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Kaplan University
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Kaplan University's Top-Rated Degree Programs

Program Average Rating Percent Employed Average Time to Hire Average Salary % Degree Helped Career
Criminal Justice Average Rating
Percent Employed 80% Average Time to Hire --- Average Salary $37,500 % Degree Helped Career 43%
Business Average Rating
Percent Employed 100% Average Time to Hire --- Average Salary $38,000 % Degree Helped Career 71%
Legal Studies Average Rating
Percent Employed 100% Average Time to Hire --- Average Salary $112,500 % Degree Helped Career 50%

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Kaplan University
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Degree: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
Graduation Year: 2016
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Calling them is very difficult sometimes but you have to remain calm because everytime you call nobody never answers or they direct you to someone else. Overall Kaplan University online is designed to meet your needs.

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Vista Ca Campus a nightmare!
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Degree: Medical Insurance Specialist/Medical Biller
Graduation Year: 2013
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I would advise everyone thinking of going to this school to think about it real good. First of all the school is so cheesy that by the end of every module it's only a potluck when the time can used for more training. They don't train you for the job and is a complete waste of time. They don't certify you through the state but just graduate receiving a certificate of completion, NOT certified. So for those thinking of taking anything in the medical field you might want to really think of going somewhere you can actually take your NCLEX. Even the Medical Billing and Coding program doesn't certify you. You have to take extra time to study and try to take it online and by then it's costing you more money. The AAPC has additional training just to certify you which means by then your paying more and completely frustrated. So 10 thousand dollars later and no job yet, I am completely adamant that this school severely raped me financially and emotionally..Now I'm stuck paying back and finally did my homework, finally found a credible school with less money and certifiable at the end of the course. I wish I had did my homework but the Kaplan recruiter really suckered me into signing up for this bogus school. Not only that, the students who went there, most of them were so much about drama and gossip that I felt that I was in high school all over again. My advise pick a more reputable school, save your money and do your research! I wouldn't go back even if they offered free refresher courses, which brings me to their promise of some refresher courses that they said they offer but never heard from them ever again. Just hounding me about my Sallie Mae student loan. Save yourself the grief!

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I was wrong
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Degree: Education, Other
Graduation Year: 2
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I started reading negative reviews about Kaplan and was beginning to think my time and money was being wasted. Then, I got a job interview and I was about to respond to questions based on what I learned at the school. The interviewer also asked me about the program and what I learned from it. Seems he was impressed and I ened up getting the job the paid almost twice my current salary. Kaplan's MBA program is the real deal...it's tough sometimes though!

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I don't recommend Kaplan University
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Degree: Science, Technology and Society
Graduation Year: 2013
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I took 2 concurrent online classes at Kaplan; first class the instructor introduced herself by her firstname and encouraged us to call her by her name (She's a PhD). During the next few scheduled classes students were prefixing her name with "Professor"; I was still going by her introduction and addressing her as her first name. I realized then that she began ignoring me in class. Second class, there were two of us with the same name (it's not a terribly common name). The instructor forewarned that for every input she would put a tick mark next to our name showing class participation. At the end of the class I asked the instructor how she would differentiate between myself and the other "M" person (I had participated heavily and wanted to ensure I was getting credit and not the other "M" person). She responded "Oh, I didn't realize there were two "M"'s in the course. At that point I knew that she would accidentally give my participation credit to the other person. Luckily Kaplan has a 6-week trail period in which you can back out without any payment due. I definitely backed out - why pay for classes when being mistreated, or receiving substandard quality of tracking participation.

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Kelly - about 9 hours ago

First of all, in seminar, it has your first and last name, not just first. You can't mix up your credit with someone else's. It doesn't work that way.

More like a community
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Degree: Psychology, General
Graduation Year: 2016
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I tried a couple online schools before enrolling at Kaplan University. This university was the most informative, hands on, and compassionate compared to the other institutions that I had inquired. I really like the structure of the classes. The helpfullness and knowledge from Kaplan's professors. The staff and students at Kaplan come together like a community. Attending this university gives me the confidence I need to believe that I will succeed. I LOVE THIS SCHOOL!!!!!!

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Financial aid is TERRIBLE.
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Degree: Business Administration and Management, General
Graduation Year: 2016
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Every term, when the financial aid gets posted. The school makes sure they get their money THE EXACT DAY the financial aid is suppose to go out, but as students, we have to wait "7-14 days" to get out disbursement. I am fed up with it. If the school takes their money, I would hope to receive mine, but no. It is always a waiting game. It is terrible if you are using the funds from school, for school. I would not recommend this college to anyone. The degree will be nice, but the waiting is just a game. I spoke with a financial aid advisor, and got the same responce. 7-14 days. I am tired of it.

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Carla Jones - 13 days ago

I am with you. It takes too long to receive our stipend check. In the beginning, they would credit the money to your account from financial aid and then they would cut your check the same day (at least that's what happened when I first started). Now they say they have up to 14 days to get your refund out to you. It really does suck. They make sure they get their money, if they don't they will block you from your classes. They need to continue like they start out.

