Baker College Online Reviews

  • 109 Reviews
  • Cadillac (MI) (and 8 others)
  • Annual Tuition: $9,920
65% of 109 students said this degree improved their career prospects
55% of 109 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

RB
  • Reviewed: 2/22/2021
  • Degree: Business Administration
"Baker in general is a hot mess. They use a canned curriculum, much of which is out of date. The instructors are by in large either disconnected from the courses they are moderating. I chose the word moderate because they don't teach they just moderate. Students are left by in large to teach themselves. Expect minimal if any feedback on assignments. The institution loves APA, but I found that a functional level of knowledge of APA is often missing with instructors. They tend to discriminate against students with documented special needs. I have been told by the provost of the college, an extremely rude and arrogant person, that students like me aren't suited for online, and it isn't their responsibility to accommodate me. Each semester I have to fight to get my accommodations honored. My financial aid has been screwed up by the college on several occasions and the bookstore is a disaster, take multiple weeks to get a book, and about a 75% chance, it will be the wrong book when it arrives. All in all, this is a pretty messed up place...They love your money, but not you. Given the number of cutbacks in programs, services and staff, I think they are in trouble and possibly heading towards failure, enrollment is down substantially since I first started and seems to continue to decline. The campus closest to me was about 75% shuttered pre-Covid."
D
  • Reviewed: 5/5/2020
  • Degree: Computer Science
"The curriculum at Baker barely holds up to the standards of other schools. Very few of my classes were available to take on ground--many were pushed to online-only because there were no instructors available to teach these classes in person. The conversion to semesters (from quarters) completely screwed me out of MANY credits that I needed to graduate. Had to take extra classes after the fact--even after completing ALL the classes on the course list. The academic advisors and staff are clueless and stick to a script (thoughtless and basic responses--will not actually answer your questions directly). I would advise anyone thinking about attending/staying with this school to transfer ASAP. Baker College is nothing but bad news."
Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 4/27/2020
  • Degree: Sonography
"This school seemed like it was going to be amazing. Turns out this is not a good school and I do not recommend. This is coming from someone who worked hard and got all A's for all the courses I have taken. This place is money hungry. Oh and as soon as you figure that out, you can't transfer your credits to any other school. This place offers a very limited number of professors and each semester it just keeps getting worse. So if you get a professor you can't understand, that's too bad because there are no other options besides online and online is extremely difficult for me, personally. I'd rather be on campus but a lot of times, they took that away from me. Also, there was a time I signed up for a professor and I dropped out because I could not understand a word she said. How can you learn if you can't understand what is being taught? It wouldn't have been that big of a deal if there were other professors available. Anyways, the next semester I signed up for a different professor for that class and I was happy because I had taken this processor before so I knew how she did things, I knew I could understand her. Last minute they changed my schedule without even letting me know and they put me with the professor I couldn't understand, the one whose class I dropped out of. This is happened nearly every semester. Even one of my professors was getting fed up with the school. They took her classes she signed up for to teach away. And she was one of the most amazing professors, she actually helped you learn things, not just memorize things. Anyways, she ended up leaving. If you decide to go here, I really hope you have a better experience than I did."
Student
  • Reviewed: 4/26/2020
  • Degree: Business Administration
"This school is a scam. Ridiculously high expectations, but will not tell you the expectations. Credits do not transfer. Teachers do not answer emails. Academic advising will constantly lie to you, make you take classes you don’t need. Avoid at all costs! I am thousands in debt and filled with rage and regret."
Hannah
  • Reviewed: 2/1/2020
  • Degree: Psychology
"An adviser reached out to me to help me sign up for classes and settle my financial aid. They were extremely friendly and persistent in helping me, and I thought this would be a good sign that Baker cared about its students. Unfortunately, they just want you to sign up because the education they provide is the bare minimum they can give to charge you tuition. Teachers don't understand basic questions, and fumble with grammar and spelling. All my assignments were busy work. Teachers utilized the textbook and discussion questions, but asked the same questions over and over. There are no video lectures or resources to help you learn deeper, and you won't learn enough to break into your field after graduation. I've taken 3 semesters at Baker and am transferring out ASAP, because I feel taken advantage of by their lazy teachers and sub-par academic material. I'm so let down that I spent money applying to this school, only to have credits that probably won't transfer, or are useless either way."
