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Stressful...very, very stressful
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Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2015
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I am currently enrolled at Kaplan with a graduation date of September 15, 2015. I started taking my final classes, the ones I specialize in for my BS, and realized Kaplan has me signed up for the wrong degree program, and that's just the icing on the cake. I transfered to Kaplan with 91 credits from a community college with a 3.8 gpa specializing in Mechanical Engineering. I received an academic scholarship but upon joining Kaplan, I was forced to take a general biology course after transferring over an anatomy/physiology class I received an A in, with the reasoning that at least it would be an easy A. Then my student advisor convinced me to only take one class instead of two, since I didn't want to take a summer break, which led to me losing the scholarship. They reinstated it once they realized what happened. Then in my final year, after I started taking my BS classes, I realized I was signed up for the wrong major. Their way of helping me was having the manager, who is a professional psychologist, manipulate me into believing it was for the better. Kaplan seems to forget that it isn't about just receiving a degree but actually being taught what you need to know. My experience with Kaplan has been anything but smooth. I DO NOT recommend attending this university when there are so many others out there that actually care about their students. Plus I'm pretty sure my grant money they told me I'm receiving is actually just a loan...I just thankful I have God to show me the positive that can come from this experience.

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Kaplan Rocks!!!!
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Degree: Medical Assistant
Graduation Year: 2015
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I graduate Dec,2015. All I have to say is that Kaplan U is a great college. I worked hard to get where I am at today, I have reached my clinical studies and I am the happiest woman in the world. I made the Deans list, when I saw that I just cried tears of joy! This is a place where I have seen a lot of whiny comments, please grow up because this is college not high school. Before I graduate, I am coming back to get my Bachelors in Psychology. I love Kaplan University!!!! Kaplan Rocks!!!!!

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monica - 3 days ago

I am currently enrolled at Kaplan also for medical assistant. I was wondering how long did it take after you started your classes to begin your clinical's? So far it has been a great experience for me, although some comments are making me nervous. I graduate in 2016 so i just wanted to know how the medical assistant degree with Kaplan has been for you?

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monica - 3 days ago

I am currently enrolled at Kaplan also for medical assistant. I was wondering how long did it take after you started your classes to begin your clinical's? So far it has been a great experience for me, although some comments are making me nervous. I graduate in 2016 so i just wanted to know how the medical assistant degree with Kaplan has been for you?

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Tabetha - 3 days ago

Monica, I am actually in my clinical and competency 1 class and a professionalism class that will help you to get paperwork started so you can begin the learning at a clinical site. I am not there yet but I sure it won't be long. I will post again when I begin the hands on clinical. I will suggest that if you don't have CPR you should get now just so you already have it. If you already have it and the card is up to date your fine. They will be asking that you to get CPR. You will be fine, the main thing is, don't listen to other people. I was worried in the beginning but I kept going because I really want this and I enjoy being here as well. I believe those people that had complaints were not ready. Keep going you got this!

Don't attend here
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Degree: Criminal Justice
Graduation Year: 2016
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Kaplan's Financial Aid Department is really a joke. I withdrew a day after the 3 weeks it was supposedly a "trial" & my balance that I owe them is almost $3,000 which is crazy! The professors went in circles, basically teaching the same thing for 3 weeks. I literally should have just stayed at Ashford for this! Which is again funny I took 4 classes at Ashford withdrew in the second semester and I didn't owe them anything.

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Erica - 12 days ago

The same thing happened to me. Kaplan in its entirety is a joke! I withdrew from my classes as well, but my professors were still emailing me, so to interact with them I logged into my account. I never attended one seminar or submitted any work and financial aid want almost 3000 from too.. I have been around and around with financial aid and they refuse to work with me. I am now in the market for a new online college.

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Hayden - 10 days ago

I had the same issue, but with Ashford and now Im going to Kaplan University. Im not having much better luck though. They are now taking out loans that they havent discussed with me...

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melinda goyette - 7 days ago

I had the same issue its a joke that whole school they want me to pay $4,00 back to them when I was advised by financial when I needed to withdraw to wait until my loan was paid then withdraw then I would owe them $0 now today they want me to pay back $4,000 this school is horrible and the financial aid department is the worst I have ever dealt with.

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Kerron Dicks - 5 days ago

Kaplan is definatly a joke! I went for te years and graduated. Throughout that time they took out many undiscussed loans. I never received my associates defree because apparently my finacial aid didnt cover my last semester. So i pretty much owe a ton of money to receive my diploma and credentials i worked hard for two years straight. Kaplans a scam

Maybe it's you.
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Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2017
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I can not say to much on credit transfers or finding a job that is in the field of psychology because I have not graduated yet. I do have to say that some of these comments scare me. I already have around 30,000 in loans for two years that I have been enrolled in Kaplan. If this school is as bad as a lot of people are saying, and these classes we are taking not meeting the standards needed for my profession in the real world and I will have to take more classes when I have graduated from Kaplan also scares me. I can however state then when I enrolled in Kaplan in the beginning it was very easy and only took about a week. My student adviser calls me at least once per term to see how things are going, and when I needed to take a term off because of personal reasons it was simple. As far as easy A's....not even close. I have had to work hard for my A's and B's. I also have received some C's, but that was my fault for not doing all of the required work.

