Academic Experience

Location
Davenport, IA
Undergrads
8,301
Tuition
$13,665
Branch Campus Of
Kaplan University
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4 College Junior

Academic Experience: sOME COURSES HAVE TOO MUCH WORKLOAD.

4 College Senior

Academic Experience: best teachers and learning experience ever!!!!

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4 College Senior

Academic Experience: Academics are on point with degree. Professors are knowlegeable about subjects.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Academic Experience: I am a business major and although I have not had experience with internship opportunities I believe the possibilities are endless with the experience I have and knowledge I have gained.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academic Experience: I do like that I can take two courses and the academic advisors work with you so you don't have two stressful courses at once.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 3rd
    Best Class Availability
  • 16th
    Least Stressful Workloads
  • 19th
    Most Accessible Professors
  • 1591st
    Best Class Sizes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Jenny Zollars
Hometown
Annapolis, Md.
Major
Business Administration/Management
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The professors at Kaplan are the University’s academic strength. They have sufficient credentials to teach the courses, and many have doctorate degrees, work for well-known companies, and are very knowledgeable about the subjects they teach. The professors are always quick to respond to any issue a student may have regarding course work, late assignments, or anything else in regards to the course itself. The professors are great about pushing their students to go beyond the knowledge they are teaching—the students are responsible for justifying and applying the information given to them. The academic advisers here are also outstanding with the support and encouragement they give, and your adviser will regularly e-mail or call to ask if you are having any problems with the courses or have any questions or concerns.

The workload at Kaplan will teach students the importance of responsibility and determination to succeed. The curriculums for each degree program include classes that tie into the next. For example, a student will take Business Composition I one term, followed by Business Composition II the next term. If a student works hard and makes an effort by asking questions, doing the homework, and going a little beyond the basic requirements, then his or her grades will reflect that. The only problem that many students have at Kaplan is with the Financial Aid department. Some students say they are not always able to reach the same person regarding documents that need to be turned in or have trouble contacting the financial aid advisers about missing or incorrect information on their paperwork. Many students have experienced this with the financial aid department, and the concerns have been mentioned to advisers and the department itself.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
17:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
188
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
3,777
Full-Time Retention Rate
80%
Part-Time Retention Rate
34%
Graduation Rate
11%
Colleges/Divisions
  • Arts and Science
  • Business and Management
  • Criminal Justice
  • Fire Science and Emergency Management
  • Health Sciences
  • Higher Education Studies
  • Information Systems and Technology
  • Law School, Legal, or Paralegal Studies
  • Nursing
  • Political Science and Public and Environmental Policy
  • Teacher Education
Degrees Awarded
  • Associate degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Certificate
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
  • Post-master's certificate
Instructional Programs
Occupational: Yes
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Programs/Majors Offered
38
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management: Unknown
  • Criminal Justice and Safety Studies: Unknown
  • Information Technology: Unknown
  • Medical Assistant: Unknown
Special Study Options
Distance Learning Opportunities: Yes
Study Abroad: No
Weekend/Evening College: Yes
Teacher Certification: Yes
Class Sizes
Class sizes vary throughout the University and will likely depend on what department you are in. For example, the nursing program has clinical rotations with four to six students, while some online classes at Kaplan have 30 students or more. The number of students can impact your experience with online classes because answering questions on the DB (Discussion Post) is a requirement. Therefore, more students in the class means a much wider range of answers and the chance to learn from lots of others' experiences. In general, the more students there are, the more you will learn in an online course here.
Student/Professor Relationships
The relationships between everyone are quite professional, and the students offer encouragement to one another. The professors encourage students to contact them with any questions through e-mail, AIM, or a phone call, and they also engage in conversations on discussion boards where students ask questions. Students communicate through the discussion posts and seminars at Kaplan.
Testing & Grading Procedures
The majority of the grades at Kaplan are based on multiple assignments, discussion board posts, quizzes, and a final paper or test. Some classes weigh everything more evenly, while in others, the final project or exam counts for a large percentage of the final grade.
Typical Lecture - Single Day
A typical online class includes an informative lecture with links to outside sources, and each class also has a discussion board. Students say that the professors get everyone involved without putting anyone on the spot, and there is time at the end of class for questions and answers to help clarify anything you may not have fully understood. There are also online seminars, some of which have audio chat capabilities. Students say these are a great way to get "live" interaction with their classmates and professors without having to wait for a reply on a discussion board.
Typical Course - Start to Finish
A five-credit course is 10 weeks long, with each week focusing on approximately three to four chapters of the material. On average, each student must do one to three discussion board posts per week, in addition to projects and quizzes and tests that are spread out over the length of the course. There is also some reading and independent work. For each class, you will get a full syllabus that will outline the specifics of the course, including grade requirements and contact information for your professor.
Things I Wish I Knew Before Coming To School
  • How expensive it was going to be.
  • It is necessary to have great Internet service.
  • Students who are not too sure of what they want to major in can work with their academic adviser.
Tips to Succeed
  • Most students who attend Kaplan already have experience in the real world, so they know that it takes dedication and time to succeed.
  • Plan out a schedule before you start each term. Factor in time for studying, your classes, and your personal life-and stick to it!
  • Polish up on your time-management skills. Don't procrastinate or put off assignments until the last minute because it hard to catch up once you fall behind.
  • Read the assignments, ask questions, hand your work in on time, attend seminars, and try your best!
  • Study and work hard!
  • Work on one thing at a time when doing your homework for each of your classes so you will not get overwhelmed.
Full-Time Faculty
188
Female Faculty
69%
Male Faculty
31%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 2%
Asian American: 2%
Hispanic: 2%
International: 0%
Native American: 1%
White: 82%
Unknown: 11%
Average Faculty Salary
$48,246
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes

Student Polls

Which statement(s) best describes the quality of education you're getting?    Based on 439 responses

  • 31% Applicable to the real world
  • 26% Will advance my career
  • 26% Learned a lot of new things
  • 12% Will help me switch careers
  • 4% Learned a few new things
  • 0% Haven't learned anything I didn't already know
  • 0% Waste of time

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