Review Averages: 5.8 out of 10
Accreditation: The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
Kaplan University Reviews:
Kaplan is a great experience
Heatlth Sciences - November 16, 2015
I'm completing my Bachelor's degree from Kaplan University in February of 2016 in Health & Wellness. I'm also older, and a Veteran. I have read both good and bad reviews. What I can say is this was a great experience for me. I mean, I didn't have to drive and use gas to go to school. I didn't have to try and find parking. I didn't have to pay for parking. I didn't have to wonder what I was going to wear when I attended school, and I didn't have to be there at a certain time (except for attending seminar). I don't think I would have been able to finally complete my degree had it not been for Kaplan. They accepted most of my credits from the military, and other schools I attended. The support for me has been very good. I tell anyone, if you want something bad enough, you have to be the one who is proactive, and on top of things. Don't depend on someone else to do it for you. The negative reviews on here, in my opinion, are from people who didn't truly do their research, or weren't proactive. I highly recommend Kaplan. Sure, online is not for everyone. On campus is not for everyone. You have to know your strengths and weaknesses. You know, I know people who went to UCLA who swear it was the best experience, but ask someone who went to USC and they'll say "UCLA sucks!" Harvard students will say Stanford sucks! What I'm saying is, the quality of education a person gets at any school will be based on the effort they put in. A person could go to Compton College and get a better education than someone who went to Cal State. It just depends on your motivation to get educated. Kaplan is fine for me. I'm getting my degree and I'm proud of it. I also will graduate with honors.
AAS Paralegal Studies Graduate
Legal Studies - November 1, 2015
HI,I am a recent college graduate of Kaplan University. I have my Associates degree in Paralegal Studies. I took a break after graduating. I found Kaplan to be a great school, I read some reviews on the University before attending and like any other traditional or non traditional school etc, they had their pros and cons. I don't have a job in the field yet and I am hoping that I find something soon. I think that it is a great school I learned a lot through working hard, and asking a lot of questions. The professors are very supportive and they let you know the real deal. I respected the fact that they gave us run through on the difference of book knowledege and how it will actually be in the work place. I think that great things can be obtained from this school just the same as a traditional university or college. This is a professional field, so of course they are going to want you to have experience, and some one who knows exactly what needs to be done with little or no direction.
I really need a job!
Medical Coding - September 29, 2015
I recently started this class in June and after reading the reviews HOW can someone especially an online college LIE to so many people. I am spending my time and effort to be able to get a good paying job because I am 50000 in debt with student loans! I feel so bad and tricked and just betrayed, this is so unfair! I will join the lawsuit if you give me the information!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
BS in Paralegal Studies - August 29, 2015
I started this program with no legal experience and found the University and it's professors outstanding. I graduated with a 4.0 GPA, it was a tough program and you need to be organized and independent. There is a lot of work so be prepared if you enroll. While enrolled in the program, I found a full time entry level position in a law firm and was promoted to paralegal status upon graduation right away with an immediate salary increase. I am now a senior paralegal with 6 years experience, employed by a reputable firm with Florida Bar recognition and making a good salary. The program at Kaplan is what you make of it. If you are a hard worker and are serious about your education and furthering your career, you will do fine. If you are lazy and expect things to be handed to you, I would strongly suggest you not take the program. I found Kaplan's program to be outstanding and would recommend it to anyone with common sense and who is willing to work hard towards their career.In fact if they offered a doctorates degree I would enroll in a heartbeat.
1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Thirty-one year Nutrition veteran just recived a resume from Kaplan grad who majored in Nutrition Science and applied for a Nutritionist position I am trying to fill
Nutrition Science - July 30, 2015
When less than thenty-nine percent of reviews result in a positive assessment of any program, one might think that the responsible organization's leadership would appropriately close down the program. The initial review that could be accessed was pleading for people to understand the negative reviews! That means since it was the earliest review of the 14 online that could be accessed (dated in 2008), that there had to have been others before this one was posted. It is shameful that any school would market a degree program to prospective students as a legitimate, credible career opportunity for a health service discipline that strives to improve the health of those we serve. IF Kaplan really believed that their program would be competitive in the world we live in, then they would have already taken the appropriate steps to be accredited so that their graduates would see a genuine return on their investment(ROI). Only 4 of 14 accessible reviews received at least 3 out of 5 stars... that is sad.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Undergraduate, Decent School
Buisness administration - June 14, 2015
I've read a lot of negative reviews that sting Kaplan pretty bad for their confusion over Financial Aid and some class mix-ups. Online school is becoming a norm in society although it's not 100% accepted yet. It isn't for those looking for a traditional experience. Even in a traditional setting there is plenty to grip about when discussing financial information and even class schedules it's the two topics (anywhere in life) that people usually are pushed over the edge by. So if you’re looking for that experience online is not for you. I earned my Associates Degree (Business Administration) in 2013. I had such a great experience with my advisers, professors and it fit with my life that I decided to continue with them to obtain my Bachelors degree which I am about to finish up as of December 2015. Since I began I can see a shift in the criteria that is being taught it seemed as if a year into my program they were revamping the materials to make it more challenging. Online learning is a learning curve for everyone and it will continue to change but the experience is going to be what you make it. You cannot expect them to hand you a diploma if you're not willing to put in the time to work for it. That being said, just like any traditional school you have great professors and you also have some pretty crappy one's too - that's why you have to be engaged participate in the surveys and ask questions to get you through it. I can say that after I earned my degree it advanced my career and my career options. Online is not for everyone but I chose to go here and they give you the 5 weeks to determine if it is a good fit for you or not, take advantage of it. As this process becomes more accepting I think reviews will get better but if you're looking for the same "traditional" degree then go to a brick and mortar school. These online degrees are for working or complex scheduled people. I appreciate the fact that I can work full time, attend school and I save money on gas and books. Yes it is compensated for in tuition but I think my time is more valuable. I advise anyone who is working on a non-clinical degree, and is self motivated to give it a try. If you expect to become a doctor or a nurse with an online degree I would suggest you go to a community college at the very least to get your hands on experience. Like many others have pointed out, you get out of it what you put in it. Don’t discredit this University because someone had financial aid issues or they were upset about a scheduling issue, we all have some issue, address it and move on. Look at the core value and quality you are getting from the material these Professors. They are passionate about what they’re doing and you can tell that in how they teach every week in seminar and through the constant communications to students. It’s a decent school for online education.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
About to enroll in Nutrition Science.
