Kaplan University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (305)
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.
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).
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.
I love that the financial advisers called me. Most of the time, all was well and I had no questions. Other times, I had questions, but never found the time to call in and ask them (or remember until it was so late at night I thought I'd just 'do it tomorrow') But they call and keep you current on what is going on with your account, grants, scholarships, and loans. My educational adviser called several times just to say that is she is sorry so much of her time is taken up with those in academic stress, but wanted to call me and say that I am doing a great job and that they are very proud of me. While I did a few (literally two) professors I thought had no business in the profession - all of the others - about 25 others, were above and beyond qualified, satisfied, and helpful. The best part for me, are the friends I have made from all over the nation- and even the world. Sometimes, you just really "connect" with a classmate or two every so often, and several of those connections still persist. We encourage each other talking on Facebook, text, and phone calls. Anyone that really wants to, can do this - they provide resources for every aspect of your academic journey.
So I graduated from Kaplan (Texas) in 2013. Worst thing I could have ever done is spend rougly $17,000 on tuition, and this includes no federal aid. Don't get me wrong, I was offered a job before graduating, but being a medical assistant will waste your time. Kaplan does NOT transfer ANY credits! Medical assistants get paid on an AVERAGE here in Texas $9-12 (I made more at my previous job and with out a degree, just saying)... totally not worth the money you spent on Kaplan. Because my pay is not great I am now going back to RN school, which will cost me about $21,000. This is almost as much as going to Kaplan. Yes, RN school is about 2 years, but TRUST ME!!! You will pay less to go to LVN school and your credits will be transferable if you decide somewhere down the road to become an RN! Please take my word and experience. Its great how Kaplan lets you finish in 9 months, but a LVN course is about a year and you will get more bang for your buck! Don't keep feeding you money to Kaplan, your better of at a community college or university, even if it means being in school a little longer. THINK TWICE BEFORE GOING TO KAPLAN!!! To make things better Kaplan did not give my CMA certification until almost 1 year later. Student services are horrible!
First, Let me say that I didn't have to use the financial aid office, but I had to speak with them quite a bit. I had saved for the degree and paid as I went. Financial aid could not comprehend this and kept trying to get me to take loans out. They are a for-profit school. The class work was manageable, if you stayed on top of homework. Once you got behind, you would be toast. The classwork builds on each week and if you do not have a grasp you will not get the next week. I had quite a few in my class that wanted to take up class time with questions for previous weeks the the professor covered well. This put the whole class behind when the professor didn't shut it down. In most cases, they would be refered to office hours. The one criticism that I would have is that the school should screen the students better than they do. I had the majority of all of my classes filled with people that didn't have the most basic of communication skills, and their spelling and grammer skills showed it. I could let it slide somewhat for non-US students, but if you graduated from high school in the US you should be able to communicate. Overall, my experience with Kaplan University was a good one. It is fast paced and you should be ready for that. I graduated Summa Cum Laude ahead of schedule. Make sure that you have the time to commit, I was work and school only for almost 2 years, no Extra-curricular activities. If you are prepared for that, you should do well.
Don't get me wrong when I first started at Kaplan it was all good. I am still attending because I am not a quiter for starts, The professors are rude and don't do their jobs, they want to doc you when you do your work correctly and turn everything in on time and before time. If you are not a teachers pet here at this school have fun. I don't and never will recommend anyone to attend Kaplan University. I will make sure I go some where else to get my Bachelor's Degree. Kaplan is horrible beware of this school.
Since I began my education journey at Kaplan, I had nothing but problems. It started with issues in regards to transferring my college credits, financial aid saying I owe money, when I did not. As students, we are told no late assignments after unit nine, but yet had a professor who extended homework assignment after unit 9 which was not fair for those students who submitted their assignments on a timely manner. This is college, not high school. If an individual cannot submit an assignment when due, then take the hit and be a grown up about it. When scheduling my classes, I told two advisors not to schedule a math class and a six credit core class together as it would be too much and I was told "get a math tutor", what an ignorant remark to make. When I need to phone Kaplan, there is always an issue and it does not get resolved. If I could redo my educational journey, I would not attend Kaplan and I would either attend a University in person or go to another online university. As I stated earlier, I have had nothing but problems and issues with this school. I cannot say that I have had a positive educational experience with this university.
I am in the middle of the online FNP program and am earning As. My problem is the lack of support by the administration if and when you have a complaint about anything. Quiet often when you complain, instead of being understanding and compassionate, they turn it against you and suggest that you may not be a 'good fit' for their program if you have so many concerns. Or when you repeatedly ask a teacher to clarify an assignment and they literally insult you by suggesting you haven't read the assignment. This program is far too expensive to be treated with such disrespect by the very same people you would expect to work alongside as nurses. They will often refer you back to policies and procedures, for example how to 'properly complain' than address the question or complaint. I only stuck with the program this long because I can only handle them in 10 week periods at a time. The only positive comment is that I like their discussion post system (better than Blackboard) and I have benefited from the texts that were recommended. Otherwise I don't foresee continuing because I don't think the content will prepare me enough for boards.
I was informed with just three terms left that my financial aid will run out before I complete my degree and therefore my diploma will be held until I pay the amount of over six thousand dollars for the last terms. I am getting my degree because I have been working low paying jobs for so long that I wanted to move up in my career and now I am finding that this degree, when I finally get it since it will likely take my a year to pay off the balance and then receive it, is likely going to do nothing for me. The majority of "real" colleges will not except credits from Kaplan and therefore I am unable to use them to transfer to another school. Therefore, I am now stuck with over 50 thousand dollars of debt for a Bachelor's degree that should have only cost about 30 thousand. All of that for a degree that is ultimately meaningless.