Smith
  • Reviewed: 5/10/2019
  • Degree: Sonography
"PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND THIS SCHOOL! Like the previous review I was following the professional track when they changed it right before me applying to my program. So then I ended up having to take 2 more classes last minute and was left with 4 classes I did not need. The business dealings of this school is horrible. Usually if something like that changes it applies to incoming students. They dont make the people already on the track now follow the new one. Then they have decided to end most programs with no warning or send them to campuses hours away from the original campus. You are left with wasted money time and a profound chip on your shoulder for even coming to this place.DO YOUR RESEARCH. READ THE REVIEWS. TALK TO CURRENT STUDENTS. I am just over it, But I will do all I can to warn any incoming students to not waste the money."
MRV - BBA 2019
  • Reviewed: 4/11/2019
  • Degree: Business
"Baker Online is a decent learning platform. Yes, it takes a lot of time and dedication, but that is what school consists of. I would recommend if you work full-time and have a family to take care of, ease your way into the program. The expectation and workload is intense, but worth it. They offer accelerated courses and the instructors are knowledgeable. If you think you are going to skate through a class, this college is not for you. I would recommend Baker to those who are looking to put in the work to be successful."
Brevia
  • Reviewed: 11/28/2018
  • Degree: Business Administration
"Education is very important to me, but the one I got from here was not worth the time, effort, or money that I have spent on it. Please do not go to this school. It will be the worst decision you ever make. They recently had a change in management or something because everything seems to be about money to them. No academic, financial, or career advisiors to help you out. I am now done with my degree with no job offers or any internships lined up. I am very frustrated."
Blaine
  • Reviewed: 7/30/2018
  • Degree: Computer Science
"I'm glad I chose Baker Online to earn my degree. I was still able to work full time and gain work experience while going to school. I really liked how their program allowed me to take more classes in the same amount of time as other colleges. With classes only six weeks long I didnt get bored on one subject. I also developed more skills than most graduates with computer science degrees which helped me start out in more advanced positions. Also, most of their instructors were very good. I highly recommend Baker College for earning your online degree."
Sucker Punched
  • Reviewed: 7/7/2018
  • Degree: Business
"Baker College forced me into classes I didn't need, double reported balance on my credit, lost my education credit on my taxes, classes will not transfer (already taken in community college so cost me additional money that I should not have needed to take for my degree) Professors are uncommunicative in proper assignments, failed a class based on last paper because professor didn't relate what the paper should have been written on."
Birttani Wilson
  • Reviewed: 6/30/2018
  • Degree: Business Administration
"Baker College seems to get a bad reputation. I can honestly say the courses were demanding--I wrote quite lengthy research papers. I have been able to apply accounting principles learned towards managing the books for small organizations. Though I am in the field of research now, and pursuing a Master's degree in Data Science at another University I would definitely recommend this school to those who work to pay for their own education and need an alternate way of achieving this milestone."
Baker Online is well worth it
  • Reviewed: 5/16/2018
  • Degree: Information Technology
"I need to write this review since it seems many other reviews paint Baker College in a negative frame and I am sorry some feel that way. In 2015 received a BS in Information Technology and Security and was on the Presidents list multiple times. Today I reviewed the curriculum for the degree and it has changed as I would hope it would have since Security changes everyday. My degree prepared me far better than a fellow employee who had a Masters from another college within the same IT/Security. My instructors were from the field and were not uninformed of the "real world" as they had real life experiences and shared them. Where some students were "newbies" and others well seasoned the prof's could relate to all of them. Many instructors made the point your degree will not be the reason you get a job, be sure to get credentials such as a CompTIA type, Cisco cert or MS cert. I read a few reviews how Baker does not prepare you for these, my classes did prepare me mostly due to the real life experiences from the profs in IT and the textbooks were current. Especially for the A+ exam. The General Ed classes ( fill in classes like humanity, to make you a well rounded student), they had much to be desired. One item is be firm with the college. I was told I needed to take Math 099 to place me since I had not taken Algebra in my former degree. When I spoke with the college and explained I had taken all 300-400 level classes (since at my former University they placed me in those classes) and to look at my transcripts they said something like, oh how did we miss that. So be firm with them, the college is there to make money. My Algebra II prof was not a positive instructor, she spoke of her life experiences which went more toward a Social class over a Mathematics class. She was intelligent in mathematics but I felt as though I was back in a High School class since if I did not show my work the way she wanted to see it I was marked down. In the real world you solve the problem at hand and cannot follow one way. I received a C in this class since basically I checked out due to her attitude whereas in the Algebra I class I aced it since it was fun and easy to relate to that prof. To sum up my experience, the General Ed courses were drudgery and there to make the college more money, I made it thru them and the strong opinions of many instructors. The IT/Security portion of the degree was awesome, one class I may have changed a bit, however the instructors I had in all the rest were above what I expected. Upon graduating I was working with a Fortune 50 company and gaining more insight. Baker is not a waste of money, price for tuition is reasonable and the Online offering was what I needed. I now plan on gaining my MBA/IS from Baker Online to become the next CIO at our organization."
