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If you decide to enroll at Walden University, you won’t be leaving your home and moving into a campus dorm. Walden is a 100% online university, with 46,455 students in both undergraduate and graduate programs in recent years.

Overview of Walden University

Instead of getting used to a new area, you’ll get to your classes using an online connection. So, you’ll need a reliable router, internet connection, and a computer. Walden University offers degrees ranging from the bachelor level up to doctoral degrees (research and scholarship).

Walden is a private, for-profit institution. Your next question should be, “Is the university accredited?” Yes, it is. The Higher Learning Commission has accredited Walden continuously since the beginning of 1990. However, none of the degree programs carries programmatic accreditation.

As an entering freshman, you may already have advanced placement exam scores. You can request credits for each AP exam you passed, though each must be approved independently. Also, if you have life experiences such as working with the disadvantaged, you may also be able to request credit for those life experiences.

General Information

School Type Private for-profit
Campus Setting City: Large
Campus Housing No
Student to Faculty Ratio 21 to 1
Graduation Rate 32%
Year Founded 1970

Student Enrollment

Total Students42,312


Undergraduate Student

Male 1,281
Female 5,838

Graduate Student

Male 7,080
Female 32,256

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Walden Tuition Cost & Financial Aid

Even going to college online will cost you and your family money. The various charges such as books, supplies, and tuition (both in- and out-of-state) are included in the total cost. Altogether, this cost averaged around $25,551 in a recent academic year. At least you won’t need to pay for room and board, gas to drive to class, or a meal plan.

Colleges and universities apply a student’s financial aid to their charges and what remains after financial aid has been applied is known as the average net price. At Walden, students receive an average award of $3,671 to help with the costs of attending college through financial aid. However, since many of their students attend part-time, many of them aren’t eligible to receive much financial aid.

Average net price 2021-2022
Net Price $20,510
Average Total Aid $3,900
Students Receiving Financial Aid NA
Room & Board $10,818

Sticker Price

  • Tuition In-State - $12,483
  • Tuition Out-of-State - $12,483
  • Books and Supplies - $900
  • Room & Board - $10,818
  • Other - $1,350


The 4-year and 6-year graduation rates for students at Walden is 32%. While this is particularly low, it’s also not surprising for an online only university. Many students may transfer after the first year or so in order to gain the full college experience. It takes a lot of effort to maintain your grades when you don’t have physical classes to attend and other students to keep you on track. It’s important to be aware of this before you decide to attend this school because you think it will be easier than a regular college.

The student population is almost all graduate students earning more advanced degrees in their career fields. This is clear when you hear that 36,014 students are graduate students and only 6,298 are undergraduates.

The five most popular degree programs offered by Walden University include health professions and related programs; business, management, marketing and related support services; psychology, public administration, and social service professions; and computer and information sciences and support services.

Student Population Total

Student Population 42,312

Evening Classes : No
Online Learning : Yes

Most Popular Programs & Majors

(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)

Health Professions and Related Programs 1170 Total Graduates / 65%
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 1,028 Graduates
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General 58 Graduates
Health/Health Care Administration/Management 51 Graduates
Public Health, General 33 Graduates
All Business Majors 174 Total Graduates / 10%
Business Administration and Management, General 148 Graduates
Accounting 15 Graduates
Business/Corporate Communications 11 Graduates
All Psychology Majors 165 Total Graduates / 9%
Psychology, General 148 Graduates
Forensic Psychology 17 Graduates
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 118 Total Graduates / 7%
Human Services, General 107 Graduates
Public Administration 7 Graduates
Social Work 4 Graduates
All Computer Information Science Majors 54 Total Graduates / 3%
Computer and Information Sciences, General 54 Graduates
All Other Diplomas 7%

Outcome & Salary

After graduating from Walden University, you should be able to move out into the world with a job that should allow you to earn a good salary. The average salary for graduates of Walden University is $73,829.

After working for about 10 years, most people see their annual salary increase. But, not knowing what kind of salary increases you’re going to receive, it’s not easy to determine a student’s 10-year salary earnings potential. It’s estimated that graduates of Walden have an average 10-year earning potential of $738,290.

High school graduates who don’t go to college earn a national average salary of $38,792. Their 10-year projected income is $387,920 and their 20-year projected income is $775,840.

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College Grads Early Career Salary NA
College Grads Average Salary $73,829
College Grads Mid Career Salary NA
Return on Investment (ROI)
10 Year Salary Earnings Potential $738,290
20 Year Salary Earnings Potential NA
Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year NA
10 Year Projected ROI NA
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No College Education Salary Comparison
National Average Salary $38,792
10 Year Projected Income $387,920
20 Year Projected Income $775,840

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