For students seeking online colleges, Walden University is often among the first that comes to mind. Headquartered in Minneapolis, the school has a deep history, considering its relative youth. This private, proprietary college was founded in 1970 by two teachers seeking to create a university that catered to nontraditional students — specifically, men and women in the workforce who wanted to pursue doctorates. Today, the college continues to cater to a nontraditional audience but has much broader appeal, offering bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees, as well as certificates, and helps students work toward social change.
Walden University Review
- Total enrollment, undergraduate enrollment and graduate enrollment: More than 50,000 students.
- Nearly 80 percent of students attending Walden also work full-time or are self-employed
- Admission deadline: Rolling
- Transfers accepted in both spring and fall? Yes
- Steps to admission:
- Complete an online application on Walden University's website
- Send in employment history, high school and/or college transcripts, applicable test scores and a list of transfer credits, if any
- Students who apply for the bachelor's program must meet one of the following requirements:
- Be 24 or older
- Be 21-23 and have completed at least 12 transferrable college credit hours
- Have completed at least 90 college credit hours
- Be an active member of the military or veteran
- Is this school eligible for federal financial aid (Title IV approved)? Yes
- Does this school offer scholarships? Yes
Walden has numerous degrees for students to choose from, including the following featured programs.
Students can earn their bachelor's, master's or doctorate in business administration, where they analyze business practices and master leadership and management skills.
Walden offers certificates as well as a bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree in criminal justice within the Public Policy and Administration School. The programs prepare students for careers in law enforcement, homeland security, social services, the justice system and other fields.
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The School of Psychology offers a bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees, as well as certificates in psychology. Specializations include clinical, forensic, organizational, teaching and more.
Walden offers a bachelor's in child development, preparing students to work in areas of education and advocacy.
As Walden is an online university, students must make their own decision as to how involved they want to be with their classmates. Online classes allow for interaction and collaboration with faculty and students, as do chats and email. @Walden is an online forum where students can discuss everything Walden-related. An online social lounge and meetups allow for more personal interactions at students' choosing.
The university also offers career services, tutoring for undergraduates, a research center, the Walden Library and a writing center. Many of the online degree programs also feature a practicum, allowing students to gain real-world experience and learn outside the classroom. Walden's Virtual Field Experience program, which is available in many education and counseling programs, uses streaming video to connect students with professionals in their field and allow them to observe challenges they might encounter in the working world.
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The Richard W. Riley School of Education offers doctoral, master's and bachelor' degrees, along with teacher preparation and other education programs. Certificates are also offered in early childhood education, adult education, educational technologies, higher education, K-12 education and special education.
Walden's Management School is a business-centric institution that trains students in topics related to management and leadership. Degrees offered include doctoral, DBAs, master's, MBAs, bachelor's and certificates.
At the School of Nursing, all of the faculty members are active nurses who have earned their doctorates. Enrolled students can choose between academic pathways and nursing pathways for their own careers.
Walden and its faculty have been honored for their accomplishments and commitment to quality education. Here are just a few examples:
- Dr. Douglas G. Campbell, School of Management, Best Paper Award Winner at the Institute of Behavioral and Applied Management Conference in 2013
- Dr. Matthew Gonzalez, School of Management, Winner of the DiversityFIRST Award from the Texas Diversity Council in 2013
- Dr. Walter McCollum, School of Management, Appointed to the Organization Development Network Board of Directors in 2012
- Dr. Larry Flegle, School of Management, Nominated for induction into the Florida Radio Hall of Fame in 2011
- Walden has been named among the Top 100 Minority Degree Producers at several levels of education by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education
1. Walden University, http://www.waldenu.edu/
2. "Top 100 Minority Degree Producers," Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, http://diverseeducation.com/top100/
3. All Rankings: Walden University, U.S. News & World Report, Accessed Oct. 30, 2014, http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges/walden-university-125231/overall-rankings
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