Baker College Online Reviews

  • 108 Reviews
  • Cadillac (MI) (and 8 others)
  • Annual Tuition: $9,800
65% of 108 students said this degree improved their career prospects
54% of 108 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

Current Student
  • Reviewed: 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."
  • Reviewed: 2/16/2015
  • Degree: Web Development
  • Graduation Year: 2001
"I registered for a university when I graduated from college. Nobody checked my background to see if I had a degree or any certificates and so I was planted into Computer Engineering without the required prior IT education. I stayed for one semester, dropped out and spent the next 10 years trying to figure out how to get back in college. One day I learned that s cousin, supervisor, and two co-workers were all registered at Baker and that Baker accepts tuition assistance from my job. The Website made it easy to research the school and the 1-800 number answered all my remaining questions. The online registration system made it easy to get started and my First Year Advisor has been patient, allowing me to email her any relevant questions. The first class you get familiarizes you with how Baker's Online classes work. Most of my teachers so far (I'm in my 11th class) have required the "naming convention" and APA citations. Some let people post however the post. I notice the class size halves by the end, so maybe if you do crap work, you get crap grades? Three of my teachers have been really trying in that they blatantly did not answer questions and would tell you to contact the Helpdesk or sign up for tutoring if you didn't understand something. Most, however were helpful, upbeat, and really added to "discussion". Some encouraged me to check out other books outside of homework if I was curious (I always am). My current one asks questions but doesn't participate at all. Not. At. All. My classes have had books in the $10-$160 range. My technical classes and math classes required me to download software (you might want a 500 GB hard drive to play it safe). One class required that I get a membership with Adobe paying $30 a month to get the software I needed and all future updates. What else... I cannot maintain my social life, hobbies, and do a couple classes. I don't know if I'm doing it wrong or if this is normal for Baker Online, but all I can do is one class with hobbies, my job, and socializing. I do homework and studying from 6pm-11pm (with house chores thrown in there somewhere). I tend to take a class, maybe two back to back, and then a break otherwise I start getting really irritable and stressed out. You can expect to read through your entire textbook (maybe minus a chapter or two) for each class... Or at least be expected the teacher to ask you to. Some co-workers tell me they don't read and they pass the classes with Cs. What I like about Baker is that they do have an online library available; You can check your grades, balances, required books, progress, and assignments online; you can check what classes you need, available classes, and register online; and you can purchase books online. My experience doing "online" with two other schools didn't do any of this. What I dislike about Baker Online is that some teachers get away with not being helpful or responsive. The only actual facilitator - from what I understand - is supposed to be on your first class ("college success and something or other"). If you're getting paid for me to treat you like a teacher, I expect you to interact just as much and just as kindly as me. Anyway, if you register for Baker, mind your Ps and Qs! There's no undo or recall button, lol."
Elizabeth Leitch
  • Reviewed: 2/11/2015
  • Degree: Human Services
  • Graduation Year: 2015
"Don't. The on campus classes aren't horrible, they are fair, but don't bother, get a real education at a real school. Any class online only cares about writing in APA doesn't matter if you write about the topic or not. They also will tell you every single source you use isn't scholary, no matter where you retrieve it from. Basically everything you do is wrong and you are stupid. Your teachers will tell you that you are inadquate and to check the rubric. The "Doctors" are stuck up and they think they are important because they "worked so hard" and you need to respect them. Most of the classes you already know what is going on and they make you take 2 or 3 sections on the same topic, you never learn anything new outside of the 101 classes, it's a scam."
Tim M.
  • Reviewed: 11/29/2014
  • Degree: Healthcare Administration
  • Graduation Year: 2015
"Ok, I have only been attending Baker part time because of a busy schedule and between my associates and my almost complete bachelors, I have been there for 7 years. My biggest complaint I have is that they might as well call this school Baker College of APA. With the exception of Algebra, EVERY course has focused more on using APA formatting than on the actual course material. This is utterly useless. It is like algebra in a way in that you will NEVER use it, yet it is drilled into your head from day one. It seems every instructor grades APA in a different manner also. Some are more particular than others about placements of periods and commas, and honestly, none of it matters. I have friends that attend Oakland University, Macomb College, and Wayne State, and NONE of them focus so much time on this useless style of format. In fact, if you ever look at the American Psychological Association's website for info, they do not even write in this stupid format. The books are your teacher here if you are in online courses. The instructors cut and paste the assignments and lectures into the seminar folders, and most interact very little in the courses. You pay $900 for a 6 week course, and at the end of each course, I feel like I didn't learn anything useful. I got lucky and landed a career in my field and I don't even have a degree yet in HCA. There is no hands-on experience in an online course, and knowing APA formatting won't get your foot in the door anywhere. The APA part of each course takes the lead over the actual subject matter and harms the learning experience. If you have to write a 500 word essay, you will spend the vast majority of your time scouring through their lousy online library trying to find something that is actually useful. The books are outrageously priced for a "non-profit" college. They sometimes charge you $500 for two books and six weeks later they will not buy them back, or they offer you $20-$40 for them. Surprisingly though, they NEVER have used books and even if they do, they still charge you $100 or more for them. Honestly, I feel like I am being cheated out of my money and my education. I seriously would recommend a community college over Baker College of APA Formatting any day. The only positive to this school is that the online courses are generally easy, but made more difficult because of the wasteful APA crap."