L
  • Reviewed: 1/18/2018
  • Degree: Management
"Do not waste your money on this school, even if they offer you scholarships. They lured me in by offering me scholarships and they did little to warn me about the incompetence of the college itself. They have been constantly changing since I have been here, books continue to skyrocket in price as they continuously rip students off by forcing them to buy custom books or loose leaf books. I had a number of on-ground classes at the campus in Owosso, those were a solid experience for the most part, but Online is absolutely horrible. Owosso did drop my program when they switched to semesters forcing me to go Online full time, which is a horrible experience on all levels. They give you tons of reading and busy work to do with deadlines that are in the middle of a work week. They require you to be online nearly every day to do busy work and assignments that dont really educate you about business at all. Some instructors try really hard to make the system Baker has set up work, but rarely do they succeed. Other online instructors provide little instruction on assignments, little material for discussion, and very vague answers to questions. Some other instructors take their online work too seriously and end up screwing over busy students who have to juggle more than 1 online class at a time. If your assignment is not submitted by 11:59 pm, even if it is just 5 minutes late, you will get a zero and be behind in the class, even if you do much better work than other classmates who cant even use correct grammar in their assignments. Career services and advising has basically been shut down in my opinion, very little communication or motivation from their employees. Baker is a horrible school, much worse than when I started here in 2014, and I wouldnt be surprised if they started closing campuses soon. I shouldve went somewhere else and I recommend anyone reading this do the same"
Daniel
  • Reviewed: 10/7/2017
  • Degree: Accounting
"I would not recommend this school to anyone. Run away, as fast as you can. My experience was an awful one. 1. The online accounting program seems to be designed with the intent of keeping students as busy as possible, not with the intent of actually teaching them what they need to know to start their careers. As a student, my time was absolutely filled with busy work, most of which taught me nothing, and was simply a way to keep me frantically meeting deadlines without actually learning much. To illustrate this point, I graduated with an extremely high GPA and felt (and feel!) completely unequipped to enter the work force in the accounting field. I feel like I barely know anything and would need to start as a basic bookkeeper, and yet my grades were insanely good. This should not be possible. It's possible only because I put in ridiculous hours and jumped through all the hoops and did every assignment to the letter. I got nearly straight A's. Yet, I am so far from being an accounting professional. This shows you the value of their assignments. Busywork, nothing more. 2. The teachers are uneducated, bumbling morons, most of whom do the absolute bare minimum to actually teach. You will be learning from a textbook, and you will get ZERO support from your teachers. If I wanted to learn that way, I could have just bought the book and saved thousands and thousands of dollars. Teachers' correspondence was often full of grammar and spelling errors, unclear word choices in assignments, and vague and evasive answers. There were one or two exceptions. They are not all bad. The vast majority though are quite horrible and should be fired. In almost every case, my own self-education and general IQ were clearly much higher than the individual supposed to be "teaching" me. I was not at all pleased with this. 3. The school makes zero effort to bring the online program up to speed technologically. As an audio-visual learner, I found myself very often trying to find video lectures on Youtube in order to complete assignments, rather than wading through hundreds of hours of dry reading material to find the information you actually need to complete the assignment. Why am I paying the salary of these teachers and buying insanely overpriced books when information is available in a much more succinct and precise delivery system? Baker online offers absolutely no videos, and absolutely no alternative for audio-visual learners. Prepare to spend four years of your life reading massive textbooks just to dig out little tiny jewels of information you need. Completely bogus in 2016. 4. Baker has way too many classes in which your grade will depend upon the work of a team of people... usually worthless lazy people whose portions of the assignment are quickly going to become YOURS if you show any elements of intellect and competence. Prepare to do the work of a whole team, if you don't want your grades to suck. 5. Baker's online bookstore is absolutely dreadful. As an American student living in a foreign and 2nd world country, I made my book orders at least two months in advance of any class. THREE TIMES the book store neglected to ship the books until a couple of days before class, even though I made special requests telling them about my situation in a far off country with slow mail. One time, they neglected to send the books at all, and never even sent me an email about it. As a result, I found myself stuck multiple times at the start of a class, with absolutely no class material. I had to quickly befriend other students and get them to scan book chapters for me. A number of times I had to drop classes because I did not have the books, even though I orders them months in advance. Absolutely horrible. 