Kaplan University

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Kaplan University

When going back to school, finding a quality university to attend can be very difficulty. We have all seen the commercials for so called “professional universities” but in actuality very few of these schools provide a top-notch education. Look no further, Kaplan University is a one of a kind institution steeped in history and academic excellence.

Kaplan University was founded in 1937 which means it has a long record of delivering value oriented education. They have discovered what works and what doesn’t in teaching higher education classes. Today there are more than 70 campuses in 22 states which means there is probably a Kaplan University closer to you than expected. Kaplan University focuses on real world learning from industry experienced professors. Most of the learning doesn’t come from text books but from real-life case studies and scenarios. Seminars, webinars, online quizzes, discussion boards and web based field trips are all examples of how Kaplan’s teaching strategy differs than traditional colleges.

Kaplan offers a wide variety of degree programs and majors. Students may choose from 8 different schools and 75 different majors. Students can obtain online or offline master's, bachelor's, associate's, and professional law degrees, as well as online certificate programs. The online program makes it easy to attain a degree in a short amount of time. The professors and advisers make sure students don’t become sidetracked or feel disconnected while taking classes online. One of the great things about Kaplan University is the inexpensive tuition. Average tuition is only around $350 per credit hour which is much cheaper than other alternative schools. Take a look at Kaplan University for more information.

- Many locations
- Online Programs
- Many degree programs
- Post Education Certification Programs
- Alternative Learning Structure
- Affordable tuition price

- Credits will probably not transfer to traditional schools
- Some students may not like the alternative approach to learning

- Undergraduate programs: $320 per credit
- Graduate education programs: $350 per credit
- Master of Science in Criminal Justice: $350 per credit
- Master of Science in Nursing: $350 per credit
- Master of Science in Management: $380 per credit
- Master of Business Administration: $395 per credit
- Master of Science in Legal Studies: $350 per credit
- Deposit: $95 is due at the time of enrollment and will be credited toward your tuition when you begin classes.
- Technology fee: $100 per term. This fee is discounted to $50 for MBA and Master of Science in Management students.

Kaplan provides bachelors and masters degrees in the following areas:
- School of Arts and Sciences
- School of Business
- School of Criminal Justice
- School of Education
- School of Health Sciences
- School of Information Systems and Technology
- School of Legal Studies
- School of Nursing
- Business and Finance Certificates
- Health Care Certificates
- Information Technology Certificates

- 70 campuses in 22 states
- Online program available everywhere

- No indication of student life
- Student life will probably vary by campus
- Online studies are self-lead with no class or professor interaction

Kaplan University is one of the better non-traditional universities in the United States. This university has a creditable reputation for producing quality graduates. In fact, 95% of graduates said that they found the education at Kaplan to be excellent. The price is one of the best selling points. Make sure you figure in how many credits your degree program would be before signing up. Take a look at Kaplan University if you are looking for a quality institution to obtain a college education.

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posted Sep 16th, 2017 10:17 pm

Matthew Graybeal


They SHIT on veterans. They screwed up my wifes financial aid up in excess of 10+ weeks, then dropped me from the school after I refused to continue classes until they fixed her issues. posted Jul 10th, 2017 11:52 am



For everyone who is bad mouthing Kaplan, I have to say that my experience has been great. I started school in Apr 2011, working on my BSHS. While the classes start out fairly simple and easy to understand, they progressively get harder and contain more work per week as you go. DO NOT attend an online University thinking that this is the easy way out and that you will coast through and get your degree. If you think that way you will have nothing but problems from the start. There is no one to hold your hand, no professor to run to whenever you are having an issue, the work, time management and grades you get are all up to you. When it comes to financial aid, I know of a number of students who have fallen into the stipend check trap. DO NOT take stipend checks, for ANYTHING. You only get so much money per year for your student loans and pell grants and if you take any extra money out in the form of a stipend chances are very high that you will run out of money before you complete your degree, which will either block you from classes or delay them sending you your diploma until the extra monies that were not covered are paid. You have to be willing to work very hard, be responsible and take ownership for your own shortcomings. After almost 11 terms, I have a cumulative GPA of 3.98 (which I have earned through hard work and diligence), have been a student mentor for the University for well over a year now and am a member of the Golden Key International Honor Society. When it comes to the world of online education, it is all up to you and if you work hard, manage your time well, watch your finances and do everything that is required, you will have no problems. Don't blame the school because you took money needed for tuition when you shouldn't have, didn't put the effort in to get good grades (Kaplan requires a minimum 2.0 GPA to remain enrolled as an undergrad and 3.0 for graduate programs) etc. posted Jul 22nd, 2013 3:24 pm


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This is not a diploma mill!!! This school makes you work!! posted Feb 10th, 2012 12:31 am



I am in my last term at Kaplan (thank goodness) and even with all of my built up frustration and by this point you could even call it hatred, I have to say I have had some wonderful professors. Overall, the academic portion of Kaplan is excellent, but the financial aid department and academic advising are virtually useless and enough to make anyone's Kaplan experience a nightmare.

