Walden University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (415)
The issue I had with Walden was in felt like a number. I would try and contact my advisor and would not get an email back for days if I got one at all. I'd have tech issues and tech support would not be able to help. Assignments were turned in late and even with proof of tech issues I was hit with deductions in my grade. In my 1st term my Dad passed away, I asked for an extension of a due date, the instructor was indifferent.
I would recommend that you look into the program thoroughly before committing to it and before getting in debt. I had to exit the program because one of the chair professors did not respond to my assignments in a timely manner. I complained to her supervisor and he advised me to be patient. Meanwhile, I was getting deeper and deeper into debt. I completed all the courses, but due to the lack of follow through from the chairs I did not complete my research study and decided to exit the program after $90000 in debt. I wish I could have stopped before the debt grew this high but I wanted to complete the program. I followed protocol and communicated with all the right people to get assistance and they were all good listeners but did not help me get anything resolved.
The program was very comprehensive, rigorous, and very demanding. The faculty members, with academic and professional credentials of the highest caliber, are very well qualified with extensive knowledge in a wide range of disciplines. The required residency program, held throughout the country and abroad, allows face-to-face communications with many outstanding faculty members providing advice and counsel related to studies for achieving academic success, as well as fellow students across the globe. The coursework requires frequent communications with the instructor, always available for me by email or scheduling by telephone, as well as requiring discussion, along with feedback, between fellow students. The university library is very extensive, providing access to many publications and peer-reviewed journal articles in numerous fields. The university administrative staff were very helpful, both effective and efficient, responding in a timely manner to all questions and concerns. Prospective students may find this university as fully qualified in meeting their academic needs, particularly in public policy and administration, from my perspective. The program is challenging, and I have found it fulfilling. In depth discussions with my enrollment and later academic advisors were very important in my decision to enter the university program, pursuing and completing the coursework toward final completion. Finally, my dissertation committee and Chairman were instrumental in providing me guidance and direction in the completion of my dissertation, all resulting in my being conferred the doctorate of philosophy. I wish all students the best in pursuing advanced education whether at Walden University or other institution of their choice.
I believe Walden U was the best choice I made to obtain my BSN. The faculty are friendly, helpful, and return e-mails promptly. Grading is done quickly with great feedback. My advisors call to check in and make sure I am okay. I think the workload is appropriate for being a full time nurse as well. I also get a discount for working at a VA hospital and believe the pricing is comparable to other schools. Everything that was discussed by the counselor before I enrolled was accurate and the staff was very friendly. If I need to speak with my counselor I can schedule an appointment and they call me right on time. I am very happy with my decision and would recommend this school to anyone!
I'm about finished with my master's. Walden is an online program so anyone expecting something similar to a regular classroom will be disappointed. At the graduate level, you need to be prepared to be independent and put the work in! You will get out what you put in. You will see other student's skating by, but they won't pass their boards. The hours at my job have decreased as I have gone further into the program. I have always had the help I need for any question, you just need to take the time and look and ask the right people. Many complain about having to find their own preceptors, but ALL schools are now requiring it. Be prepared to get out and market yourself - remember you get out what you put in. If you put the work in and stay committed, Walden prepares you well for your boards.
The amount of negativity is laughable to me. Like everyone else has said, Walden is not going to hold your hand at every step. Besides, you are a grown up making childish excuses for things that could easily have been prevented through communication and being proactive. As a current doctoral student (Business Admin with a Specialization in Healthcare Management), I have found the school very helpful, insightful, and motivating. 21/60 credits down and I have not had any issues thus far. Everyone learns different and has different needs and expectations. If you expect to do sub-par work, get an "easy degree", or wait for Walden to hold your hand throughout the entire process(good luck with that), you should probably look elsewhere. Chris Atkins-Class of 2018 Future Doc
Walden University is unorganized, the clinical portion of the school is a set up for students to fail. a lot of technical difficulties and IT does not help, they refer you to teacher and the teacher refer you back to the school. I would not advise anyone to go there.
Like many other reviewers, I tried to ignore some of the signs that an institution focused on revenue and being for profit only, however after 2 classes, I've had enough and simply don't believe or trust this institution. The classes were not challenging, reading a book, watching half effort posts along with course instructions from 4+ years ago were discouraging. instructors often don't update the content and in situations where the information was wrong or no longer relevant (i.e. software changes since curriculum established)...only the student is held accountable. I fortunately ran into one of the worst instructors I've ever had the non-privilege of meeting and realized that 3 or 4 more years of just writing 2 page papers and posting online was not really the level of engagement and challenge I was hoping for. I've since enrolled in a brick-mortar traditional institution and feel like I am actually getting the education and level of challenge a post-graduate degree should pose. The school is expensive and not worth the cost when you can attend other finer institutions that will offer better value and recognized by the business community in general.
I should have listened to my gut and the reviews I read about Walden. They are super-responsive when they are trying to get you in the door, but once you are a student they are slow to respond to questions and provide assistance. The course I took had very unclear assignment expectations, cryptic deliverable instructions, and unrealistic scenarios to work from or on. I get it that Doctoral students write a lot...but don't waste my time with writing exercises that are not grounded in reality in some way shape or form. A majority of my prior education took place via online instruction so this wasn't my first rodeo. Buyer beware if you consider Walden university.
I am currently in the Track II: Epidemiology at Walden University and studying how infectious and chronic diseases can devastate entire communities. The Epidemiology specialization broadens your understanding of how these diseases affect populations and explores strategies for maintaining the health of communities. Study how the prevalence of chronic diseases like cancer and diabetes can distress communities and learn to create education programs that can help prevent the spread of chronic disease. As part of the coursework, I have conducted an epidemiological field study that included original research. Track II is designed for students who hold a bachelors degree or higher in an academic discipline other than the public health field. In addition to specialization coursework, Track II explores public health fundamentals including case studies and research methods, public health management, and environmental health.