Baker College Online Reviews

  • 109 Reviews
  • Cadillac (MI) (and 8 others)
  • Annual Tuition: $9,800
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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  • Reviewed: 3/12/2017
  • Degree: MBA in Human Resources
"Traditional full-time campus programs were pretty much out of the question since I was working one full-time job and a part-time job. I needed an online option or a hybrid online +part-time campus option. I was initially attracted to Baker College Online because of its impressive statistic of 95% of its graduates working. Yes, they may be working but not necessarily in their field of study. I also liked the school's talk about lifetime job search assistance; how was I to know at the time that the lifetime job search assistance would end up being someone sending me job postings from major job boards--something that I could do on my own? The majority of the instructors that I had were decent and seemed to care about the students. I did have a couple who treated it as "just a job" but they were in the minority. The coursework was stated to be "challenging" as the degree I took was an accelerated program. It was actually pretty easy; just a lot of writing but otherwise not difficult. I am in the same field that I was in prior to amassing $80K in student loan debt. Be wary of claims and research carefully the field that you want to enter."
Jessica Grosser
  • Reviewed: 2/28/2017
  • Degree: Supply Chain Management
"I am one quarter away from graduation and I would not recommend Baker Online to any potential students for the supply chain management degree. Let me be clear Baker overall online has been great, but the supply chain management concentration is a joke and very disheartening to me as a person who works in the supply chain field and was looking to pursue an education in it as well. I am a supply chain management major and I have had nothing but problems with two out of three of the supply chain management teachers. I complained so fiercely to my academic adviser providing documented evidence of the professors unavailability, lack of caring and their overall not preparing me for my future career. The specific teacher didn't respond to emails, wasn't active in the discussion board, grading very harshly for someone who didn't answer questions. When he would respond he responded very vaguely and did not provide guidance. I had him for two classes and they were dreadful. The next professor has no experience whatsoever in supply chain. Does not respond to emails in the time frame (24 hours) or at all unless emailed again. I have asked a simple question about the software we are required to use for as assignment that is ultimately worth 60% of my grade and the response I got was to try another method that we have not been taught at all. I am a 3.6GPA student. I take my studies very seriously and do not feel that Baker came close at all for preparing me for my career in supply chain management."
  • Reviewed: 2/9/2017
  • Degree: Psychology
"I am 2 courses away from graduation and earning my BS in Psychology. I have had a great overall experience. This program has prepared me to go onto a graduate program at another college; I've already been accepted. The other school had no issues evaluating my transcript and allowing me to by pass a couple course because my undergraduate course work already included those courses. I only had 1 rude professor and she in English very early on. The quarter system helped me to obtain my degree faster but they are switching to the traditional semester system next Fall. I will definitely miss Baker."
  • Reviewed: 11/20/2016
  • Degree: Agriculture
"Worst academic advisors. No help with financial aid, they say your set up to receive you loan then the next story is you don't have all the paperwork completed. They drop you from classes that your over half way done and have an A in because the allowed you to sign up only for them to say you you don't have the requirement for that class and make you pay for the class a second time. Online teachers are horrible and don't help you at all and when you go to an academic advisor they send you to another then your going in circles to all of these different people. Will not go back for bachelors degree."
Antonio Childress
  • Reviewed: 11/4/2016
  • Degree: HVAC
"TAKE CAUTION !!! I have an Associates Degree in Transportation Management, and a Certificate in Truck Driving from Baker College,and I went back back to School in 2014 to get my Associates in HVAC, Heating And Cooling.Before the year ended they Concealed the program, we could finish the program, if we stayed Enrolled but if you didn't they dropped you. I started the next year,and they could not get my financial aid straight, and right before classes started I lost my mother, so I did not start my classes I was hurt, and the last thing on my mind was school. I didn't think about withdrawing from the classes because of my mental state, and I knew by me not starting the classes that i was done. to make a long story short they sent me a letter saying I owe them a Thousand and some odd dollars, for not withdrawing from classes, I didn't think nothing of it because they were all ways good to me, so I called them and told them that I was a student, and my mother had passed so I could not start classes, and that I left the college in good standings, they treated me like crap and told me that it was my responsibility to withdraw from classes, and I explained to them that I had Lost my Mother, and that I did not think about withdrawing from classes, was it any thing that they could do, and then they started spinning me to different departments, the Dean never returned any of my Phone calls, needless to say, now its on my Credit report, good School, but don't expect them to have any empathy for you, it's all about getting your money."
