Baker College Reviews
I would not recomend Baker College to anyone! I went there for one semester with high hopes with the college. I was intending on earning my degree from the college but soon found out that I could not handle it there. I'm not trying to be rude but the majority of the staff there is just plain dumb. They promise to be helpful and seem friendly as you register but you soon find out that it is quite the oppisite. I am only taking the time to write this review because I hope that young students and returning students have a warning before attending this college. The financial aid service is terrible. If you call them plan on being on the phone for atleast 45 minutes because when you call they will cut you off in the middle of your sentance with the classic "let me transfer you". I have had this happen countless times only to have no idea where i am being transfered too. Then when you call back and say "hello i just called and was transfered and put on hold for 15 minutes, please do not transfer me again." Then they get rude and say that that never happened, and can you guess what happens next? Yes, indeed they cut you off and say hold on and you get transfered again hoping that you reach someone on the other side of the line that has manners and most importantly a brain. Additionaly, once I finally decided to make a transfer to Lansing Community College they became even more rude. They informed me that non of my credits will transfer. So yes, I wasted a lump sum of money supporting this terrible waste of space known as "Baker College". So please please take what i have said into consideration.
They do not help you keep the classes that you need. They also are not helpful when it comes to getting the right degree. This was the worst decision I have made was attending this school, the credits do not transfer to other colleges
It took me longer than most to finish but in the end I feel that it was worth the time and effort. I worked full time and had a family as well so sometimes I was only able to take a class or two a semester depending on work load.
I would not recommend attending Baker College or Baker College Online; especially if you're planning on transferring to another university. Credits do not transfer, if you plan on going there no you have to stay there for all 4 years. I enjoyed most of my teachers for the most part. My advisor was very rude and didn't really help me. Hopefully others have a better experience
After 2 years of the biggest joke of an “education” I realized I had NO confidence in their knowledge of anything so, just to be totally sure, I inquired on two occasions about my past criminal offenses. Both times I was told my offenses would not affect my getting a degree. Suddenly I find out on accident "OOOPSS! They made a mistake! I am not qualified to get a nursing degree after all". During this heated debate one of the more ridiculous statements made to me was that “I” should have done my research and known I wasn’t qualified! Seriously! I thought deliberately bringing my criminal record to their attention TWICE: especially the Dean of Nursing, WAS doing my part. So here I am, 3 years (?) later, $63,000 student loan and they just act like OOPS.
I am finally graduating after 5 years at Baker. I have a previous bachelor's so my experience here is compared to that and may not be the same for everyone. Transfer credits - I saw some complaints about this. Not sure if things have changed since 2010 but Baker fully honored 100% of my relevant classes from my previous degree. It may depend on what institution you are coming from (I had graduated from a different Michigan school) but it worked out well for me. The material - It was really hit or miss, depending on the class. Some classes, specifically the core computer science ones, were very good and had challenging material. I have several good friends who are CS majors and they all said what I was learning was on par with what they'd expect for a BCS. This was a concern for me when I originally decided to attend because I didn't want to get a joke degree. That being said, some classes simply did challenge me enough. The database classes in particular I wish were 1-2 weeks longer. I felt we were just getting a good hold on the content and then the class was over. The electives, particularly for my interests (programming, algorithms, databases/structures) were very sparse but I did feel the ones I took were actually worth taking. Every class I took I was glad to have taken it afterward. The instructors - I feel this is where this school really falls short. I had some very good, engaging professors but I also had some that just didn't devote any time to their students. I had one class where it would take 6-7 days for a question to be answered. That is just simply unacceptable for an online environment. As someone else noted in their review, some professors with PhD's would know less than the students. I came across this once or twice, where the professor would be pushing some outdated concept or program, but it was only for one topic. Contrasting from my old degree, I don't think this is that unheard of. Plus, knowing multiple ways to do things is always a plus. Participation - Ugh, the WORST part of this whole experience is trying to find something to say 5 days a week. Some classes it was a breeze but others I really struggled with trying to come up with decent content to discuss. A few classes I just resorted to asking really dumb questions just to get a conversation started. However, participation did offer a great points buffer for those classes where you had zero instructor input which resulted in a lower grade than you may have deserved. Overall - My takeaway from all this is actually fairly positive. I had many times where I was frustrated and the online environment made it difficult to resolve any questions but I got through it. The biggest thing to consider is that you are basically teaching yourself 95% of what you are learning. That means that things won't always be a breeze and you actually have to put in some work. This whole experience has taught me to be much more disciplined and also eager to learn more. I currently have a career in a different field so I am unsure about how this degree from Baker will impact that but it has helped me a lot at work. I am hoping to pursue a master's degree in CS this fall (not at Baker) so that will be the real test of how well this one prepared me. In conclusion, it was a great learning experience and I would recommend the school to working professionals who want a career change in the future.
