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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.
I am a current student at Kaplan and I have had a great experience. I will admit that the initial contact with the admissions department was "trying" but after enrollment and getting assigned an awesome Academic Adviser, things have been great. My professors all have years of experience, the work in the school of legal studies is quite rigorous and the live seminars are audio, so it is as if you are sitting in class.
I have never had any issues with my student account, but I do stay on top of my finances. I think those having bad experiences are the ones who don't actively take part in every aspect of their education. You have to do the work, follow up, etc...if not, things go by the wayside.
I first was having second thoughts about going back to school, but once I started Kaplan University Online it is the best thing I have done for myself in a long time. There are great professors that are there with you every step of the way. Once I receive my Bachelors Degree I will start pursuing my Masters Degree with Kaplan. I wouldn't have it any other way.
I recently received my Bachelor's degree through Kaplan. I appreciated many aspects of the online learning experience. Many of the professors were exceedingly helpful, but I wish they would have kept the mandatory seminar attendance. With that aside, I was truly appalled by the school's financial department. I feel like every semester my billings were wrong, and they weren't friendly to deal with. This is the reason I'm not enrolling in Kaplan for my Master's degree.
I am at the end of my first year at Kaplan University to achieve my Associates Degree. The online learning experience has been far more effective than attending a campus-based degree program (of which Kaplan also has available).
The courses are very organized which helps me a great deal. The professor's can be demanding of the students and don't just give away grades. The professor's challenge students to think and apply what they are learning.
The cost for this school is higher than most universities, however, the textbooks are included and federal aid is available. I have learned more in this year and retained more than any school I have attended.
The only drawback is that the accounting/student billing department is lacking and there are always posting errors on my student account, which sometimes can be in the thousands. The school will call and ask how I intend to pay. Because I am always on top of my account and every transaction, I am able to help them fix their errors.
My overall experience is fantastic. I look forward to every new course. I am holding at a 3.43 GPA which is the highest grade I have ever maintained. When I go back and review all of the homework, projects, and other assignments I have completed, I can see why. This university demands an excellent work ethic and commitment. If you are not disiplined, you may find this school very difficult.
First, my experience with Kaplan has been excellent. I have no true bad reviews (there is room to grow in the Financial Aid Dept). Even with those woes, the resolutions were mostly spontaneous. I'm nearly done with my BS degree with Kaplan. However, I would suggest to anyone seeking higher learning to do your research. I started out with at a traditional university, here in NJ and later changed to ONLINE for optimal time management. I compared the courses and they were completely parallel. Even looking now at the MBA program in comparison to another here in NJ to consider the benefits. In conclusion, my overall experience with Kaplan's Professors, Advisors and even FinAid has been more than satisfactory and I'd recommend the University.