Walden University Reviews

2.78 out of 5 stars
(584 Reviews)
53% of 584 students said this degree improved their career prospects
49% of 584 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars
Kimberly - 3/10/2019
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2019
"I have had a good experience with Walden. I began working on my MS in late 2016 and am now finishing my Capstone/Thesis (Feb 2019). Many people mention in their reviews that the school is expensive; if you research the school, it indicates it is a for-profit University, and not unlike many private schools. With that said, my total expenses were almost exactly what they told me they would be. Books are always expensive through a University bookstore; it does not matter if it's brick and mortar or online. You need to shop around to get the best deals on books/supplies (i.e., Amazon). I have had excellent professors who were engaged in discussions and responsive to emails. I can honestly say that I have not experienced any problems with the MS Psychology program. You need to understand the expectation about discussion boards; they are like small papers and need to be formatted and written in APA style (with references), or you will get dinged for it. Checking the boards and posting on time are also vital to success. My undergrad is from a brick and mortar, and the online experience requires a lot of self-motivation and organization. It was a lot more work, but it has been worth it. Read the fine print and understand what you are embarking on; the online environment is not for everyone. Good luck! :)"
1.0 out of 5 stars
Anonymous DNP Student - 3/9/2019
Degree: Nurse Practitioner (NP)
Graduation Year: 2019
"Potential DNP Students Beware!!!!! Completing the actual DNP program may take you 2 years, but obtaining approval for your capstone project is a painful and costly joke. You spend at least 6months trying to get your committee to approve a DNP project, you are assigned 3 members. One tells you everything looks great, the next one makes revisions, and the third comes back and denies even the revisions made by their colleagues. It feels like a circus and you are in the middle of it. They have this policy where each committee member takes 14 days to complete their review of your paper, by the end of a 3 credit semester and $2500 dollars later, you are stuck in the same spot where you started and have to sign up for another bogus 3 credit class where you do nothing but wait for approval and pay another $2500. Although you are done with the actual DNP program, you have to keep re-enrolling until you complete your project. You can't switch schools at this point, and complaining to the program director is a waste because all you get is "be patient with the process." For a school whose mission is promoting social change, there is no accountability or consideration for your success or wellbeing, they're only interested in keeping you enrolled in the program for as long as possible."
2.5 out of 5 stars
Redmustang812 - 2/25/2019
Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
Graduation Year: 2019
"I am not saying this is a bad school, but I do have regrets with this program. Initially everything was great, the admission process was a breeze and everyone was so helpful, my first year was also good, but then when it came to my practicum everything went downhill. I understand that I have to find my own preceptors, that is a given because every school is that way. The problem is that I have had multiple preceptors rejected, there is no wiggle room at all. I have friends who have attended Xavier University and the University of Cincinnati among others and they have always had support when they were unable to get a preceptor, for instance one student couldn't find a preceptor of womens care so they approved and ER rotation. I have had to wait long periods of time on affiliation agreements to be approved. During my pediatric rotation my preceptor forgot to sign of my hours in meditrek so they failed me, I was able to get it overturned but it was a hassle. Bottom line, in total I have had to be in this program almost a year longer than intended because of all of the problems. It has been a very frustrating experience."
4.7 out of 5 stars
Maria calixta - 2/20/2019
Degree: Public Health
Graduation Year: 2016
"A strongly rigorous online program. I was 7 years to finish my doctorate. The IRB process for research was very easy compared to other universities in Puerto Rico. The only limitation is the application of the theory, but I learned a lot to comply with high expectations in my work."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Rachel - 2/20/2019
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2019
"Any online course requires dedication and hard work and this one is no different. I have had great instructors - and a few not so great - but the good ones have outweighed the bad ones. Also, I have definitely had the benefit of gleaning true life experiences from the great ones during discussion boards. No degree is handed to you and I have worked my tail off and I feel that I have earned this! I am very happy to be finished in just 3 short months. All of the FNP programs are moving toward online programs and all of them require you to find your own preceptors - which is difficult. This program was designed to help professionals that work fit school into their schedule and that's a huge benefit. I have done this program part time and it has worked out great for me and my family situation right now."
1.0 out of 5 stars
sick of this school - 2/5/2019
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2020
"This school is overpriced and under taught. The teachers all have different ideas of APA means so in one class is maybe acceptable and in another they require something else. The amount of time it takes for someone to return communication is ridiculous. Teachers will grade assisgnments at their leisure and when you address this issue they will say "follow the rubric" unacceptable. This school is a joke"
4.2 out of 5 stars
Leslie Stanley-Coleman - 1/29/2019
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2015
"I attended Walden online for my bachelors degree and had a good experience. any online nursing program has to have students that are self motivated, none will hold your hand. I completed 2 classes at a time and they were 6 weeks a piece. I am currently looking for a start date for a NP program with Walden. I see alot of reviews that complain about having to find your own preceptors.... just wanted to say that is the norm for online NP programs. every NP i work with has had to find there own, and I work with NP that attended Perdue, chamberlin, georgetown, and south carolina . Online schools are meant for convenience of working people . You have to know that or you will not be successful in any online program. You always have great professors and not so great professors.. at any school online or in person:)"
2.7 out of 5 stars
Tanika W - 1/28/2019
Graduation Year: 2019
"This school is excellent regarding coursework. However, when it is time for your dissertation, please be aware that the right chair and committee makes all the difference. I have been stuck in dissertation hell for 7 months. Thus, I tried to change chairs but was told that I could not because I did not have feasible reasons. The bottom line is this: This school does not vet well as it relates to electing professors to be chairs. The chairs are not helpful and some are very sarcastic toward students. They provide no guidance just valueless comments that could leave one even more confused than they were from start. I will not recommend this school for a doctorate due to the lack of support from the committees during the dissertation phase. It is almost like coming up against the "establishment." In the words of the late Michael Jackson "They do not really care about us.""
4.7 out of 5 stars
Warren T - 1/25/2019
Degree: Criminal Justice
Graduation Year: 2019
"I would give them a 5, but I thought the cost was a little too much and didnt like the idea we had to pay extra for residencies. You get out of Walden what you put in, and if your dedicate, you can navigate and be successful. I hear many complaints about the dissertation process, but I went from prospectus to IRB in two terms. My chair generally answered my email the same day, with the latest being the following day. My slowest part was URR approval, and it took 14 days which is still within the guidelines. I would also like to point out I finished my degree for under 40K and wondered how people can spend 200 K and not have a degree!"
2.6 out of 5 stars
J.Frank - 1/25/2019
Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2019
"There is a lack of communication. I enjoyed the classes but when it comes to communication from other departments there is none. I am in my second class and I have yet to speak with someone in FA to explain my award letter or go over options with me. When asking live chat anything you will get many different versions about what is really going on. I work at a school but I heard so many good things about Walden so that is why i choose to attend here instead of my own University but I have yet to experience them. We pay too much to not be told about whats going on. COMMUNICATION IS HORRIBLE!!!!!!!"

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