Walden University Reviews
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Here is the lawsuit being filed against Walden: http://www.waldenuniversitylawsuit.com/ I started Walden in 2009 and I am still there. Sadly, my federal financial aid has run out after completion of 32 terms at Walden. It only took 3 years to finish the coursework, but the last 5 years have been on the dissertation alone. The school is set up to delay you from graduating so that they can make as much money as possible and max out your student loans. I have over $450,000 in student loan debt and I am not even done. I had to pay for this term out of pocket and I am told I may graduate soon. The degree I will be getting is not APA accredited which you need to work in the psychology field as a doctor of psychology. The degree does not come with a license, so that means that you can't practice psychology legally when you finish. When I tell people I went there for schooling, they feel sorry for me. They have told me that the degree is useless, and I should have gone anywhere else for doctoral study. There is a class action lawsuit being pursued against Walden University and Laureate Education. If you have been a victim of fraud from attending Walden, you should sign up for the lawsuit. It's on a contingency basis and you will not have to pay unless the lawfirm wins! You should also file a complaint with the BBB and the Dept. of Education. This school needs to be shut down ASAP. So many students are victims of Walden's fraudulent business practices. This is a school that is all about the money! RUN!! Here is the site for the lawsuit against Walden University: http://www.waldenuniversitylawsuit.com/
Worst decision i ever made to attend this school. Beware of the grad nursing programs. The issues many people experience finding a clinical site are true. They also do not offer you the assistance that they claim when they lure you in. I learned later on the school doesn't have a good reputation and so honestly where i'm from that makes it even harder. As for dealing with departments like financial aid, you can forget it. This school doesn't operate like a typical brick and mortar. You talk with people mainly through email and when you call the billing department to discuss anything financial related they won't even let you speak with them directly instead everything happens through a third party person. You'll never get the name of the person whom they're speaking with. If you do attend here, it would be important to make you sure you have a financial game plan because it is possible you can complete a lot of classes then they'll discover a way not to allow you to use any of the federal aid your entitled to so you might not finish! This school is a joke and i use to think that the negative comments i read were false or people just letting off a lot of hot air. If you have a negative gut feeling about it, like i did, run don't walk. There are plenty of other really great schools that will appreciate you being a student, work with you to complete your degree track a lot better than this one, and most importantly will be WORTH the money.
I am a software engineer and was thinking of switching careers. Both my parents were teachers and I knew that life and thought I might try it. I worked hard in the classes and wound up with something like a 3.65 GPA. I was uncomfortable with the political nature of a lot of the writing assignments. I am of a libertarian/right bent, and it rapidly became clear that if I disclosed that, I would be in danger of lower grades, hostility from my profs, etc. So I spent most of my time there pretending. It was only after I gave these people over $20,000 that I learned they had given a generous chunk of my money to Bill Clinton since he had somehow landed a multi-million dollar do-nothing position with Laureate. I never felt so betrayed. I thought my money was going to pay professors, etc. Politics aside, for most of my work the classes were well managed and people were helpful. It was during my last semester, "demonstration teaching" that I felt true stress. I ended up acing the thing and it was mostly wonderful due to the teachers and schools I worked with, but the final project(s) were VERY disorganized and unclear to me. I loved it, but I hated it more. Enough so that I will never consider teaching as a professional again. I do not want to be a part of that conflicted, controlling world again in this lifetime. So some of it was due to Walden, some to the state of MN, and some due to my own faulty expectations. At least I could tell my folks that I was a licensed teacher for a while. Small compensation for unknowingly giving my own money to people I detest with all my being, though. I sometimes wonder lately how some of my professors there would like it if they found out a bunch of money they had paid for a car or cruise or something had gone straight into Donald Trump's pocket. Maybe then they would know how that felt...
I'm surprised about the negative reviews, but I've just started in my Bachelors program, my advisor is very on top of checking on me every week to see how I am doing. When I first applied I was giving tips to save even more money with courses, I've never had a school care that much, hopefully I'll have a better experience this time around.
