Catalog and Handbook

Much of the information available on the Walden website can also be found in the Walden University Catalog and the Walden University Student Handbook.

The Walden University Catalog contains the following information:

  • Academic programs
  • Approvals and accreditations
  • Faculty and instructional personnel

The Walden University Student Handbook contains the following information:

  • Academic calendar
  • Financial aid policies and procedures for students and their families
  • Financial aid programs, terms, conditions, application instructions, distribution, and delivery
  • Student financial aid rights and responsibilities
  • Satisfactory academic progress requirements
  • Services for students with disabilities
  • Student services
  • Transfer of credit policies
  • Tuition and fees
  • Withdrawal and refund policies
  • FERPA policy

The Walden University Catalog and Student Handbook can be found at http://catalog.WaldenU.edu. Simply select the desired document from the pull-down menus in the upper right-hand corner of the Web page.

Website and Other Online Resources

The Walden University website contains information and items regarding faculty, staff, educational programs, financial aid, and much more.

Academics

Descriptions of Walden’s academic programs can be found at www.WaldenU.edu/programs/degree.

Current plans for improvements to academic programs are described at www.WaldenU.edu/about/who-we-are/data/continuous-improvement-system under the heading “Continuous Improvement System.”

Information regarding Walden’s transfer of credit policies can be found at http://catalog.waldenu.edu/content.php?catoid=99&navoid=24442.

Current Articulation Agreements

The articulation agreements listed below are signed by both institutions. On our Walden Transfer page, http://www.waldenu.edu/admissions/degree-acceleration/transfer-agreements, we have articulation guides in place that reflect the courses and/or credentials Walden will accept in transfer from these institutions and often how they will be applied to specific degree requirements. For further information, please contact an enrollment advisor by calling 1-866-492-5336.

  • Anne Arundel Community College (AACC)
  • Bethel University
  • Center for Financial Training Atlantic States (CFTAS)
  • The Belanger School of Nursing
  • Montgomery College
  • Saint Jude College
  • Ivy Tech Community College
  • Madison Area Technical College
  • Manchester Community College
  • Memorial School of Nursing
  • Penn Foster College
  • St. Joseph School of Nursing

Financial Aid Information

General information about financial aid and the way financial aid is distributed among applicants can be found at www.WaldenU.edu/financial-aid/federal and http://catalog.waldenu.edu/content.php?catoid=99&navoid=24736.

To determine your eligibility for financial aid, visit www.WaldenU.edu/financial-aid/federal/eligibility.

The financial aid application process is described at www.WaldenU.edu/financial-aid/federal/apply.

Walden’s refund policies, requirements for return of Title IV monies, and withdrawal information can be found at http://www.waldenu.edu/financial-aid/bursar/refund-policies and http://catalog.waldenu.edu/content.php?catoid=99&navoid=24508.

To learn more about financial aid and how to contact a Walden financial aid advisor, visit http://www.waldenu.edu/financial-aid/types.

Terms and conditions for direct loans can be accessed by following this link: www.WaldenU.edu/financial-aid/federal/terms-conditions. Direct loan program information can be found at http://www2.ed.gov/offices/OSFAP/DirectLoan/student.html.

The National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) is the U.S. Department of Education’s (ED) central database for student aid. NSLDS receives data from schools, guaranty agencies, the Direct Loan program, and other ED programs. NSLDS Student Access provides a centralized, integrated view of Title IV loans and grants so that recipients of Title IV aid can access and inquire about their Title IV loans and/or grant data. Visit NSLDS at www.nslds.ed.gov/nslds_SA/. In compliance with federal regulations under HEOA Sec. 489 amended Sec. 485B (d) (4) (20 U.S.C. 1092b), the university is required to notify you that approved loans will be submitted to NSLDS by the U.S. Department of Education and will be accessible by guaranty agencies, lenders, and institutions determined to be authorized users of the data system as determined by the U.S. Department of Education.

Additional information about federal student loans is provided during required loan entrance and exit counseling. Applicants are directed to the U.S. Department of Education loan entrance site at https://studentloans.gov/myDirectLoan/index.action.

Please note that enrollment in a program with a study abroad component approved for credit may be considered enrollment in the home institution for purposes of applying for federal aid.

Student Outcomes and Student Characteristics

Diversity
Information on student body diversity is available at www.WaldenU.edu/about/who-we-are/data/students under “Total Student Population and Demographics,” “Graduate Student Population and Demographics,” and “Undergraduate Student Population and Demographics.”

Employment
Close to 80% of Walden’s students who responded to the 2013 Student Satisfaction Survey are working full time or are self-employed. Another 9% are working part time. Further, 77% of Walden’s alumni who responded to the 2013 Alumni Satisfaction Survey are employed in the field in which they obtained their degree from Walden.

Lifelong Learning
Almost half (49%) of Walden’s undergraduate alumni who responded to the 2013 Alumni Satisfaction Survey have taken additional coursework since graduating from Walden. The types of additional coursework include enrolling in another degree program, professional development workshops, and seminars/lectures.