6. Because of my location in a foreign country, I have a US taxable income of 0 dollars. I do not live or work in America. As the result of this, I was selected for a "random financial verification" every ... single.. year. I was put through basically a full financial audit each and every school year, just to get my financial aid and Pell grants. It took literally weeks each time to provide all the information they required. Hours and hours of work and correspondence with them, getting documents translated, notarized. getting my foreign employer's documents translated into English, notarized, and verified, and all through "random selection." I was targeted for reporting zero US income, not "randomly selected." They lied to me directly about this every year, when I questioned why I was being put through all this again. 7. Baker College is NOT an accredited school, no matter what they claim. Their bizarre class length system makes their credits completely non-transferable. After several years of absolute misery at their horrible school, I tried transferring to other accredited schools. The answer was always the same. I would get "partial credit" (usually half credit) for my classes, and basically start back halfway through what I've already done. Baker College is an accredited school? In what what world? Overall, my experience at Baker was awful, and I would recommend that you go attend literally any other college. My conclusion is that they are a money grubbing front with very little concern for anything other than collecting tuition fees. Harsh? Not harsh enough. I would give 0 stars if I could."
Sandy
  • Reviewed: 8/24/2017
  • Degree: Psychology
"Stay away from this school! Their online support is a joke. Most of the time the online registration for classes doesn't work and their website seems like it was designed by someone who read about web design in a magazine. I shouldn't have to log in 4 different times in the same website to navigate it. The instructors are hit or miss as far as quality. I had a statistics instructor that never bothered grading my final project, which lowered my final grade, and ignored all emails about it. The administration just shrugged it off because I passed the class. Horribly run institution. Now they started the new semesters earlier than previous years without any warning/emails to notify students. Now I'm stuck taking classes that I didn't want because the others were already filled up. Avoid this college at all costs!"
Kd
  • Reviewed: 8/3/2017
  • Degree: Finance
"Overall good experience did receive my BA and then went to get masters ...I got my Masters diploma and it was just that ...my BA degree came in baker protective case and included transcript...my masters came in envelope with nothing....I would have thought that my Masters would come in the baker case ....very disappointing"
Andrea
  • Reviewed: 7/12/2017
  • Degree: Human Resources
"I went to Baker (Online) for my BBA in HR Management. I was a bit tepidness as many of us in Michigan know, Baker has a bit of an unpopular favor. However, they are accredited and I read enough reviews to give it a try. The program I was in required a lot of hard research but ended up being so worth it. I have been in HR since 2012 and I am very successful. Better yet, when I went to take my PHR test (for those not in HR this is a very important title to your name in HR) I passed it on my first attempt. Less than 55% of PHR test takers pass on their first try. So clearly the knowledge I needed to pass a hard internationally known exam, was obtained through Baker. A lot of the bad image, in my opinion, is from Universities and the push to scare people to pay much more $$ to have a University on their resume. It is time to stop that. We have a skills deficit because so many are focusing on what college instead of what skill is in demand. Consider Baker, consider a tech school or a tech program, consider them all and do your research where you will get more of a return in your investment."
KC
  • Reviewed: 6/14/2017
  • Degree: Human Resources
"I would not recommend this school to anyone. There is no one that can help you and if they do you end up taking more classes than you had to. Also this semester they took away minors, which many of the students were told they had to choose one when they first registered. I have all but two classes done for my minor and I am unable to finish it! I just gave Baker over $3000 for an outcome of nothing! Also why is it costing more for us to take classes when you are now making them 3 credits? I paid less when they were 4 credits! This school is just about taking your money and is no help. Please do not go here!"