HORRIBLE HORRIBLE HORRIBLE. Money making endeavor that cares only ...... about making money. What a nightmare. Although the quarter classes were ok - good, the dissertation process is beyond compare. I am a university professor who has been on dissertation committees - and to see what my husband has been put through, and the credit card bills ........... ONLY ENROLL IN THIS PROGRAM IF YOU HAVE LOTS OF TIME, MONEY, PATIENCE AND APPRECIATION FOR BEING TAKEN FOR A RIDE
For those of you who were scammed by Walden, as well, there is an attorney's office handling student claims. The website http://www.waldenuniversitylawsuit.com/ has the details. So, if you, too, were conned by Walden, as many us have been, reach out to the attorney's office. Good luck to all of you!
I finished my MS and PhD at Walden. The program is not for everyone. Needs a lot of self motivation, but at the end you will be more prepared to work on your own than most other schools. Very difficult but worth the effort. Many will be admitted, but most don't graduate. The graduation rate is under 20% for PhDs. So while attending Walden University may not appear to be prestigious, graduating from the PhD program shows persistence at the very least. Depending on the state you live in, some consider a degree from Walden University rather prestigious. Internship sites often comment that they prefer Walden students because they tend to be more mature. Many of the students are quite a bit older, but it leads to unique life experiences and perspectives being added to the discussions. The work load is heavy, but so is any graduate program. Just like any other program, if you stay organized, resilient, and focused, you will do well. It is a blended program, which means that you do need some in person residencies at the very least to graduate. You cannot earn a PhD all online, even at Walden. But depending on what program you choose, you may only have a few residencies to do, and before you know it you're on your last one and working on your dissertation. The school has a ton of resources but most students don't take advantage of them because they're already overwhelmed with classwork and don't make or have time to research them. Just like any school, some professors are incredible and some are checked out a bit. Ivy League professors can sometimes be found here, and students have been known to earn Ivy League post-doctorates once they graduate.
The program at Walden requires extreme dedication and effort. The most important aspect of completing the DBA program at Walden is understanding how to research and how to write your research results. I was able to graduate with my DBA degree in Project Management in three years. During those three years, 1.5 Years was through class work taking one class a term or two per semester. The remaining 1.5 years was dedicated to developing and publishing my doctoral study. The important aspect of the classes was learning to write the research. The key ingredient to completing the doctoral degree was deciding early in the program what you wanted to research for your doctoral study. If students would attend the first residency early in the program (within the first three classes), during the residency, the student should define the subject matter that the following classes could be used to develop a foundation for the eventual doctoral study. To be successful in this program, the student must be dedicated and willing to invest the time (15 -20) hours a week. Similarly, the student must be a planner and anticipate the needs both in time and support months in advance. Example; my study required Army approval to conduct research. I knew this more than a year before the required Army approval. I kept the Army personnel apprised of my status from the beginning. Thus, when the time came to obtain the approval from the Army, the approval process took only two weeks. Knowing your subject, knowing the methodology of study, and knowing when and how to conduct the research are all critical elements the student must know before the student can complete the study. The Walden University faculty are willing to assist but the student must take the lead and have a very good grasp of the events leading to the completion of the study. This program is not easy and will challenge you, if you are looking for an easy online degree, the DBA program a Walden University is not your answer. If you are looking for a challenging opportunity to learn and enhance your research and writing capability, Walden University could be a good choice.
The degree I was seeking was Curriculum, Instruction & Professional Development and I achieved an EdS degree. I knew what I wanted, and feel Walden was the best fit for me and what I was seeking. The professors were professional, and when I had a question(s) they answered it, or I did my research. I am an educator, and they guided me in the direction I needed to go to find the best results just like I do my students; I do not give them the answer, just avenues to find the best outcomes. The one thing I did learn with Walden is there are different writing level or expectation based on the degree of education you have or trying to attain. I wish the writing expectation were the same whether you are going for a bachelor degree or a doctorate. The cost did not surprise me because I research the cost before I started my EdS program.
The program itself is good and pretty much equal to other schools (when comparing coursework with other schools via my colleagues). The support while you are actively enrolled is satisfactory. However, the support after graduation is poor. It is difficult and sometimes impossible to contact anyone for any type of assistance regarding education verification. Even when trying to use the "chat" feature, you are directed to a number that leaves you on hold for a minimum of 30 minutes- I haven't waited any longer than that so I am not sure if anyone ever answers. If I had to do this over again, I would definitely choose a school with better graduate support. It has affected my job prospects due to the delay and lack of communication.