Nutrition Science - May 26, 2015
I am about to enroll in the Kaplan BS in Nutrition Science program. I am well aware that this is not a dietician program. It's in writing on the course description page. I don't want to be a dietician. I did consider it, but it seems to be nearly impossible. I am currently living in Korea due to my husband's job and the hoops I would have to jump through to become an RD would just be too much. I'm not able to rate most of the categories because I haven't attended any classes yet. I'm also going in with an associates degree. I hope the classes I will not have to take will weed out any person who just doesn't understand how college works.
3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
AWFUL COMMUNICATION/EXTENSIVELY HIGH PRICES
Psychology - May 21, 2015
I chose Kaplan in an effort to be loyal. I had earned a prior Technical Diploma from them and thought it would just be easier to get my Bachelor's with them as well. Financial Aid is the most horrible travesty that I have ever had to deal with when it comes to my education. They were saying that I was running out of FA, but when I had them break it down to me, they continued to give me different amounts. To make a long story short there was no break for my loyalty to them. The advisors are difficult to reach and their FA department can be down right RUDE! If you are looking for interaction and clarification when it comes to you finances, this is not the school for you. Alos their staff has an extremly large turn over rate.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
This was a great experience!
Heatlth Sciences - April 7, 2015
I cannot agree with most of the reviews about KAPLAN University. I have recently obtained my Bachelors of Science in Health and Wellness at KAPLAN and I have had nothing but a good experience my entire stay. All my previous education and schooling was completed in Germany and the transfer standards to American schools are somewhat difficult to explain; one has to get translations, transcripts etc. KAPLAN however has not only been very understanding and helpful with the aforementioned, but also in accommodating to the active duty military lifestyle my family and I lead (two small children). Learning at KAPLAN was fun and challenging and I can honestly say that while perhaps an online only school may not be for everyone, especially those having issues with self drive, motivation and ambition, it is a great choice for those whom learn well on their own and have no problems following directions and instructions. While computer knowledge would certainly help a lot, Tech Support is always there to explain and lend a helping hand, I had no problems at all with that. The professors are just like they would be in real life at a brick-and-mortar school; 99% were outstanding, caring individuals with great personalities, others were a little bit more of a challenge but not a deterrent at all. I not once had any issue with the instructors that was not promptly resolved or dealt with, mainly because I am very precise student striving to fulfill all requirements as stated and because I am friendly and respectful of class mates and the faculty. Any person reasonably smart and willing to put in the work will find KAPLAN to be a great choice of school, while anyone not willing follow instructions, be on time for online seminars, discussions or the occasional team exercises should actually attend a different school that perhaps gives more detailed instructions or is less inclined to expect adults to act as such. Anyone truly interested in furthering their education, and doing it on their own schedule, can do it. I graduated Summa Cum Laude with a GPA of 3.96, and that with English as a second language. ;)
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
I'm getting what I want
Health and Wellness - March 19, 2015
I'm currently a student with Kaplan University. I've read many of these reviews. One thing I will first say is you get out of something what you put into it. I read people complaining about the school and I'm willing to bet these same people would have complained no matter where they went. I will complete my bachelor's degree in December of 2015. I have had days when I just didn't feel like completing all of my assignment, and I've had days where I've completed them ahead of time. Thing is, Kaplan is giving me what I need. I love the fact that I can come home, turn on my computer, and attend a seminar. I love that I can, on my time, complete assignments. I love that I can communicate with people from all over the country and network. I love that I don't have to get in my car, drive to a campus, find parking, walk to a class, and deal with thousands of people. Having the ability to do it from home is awesome. I love the 10 week courses, then a 10 day break. And I love that I'm maintaining a 3.79 gpa. I'm an older student. I didn't take the time to complete college while I was in the military. When I got out, I took a class here and there, but didn't have the discipline to complete them, or life just got in the way. Marriage, divorce, kids, moving out of state, working, dating, and getting married again all had me delaying my education. But now, with Kaplan, I finally am able to see the light at the end of the tunnel. So, for anyone reading this review, I say, whatever you start make sure you complete it. Of course you will have issues with the school, or if not, there will be something else to complain about. Make sure you're doing all you need to do to be successful at any school. I say it's never the school, it's always the person. There are thousands of schools in this country. And there is good and bad in every one. Do you think people who go to Harvard or Yale believe their education is better? What about people who go to any state school? Do you think they believe their education is inferior to any other school? No. There are people who attend Harvard who are no more successful that someone who attended Compton College. It's never the school, it's always the person. So, if you're contemplating attending Kaplan University, remember, your success here has nothing to do with the school, it's all about how much you apply yourself. You can do the minimum or you can exceed it. You will get out what you put in. And that's all I have to say.
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