Baker College Online Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (94)
It is unfortunate to read some of the negative reviews because my experience at Baker College has been nothing but positive. Of course, there is the exception with some instructors who clearly care only about a paycheck, but most are helpful and enthusiastic about teaching. This is no different than any other institution. Many of the instructors have a Masters, while some have a Ph.D. I have never had an instructor who had any less. Not to mention, every one of them were very skilled in their subject and have held impressive professions prior to or alongside to teaching at Baker.
This institution offers the fundamental tools to become successful, but it is up to the student to put forth the effort. The online programs are accelerated and can be extremely demanding which include several essays, projects, quizzes and participation (for attendance) that involve 2 substantial posts, 5 days out of the week. If you are willing to put forth the effort, you will do well. If you are looking for an easy route, this is not the school for you.
As far as tuition, I have priced out many other institutions and had found Baker to be extremely reasonable. While many institutions (large universities)charge $500/credit hour or more, Baker charges $230/credit hour as of the writing of this review. And no, Baker does not make you buy the books through their bookstore, although they encourage it. A slight downfall is that the administrative staff have yet to be desired, and this is only because they seem very uninformed. I have talked to some of the staff (with the exception of the advisers) who seemed very clueless as to how they should answer my question.
A slight change in subject, I had read someone giving a bad review because an internship was part of her program!! Newsflash: An internship is a great way to get a job, especially if you have no relevant experience! In any event, this is a great example of a reviewer who rated Baker poorly because they did not want to put forth the effort.
WHERE HAS BAKER GOTTEN ME? I am a Computer Science major and am projected to complete the program in 2014. With the help of the tools and skills that Baker has provided, I was able to obtain an internship in the IT department of a major automaker. Not to mention, I have been acknowledged by a major computer manufacturer to whom I am currently interviewing with as we speak for a position as an entry-level applications developer.
During my internship, I have noticed that I had applied my learned skills through each of my core classes and was able to apply them throughout all of my tasks. In other words, I did not go into my internship blindingly, and was already familiar with everything that was brought to the table because of the curriculum at Baker.
Overall, Baker is not for everyone but in my opinion, it is a fantastic school.
l For every experience there are positives and then there are negatives. I've been to both campuses and online classes at Baker College. I would say I get more out of the campus classes the online classes are pretty tough. They do require a TON of APA papers (every week you will write at minimum 2 papers). The thing is every school will have their ups and downs. I can honestly say my GPA has risen since I have been excusively online, I guess I'm good at writing APA papers. I have seen other people go to other schools and compared to those schools Baker is a lot tougher. My wife currently goes to Ashworth College and I can honestly say that her school is hands down easier then mine.
SO overall, I would reccommend Baker Online if you have good work ethic and know and like to write papers. Every school you go to will have ups and downs, but honestly thats life. Baker is a well known school in Michigan and although its not MSU or U of M, its still a decent school and you'll get a quality degree. Just as a heads up, this school is not a degree mill by any means. Community colleges are more of a degree mill then Baker is and I've been to a few community colleges (Jackson Community College and Spokane Falls Community College to be exact).
The school advertises that 95% of the students get jobs after going to Baker College. I have been out since summer 2012 and have not gotten employment in what I studied still.
When I contacted the employment services that they supply they just sent me Indeed.com ads....which I already recieved. I had to set uo my own internship....this school did me no favors and I do not recommend it if you think they will help you out in career like I did.
I've had great experience with Baker College (online). All the instructors are top-notch and have very impressive resumes that relate to the class they teach. The course of study is difficult and expedient, which requires the online student to be very organized, diligent, and structured.
I often compare my homework with friends in more prestigious on-campus universities and they are surprised to learn that my work is much harder and more demanding. I'd suggest Baker College to anyone who is willing to put in a lot of effort. This surely isn't a degree mill.
It is interesting to see all the reviews. I just completed an on line BBA with concentration in HR. This took a lot of hard work and dedication.
If anybody is not commited to doing this or want an easy way out, this is not the way to go. This program was hard and required so much time, but I think Baker is a great school. I never had any issues with instructors and the Blackboard system. It is all what you make of it.
If your mind is set and your willing to work hard, you can achieve your goal with Baker. The online program (especially the accelerated one) is not for people who are not willing to put a lot of time into it!
I graduated from Baker College in June 2012 with a Bachelor degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting. I found the cost of Baker to be reasonable, and they do offer quite a few scholarships. My overall experience was very positive. Throughout the four years, I took a combination of campus classes and online classes. In general, the online classes were more difficult due to the fast pace, the required number of weekly posts, and the weekly assignments; many of which involved writing papers. I only dropped one online class, Astronomy, due to my general lack of interest in Astronomy and the type of homework assignments.
For the majority of my online and campus classes, the professors were very helpful and interactive with the students. I never had a professor who I thought was unqualified, and most of them were still working in their field part-time or full-time. As a result, they had real-world experiences to share. However, from classmates, I did hear some horror stories of several professors, but those professors exist at other colleges as well.