It's not KAPLAN it's Really only the FA, VT, an...
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Degree: Business Administration and Management, General
Graduation Year: 2014
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First of all I am not an employee of Kaplan, as someone mentioned before that only employees give good reports, I am in fact a current student. Now I will put things like this, the school, the teaching, the tutoring, the benefits and discounts, all of these things were great and amazing. Where the problem came in for me was the financial aid. I am in my very last term and was locked out for two weeks because back in March I was told that there wasn't enough funds to cover me. Of course I took a hiatus so that when I came back the funds would be up and ready for me. Now I came back in June with a vengeance ready to knock these two sessions out the park and finish strong. Everything was going great until July I notices that my Pell Grant hadn't posted to my account. Well what they didn't bother to tell me was that there were documents that needed to be turned in to get the aid. Well two weeks went by and I was able to print sign and get everything in. Now I had already explained that if I had the money to pay $1059.00 that I wouldn't even be asking for financial aid. I finished my first session and then I was put on a block. I noticed that every time i would turn in a document, it would get rejected and they would tell me to send in another one. I got to the point that I cussed them slap out because they were not doing their job in informing me of ALL the information. Well finally I talked with a supervisor over verification. At that point I had enough. He assured me that it would be expedited in 3 days. Guess what.....This girl here had to wait the full three weeks. So much for expediting anything. Now they keep pushing the date back for my funds to post. Again pissing me the hell off BUT the up side is I will not finish with a debt with the school because the grant, scholarship, and loans all paid for everything. I will be done in a few weeks and rid of that school's FA forever. For the person that said they charge double....NO THEY DO NOT!!! UAB (University of Alabama at Birmingham) actually costs more than what Kaplan costs and they are a brick and mortar school. The only schools I see being cheaper than Kaplan are non-accredited online schools, not well known online schools, and community colleges. This is all based on research. The curriculum was great and actually taught me things that I was able to use in my jobs. So I won't completely knock Kaplan it is just their Financial Aid, Verification Team and Student Account Teams.

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Feiga Weinstock - about 1 month ago

If you were able to get financial aid for the entire course, I probably am also able to get it. Can you please provide me with info on how to get FA for the entire amount?

Overpayment at Kaplan University
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Degree: Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Graduation Year: 2015
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Kaplan University gives 5 credits per course and charges as such, meaning $371 per credit= $1855 per course. They also have hidden fees like $200 per course for technology purposes, which adds up to $2055 per course. When I tried to transfer the credits to a different college, the other college only gave me 3 1/3 credits per course. Would I have started out with the other college, I would get a much better deal, because they also charge $371 per credit, so my total would be $1243. They also do not have hidden fees like Kaplan does. $2055-$1243=$812. I overpaid at Kaplan University $812 per course.

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scrafty - about 1 month ago

What was the other college? I've been looking for an online scool and I cant find obe that doesn't have 60% smack talked about it.

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Feiga Weinstock - about 1 month ago

I am now considering Ashford University. I am not yet sure I want to continue with them, though. I may look into Excelsior's plan first. Either one of these 2 I think will fit my needs. Another idea on how to minimize loan payments, I think, is to have a bank that will work with you to pay for college. Even if the college uses a specific company through government mandated organizations, I want to try having my bank pay the entire loan early, so I'm not obligated to pay the interest first. If I get to pay a huge part of the premium instead of the interest first, I think I will minimize the amount I will need to pay back. Any other suggestions, I am willing to consider it.

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Degree: Criminal Justice/Police Science
Graduation Year: 2014
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Before you write this poor review off as just a bitter student who did poorly, or one who was cheated out of their grade for an improper withdrawal of some sort, think again! This is truly a review based on my experience at Kaplan based upon my two other degrees that I received from esteemed universities in Chicago (B.A. and an M.B.A.). Keep in mind that I maintained a 99% g.p.a. while at Kaplan and that was with little effort. If you can tolerate the monotony and if you're fine with solely raising your g.p.a., and if you're rich enough that you don't have to rely upon financial aid, then Kaplan's the school for you! Basically, I'm disappointed in the quality of education at Kaplan because it simply does not qualify as an institution of higher learning. By this, I mean that the students with whom I went to school at Kaplan who were undergraduate students from Kaplan University couldn't conjugate a sentence, much less survive in a Master's level program at another college or university. I was sorely disappointed in the fact that, after having spent much time with these students that it wasn't only that they couldn't type (I gather that may have been the case for some of them). I'm basing my experience upon the countless hours spent in the discussion board section of the website, or the core of an online learning institution. I won't even speak to my thoughts on whether online learning is comparable to a brick and mortar school because I don't think there's a comparison. The instructors were very good and knowledgeable at what they taught, but they explained that they had to stick closely with the syllabus and other materials that were provided by Kaplan, and that was really quite disappointing as well because the materials were seriously lacking in content and substance. This was very sad to me. Don't believe a word of what Financial Aid tells you. Unfortunately, they'll tell you that you're going to get your financial aid (stipend) check during the first couple of weeks, but I feel that Kaplan chose to hedge the funds for as long as they could, or keep the funds in their bank account, drawing interest as long as possible because I never saw a check until close to the end of the term! If you're serious about learning then I'd not even consider Kaplan. Of course this is just my opinion, and this is based upon my experiences at Kaplan.

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Graduation Year: 2007
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I was attending Kaplan University for my Masters degree. I found that every education advisor had a different answer to any question asked. The staff at that university would not reply to emails or return phone calls. Every time you need to call the university, you are on the phone for a minimum of 10 minutes before you get to speak with a staff member in any department. The customer service skills are extremely poor. I would not recommend this university to anyone.

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