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Kaplan's Financial Aid office is a joke!
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Degree: Healthcare Administration
Graduation Year: 2014
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I went to Kaplan University for one semester in 2010. While I was there I took two courses and really enjoyed it. The only thing was their financial aid department constantly had me submitting documents over and over again toward the end of the first semester. Each time I would submit it different representatives would call and request for more.Ended up charging me out of pocket for the classes. Once I filed a complaint they charged financial aid. I really was frustrated and decided to attend Ashford University where I received my Bachelors and had so many credits transferred I was able to take a minor in Psychology and specialized in Public Administration. It is good seeing others did not have a negative experience as I did.

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Highly recomend Kaplan University
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Degree: Health Education
Graduation Year: 2014
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100% on line curriculum, including online books I could access through my cell phone. The classes were detailed, and challenging, but the amount of help offered by the school ensures success. I would highly recommend this college to anyone that has a busy career like mine (military).

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Cynthia Simmons
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Degree: Healthcare Administration
Graduation Year: 2016
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I am currently enrolled at Kaplan University studying Health Care Administration. Although I have struggled in the past with school, Kaplan has given me the skill-set that has escalated my learning potential. Right now, my GPA is a 3.35- but I plan for it to become higher in the future. Kaplan has enabled me to realize that I am a powerful force with higher education.

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Talmadge Fincher - 6 days ago

Your experience is amazing and truly inpiring. I'm just researching at the moment and trying to see what's out there. Your comments have proved to be very beneficial.. Thank you and be blessed.

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Ashley - 3 days ago

I am interested in attending this college for healthcare administration. I was wondering if you could give me any feedback on the program.

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Kaplan is for responsible adults, not children
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Degree: Criminal Justice
Graduation Year: 2012
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This college, as any college, is what you the student make of it. Professors will not hold your hand or wait on you to do what you are required to do. You are an adult and therefore must make adult decisions to find out what your assignments are and complete those assignments in the time frame given. If you do not do what is required, expect to fail.

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Tabetha Cox - 10 days ago

OMG! You are so correct, some of the students that are in my classes want to have their hands held. Sorry we are no longer in high school, at all. I made the deans list and I am very proud of myself, I worked real hard to get where I am at today. I graduate Dec,2015 getting my associates degree in Health Science for Medical Assisting. Yes, I am coming back to get my bachelors in Psychology. I really Love kaplan!!!!

Kaplan is good. Period.
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Degree: Information Technology
Graduation Year: 2015
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I would say, after reading some of the "bad" reviews, those people were just poor students, soon to become poor professionals. Nearly 100% of good students at Kaplan do well and take away much. Good students LOVE Kaplan. The only issue with Kaplan is, is that they give everyone a chance, even those that probably shouldn't be in college. So, what happens is, people used their own failed experiences to gauge Kaplan. Those same people come onto university ratings boards and give the school 1 stars, across the board. Really? Honestly, this just goes to show you they did zero research of the university then. This reflects poorly upon them, not the school. How much time did they actually spend looking for the right university that would meet their expectations? Makes me wonder. Well, let's look at the facts. Are Kaplan teachers qualified? Kaplan professors are required to have at least 10 years of teaching experience, most have PhDs, and are as good, if not better than any instructor you would find in a brick 'n mortar school. Some actually teach at multiple universities. Are the textbooks substandard? No, the textbooks Kaplan uses are the exact books most universities use. So, be prepared to learn. Is the online education less intensive than a normal, brick 'n mortar school? Of course not. In fact, Kaplan goes out of their way to make the curriculum extremely challenging. Of course, can Students do the minimum work and skate by? Yes. But, I've heard their financial aid department is horrible. Is that true? Yes and no. I've been to both types of schools. Financial aid is a mess everywhere. Not an excuse, just the truth. So, if you're trying to obtain loans, stay diligent. Stay in direct contact...daily, until your loans have been approved. Is the education overpriced? Once again, yes and no. The tuition is much less than a typical university, but higher than a community college. The prices are clearly posted, and there are no hidden fees. What is the learning experience like at Kaplan? You will attend LIVE seminars, read textbooks, participate in required discussion boards, do projects, write a lot (APA style), and learn to use critical thinking skills. Does this sound familiar? Yeah, it is just like any good school. I've heard it is difficult to contact professors? Is that true? No. If you really need to contact a professor, there is email, instant messaging, office hours, and a chat board in the classroom. If all that fails, you may contact the student dean. I've never had that fail in 5 years at Kaplan though. What if I don't pay my tuition? I've heard Kaplan won't give me a diploma without paying. Yeah, well, so. No school on the planet is going to give you a diploma if you have a balance. I've heard that Kaplan isn't accredited. Is that true? It is not true, Kaplan is accredited. Kaplan receives Title IV funding, meaning, the government doesn't invest in non-accredited institutions. Period. I also heard that graduates couldn't find a job with a Kaplan degree. Is that true? Yes and no. "Kaplan" has nothing to do with it. It's the job market. The market is tough right now, for ALL graduates, not just those from Kaplan. Do your homework, begin networking right away (1st year in college), make friends with recruiters, and fill out your LinkedIn profile. Maybe look for some internships and residencies. Work hard, and you will be successful. So, what am I trying to say? Be a good student. You will learn a lot, take away much, and become the professional you were meant to be. Good luck, to everyone.

