Kaplan University Reviews - Bachelor's in PsychologySee reviews of all programs at Kaplan University
(university is now Purdue global) They do not allow you to receive an associates, only a bachelors. Financial aid is a NIGHTMARE at this school. WORST experience of my life. Got kicked out of classes multiple times for financial aid not getting documents I sent in or not getting information relayed to them. Wouldn't recommend to my worst enemy to be honest. They also changed my degree midway through. I did not want an ABA degree, I wanted a psychology degree and they apparently stopped offering that. Go to any school besides this one, please. Oh, and I have ONE class left before I graduate and financial aid is telling me I owe 2600 before I can finish my degree. Disgusting. Inconsiderate. Unorganized. Pathetic. Forgot to mention I asked for career help since I'm at the end of my degree and there was no help given. Their career page is a joke when you become a student. No help at all!
Nothing but liars who try to screw you out of money. Withdrawn from my classes because financial aid is not clear or helpful at all. I was very clear about my available hours and was harassed multiple times a day while i was at my job only to be told to repeat the same process 80 times and be billed for the classes i was not allowed to complete. Worst place ever basically feel like i was scammed.
Overall, this was a great opportunity for me to complete what was left of my Bachelors degree. They will take the time to review your interests with you but once you commit to something, be prepared to run the course with it. (Because of this, I would probably recommend a more traditional setting before taking online courses.) The schedules fell in line with my work schedule. Some professors will answer right away and others are a little more difficult. I've only had one professor I didn't like; he went so far as to insult my writing style on an assignment. The financial aide department could have been a bit more helpful in assisting me in how to pay back loans they awarded me. My student advisor has conducted weekly follow ups with me since the beginning and even let me enroll in extra coursework to speed up my degree. Overall, I'm pleased with the results.
First of all, I loved all of my classes! Teachers are wonderful and helpful. My entire problem, and the reason that I wouldn't recommend this college is all because of their student accounts/financial assistance team. After my first semester I was told that I owe a total of $1,070 out of pocket. They gave me 3 weeks to pay or I would be forced to be locked out of classes until I paid. Being a working mother I obviously couldn't come up with that right away and had to skip a semester, next day the calls started, demanding payments immediately or I would be taken to collections. I set up a payment plan with them, but the following week (9 days before my first payment was due) I was told they had taken me to collections anyway because I was "at risk" of default. Unless you can afford to fork over large amounts of money at a time with no consequences, this school is not for you.
I would definitely recommend this college. The curriculum was exactly what I needed for my field of study and I learned essential tools that I can implement into my professional occupation. The professors were very efficient and timely with feedback. Also, I loved the live seminars that we had once a week because there was an actual person talking to you and answering questions and concerns. Every Professor followed the syllabus and instructions were very clear on how to succeed here. This is an online school, so it should only be for self-motivated learners!
I attended one term with Kaplan online, and I had a balance of $401.00. I was unable to pay this right after Christmas and being a single mother I was not able to start the next term. So I had to withdrawal! They would not work with me and told me to take out a personal loan. They also said to try some scholarship sites to see if I would qualify for any. That was their advice. They state they are there to help us with our goals and make our dreams come true. I am going to school so that I do not have to be on welfare and to be able to support myself and family. It is sad they would not work for me to pay that small amount of money. I do not recommend this school to no one and will let anyone know that they did not care me personally, which means they will not care about anyone else personally.
This online college is great. I personally believe the people complaining about $ is just people who expect a check handed to them. I have never had any issue and when I did have missing documents for financial aid my advisor was able to transfer me right over to get everything settled. The financial advisor explained everything clearly and within 4 days my financial aid was accepted. I believe its all in how bad you want something and in my case my degree means quite a bit to me. My professors are awesome but sometimes you get a rotten egg. I always tell people about this school. I'm excited to see what the future holds for me in Psychology.
I completed my BS at Kaplan due to their ABA emphasis option. I must admit, I was quite hesitant to attend as I read many horrible reviews; however, 3 of my co-workers graduated with their bachelor's or master's degrees saying it was a good college for busy professionals and moms --and Kaplan promised I could graduate in 10 months from transferring my AA and collection of classes. Is it Harvard? No! But it is regionally accredited. If you want to go to Harvard, go to Harvard! I was very skeptical when I started, and was prepared for the worst. My review is 5 stars because I was actually blown away by Kaplan's format and my ability to understand concepts that were previously overwhelming. I have learned more here than any college I have attended (ranging from community college, to University of Oregon, to a small handful of online colleges I was cash-paying for). They accepted my credits except one that did not apply to my degree and got me on the fast track for graduating way faster than any other college I had reviewed. The format is workable for busy moms. I have 4 kids and 3 with autism, and I work. My GPA before Kaplan was 3.5, and I maintained between a 3.8 and 4.0 while attending. While I had to be disciplined, I was able to complete the weekly assignments for 2 classes (which is considered full time here), in about 12-15 hours a week. There are many assignments, and on average you can expect a quiz per week (most you are able to use reading materials for), discussion boards, and a 3-10 page paper every 2 weeks. There are also weekly, live seminars you either attend, or can watch later and do an alternate assignment. There is a huge range of student backgrounds and capabilities, but somehow, Kaplan has managed to make it achievable for all to advance. I would recommend Kaplan to anyone, hands down. Excellent education, and excellent customer service. I was able to pass statistics with an A, and I can also apply what I learned to my job and daily life. I say this, as I have never understood statistics before this school and really thought I would fail here as well. It seemed like a miracle to me-- and it speaks to their teaching structures.
I love Kaplan University. I had a WONDERFUL admissions advisor....most of my teachers are amazing. I am able to keep a 4.0 GPA. I love this school. NO SCHOOL IS PERFECT. The reviews complaining about things are expecting everything to be 100% amazing. No experience in anything in life will be 100% satisfying. This is a GREAT SCHOOL!!!!!
I am currently enrolled at Kaplan with a graduation date of September 15, 2015. I started taking my final classes, the ones I specialize in for my BS, and realized Kaplan has me signed up for the wrong degree program, and that's just the icing on the cake. I transfered to Kaplan with 91 credits from a community college with a 3.8 gpa specializing in Mechanical Engineering. I received an academic scholarship but upon joining Kaplan, I was forced to take a general biology course after transferring over an anatomy/physiology class I received an A in, with the reasoning that at least it would be an easy A. Then my student advisor convinced me to only take one class instead of two, since I didn't want to take a summer break, which led to me losing the scholarship. They reinstated it once they realized what happened. Then in my final year, after I started taking my BS classes, I realized I was signed up for the wrong major. Their way of helping me was having the manager, who is a professional psychologist, manipulate me into believing it was for the better. Kaplan seems to forget that it isn't about just receiving a degree but actually being taught what you need to know. My experience with Kaplan has been anything but smooth. I DO NOT recommend attending this university when there are so many others out there that actually care about their students. Plus I'm pretty sure my grant money they told me I'm receiving is actually just a loan...I just thankful I have God to show me the positive that can come from this experience.