Web Student
  • Reviewed: 9/10/2014
  • Degree: Web Development
  • Graduation Year: 2014
"It's Russian Roulette with the Online instructors. Communication is horrible. Complaint process is horrible. Books and programming languages are outdated for degree."
  • Reviewed: 6/29/2014
  • Degree: Psychology
  • Graduation Year: 2015
"This school have rudest instructors, I have ever seen. They all say they are there for you, to answer questions you may have, concerns you may have, or explain the assignment, WRONG!!! THEY ARE RUDE AND NO MATTER WHAT YOUR QUESTION OR CONCERN MAY BE, THEY DON'T WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU... I JUST STARTED MY SECOND SEMESTER AND I'M LOOKING FOR A NEW ONLINE SCHOOL!!!"
  • Reviewed: 5/28/2014
  • Degree: Criminal Justice
  • Graduation Year: 1989
"I wouldn't recommend this school to no one,For the simple fact, The instructors are worthless they learning just like your trying to learn... the coursework is bogus. all you do is read, read, read, there is no teacher to assist you if you need any help. You have students copying off of other students work in the discussion board...credits are not transferable at other colleges. I recommend to seek other colleges before you give them your money ...."
  • Reviewed: 3/30/2014
  • Degree: Business
  • Graduation Year: 2006
"Personally, I wanted to complete my BA as I had only been able to attain my Associates many years prior due to financial issues. Online was very new to me, I found everyone I dealt with at Baker to be very helpful. I was paying for it myself and found the price to be reasonable compared with others. The instructors were mostly very good and very helpful when asked. It turned out to be a good move on my part as I am currently in an insurance career and a Bachelor's degree is now required. My career is great and my income puts me in the top 10% of wage earners and Baker was a part of that. As my company now pays for it, I'm going to start my MBA shortly at Baker Online."
  • Reviewed: 3/27/2014
  • Degree: Information Technology
  • Graduation Year: 2009
"Some of these rants are valid in some ways. I don't know how you can tell if a course is planned ahead of time and frankly, I don't care. The Computer Science program uses the same book as almost every other computer science program in America. One of the first things I did before attending Baker is find out what books they were using and compare those with what everyone else was using. They are the same for the most part. Most Colleges are not using the new VB programs but instead using 06,08, or VB10, same as Baker. We were told to use Dev-C or Codeblocks but the course recommended Microsoft. I can't speak for most of the core classes, I took most of those in a community college. I know English 102 was right in line with Eng 101 and did teach me things you don't learn much about in high school despite what some people here are saying. I took VB in high school and it was nothing like Baker. All the programming we did at Baker was with on the job skills in mind. We had several group projects and I love that because in the real world you are not writing programs alone!! We spent a lot of time on debugging. I would say SQL was a disappointment, only because I thought I would learn so much more but as I have read that is pretty much at every college. If you want to know about Baker here ya go, It's not a degree mill , people saying that just skip them because they don't even know wth that is. You must work hard, you don't get an A for effort. They will flunk you , kick you out, ect. You will find you are writing a lot of research papers, posting in discussions (some require a stupid amount of class participation so be ready for 500 words per post requirements). You will work with others, some professors do skype seminars but its not required by the course and most post some sort of written lecture. The discussion questions allow you to lecture each other as well. All of its credits transfer to most Universities (a few hate the 10 and 6 weeks systems, but most will accept them). You won't get a degree that says "Baker Online" , your background will show your degree is accredited like any other degree. I don't get the complaints here. You are in distant learning, no matter the college or university you are at, the professor isn't going to spend hours every day lecturing you like you are in class. They will help if you need it and many resources are available but all you need to know is in those books!!! I don't get the complaints. Most of them are lies, if this was a degree mill or easy you wouldn't see the complaining you do and its grad rate would be much higher."
Steve M.
  • Reviewed: 2/27/2014
  • Degree: Computer Science
  • Graduation Year:
"The experience at Baker in the Computer Science program leans towards degree mill quality. The "instruction" entails mostly nothing more than reading a book, and the books are of varying quality. The book I am currently reading on web technologies is 7-8 years old, which is ancient for this subject. I don't mind reading a book to learn, but I was expecting more for $900 a course. The course materials are often disjointed, with the assignments having nothing to do with book, and the discussions having little to do with either. Some of the classes haven't been on the same subject as the name implies, such as "Introduction to Computer Science" being about how businesses use computers - nothing about Alan Turing here. Most of the time the "instructors" do little to nothing, and could be replaced by an automated bot that occasionally posts a conversation starter on the discussion board. While you are required to post 10 posts a week, most of the posts by other students are of far lower quality than what you could find in 3 seconds on stackoverflow. Much of the time the conversations are chatty and don't help you learn anything about the subject. It is seems like it would be quite possible to get a degree from here without really having much knowledge or expertise on the subject. Just posting drivel on the discussion board and turning in assignments that don't really test your knowledge is enough."