Dale
  • Reviewed: 5/23/2017
  • Degree: Information Technology
"I would have to agree with R. S. Most of his comments are true. In addition, for those studying towards Computer Science and Information Technology Degrees; those who are studying for the CompTIA exams, please be aware.!!! The books and course materials are not up-to-date. In fact, they are obsolete!!! The number one Certification that gets student's foot into the door of your future employers, is the CompTIA A+ certification. Baker College has courses that train you for this exam, however, one probably will not pass the exam based the curriculum of the course. Reason being that 100% of the objectives of the exam no longer are covered. New material has been added to the exam and the books used to study for this exam don't cover those objectives. There is a book that does cover all of the objectives for the exam however, Baker College chooses not to teach from that book. The book is even written by the same author! So basically what I am saying is, Baker College does not put any effort in keeping up with computer science material for the students. This in turn will cause you to fail the CompTIA A+ Certification Exam! Sorry to share this but it is true. The students have to go to outside sources to learn the rest of the material that is not covered in class just to learn all the objectives to successfully pass the CompTIA exams. PLEASE BE AWARE OF THIS!!! In addition, I personally have found that most of the teachers are either lazy or just dont know the material of the class they are teaching. They usually don't have an answer to questions I have asked. Usually they just refer the questions to other classmates or send you to an online website for instructions. The online Baker College instructors DO NOT TEACH THE COURSES! If you want to learn the subject, you teach yourself. And the other reviews I have read about Baker are also true. If you are comfortable learning the subject on your own efforts, you will do well. If you do well being instructed on the material including hands on practice, best not take courses online thru Baker College. The greatest difficulty I have had so far with Baker College instructors have been their lack of interest in the students and just plain refusing to answer questions. The subject matter is hard enough by itself, much less not getting any answers when I am struggling. If I have presented to my instructor my work and ask for confirmation or ask for some help, I never got an answer to my questions from them. It kind of made me wonder if they even knew the subject matter they were in charge of teaching. Incidentally, the instructors don't write the course nor do they chose the books. So usually they don't know anything about the books nor the course they are supposed to be teaching. I believe that if they did chose the books and wrote the course, they would be knowledgeable enough to answer my questions. I would like to end on a positive note however. My academic advisor IS AWESOME and very interested in my success at Baker College!!! Ask for T. if you decide to attend Baker College online after all."
Ross Staadecker
  • Reviewed: 4/5/2017
  • Degree: Web Development
"Baker offers more than they actually give. I just dropped out of Baker today after 3 years of wasted time and money. The online classes I "attended" for 6-weeks at a time, back-to-back, were far too focused on piling through a text versus student learning. Almost every teacher I had responded with "Google it" or "watch this video on YouTube" when asking any questions. There is 0, as in zero, instruction for this program. The school advertises that help is available for their courses but in the Web Development program, there is actually none. The only support they provide is if you can't access the software they use for turning in assignments. Beyond that, you have no help. Baker does not allow late assignments. So, if you cannot get a program installed and working correctly in week one, regardless of the hours you spend troubleshooting, they don't care that you're behind on your assignments. In fact, this is all that Baker cares about...just plowing through everything. If you don't understand a topic, well, too bad. Everything is deadline based. There is no such thing as practice. You buy a book and are told to complete an assignment with no instruction and no practice. If you don't get it, your grade is poor and you're forced to move on with not understanding the course. You'll find that neither the admin, counselors, or teachers care about the knowledge you gain --- or should I say, don't gain. After 3 years, I can honestly say, I have learned nothing. This has been an extremely stressful process. Because I work full-time, I was only able to take one class at a time. Even with this, due to the lack of teacher involvement and no instruction, you may find yourself spending 6-10 hours a day trying to figure out how to do something and still come up short. You're so stressed out about getting it done that you have no time to actually learn. As well, to spend this much time in a day working on something only because you have no instruction, yet paying for it, is completely absurd. If you complain about a teacher, the school argues back that their instruction was provided via the YouTube videos or links to websites that they shared online, which 9 out of 10 times have absolutely no relevance to the actual assignment you are working on. The reason I just dropped out is because the classes were originally 6-weeks long. After I spent 3 years there, taking one class at a time, and knowing my date of graduation, they decided to "switch to 8-week courses." They claim that graduation dates are the same but, obviously, this doesn't make sense mathematically. The extends my graduation date by 32 weeks. The told me I could triple up on my class schedule to graduate at the same time. I explained that I signed up for Baker with an expected graduation date that made sense to me. They did not care. The only option they offered me was to withdraw, take on more work that I could handle, or extend for an extra half year. This is like telling a student, you're going to graduate in 4 years and then suddenly change it to 6. Awesome! And of course, they feel no guilt or obligations financially. My goal at this point is to see if I can pursue a legal defense against them to get some of my loans dismissed."