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Equal access to quality higher education is at the core of our founding mission.

Walden University was founded in 1970 to provide access to graduate education that had long been restricted to an elite few

An Education for Good™ provides working adult learners the knowledge and credentials to drive systemic change. By creating opportunities for diverse working adult learners to advance their education, Walden has helped generations of alumni blaze a trail for change in their professions and communities. It’s why our mission matters and why our faculty and staff are so committed to our students’ success.

Every adult learner has a different learning style, and many have busy schedules. Walden University offers a flexible online learning formats to fit the needs of a diverse student body.
"Walden values the inherent worth, humanity, and dignity of every individual. We endeavor to be an inclusive community where everyone has equal opportunity to be successful, and we strive to create a safe environment for academic and civil discourse that applies knowledge to solve problems. We cannot be the rhetoric. We must be the action.”

Dr. Ward Ulmer, President

Read Dr. Ulmer’s Statement on Advancing Social and Racial Justice: “Education for Good Means Advancing Racial and Social Justice

Walden Ranks


among 377 accredited institutions for awarding doctorates to African American students.1


for awarding graduate degrees in multiple disciplines to African American students.2


for awarding doctoral degrees in public administration and social service professions to Hispanic students.2

Meet Walden's Chief Diversity Officer

Ivanie BronsonIvanie Bronson, MS, SHRM-SCP, is an executive with a passion for leading change, developing talent, and transforming organizational cultures. She has been a leader at Walden since 2015 and has more than 20 years of experience making a difference in large education, media, and healthcare organizations.

“It’s my job to ensure that the all of the diverse individuals we serve have the opportunity to be their authentic selves and have their voices heard. It’s what makes us a strong and successful community.”

Ivanie Bronson, Chief Diversity Officer

Acts for Good

The COVID-19 pandemic is changing the way students are learning around the world. As part of our effort to Mobilize for Good, Walden University connected with Baltimore-area teachers, ultimately donating 1,000 tablets and learning kits to help students from underserved communities learn from home.

Talks For Good

Talks for GoodDuring our 50th anniversary year, we are hosting Talks for Good that bring together thought leaders and community members for panel discussions that develop actionable solutions for some of the biggest issues challenging our educational system.

Online and Hybrid Instruction: Preparing K–12 Educators for the Upcoming Academic Year

With COVID-19 disrupting schools and classrooms across the U.S., educators must ensure all students continue to have the opportunity to learn. This fall, many K–12 classrooms will follow online and/or hybrid models of instruction—but how can you as educators be as effective as possible teaching online?

A Historical Perspective on Equity in Education

The COVID pandemic has elevated awareness of educational inequity in school districts across the country. During this Talk for Good, our guest panel discussed the factors that contributed to the current educational landscape and how the pandemic has pulled back the curtain on the dramatic challenges facing minority and underserved students.

Student Organizations

The Walden community is a welcoming space with a variety of special-interest groups, professional organizations, and honor societies. Expand your network, participate in professional development, engage in service events and more.

Here are just a few of the organizations you could join:

  • Diving Nine Alliance
  • Fulbright
  • Indigenous Student Association
  • LGBTQ+/Pride
  • Multicultural and International Student Club
  • National Society of Leadership & Success
  • Student Veterans Association
  • Walden Empowerment and Assistance Coalition
  • Walden Women in Technology

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