  • Reviewed: 10/25/2016
  • Degree: Information Technology
"I enrolled in the Bachelors Program of Information Technology and Security in 2014. My anticipated graduation year was slated for 2018, but family medical issues resulted in me taking a semester off. I originally started classes on-campus at Muskegon, MI, but currently attend Baker Online. Most of the teaching staff does a great job of educating their students. The most important thing you need to know when trying to get a good education, no matter where you go, is that teachers will put forth as much effort educating you as you do trying to educate yourself. I have yet to come across a teacher at this school that will refuse to help you when you request the help. The rest of the staff has also been pretty helpful and as long as you are willing to ask questions and be patient when it comes to getting the correct answers regarding financial aid, academic information, etc. then you will do fine here. Like most schools it is hard to find an advisor who is 100% invested in your path to education, but I feel this is due to advisers being overwhelmed with the amount of students they have to take on. I recommend attempting to set some expectations with your advisor and if they really don't seem like a great fit attempt to find one that will, some schools will try to accommodate you. As far as the Information Technology and Security program goes, I have to say I really enjoy it. If you do end up going to school on-campus, at least at the Muskegon one, they have all the necessary equipment for you to have a great hands-on experience. I prefer to take my courses online because I can make my own class schedule based on my work and life schedules, as long as my assignments are turned in on time. I also like that as long as you meet the requirements of the assignments given to you by the instructor, you can tailor them to the level of knowledge you currently have so that you can capitalize on your individual learning experience. I do not feel that any of my instructors have given me a course load that I could not handle. If anything I found the curriculum's to be above average and really enjoy that they required me to push myself to put forth a solid effort. I would highly recommend this school to anyone looking to farther their education and career, just make sure that it is the right fit for you."
Bailey Forrest
  • Reviewed: 9/21/2016
  • Degree: Healthcare Administration
"Baker College Online is great for those that are looking for a 100% online curriculum. Whether you are a full-time parent, employee, or all around busy bee, this school is a great choice and fits great into your schedule. However, it is important that you are determined as a student and put in effort or else the flexibility of the courses mean nothing. Baker has a lot to offer as long as you are open and ready for the commitment."
  • Reviewed: 8/15/2016
  • Degree: Accounting
"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."
  • Reviewed: 8/13/2016
  • Degree: Accounting
"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."
  • Reviewed: 8/6/2016
  • Degree: Psychology
"I really like Baker. Like with any school there are instructors that aren't great and some that are flat out rude. For the most part the instructors I had were pretty good and gave clear instruction. Financial Aid is pretty fast and I have never had any issues. I am graduating after about three years with my Bachelors in Psychology."
  • Reviewed: 5/3/2016
  • Degree: Healthcare Administration
"The school is very impersonal. They didn't inform me that I wasn't eligible for financial aid until the day before my first day of class. I am withdrawing immediately . I do not recommend this school to anyone. TAKE CAUTION !!! The instructors are rude and don't respond to you promptly or grade your work promptly. I made a huge mistake enrolling here. The cost is not worth the money. I spent over 500 dollars on books just to not use them during the course."
