Kaplan University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (305)
Kaplan allowed me the flexibility I needed to be able to complete my degree while continuing to work full-time. They allowed me to transfer almost two years worth of previous credit from two previous colleges I had attended which allowed me to complete my degree at Kaplan in 15 months on an accelerated track. My employer also had Kaplan listed as a preferred institution which enabled me to a 14% discount per credit hour. This worked out to be a significant savings as I was a cash student (I refuse to take student loans and the let lenders and the government bleed me dry). I did find that professors had a tendency to not always be aligned with APA formatting rules. One instructors would mark down for not following a specific aspect of APA formatting while another instructor would not mark down for the same rule. This would become frustrating as you never truly felt like you were calibrated to what each professor wanted in APA formatting to avoid potential markdowns in grading. That is something the school definitely needs to work with their faculty on to ensure a universal and uniform application of APA formatting rules across all classes. The quality of the instructors was normally average to above average. There were only 1-2 professors in my time at Kaplan that I was "impressed" with when it came to their knowledge and insight. However, the rest of the professors were knowledgeable enough to be able to lead the class. I also never had issues with delayed responses when seeking assistance from professors. For the most part the instructors were engaging, friendly and qualified. Kaplan allowed me to do what I was seeking to do: close the one glaring hole on my resume. I would recommend Kaplan for others. But you should know upfront that this is a "for-profit" school and Kaplan does not have the pedigree or reputation that is going to impress prospective employers when they review your resume. However, a degree from Kaplan is still going to be 1000x more beneficial to your career than no degree at all.
I attended both a Brick and Mortar Kaplan at nights for my Assoc degree in computer and the online for the BS. As a non-traditional student I put forth the effort needed to do well. Many of my younger counterparts wanted to skate through as they likely did in high school. Most of my instructors were very good. Dealing with administration and financial aid was trying at times. They seem to be locked into their little world of rules. Like anything worth having, it takes effort.
I simply cannot say enough about the professors at Kaplan online. They were knowledgeable, passionate and caring. They truly loved their subjects but also their students. Their enthusiasm was definitely catching. I learned to be interested in aspects of life I never had been before. I learned a lot, studied a lot, and felt very well able to start work by graduation time. I have 4 classes to go, two of which I'm completing this semester, and I consider it well worth all it took to obtain my Bachelor's. I will be forever thankful to Kaplan for all they did for me.
Great option for those who need flexibility in their schedule. It can be difficult to make time for school when you are working full-time and have a family to care for, but Kaplan has made it easy. I am able to work full-time, attend school full-time, and still care for my family without missing a beat. There are some tough weeks, but for the most part, the work load is manageable with a little time management. I have found that a steady schedule for when I complete assignments helps. A little everyday adds up to competed units and classes. So happy I made the choice to return to school.
You are better off looking for a different school. Kaplan makes their courses worth 5 or 6 credits when other schools are 3 or 4. So in the end you end up paying double. So you will pay double to take twice as long to get a degree. Their classes are also 10 weeks. I am currently at APUS and am looking forward to finishing my degree in less than 3 years with low student loans. Kaplan took out 20,000 for just one year.
Hi, I started in Kaplan back in 2007, being a full time worker, parent and wife. I had to go slow but I graduated last year after many health problems, to the point that was told by my doctor that I have MS and that it will be better to start taking fewer classes due to my condition. I want to start college and get my degree, and decided continue but taking it easier. Kaplan was an excellent institution to start my career. I did not have the time physical go to school, but I found Kaplan online, read about them and everything was positive comments. Their staff was always there when needed, answering my questions and giving me the tools necessary to continue with my journey. My school advisor was really nice person, always checking and calling me. Giving me support in both ways personal and academic. She always was pushing me to continue and not to drop school. I choose the career in business because is related to the type of job I have, business is a huge word to explain, because it cover so many different areas. Regardless of their size, must expand internationally or can expect to be taken over by more competitive businesses. The transition to global business is not easy and some businesses become a liability to their own organization, lagging behind in development. The reality is that global businesses are today's economic fact of life and to survive, each business requires an adaptable mindset and an expert. Kaplan has given me the necessary tools to continuing in the business’s world.
The financial aid assistance was the most frustrating part of the entire process. The curriculum was mediocre at best, the IT program didn't really cover appropriate or necessary subjects. The basics were covered, as expected but the IT classes were either too advanced for the name or too simple for the program itself.
For anyone thinking about attending college PLEASE shop around. The FA department is extremely bad. They lie about your fund status and blame it on DOE. The instructors, well this is a mixed bag. My first quarter my instructors were never in line with APA style format. In the end FA really makes the student want to keep going to that school but at this school they have a major problem in that department. My advice, SHOP AROUND. And from what I can tell the good reviews are most likely from employees at Kaplan.
I've heard that students have had issues in at this school, but I also know that most of these issues could have been resolved by the student themselves. Sometimesthe student expects the school to handle everything, when in turn, the student needs to be presistent when a problem arises to make sure the issue is taken care of. I've experienced nothing more than a friendly and cooperative staff. The professor's that teach the class have attained degree's in their corresponding teaching area's, and have been either teaching for years, or are currently working in the profession that they are teaching. The majority of my Criminal Justice classes were taught by full employed lawyers; right of the bat, that should say something good about Kaplan. Overall, you get what you put into it, if you half-ass the courses, you're going to get a bad grade, and are going to have a rough experience, but if you put hours of studying, you'll come out with a good degree and more knowledge. This is one of the only school's I've found with mandatory seminars, which allow you to interact with the professor and students. Overall a great college to attend, if you can't attend a campus.
Numerous issues - took over three months to get transfer credits correct, financial aid is a nightmare, the professors do not respond to emails when seeking assistance or have a question. Behavior on discussion board and classroom is not really monitored against grading syllabus. If you have any kind of issue and you seek your education advisor, the answer is normally "there is nothing we really can do about it". To me there is no accountability with the staff, but as a student you have to have accountability. Seems a double standard here. Hope you don't have a personal issue, if you do, your "suggested" to take an incomplete. It is very obvious of seeing student favoritism, especially in the class and on discussion boards. I don't feel like I am in a college atmosphere at all.