I just graduated from Baker college this past weekend. I started at Baker a few years ago. My husband graduated from Baker in 2010 with a Bachelor degree and he had attended on campus classes and online classes and loved both. I have also taken both types of classes at Baker. I honestly have to say that I have absolutely loved my time at Baker. In fact I will be starting again in the fall to pursue a Bachelor in Health Services Administration. I am considering taking only online courses. I do have to say though that the online courses are much more intense and difficult. To begin with Baker has quarters that are 10 weeks long instead of the traditional 16. Then their online courses are only 6 weeks long. There is a lot of content packed in the 10 week courses so you can imagine what is in the 6 week courses. It will be tough but takes a dedicated student. Many professors have a requirement for the amount of discussion board posts on blackboard each week. Many also have a word requirement for those same posts on blackboard. I understand what they are getting at. If you were sitting in a classroom and a peer raised their hand and made a comment would you raise your hand right after them and say I agree totally. Not typically. Requiring a minimum assures them that you are truly reading the textbook and discussions, are putting forth a valid effort and are being challenged to think. If you are simply posting "I agree with you", what contribution are you making? Post requirements make sure you are making a valid contribution that has been thought out based upon the knowledge you have learned from the textbook and your peers. I have been reading a lot of reviews and see that many say that Baker is a "degree mill" or are frustrated with the APA requirements. Considering the work that I have put in I can definitely say that Baker is not a degree mill. I can also understand the frustration with the APA requirements. Yes, it can be hard to have to write a paper and then make sure that it conforms to certain standards but at the same time you are learning how to properly credit someone for their work, which is huge. Also, learning these things help prepare you for having to prepare documents in your future career and help you learn how to be more well spoken. More research leads to more knowledge which leads to highly educated, well spoken people. If you are truly dedicated you will learn the APA standards after a few classes. In terms of instructors online I have never had a bad online professor. They have always been there to ask questions to and are usually pretty timely with their responses. Many times those that are not getting in touch with their professors have not clearly read the syllabus or comments posted. Many of them give out their personal phone number to call or text them whenever needed. Not all do but I have had some along the way. The on campus professors have also been nothing short of incredible. Since they are in person they are more available to help instantly. I have never had a question go unanswered or unexplained. They have always been friendly and professional. They provide many different opportunities to learn the material and seem to actually care about you as a person. The professors go above and beyond. Some complain about the internship/externship that needs to be completed before you can graduate. All I can say is that this gives you hands on experience. Many employers love to see such recent hands on experience. Also there are some students that even end up with an employment offer from the organization that they performed their internship/externship with. The degree program that I studied was very thorough. I feel as if I have been prepared for every situation possible that I may encounter in employment. Baker has been around for a long time and has an incredible history. There are many campuses throughout the state that I live in. Baker is a very reputable place of higher learning. I would only recommend it to those that are serious about their education, those that are willing to put the time in and those that do not expect an easy A.
I think the college is fine if you are in Michigan but if you are in a different area, their degree won't do much for you. Employers tend to look at not only your degree but where you got it. There are also issues with what employers want as far as skill and the classes they offer. Of course I went to grad school after and compounded the issue. I had a 3.95 at Baker and 4.0 in grad school and didn't feel prepared to do much.
I got my associates degree from a reputable university. I started attending Baker Online in 2008 going full and part time and taking a couple of long breaks, but finally finished in 2014. I wish Baker would have transferred more of my classes prom my previous school, but I understand their hands are tied based upon their accreditation. I loved the flexibility, but if you are not good at studying and learning on your own, do not take online classes. They are very time consuming and more dedication is required versus traditional campus classes. I learned a lot and my BaCS helped me land a good paying software engineering position with a Fortune 500 tech company in California. If you can attend a traditional university, I would suggest that option first. But if you are older and need a degree for advancement and the traditional route is not an option for you, I highly recommend Baker Online. It will be hard, but stick it out and study hard and you will succeed. I graduated with a 3.86 GPA due to some stupid core classes that I got a C or B in otherwise I would have had a 4.0 GPA. In a traditional setting, this would have been closer to a 3.7-3.8. Without Baker College I would not be where I am today working in my dream job.
Everything seems completely reversed as to what they should focus on for their students. For example, teachers for general education requirements are usually very involved but often rude, inconsiderate, and only care how well you follow rules. Actually learning material is up to you as it does not seem important to the teachers. There are also massive discrepancies from teacher to teacher. For my web development classes, where it matters, it is completely the opposite. Most teachers are non-existent and only there to grade papers. Feedback is minimal and they are not engaged at all. There is very little material prepared by Baker to help you learn. The story is basically the same from class to class. Here is a book and here are the assignments. Do the assignments and if you don’t understand, try to figure it out on your own or hope a fellow student can help. One complaint specific to the web development program is that they “introduce” you to many topics. They cover way too many topics and don’t help you to become skilled in anything. At the end of the program, you have basically played with a ton of options but need large amounts of training to use any of them. My wife went to college online almost a decade ago and every class had live presentations every week. The professor would have prepared material for the week and go over it via webcam, and at the end every student had the ability to type questions and have the professor address them. With Baker, you are lucky if the teacher gets back to you within two days and it is often useless. In summary…go to Baker if you want a degree, but go to another school if you actually want to learn and get a degree.