  • Reviewed: 3/21/2016
  • Degree: Business
"Online school is not for everyone just as any degree is not for everyone. Online school is harder and requires more time than on ground classes. Also, you can wish to pursue a career but it does not mean you are going to succeed in it. For example, some people are not born to be doctors even if they want to be doctors. I wanted to be dental assistant and obtained the diploma for it but once it came to work as a dental assistant I knew it wasn’t for me! I love numbers but accounting career is not for me unless it’s income taxes. However, the finance is! Here I am pursuing a Bachelor’s in Business Administration Finance concentration and right after I will proceed with grad school. I had my ups and downs with the instructors but I made sure to let them know since at the end of the day I am paying them to teach me, also I have to pitch in even if they not doing their job and let admissions know about it. As I read the comments from others everyone is giving the bad review for the instructors and I ask myself if the students took time to do the review questionnaires at the end of each class about their instructors? Believe it or not Baker takes them seriously and takes action. I knew when I had an issue with a professor and reported it to my adviser it went straight to Dean and they took care of it. So we can’t blame Baker for our failures can we?!I am happy with Baker as a college and I agree that there are professors that do not participate in the class, the student has to learn on their own and participate with students to make their participation points and that is the reason it’s called online school. The professor is not there when you need them, they are there when they are available from their regular day job. Therefore, you might wait 24 hours before they respond to you. My advice to struggling students is to contact tutors to get help rather than waiting on the instructor because I did it in past where I did not bother reaching out to the instructor. I got hold of the tutor at Baker and its completely free and they take time to explain everything clearly for the student to understand and be prepared. At last, if the help doesn’t come to you seek for it. It’s your life, it’s your knowledge, and it’s your career! Good luck to the future students! Remember if you are not good figuring things on your own, online school is not for you! :)"
Alex V
  • Reviewed: 2/26/2016
  • Degree: Business
"I've researched plenty of Online schools even locally. I chose this school based on the degree and programs it offered, but also because of the cost! Baker Online was a lot cheaper than my local Universities in my State. I've been very satisfied with how my instructors and the courses have been engaging! In going to Baker it has helped in my professional career in being able to not only interview, but also in my current profession of management. It offers up to date information that is relevant and engaging with small classroom environments. My academic advisor has been great in providing me the step plans necessary for me to be successful, because I work full time and attend full Time."
Sandy Dee
  • Reviewed: 11/13/2015
  • Degree: Liberal Arts
"If you have the option to go to any other school, take it. This school is a joke. It is outdated in almost every conceivable way. Instead of having a user friendly system for students to add classes, it has an archaic and confusing catalog style system. The financial aid department plays games with you on when you might get any financial aid disbursements. (So for those who take out loans to help cover living costs while going to school, this is extremely problematic.) The Blackboard will state that disbursements are released on x date, that date will come and go with nothing. You contact financial aid and they state, 'No it won't be released until 2 weeks into the next set of courses.' Ask repeatedly why this is, and why it is different than it was the previous semester (when it was on time) and just have the same thing reiterated to you. It isn't going to be disbursed until two weeks into the next set of courses.' Then, 4 days into the next set of's released. The courses themselves are pointless. You don't learn anything, and they are obsessed with APA formatting, which does NOTHING for you in the outside world. You're required to post and 'participate' 5 to 6 days a week, and some of the instructors don't give you enough to comment on in the discussion boards, so you're literally just reiterating what everybody else said on the same tired subjects, just to maintain your participation points. The credits don't transfer to a 'real' college and I am becoming increasingly worried over what employers will even take this degree seriously. So be warned, unless you are really just interested in having a piece of paper that states it's a degree, go elsewhere. This college has been nothing but stress and frustration for me since I started it."
  • Reviewed: 9/1/2015
  • Degree: Network Security
"It took me longer than most to finish but in the end I feel that it was worth the time and effort. I worked full time and had a family as well so sometimes I was only able to take a class or two a semester depending on work load."