Now, to the job! The point of attending college is to further your education and to typically obtain a quality job. Baker does require an internship before graduation but also has a career services office that helps place you in an internship. My internship ended up leading to a full-time job offer which I accepted. Although an internship may be difficult, especially if unpaid, it can provide valuable experience and open doors. I don’t know if the 97% employment statistic is completely accurate, but most of my classmates are now employed in positions for which they were not previously qualified. Overall, I would recommend Baker if you need a more flexible schedule and are willing to work for your degree.
I have already received an associates of business in graphic communications from Baker in mostly on-campus courses. I couldn't find a job in it. All employers want experience in Flash, Java, and web design. This was not taught in my degree.
I decided to go back for my bachelors in health care administration because at least there is work in that. So far, I have only had online classes in this degree, and I can tell you...don't bother. For a "non-profit" school, it is incredibly expensive! For two 6 week courses online...almost $1800 without books. And the book store is the biggest rip-off in the school. Even though they buy books back at not even %5 of what I paid for them, they NEVER have used books for sale. Also, if you are using financial aid to pay for your books, they will not give you the money untill two weeks after the class starts. This is ONLY to force you to buy the books from their store, as opposed to buying them online for far less.
Finally, and most importantly, ALL THEY CARE ABOUT IS WRITING IN APA FORMAT. I swear I think every class I have had was more like a compostion class. I am currently in Philosophy of Ethics, and every week I have to turn in a short paper and one other writing assignment, plus all of your discussion board posts must contain APA cited references. NO ONE ELSE uses APA! I spend more time citing my homework than I do actually working on the material.
Algebra is the only class I had at Baker so far that didn't require me to write a stupid paper in APA format. It really is a rediculous college compared to others. I would love to know why APA is the center of the curriculum if no other colleges are using it. In conclusion, Baker claims to be a non-profit organization, yet they charge a lot more (almost double) that of the local community college. The instructors are not spectacular, the books are a rip-off and they spend all the money they make to put giant tv's in the halls that serve no purpose to the students, or keeping a fish pond in the lobby.
Without my hard work and Baker's online program I would not be making 3 times what I was in 2001. Online learning allows the working mother to really do it all. On a side note any Baker graduates or current students that are females.
They do not support the AAUW. They do not support online learning. They are a women's organization geared towards betting the way women are paid and viewed in this world and even though some of what they do seems great, they do not support women learning online. Not sure why. I belonged to them and when I found this out I cancelled my involvement with them
DO NOT ever go here. I attended Baker online for years and it is the worst school. They charge $780 PER CLASS, rip off. SO to go full time for one semester it costs like $3400 and that does not include the price of books. Books are also a rip off because the bookstore makes you buy them brand new, and when you try and sell them back, they say they are no longer accepting that book.
Their degree options suck, and they require WAY more courses than you actually need. I have over 120 credits at Baker and they wont issue me a degree. The only good thing about this school is that it has good instructors. Also, it is IMPOSSIBLE to get a hold of any department when you need something. I had to email fin. aid like 4 times before they answered a simple question. I would never reccomend this school to anyone. THey dont transfer your credits either, so if you plan on going to baker and then transfering, DONT, no college accepts their credits because their 6 week terms are bogus.
I have been attending Baker College online for a few years now. I started because I wanted to pick up a new skill (computer programming) and my employer would pay for it. I already had a Bachelors Degree from a top tier public school, and I was working on Baker college courses along side my Masters Degree. I was a highly motivated student when I started and that was the key to my success. I read all the chapters which took forever and tried to grasp the material. So, with that being said I learned a lot. But, the only value Baker provided me in making me learn was a structure and deadlines. In other words ALL they make you do is read chapters from a textbook, and then give you exercises from the same text book (which you can buy yourself by the way). There are discussion questions which in my opinion provides some value but not much in the grand scheme of things. Some people are just writing posts because they have to while others will offer some good information. I have had only a couple courses where the instructor was actually active in the discussion. The IT security course was what did it for me. Because again we were just told to read chapters and then do the homework. Do you have any idea how boring it is to read an IT security textbook?? I learned absolutely nothing from this course as I am a person with a family and I would literally spend all my free time reading a book which is not more interesting than reading the dictionary. So, I just searched the book for the answers to the questions and turned in my work. A useless class that taught me very little. People deserve much more than that from a college course, and Baker College adds little value than just reading the textbook on your own.
There are so many distance learning courses out there from reputable schools. If you need a degree it's best to seek those out, ones that will let you watch videos taped from a live course. I took a couple of those and were blown away by its effectiveness. If you are trying to learn a new skill, there are so many free websites popping up that are high quality and best of all free.
I honestly think that most of Baker College Online instructors are not skilled in the ares they instruct (because all they do is tell you what chapters to read anyway). I had some issues with a Perl course and the instructor couldn't help me. All she used to say was "well, back in the day when I programmed fortran, this is what I would do".
The stats they post on their website about how 98% of their students are employed must come from the fact that many students are non-traditional which means they actually had a job before starting Baker College. I find it very hard to believe that they provide anything special to would-be employers. People, you deserve better than this for education. This is my honest, humble opinion that did not come because they made me mad or anything. I just believe that adults deserve a better education to head off into the world, and these online schools need to invest some efforts into their programs, rather than go send us to read a textbook.