Kaplan University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (296)
I had a good experience while finishing my degrees at Kaplan. Just like any school, you get out of it what you put into it. It is a private University so the grading system is a bit easier than a public institution. I have improved my skills and my career since attending Kaplan. the professors were great. I could ask them questions whether in it were academic or professional in nature.
For me, I had no problems with any of my professors. The school and program setup is like this: There are online discussions that you are required to participate in. Usually, these have to be at least 500 words or more, and must contain real substance. For the assignments, they range anywhere from 5-10 pages of research, to going through hands on labs. There is no reason why you cant apply yourself, read the material, do the research, learn from the labs, and build up skills and a portfolio to show prospective employers. So, those that are saying the school or education isnt good, it reflects poorly on the students themselves. A masters degree is about research and personal dedication. You barely even need Kaplan, or any school for that matter, to produce quality work (so, just think about that). We used books most other universities use. The only issue I saw at Kaplan was that they allowed mediocre work from some students to slide by. But, once again, the student needs to be responsible and make the most of their time. Overall, Kaplan was a good choice, mostly because the professors were above average. My advice if you attend Kaplan, make your posts a 1000+ words of research. For the research papers, I recommend doing 15-20 pages for each assignment. The final project/thesis, do 60-70 pages of research. Create an online portfolio to display your projects, skills, and things you learned.
I just graduated from KU this week. The only reason I didn't run the other way & take the rest of my financial aid money elsewhere is because no other colleges are willing to accept KU's "Transferable Credits". 2 semesters before I was scheduled to graduate I was informed that KU no linger offers the Associates in Human Services because students were not finding employment in their chosen filed of study...BUT...I should use the 80 credits I earned towards a Bachelor's Degree in Human Services! I had to threaten to hire an attorney in order to be allowed to finish my degree plan. It was either that, or change my degree plan & have to spend thousands more in tuition & dedicate even more of my time taking additional classes just to get a degree in another field at this school. I had already lost faith in this school but I was stuck like Chuck. I'm 46 years old & pretty smart but how the hell did I keep a 4.0 GPA when I barely had to open up any books to do the required work? I'll tell you how...its a basic/ generic education. That's how! Now I'm scared to enroll in a legitimate college to earn my Bachelor's Degree because I fear I am not prepared well enough to cut the mustard. Please don't waste your time & money on KU. Run! Run fast!
This was the best choice I have ever made in my whole existence(besides having my son). The school and the staff have been nothing short of awesome. I just finished my first term and I will be graduating in May of 2018. I can't see why anyone would complain about anything except if they don't do their part. If you do everything that's required of you, you will have a smooth ride. And if you don't understand something, just ask. Put your pride aside, you don't know everything, because if you did you will not be here. I expect to have the same great experience with the rest of my time at Kaplan and looking forward to it. Best time spent in on-line schooling. :)
I like this school. I learned a lot from each and every class I attended. Kaplan University Professor's were very well informed of the subject's they taught. I never really thought about going back to school to further my education. But with all the advancement going on in the world, I thought differently. By going back to school, and choosing Kaplan University to attend, I believe that my life has gotten better.
I am not surprised to read all of the negative comments, but not for the reason you might think. I love Kaplan University and have completed my Bachelor's in Nursing and am currently working on my FNP. I would highly recommend this school to anyone that has experience in nursing. I am not surprised by the negative comments because I teach in a local college and it is impossible to please everyone. Students have different perceptions of what a "good" school is. Unfortunately all education is terribly expensive now and if you have to use financial aid, you will be paying for your education for a long time after you graduate. I see a lot of people going into degrees that may or may not have a high demand when they finish. That would be one of the first things a potential student should investigate. What is the likelihood that I am going to be able to find a job when I finish school? I am very fortunate in that I chose nursing a long time ago and nursing is a field that I have never had a problem finding a job. Kaplan has provided me with a great education and I am learning a lot in the Nurse Practitioner program. I would not hesitate to recommend this school to anyone. I do think that online nursing should be taken by nurses with some experience since it is not the traditional type education. The instructors at Kaplan are awesome and currently working in their fields. I have never had any problems getting registered for my classes and my advisor checks on me the first few weeks of each class just to make sure things are going smoothly. Great school!
The school lacks supportive and professional subject matter experts. The online educational environment lacks a platform for communication between students to create an environment conducive for peer support and networking.The resource staff (advisers, career center, writing labs) make it clear through their behavior this is just a pay check.
I currently have 2 terms left, so far I have had a wonderful experience, and have made the President's List every term except for one. The instructors are great, as well as the rest of the staff. Once I graduate, I will give another review. The only thing Kaplan should do different is offer more scholarships to current and new students, especially since their tuition is so high.
I thoroughly enjoyed my time spent pursuing my degree through Kaplan. I found the instructors to be knowledgeable and helpful, and most importantly, concerned with my success. My advisors did not hound me, but helped when I needed it. About 3/4 through my degree it was discovered there was a financial error in my favor that resulted in several thousand dollars being refunded to me, Kaplan personnel did not harass me, nor did they drag their feet, my refund was acknowledged and paid promptly. Several prior students have complained that their programs let them down, their degrees did not get them the big job they expected etc...I have to think that you only got out what you put in. Kaplan is not responsible for your lack of research into the correct program for you, or your inability to comprehend and follow the guidelines. If my degree doesn't result in my getting where I want to be it will be because I don't put the effort into making it work, but it is not Kaplan's fault.
Overall, the student advisors were very helpful and the Professors were excellent. I graduated with a GPA 3.6 cum laude. However, accreditation with the American Bar Association (ABA) is non-existent. This can be a problem in Florida civil service, because you must graduate from an approved ABA institution to retain employment and/or become a registered paralegal with the Florida Bar.