  • Reviewed: 6/19/2015
  • Degree: Computer Science
"I am finally graduating after 5 years at Baker. I have a previous bachelor's so my experience here is compared to that and may not be the same for everyone. Transfer credits - I saw some complaints about this. Not sure if things have changed since 2010 but Baker fully honored 100% of my relevant classes from my previous degree. It may depend on what institution you are coming from (I had graduated from a different Michigan school) but it worked out well for me. The material - It was really hit or miss, depending on the class. Some classes, specifically the core computer science ones, were very good and had challenging material. I have several good friends who are CS majors and they all said what I was learning was on par with what they'd expect for a BCS. This was a concern for me when I originally decided to attend because I didn't want to get a joke degree. That being said, some classes simply did challenge me enough. The database classes in particular I wish were 1-2 weeks longer. I felt we were just getting a good hold on the content and then the class was over. The electives, particularly for my interests (programming, algorithms, databases/structures) were very sparse but I did feel the ones I took were actually worth taking. Every class I took I was glad to have taken it afterward. The instructors - I feel this is where this school really falls short. I had some very good, engaging professors but I also had some that just didn't devote any time to their students. I had one class where it would take 6-7 days for a question to be answered. That is just simply unacceptable for an online environment. As someone else noted in their review, some professors with PhD's would know less than the students. I came across this once or twice, where the professor would be pushing some outdated concept or program, but it was only for one topic. Contrasting from my old degree, I don't think this is that unheard of. Plus, knowing multiple ways to do things is always a plus. Participation - Ugh, the WORST part of this whole experience is trying to find something to say 5 days a week. Some classes it was a breeze but others I really struggled with trying to come up with decent content to discuss. A few classes I just resorted to asking really dumb questions just to get a conversation started. However, participation did offer a great points buffer for those classes where you had zero instructor input which resulted in a lower grade than you may have deserved. Overall - My takeaway from all this is actually fairly positive. I had many times where I was frustrated and the online environment made it difficult to resolve any questions but I got through it. The biggest thing to consider is that you are basically teaching yourself 95% of what you are learning. That means that things won't always be a breeze and you actually have to put in some work. This whole experience has taught me to be much more disciplined and also eager to learn more. I currently have a career in a different field so I am unsure about how this degree from Baker will impact that but it has helped me a lot at work. I am hoping to pursue a master's degree in CS this fall (not at Baker) so that will be the real test of how well this one prepared me. In conclusion, it was a great learning experience and I would recommend the school to working professionals who want a career change in the future."
Baker College
  • Reviewed: 6/14/2015
  • Degree: Medical Office Administration
"I just graduated from Baker college this past weekend. I started at Baker a few years ago. My husband graduated from Baker in 2010 with a Bachelor degree and he had attended on campus classes and online classes and loved both. I have also taken both types of classes at Baker. I honestly have to say that I have absolutely loved my time at Baker. In fact I will be starting again in the fall to pursue a Bachelor in Health Services Administration. I am considering taking only online courses. I do have to say though that the online courses are much more intense and difficult. To begin with Baker has quarters that are 10 weeks long instead of the traditional 16. Then their online courses are only 6 weeks long. There is a lot of content packed in the 10 week courses so you can imagine what is in the 6 week courses. It will be tough but takes a dedicated student. Many professors have a requirement for the amount of discussion board posts on blackboard each week. Many also have a word requirement for those same posts on blackboard. I understand what they are getting at. If you were sitting in a classroom and a peer raised their hand and made a comment would you raise your hand right after them and say I agree totally. Not typically. Requiring a minimum assures them that you are truly reading the textbook and discussions, are putting forth a valid effort and are being challenged to think. If you are simply posting "I agree with you", what contribution are you making? Post requirements make sure you are making a valid contribution that has been thought out based upon the knowledge you have learned from the textbook and your peers. I have been reading a lot of reviews and see that many say that Baker is a "degree mill" or are frustrated with the APA requirements. Considering the work that I have put in I can definitely say that Baker is not a degree mill. I can also understand the frustration with the APA requirements. Yes, it can be hard to have to write a paper and then make sure that it conforms to certain standards but at the same