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I love Kaplan University. I have wanted to go back to college my whole life, and finally, I have. I've made my dreams come true with the help of the admissions, teachers, and of course, myself. Thanks Kaplan for making a difference.
I have been at this school for over a year, with less than a year to go with an Advanced Start Bachelor program (Meaning I already have my AA). This school has become more and more frustrating as time goes on. It gets harder and harder to get a hold of my Academic Advisor and I have never been able to get a hold of my Financial Aid officer EVER! He does not return calls, emails, or requests from his supervisor to call. The administrative side of the school is crap.
The Classes are hit and miss. Some I feel like I'm learning something, and others, not so much. The Discussion boards are a waste of time in most instances, and the projects are inconsistent between the way they are written and how they are graded. Some instructors really care about how you do in the course, and others throw away points like they are insignificant.
I am currently shopping around for another school to finish my degree because I am fed up with the administrative side of the school, and I don't feel like I am getting a real education. I don't retain the information I am being taught because I am not quizzed on anything. I write papers on things that don't pertain to the subject at hand, and if I were to try to get a job in the field tomorrow, I would not feel like I knew what I was doing, because I have always had the books to fall back on. The Curriculum does not work well when it comes to memorizing anything.
I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (BSIT)degree. The instructors were wonderful and very knowledgeable about the field that they are in. My Academic Advisor and Fin Aid advisor were not always available when I call, but there were other advisors in the same vertical that were able to assit me. The courses were up-to-date with the current technology. I gained the knowledge I needed to perform my job. There were may outreach programs after I graduated however; I did not participate because of schedule conflicts. I strongly believe that you get what you put out and if you are serious and apply yourself the sky is the limit. I feel like I can take on the world thanks to the awesome knowledge that I have gained from Kaplan.
I have attend Kaplan for three years and right before I was to graduate with my AA in criminal justice they dismiss me for having to retake a couple of classes which I passed the second time around.
This was early on in my pursuit of my degree. Sure they will take your money and tell you all you need to do is maintain a 2.0 GPA but it is a lie. I have a 2.16 but I still am not getting my degree. FIND a different school they dont care about your degree all they want is your money. I wasted three year of my life at this school only to be screwed in the end!!!!
I think that just from this experience that I will all of my questions lined up for the next school I attend.
Financial aid doesn't tell you what you owe up front which is not the way anyone should do business. All these fees and returning loans instead of using the rest of the money to cover what costs, they send it back and then want you to pay out of pocket.
The professor I had for Managerial Accounting was the worst. I often asked her for help because this was nothing like financial accounting which I am very good at. She only gave me vague answers and was just reinterate the question instead of just saying what she meant. I think she was very incompetant. Kaplan is the worst online school ever, but to each's own...I have nothing good to say about my experience.
When i firdst enrolled, I was very skeptical about the online learning value; both personally and professionally. 10 years ago, the online higher education was a joke, now, it's more widely accepted.
I've been at Kaplan for 5 terms and have had very little problems with the online environment: I find that the instructors are hightly knowledgable (and many are seeking masters and PHd's via online), the virtual class room is laid out well, communication via technology is improving - vastly, The classes are very challenging.
The only thing I would recommend is that you have a background in your chosen field before entering(i.e - your an IT professional seeking a degree) and you watch your fincial Aid and out of pocket expenses very closely - keep your paperwork and written communication's filed. If you make an extra payments, chances are Kaplan will not track it properly and you will be bombarded with calls demanading payment.
Very satisified acedemically ... concerned about the accounting practices
I am half way through a Bachelor's in Business Administration degree at Kaplan. The professors are great, my academic advisor is great, and I have learned many great things. Then there is the FINANCIAL AID department. Oh my God. I am in the process of changing schools because of the complete and total incompetence of this department. Language barriers, having a different FAO every other week, and the list goes on. I have been driven to tears on more than one occasion. Higher education is so important.
Therefore, please do something with your confusion, Kaplan.
I just finished my degree in from Kaplan May of 2009. I have nothing bad to say about the school. I called to ask about online education, and I ended up enrolling in the school. My favorite thing about Kaplan is that the week started on a Wednesday, and ended on that following Tuesday. You didn't have to rush through the week trying to get your work done by that Sunday. Most of the people going to school online work full time jobs, therefore they are very busy during the week.
I didn't have any problems with my financial aid or with my advisor. If you couldn't get your's, then you could talk to anyone that was avaiable. My living expense checks came on time, my financial aid was process on time.
The course work was very straight forwawrd. The class site was easy to naivigate.It was a lot of reading and research, but you could do the work if you put forth the effort. I am currently researching online schools now to get my Master's, and Kaplan is at the top of my list.
I graduated from Kaplan University in 2008 with a BSCJ. The classes were good and informational and the professors were very good. My only problem with Kaplan is that it is VERY expensive compared with other universities. My recommendation to anyone is to check with your state's universities (for instance, if you're from NC, check with the UNC system) to find out if they have online degree programs that match your interests. They WILL be cheaper than Kaplan.
Also, Kaplan's financial advisors suck! It's hard to get in touch with them. Many times I called, they wouldn't return a call or help me out with my problem.
Further, I do have concerns about the reputation of Kaplan University. Many people think it's a diploma mill or a fake university that's running a huge scam.
But overall, I enjoyed Kaplan.
I have found most of the professors to be very helpful at Kaplan.
The homework and discussion boards are not overly difficult but they are time consuming, the work load is what you would expect from a short semester at a brick and mortar school.
They are a little on the expensive side for a "semester". The price per creidt hour is about the same as a regular unversity but the classes are 5-6 credit hours rather than 3-4 so the price for class is higher.
Be very careful if you are transferring into Kaplan, their class evalutions are bogus. When I talked to my admissions advisor they indicated almost all of my upper level classes would transfer. I got credit for one of my class I transfered in rather than four. To me it's just another way to get more money. If I had known this before I might have looked at a different school but I am to far into my degree plan now.