First-Year Undergraduate Retention
The first-year retention rate of first-time, full-time undergraduates is not available due to no students meeting the criteria to be considered a “full-time, first-time” undergraduate student in fall 2012 as defined by the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). The first-year retention rate of first-time, part-time undergraduates is 19% based upon students who enrolled in fall 2012 and returned in fall 2013, as reported to IPEDS. Please note this is based on a cohort of 326 part-time, first-time students.

Federal Pell Grants 
For degree-seeking undergraduate students enrolled in fall 2013, 51% received a Pell Grant.

Student Rights Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

FERPA gives students specific rights with regard to the review, confidentiality, and release of personally identifiable information. Please see the complete Walden University FERPA policy statement in the “Notification of FERPA Rights” section of the Walden University Student Handbook, which can be found at http://catalog.waldenu.edu/content.php?catoid=99&navoid=24616.

Americans With Disabilities Act

Walden University follows the guidelines of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) and provides reasonable accommodations to individuals who provide appropriate documentation of disabilities. If you are interested in applying to Walden University and require accommodations during the admission process, an enrollment advisor will be happy to facilitate your ability to speak with Walden’s director of disability services to discuss your specific needs.

For information regarding services, accommodations, academic adjustments, and modifications on the basis of disability or to register and request accommodations for a disability, please visit the Walden website (www.WaldenU.edu/experience/support-services/disability-services) or contact the staff at the Office of Disability Services at disability@waldenu.edu. All inquiries are confidential.

Vaccination Policy

Walden students are encouraged to gather immunization records and a tuberculosis (TB) clearance, as they may be required to show proof of that health information to prospective employers or for fieldwork. Immunization and TB clearance records do not need to be submitted to Walden, but Walden recommends that students consult a physician for vaccination and other health-related recommendations.

Copyright Infringement and Illegal Downloads

Unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material may subject students to civil and criminal liabilities as well as institutional sanctions. The Walden University policy for copyright infringement and illegal downloads is available near the bottom of the “Legal and Consumer Information” page of the Walden University website: www.WaldenU.edu/legal. Hard copies of the policy are available in the Walden University Student Handbook.

Voter Registration

The National Mail Voter Registration Form is the one document that allows you to register to vote from anywhere in the United States. Visit www.eac.gov/voter_resources/register_to_vote.aspx for the form and additional information.

Drug Violations

Walden University must provide each student with written notice advising of the penalties for drug violations under The Higher Education Act (Title IV, Section 484(r)). Suspension of eligibility applies only for offenses that occur while the student is enrolled at the university and receiving Title IV federal financial aid. The suspension applies only to federal aid, and all other aid is subject to policies of the university or other fund source. 

Section 484(r) SUSPENSION OF ELIGIBILITY FOR DRUG-RELATED OFFENSES

(1) IN GENERAL. A student who has been convicted of any offense under any federal or state law involving the possession or sale of a controlled substance shall not be eligible to receive any grant, loan, or work assistance under this title during the period beginning on the date of such conviction and ending after the interval specified in the following table:

If convicted of an offense involving the possession of a controlled substance, the ineligibility period is:

  • First offense ................................... 1 year
  • Second offense ................................ 2 years
  • Third offense .................................. Indefinite

For the sale of a controlled substance, the ineligibility period is:

  • First offense ................................... 2 years
  • Second offense ................................ Indefinite

(2) REGAINING ELIGIBILITY. A student may regain eligibility for federal financial aid after the required period of time has elapsed since the conviction, or if the conviction is reversed or set aside, or if the student can certify completion of a qualified drug rehabilitation program.

A qualified drug rehabilitation program must include at least two unannounced drug tests and must also satisfy at least one of the following requirements:

  • Be qualified to receive funds either directly or indirectly from a federal, state, or local government program
  • Be qualified to receive payment either directly or indirectly from a federally or state-licensed insurance program
  • Be administered or recognized by a federal, state, or local government agency or court
  • Be administered or recognized by a federally or state-licensed hospital, health clinic, or medical doctor

Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Program

The Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989, as articulated in the Education Department General Regulations (EDGAR) Part 86, the “Drug-Free Schools and Campuses Regulations,” require institutions of higher education (IHEs) to develop and implement programs to prevent the abuse of alcohol and the use of illicit drugs by students and employees. In addition, IHEs are required to provide annual notification of the provisions of their alcohol and drug abuse prevention programs to students, faculty, and employees and to conduct biennial reviews of the programs and their effectiveness. 

Walden University has developed this Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Program (the “Walden ADAP Program”) to meet the requirements of the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989, as articulated in the Education Department General Regulations (EDGAR) Part 86, the “Drug-Free Schools and Campuses Regulations.” 

Walden University maintains a drug-free university. Students, faculty, and employees are strictly prohibited from misusing controlled substances, intoxicants, alcohol, and prescription drugs while working, participating in the online classroom, or attending residencies or other university-sponsored activities. 

Disciplinary Sanctions

Walden University will not excuse misconduct by students whose judgment is impaired due to substance abuse. Students found in violation of Walden’s Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention policy shall be subject to the provisions of the student code of conduct set forth in the Walden University Student Handbook and Walden University Catalog

Annual Security Report

Walden University’s Annual Security Report can be found at http://www.WaldenU.edu/~/media/Files/WAL/clery-act-security-report.

LAST UPDATED: April 2014