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Academic Experience


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4 Recent Alumnus

Academic Experience: Human Services major as made me see my community from another point of view. I have learned about public policy and how to get involved in my community. I have also learned so far how to advocate for others, and has urged me to continue on this journey towards my degree so I can be another helpful citizen in my community

4 Recent Alumnus

Academic Experience: The curriculum and Ta's are on point with today's world. Every seminar I assist gives me the urge to keep going toward achieving my degree to be able to go back to the work force and help those that are less fortunate. When I chose my degree I didn't know that I would volunteer to go to a court and sit and listen to the problems of my community. I always knew there were two sides to the story, but only was exposed to the one I heard of in the street or to the one I heard from people who had court cases. Once I took a class on policy, the professor urged us to sit in court one day and learn the due process of policy. When I went there and sat down I felt like one day I could be that Case Manager for Social Services, sitting down in a court room assisting a victim. Only a school who not only teaches you, but exposes you to the reality of the community and its problems can be call a great University.

5 Recent Alumnus

Academic Experience: As long as you do the work and study, youll be great.

4 College Senior

Academic Experience: For my major in criminal justice I find the classes to be relatively easy! I like the smaller classes because in discussions you don't get lost! The professional atmosphere is great at Kaplan! As an undergraduate I had no issues! I do wish my graduate courses had more test than papers.

4 College Junior

Academic Experience: Curriculum directly applies in real life jobs.


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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
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
Full-Time Retention Rate
Part-Time Retention Rate
Graduation Rate
  • 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
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
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 2%
Asian American: 2%
Hispanic: 2%
International: 0%
Native American: 1%
White: 82%
Unknown: 11%
Average Faculty Salary
Academic/Career Counseling?
Remedial Services?

Student Polls

Which statement(s) best describes the quality of education you're getting?    Based on 713 responses

  • 29% Applicable to the real world
  • 27% Will advance my career
  • 26% Learned a lot of new things
  • 12% Will help me switch careers
  • 5% Learned a few new things
  • 0% Haven't learned anything I didn't already know
  • 0% Waste of time



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