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Dedication, Hard Effort, and Leg Work
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Degree: Health/Health Care Administration/Management
Graduation Year: 2018
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Hey everyone! I just wanted to write my own review of this college and my experience thus far. This is for anyone curious to know, or prospective students looking into this college. I have been going to this College for about a month now. I have had my share of experiences with colleges, but this one seems pretty legit. I was skeptical at first, after having done my research on this school. However, I decided to give it a go. I can truly say I am enjoying my experience so far. My professors have given me good feedback about my coursework. For example, on one seminar I got a 6/15 (bad I know) but I really didn't participate in the chat. So, I deserved the grade I got. However, all the other seminars I made sure to actively participate. My professors have also been very understanding when I turned in my late work, from being sick with a stomach flu all week. When I emailed them to let them know what was going on, they immediately responded back. The overall enrollment process was pretty easy. I didn't have to fax anything, I could take pictures of my ID card, High school diploma, etc.. and email them to my advisor. She was pretty quick about getting me all set up for the next start date. Financial aid contacted me at the start of my program, to get all documents turned in. Now, college is expensive! But, they have grants and scholarships that you don't have to pay back. My advisor got me hooked up to a scholarship designed for parents and based off of your highschool GPA. It knocked 8,000 of my tuition. So that was a huge blessing. But, do not think that it doesn't take the leg work, dedication, and hard efforts to be successful at Kaplan. As with any online college, you have to be more than willing to do your work. you can't just slack off and expect to get good grades. It takes ALOT of self discipline and the drive to keep at it. Trust me, there are times I would rather just be lazy and not write any papers or read any thing. I do it anyway. My classes so far, have helped me develop my writing skills and really relate myself to the degree program I chose. In my opinion, this is not a waste of time! My four little boys really need Mom to make a better life! Also, my husband has been there beside me throughout this Journey, he is now currently going to enroll in their Buisness Administration program. Also, I did some research and Kaplan is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. They have very high standards to go by. So, this means that your degree holds value in the work environment. It also may help you in gaining admission to graduate schools, among transferring credits. However, one should keep in mind that transferring credits is always up to the discretion of the receiving institution. This meaning that it is up to school in which you are transferring to accept your previous credit. One last thing, Career services seems to be on the job when it comes down to it. I recently have done a job search through there career network, and found an entry level position with a Maternal Fetal Medicine office. They will also help you write your resume, do mock interviews, and are there to help any way they can. But, you have to be an active job seeker and really do you part of the work! Overall, I am enjoying this Online experience. My writing class has encouraged me to start up my own blog, which is what I working on now. I really love it here. And that's coming from a mom of four boys all under the age of 7, fulltime Office Assistant job, and wife. So don't be discouraged it can be done! Also, read the date of these reviews and whether or not they have supporting facts before believing this is a bad school. This is just my opinion and my own experiences. Ill update or post a new review in about 6 months. Thanks for reading and Good Luck on your academic endeavors :-)

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Jaqueline Ramirez - 29 days ago

HI , I want to become a Nurse . I am in High school still but i will be graduating in Feb 2016 . I have been hearing of this school and i just want to know if there is a wait list for Kaplan College ?

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Roberto Martinez - 23 days ago

Jaqueline - Your best bet is to go to a local community college if possible. Online schools are better for those who work jobs and don't have the time to go to a normal school.

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Calista - 17 days ago

Jaqueline.... do at minimum your associates of nursing at A community college.... for one most starter classes are starter classes no matter where ya go so it saves money but you will need the first hand experience. I have an ADN and have an additional associates. Plus you need that group study to test yourself to prepare for NCLEX! .... just remember nursing is a very tough job so make sure ya love it before spending the time. I actually worked CNA work to see if i would even like nursing & it has prepared me for so much plus it gave me more knowledge going in! Best of luck .... but you can do it#!!!! :)

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Talmadge Fincher - 6 days ago

I'm greatly encouraged by your comments. I'm trying to decide between nursing and mental health (psychology). I have no experience with online courses but your comments have opened my eyes as far as what I need to do. Kaplan sounds like a good school and I may eventually be attending there. I can see that a tremendous amount of drive and determination is needed to succeed. I'm truly inspired and motivated by your comments. My Best... Talmadge Fincher

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