time you are learning how to properly credit someone for their work, which is huge. Also, learning these things help prepare you for having to prepare documents in your future career and help you learn how to be more well spoken. More research leads to more knowledge which leads to highly educated, well spoken people. If you are truly dedicated you will learn the APA standards after a few classes. In terms of instructors online I have never had a bad online professor. They have always been there to ask questions to and are usually pretty timely with their responses. Many times those that are not getting in touch with their professors have not clearly read the syllabus or comments posted. Many of them give out their personal phone number to call or text them whenever needed. Not all do but I have had some along the way. The on campus professors have also been nothing short of incredible. Since they are in person they are more available to help instantly. I have never had a question go unanswered or unexplained. They have always been friendly and professional. They provide many different opportunities to learn the material and seem to actually care about you as a person. The professors go above and beyond. Some complain about the internship/externship that needs to be completed before you can graduate. All I can say is that this gives you hands on experience. Many employers love to see such recent hands on experience. Also there are some students that even end up with an employment offer from the organization that they performed their internship/externship with. The degree program that I studied was very thorough. I feel as if I have been prepared for every situation possible that I may encounter in employment. Baker has been around for a long time and has an incredible history. There are many campuses throughout the state that I live in. Baker is a very reputable place of higher learning. I would only recommend it to those that are serious about their education, those that are willing to put the time in and those that do not expect an easy A."
  • Reviewed: 6/5/2015
  • Degree: Computer Science
"I think the college is fine if you are in Michigan but if you are in a different area, their degree won't do much for you. Employers tend to look at not only your degree but where you got it. There are also issues with what employers want as far as skill and the classes they offer. Of course I went to grad school after and compounded the issue. I had a 3.95 at Baker and 4.0 in grad school and didn't feel prepared to do much."
  • Reviewed: 5/15/2015
  • Degree: Computer Science
"I got my associates degree from a reputable university. I started attending Baker Online in 2008 going full and part time and taking a couple of long breaks, but finally finished in 2014. I wish Baker would have transferred more of my classes prom my previous school, but I understand their hands are tied based upon their accreditation. I loved the flexibility, but if you are not good at studying and learning on your own, do not take online classes. They are very time consuming and more dedication is required versus traditional campus classes. I learned a lot and my BaCS helped me land a good paying software engineering position with a Fortune 500 tech company in California. If you can attend a traditional university, I would suggest that option first. But if you are older and need a degree for advancement and the traditional route is not an option for you, I highly recommend Baker Online. It will be hard, but stick it out and study hard and you will succeed. I graduated with a 3.86 GPA due to some stupid core classes that I got a C or B in otherwise I would have had a 4.0 GPA. In a traditional setting, this would have been closer to a 3.7-3.8. Without Baker College I would not be where I am today working in my dream job."
Travis Flynn
  • Reviewed: 5/11/2015
  • Degree: Agriculture
"Everything seems completely reversed as to what they should focus on for their students. For example, teachers for general education requirements are usually very involved but often rude, inconsiderate, and only care how well you follow rules. Actually learning material is up to you as it does not seem important to the teachers. There are also massive discrepancies from teacher to teacher. For my web development classes, where it matters, it is completely the opposite. Most teachers are non-existent and only there to grade papers. Feedback is minimal and they are not engaged at all. There is very little material prepared by Baker to help you learn. The story is basically the same from class to class. Here is a book and here are the assignments. Do the assignments and if you don’t understand, try to figure it out on your own or hope a fellow student can help. One complaint specific to the web development program is that they “introduce” you to many topics. They cover way too many topics and don’t help you to become skilled in anything. At the end of the program, you have basically played with a ton of options but need large amounts of training to use any of them. My wife went to college online almost a decade ago and every class had live presentations every week. The professor would have prepared material for the week and go over it via webcam, and at the end every student had the ability to type questions and have the professor address them. With Baker, you are lucky if the teacher gets back to you within two days and it is often useless. In summary…go to Baker if you want a degree, but go to another school if you actually want to learn and get a degree."