Kaplan University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (331)
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.
Getting ready to enter the last term that starts in a week, and get a blocked message saying I need to call FA. They tell me I have to get transcripts in now from pervious schools before my classes get unlocked . I am 11 weeks from graduating and I am just not getting this. So all of the hard work that I have put in over the last two years and now this. This school wonders why they don't have a good retention and graduation rate.
There are many issues that I have heard of in regards to other classmates having issues with Kaplan University but I haven't encountered any issues. College professors are not there to hold your hand, striving for higher education requires work. They explain the course and have live seminars where they discuss the material. We are able to email them and some even allow phone calls or text messages. People should not complain about the professors because it is our responsibility to learn the material without someone holding our hand, it is not elementary school. If you reach out for help you will get it! Financial aid and education advising will help you if you ask and even when you don't. Yes, if you register for too many classes per term you will have to pay the overage of the tuition that your financial aid will not cover, it is like a co-payment. BUT if you register for the allowed amount of classes your financial aid allows, for example my terms were 2 and 3 classes, you will not have out of pocket expenses. I have heard a few bad reviews and complaints but I NEVER had an issue because I always seek information, ask questions, and double check to ensure that the steps I am taking are the right ones. I don't require a babysitter! I have a 4.0, kids and a job. I have already gotten job offers due to the help of career services offered at Kaplan and I don't even graduate until September 2014.
This school is terrible for helping students. The teachers are amazing it is the dean and academic support that is terrible. I had a 3.6 GPA and they would not let me take 4 classes instead of 3 so I could finish up my degree a semester early. They would never tell me why the request was denied by the dean. I had to fax in a form 3 times before someone was able to get it. THey are really unorganized and only seem to care about the money. If I didnt have just one semester left I would have left the school. They seem to not care about you once you are enrolled and almost done. Also, when I was registering for classes they messed up my start date and even 4 days before classes began it was all messed up and I was not able to start on time. I tried for 3 weeks to get a hold of my academic advisor and never could.
Great school, always willing to help, very flexible. Good value for the cost. Quality of course work is adequate. I feel appropriately challenged in my course work. I like the online format, the campus portal is easy to use and most instructors are knowledgeable and offer real world experience.