Kaplan University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (356)
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.
I like this school. I learned a lot from each and every class I attended. Kaplan University Professor's were very well informed of the subject's they taught. I never really thought about going back to school to further my education. But with all the advancement going on in the world, I thought differently. By going back to school, and choosing Kaplan University to attend, I believe that my life has gotten better.
I am not surprised to read all of the negative comments, but not for the reason you might think. I love Kaplan University and have completed my Bachelor's in Nursing and am currently working on my FNP. I would highly recommend this school to anyone that has experience in nursing. I am not surprised by the negative comments because I teach in a local college and it is impossible to please everyone. Students have different perceptions of what a "good" school is. Unfortunately all education is terribly expensive now and if you have to use financial aid, you will be paying for your education for a long time after you graduate. I see a lot of people going into degrees that may or may not have a high demand when they finish. That would be one of the first things a potential student should investigate. What is the likelihood that I am going to be able to find a job when I finish school? I am very fortunate in that I chose nursing a long time ago and nursing is a field that I have never had a problem finding a job. Kaplan has provided me with a great education and I am learning a lot in the Nurse Practitioner program. I would not hesitate to recommend this school to anyone. I do think that online nursing should be taken by nurses with some experience since it is not the traditional type education. The instructors at Kaplan are awesome and currently working in their fields. I have never had any problems getting registered for my classes and my advisor checks on me the first few weeks of each class just to make sure things are going smoothly. Great school!
The school lacks supportive and professional subject matter experts. The online educational environment lacks a platform for communication between students to create an environment conducive for peer support and networking.The resource staff (advisers, career center, writing labs) make it clear through their behavior this is just a pay check.
I currently have 2 terms left, so far I have had a wonderful experience, and have made the President's List every term except for one. The instructors are great, as well as the rest of the staff. Once I graduate, I will give another review. The only thing Kaplan should do different is offer more scholarships to current and new students, especially since their tuition is so high.
I thoroughly enjoyed my time spent pursuing my degree through Kaplan. I found the instructors to be knowledgeable and helpful, and most importantly, concerned with my success. My advisors did not hound me, but helped when I needed it. About 3/4 through my degree it was discovered there was a financial error in my favor that resulted in several thousand dollars being refunded to me, Kaplan personnel did not harass me, nor did they drag their feet, my refund was acknowledged and paid promptly. Several prior students have complained that their programs let them down, their degrees did not get them the big job they expected etc...I have to think that you only got out what you put in. Kaplan is not responsible for your lack of research into the correct program for you, or your inability to comprehend and follow the guidelines. If my degree doesn't result in my getting where I want to be it will be because I don't put the effort into making it work, but it is not Kaplan's fault.
Overall, the student advisors were very helpful and the Professors were excellent. I graduated with a GPA 3.6 cum laude. However, accreditation with the American Bar Association (ABA) is non-existent. This can be a problem in Florida civil service, because you must graduate from an approved ABA institution to retain employment and/or become a registered paralegal with the Florida Bar.
Kaplan University was a great school to go to for me as am active duty military. The staff was very friendly and my teachers were all very knowledgeable on their subjects. Overall it was a great experience.
It's a great school
When I first applied to Kaplan I was really excited about the Legal Studies program. Once I graduated, I have not been able to find a job in the industry in which I have my BS in Legal Studies degree. I even graduated with honors. I wish I could go back in time and redo the type of degree I would be studying. Now I have to start paying student loans off with no job with a degree I cannot even use in the workforce. If I do, it is as an entry level position making very little money. I am not at the point in my life where I can start over making little money and work my way back up again. I have a worthless degree hanging on my wall. I do however have to say the Professors in the Legal Studies program are really good. They are prosecutors, attorneys and former judges teaching the program and they were really inspirational and helpful in this program as it requires a lot of discipline and assistance as it is the law. If you are planning on going to law school this is a good bachelor degree for you to obtain but if you are seeking a legal assistant position it may be difficult. I know it is for me in the city I live in.