About Walden University
About Walden University
Walden University is a private, for-profit, accredited online university. The university was founded in 1970 by two teachers, Bernie and Rita Turner, who collaborated with Harold Hodgkinson, a faculty member at the University of California, Berkeley. Together, they sought a way for adults in the workforce to pursue their doctoral degrees. Moreover, they envisioned an institution that was both ‘student-centered’ and focused on positive social change.
Today, as ever, Walden continues to support the unique needs of adult learners. Look for masters, doctoral and certificate programs that span health sciences, counseling, criminal justice, human services, management, psychology, education, public health, nursing, social work, public administration, and information technology. Find programs that support the scholar-practitioner model and encourage students to apply their know-how for the common good.
Mission, Vision and Values
Walden University values its diverse community of career professionals. It continues its mission to generate the opportunity for adult students to pursue a degree in the manner that suits their schedules. This links with a vision that graduates will not just be consumers of information, but will continue on to contribute to or effect positive social change.
Students can apply to Walden through an online form. While there may be specific program requisites, the university recommends that students be prepared with the following items.
- Unofficial and official transcripts
- Bachelors degree or higher
- Employment history and academic history
Walden has multiple program start dates throughout the year, which means students may begin their program when it is most convenient. Check with individual programs for details.
- There are 902 full-time faculty
- 2835 Part-time instructional faculty
Enrollment, Attendance, Graduation
Based on Fall 2015 data, Walden had a total graduate enrollment of 44,560 students.i
- Graduate attendance status: 43% part-time, 57% full-time i
- 100% enrolled in distance education i
- Completions (2015-2016): 8770+ masters degrees, 1230+ doctoral degrees and 695+ graduate certificates i
Enrollment, Attendance, Retention Rates and Graduation
Graduate attendance rate of 50% part-time and 50% full-time
For the years 2017-2018 Walden University awarded: 1921 bachelor's degrees, 8653 master's degrees, 93 post-master's certificates, 1300 doctor's degrees - research/scholarship
Federal financial aid may be available to eligible students.i In addition, Walden University awards scholarships at the masters, post masters and doctoral levels to eligible domestic and international students.
- The school is full of many supportive people who genuinely care for each other. You just really need to join something that interests you and then you'll be able to find some great friends. People seem very chill for it being considered a top university. Definitely a calmer atmosphere compared to schools like Stanford and Berkeley.
- The university provides the best of both academics opportunities as well as extracurricular activities in order to help their students explore and/or grow their skills on a specific or variety of fields. Their goal is to get their students involved in what they love in order to grow and expand the students knowledge.
- Overall, I love being a student at USC. On campus, I am a research assistant, a newspaper writer, and a dancer on the competitive hip-hop team. I've met a wide variety of students at USC, some who astound me with their intelligence and hobbies. I love talking to my professors during their office hours. The downsides to being a USC student is that a lot of things are inordinately expensive, the tuition keeps rising (unnecessarily), and the area around it is not super nice.
- Walden University: Online