The only word that can be used to describe Kaplan financial aid is incompetent. Do not expect any kind of actual assistance from them. They were unable to answer ANY question that I ever asked. I called to ask for the school identification number for a personal loan application (tuition costs are outrageous and maxed out the allowable federal funding), the person who answered the phone told me that I needed to call and ask Sallie Mae (loan company) what the code was because he does not work for them. Seriously!? During one of the three times he put me on hold I managed to Google the number for myself. I am sad that any portion of my tuition keeps these people employed.

The one negative experience I did have with a professor, she was not grading assignments for weeks after they were submitted and practicing unfair grading practices. I tried numerous times to contact the professor for a resolution with no result. After speaking with MANY other students in the class who were also frustrated and in fear for their grade, we all called academic advising for support. They are about as much help as financial aid.

Honestly, if I had to do it over again I would definitely have spent the last 3 1/2 years of my life at a different university. posted Jan 14th, 2012 9:07 pm


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Kaplan University gave me the opportunity to coplete my degree and the credits transfered to a traditional university which allowed me to complete my Masters. Kaplan was not easy but it is good and was good for me. posted Nov 15th, 2011 1:26 am



After working in public relations for many years - I decided to return back to school to get my degree. I attended Kaplan and received my degree in communications w emphasis in Technical Writing.

I thoroughly loved the experience, the staff, the instructors, everyone was very helpful and always available. To date, I have a successful job in communications with a wonderful salary! I will be returning to Kaplan to pursue my MBA degree very soon.

I employ those that are seeking a university that is firm on education and available at all times to please consider Kaplan. You will love the experience, the educational journey, and the extended resources available to you as an alumnus. I am a total KU advocate - I am looking to do something to help in the way of recruitment for them. posted Oct 17th, 2011 8:51 pm


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I have been attending Kaplan since 2009 because it was promoted by my employer, Lowes. In the last month I earned my Bachelors in Criminal Justice. I am now working on my Masters in Management. I can not say anything bad about Kaplan.

Kaplan is a great school. The staff walked me through every process of enrollment and FA. Everything was explained clearly and all financials have been accurate.

I have earned a 3.75 in every course taught, not due to any Professor just handing out grades, but because of MY HARD WORK. I think the professor above should be ashamed for bad mouthing the same university the puts bread and butter on his table. "If the grass is greener on the other side of the street professor, then pack your crap and move in!" What student would want to be taught by you anyhow?

I originally enrolled in the Univeristy of Phoenix. UOP filed for educational funding under my SS# for multiple degrees and Sally Mae caught the fraud and contacted me. Needless-to-say, I withdrew right away. Now UOP has decided to charge me for a class they taught on "How to use their online system" @ $1,500. This should be a crime.

I received the same training from Kaplan for free. Now to mention, I have now graduated with honors and I am making a substantial salary.

Whoever, says Kaplan is a bad University must have issues with one small portion of the whole picture and should not bad mouth the institution as a whole. These comments are not fair. And to all those potential students out there...Remember generally only angry people talk on these sites. The happy ones are usually to busy making money to waste all this time. I guess it is a good thing I am on vacation or I too would not have put in my $ .02. posted Jul 14th, 2011 10:17 pm



Academic wise, I think Kaplan is not a bad place. If you suck as a student at a brick and mortar school, you're gonna suck at any on-line, public, private or for-profit school. My suggestion to people interested in on-line education is to consider your state, public university for online degree. Most likely they are now offering on-line programs too. Good luck. posted Jul 8th, 2011 10:33 pm


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In one way I'm glad I'm not the only one suffering--at least now I know I'm not crazy. In another way I'm upset, saddened, and beyond angry that I've gotten myself into such a hole that I can't seem to get out of. This online institution along with another popular one have taken me through the ringer and left me to suffer with their mistakes. But I suppose this is what happens when you attend a for-profit institution whose sole purpose is to enroll and get student money.

I'm just wanting to complete my degree. I don't understand why, if tutition has not increased, why do I need to max my federal loans? Why do you want me to begin paying monthly payments for something that won't begin for another month? I'm so upset. Their FA Dept is by far the worst I have EVER dealt with. And here I am stuck, stressed, and lost. Do I suck it up and restart my education a THIRD time, so stick this mess out until I graduate and HOPE my degree with be worth something more than the paper the ink is printed on?

