Kaplan University Reviews - Bachelor's in Criminal JusticeSee reviews of all programs at Kaplan University
I was honesty very nervous with finding an online school. I thought I would miss out on a lot of things that one would normally get going to a campus university. I was sadly mistaken. This university is absolutely amazing. The staff is very helpful and there are VARIOUS helpful websinars/seminars monthly that help you with multiple topics. The workload as any college course was hard and easy. Professor were understanding and very helpful. Overall amzing school and amazing experience.
Maintaining a 4.0 GPA prepared me to further my education. With my Degree from Kaplan, I was able to get accepted into Purdue University, for my Master of Science in Communications Degree. Additionally, after completion of my degree, I was able to attain career placement, in the field that I received my degree in.
I attended Kaplan University online over two years ago. I thought this was a great way for me to get my degree and still allow me to work full time to earn money. The admissions department was super nice and got me all signed up. During the classes I realized how unorganized this school actually was. At first I just assumed that this was a new school that was just starting out but I was in shock when I was told it wasn't. I didn't attend Kaplan for longer than a semester due to the fact I absolutely couldn't absorb any of the information that was being taught. Which I personally believe that I am just not meant for online schooling. While I was not totally in love with how the material was presented what makes me really angry is Kaplan's Finance department. Turns out over two years later while trying to get my transcripts I now owe Kaplan a total of $777, which I have to pay before they will release my transcripts. I don't have a problem paying the money but what no one at Kaplan will answer is why was I not contacted about this balance before. According to my account there I owe them $0 because February of last year they wrote of my debt to collections. Another thing they won't answer is to what collections agency? I am anal about checking my credit and have zero debt in collections at this time, I was baffled to see that I owed that much in collections and even more dumbfounded as to why I wasn't contacted by anybody for over a year. If you are late one a credit card payment they call you day and night how am I supposed to believe that they wouldn't call me about my balance. Trying to an answer out of these people is a joke. I have had at lest two people tell me that they will call me back and of course I get nothing. I call them I get transferred and hung up on. I absolutely would not recommend this college for the simple fact of they are seriously unorganized.
Kaplan is over all a great school. They care about their students and communicate with students on a daily basis and are always available to help and answer any questions that the students have. Kaplan is all around a great school. Classes are once a week and assignments and projects are due at the end of the week. The online classrooms are easy to navigate. Staff is excellent, they share Their experience in there career and really care about the student. Kaplan is a great choice for those looking for hands on and a great learning experience.
This school was extremely helpful. The teachers wanted to see the students succeed and did all that they could to help us. The online seminars allowed me to feel as though I was actually there being taught and allowed me to have conversations with other students. The school also provides the reading materials for you so you don't have to spend money out of pocket. Kaplan is very military friendly and they work around your schedule. Kaplan has helped me greatly pursue the degree I wanted and I will be applying to Law School as soon as I am finished with my contract with the United States Army.
I would recommend Kaplan University for students transitioning from traditional universities to online schools. Kaplan's curriculum is structured and works well with students who are parents or that work full-time jobs. Kaplan offers virtual class at least once a week. I enjoyed that option as it made me feel like I was attending a traditional school. My only set-back is that I owed Kaplan for tuition and they would not work with me to repay while allowing me to continue my graduate studies. They would not accept a settlement offer. I could not return to Kaplan without paying the full amount. I could not get any financial aid for my graduate studies.
Wow! Thought I was alone with the bad experience I had taking courses online with Kaplan. I enrolled at Kaplan University in 2004 and graduated in 2006. I thought I could really get somewhere with a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice/Forensic Psychology. I was wrong. I studied very hard to get my degree. In the beginning, it was suggested that should do a internship before graduating. I contacted my Academic Adviser before graduation and she told me I didn't need to do a internship. It was already to late for me to do because I was graduating in a few months. What a crock of crap! She wouldn't help me at all. I felt so disappointed and found it was all a waste of my time, energy, and yes....money!!!! I can suggest for those who do online courses with a college, please make sure they are looking out for your best interests in achieving a better paying job, not to suck all the money out of you. For low income individuals, like myself, it has left me with a huge debt that I will probably have to pay back until I am buried in the grave. I was led to believe I could really get a great job and to this day, I haven't found it with my degree. Colleges, like Kaplan, may help you get a pay increase if your already actively working in your profession but that is it. I suppose it depends on what area you want to study, but the Criminal Justice program is one I wouldn't do at all if you want to chose a career. Technical Colleges are your best option, as their two year programs offer affordable tuition and on the job training where they will definitely, positively get you a job.
This is a great school because the professors take their time to teach each student when they need help. Professors are always taking their time to help each student succeed. Professors are always by each student's side to help with everything needed.
I found the enrollment process to be very confusing and minimal communication. It's like they expected you to know the process without instruction. My adviser was never available and if I emailed his response was always "I don't know." Most of the professors averaged about three days to return an email, there were a few good ones if you got lucky. Financial aid was always at least 45 min wait on the phone or live chat. I sent several emails with a promise of response in 1 business day, I still have never had a response. Course material was appropriate there were some classes with large work loads but it was manageable. They held all of my Stipend checks, I had to wait until the 30 days was up then call (sitting on hold for over an hour most times) to ask them to mail it. I would not recommend anyone to Kaplan. The course material was about the only thing good I have to say. I think I had three good professors, most have other jobs and are too busy to focus on teaching.
I am writing this now, because after I obtained my degree from Kaplan, I went on to get my master's degree from a "traditional" college. My time at Kaplan was fine. The courses were relevant and well taught. I had no issues whatsoever. My employer and the graduate school readily accepted my degree because the school is regionally accredited. I put time and effort into my studies and it paid off. "You will reap what you sow." No issues here.