Baker College Online Reviews - Accounting

3.14 out of 5 stars
(5 Reviews)
  • Cadillac (MI)(and 8 others)
  • Annual Tuition: $9,800
67% of 5 students said this degree improved their career prospects
60% of 5 students said they would recommend this program to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

1.1 out of 5 stars
Daniel - 10/7/2017
Degree: Accounting
Graduation Year: 2016
"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."
4.8 out of 5 stars
Lisa - 8/15/2016
Degree: Accounting
Graduation Year: 2014
"For my first 100% online school, I found this school to be pretty great. I attended over a 3 year period. Through that time, I had some amazing instructors who took the time to answer all my questions and some instructors who were not that great. Being that it was online, I had to motivate myself to do everything. I had to check my financial aid myself, my courses, enroll myself in the correct courses, and really plan on which courses to take. But there was help when I needed it. My career advisor was great also. I didn't feel alone in the online process at all. I understand online schooling is not for everyone, but it does take a lot to really do well online. Baker College Online helped me become the first daughter in my family to graduate with a college degree. And the online bookstore is awesome. My books were shipped fast and quickly. I love Baker and I plan to continue towards my Bachelors through Baker."
4.6 out of 5 stars
Heather - 8/13/2016
Degree: Accounting
Graduation Year: 2014
"Baker Online is not for everyone, let me get that out of the way first. If you are not a self starter and cannot learn through textbooks and interactions with other students without the guaranteed lectures of proctors/professors/facilitators, then rethink Baker Online and consider their brick and mortar locations instead. That is the negative with the distance learning at Baker. Now for the positive, you can achieve great things in your education here. I finished my Associates in Accounting with a double major in Computer Information Systems and managed to do so Cum Laude. Keep in mind my first attempt at college fresh out of high school I flunked out after three semesters. You HAVE to make real time to study and commit to your course studies, participate in the discussions with other students and sometimes the instructors in a message board setting, and if you get lost there is no time to catch up, get a tutor (which is FREE through Baker and online as well) and get back on track. There may be better online colleges out there but after watching a few nieces go from some very big name TV online colleges to other TV advertised colleges and failing again and again, I'll spend my money where I know I can not only succeed but excel. I begin my last semester in my Bachelors Fall of 2017 and I am certainly considering on with a Master's here at Baker Online as well! Remember, if you need classroom interaction and lecture time with professors online classes at Baker are not for you! The ability to learn independently is required."
2.0 out of 5 stars
Current Student - 4/2/2015
Degree: Accounting
Graduation Year: 2015
"I am a current student with two semesters to go. My Baker experience has been disappointing so far. Though I have passed all my classes with good grades, I do not feel I really learned a lot. There is way too much information to learn in the short, six-week classes. I guess it is okay if you just want the degree, but my goal has been to actually learn the subject material. I had a problem with the programming class. I literally begged for help from the instructor, and my emails and discussion board questions went unanswered by the instructor. Many of the instructors are not instructors. They blow in once a week to grade your work and give you critical feedback, yet do not help you understand what you did wrong. I feel in order to succeed in these accelerated classes, you have to have instructors that answer questions quickly and add helpful tips and resources to the discussions to help guide you through the class. I have had a few excellent instructors that did participate in the class and help guide you through, and I applaud them for actually doing their jobs. At the end of those classes, I actually felt like I learned something. I have found the textbooks in many of the classes to be very poor quality. Some of them I literally had to read sentences over and over to understand what they were saying due to the very poor grammar and spelling. Most of the classes are slapped together and have incorrect or conflicting instructions. I takes several days before you can figure out what it is you are supposed to be doing, and by that time, you are scrambling to get the work done. I feel these classes should be tested before they use them on actual students so they can work the bugs out. It is not fair to use students as Guinea Pigs when our futures depend on these classes. In a nutshell, Baker needs to either extend the length of their classes or shorten the learning material so students can actually learn. They need to make sure the classes are set up properly before presenting them to the students, and they need to make sure the instructors are actually instructing."
4.0 out of 5 stars
Lee - 10/19/2012
Degree: Accounting
Graduation Year: 2012
"I graduated from Baker College in June 2012 with a Bachelor degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting. I found the cost of Baker to be reasonable, and they do offer quite a few scholarships. My overall experience was very positive. Throughout the four years, I took a combination of campus classes and online classes. In general, the online classes were more difficult due to the fast pace, the required number of weekly posts, and the weekly assignments; many of which involved writing papers. I only dropped one online class, Astronomy, due to my general lack of interest in Astronomy and the type of homework assignments.For the majority of my online and campus classes, the professors were very helpful and interactive with the students. I never had a professor who I thought was unqualified, and most of them were still working in their field part-time or full-time. As a result, they had real-world experiences to share. However, from classmates, I did hear some horror stories of several professors, but those professors exist at other colleges as well.Now, to the job! The point of attending college is to further your education and to typically obtain a quality job. Baker does require an internship before graduation but also has a career services office that helps place you in an internship. My internship ended up leading to a full-time job offer which I accepted. Although an internship may be difficult, especially if unpaid, it can provide valuable experience and open doors. I don’t know if the 97% employment statistic is completely accurate, but most of my classmates are now employed in positions for which they were not previously qualified. Overall, I would recommend Baker if you need a more flexible schedule and are willing to work for your degree."
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