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Kaplan University Online - Psychology
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Degree: Psychology, General
Graduation Year: 2015
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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.

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Tabetha Cox - 15 days ago

I agree with you 100%. I cant wait until I graduate with my associates in Health Science for Medical assisting in Dec,2015. I am coming back to get my Bachelors in psychology as well. Yes, It's been some crazy professors but overall the rest of the professors that I have had are Awesome!!!!

Also I made the deans list!!! Move over kids let us adults get this done. I love Kaplan!!!!!

THINK TWICE!!!
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Degree: Medical/Clinical Assistant
Graduation Year: 2013
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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!

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Tricia H - about 1 month ago

Kaplan has nothing to do with you choosing a crappy major/career path. That is your own fault. It is YOUR responsibility to research what you plan on spending YOUR money on.

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Martha C. - about 1 month ago

You may be right that it is my responsibility to research my options and cost. You have your opinion as well as I have mine. I'm letting people know out there about better options out there besides Kaplan, so they won't run into the same mistake I made! FYI I never said my career option is "crappy"

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CharJay - 24 days ago

I agree with Tricia you should have considered the amount of pay prior to seeking a degree in medical assistance. I have been in the medical field for most of my career and depending on your location a Medical Assistant generally pays between $12-$15 per hour.

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Degree: Criminal Justice/Police Science
Graduation Year: 2018
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This place is a joke, I couldn't even get my foot in the door. I started my enrollment January 5th ( finally gave up February 8th). At first my enrollment was rejected because it was "illegible" even though it was typed, signed, and faxed. The second time it was rejected was because of "state regulations" and it always took my advisor anywhere from 3-6 days to get back to me, even for a simple question. I gave up and found a better school and better program, my enrollment was accepted in 2 days. The advisor supposedly "didn't recieve my Highschool transcripts" but didn't tell me for about a week and then after she told me that she hadn't recieved them, somehow she magically got them before I was able to resend them which means she misplaced them instead of never receiving them. Save your money and time and find a better school...

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Huck Finn - 29 days ago

I am curious how, since you didn't even get your foot in the door, you are able to provide a review. Also, none of my admission paperwork was submitted via anything other than electronically, so why did you have to fax? I think perhaps you should reconsider your review since it would appear you were partially at fault, and you have no information about the school to provide, just some complaints about the admissions process.

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Calista - 21 days ago

Honestly I know what your saying as far as community college being cheaper and that is true but it doesn't matter where you attend each RN program had different requirements. .... I moved after my LPN and had to pay for a completely different set of books for the 2nd school plus had to take additional classes and that's Coming FROM a community college. Plus i had to wait a year to get in with a 3.9 GPA & I had an active license!!! The RN degree is just one of those degrees that is constantly changing. Good luck to you with your RN degree!

Not worth it.
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Degree: Legal Studies, General
Graduation Year: 2014
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This school is a money and time sink, nothing more. I spent two months trying to enroll, they continuously told me "This is the last document" and then had me sign off on that one thing, just to be surprised with another one, which I had to go back to the library and print out.This went on for almost 2 months, one piece of paper at a time. Then they had the audacity to expel me because they never received my high school transcript, which they NEVER told me, I was never once told that it hadn't arrived, infact they told me it was there and not to worry! Now, I have completely given up on this school, after weeks of sending in copy, and copy of my official transcript I decided to call a DIFFERENT school and ask what I would need to send it, and what did they say? "Oh just mail in an official transcript in a government sealed envelope" Which is the exact opposite of everything Kaplan had told me, every single time they would tell me, open the envelope, scan the document, and send it in. This school is NOT worth the trouble of even getting in, all of this mind you, and i now owe for my first classes which i never even got to finish.

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calista - 21 days ago

Just FYI .... your transcript is not ever going to be official if you tamper the seal. That's why schools sign over the seal. I hope you didn't waste money opening then :)

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James - 18 days ago

Kaplan is like anything else in life, you will get out of it what you put into it. I am one year in and I love it so far. As far as people complaining about documents needed to enroll, really???? It can be a somewhat lengthy process, but it is also a good way to see if you really want this or not. If you get defeated that quickly, then college is not for you anyway.

Good School
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Degree: Business Administration and Management, General
Graduation Year: 2012
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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.

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Dan - 29 days ago

For example: Ask clarifying questions, share your experience with this school, ask for more information (on classes, professors, career opportunities, etc.)

Beware Kaplan is a waste of time and money
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Degree: Legal Assistant/Paralegal
Graduation Year: 2015
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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.

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Kaplan U. Made for Learners not children
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Degree: Information Technology
Graduation Year: 2014
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As most people tend to look at what others are saying about Kaplan University I had been working at low paying jobs but I found most companies were looking for someone with some paper, but unlike most I looked at what was needed then ask for the job. I have been working on computer system for over 20 years, but I had no degree so I was underpaid. I think that unlike your classroom schools Kaplan gives you the ability to find what is needed in the real world of IT. Some classmates need someone to hold their hand and show each step, I've had professor who were hard as nails for grading. I did not like it at the time but then when your working for a company and a VP or Supervisor ask you to do something and your dead wrong what would happen? Ok, back to my point as to why Kaplan is a great school... Most of the professors have worked in the area your pursuing so they can give you more information on what is needed and what other information you should learn which kaplan is not teaching at the time. From software to hardware even how to do interviews what problems they faced in the field. So Kaplan is not for the faint of heart if you want to not just learn but to understand the subject your going for this is the School. As an example when do you have a classmate who is working in the same job you would love to have, they are conversing with you as to how to get the job and what they needed to learn. I'm working in a non profit company who only needed someone to type papers at the time within a month I'm building network systems and database management configurations no just because I know how but I have the paper to back me up. So if your looking for a school that will tell you each step to take because you need someone to hold your hand this is not the school for you. But if you have a passion in an area you love or would like to understand more then Kaplan maybe the right fit because it is make for self learners who for the most part need to show what they know.

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Think Twice Before Attending Kaplan
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Degree: Legal Studies, General
Graduation Year: 2016
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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.

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Lupe - about 1 month ago

I feel like I have had the total opposite experience, However, in regards to your professor extending assignments that happens in any university and some things will just never be fair. I don't think that should be a reflection of the school, but rather of the professor.

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Beth - about 1 month ago

Any college you attend will have professors that works with you, who extend assignments. As for tutoring, you have to complete what's given to you, any college advisor will explain what is best in that moment, and if you have mandatory classes, they don't advise to drop it, if you want less work, correct you student status.and as for financial aid, it's not the schools fault you owe money.....

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Degree: Human Services, General
Graduation Year: 2015
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Financal Aid is horrible and advisor do not contact you. They are charging you for room and board and personal charges

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Disappointed
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Graduation Year: 2015
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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.

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