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Kaplan University
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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 - 28 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 - 26 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.

Thank you.

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 - about 1 month 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!!!!

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anonymous - 18 days ago

Kaplan is not for "responsible" adults. Kaplan University is a scam to the highest degree. First and foremost they are a FOR-PROFIT organization, which means they do not care about the students, they do not care about your "special needs," they do not care about what you have going on at home, and they most certainly do not care about your education or whether you are going to get anything out of it or not. I can tell you that my wife started attending Kaplan when we first started dating so it was not my place to tell her that there were much smarter choices out there such as community colleges. She has been told flat out at interviews that putting Kaplan on a resume or application hurts her chances of getting that particular job. This institution should be shut down and all so called credentials revoked.

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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Jessica Taylor - 18 days ago

So it is your expert opinion that people who give Kaplan a bad review are poor students? What do you mean by poor students? Like they have no money or they are bad students? I graduated high school with a 3.8 GPA. Then I attended MCCC for 2.5 years in their mechanical engineering program and dropped out once I realized I didn't want to be an engineer. However, I still had a 3.78 GPA with them and received an academic scholarship from Kaplan when I transferred over. I still have a 3.6 GPA at Kaplan and graduate in September but with all the mistakes this school made and the excuses they gave to cover them, still leaves me with a sour taste in my mouth and a degree in the wrong program. Does that sound right to you? What if that would have happened to you? Then would you feel differently? Do you even know how many students who have graduated from Kaplan cannot even use their education to take tests for certification and state board exams? No? I didn't think so. Best of luck to you. You are right about one thing, Kaplan IS a college for poor students. Talented ones should definitley spend their precious time at a more challenging school.

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 - about 1 month 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 - about 1 month 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 - about 1 month 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 - 28 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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Ashley Vaden - 19 days ago

Hello everyone! I wanted to share my experiences so far with Kaplan. The staff is really great and I look forward to working with them on this long journey. I will be starting classes May 13,2015 and my graduation date is in 2019. My major is psychology(bachelors degree). I graduated from Penn Foster with a certification in substance abuse. My credits are supposed to transfer so I'm super excited. I will update my comment once I start classes and tell you guys what I think. Good luck everyone on your journey!

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 - about 1 month 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 - about 1 month 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 - about 1 month 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 - about 1 month 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 - about 1 month 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 - about 1 month 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.

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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 - about 1 month 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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