Kaplan University Reviews
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I enrolled to Kaplan in December 2012 for grad school. I turned in all needed paperwork to start Jan.3. It is now March 15 and I still haven't received my stipend!
I have called FA several times and all they say is it's still processing. That's crazy because I have completed my first class with an A!!! And I'm about to start my 2nd class next Wednesday! The FA office is seriously unorganized, rude, and lazy.
Do not waste your time and especially your money attending Kaplan University. My degree was free yet it was the worst experience ever! A week before completing my degree I get a bill for $300 when my employer paid for my schooling. I was told a program specific fee yet I never signed for this fee and FOR WHAT....I did everything online and they removed the externship from being a requirement.
This University is a disgrace and I can only imagine how they treat and talk to regular students if I was treated rudely and incompetent as a fellow "Kaplanite". My transcript and Diploma are now being held because of the $300....BUYERS BE WARE !!!!
I am in my third year at Kaplan and I have never had a problem with financial aid, student support, or any of my professors.
The workload for the classes is easily manageable, I work 40 hours a week and maintain a 3.80 GPA or higher. I can not say yet if my degree has helped my career since I am changing careers and not yet done with my degree, but I do believe it will.
I would recommend Kaplan to anyone looking for an online school.
Kaplan university is a great school. I graduated 2/22/2013 with a BS in Human Services. The first couple of years I had a problem with financial aid like most people.
However, the last two years I have not had a problem. I believe people who try the online school enviornment for the first time are on edge, and the first issue that happens they think negative.
I am on my Junior semester here at kaplan University. I am getting used to online from community college. The problem I have had was financial aid. I was on the phone for about 2-3 hours a week for 2 months prior to my first semester. The second semester wasn't as bad registering. So for any prospective new students. Be advised that you will need a couple months before you intend to start classes.
Every time they told me to hand in another paper so I can start. Then I would hear nothing back and would call to find out that I still owed financial aid more paperwork. The part I found shady was that you will all have to sign a paper so you can not sue them?? Anyways there is a lot of homework, but if you have a lot of time it's possible to pass. I have a 4.0 currently.
When looking into Kaplan I came across the same reviews about horrible teachers and shady financial aid. However my fears were put to rest after my first term there. The professors were amazing and replied to my emails within 24-48 hours. As for the courses themselves...they can come off as intense because the discussion rubrics were not the same within disciplines but overall grading was fair. One of the most notable things my advisor and the university did was get me into my final class which was not being offered that term.
In closing as the title says if you are considering this school take the middle ground of the best and worst comments and somewhere is the truth. Additionally the people complaining about Kaplan on this site often use grammar and spelling that would suggest their degree is not the only reason they are struggling in their jobs.
The school is not unlike others when it comes to financial ed. But the instruction is just as good, and you do have to work for what you get.
If you want someone to give it to you - then you will not like it. The work load is heavy and you will put the effort in to keep up or you will get left behind. There are a lot of lies and disappointed people who could not keep up, but there are a lot of folk who have benefited from Kaplan University.
I have been at Kaplan for about 2 years now and so far I love the classes and I have learn a lot. I have never had a problem with FA and only a few times where they were too busy and I had to call back.
However, I personally think Kaplan is a good University. Also when it comes to staying on top of your FA, classes, and etc. is all upon the individual. If you're lazy it's a greater chance you want succeed at Kaplan University.
Every University have flaws not just Kaplan remember that as you continue to search for a home to receive your education. Thanks & GL
I graduated from Kaplan in 2009 but began during my final year in the military. I did not use the placement services because I was able to acquire a job with the federal government upon departure from military service.
I had a great experience because I managed to form a partnership with the FA and AA.They kept each other in the loop always. Simply questions yield simple answers. You get no where by being rude and hostile to anyone.
Upon my graduation, I easily transferred my most of credits to NYU in pursuit of MA in Human Resource Management. Yes...that New York University. This was done to reduce cost. At kaplan I reduced cost by paying for books out of pocket and utilizing grants/scholarships. In the end my total cost was $15K. Yes, it can be done.
It is alot of work to be honest, not designed for the busy person if you did it full-time like me. I was overwhelmed at first, but I quickly got the routine downpact. As a HR manager with the federal government, I can tell you.. Kaplan University is recognized and you can verify their accredition by visiting the department of education's list of accredited schools. In fact, my degree influenced my promotion. Frankly, employers don't care where you got your degree from unless it is technically related i.e. nursing, engineering etc. An administrative degree go virtually unrecognized. We are required to verify with the education department the accredition of the school. So hearing an employer scoffing at a degree without verification speaks volume for their ability to do their job.
My experience may not be your experience.In the beginning the financial department was a nightmare and I too had to submit documents twice. The instructors for my program were bar certified (verified) attorneys with some having 25 plus years of experience. I learned alot more than I did at NYU...yes that NYU..to be honest. Some instructors were tough as nail especially if you aren't a writer while others were less stringent. It was a luck of the straw each semester with me. In the end you get out of it what you put into it. I'm being fair in saying Kaplan ain't no diploma mill just very expensive to attend.
There are no words to describe this school. It is a joke. The instructors don't like for you to question them about things and if you do they won't answer you and if you press them for an answer they will make your time at Kaplan hell, just to show you they have authority and you can't do anything about it and Kaplan will not support you nor will academic advisor. You can't even get student support to stand behind you. Then there is financial aid, they will screw you out of your money any way they can.They have no idea what they are doing. Every time I turned around this year they were redoing my financial aid and sending money back that was owed to me and then requesting more money. I would think I had things straightened out and then they would redo my financial aid again and why I don't know. I saw these reviews before I started and I thought it was just a few student with a bad experience but as it turned out it wasn't. I have wasted my time and over $30,000 for 2 years when I could have went locally and gotten a better education for less than $3,000 and in less than a year. My clinical extenship was a joke. I was placed in a facility and the office manager was like do what ever you want to and took no interest in me being there and during my externship about the only time I saw her was when she signed my time sheet. She never kept up with nothing and never tried to place me in parts of the office I needed to be in. I should have started in the front office where patients were checked in but was placed in medical records where all I did was file the records. I was there 80 hours out of the 90 I was suppose to complete. I don't know how to process a patient. I should have been placed in the front and moved to each proceeding dept as the office flows. Now I don't have enough experience or know how to get a job. When Kaplan has technical problems they will never admit that it is their problem. I have heard them say over and over again in order for you to be able to submit late papers, if it isn't due to death or sickness, it has to be a circumstance beyond your control but just what is a circumstance beyond a persons control. I never got an answer to that question and I asked it on several occasions and I am still wondering just what it is.