Walden University is a private, for-profit online university, created to allow students to pursue doctoral degrees while still working. The university was founded by two teachers in Naples, Florida in 1970, and moved its headquarters to Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1982.
Walden University offers bachelor, masters and PhD degrees in a number of academic fields, including science, public administration, education, philosophy and public health. Other areas of study include communication, nursing, criminal justice and information technology.
Walden University has five colleges, including the Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership, the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, the College of Management and Technology and the College of Undergraduate Studies. In 1995, the university was the first in the United States to offer a fully online masters program in education.
Walden University offers a student-centered online learning environment with weekly courses, in-person academic residencies and virtual field experience. As of January 2015, Walden University had more than 48,000 students. Former president Bill Clinton delivered the Walden University commencement speech in 2011.
Walden University is committed to social change and holds an annual event called Global Days of Service, where students and staff donate their time and expertise to community projects including schools, food banks and community centers. The school also provides an online resource for students and staff to find volunteer opportunities in their communities.