Ugh! I wouldn't recommend this school to ANYONE! And if I can get out, trust, I will. posted Jul 6th, 2011 2:23 pm


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Kaplan is one of the biggest mistakes I have ever made. I will now be in debt for the rest of my life for a degree that is useless. They are not fully accredited, financial aid will take money from you, and you will never get to talk to anyone in charge. they will not return calls or emails. Anyone who is thinking about this place should check on bbb, rip off report, pissed off consumer and that is just for starters. the washington post should be ashamed of all of the lives they are ruining to make money posted Mar 28th, 2011 3:20 am

B. Goldberg

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I have attended Kaplan and will graduate shortly. None the less, I would recommend almost any other school (online or otherwise). Kaplan's administrative departments are a mess, creating endless red tape and busy work. The school's technical support is a nightmare which makes it almost impossible to attend classes. Instructors and classes are feckless and inane, and the academics are poor (you won't learn a thing). All in all, this is one academic institution to avoid if you are serious about an education or the public's perception of your credentials. posted Mar 2nd, 2011 7:51 pm



This is nothing but BS! I pd. for my books and received NOTHING - been trying for over 1 yr also. Nothing but lies! posted Feb 3rd, 2011 3:25 pm



I have been impressed with the academics portion of this university but like many others I have had struggles with the financial aid department. I have to keep fighting to make sure they are correct with my tutiton and the documents I see never match what they have in their system. So, this is what I have learned from the FA dept.

1. ALWAYS get your award letters. They do not automatically send these out. Request them for every term. They will save your butt!

2. Get it in writing from them about any promises or terms they make with you. Hound them they will eventually comply.

3. Do not sign their MPN's Do not lock yourself into any financial promise with them. This has saved my ass more than once.

4. Check your financial aid summary often and print it off often for every academic year. Do not click on the print this page button but print from the browser. This way there are the date and time stamps from when you printed. This way you can keep track of them and their sneaky ways of trying to add in hidden fees from terms past. They did that to me once and I fought them on it and they backed off. Suddenly the balance I owed was gone.

5.Then also ask for audits of your account. Just keep on top of it. If you are already in it just keep going but make certain they do not push you around.

6. Keep all the emails they send you and you send them. Keep all the hard copies. If at all possible email and call. I do as much as I can through correspondence and keep hard copies!

7. And keep all these documents for life. Do not ever throw them out. I have heard to many horror stories of student loan issues years and years and years later and they had nothing to back them up and had to pay because the loan agencies said so. posted Jan 28th, 2011 9:19 pm


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I obtained a B.S. Nutrition Science from KU in 2010 and after obtaining my degree I landed a position with my county health department. I am licensed in my state and both my state and my city acknowledge my degree. In fact during the interview for my job the panel noted that my ability to graduate Summa cum laude from an independent study program just confirmed my ability to work independently. In addition, this type of degree demonstrates skills in time management and critical thinking.

The only negative feedback I have is that their Financial Aid department is the worst I have ever dealt with. FA was a constant stressor throughout my time at Kaplan but in the end it was worth it. posted Jan 20th, 2011 3:54 pm



Mark, I am interested to see how this goes as I am suffering from the same thing right. Post back here with any info in terms of a class action lawsuit. I have bookmarked this page posted Jan 10th, 2011 6:17 pm



It seems that Kaplan's Financial Aid department is putting me through the ringer. I was told that my degree would be cheaper due to having 20 credits transfered and a $5400 CJ scholarship which the total would be 14K less which . Now they are telling me that I have to pay them $860 per month starting Jan 1 2011 for a $4500 Kaplan loan that I never was aware of. Plus my original per credit charge was $336 as of 3/2008 and now I am paying $371, there is even a tuition rate guide for those who enrolled prior to 2/2010 which would be approximately $350. I am looking into a class action lawsuit once I speak to my lawyer. I was told that I had more than enough money(FASFA $) to take a third class per term so i can finish sooner but now I am being told that I need addtional loans to finish my last two terms. Unreal...I am bitter sweet to see that I am not the only one that is having a hard time with Kaplan's FA. posted Dec 10th, 2010 1:49 am



I was so dissapointed to read these comments. I really was looking forward to going to Kaplan for photography, but with all the negitivity I don't think I'll bother. I guess its back to looking for schools again *sigh* It looked so good on the website... posted Nov 18th, 2010 2:11 pm


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