, so you are left feeling uttlely confused. Good luck trying to get a recommendation letter, considering your chances of getting the same faculty for more than one course. Walden needs to do better at their processing time, and faculty respectfully communicating with students."
  • Reviewed: 12/12/2019
  • Degree: Public Health
  • Graduation Year: 2020
"I have an MPH from Walden and am working on my doctorate. I really love Walden actually! I am sad to hear people with bad experiences. The only bad experiences I've had were with people getting me into my programs, both times. The recruiters don't always have accurate intel. I have attended several other brick and mortor undergrad schools, and have found Walden to be very user friendly. That said, you have to use what they offer. You also have to do the work of finding your own internships and such. But when I interned with 2 other grad students from the local MPH program, they were actually under prepared in comparison. They definitely had more of a beat on what was happening locally, but they missed quite a bit of material in the meantime, and weren't as versed in many aspects of public health practice. I was so proud of my education, I am back for a doctorate! Great school."
Honest Review
  • Reviewed: 12/8/2019
  • Degree: Business Administration
  • Graduation Year: 2020
"I enjoyed the classes at Walden University, they were challenging and I learned valuable information. The issue I have with Walden is that they state you should strive for five 9000 courses to graduate. I have not met one student who graduated with less than eight 9000 courses. I am currently over 80K dollars in debt and am not done. I believe the school misrepresents the time frame to graduate and complete the program. If you work, have other commitments good luck in completing in five 9000 courses. Also, your chair, second chair make or break your graduation time frame. I would not recommend this for-profit institution for a doctoral program. Please do your homework before you enroll in the school. Also, be prepared to spend more than what your school loans provide. They recommend that you hire a editor which is out of pocket. I am trying to provide a honest review because many of the students have experienced the same issues at Walden. Walden's DBA program does not carry the same weight after graduation as other schools, I am learning that now as I apply for positions."
  • Reviewed: 11/22/2019
  • Degree: Marriage & Family Therapy
  • Graduation Year: 2019
"Worst college experience. The professors are not well versed in a variety of counseling strategies, techniques, and theories. They forget that their students are working adults and although the University will send emails to make it seem like they care in times of natural disasters; the professors don't care that you are in a hard hit area. If you file an appeal or petition, they will never respond. The financial aid office will not provide appropriate communications and they will set you up by allowing you to start a class, then they will tell you that financial aid won't cover it. At that point, the university will expect you to pay at least 20% and any additional fees that they have on your account. Once it is time to graduate, it will take months for them to confer the degree. As I have been waiting since August and it is currently November, and it is still not completed. Overall, Walden University was the worst experience that I have ever had at a University, and I have attended several institutions as this is my 6th degree."
Moriah S seiders
  • Reviewed: 11/21/2019
  • Degree: Criminal Justice
  • Graduation Year: 2019
"Overall great experience. Sometimes it was a struggle to get through to talk to someone. Some issues with online communications. Instructors were amazing. Some things I remember learning about in undergraduate but at a graduate level it was more in depth. I feel I learned about a different side or new role of a similar topic I had already known about. Expectations of the classes were good, although sometimes it was a struggle to complete assignments but I was not just a student I worked while completing my degree."
Ex-Walden Student
  • Reviewed: 10/21/2019
  • Degree: Public Health
  • Graduation Year: 2018
"Save your money. In general, online programs provide 62% less efficiency than real graduate programs. The institution itself is very disorganized, they performed unscheduled 24-hour maintenance on Blackboard 5 times in one 10 week semester during the school week and don’t offer any deadline extensions. I withdrew halfway through the semester because I wasn’t learning anything and went to real college and the difference was huge. I was in the Public Health program and it was a joke."
Lost in purgatory
  • Reviewed: 10/7/2019
  • Degree: Social Work
  • Graduation Year: 2028
"I do not understand this school at all. No one knows how to help out when questions are asked or give your such a general answer that you still have to go and try to figure out the answers yourself. APA standards are all over the place and do not try to ask questions because they just tell you to go learn it or if you ask the writing center questions about a submitted paper already graded, they are no help either. I have had a couple of great professors, and then the majority are just arrogant and do not want to provide any help. Walden is fast to help you go into extreme debt, but they are not willing to hire adequate teachers that actually try to help you learn. I got my master degree through these guys and had a great experience, however the doctorate degree process has been a joke. Can't believe I spent time and money to teach myself nothing. Such a waste of time and money. Shame on this school for not treating people better. Also the fact that they do not try to help you find a job after school either is shameful."